I am happy to report a 4 pound loss this week! That brings me to a 17 pound loss over the past four weeks. Good eating, reasonable exercise and walking and few cheats seem to be the trick.
This week, I traveled to Dallas for some day-long meetings with catered foods, etc. Nights out usually involved visits to great restaurants, drinks, etc. I made good choices (avoiding bread, desserts, heavy-calorie meals, etc.), but I did not follow a strict 1,700 calorie which would be ideal.
I could argue that I was too lazy to determine the calories in certain restaurant foods, but it is not always perfectly accurate. So, a lot of guesswork comes into play. I would have to guess on serving size, one restaurant's shrimp etouffe vs. another that I can find on sparkpeople.com, etc.
Instead, I am trying to make a very long-term mindset that I can maintain for the rest of my life. If I knowingly choose to have the rice dish with a heavy cream sauce, then I'd better avoid the bread and dessert...and then likely hit the treadmill for a long walk or a shorter run. That attempt at balance and moderation worked pretty well for me last week.
I've been through this great weight loss pattern before and I don't know when I let this type of balanced decision-making lapse. But I feel slightly older and wiser now and maybe the stakes are getting higher. For about 25 years, I ate whatever I wanted and didn't seem to suffer the negative effects of that, except for buying clothes with a 3XL stamped on them. But as I come within months of hitting age 50, I think that this continued weight level would naturally bring on high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. I will likely hit a milestone number next week and intend to never return to this neighborhood.
My thought for this week is that sheer momentum is overrated. Every great weight loss streak at some point veers off the path, unless it is rooted in specific and intentional daily choices. If I make a (rare) bad choice at breakfast, then I better hit the carrots, salads and treadmill for the remainder of that day.
Have a good week everyone!