After I wrote last week’s post, I realized something wasn’t right. I know how weight loss works–you consume less calories than you burn. But when I start to feel guilty about eating a date or cashews or even something unhealthy like a Redd’s Blueberry ale, I have to take a step back. Yes, I want to lose a few pounds, but I’m just not willing to restrict myself in a way that doesn’t work for me. Maybe I don’t want to lose weight enough, but having a drink on my patio while enjoying the spring sunshine and breezes with flocks of birds chirping all around me seems worth the points.
So this past week I dialed the strictness back. I started eating a little more during the day and allowed myself to indulge a bit more on the weekend. I also tried eating sensibly and not tracking on the weekend. I eventually want to transition out of tracking my food, so I need to learn how to not go overboard without tracking. I feel like I did pretty good this weekend. If I’m slower to lose weight, so be it. I did give myself three months to work on this. I’d rather indulge a little more and lose weight more slowly than be really strict and feel guilty whenever I go over my points–especially when I’m not talking about eating cupcakes but rather a date!
As for actual weight loss, yes, I’ve said I want to lose enough to feel good about my shape and not be tied to a number on the scale. But I’m still weighing myself weekly to measure my progress. I’ve enough of a veteran to not freak out if I gain; I know very well that I can be perfect for the whole week and not lose or even gain because sometimes weight loss is a finicky thing. I’ll be reporting my weight loss every four weeks so I’m not too focused on weekly fluctuations.
What’s more important is that I’m beginning to see a change in my body. With my body type, I carry all my weight on the bottom and am not used to having any flab on my upper body or stomach. I knew I needed to lose a few pounds when I saw some flab in those areas. Now, I’m feeling a bit less flabbier and seeing more definition in my upper body and less flab in my belly. I took the following picture, but it’s a bit deceptive because I feel like anyone who flexes like this will look more defined. It’s like when you stick your belly out for one photo then suck it in the next and claim to have lost 10 pounds. Still, I can tell in this photo that I have less flab on my back, and you can see even in my belly area there’s not much muffin top over my waistband like there was. Good progress for sure!
This will be my last week of my current strength training routine. I’m increasing my weights while keeping the sets to 3. Next week I’ll start a new routine that I’ll share.
My half marathon training plan includes a week of rest after the race and then two weeks of slow, easy runs before you can add mileage and incorporate speedwork. I’m just starting to add speedwork, which will help bump up the calorie burn.
This past week has been all about wraps. Whole-wheat tortillas are 2 points, and there’s so many different, easy-to-prepare options. I fill mine with either hummus, beans, or tofu and veggies. This week I made the following:
- Roasted chickpea wraps: I roast chickpeas with taco seasoning and fill the wrap with red onion, avocado, and shredded cabbage.
- Smoky black bean wraps: I make a smoky mayo out of vegan mayo, liquid smoke, and chipotle powder then add black beans and chopped spinach.
I’m going to focus again on eating sensibly over the weekend without tracking. Or, maybe I just track snacks and drinks. I’ll keep experimenting to see what works for me.
I’m also going to review again the book Racing Weight to see what types of speed workouts it suggests.
How’s everyone else doing with spring fitness goals? And I have to know: Who else does the before-and-after shots with your belly sticking out and then sucked in? I love sticking my belly out and telling my husband I’m pregnant, but he never believes me.