Monday, February 23, 2009

Project 17: A Wobbly Week 2

Client and guest blogger, Julie, continues on her fat-loss quest.

February 23, 2009 measurements:

body weight=131.5 (started at 136)lb

body fat= 19.7 (started at 21.6)%.

I have been quarantined in my house since my last post (my daughter has been home from school). I am pleased that I was able to pull off my 3 sessions of training and 3 of metabolic conditioning. However, I did not do my 2 sessions of low intensity cardio. I am disappointed that I did not make the time for it. I have some really great excuses, but they never fly with Dan.

Diet…I found myself cheating. Being trapped in the house all week led me to fistfuls of munchy things from time to time. Not terrible, but this is where I have to be really careful. Eating out of boredom is a trap I have fallen into since I quit working, and it’s a tough habit to break. Another problem that I’ve had in the past is once I make one mistake, I go all out and REALLY mess up. I rationalize by saying I’ve already blown it for that day, so who cares! Why not eat the entire box, bag, carton? I forced myself to avoid that mindset, and was able to regroup. I could have seriously tanked my results if I let that happen.

I am a bit frustrated, and yes, I know it’s only Week 2. I have massively changed my diet, and I feel like I’m only making baby steps toward progress. Intellectually, I understand that change happens in small increments; but emotionally, it’s tough to take. Although my percentages of proteins/carbs/fats are still not consistently where they need to be, my caloric intake is always where it needs to be for fat loss. I just wish it would all happen quicker. Patience is not my strong suit. (I feel a lecture-oriented blog post coming from Dan).

Despite this week’s setbacks, I do see results. I can look in the mirror and see a change from two weeks ago. My problem is that I often focus on what still needs to be done, rather than congratulating myself for what’s been accomplished. There’s a fine line between pushing hard and being too hard on myself, and I am striving to find that balance.

I’m looking forward to Week 3. My little one should be back to school by Tuesday, so I’ll be back in the swing. I want to continue working on fine-tuning my diet. I’ve been looking a protein in terms of a whole, meaning I need 99 grams a day. That just seems HUGE. I’m going to break it down, and just shoot for 20 grams per meal. Sometimes all it takes is a shift in thinking!

Oh, my little nutrition discovery for the week: I found some interesting yogurts at Whole Foods. One is a non-fat Greek yogurt, which has 120 calories, 16 grams of carbs, and 13 grams of protein. There’s a new yogurt, Better Whey, with 145 calories/.5 grams of fat/23 grams of carbohydrates/15 grams of protein. Regular yogurt only has about 5-6 grams of protein, so these make a great alternative for me. Since adequate protein is my challenge, I was really happy to find these.


Anonymous said...

I congratulate you. You are willing ot be hnoest and open in an area where many of us cheat with white lies. Go, girl, go! You have what it takes!

Anonymous said...

I think you have done incredibly well. Being stuck in a house all week with a sick wee one is enough to send anyone running to the refrigerator. Keep up the good work!

Liz said...

Wonderful reading your blogs. I think you are doing fantastic. A real inspiration to a lot of people. Hearing about the positive and negative is great, we are all there with you and rooting for you. I nearly didn't do cardio tonight, then went, and felt better afterwards. Now of course I am wide awake and I need to sleep, as Dan's article stated...Yikes, One of these days I will figure it all out. Keep up the great work. Liz.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work you are doing better then me. Maybe you should hide your mirrors if they are a source of trouble.
Falcon won't mind