I’ve decided I’m an “all in” or “all out” type of girl. I am either committed to actively losing weight, or I stop tracking my food and my workouts get lazy until my clothes are too tight to wear.
That’s where I find myself today! In fact, I wrote this exact same post 1 year ago this month. However, November 2023 I’m now 4 lbs up from that “high weight” of November 2022. And, from reading my posts from last year, it actually took me 6 months to get that 10lbs off. Seems unfair. So, why do I let myself get back to this weight every fall?
My NEW GOAL is to get these (now 14lbs) off again, but this time to not transition to being lazy and hope I can find my maintenance. I don’t know why I think I can keep the weight off while NOT tracking my food. If I have to track my food indefinitely, I’ve told myself that’s OK. I actually don’t mind tracking food. It’s all the untrackable meals (holidays, camping, eating out, etc.) that trigger my lack of tracking. And once I’ve eaten so many meals without tracking, it takes so long to get back into it again. Why? I don’t know!
The truth is, I LIKE having a weight loss goal and actively working towards it. It gives me structure to my meals, and intentions for my workouts. No goal (which is how I view maintenance for the most part), makes it difficult to stay motivated.
I also like blogging about my experience. On online diary about weight loss for me not only uncovers my thoughts, excuses, and struggles, but it also captures what’s working for me so I can go back and re-gain some of that motivation, meal plans, recipes, and workouts!
And as I said in my April 2023 post when I lost 10lbs earlier this year, “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.“
So, here we go again. I know there are probably zero people reading blogs like in the old days, which is why I’m doing it just for me anyway!
Some things I LOVE about being my “ideal weight”.
- I love putting clothes on in the morning! When everything fits, and nothing feels tight or hangs awkwardly, I’m in such a good mood!
- I have more confidence. I really do. Experts will tell you that you should have confidence at any size. But I will say from experience, my confidence soars when I feel good about my size.
- I don’t hide from pictures and videos. I rarely take photos of myself, but when I do, I don’t want to look at the pictures and not recognize myself.
- I feel physically better when I eat the proper amount of food. Overeating makes me tired, lethargic, cranky, and unmotivated.
- And finally, I like running better when I’m under 110lbs. Running IS Easier! I can run faster!
Here are the excuses I’ve been noticing are coming up for me in how I justify multiple spoonful’s of peanut butter, sleeve’s of Ritz Crackers, or 3 tortillas for an after “breakfast snack”.
- Excuse #1: I don’t really want to lose weight any more. I’d rather just stay where I am and eat whatever I want (which is a lie.. because I really DO want to lose weight, and I feel CRAPPY eating whatever I want).
- Excuse #2 “One more tortilla isn’t going to keep me from my weight loss goals. I’ve eaten tortillas before and reached my goal. The tortilla isn’t the problem.” Truth PLUS lies here. The tortilla isn’t the problem . The problem is craving a tortilla, despite already eating three tortillas. That’s the problem.
- Excuse #3 “I need to get organized and finalize a plan before I start.” Lie! I don’t need to reinvent the wheel. I have a plan. I freaking SELL the plan. What I need to do is start DOING The damn plan.
The 2023 10 lb plan
While I know what to do to lose weight (keep my calories at 1200-1500 and my protein above 125g per day), I have been making food decisions on the fly for far too long. So, my first step is to write down my food plan. But more than that, If I add the daily plan to MyFitnessPal before the day starts, I am pretty good at executing what’s on the plan!
When I write the plan the night before, then I know if I should stop at the grocery store on the way home from the gym. I won’t get derailed by not having the right food.
So, here’s the plan! For what it’s worth- It’s the SAME plan that I sell in a 1200 calorie version and a 1500 calorie version here. The difference is, I developed 240 different recipes for the plan I sell, whereas this is just the template! (PRINT HERE!)
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And for my workouts- I need to program a training plan into my Garmin. It’s actually VERY cool how you can program a garmin, so you can follow it during your run. When I have it programmed, I’ll DO the program, whether I feel like it or not.
When I don’t have it programmed, I just run however long I feel like that day, which lately has been not a lot! So, tomorrow, I’ll write my workout plan as a new post..
I’m SOOO Ready to get this started! And, I need accountability to myself via this online journal. SO, here we go! Expect a LOT more articles! (after I go out to eat ONE MORE TIME! My husband is taking me out for a birthday dinner and a show tonight. …so, of course I’m gonna start tomorrow. LOL