Still, regardless of the results, accountability and reflection on what worked and what didn’t is key to success. So….
I stayed exactly the same. Do you have any idea (and I’m sure many of you do) how frustrating that is?
I paid close attention to my calorie burn. I made sure to stay active. I ran over 15 miles. I wrote down everything I ate. And, I stayed exactly the same.
So, what went wrong? Well, I have a few theories. One is that, although I was writing down everything I ate, I wasn’t really counting calories. Writing down what you eat is helpful, but actually knowing how many calories you’re consuming is the real goal. I was trying to get away with guesstimating.
Two, I snacked more than normal. I was really hungry on Monday and Tuesday when I was expending a lot of calories, so snacking wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I really have to guard against the attitude that because I’m burning a lot of calories I can consume more food. That’s counter-productive if I’m not being mindful of how many extra calories I’m consuming versus how many I’m burning.
Three, we ate out quite a bit. I tried to make good choices, but you’re almost always going to have higher calorie days when you eat out rather than eat at home.
Four, I did have some hormonal issues that could have affected my weight. I’m really hoping some of what I saw on the scale Tuesday morning was water weight.
Five, the dreaded “P” word – plateau. Brianna asked me last night what if this is just the size I’m going to be. It’s a possibility that my body is leveling off at a comfortable weight.
I told her that I’ve thought of that and if this is the smallest I ever get, I’ll still be much happier here than where I was…but I’m not where I want to be and I’m not going to quit fighting to get there.
So, my plan of action this week is to keep doing what I’ve been doing as far as workouts and activity go, both of which I increased last week, and to be more mindful of what I’m eating – to make the best choices possible.
As Jillian (The Biggest Loser) is fond of saying, “Keep doing the right things and eventually your body has to respond.”
How did you do on working toward your fitness goals this week?
Do or do not. There is no try.