This post is not easy to write, because it’s going to be about things that I don’t want to admit to you, my readers, or myself. I’m having a bit of a pity party this morning, and it’s not going well, let me tell you. I’m super frustrated right now, primarily with myself, because I feel like this is something completely within my control and I’m not controlling it. Not even a little bit.
If you’ve followed my journey at all, you know that I have struggled with my weight pretty much my entire adult life. I’ve gained and lost, and gained and lost, and gained. This year, I decided I really need to do something about it. I’m way too heavy, and ignoring the problem isn’t going to fix it. I began WW in January. I’ve had a decent amount of success – I’ve lost nearly 29 pounds since January 11. And it isn’t that I’m not happy with that, because I am. But I’ve stalled out over the last month and I’m frustrated. I think it’s really just a plateau, but that doesn’t make it better.
I’m not giving up. I’m just looking for ways to bust through the plateau. On the first of June, I started what’s called #ssprenglestyle on WW. It’s called that after the guy who decided to use most, if not all, of his weekly points over two or three days in the middle of his week. He had success with it, losing weight each week. It’s not really a revolutionary idea; I ran in to the same idea many years ago when I was calorie counting. The basic theory is that if you eat close to the same number of calories each day, your body becomes accustomed to it and it slows down your metabolism. Whether or not it’s true is anyone’s guess, but many people have noticed a difference in their weight loss when they have a “cheat day.”
This isn’t really a cheat day, per se, because you’re still tracking everything, and you’re not actually going outside your allotted points for the week. It’s just in the way you choose to eat them that varies. You are supposed to use most of your weekly points over a three day period, and stick to, or close to, your daily points for the other four days of your week. Realize that in the case of WW, “week” means the seven day period in between your weigh ins. The first day of my WW week is Thursday, because that’s when I decided to set my weigh in day. My three day period for eating most of my weeklies starts on Friday and ends on Sunday night. Well, that’s the way I thought it would work.
And for the most part, for the first two weeks, it has. This week, I didn’t hit my goal of eating 10 extra points on Friday, but I made up for it on Saturday. Based on my evaluation below, I didn’t even really come close to doing it the right way.
I peaked at the scale this morning, and I am down almost a pound, from last Thursday, but I’ve already been here before. I started the month at 248.2, and that’s where I am right now. I ended May at 250, though. I think the problem is … I’m weighing myself too much. I get discouraged when I see normal weight fluctuations from day to day. If I stuck to weighing myself once a week, I would have seen 251.2 on May 30th, 249 on June 6th, and hopefully at least 248.2 on June 13. That would be a nearly 3 pound loss in two weeks.
Wow … it just occurred to me that weighing myself every day is actually hindering my progress and excitement in this journey. Granted, I was at 249 back in mid-May, but I had a bit of a gain at the end of May that put me back to the 251.2 I was on May 30th. I just went back to my spreadsheet where I track calories, WW points and weight (I know, I have issues) and removed all the extraneous weigh ins and I’ve found that there were a few weeks where I stayed even and didn’t lose or gain anything, and a few times I’ve weighed in and gained, but overall, I’ve been fairly consistent in my losses. I didn’t start the “gain and lose” cycle until May, which isn’t nearly as long as I thought it had been (I thought it had started back in April).
Now that I’ve got that worked out, and looking back at June, I haven’t really been following the #ssprenglestyle format. My high points days aren’t really all that high, though they are higher than other days, except last Wednesday. Not sure what happened there, but … sure. Even so, I did see a loss of 2.2 pounds last week, so I’m hoping to see at least a one pound loss this week. We went out for Mexican food last night, and even though I stuck to chicken, it wasn’t exactly healthy chicken, and there is a fair amount of sodium in anything you eat out. I’ll be pushing water today to try to move some of that out of my system and hope for a good weigh in tomorrow.
Once I’ve weighed in tomorrow, I’m going to do something with my scales to keep me from stepping on them every single morning. I’m wearing myself out worrying about daily weight fluctuations, and it’s skewing my view of what’s actually happening.
The other thing I’m going to do is get better at prepping meals for work. Breakfast is pretty easy for me – turkey sausage, fruit, a fairly low point cereal. Lunch is the pain. I need to get better at prepping lunches so I don’t get tired of salads. I have been eating a LOT of salads the last six months. I need to cook some chicken and some vegetables, and/or buy some sandwich fixings and pack those. I need to get better about having a plan for dinner each night (the last two nights, we’ve eaten out because we’ve been washed out at night). And I really need to get back in to the habit of walking and working out. It got hot and I stopped walking in the garage at lunch time.
This week’s plan:
- Meal prep
- No weighing in daily
- Exercise three times, minimum