My Bod Pod results from yesterday were just as bad as I’d expected them to be. From October to now, my body fat percentage has increased from 26.1% to 29.8%, and I’ve gained a little over 6 lbs of fat. The worst part is, more than half that increase happened in the last 6 weeks.
Results from January 25th:
Despite the disappointing numbers above, I felt pretty motivated to get back on track yesterday. I made some healthy food, went to the gym, and tried my best to get all of my steps in early. I was on a roll until right after dinner time – then it all went to shit. I felt tired, the little kid was cranky, and I just felt overwhelmed.
Although I didn’t binge on junk food or anything like that, I did have a drink or two and then went to bed. I did not check my step total for the day before ticking in, and just like that, I ruined my latest streak. I missed my goal by around 3,000 steps.
Fortunately, I’m not discouraged that easily. I’m just going to get right back to it today. My next Bod Pod is scheduled for April 15th. I feel confident I can get a new streak going while working towards getting my body fat percentage moving in the right direction. I just need to make a little effort (or a big one).
I’ve already managed to blow off my gym plan, but I’ve got a 5-day step goal streak going, so I’m gonna take that as a win. Unfortunately, I don’t feel as excited and pumped about this challenge as I did before. I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately. I’m stuck in some sort of funk or rut, or whichever is the best way to describe it.
The thing is, I’ve gained back some of the weight I’d lost these past few months. Realistically, it’s probably only about 5 lbs, but when you’re as short as I am, that translates to anywhere from one to two clothing sizes. In terms of measurements, my waist size seems to have increased by a whole two inches. My super comfy jeans are now super tight jeans, and the muffin top I’d finally managed to get rid of, is back with a vengeance. I feel gross.
But, instead of feeling motivated by this to climb back on the wagon, I feel stuck. I’m in that spot; you know, the one where you know you need to make a change – and you want to make a change – but you just can’t get yourself to actually do it. So, instead of making positive changes, you just make worse choices.
I have a Bod Pod appointment tomorrow, so I’m hoping my latest results will give me the kick in the ass I need to shake this funk. I don’t feel all that confident about it though. I know I need to change my mindset, but that’s just not where I’m at right this moment. Hopefully, I’ll feel differently tomorrow.
I ate over 3,000 calories yesterday. I didn’t start my day intending to do so; but we spent the day at the amusement park, and there’s just something about being on vacation and at a park full of rides and churros, that makes it hard to make good nutrition choices.
I tried. I ordered a salad at lunch, and said no to the first offer of an ice cream sandwich; but the truth is, I enjoy indulging on sweets at amusement parks. I don’t normally eat desserts. I’m a salty, savory, meat and carbs person. Sugar isn’t really something I usually crave; so instead of feeling guilty and beating myself up over eating one (ok, maybe two) churros, I just enjoyed myself. I had a really great day.
Did I need to eat two churros to have fun? No. I could have enjoyed just one, or split one with my husband (an even better choice); but, I didn’t need to spend the day stressing out about my food choices either. It’s difficult to find the right balance between exercising willpower and letting go, especially in the moment. It’s much easier to write about what I should have done after the fact.
I’m not upset about my choices yesterday. I know food is the area I struggle most in. For me, walking laps around my living room to hit 15,000 steps a day is easy in comparison to trying to cut calories. I don’t expect to become good at it overnight. It’s a process.
Final step count: 17,060
Current step goal streak: 1 day
Previous step goal streak: 2 days
Longest step goal streak: 13 days