I learned something last week. 1297 calories is not a lot of food! I was probably only successful eating within that limit for a few days out of the week. I wasn’t counting my daily exercise against my calorie total, so I know I had some breathing room in there to eat some extra viddles. Still, I lost two pounds and I am very happy with the results.
It was an eye opening experiment, and I am going to continue to track my food intake until I get it down. Basically, I had to sacrifice most of my snacking to eat within my calorie range. The handfuls of grapes and cherries I would consume when I opened the refrigerator are a thing of the past. Truthfully, I was hungry. If I was hungry, I ate something because I don’t believe that I should ever be hungry. Given the fact I really don’t know how much I’m burning with my workouts, I would eat a light snack (80-100 calories) if I was hungry to balance things out.
I’m coming up to a big milestone with my weight loss. I’ve lost 24 pounds so far, and I am ACHING to get over the 25 pound hump! It represents a lot of things for me. First, if I can lose 26 pounds, I will be the same weight I was when we moved to New England from Florida. I call those excess 25 pounds my “New England Weight.” Not that I’m making excuses for my weight gain, but moving back here was extremely stressful.
For the first 8 months, we were living with my father-in-law, crammed into one room with our large dog. I was working remotely for the first time, and had to set up my home office and business from his house. My husband was traveling weekly, and it was just me and his father all day long. Not that we don’t get along, but he’s not a very chatty person, and it could be quite awkward at times. Although I think he enjoyed having us around, I felt we were an imposition. My father-in-law is a really super skinny guy, who can eat anything and not gain a pound, so I would make a lot of meals for him I wouldn’t normally prepare. He doesn’t eat a lot of healthy foods (frozen dinners, frozen everything..), although I was able to successfully introduce broccoli into his life (I’m very proud of this)! I was so grateful for his generosity letting us stay with him, and I wanted to do anything I could for him, so cooking big pasta meals and baked goods during the week was something I could offer that he enjoyed. I figured even if something like Baked Ziti isn’t the healthiest of meal choices, it was better than his prepackaged frozen meals, and on occasion I could even hide a vegetable in the food. Of course he is still super skinny, but my waistline took a big toll during this time period. We eventually found a house, but looking for a place in New England that would be suitable for not only our budget, but our over-sized Florida furniture was not an easy task. It’s a miracle it only took 8 months.
Second, after we bought a house, it was just one bad thing after another – my husband had some health issues, our dog passed away, and a few other things I won’t get into – it was just not a happy time. On top of everything, I was feeling so unhealthy and I hit the fattest I had ever been in my life. I became very depressed, and gained about 15 extra pounds in just a few months. On some level, if I can erase the total of 25 pounds that I gained during this time period, I feel like I can have a fresh start. It’s silly, I know, but this weight has been a constant reminder of the misery during that time period. I want it to go away. I have been SO CLOSE for 7 weeks now, and it’s way overdue. It feels as if the scale just doesn’t want me to forget.
Lastly, I’m finishing up my 30 Day Shred this week (4 more workouts to go!), and if I can lose 2 pounds, then that will attribute 10 pounds to the Jillian Michael’s portion of my program. She won’t come close to the 16 pounds I lost when I was doing Tony Horton’s Power 90, but 10 pounds is not too shabby. I think it would make Jillian proud to hit double digits for her.
Therefore, I am going to be extra vigilant this week in regards to counting my calories. It seemed to work for me last week, and I am just dying to lose another 2 pounds again this week. I haven’t lost 2 pounds in back to back weeks since I started my program, so hopefully I am not setting myself up for disappointment, but I’m just going to really try my best. I think it’s a very doable goal, and reaching this milestone will help motivate me in the final stretch. Let’s do this!