It wasn’t my best week. I believed that once I hit the ‘normal weight’ range (in terms of the BMI) that it would become instantly (and magically) easy to keep the weight off and control my eating. I thought it would become effortless. But, for some reason, it wasn’t that way this week. I still have trouble reacting to everyday stress and can feel the old habits creeping their way back into my routine. It is so easy to fall back into those old habits when I relax my effort.
While I was losing the weight, it was ‘relatively’ easy to stay focused and motivated to control my eating because the realization of the goal was still in the future and I still needed to work at it. Reaching a weight loss goal doesn’t mean that the effort can relax and I can go back to the way things were. I need to remember that and keep the weight loss and calorie counting effort focused and strong to maintain the weight loss.
Over the weekend, I was out-of-control in my eating on several occasions. On Friday night, I ate too much ice cream. On Saturday I ate too much pop corn. Not that it’s bad to eat ice cream and pop corn, it’s just that I couldn’t control my portions and ate way too much.
My high day was Sunday 3/17 with 2,320 calories. On that day, we helped move furniture across town. We rented a U-Haul truck and spent about 5 hours loading and unloading and driving and rearranging furniture. It was a cold and dingy day too. When the task was done we went out to lunch at this restaurant and (of course) I had some beer, which lead to all sorts of food consumption. I didn’t exercise that day so there were no exercise calories to offset the food calories. It wasn’t my best day.
The low calorie day was on Monday, 3/18 with 805 calories. I intentionally tried to balance out the previous day by keeping the calories low. As a bonus, I ran 6.2 miles and burned a few extra calories.
My daily average for the week was 1,602 calories. This is way too high. My goal is to keep the daily calories at 1,200 but I can’t seem to manage that every week. In fact, of the 15 weeks that I’ve counted calories I’ve only been able to keep the daily average between 1,200 – 1,300 on three separate weeks. And, there was only one week where the daily average was below 1,200 … and that was the very first week!
My exercise calories totaled 4,041. This is almost the same as last week. I ran 28.73 miles on the road and treadmill and 6.26 miles on the elliptical. I will reach my 80 mile running goal for March but I need to spend more time on the elliptical to reach the 27.5 mile goal.
Still, thankfully, I can report a small weight loss this week of 0.3 pounds. And thankfully, in spite of my indulgences this week, I am still in the normal weight range. This makes it two weeks in a row that I’ve been a normal weight. Something that hasn’t happened in the last 10 years!
I hope and pray that everyone has a great week with their own calorie counting and weight loss efforts!