Happy end of 2020, fellow fitblrs!
I’ve been feeling a bit down the last week or so. In mid November I shifted away from calorie counting and into intuitive eating where I just try to make the right choices and portion appropriately and have still been losing weight steadily. But at the end of December, with all the Christmas food, I had my first week of gaining weight last week (+0.1 lb) and am probably on track for gaining again this week (~1 lb).
But honestly, the more I think about it, the more I know I should not be feeling bad about this. I mean, am I really going to give up Christmas cookies forever? Am I really going to pass up pasta at the office Christmas party forever? Am I going to walk by cheese plates without eating some cheese? No. This time of year is just a time of year when I eat more richly, and I think I just have to accept that this time of year naturally comes with a little uptick in weight. And that’s okay! Because it’s only once a year.
And overall, look how good my pattern has been! I’ve been closing my Apple Watch rings every day since I got this watch. I’ve now had more health-conscious days of pandemic than unhealthy unhinged days. And my average weight each month has been declining.
So I’m giving myself permission to feel good instead of guilty. Here’s to 2021!
Losing weight won’t make you happier
It’s not so black and white tho. No weight loss won’t fix your self image or your negative thinking patterns. But if you NEED to lose weight for your health it will make you happier because the quality of your life will increase. You will be able to do more things, be in less physical pain, not have to worry about some diseases. So in some ways weight loss won’t magically make you happy. But if you are actually overweight or obese it will increase your quality of life and that WILL make people happy. Again life isn’t black and white.
Also! For some people (hi!) eating healthy and exercising can be a form of self care, and losing weight is often a happy side effect of that if you’re obese or overweight.
But I think the original point—losing weight don’t make you happier—can and should make people think about what they really want when they plan to lose weight. If you want to healthier, be able to move faster, get stronger, feel better, losing weight (in a healthy way) will probably help you achieve those goals! But if you want someone in particular to fall in love with you, weight loss probably isn’t going to make it happen unless that person kind of sucks. If you want to be able to fit into a certain outfit, consider if you might be just as happy buying clothes in the size you’re in.
Classic dieting though—depriving yourself of things you love, going to bed hungry, etc., is probably not going to make you happy in the short term or make lasting change. I think that’s why it’s worthwhile to think about why you want what you want and work towards that specifically rather than just the numbers on the scale.
Losing weight is hard
Changing your lifestyle or fitness levels is hard
You will make mistakes
You will learn a lot about yourself and those around you
Its OK and normal to be scared that you will fail - lets talk about it
Its OK to be honest about your fears - lets talk about it
Don’t be afraid to change your method or direction if its not working
You don’t have to pretend your journey is easy to make your followers happy
Be humble. Love yourself.
This. Yes to all of this.
Good morning fitblrs!
A couple of months I posted about having finally bought a new scale and weighing in for the first time during the pandemic. Since then, I’ve been steadily eating healthier, exercising more, and losing weight.
When you have done the lose weight gain weight cycles as many times as I have you can tell pretty easily if your heart is actually in it or not, and I have to tell you, I feel pretty good about it right now.
I’m just doing normal calorie counting and trying to focus on portion control, which has been surprisingly easy, probably because we can’t really go to restaurants or other people’s houses.
But I’m doing a few things differently this time and I think they are what has really been helping me:
1. I’m weighing in daily but focusing on my weekly (Sunday through Saturday) average. This has been SO HELPFUL for my mindset—any day I weigh in, if it’s a bad number or a good number it doesn’t matter. The reason it helps to think of it in terms of averages for me is that I often fluctuate a fair amount. This week my highest weigh-in was 234.2 (Sunday) and my lowest was 229 (Friday). My average, always calculated saturday, is 231.2. The great thing is that every single week so far (11 weeks) my average has been lower than the previous week, which helps me see the trend.
2. I’m treating Saturdays as maintenance days. The rest of the week I try to stay within a calorie allowance (1200 calories plus 100 calories for each 1000 steps; usually my calorie allowance ends up being between 2000 and 2200 calories), but on Saturday I just focus on eating no more than what I’m burning. Unsurprisingly, this results in higher Sunday weigh-ins:
But since I’m measuring an average anyway, this doesn’t really bother me much at all. It helps give me one day a week where it’s easier to budget in a milkshake or fried chicken, or whatever it is I’m craving. I think it’s also good to get used to the idea of eating for maintenance, because one day that will be my goal. I imagine that as I get closer to my eventual goal, I can add another maintenance day or two into my week.
3. I bought myself an Apple Watch, and tbh I frickin love it. It’s really helping me think about exercise more holistically rather than only as steps. I love to close those rings!
Fingers crossed that things keep going this well, fitblrs.
Guess who finally bought a new scale and can now tell how all the pandemic snacking/not being able to leave the apartment much is affecting my body?
That’s right it’s me!
Ah well, what can you do?
I don’t even know how many of my followers are still around, but life updates: i got engaged this January. Still lawyering. Feel like I was hovering at 220ish for most of the last couple of years (I know that’s where I was at the end of the whole30 last August) and honestly felt like I was doing pretty okay. I was focusing on longterm maintenance not loss, and overall I think I was doing that.
But alas, 2020 gonna 2020. The pandemic has kicked my butt! I haven’t been moving as much as normal and have been definitely eating more than I’ve been burning.
Oddly the turning point was someone on insta asking if I had lost weight and I was like…no definitely not, but now that I think of it I bet I’m gaining. And lo and behold, I had been.
So I’m back on the calorie counting train now. Hopefully I’ll be able to hold on until the pandemic ends and get myself back where I’d like to be.
I’m going to try to be active on here because I really think that was a big part of my original success.
So here’s to you, fitblr! It’s good to be back.
Mmmmm nothing like a tasty and colorful meal! Chicken tacos (based on Chrissy Teigen’s fish taco recipe) and corn on the cob. Super satisfying and only 550 calories.
So I’ve been trying Noom for the past six weeks or so now. And I’ve been liking it! It feels like I’m breaking bad habits and learning strategies for the future.
In an effort to get back on tumblr more I’m going to try to post some of the more interactive stuff on here.
It really does a good job of helping you focus on the important stuff and addressing unhealthy thought patterns, which is really helping me.
Getting back on the wagon is hard but I’m about six weeks in, 13 pounds lighter, and trying to get back on tumblr again.
Today’s lunch: my favorite restaurant’s pasta salad leftovers, bulked up with a bunch of shrimp!
What #Fitspo thinks it means: “Eating well and exercising will make you lose weight! If you aren’t losing weight, that means that you aren’t actually eating well or exercising enough! And if you are losing weight, then obviously you’re eating a healthy diet and exercising just the right amount!”
What is should actually mean: If you’re eating a filling, balanced diet while staying active, then your body is going settle into it’s healthiest weight. Maybe you’ll lose some pounds, maybe you’ll gain some, or maybe you’ll still be experiencing some health issues that influence your overall weight. But do the best you can and you’ll be fine. Weight is not the best way to gauge your fitness.
All right you guys, I made a big choice today. I signed up for three months of weight watchers.
Since July I’ve been trying to eat healthy and lose some of the weight I’ve gained. I’ve been doing a weird version of weight watchers where I tracked smartpoints but gave myself infinite rollover. It honestly worked really well. I weighed 237 in January, and in mid October I was down to 205.
Unfortunately with thanksgiving and other holiday stuff I’ve crept back up to 211.
When I heard WW was rolling out an update I decided to commit at the beginning of this new week. I’m going to try again. I’m paying for it. I’m doing it. Christmas or no.
It’s been four weeks since the color run, and I’ve been doing a good job of staying on track–I’ve lost ten pounds (aka, I’m pretty much back to my pre-bar exam weight).
Last night was my former roommate’s bachelorette party, which as the maid of honor I planned. It was a tough day to eat healthy, but I actually felt pretty good about it when I woke up today.
Little bachelorette non-scale victories:
Of course, there were also some less healthy decisions (two beers instead of one at the brewery; getting a shot at the second bar, a cider at the third bar, and a shot and a cocktail at the fourth bar instead of sticking to my rum and diet coke plan; eating fettucine alfredo at all when i could have filled up on chicken) but you know what? I’m happy with the balance I struck.
Also, and relatedly, this photo of me was posted by a friend of mine last night and my dad liked it so much he told me so right away this morning. It was a fun, celebratory night, and I’m glad I kept myself fairly in check.
Lol can you tell it’s portion division night at my place? Just spent an hour dividing bags of snacks into appropriate portions, because everything is okay in moderation.
Apple slices and pb2 for a nighttime snack!
- More determination
- More persistence
- Less overeating
- Drinking more water
- Eating more fruits and vegetables
- Cutting down on “bad” carbs
- Cutting down on refined fats and sugars
- More active
- Positive change in mood and behavior
- Clothes getting loose
I see so many posts that start off with “It may not seem like much to you” or “I know this isn’t impressive but…”
The only person you are competing with is you.
If this is your first time lifting and you lifted 10 lbs, then celebrate! You just set a record! If this is your first time walking and you walked a mile - that is freaking amazing!!!
Learning this lesson early will make your journey more enjoyable and more successful.
I look forward to cheering you along the way!