Thursday, April 21, 2011


The other day I declared a desire to get under 300lbs by Monday.  That day I buckled down and got really strict about counting calories and the very next day I gained 3lbs.  Yesterday I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted and I did eat kinda junky food.  Didn't count calories at all and now I am down a pound.  What am I to learn from this I ask myself? 

This is a pattern that constantly repeats itself in my diet life.  I always approach diets like school.  I buckle down, study everything, and push myself as hard as I can to succeed and then I gain weight.  In school this use to produce A's for me.  So, what is wrong with my approach?! 

All I can think is that it must be the stress of trying to be perfect that pushes me over the edge.  I must get so stressed out that my body starts producing adrenaline, cortisol, and all of those other nasty chemicals causing me to gain weight.  OK, so now what?

Well, I am going to take the weekend/holiday off from calorie counting to see how things go.  I am going to stick with the foods that work for me (see previous post) but just drop the calorie counting.  I am also going to employ the 80% full method I wrote about yesterday.  I am really curious to see if I can master eating intuitively.

Wish me luck.  I will let you know how it is going probably on Monday.  This is my birthday weekend so I will most likely not post anything unless something really interesting happens.  Have a great holiday weekend and good luck with your goals!!

1 comment:

  1. Enjoy your birthday weekend! We do the same thing in our house and celebrate all weekend long. There are so many little things that can affect is hard to pinpoint exactly what is affecting our weight on any given day. It's good that you are keeping after it and not letting the natural fluctuations get you down.

    I can't remember the man...but it was a kind of Christian celebrity that said that they ate the same way...never eating beyond a certain amount...they thought of it as living a fasted life. It definitely is an effective means for control if you can pin point that point. The key for me has been to eat SLOWLY. LOL. Sometimes, with schedules being what they are, this is difficult. I'm praying for your Monday goal!