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!