Day 57: The protein problem

Day 56

Last night, I decided to use my high calorie day for this week. It was a last minute, impulse decision (AKA emotional eating). I wasn’t in a bad mood or anything. It was a pretty good day actually, but there was just something. I can’t really explain it; I guess it’s just one of my peculiarities – having weird moods.

What is really upsetting though, is that I ended yet another day without hitting my protein goal.

I have to be honest though, I haven’t really been trying.

Despite the fact that weight loss comes down to calories in and calories out (CICO), eating a balanced, healthy diet is important for overall health. Eating more protein is supposed to be my first step towards starting to make those healthier changes in terms of what I eat, because frankly, right now I’m eating like shit.

But, I’m basically acting like a petulant child. I don’t want to waste my precious calories on protein or healthy foods I don’t enjoy, when I could use them to eat a cookie (or two) instead. So, while I write about how I’m going to do better to meet my protein goal, I continue to sit around and do nothing about it. Ugh.

Final step count: 15,179

Day 57

I gave my protein “problem” some serious thought today. I thought about what I wrote above: that I don’t want to waste calories on healthy foods I don’t enjoy. It seems like the solution to my problem could be in finding ways to make those healthy things I need to eat enjoyable. Seems obvious, right?

It also seems like making those foods available and easy to eat would be helpful. The meal prep I did a couple of weeks ago was successful. I enjoyed what I made and ate it all. None of it went bad. I can’t think of any reason why I haven’t done it again.

My plan to finally really get on track with my protein goal: find some healthy recipes I want to eat and then prep them my way every week.

Normally, I would try to do something like this on a Monday. I try not to schedule any work on Mondays so I can focus on getting ready for the week; but I don’t think I should put this off. I need to look up recipes and put together a grocery list tonight, then hit up the grocery store and meal prep tomorrow. The sooner I get started, the sooner I can finally start hitting that goal.

I don’t know if I’ll be successful, but I’ve got to give a try. If you look at my sheet below, you’ll notice my weight has continued to drop; and while that’s what I’m shooting for, I’m really worried half of that might be muscle. I can’t let another day go by without eating enough protein.

Current step total: 20,347

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