Progress not Combustion
I’m not sure if I mentioned it here, but I gave my weight loss efforts a bit of a break through December. Yeah, yeah, don’t we all right?
I’m happy to say that despite celebrating both my and my husband’s birthdays, Christmas and New Years, I did manage to make it through the month without gaining anything. I also continued to work out a minimum of 4 days per week.
The break was a good thing. I was getting pretty burned out by the end of November. In retrospect, I’m sure it was because I was amping up my workout intensity but still keeping my daily calorie intake to a low 1200 per day. I simply wasn’t eating enough to fuel my workouts. I don’t think it was a coincidence that my weight loss had slowed considerably during November as well.
So my plan for January has been to increase my allowable calories to between 1400-1600 calories per day. I also started a new workout plan from the book ‘The New Rules of Lifting.’
My scale weight loss still hasn’t been as dramatic as I’d like. I’ve been used to seeing 2+lbs come off per week. I think I’ve only lost 4-5 lbs since the beginning of January. BUT I’m wearing my belt one notch tighter and my smallest pair of jeans is getting baggy.
Speaking of jeans, Lowell unearthed a bin labeled ‘Skinny Clothes’ on one of his shed cleaning excursions. There are some things I still have to shrink into, but I couldn’t believe how many were actually too big! How cool is that?
I still battle with my own self when I stand on the scale and see that it hasn’t changed for a few days or even a week at a time. Still worse when I see my weight loss progress on the little graph on my Sparkpeople page and see that it’s now predicting that I’ll get to my goal weight by September instead of June like I wanted. However, I’d rather get there a little later than I planned and still arrive than push (or starve) myself and burn out before I even get there.
This is not a short term fix. It’s the way I plan on living for a long, long time.