Monday, April 07, 2014
I peeked at the scale this morning because I just could not resist any longer and I was ecstatic to see that I crushed 170! I now weigh 167.8! Woohoo!! I lost 3 pounds exactly! For the last 2 weeks I stayed at 170.8. I knew that I should have lost weight those weeks but it never showed up on the scale until today. I was expecting a good number, but 3 pounds blew my mind! Hard work and dedication sure pay off! Hello to a healthier, happier, and skinnier me!
Monday, March 31, 2014
My goals for April:
1.) Average 1,800 calories per day
2.) Reach 700 fitness minutes this month
3.) Focus on cutting my bad emotional eating days this month. Four or less is what I am shooting for this month.
4.) Focus on non-scale victories this month
5.) Weigh in only once per week (I have a bad habit of weighing in every day and getting disappointed with the fluctuations in my weight. It really takes away from the excitement of losing a pound.)
Sunday, March 23, 2014
I have heard that taking pictures of yourself along your journey is a great way to see your progress. I have been taking pictures monthly and today I finally put a bunch of them side by side. I studied the before and now pictures, and even though I have lost a total of 11 pounds, I do not see a difference.
Maybe 11 pounds is too small of an amount to see a difference? I was hoping a visual realization of my progress would be a great motivator, but now that I don't see it, I am a bit disappointed. I know that I have lost pounds, inches, and sizes, but I don't know why I cannot see it in the pictures. Some day I hope I can finally see the changes in my body.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Last night I felt a strong urge to binge and eat all the sweets in my house.The moment I got home from work yesterday, I blew off my work out and didn't want to eat my healthy dinner of fish, wild rice, and broccoli. I wanted fast food, junk food, pizza, as much calories and fat as possible. My brain is hard-wired to want unhealthy food when I am feeling down. No matter how strong my will power is or my desire to lose weight is, once I get into that kind of mood, it's almost impossible to talk myself out of it. Luckily, I managed to talk myself out of it!
I think this was the first time I've ever stopped a binge. Normally I give in and eat what I want and my calorie counting goes OUT of the window. I have been very determined to stop binge eating and to do well this week. So, I thought about why I wanted those foods and how it would negatively affect me. I ate a snack and tried stalling the binge. I watched an episode of Bones and kept thinking about how I would make the urge go away. I ate a bowl of grits with cheese, since it is a comfort food for me and it wouldn't be too many calories. I also ate an Oreo. That helped soothe my urge, but I was still hungry. I still wanted junk...and lots of it. I then decided to eat one of my pre-made frozen meals. I would probably be over my calorie range for the day, but not nearly as bad as it would be if I went on a binge.
I was full and the urge to eat was gone, but the sweet tooth still lingered. Then I realized I decided I could eat sweets on Mondays, Fridays, and a mystery day during the week. It was Friday! I ate a cupcake with a glass of milk. Afterward, I was fine. I started doing chores so I will have time to hang out with friends this weekend. I was extremely proud of myself! I may have eaten more than I would have liked, but compared to what would have happened otherwise, I'll take it. I logged my foods and I was surprised to see that I actually didn't go over my allotted calories for the day. I was at the high end, but still within my range. Score!
Now, I just need to catch up on my fitness minutes!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I spent some time evaluating my food choices over the last couple of days and I decided to take a look at my food journal. I have about 10 weeks worth of journaling, so I got a pretty clear picture of what my eating habits are like. I was surprised, to say the least.
For each week, I calculated different categories: caloric intake, how many work-outs, work-out minutes, how many sweets, and how many calories were in the sweets that I ate. The sugar category explained a lot. The weeks that I went over my average intake were also the weeks I ate too many sweets.
One week I ate as much as 2,200 calories of added sweet treats. That is well over a day's worth of calories. Then I realized that the extra sugar I have been consuming is preventing me from losing weight. Not only does it add up to too many extra calories, but I've noticed that it also sets me up for binge eating, adding even more unnecessary calories.
For several other weeks I noticed that the calories I burned while exercising simply negated all of the sweets I ate that week. I was very angry with myself when I realized that. All of that hard work I have been doing and I've been eating it away with sugar. Why do I let something so small ruin such progress? I do not know, but I am glad I am aware of this information.
Looking forward, I will make more of a conscious effort to cut sugar from my diet. I am a sugar addict, but there must be a way for me to overcome this. I will not stop trying and eventually I will fix the problem.
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