However, I know how much it helps me when other bloggers present the whole picture, and not just the happy stuff. In the spirit of Emily's "Transparent Tuesday" posts (even though it's Wednesday), I'll admit it, I have been having a tough time of it lately.
I toyed with the idea of going back to Weight Watchers, especially because I could be reimbursed for part of it by insurance, but then I decided to try to incorporate the parts of it that were the most helpful for me into my own plan. I always found that if I got my Good Health Guidelines, the other things seemed to fall in line. I have a little calendar that I'm using to track them, along with my workouts. I'm also putting in a star for the days when I got my 10,000+ steps in.
I can track the latest weight gain to the start of my work with The Diet Fix. That's not to say it's a bad book, but I don't find that eating before I get hungry, as The Diet Fix called for, has worked well for me. Not in the absence of some rigid plan, at least. I do think it is helpful to think about protein, but maybe not with such a single-minded focus. I found it hard to eat as much protein as I was supposed to with this plan without feeling too full. Because fruits and vegetables don't have much protein, I wasn't eating as many of them, and they have always been my most reliable friend against hunger and overeating.
I'm down 3.4 pounds from the scary weigh-in on Monday, when I was above 185. Today I was at 182. The next goal is to get under 180 again. The graph of the last few weeks looks dramatic, but only represents a swing of about 5 pounds.
There's some good news too. It is definitely easier for me to get my workouts in now that the weather is nicer. I'm on something like a 21-day streak of 10,000+ steps a day (not sure why my UP band nags me about my sleep but can't congratulate me on my streak past 14 days?) because it's just so easy to get outside and walk.
I think it's time to shed the winter hibernation weight... Any others out there who have been having a hard time of it?