Saturday, September 19, 2009

Arguing With Myself

I’m still feeling pretty unnerved and confused over whether I have been making some major mistakes this early in my journey, but I have decided that I probably can’t do much about it over the weekend. Part of me thinks, “Screw it! It’s working so there’s no reason to change anything!” while another portion of myself advises, “This all needs to be sustainable, so make sure you are doing it the correct way.” A third part of my psyche pipes up with, “Long term success is definitely the goal, but that needs to come from what feels natural and what you’re doing seems to be providing exactly that,” and then one last resounding voice in the back yells, “Go get ice cream!”

- 11 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 nectarine
- 1/2 pan fried mustard chicken breast
- 1 slice of brown bread with margarine
- 1 1/2 cups of strawberries
- 2 cups of baby carrots with fat free five herb dressing
- 1 1/2 cups of celery with 2 Tb. light peanut butter

- 2 hours and 15 minutes of walking completed in 2 outings (1 hour and 10 minutes long and 1 hour and 5 minutes long)
- 7 sets of 30 stomach crunches (3 straight, 2 right, and 2 left)
- 2 sets of 10 knee push ups
- 1 set of 5 minutes of weight lifting with 5 lbs per arm


  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Seriously, don't worry too much, if you are getting results that you are happy with and if you feel you can sustain the diet and exercise for how long it takes you to get to goal - and beyond, hopefully, then you will be fine. If things slow down or you are feeling overstressed/unwell, then consider eating differently or working out differently, but if you feel OK and it is working, carry on!

  2. don't you be beating yourself up about this. If it is working for you and it certainly looks that way from here, don't be worrying.

    I know you don't count calories and a lot of people don't and again if it works what's the problem. I am the opposite, I have tried not counting caloires and I don't get anywhere. It is different strokes for different folks.

    As long as you know you are eating healthy food and the exercise is working you are on the right track.

    I wish I could drink water like you, that is where I fall down, I don't drink enough.


  3. I know that for me, when I get busy and eat under the reccomended amount, I don't lose nearly as much that week. Also, when I treat myself, I usually see a couple days later that it helped boost up my loss.
    Just make sure that you are getting enough calories to function so that your body doesn't go into starvation mode and horde the weight.

  4. I weigh more than you and met with an RD one time. She told me I should aim for about 1500 calories a day. I am no expert, but I would say stick with what works over the weekend and then try to find a professional to help you on your journey. I think we all want long-term health as much as anything! You are doing great, don't beat yourself up.

  5. I think that as long as you are not going below 1200 calories then you are probably fine. Have you ever looked at SparkPeople's site? It's a free site, and they have great tracking tools, both for food and exercise. They also give you recommended target calories, etc. You probably already heard of it, but if now you might want to check it out.

    Honestly, I lost my weight fast by today's standards. I lost an average of 12 pounds a month, but the first couple of months it was more than that.

    Just by cutting back my food from "way out of control" to "reasonable for my desired weight" I lost a lot in the beginning.

    How do you feel? Do you have energy? Those things also come into play when evaluating your plan.

  6. I think I know where you're coming from. I can be moving along, perfectly confident because whatever I'm doing is getting results. And then, out of nowhere, something external rocks my confidence. It may be someone else who is doing low carb, or doing way more exercise. It doesn't really matter what it is, it causes me to second guess what I'm doing, even though it's working. I hate when that happens! But somewhere I need to find the confidence to just keep going.

    In your case, I think you can feel that if and when modifications are needed in your plan, you will discover it yourself on the way.

  7. “This all needs to be sustainable, so make sure you are doing it the correct way.”

    This is very important, but also don't let yourself be fooled into restricting your calories too much. A day or 2 won't hurt if you fall below 1000, but it won't help you in the long run. It might not be a bad idea to really track what you are eating and the calories, just to solidify that what you are doing is right or if it needs any adjustment.

  8. Oh, thank you for the blog nomination :D I really appreciate that!

  9. Grin... again I am reading these posts and getting mixed signals. I really appeciate all of your feed back, but it is quickly becoming apparent that this is a very debatable topic within the weight loss community. I am truly thankful that all of you care enough to try and help me through this. You are a great bunch of people... that much you have in common.

    You're welcome, Lori. I totally understand wanting to be recognized out here in the blogosphere. I think being nominated for awards is one of those things that helps to give us the motivation to continue moving forward.

  10. What does your bodybugg say you should be consuming based on your age/weight/height etc.? Mine says 1800 but I rarely get in that much. I average about 1400-1600.

    INHO there is no wrong way as long as it works for you. There are some things that won't work and I think you learn new better ways along the way.

    Don't listen to that ice cream voice! :-)

  11. I don't have a bodybugg, Katie, so I'm not sure what it would say. And no worries, I put my hands over my ears when the ice cream voice starts whining.