It’s been a while since I’ve posted. This is mostly due to the fact that I’ve started a Master’s program in addition to my full-time job. The good news is, I’m maintaining. The bad news is, I’m not losing as quickly as I once did. I’m still losing inches and have gone down a size in clothes, but I know exactly what I’m doing “wrong” and I’m having trouble correcting the course.
A few weeks ago, I started a food journal on an Instagram account. And it has definitely helped me not stray too much, but with the demands of school, work and home, I’ve let my fasting slide. I was regularly fasting 16 hours. For some reason, I’m hungry by 10 am. I’m still doing bulletproof coffee in the morning, but I’m letting snacks slip in here and there and I am probably only fasting 12 hours at most. I have got to get back on track fasting.
I’ve been saying this all along that I need to consider cutting back on the dairy. I’ve been following the podcasts on Healthfulpursuit.com and I know that women and dairy and weight loss don’t always go together. It’s very hard to give up the heavy cream and butter in my bulletproof coffee. I need to figure out a way. I’ve got to stop saying I will and just do it.
So I need to have a renewed commitment and shake things up a bit. I really want to see that scale moving again. I have about 25lbs to go. I can do this! Meanwhile, I will share this photo of me in a new dress that I love. I usually never get excited about clothes. Nobody would say I’m a great dresser, but I loved this dress and I loved how I felt in it. I need to keep these thoughts close to help me stay on track.
Here are my next steps. First, things I need to stop doing:
- Snacking – I need to eat bigger meals so they fill me up
- Convenience food – I have been keeping snacks in my drawer at work like Quest bars and nuts. I need to stop that.
Here’s what I need to start doing:
- Intermittent fasting and try to do one 24-hour fast a week.
- Reduce dairy – start by using coconut creamer instead of heavy cream in my coffee.
- Eat bigger meals so I’m satisfied.
- Keep repeating the mantra – Eat when I’m hungry. Don’t when I’m not. It’s as simple as that.
Nobody ever said a journey was easy. While this particular journey has not been as difficult as journeys in my past, I have still hit a plateau and the associated depression that comes with it. I can’t blame being in school. In fact, it’s probably more a help than a hindrance. School keeps me busy and when I’m busy my mind doesn’t wander to food. I can do this!