biketheworld wrote: »
Congratulations to everyone in the Winners Circle! You are all rock stars!
I on the other hand....lol. I've spent the last couple days analyzing April - how it unraveled for me as the month went on. I was on a roll before vacation - did fine during vacation - but coming back I just couldn't quite get back on track and slowly disintegrated to full-on binge eating. Unbelievably, I just checked my weight April 2 - and I'm still about 2.5 pounds lighter! So it just proves to look at the long term instead of week to week or day to day. Still, this is an issue I need to address and solve. The problems:
I have some kind of mental block that once I went over the 3 pass days, I completely threw in the towel and lost the ambition to hold it to 4 pass days, or 5 pass days.
Eating at maintenance is one thing - bingeing is another - and the two are not compatible.
Been "lazy" in the morning. Waking up early so I have time to walk or run and then deciding to sit and stare out the window drinking coffee instead. This is not a recipe for success.
I've been listening to advice, did some reading, and here's my game plan:
I'm going to "pretend" that Friday is May 1. Because otherwise I'll use it as an excuse to binge "one more day." So - yep - Friday is May 1 and I'm starting a new pass count.
Some advice I heard is that until the bingeing is under control, weight loss will never be permanent, and that bingeing is the issue that has to be resolved before a calorie deficit should begin. I honestly don't have my brain quite wrapped around this yet - although I do completely agree that for me, binge eating is what will always trip me up. I feel like keeping the pass days at 3 or under really helps control binges, however, as evidenced by what happened this month, once I go over the 3 days, I can't throw caution to the wind and start bingeing just because I'm past 3 days anyway. I'm going to change my weight loss to .5 lbs/week instead of 1 lbs/week and focus on what's causing the bingeing and how to stop the vicious cycle.
I did listen to a talk about strength training and it was FASCINATING. They talked about how strength correlates to being healthy. He was saying that women in particular have bought into a "tone" philosophy when they should be thinking "strong". I'm not summarizing it very well - but I'm pretty fired up about it! I have weights in the basement and realize that I have been kidding myself the last 6 years when I'm "working out". I don't even break a sweat for goodness sake and have not increased the weight of the dumbbells in all that time! No wonder I can feel my strength (especially upper body) getting worse and worse. So I bought a book, I'm making a plan, and going to commit to a 9 month strength plan.
Sorry for the long post - but I have been tossing these things over and over in my brain the past several days. These are issues that I know I have to accept, address, and win over. So - this is just the next step in that process.
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