I have a confession. I feel like a hypocrite, like I shouldn’t ever talk to anyone about weight loss again. About how it’s a lifestyle, how “diets” don’t work.
I’m on a diet. Not Atkin’s, not the Dukan diet, not the 3 day diet. Really, what you eat in a normal day is your “diet”, so we’re all on diets. 😉
And that’s why I haven’t posted regularly this week. I haven’t baked (since the 4th of July cupcakes), haven’t made any fun and interesting meals. It’s the first time I missed WIAW because my meals were nothing special!
I had my last scheduled physical therapy this week (Wednesday), and the PT encouraged me to try some plyometrics, lunges, and other challenging moves because my peroneal tendon had been feeling stronger.
Since then, it’s been painful just to walk.
I don’t think it’s torn or injured again, but it’s definitely inflamed.
I went from running/spin class/other cardio 5 days per week (before April 9th) to a yoga class or two and modified circuit training workouts. I haven’t had a good “runners high” in months. I haven’t been able to de-stress in the only way I know how, and I’m under just a little bit of stress with planning my wedding and a hectic work day/schedule.
So my workouts of choice are out of the question. I tried to make the best of it. I tried not to change my eating much. I broke up with my 400 calorie oatmeal breakfasts, but didn’t make too many other changes.
If I have no choice but to limit the “output” side of the scale, I have to cut back on the “intake side”. I love that some bloggers have a “feel great” weight and can “eat intuitively” and listen to their bodies. I know basic math. I know that counting calories works (it’s proven by multiple research studies, and the clients that I work with).
So here I am, counting calories. I’m eating well, getting a good amount of protein at meal times, and limiting processed and sugary foods. Smoothies for breakfast (like today’s watermelon/strawberry/vanilla deliciousness pictured above), reasonable lunches, lean protein and veggies for dinner. I still have my morning coffee and lots of water throughout the day (and a multivitamin when I can remember).
And I feel better. I know I eat way too much sugar (and I was able to give it up for Lent). I got through this week without too much temptation – it’s easier for me to stick to a plan when I’m busy, which is definitely the case these days.
I don’t have an eating disorder (which someone told me doesn’t make my blog interesting – uh, sorry!). The title is “Live and Love to Eat”. I am still enjoying my food, savoring each bite, but I’m just being much more conscious of what that food is these days.
Heck, I have a beautiful wedding dress to fit into and the man of my dreams to marry in less than two months.
Have you ever felt like a hypocrite? Do you “diet”?