This week was a tough one for me because I found myself really emotional. I’m a pretty tough chick but I’m a bit like an M&M – hard on the outside and squishy on the inside (by the way…if there is any question about how ingrained food is in my life, the fact that the only analogy I could find was a candy pretty much says it all!). That being said, I spent a lot of time (read that as TOO MUCH TIME) reflecting on things and it made me really sad. I was in a funk.
At the end of the week I thought I had rocked and I was going to see a huge loss on the scale – I had plans to hit the gym even more and I had done that…or so I thought! I’d also eaten fairly well, minus a large Chinese dinner one night.
Then I got on the scale. And I did lose weight. I lost 2.2 pounds. Which should have been great, but given what I thought I’d done I was shocked that it wasn’t more.
Then I sat and wrote some things down.
There were days when I’d gone to the gym more and worked really hard….but there were also 2 days when I had done no exercise and 1 day when I’d gone for a walk instead of going to the gym.
And, while I’d eaten clean most of the week, when I sat and realized what I’d eaten in that Chinese food meal – well, basically I’d negated all of the healthy eating and portion control in one fell swoop!
So what I have learned?
I need to be honest with myself and write down not only what I’m eating but also the exercise that I’m doing.
I need to go to bed earlier so I’ve got more energy to exercise during the day (it also helps me not to get so emotional as I tend to do that when I’m overtired).
I need to realize that 1 poor choice can undo a lot of great work and it simply isn’t worth it AND that I shouldn’t eat to try and push down my feelings. That hasn’t worked for the past 40 years…so it certainly isn’t going to work now!
I also got a huge reality check when I checked my weight on the Where are you on the global fat scale?. Though I wasn’t thrilled with the results, it made me open my eyes to what I already knew. Even with a weight loss of over 28 pounds, I am still outside a healthy BMI and I still have a lot of work to do. It was actually a great motivator!
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