I’m down 32.6 lbs since I started! Yeah baby!
Well, i’m not going to lie. It’s been a bumpy ride down. Now, I know that most people suspect that when someone goes silent on a weight loss blog, it means they fell off the wagon and just decided to quit. I’m not that person.
However, I can’t lie. The scale wasn’t moving in a downward direction very fast even though I was getting up at the ass crack of dawn to exercise every single day. Even though I was counting calories, still it was not enough. My body seemed to pull rank on me and protested. It hung on to every single ounce. Once, after killing it in the gym and having a heavy caloric deficit every single day for two weeks, I managed to GAIN 2 lbs. How the hell does that happen? I became angry. Angry at myself. Angry at the process. I just felt defeated for awhile. So, I kept counting calories but stopped killing it in the gym. I didn’t want to go to bed at 8 and get up at 5 a.m., anyway. I mean come on. Let’s be honest.
Interestingly enough, it was when I stopped working out and started paying very close attention to my calorie intake and my carb intake, that I started losing weight again. It was thing I needed to jump start my body into losing weight, I guess. Maybe I hadn’t been paying enough attention to my daily numbers. Maybe I took it for granted that killing it in the gym meant that I had a little room to play (even though I literally tracked every morsel to enter my mouth). Somehow, my numbers must have been off. Either that or my body just didn’t like what I was doing.
So, I started a new approach and i’m really digging it! I am combining calorie counting with low carb. Basically, I stay away from carbs at dinner. I have some during the day, but not mountain loads of them. I try to make sure that I am getting mostly whole grain carbs (not processed crap). I weigh and measure and track, everything. I eat smaller meals.
Here’s what my day looks like:
Snack @ 10:30
Snack @ 3:30
snack @ 5:30 (protein / non-carb only)
Dinner (no carbs)
Small protein snack just before I go up to bed (tbsp of peanut butter, small chunk of cheese, a tbsp of cottage cheese, handful of nuts, etc.)
For calories — I stay at 1600 calories a day or a little below. I really try my best to reach 1600 calories. I’m not out to starve myself.
One of my friends is on a healthy weight plan where she has to eat a small amount of protein before bed. Her physician told her that it helps to keep the metabolism moving throughout the night. So, I decided to add that little tidbit to my plan as well. It’s actually exactly what I need to help me go to bed without large aching hunger.
My goal right now is more specific than ever. I want to lose 20 pounds by September 7th. It’s the first of many small goals I plan on setting and striving for.
Enough about me, how is your weight loss journey going? Do you find yourself revising your plan and goals?