There’s More to Life than your Next Meal (Day 10 of 10 lb weight loss journey)

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Day 10 of my weight loss journal, 1500 calories. When it feels like it isn’t fair that you have to suffer so much just to lose 10- lbs, remember to make life more interesting than your next meal. (See the other days in this weight loss journal here)

Day 10 Life beyond food

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Well, not gonna lie. I was not happy about the scale today. It sure feels like I’m not making any progress, despite trying so hard!

I believe the last 10 lbs are so hard for people to lose because the balance between struggling (suffering), and the payoff (losing 10lbs) we might not think is worth it. When you’re only 10bs away from your goal, eating a Crumbl cookie now is a trade off most of us are willing to make, even if you REALLY want to lose 10 lbs.

But, there is something really important to remember. As someone who has LOVES how I feel at my goal weight, and someone who let myself have the cookie for more than 40 years…. the payoff IS worth it!!!

I used to be pretty upset with the weight loss mindset of “It’s not fair!”.

  • Everyone else doesn’t have to be so rigid with their diet, just to be at a desirable weight!”
  • It’s also not fair that I have to miss out on many delicious treats.
  • It’s not fair that I have to suffer indefinitely to keep the body I want.

But the new healthier Amy has reframed this thinking and I have new thoughts!

  • I am grateful for my body encouraging me to eat healthy food. Honestly, If I were effortlessly at my goal weight, I’d probably eat like crap.
  • I spent over 40 years “not missing out” on delicious food, and it did not give me the life I wanted. Saying no to an 800 calorie cookie is not missing out. That’s choosing a great life.
  • This isn’t suffering. Stop being so dramatic! Haha.

Life Beyond Food!

If you’ve read my story about my first bikini prep weight loss, you might remember this quote that kept me on track. “May your life be more interesting than your next meal”.

My life does not need to be all about food. I love food. I’m even in a culinary program right now, and I’m a food blogger. BUT, thoughts of food doesn’t have to take complete ownership of my brain.

It was then that I realized I needed other adult hobbies than EATING! I enjoy eating a lot. I enjoy cooking, and I enjoy browsing recipes online. But, most days, when I’m just eating eggs and oatmeal every morning, there should be something that gets me excited beyond food.

It turns out, I do have things I like to do besides eat! Some of them are

  • Taking pictures
  • Hiking
  • Doing puzzles
  • Studying religion
  • Listening to podcasts
  • Doing makeup
  • Playing games with my kids
  • Reading

I’d love to hear what some of your adult hobbies are beyond food! I’m always looking for something to busy myself doing.

Day 10: 117.4

Ugh. I’m not going to say anything about that number today. I just want to ignore it.

My Meals

I just posted some pictures of the new, 2022 seasonal Built Bars on my article here. Honestly, these have helped me to never feel deprived. I love them sooo much!

For my meals, I ate

My Workout

Today was leg day! Why do I love leg day so much?

This was a great 7 mile run today! Just barely over 60 minutes. Even though I’m probably still recovering from the long run on Saturday, I averaged a 9:30 pace. My proximal hamstring tendonopathy has been getting better!

I listened to one of Brodie Sharp’s podcast about a new study for hamstring tendonopathy therapy. This study had a guy lift really heavy loads, slow and controlled. He did squats, leg curls, dead lifts, etc. So for leg day, I went VERY heavy, and counted 3 seconds for each direction of my lift. Felt great!

That’s it for today.


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