How'd I gain back half of the weight that I lost?
Uhhhhh.... I ate too much.
Calories in. Calories out. It really is that simple.
I was talking with a friend yesterday about losing weight. He was talking about the idea of giving up (whatever your favorite food is) forever. I explained that it wasn't about a giving up. It was about a trade.
Yep, a trade.
I don't mean a trade like diet coke for regular or thin crust for thick.
It's trading your priorities.
I have forgotten about the trade.
Long ago I traded grabbing a candy bar and cheeseburger before dinner for going down water slides. I traded venti white chocolate mochas for being able to ride bikes with my daughter. I traded a third slice of pizza for coaching my son's soccer team. Finally, I traded binging on chips before bed for being able to complete an Olympic Triathlon...multiple half marathons...and just getting out of bed on Saturday morning for a long run.
This doesn't mean I don't eat pizza (2 slices, not 4), drink coffee (skinny caramel latte), diet coke (hangs head in shame.....I had given it up for a long time) and chips that are portioned out in a serving size.
Thankfully, I have remembered the trade before I was back to the 356 pounds of 4 years ago.
Back to recording!
I feel like I have said that about 100 times in the past 6 months.
Completing my Olympic Tri and talking about priorities have reminded me why I record. I don't want to get back to 192 if the only way to get there is through drastic calorie cutting and excessive exercise. I am determined, this time around, to be balance and healthy. If that means that I only get to 250, so be it. I am convinced that my body will respond to healthy eating (1800-2200 calories) and moderate exercise.
Tomorrow, I will record again. I won't record every day. I can't. I can record most days. This is too important to give up or give away.