I neglected to weigh myself on my official weigh in day (Friday), and didn’t write my weekly Friday Fitness & Weight Loss update on my blog that day either, as you can see. I did weigh myself today (Monday) and I’m up 0.8 lbs after last week’s mega gain. I’m sad to say that I’ve regained over half of what I lost during this journey, even since early May. Back then I thought by now I would have reached a normal Body Mass Index (BMI). It has not happened. I guess I could punish myself mentally and feel like I’ve failed, but I’m not going to. I keep writing these updates, and I am still a lower weight than when I started. I guess even if I gained all of the weight back (and more), I could at least say that I’ve learned from this experience.
I will continue to focus on the positive in this post. A good thing is that I’m finally at a point where I can follow a regular routine again. I’m hoping the stressors in my life will continue to ease, as they suddenly have. I’m crossing my fingers that no new stressor shows up. I just want peace.
Oddly, my physical activity levels increased drastically during these past weeks of gains. Obviously, the calories I burned still didn’t bypass the many calories I took in. Last week, I wrote a lot about how stressed out I’ve been, and some resulting binge eating. This past week, I didn’t binge eat, but did indulge in sweets my husband and I prepared for house guests. You could say that I should have prepared some lower calorie options for myself. You’re right, but I didn’t.
The strange thing is that my stress levels caused me to clench and grind my teeth so much that I had a toothache for almost a week. And yet that didn’t stop my eating. Luckily the toothache is almost gone, as are the sweets I prepared. The time has come for me to regroup and get back on track again with my diet and fitness journey.
Week 17 weight change: + 0.8 lbs ( +0.36 kg)
Total weight loss to date (over 17 weeks): – 4.4 lbs ( – 2 kg)
Week’s exercise (above & beyond): As mentioned, I was much more active this week than in many past weeks, but as they say, exercise alone is usually not enough for notable weight loss. One must almost always watch their calorie or other food type consumption for results.
I am happy that overall my motivation and energy levels are up. I would love to be able to combine more fitness into my weight loss journey. The fitness aspect has been relatively lacking in the past months, even during good weight loss weeks. I do know that the combination is the real ticket to good health/wellness. I’ll admit that it is hot and humid as hell outside. That sucks! But I’ve been involved in plenty of inside activities. Spring cleaning in summer? And then soon autumn will show its first signs. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and the time when I’m usually at most peace and most clear-headed.
Interim goal: Rid my house of any remaining high calorie foods that overly tempt me (send them to work with my hubby), and start planning this week’s menu to include meals that stay within my diet goals. I’ll be sure to make some healthful recipes, one or two of which I’ll share next week.
Yes, the sweets were a temptation, but other than that I usually didn’t eat too big of portions, with one glaring exception:
All You Can Eat Chinese Buffets
I put the above in red font for a good reason. They are evil!