You may have noticed that I did not write a weekly weigh-in post last week. After having a minor cold for about 5 weeks, everything took a turn for the worse and I ended up at the doctor with prescriptions for a dual-antibiotic mix and an inhaled steroid. Lovely. For five days life was limited to working, sleeping, and eating. No staying up past my bedtime to write the latest post – I needed to get better! Working out became walking to and from work (still 80 minutes of activity a day) instead of walking to walk in the morning and then going to the gym for hard exercise in the evening. I’m still not at 100%, but each day I feel better and I’m starting to realize how much that ongoing cold was dragging me down. I have more energy, I’m happier, and my workout today had punch! I was only on the stationary bike and treadmill, but I was gritting and pushing it and loving every second!
I’m also happy to announce that my weight this week is 145.6 pounds. Yeah! That is a total loss of 7 pounds since I started My Food Rules at the beginning of April. I feel like I am back on track. I’m experimenting with different foods, eating more vegetarian meals, and my cravings for chocolate and bread have decreased. I also started tracking my food intake again. After years of Weight Watchers I was tired of tracking, but following my last blog post about the frustration of working hard and not losing any weight, a friend emailed me with a suggested weight-loss program to try. While I don’t want to do the exact program he recommended, one thing he wrote struck a chord with me – the program determines how many calories you should eat based on your activity, height, etc. You eat those calories and then exercise to burn more, go into calorie deficit and lose fat. Simple, yes, but it made me realize that I was probably consuming more calories than I realized. I started tracking my food on My Fitness Pal on Saturday and have been eating between 1200-1600 calories per day, depending on exercise and hunger levels. Let me tell you – for me to feel satisfied on that number of calories takes some planning! There’s no room for chocolate because I need those calories to feel full! I know that I won’t track forever, but right now it is bringing me greater awareness to my behaviors. We can only change once we see and understand the obstacles in our way and tracking is one tool to helping me to move past the obstacles towards my goals.
I’m looking forward to the week ahead. I hope you have a great week as well!