This is still actually do-able, by my calculations.
However, it's going to take some serious hard work, determination, diligence, effort, etc. etc. etc. If I'm going to hit that goal, I'm going to need to employ a more effective way to combat cravings and the urge to cheat/fail when those impulses hit me. The past several weeks, I've been seeing both success and failure. I've been wildly successful on those days that I stick like glue to my 1100-calorie goal, especially when I add an hour of exercise on top of it. On those days, I'm dropping pounds like crazy!!!
BUT... I've had just as many days where I blew it. I've eaten WAY too much restaurant food, including THREE trips to India Palace in the past 10 days alone!!! Tack on chips and salsa and a margarita at Hacienda del Sol, AND chips and salsa and a margarita at Guadalajara, both this past week, and what I'm left with is 11.5 pounds lost... and then 3 of it gained back.
Now it's time to quit the "yo-yo-ing" once and for all.
My goal from this day forward is to NOT RE-GAIN any pounds I lose. I want the scale to continue to go DOWN...and to NOT go back up. The only way this will happen is if I DON'T have entire days where I just eat whatever I want, in whatever quantities I want. (I can almost hear the, "WELL, DUH!" somewhere in the distance...)
That's all I'm changing this week. I'm still sticking with the 1100-calories per day - IT WORKS.
I'm still trying to get on the elliptical, the treadmill, and fit in a Tae Bo workout, a Zumba workout, or a Yoga workout as many days each week as possible. (This could end up being 4 times in a week... or 7 times! I want to do at LEAST 4 days of exercise every week, but if I feel like more, I won't hold myself back.)
I'm still trying to get enough sleep, eat the right foods, and avoid junk food - and ALL fast food. I'm weighing myself every morning and spreading out my first 600 calories of the day between waking up and dinnertime, and then eating a 500-calorie dinner - BEFORE 7:00 p.m.
Today has been perfect so far. It's almost 6:00 p.m. now, and I've only consumed 450 calories so far today!!! It sounds insane - but it has been a breeze. I'm not even hungry right now, and I get my frozen mattar paneer meal in 30 minutes! Here's what my day today looks like, start to finish:
|Coffee with milk & sugar - 60 calories|
|Fage-brand Greek yogurt with honey - 180 calories|
|Diet Dew - 0 calories|
|Teriyaki beef steak - 130 calories|
|Vanilla Coke Zero - 0 calories|
|15 fresh raspberries - 15 calories|
|Hot black tea with milk & sugar - 60 calories|
|Amy's Kitchen frozen Mattar Paneer - 370 calories|
|Fage-brand Greek yogurt with cherry - 130 calories|
|More black tea with milk & sugar - 60 calories|
WHY would I do that???
I know a lot of people who would do that. I used to BE one of those people. Well, I think it's silly - I'm not doing it. I can wait 11 more minutes for my lovely mattar paneer, and I will follow the "Second Rule of Dieting" while I'm eating it, which is: "Eat deliberately." I will savor every bite, enjoy every bit of flavor, and eat without watching a movie, reading my Nook, or checking my email at the same time. I will stretch out the experience over a half hour, so that I'm not only full at 7:00 p.m., but satisfied and proud of myself for completing a successful day of eating without feeling hungry once all day. This is a huge accomplishment for me! But it's also one that I know I can do any day, just like I did today, and as long as I tally every calorie and stay on top of my cravings the way I did today, I won't fail.
The way I see it, the only real threat to my June 1st goal is restaurant food.
I will do whatever I have to now to reign in my cravings when presented with a chance to eat out in a restaurant. Those binges have derailed me, big-time.
From now on - I will allow myself TWO "Free Meals" per week - and NO MORE.
I will plan them carefully, and if they end up taking place in a restaurant, I won't feel guilty. BUT - I will not eat more than two uncounted meals weekly.
|No offense, guys.|
I KNOW I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!