I am back again to share with the world more details about my weight loss journey. With that said, I will be sharing not only the ups but also the downs of my journey. If you somehow missed my first installment of my weight loss journey you may want to read that before you continue: I Used to be Skinny (Part One): My Weight Loss Struggles.
I weigh in every Friday; today is Friday January 28, 2011 and I weighed in .07 lbs more than I did a week ago. Which actually put me at 193 lbs instead of the 192 lbs I recorded last Friday January 21, 2011.
So, my readers may be thinking thoughts such as “Oh so what, that is not even a pound”, “Maybe you gained muscle”, “Maybe you didn’t eat enough and you went into starvation mode”, “It’s just a plateau”, “Your body weight fluctuates 2lbs or more throughout the day”, “Maybe it is your sodium intake”, “Stop eating your exercise calories back”, “But you have PCOS and your insulin resistant so don’t be upset” or so many similar reasons or excuses of why I didn’t lose any weight.
I went through each one of those thoughts in my head. I cried. I laughed. I sighed. I ate four Cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
I declared today an all out cheat day. I am going to hold myself accountable by logging each and every food I eat today, even on my cheat day, but I don’t care about the calorie intake today. Today I am going to eat the foods I haven’t eaten in over a month. I am not going to all out binge, but I am going to have a carefree day while eating. Maybe a cheat day will rev up my metabolism a bit (at least that is what I am hoping for).
I wont be having another cheat day until February 26, 2011 (my three year wedding anniversary dinner), so I’d say one cheat day a month is not excessive. Some people swear by the occasional cheat day, so why not give it a try? I have also been eating back most of my exercise calories, because I have been reading that is what I should be doing, however the only week I have done that is the only week I have no lost any weight, so another change I will be making is to stop eating back all of those exercise calories!
Okay, enough with the woe is me negativity. Lets take a look on the positive side.
I am not on a strict diet to lose the weight and then ditch the diet. I’m changing my lifestyle, even if I didn’t see the scale lower this week I still provided my body with healthy fuel and less junk this past month. I know that was a great thing to do for my lifestyle change, regardless of weight issues. I have noticed differences that can not be sure to be noticed by my scale. My pants that used to be tight are loosening up, my shirts are becoming a bit more roomy, my jackets are zipping up with more ease, my wedding ring not only fits again but is no longer plastered tight to my finger. I would say those things can not be ignored, that is progress that the scale can not always remind me of.
I am running with more ease, able to exercise for longer periods of time, capable of pushing myself harder while working out. I am able to resist most food temptations, I am holding myself accountable, I have logged every food I have eaten for over a month now, I have eaten a ton of fruits and vegetables in comparison to in the past.
Regardless of the number on the scale this week, there is plenty to be proud about. Although it was disappointing to see that gain of .07 pounds on the scale today, when I have been honestly working so incredibly hard to lose the weight, I just have to remember that this week is over and my new week begins, and I just need to move forward. It may take more time to figure out what works best for my body, but it is a learning experience that I will benefit from for years, so it is worth taking the time to figure it out.
Keep on the lookout for I Used to be Skinny (Part Three).