Day 30 of my challenge to break my weight loss plateau is over, and with that my challenge is done!
Overall, I think doing this challenge was a good decision, but there were some definite drawbacks.
I typically flip back and forth between logging my food and intuitive eating. With this 30 day challenge, I made it a requirement for me to log all my food every day. In the beginning that really helped me get back to reality in terms of calories because I had been overeating. However, I noticed that on and off throughout the 30 days I was actually eating more than I was hungry for just because I had room left in my calorie goal. I think I could have had better progress and felt better during those times if I had been eating intuitively because I would have been listening to my body and less aware that I “could” eat more.
The other real downside to this challenge was kind of a positive and a negative, just like the food logging: It majorly reset my focus on weight loss. Again, this was great–and very needed–in the beginning. However, it became very draining to log and blog everyday.
If you have been or currently are on a weight loss journey, you’ve probably noticed that there is a sweet spot for how much attention goes towards weight loss. Too little and you end up making poor food choices and not exercising. Too much and you get obsessive, and your mood starts to become dictated by the numbers on the scale and in your food log.
By the end of week two of this challenge, I could definitely tell that this was too much focus on weight loss for me and I actually think it hurt my progress. If the scale wasn’t moving (or moved up from some period bloating or sodium-related water retention) I would be upset and feel like my effort was worthless–leading to lack of motivation to eat well and exercise. I ended up losing the majority of my weight (revealed below) at the very end of the challenge, when I had come to terms with the fact that I had done the best I could and whatever happens happens. And I went to a fun party for my friend’s birthday the night before my last weigh-in, which really took my mind off weight loss and reminded me that there are other more fun and important things in life that deserve focus, too.
Overall, I’m glad I stuck with this 30 day challenge. Going forward, I’m going to try my best to work on balance (AKA moderation) and trust that the process will work over time.
Screenshots from my Fitbit dashboard for 6/25/17
Today’s exercise: Today I just got some mild activity in by walking to the grocery store.
Today’s food: I made banana-oat pancakes for breakfast–delicious but high calorie and definitely makes me bloat :(. For lunch I had mixed greens with quinoa salad, beans, and half an avocado. For dinner, I made a poor food choice and had a whole bag of barbecue chips dipped in homemade vegan cheese sauce, and I ate some cashews while making said cheese sauce.
Today’s calorie totals: 2303 consumed – 2213 burned = +90 kcal
Final weigh-in: My weight on 6/25 was 185.2 pounds, which means I lost 3.7 pounds in 30 days from my starting weight of 188.9. That’s not bad!