Week 8 weigh-in: less pressure, more results

This week’s weigh-in recap comes a little late since I started weighing myself on Thursday mornings (to coincide with Thursday Weight Watchers meetings I recently switched to)… on Thursday though I decided that it was time to write my Whole Body post, and then the weekend’s frenzy further prevented me from finally sitting down in front of my computer. Anyways, enough excuses. I wanted to write this because I find it therapeutic to summarize the week’s lessons learned. And I know some of you find these posts helpful as well as you go through your own weight loss journey (and some of you are just here to support me… but you can’t do that if I don’t tell you how it’s going of course!).

So yeah, last week was interesting with the Foodbuzz Festival smack in the middle of it – 3 days centered all around food, and then there is the whole traveling thing which always seems to make my appetite out of whack. Another little curve-ball: I get crazy stressed out right before going away on vacation, no matter how short. There always seem to be a million things that just must get done with very little time to accomplish them in. Stress = food, but I survived.

The Foodbuzz Festival was all about food but I think my days of all-or-nothing are behind me. I didn’t feel the need to binge all weekend. I enjoyed a lot of food – yes more than I normally would – but I kept up my workout routine (lifted twice while in San Francisco, whoohoo) and while the foods were more indulgent, I honestly didn’t eat too much past the fullness point. Everyone kept on talking about how stuffed they were and I concluded that they either don’t eat very much normally or they chose to engage in the extreme behaviors or “eat until the point of sickness” that I had no interest in. I actually felt completely fine about how I handled the whole weekend.

In general, this whole week I felt a lot more relaxed about the whole “losing weight” thing. That’s not to say I’m not motivated to do so (I still continue to discover things in my closet that no longer fit, and believe me, it’s frustrating!), but I feel like it’s just a matter of time and that I will get there. Slowly by surely. I think it’s attributable to 2 things – under my new program, I’m supposed to eat more and I’m encouraged to lift weights no more than 3 times a week (2 is ok too but 3 is ideal) with certain other exercise (like yoga, spin, short intervals, kickboxing) being completely optional (and in fact prohibited if they prevent full recovery) and extra rest days mandatory. This has resulted in a lot less pressure over my own expectations. I’m still scheduling 5 workouts a week but when inevitably things come up, I move on instead of beating myself and overeating. The higher calorie allowance is ensuring that my semi-intuitive eating approach can be completely utilized (I never have the calorie limit dictating that I can’t have something) and that makes other days, days when I’m eating out with Adam, my family or friends, more guiltless than ever (although I really haven’t felt guilty over truly enjoying a meal in a long time). I know all of will just balance out!

Other lessons learned this week:

  • Upon return from vacation, immediately plan meals and go grocery shopping! I let rain deter me from doing so which definitely made for less than stellar eating for the first few days. Plus, I love organization and not knowing what my next meal will look like, definitely added to unnecessary stress.
  • I must bring yoga back into my life. I went to a super beginner class on Saturday, and while I was craving more challenge, I was still reminded of the amazing mental benefit of yoga. I’m going to try to add a weekly practice every weekend!
  • Low expectations leave room for exceeding them. That’s better than high expectations that I consistently fail to achieve.

So…. weight last Thursday: 156.0 (week prior: 156.2). I’ll take it… for now!

My message to myself this week: think about how you’re going to feel about your action a few minutes from now, a few hours from now, a few days from now. Then weigh the pros and cons and make every decision mindfully.

Did you learn any lessons this week?

PS – The winner of the Keurig coffee maker giveaway did not send me her email. I will randomly choose another winner if I don’t hear back from Heather by my next post!

PPS – If you haven’t already, check out my post about olad’yi (Russian pancakes) on Russian Bites. :)

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20 comments to Week 8 weigh-in: less pressure, more results

  • congrats on such a great week – you sound like you are in such a good mental place! i feel like foodbuzz could have been super hard and thrown you off for an entire week, but you didn’ t let it get to you at all.

  • Sounds like you have a good plan set. Looking forward to hearing more about your weight training.

  • Sounds like you did a great job of mindfully eating at the Foodbuzz festival, Elina! Mindfully eating is something I struggle with as I constantly find myself eating out of stress or boredom. Keep up the great work!

  • I’ve recently started adding in more yoga to my life. I did 20 minutes this morning and it really helped start my day off right.

    How are you doing with adding more protein to your diet? I remember you saying you wanted to accomplish that without eating more meat.

  • What an accomplishment at Foodbuzz! I’m glad you thoroughly enjoyed it. And that’s so great that you were able to lift. I admit that I sometimes think the biggest drawback to a heavy lifting routine is that it’s hard to maintain on vacations. Most hotel gyms I find are pretty bare-bones and they are more likely to have a couple good cardio pieces than the full amount of weight equipment I would need to get in my regular workout.

    • Elina

      Yeah, I had to modify a few moves (just did a different exercise for the same muscle group) and it worked out. I would’ve done some cardio if they didn’t have any weights but I wouldn’t have been as happy. Lifting is just so much more fun to me! :)

  • I’m proud of you for your positive thoughts. You are doing great : ) I need to lift more and I still have never done yoga! Where do you go for it?

    • Elina

      I used to go to Baptiste Yoga (hot) in Brookline Village but it’s been over 2 years since I’ve been there. Yeah…….
      I plan on checking out Back Bay Yoga soon, hopefully this weekend actually. It’s close to my house and the facilities look really nice. Wanna join me? :)

  • Hi Elina, thanks for stopping my blog today on your hop! It definitely is a great way to discover new blogs.

    congratulations on your past week, and your willpower! I recently started back practicing yoga, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed it, and how much I really missed practicing. I guess that would have been my lesson this past week.

    Enjoy your week!
    Pat

  • Nice on Elina :) Sounds like you’re making such terrific progress!

  • So I somehow didn’t realize you were at foodbuzz. I wanted to come over and meet you and I didn’t realize it was you until I was taking a train home. Oops!

    Anyways- I know how you feel about the festival and all the food- last year I nearly had a coronary at all the food at the festival. This year I ate till I was satisfied, and that was it. It’s so much better but took me YEARS, years, to even get close to recognizing feeling ‘full’.

    Great job on all your progress. After I had minor toe surgery, I have been doing almost exclusively yoga and strength training. It’s changed my life and I have not done structured cardio more than a few times since August. You will love it!

  • Great meeting you at Foodbuzz too! It’s funny you see so many people there I feel like it’s a whirlwind and half the time you don’t realize who you are talking to :) Great job in keeping everything in moderation at Foodbuzz! I agree there was a ton to eat but I didn’t overstuff myself like I did the first year, totally learned from my mistakes :)

  • after reading this i feel so calm :) horray! i need to get yoga back in my life too… it’s been too long :/ will have to ask if i’m allowed!

  • Looks like you have a great plan. Stopping by from Boston Sports Woman. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  • Great week you had. I like the setting lower expectations, it’s something I should really do, that way I won’t get myself into so much trouble with myself :)

  • Allie

    I love your attitude about diet and exercise. Have you ever been to back bay yoga on boylston? I love their classes. I can be such a stressed out person, and yoga always brings me back!

  • Glad to hear you want to get back to yoga. It has been so instrumental in helping me create the happy, healthy life I desire. I call my yoga mat my magic carpet since I always feel better when I spend time on it!

    Enjoy your break.

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