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Losing weight is hard. That’s no lie. I have been struggling a bit lately. A few weeks ago I started my up .2, down .2 journey. I wanted to reflect and see what I was doing and how I was eating prior to my fluctuations. So, I pulled out my handy dandy journal and flipped through the last 4 weeks. You see 4 weeks ago I lost 1.6. 3 weeks ago I lost 1.2. Then I gained and lost the same .2. I have a goal to meet with my doctor so even .2 and two weeks later isn’t beneficial to me. EVERY week counts and I have to make it count…on the scale.
So, what I noticed was my snacking increased. I snacked later at night. And, I exercised less!
Time to Make a Change!
I decided I was going to duplicate the next week (starting on my Saturday weigh in this week) with food and exercise. Here’s what I did:
- I made a grocery list of what I need to recreate my dinners.
- I added what I was snacking on so I can get more of that too.
- Got back to exercising 60 minutes a day.
My meals are all planned for the rest of this week already and I’m not changing those, but next week -it’s on! However, I don’t have to wait until next week to up my exercise game! Today I got up early and rode my recumbent bike for 60 minutes. I felt accomplished.
I altered my breakfasts and lunches for the rest of this week (just kept my dinners as planned). I had oatmeal for breakfast and a big salad for lunch. It was very filling. It’s 5:15 pm and I’m not even hungry for dinner yet.
My point….if something isn’t working, go back to when it was and see what you are doing now that you weren’t doing then. Chances are you have slipped back into some bad habits again and you need to figure out how you can get yourself back on track. That is one of the big reasons why I decided to start tracking on paper again. It’s so easy for me to just flip the pages, take new notes, and plan better for the next week.
It’s a journey. Embrace it! Don’t beat yourself up over it!