Ready, Set, Reset, Ready, Set, Reset…
That describes my weigh-loss journey this summer to a tee. I get setup, I get started and begin making some decent progress and then … summer happens … so I get setup, I get started, and then … well you get the picture.
My lack of progress is 100% attributed to me not eating perfectly. For my body, if my calories are not spot on target I just don’t lose weight.
My not eating right can in many ways be correlated with this heat. This summer has been hot! What goes great with the heat? Ice cream of course … remember the ice cream monster last summer? Well he’s back and he’s been visiting so often I think he’s forwarded his mail.
Pool? Ice cream on the way home…
Hot day? Grab a cone…
Weekend? Scoop of chocolate please…
Again … you get he picture.
It’s extremely frustrating to not see progress given how much I’ve been working out. I’ve ridden hundred of miles and worked out at least 4 days a week the entire summer, for most of July I worked out every single day. If you look at my progress though, I’ve lost 10 pounds since the beginning of May (283.8 – 273.8). That’s almost 4 months of work with what feels like little to no progress.
And to make matters worse I’m still up around 24 pounds from my low last year of 249.6. Yes, I’m down 21 pounds from my weight spike up to 294 after falling off last holiday season but that doesn’t make it feel any better … 24 pounds of lost progress is hard to swallow.
So has the monster left?
I certainly hope so because I have aspirations and fighting to get my weight back to my low last summer isn’t something I thought I’d be doing heading into my birthday.
So here’s the plan …
- Desserts and sweets are here by reserved only for free meal day (one per week), no exceptions. If I crave something sweet then grab a piece of fruit or a small piece of candy.
- Workouts will continue at the previously scheduled 5-6 days per week.
- Daily calorie budgets will be adhered to and not exceeded.
- 3.5 weeks from now, heading into Fitbloggin ’12, I’m setting a goal weight of 265 pounds. That’s a loss of 2.5 pounds per week for 3 weeks.
So there we have it, goals set and I’m ready to be held accountable. Expect some updates on this progress and wish me luck. I’m off to give the monster his eviction notice!