This has been an odd week. I was able to kick ass at the gym on Monday and Tuesday morning but have been hit with a stomach bug shortly after that. Which means, yesterday and today — no workout. Normally, I would probably feel guilty. After all, what does this mean for my ability to stay committed to this process? I decided that it doesn’t mean anything, other than that i’m not feeling good and for the sake of my fellow gym members have chosen to stay at home. Definitely a wise choice.
Still, this week feels different.
I’m staying within and even below my daily calorie intake (which is pretty easy to do when your stomach is a mess).
The stomach bug feels like a blessing in disguise. For one, (because i’m not going to the gym) i’m paying closer attention to what I eat. I’m not saying “Oh 50 extra calories is totally fine because I burned so much off at the gym”. I’m saying — “Well, I haven’t been able to get a burn in for the last 2 days, so I better watch more closely what I eat.”
The thing is… even though I have stayed within my calorie range (mostly) while working out the last few weeks, the weight loss has been slower. I think it’s because i’ve been taking certain liberties — small ones here and there but liberties with calories quickly adds up. My salt intake has been consistently higher than the daily recommended amount, so there is that as well.
Still, even though I miss sweating out at the gym (I truly do. It’s been awesome!) — I know that I will soon be back on the elliptical machine, getting my groove on.
I’m kind of grateful for this moment to re-assess where I am at on this journey. I see some changes that need to be made in order to further my success. I’ve lost 14 lbs since I started mid-January, which works out to be roughly 1.16 lbs a week, but I know that I can do better.
Have you had moments during journey where something felt changed? How did you handle it?