What if losing weight was easy…everyone would be doing it and no one would be struggling to find the magic pill to make them skinny.
This week was a huge struggle for me. My schedule was busier than usual and I simply did not follow my scheduled eating plan. I reverted back to eating 3 regular meals each day and I didn’t hit my calorie intake. Believe it or not, I could tell a difference in how I felt and the results were reflected on the scale.
I managed to stay even for the week, which was disappointing because I worked so hard at the gym, but at the same time, I was thankful I didn’t gain. As busy as I was, I kept my time at the gym as an “A” priority. I suppose had I not, I would have seen the number on the scale get bigger.
We live with a microwave mentality and we want to see immediate results and the fact of the matter is that is an unrealistic expectation. It took time to put the weight on, and it will take even longer to take it off.
I am pleased that I didn’t backslide in my eating choices. I didn’t succumb to eating to feed my emotions which is my fall back behavior when I’m under pressure or stress. That is my victory for the week!!
My take away, is that not only is eating the right things important, but eating at the right time is equally important for me. Next week, I will be more mindful of stopping to eat at the prescribed times and hopefully I’ll see that number on the scale decrease.
Do you ever get frustrated when you don’t see immediate results? I know the rule of thumb is it takes 4 weeks before you will see a difference in your body, and it may take family 6 weeks and even longer for friends to notice. How do you measure progress when the scale doesn’t move?
The above is a screenshot of a spreadsheet I use to calculate measurement losses, because sometimes I lose inches before I see a change on the scale. I have the spreadsheet set up to calculate how much to my ultimate goal as well as my weekly progress. It was easy to set up and it only takes a few minutes to measure weekly.
I also base progress on how much stronger I am at the gym. If I am able to go up in weight on lifting days or if I am able to handle a higher tolerance on cardio days I feel like I am making progress.
Lately, I have been watching my nutritional intake on DailyBurn.com.. I am also using that as a tool for tracking progress in my eating choices. Although I can’t record the times I eat, I can monitor the nutritional value in my food and see if I am on target for the right ratios of proteins, carbs and fats. (see below -goal chart, actuals for the day chart)
What if you made a shift in some of your behaviors, what would happen? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’d love to hear what shift you’re willing to make in your routine to help you stay motivated and on track with your weight loss and fitness goals.
Keep building on good decisions and you’ll see the results you’re working to hard so achieve!