I should be at peak frustration right now in this journey to shift weight. I know I am a stress eater and pay little attention to what is going in my mouth when I am at the height of anxiety. Stress eating, coupled with allowing myself intentional treats that I just haven't been consuming like beer, and bread on hamburgers, and pasta, and it is no doubt why today the scale was angry. After a paltry .2 (yes point two) weight loss last week, this week, just five minutes ago, the scale screamed a weight back at me that was 2 pounds more than last week. If a pound is 3500 calories, I've put in my body in a week 7,000 calories, 1,000 per day more, than my body could burn. Total weight loss since April 20, 11 pounds. I think it is a fair assumption that unless drastic changes happen, I'm not losing 9 pounds in three weeks. Yet, all is not lost, and I can look back and see where the gaps were and keep improving for the long haul.
Food-Besides the above treats, I did not eat nearly as many vegetables and fruits as I have been. I intentionally bought, but didn't do the prepping ahead of time, and ended up taking most of the veggies home. Lesson reminder-eat my veggies. And for DH-one onion and one red pepper in the fajitas he made last night is not serving vegetables as the main dish.
Alcohol-I'm not a drinker like my extended family, and do not drink excessively. Still, a few Stella's and a couple big margaritas, while lounging on a recliner and easily consumed more calories than I could use up. Oh, and salty chips taste pretty darn good with that beer, don't they? I'm best to have a small glass, maybe two, of wine, with a sensible dinner and keep up with my water. Speaking of...
Water-I know I was not consuming the four bottles worth per day I normally do. Water is essential for my weight loss as it not only helps me feel full, it keeps me feeling more energized due to being properly hydrated, and helps the food I eat digests better.
Exercise-I pretend in my head I'm a lot more active on business trips and holiday weekends than I really am. I did not do any power walking in Dallas because I figured I was walking the few blocks to the other hotel. I left my walking shoes at home from the lake. Swimming between dock and raft, and floating on my back is not burning any calories. I haven't done a proper good walk since Saturday morning, and must get back on that this weekend.
That's it in a nutshell. I get back what I put in on trying to be healthier. This last week not only did I not put into my body good food and water, I reverted to the old behaviors that caused such a huge weight increase in the last 16 years. Weight loss, then management, is not going to happen without me conscientiously improving my diet and amount of exercise. Perhaps this week was a good thing, and gave me the reminder that real physical change will require real mental mind set changes. Also, blips will happen, and it is not an excuse to throw in the towel. I've still got this. Maybe it will take longer, but I've still got this.