Hello there! Here we are again. It is Wednesday and that means it is time to face the music about how I am doing with my current weight loss goals. Last week was a pretty rough one for me. I felt so awesome after losing weight while on vacation. I wasn’t nervous at all about my weekly weigh in. Then I saw the number on the scale and almost broke down. I had actually gained more than 2 pounds, which was actually what I was expecting to see the week before. My frustration and disappointment was through the roof. I spent most of that week depriving myself of any excess calories and indulgences. I was so frustrated with the weight gain that I wasn’t going to give myself any room for error. I spent most of the week crazy hungry so my plan was probably not the smartest.
When it comes to losing weight, I don’t always make the smartest decisions. I tend to get caught up in the numbers and what I see on the scale each time I dare to step on that stupid thing. In the back of my mind, I know that the number on the scale is not the end of the world but sometimes I get way too caught up in the numbers. I also know that not all calories are created equal. While they all have the same number value, they don’t all have the same nutritional value.
Towards the end of last week, I started to really think about how I was actually going about this whole weight loss thing. I started to consider the possibility that maybe I needed to change my approach if I wanted to really see some results. As I really sat down and thought about it, I realized that I haven’t really done anything to cause the change I was looking for. The only difference between what I have been doing for the last two months and what I was doing before that is tracking my daily calories. I have been eating the same foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My fitness routine hasn’t changed in the least. How can I expect change to happen if I don’t actually change?
Keeping that question in mind, I switched up my daily routine over the weekend. Normally, I am a total sloth on the weekend and I usually don’t religiously keep track of my calories. I don’t really make working out a priority on the weekend. After some discussion, Pete and I decided to approach last weekend a little bit differently than we normally do. We didn’t go to our favorite weekend breakfast joint. We didn’t go out to dinner at all. We paid attention to what we ate and we even made a point of going to the gym. The results of this little change were seen when I weighed in on Monday morning.
- (Re)Starting Weigh In (12/15/14): 171.4 lbs.
- Previous Weigh In (1/19/15): 168.4 lbs.
- Last Week’s Weigh In (1/26/15): 170.6 lbs.
- Last Week’s Weight Change: +2.2 lbs. (+1.31%)
- This Week’s Weigh In (2/2/15): 167.6 lbs.
- This Week’s Weight Change: –3.0 lbs. (-1.76%)
- Total Weight Change: –3.8 lbs. (-2.22%)
While the scale said that I lost 3 pounds, I am sure that some of that came from my body still trying to regulate itself after the cruise vacation. I must say that I was thrilled with the number on the scale especially after the previous week. The slight changes that we made over the weekend did help kick start my weight loss. My goal for this week is pretty simple. I want to focus on making conscious changes that will have a positive impact on my weight loss goals. When I was losing weight before, I was making changes to my lifestyle that lead to the pounds dripping off of my body. At that time, I just focused on making sure my daily calories followed what my tracker recommended. I didn’t realize that I was making choices that lead me to the lose the weight. I don’t want to drastically change my lifestyle but I do want to focus on making small changes that will help jumpstart my weight loss.
How are doing on your weight loss goals? How do break out of your ruts?