So I told you all about my Friday night splurge…
but I refrained from posting about my Saturday night splurge.
I hate “too long” blog posts, so I figured I’d come clean today. Weigh-In Wednesday.
Long story short, even though I indulged on Friday night and have been trying to only have 1 cheat day each week, I had to let a little loose on Saturday too.
Well, I didn’t have to but it was another one of those life vs. plan situations.
My sister and I went to a bridal shower in the afternoon and while I did pass up the cake that was served, I had a couple of mimosas, a chicken salad sandwich, pasta salad and a square of veggie pizza. Nothing crazy, but about 861 calories which pretty much sunk my evening.
That night was the first sleepover at mom’s new apartment. The first page in a new chapter of our lives where we try to move on from our old traditions at the house and start finding joy in our new setting.
There are 2 main ingredients to our family time:
I think the order of those should probably be reversed. We love food and mom is a seriously awesome cook. Nice combo, don’t you think?
So, after the bridal shower we hunkered down in our comfy clothes, turned up the tunes and dug into the white chicken enchiladas, homemade guacamole and cheesy re-fried beans.
Needless to say, I blew my daily calorie budget. In a pretty big way.
I wasn’t intentionally stuffing my face or anything, but I was just going with the flow trying not to be rigid.
I have to get some kind of props for not having any of the Reese’s mini peanut butter cups that were tantalizing me from the candy dish, but that was too little self control, too late in the game to really help the situation.
I ended up having a great time. I connected with my brother after a long spell of keeping our distance. We laughed, shared new music with each other, processed through some of the divorce grief together and really bonded. Definitely worth the extra calories.
The next morning I was back on the wagon. I had a small breakfast, somehow managed to not order anything when Ellen got a sweet tea from McDonald’s (although that amazing greasy aroma in the drive thru nearly got me to cave!) and had a sensible dinner.
At the end of the day on Sunday, I was 17 calories under my daily goal. Not bad after 2 days of splurging, right?
Since Sunday, I’ve stayed on track. That alone is a pretty big feat for me since I tend to throw in the towel when I feel like I’ve blown it.
I can do this.
Or maybe I can’t.
Today’s Weigh-In: up 1 pound.
I’m frustrated, discouraged and pissed off.
I know I’ve cheated. I know I’m not working out enough, but I’ve completely changed my eating habits!
I’m eating half the food that I used to! I’m logging all of my calories even when I go overboard! I’m fitting exercise in here and there!
And, not only did I not lose any weight this week, but I gained a pound. WTF?!
I’m giving it one more week and if I don’t start losing again, I’m going to have to reconfigure my plan.
Tell me I can do this. Tell me that you’ve done it or are making progress!
I’d love to read your healthy living/fitness/weight loss stories, so link up your blog below!
You can do it, rebecca! You know you can. One thought I had was how much are you estimating your calories and portion sizes? Are you being anal and using measuring cups, etc.? You make such great tasting and healthy food but maybe you are eating more calories/bigger portions than you think? I think it's better to eat the healthy, fresh food but sometimes to kick start your weight loss, it's easier to stick to certain foods that you KNOW the caloric content of or “points”…like apples, bananas, slices of bread, pre-portioned food…it's more boring but it's easier to keep track and get jump started before getting into harder territory of estimating calories in a recipe, etc. And, maybe your body is just holding on tight since you lost 5 pounds the first week or maybe you're retaining water too. I know we hardly need any food to maintain our weight so it sucks getting older and having slower metabolisms…makes it so much harder to lose. When I think about how “little” food is in 18-23 “Points” I can't believe it…it's like you have to eat like a rabbit to lose weight. Can't wait to see your success next week!
You have to keep going! When I first started my weight loss journey in January I lost 2lbs in 3 weeks, I was so discouraged but kept with it. It's been a long road for me and I'm still not done but I am almost 20lbs lighter this year. And they say the slower it goes the less likely you'll put it back on. Keep it up! It's by no means easy you just have to do it anyway. Focus more on your health and not on the weight for now.
You can definitely do this! I remember over the winter watching that scale barely creep down each week even though I was killing myself at the gym and had given up all my horrible for me food staples. It is SO hard to ignore that scale and tell yourself this is for the best. I am proud of you and I know that you will continue to make the needed adjustments to make your goals. Love you babe!
I am a firm believer that cutting calories gets you no where. It is all in what kind of calories you eat. I can eat 800 calories a day and work out 3 hours a day 7 days a week and not lose a pound. The only thing that works for me is removing sugar, starches and wheat from my diet. When I did that I lost 15lbs in 3 weeks. I know that you can do this and you will find what works best for you. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, you are beautiful and while healthy choices don't always lead to weight loss, they almost always lead to better healthy.
Stephanie Witte (Hastings) says
Ugh! I totally feel your pain Rebecca… I was on a really good start in April – did Weight Watchers for 2 months and lost 19 lbs…long story short. I had a failed pregnancy in June/July at which point I could no longer do WW or work out because I have a long history of miscarriages now (pray if you think about it) now I am back up 10lbs of that 19 and am finding it harder than ever to get out of this “funk” and start back on the program and working out.
Your posts inspire me so…just wanted to let you know.
Have you thought about WW? I really liked it a lot and it really does allow you to splurge to enjoy those foods that are so hard to give up. Just a thought…
P.S. I did the online version and it worked perfectly for my lifestyle. Their mobile app makes it so easy. — I am starting again in September when I get back from Toronto Labor Day weekend.