How long it’s taken me to lose 10 lbs, and the things I’ve learned along the way!
Last November I decided I needed to stop the weight creep before I returned back to my pre-weight loss size.
I hit 117 lbs in the fall (my starting weight). While I know that isn’t alarming in itself, it did make me a little nervous because the scale was increasing, and I didn’t want to have to start all over again where I was 3 years ago. I would really like to be better at maintenance though so I don’t have to get to a point where I have to be so meticulous about my diet. (and I’m only 5’0″ for reference)
But, since November 5th when I wrote this post declaring I would continue to share my food every day until I lost 10 lbs (thinking it would take me 30 days. hahahaha), it has officially taken 24 weeks. 6 months! Losing 1/2 pound per week. But the last 6lbs was in the last 6 weeks. My weigh-in to officially mark the 10lb point was April 27th. (read factors to consider how long it really takes to lose weight here.)
I know I could’ve lost it quicker, but to be honest, I think the restriction necessary to do it faster probably wasn’t worth it. Between November 5th and this week, I had my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, a cruise, etc. So, being 100% all the time, really wasn’t as important to me.
However, it’s important to say, I NEVER gave up. I got right back at it the day after not tracking. I never stopped. I enjoyed my life, and I met my goal.
It also should be noted that while I started off with 1500 calories (probably more due to untracked or unweighed food), I did have to drop to 1200 calories in the last 6 weeks to see the scale start to move.
And at the end of the day, 6 months, while It might seem like a long time to stick with a plan, upon reflection, it’s not that long! On reflection, the time is going to pass anyway, so why not reach your goals once and for all!
What I’ve learned about weight loss
What I’ve learned is
- Unless I’m tracking, when I think I’m in a calorie deficit, I’m really not. Naturally, being a lover of food, I will always push the limits of what I think is the right amount. (SEE THE TIK TOK BELOW! It is me to the nth degree!
- I’ve learned 1 day of overeating can take 3-4 days to recover from. And by recover, I mean, have my weight return to what it was before the ONE indulgent day.
- I’ve learned that I’m not allowed to say, “This isn’t working”, unless I’m 1000% honest with weighing my food (again, see tiktok above!)
- I’ve learned that consistency is the key above all else. 6 days of eating in a deficit and 1 day of overeating for me usually equals a 7 day average of no deficit at all.
- I’ve learned that the less time I spend in the kitchen, the less I think about food.
- I’ve learned that with the a strong enough “why”, I actually DO have self discipline.
- I’ve learned that I can still lose weight WHILE eating delicious food.
- I’ve learned that I love weight training.
- I’ve learned I really like the feeling of being “full” – Forget those “mini-meals! I like BIG, high volume meals”.
- Because of my size, I’ve learned I do need to eat pretty low calories to see weight loss. And that’s OK. It’s not “unfair”. It’s just science.
- I’ve learned the scale can fluctuate a LOT and I shouldn’t let it create drama in my life.
- I’ve learned, calories between meals can REALLY add up. (see my 3 meals a day diet here)
Anyway, what have you learned about weight loss?
Full day of eating at 1385 calories!
So, now that I’m VERY close to my goal, and I still have 5 weeks till the bikini show, I’m increasing my calories to around 1300-1400 calories and hopefully I can keep it there for the next 5 weeks, and just really come in looking full and healthy!
𝟏𝟓𝟖 𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐢𝐧, 𝟏𝟎𝟕 𝐠 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐬, 𝟑𝟓 𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐭
- 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭: 1 cup egg whites. 1whole egg, 100 g blueberries, 125 g banana, 45 g mushrooms, 2 slices turkey bacon,
- 𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡:. Salad with 6 ounces chicken breasts, 150 g cucumber, 2 tablespoon bolthouse ranch dressing, 1/2 ounce shredded cheese, 50 g carrots, 5 cherry tomatoes, and croutons!
- 𝐒𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐤 Blueberry protein waffles! 100 g blueberries, 1/2 cup egg whites, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder.
- 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 125 g asparagus, 100 g sweet potato, and 6 ounces chicken breasts