You guys were so incredibly nice to me when I posted my big weight-loss success back in January, I thought it would be good to give you an update on my progress since then.
And, by progress, I mean total lack thereof.
Since early February, I have been going down and up the same two or three pounds. Thankfully, I have yet to climb back into the hated 200s. But I haven’t broken through 196, either. I have my exercise to thank and my eating to blame.
Exercise has been going reasonably well. After some significant leg pain the few weeks leading up to and during my race, I checked myself into Physical Therapy and am off the pavement for a few more weeks. But I started a swimming class and got a babysitter, so I’m swimming laps and have started taking Spinning classes for the first time in about six years. I’m working out with reasonable frequency and intensity.
And that’s the only reason I haven’t shot back up. My eating has been rotten for the last two months. I could say it started with the stress (and constant presence of M&Ms) of potty training, and that’s part of it. But I also was taking things for granted before that, not counting as carefully, “getting away with” one cheat after another. And so, it caught up with me.
The pounds aren’t piling back on, but I can tell I’m on a slippery slope. The new jeans are a little tighter than I’d like, the eating out is getting more careless. A little less exercise, and the balance will quickly tip in the wrong direction.
So, today I am trying to re-commit and get back on track with my weight loss. Bill wrote a post on the Shredheads blog yesterday that he may has well have plucked directly from my head. And today began the April Challenge – track your food.
It’s a little tricky, with my food already weirdly restricted by Passover, but I’m going to do my best. As of today, my biggest focus is re-upping my water intake and re-committing to my no-eating-after-8PM rule. I will track my food the best I can, though I’m giving myself a bit of leeway while Passover is going on. Either way, as we all know, the biggest difference is a real awareness of what you’re putting in your mouth, instead of mindless eating and snacking.
So far this morning, I’ve consumed 3 points (I get 25) and drank 24 ounces of water. How do I feel? Well, kinda crappy, as you do when you start restricting again. But it’s good.
Break time is over, let’s do this.