Day 13, What Happened?

The scale is a finicky beast, reading 209 this morning! Of all the things that contribute to me abandoning a program, it’s the emotional swings of the scale. I won’t quit this time though. I just need to remember that as much as I enjoy seeing the scale go down 3 pounds overnight, I have to expect that it will go up 3 pounds overnight too!

Yesterday was the first of many diet challenges for the weekend. I took the kids to the movies and then to dinner at On the Border. In planning for this, I calculated exactly what I could eat in order to stay within my macros. But this is harder in reality than it is on paper.  I had a few too many handfuls of popcorn and a few too many chips and ended up 300 calories over, the majority coming from extra fat.

Tonight is dinner with friends, which will include drinks. My plan is to fast normally and the only eat protein and fat until dinner. We’ll see how that goes.   2015-04-03 22.59.59

In other news, I found a seriously good deal on combat crunch bars at dpsnutrition.net. With shipping I got 3 boxes for $75. That’s $30 cheaper than anywhere else and comes down to $2 a bar. Considering that these taste like a Nestle Crunch mixed with a Reese’s, I will be very happy to eat them for the next 6 weeks! 

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Day 4, The Slow Grind

2015-03-26 06.09.47Not every day is going to be filled with inspiration and motivation. Like today for instance. I’m only 4 days into the routine and I’m already bored. Not bored of the program per se, but just bored because I want to be doing more. Results come slowly at my age and sometimes they’re barely noticeable. This morning the scale read 208.6 which is 1.5 pounds up from yesterday morning. And I know all the responses to this:

  • Weight fluctuates based on water retention
  • Muscle weighs more than fat
  • It’s your measurements and how your clothes fit that count more than the scale
  • It’s not healthy to lose more than 2 pounds per week
  • You shouldn’t be weighing yourself more than once per week anyway
  • etc. etc. etc.

Obviously I know all of this already and it doesn’t deter me. But there are few better motivators than a scale going down consistently.

The other problem is the conflict between knowing I need to post to the blog at least once per day but having nothing interesting to post about. This problem almost always works itself out as I post. Take this post for example. I didn’t think I had anything to write about and yet here we are at over 200 words already!

When you decide to start a weight loss program the first week is a whirlwind, especially if it’s your first time learning how things work. But eventually reality sets in and you need to figure out how to work the plan over the long haul. This is obviously why some plans fail. They’re so calorie restrictive or so complicated and regimented that they simply cannot be sustained for more than a short period of time. This is why a lot of people quit doing programs like P90x which require you to workout out an hour a day for 6 days a week and prepare 5-6 meals a day. It seems to me that only very committed people can follow through to the end with this.

This is the reason why I like the LeanGains approach. The time investment is much less and it seems like once you get used to not eating anything until lunch, it’s pretty easy to adapt your life to it. You don’t need to prepare 5-6 meals every day and the workout commitment is only about 45 minutes 3 times a week. The downside of this is that you need to be patient when it comes to seeing results especially if you’re over 40 (like me!).

I suppose that’s enough for now. More on this later…