Weight lost/gained this week: +2.2 Total lost since highest weight: 70.6 Pounds to go: 24.4
Challenges: My soul needs a break. On Sunday of this week, I decided it was time to go into maintain mode for 1-3 weeks. Why? I am tired and frustrated. I can tell its time because my weight hasn’t changed in the last few weeks. Why hasn’t my weight changed? Well, I’ve been snacking and and have had control issues. For me, this means I need to increase my daily calorie intake, take a break and just focus on maintaining the weight I’ve lost. Maintenance periods are key for me because this would normally be a time when I might give up completely and put back on all of the weight I’ve lost. A “break” isn’t about going back to my old habits – it’s about maintaining the weight I’ve lost, but allowing a little more freedom in my diet. Some people might call this a plateau. I don’t feel right calling it a plateau because I can see exactly why I am not losing weight: look at my food/exercise journal. I have been through this before and one of the things I am doing differently during this attempt to lose weight is that I am not giving up when this happens. My weekly weigh in posts will continue and I will get back on the wagon and work toward my goals when I am ready.
I will continue daily exercise during my maintenance period. My goal during this maintenance period is just to maintain my weight loss – no major gain or major loss during this time. I am going to take this break for 1-3 weeks and once I feel up to dieting again, I will come back and plan to take off the next 10-15 lbs. In the meantime, I will continue to post what I eat every week because I do not want to fall off the bandwagon.
Non-scale Victories: Recognizing that I need the break, but not giving up completely. You wont find me binging on a pint of ice cream or eating a whole pizza… instead I will just be upping my calorie intake a bit, while continuing to work out.
Goals for Next Week: 10,000 steps every day. Learn the art of balance in my diet.
The Week in Detail
Wednesday 10/11 – Fitbit Steps: 8,174 Calories in: 1350 Workout: 30 minutes on the treadmill
Breakfast: Venti Plain Skim Latte (I am trying to cut back on the fake sugar) Lunch: Lunch: 12 piece chic-fil-a nugget, diet lemonade, side of fruit Dinner: Protein shake with this protein, skim milk, this collagen, a packet of these flax seeds
Thursday 10/12 – Fitbit Steps: 8,411 Calories in: 1246 Workout: gym: 30 minutes on the stairclimber, arms
Breakfast: Spark Drink, quest protein bar Lunch: Protein shake with this protein, skim milk, this collagen, a packet of these flax seeds Dinner: Tilapia w/ grilled asparagus and peppers snacks: had some queso and chips and girls’ night at a friends’ house.
Friday 10/13 – Fitbit Steps: 9,477 Calories in: 1340 Workout: 30 minute walk with my mom
Saturday 10/14 –Fitbit Steps: 17,379, Calories in: 1383 Workout: 4 mile run/walk (I started training with a friend who plans to get into distance running)
Breakfast: Spark Drink Lunch: Protein shake: Protein shake with this protein, skim milk, 2 tablespoons of this collagen spinach, flaxseed/chia packet dinner: Beef and Broccoli with Caulirice (SO GOOD), recipe coming soon.
Sunday 10/15 –Fitbit Steps: ??? Calories in: 1850 Workout: None.
Breakfast: Spark Drink Lunch: Protein shake: Protein shake with this protein, skim milk, 2 tablespoons of this collagen, I made my protein shake into “hot chocolate” by blending it on the soup setting on my Vitamix dinner: Cheeseburger from TGI Fridays. I had mine “green style” (lettuce wrap) and had a side salad with honey mustard with my burger.
Monday 10/16 –Fitbit Steps: 5626 Calories in: 1831 Workout: 30 Minute walk
Breakfast: Spark Drink, Venti Skim Latte (no flavor) Lunch: Salmon Salad from Biaggis dinner: Sushi with Gusto Salmon Sampler
Tuesday 10/17 –Fitbit Steps: 9444 Calories in: 1950
Breakfast: Spark Drink Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato Lunch: hummus with vegetables and pita Dinner: turkey meatballs, green beans and mashed cauliflower Snacks: dark chocolate and almonds
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