Friday, July 7, 2017

Feeling Good Friday-Not Feeling So Good Edition


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.

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  1. Sorry you had a rough week! Although I haven't blogged about it, I have had a similar results this week. =( BUT....the Brightside is you dissected the problem and know what happened. I keep trying to remind myself that this is a journey that cannot be changed overnight. One day at a time my friend! You got this moving forward! And even if you don't hit your target for the wedding, you are still healthier and in better shape than you were before you started! =)

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    1. I'm trying to remember that this is not crash dieting, but a change in how I take care of myself. And despite the back slide, yes, I am healthier than 10 weeks ago, and better than my peak weight back in January of 2016.Friday had me motivated to skip the high calorie snacks and take a couple well needed walks.

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  2. You are right, blips happen. At least you are not doing what I am so often apt to do which is definitely self defeating.

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    1. I have to stop self sabotaging by giving up completely. Had I not every other time, I wouldn't be so lardy now.

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  3. I've been on summer vacation since June 1st. My plan was to lose weight. I have been walking religiously every morning at 5am for 45 minutes in 78 degree heat and humidity, (yes, at 5am it's that hot). I am trying to watch what I eat, but it's not working. I have lost no weight, but at least I haven't gained. I'm 58 and very short at only 4' 10". For me to lose weight I would have to eat like 1300 cal or less per day. Last time I checked I was not a bird. lol. I have the appetite of a normal size person. I applaud you for losing 11 pounds. I know how hard it is. Don't let your setback get you down.

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    1. IF you are walking that much and eating well, I'm sure you are healthier and stronger than before school let out. I'm telling myself that as well.

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  4. Ok so you admit you weren't being strict with yourself but do you not think also hormones/water retention plays a role for women? I can easily "gain" 4-5lbs overnight literally. It is devastating when it happens but realistically I know I can also lose 2lbs in 24 hours also. And you know what, it was also 4th July so good for you for having the margaritas. I'm not going to worry about my weight until after the wedding on 20th July. It's too darn hot anyway but will get back in the saddle after that. 11 lbs in any case is brilliant. Anna

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    1. I'm sure the variance also might have some impact due to water retention-it has been hot, hot, hot, and as I said, I wasn't drinking enough water to flush things out. I try to just use a Friday weight so I'm using a week to week comparison, but still weigh myself most days. I lost a pound since yesterday-according to the scale, so you are absolutely right some of the 2 pounds was not just fat.

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  5. Don't beat yourself up about this Sam we're only human after all just get back on the horse and baby steps every day. I'm going camping next week and hubby has so much wine to take lol I'm determined to carry on doing my yoga hopefully outside even if it's only ten mins a day it's better than nothing. Hopefully long coastal walks will keep me from piling too much on too but hey it's a holiday lol

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    1. Hubby has the wine? Where will you be? I'll join you! Nope, I'm not going to get discouraged. I have a few yoga , core, and strength short videos I'm tapping into now that my little holiday is done. We also got a break in the heat, so a good long power walk is in order.

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    2. Going to Cornwall South East Uk hopefully the gorgeous weather we're having here at the mo will continue. I'm not a seasoned camper but hubby loves it and I love him so I'm going lol however I'm gonna glamp it up as much as I can. I'll be posting on IG so you can see lol

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    3. I'll be looking. I just have to remember to go on instagram. I'm more for glamping now as well.

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