When I posted about my weight loss journey and woes on Tuesday, I really didn't expect much of a response. I mainly wanted to do a little self-reflection and establish some accountability from you all to keep me motivated as I get
back on track. Instead, I heard from LOTS of you. I also started the day with 0 followers on My Fitness Pal, and have at least 25 people seeing my work-out, food diary, and weight loss records -- talk about accountability! So... Thank you! (I'm 'emyselfandi' if you want to be friends too.)
Thank you for the encouraging words, support, partnership, and perspective.
Now, the confession... As the comments came in on Tuesday (I read every single one through my phone, but rarely get to actually sit down at the computer and respond), I found myself extra motivated (maybe even a little pressured) to really DO IT this time. I even resisted the urge to lick the brownie bowl from my baking - which is huge for me. BUT... We had friends over for dinner, and I was so consumed with making my dinner yummy and pretty, that I simply couldn't be bothered by calorie counting. FAIL. And, just like that... I was off the wagon. I am ashamed to admit that I didn't track a single calorie yesterday; and, while I didn't binge, I definitely wasn't as careful about my food choices.
That's how it happens every time... I get super motivated to lose weight and change my habits, and then one "legitimate" excuse or busy day comes up and it's over. I find myself justifying by saying "I just like food too much, it isn't worth it" or "Now isn't a good time for a diet, I'll just start next week/month." And, there I am, six months later, still uncomfortable and unhealthy.
Also, how do you handle tracking calories for elaborate recipes or meals out?
Do you allow yourself "cheat" days or meals? And, if so, how do you get back on track?
P.S. I'm going to post my "Letter to New Teachers" tomorrow and some details about our teacher link-up that is most definitely happening next week. See you then!