While I’m not going to say thank you to the rabbit who dug the hole I stepped into and twisted my ankle, I will say that this particular cloud had a very bright silver lining. While the dip in my weight this week is only 0.4 lbs, it is actually a significant 0.4 lbs for me.
When I started this journey, I was doing calorie counting and exercise. My biggest issue was portion control and remembering to get out of my desk chair and move about more often. As I figured out how many calories were in each meal I was preparing, I stopped logging my food each day. I thought to myself, I know this, why would I put the same thing down that I put down two weeks ago?
For the most part, I was okay. I knew how many calories each item I made included and I was growing accustomed to the portion sizes I needed to see on my plate. When I tried out a new recipe, I broke it down. I just didn’t bother with the older ones. Over all between walking and the gym, I was burning enough calories that little discrepancies in plating didn’t cause too much damage.
Even when I lost the gym, I was still moving around a lot so it wasn’t that big an issue, or so I thought. I blamed my recent plateau on stress and more junk food making an appearance as my baby stress shopped. I’m not entirely certain why he thinks there will be a Dorito shortage in the upcoming future, but it seems he does. Despite the fact that we didn’t keep them in the house before I started trying to lose weight, now they are an essential item.
But that is another story.
Last week, I stepped into a rabbit hole in the yard and twisted my ankle. It wasn’t a break thank god, but I did significant damage. Yesterday was the first day I could actually manage a walk and it was a very short one. Most of my movement this week has involved chair dancing with my arm weights. (and yes I am still loving my ProsourceFit ones)
Because my movement wasn’t what it had been, I monitored my caloric intake more closely. I even went back to my favorite standby the My Fitness Pal app. It has a pretty good food data base and lets me put together recipes that I make repeatedly so that I don’t have to enter the same items over and over again. Their exercise database is okay. Individual exercises are fine. If you do ten squats of 20 pushups it is fine.
If you are doing a you tube video you have to sit down and sort of break out the exercises and then see what fits. The bonus is that if you find a workout you like once you break it down you can save it. Its kind of the same process as building a recipe in their system, kind of a pain to put it in but fantastic once you do. (by the way, this isn’t sponsored, I just found their app most convenient when I was trying a bunch out in the beginning of my journey. Plus the app is free to download, you can upgrade but the free version works really well so I never saw the need.)
This week I recorded everything I ate and watched my calories like a hawk. I realized how far I slid off my plan as well. I increased my exercise, but also increased my intake. They weren’t balancing. I think I needed the refresher. And I remembered one of my favorite ways to use the system, which might help you out. What I like to do, since we generally make a weekly meal plan, is to figure out my largest meals first so I can see how many calories they are going to take, and then plan around them. So on Sunday after we figure out what dinners for the week are going to look like, I enter my weeknight dinners into the appropriate days. I find it easier to then adjust the rest of my caloric intake based on the activity I do that day. I just find it a really helpful planning tool. I got away from using it, but not being able to move much this week brought it back. I think I’m going to be using it again to help get myself back on track. I find it oddly less stressful to just input the meals and let the app keep track of my calories.
So there we have it, not thanking the rabbits, but not planning an Elmer Fudd like excursion in the back yard either.
So the stats…
Starting weight: 246.0 lbs
Weight last week: 204.8 lbs
Weight this week: 204.4 lbs
Weight lost this week: 0.4 lbs
Weight lost over all: 41.6 lbs
Weight left to lose (apx): 81.4 lbs
So over all not a bad week. While the scale isn’t the end all be all, it is nice to see it confirm my choices in taking control of my food again. If you are trying to lose, I hope this helps. Sometimes, you just need a check in to remind you to stay on track instead of drift.