Well, the bad news is that I’ve put on a big chunk of weight again – I’m up to 78.6 so over two kilos put back on. The past few months have at least made one thing clear: the real problem is when I’m on the road. I guess it’s not surprising: two meals a day in restaurants or worse – in a rush so I simply eat what I can get. One day’s lunch was a snickers bar with a bag of doritos – neither healthy nor low cal.
I did vaguely attempt to order more salads and vegetables at the restaurants but I do have an issue with paying someone to make me food that I don’t particularly like. It seriously winds me up and so I end up choosing my favourite meal because it just seems daft to do anything else. Especially when we are in odd little places where it’s food I wouldn’t normally get: sitting in a small basement in Brussels where the speciality is Stoemp, I really don’t feel happy making do with a green salad. It seems a waste of experience.
On the other hand, I sat there and watched my face getting fatter as the weeks passed by. It was odd to be seeing people for the first time in months and they’d say “Have you lost weight?” and I’d cry out “Yes but I’ve just gained it all back again!”
So, I’m thinking about options:
Realistically, reducing food intake at home in general (as opposed to fixed diet dates) is a must. I was quite happy with holding steady but it’s not holding steady if I put weight on every time we go away. I’ll need to work around that.
I need to up my exercise, especially while we are travelling. I tend to walk a bit more but as it’s on the flat, I don’t think it does much good compared to the strenuous walking I do at home. This means that I’m eating more and burning less, a fatal combination. I was looking at one hundred push ups which looks like a decent program broken down into doable steps. I’d rather do sit ups though and my tummy is a lot flabbier than my arms.
And finally, I need to lose more weight. At 76, I felt better (face less round and feeling slightly better) but I certainly didn’t feel that it was a comfortable weight for me, just “better than I was.” I knew I was going to need a few more months hard-core dieting (or more, seeing the slow-down effect at the goal approaches) and so I suspect there’s a bit of a feeling of “I’m going to diet later anyway so I might as well eat this now”. If I were at my target weight, it’d shift to “If I eat too much, I’ll have to diet again – yuck!”
So that’s where I am at the moment. I’ve got a really busy two months ahead of me so I’m not looking forward to adding calorie control on top of that but I’m also not happy AT ALL with the weight back on. Previously, phasing in the different aspects of the diet seemed to work fairly well. So I’m looking at upping my exercise and keeping calories “generally” down for the moment rather than strict counting. As I get caught up, I’ll go back to the 1,200/day regime as that worked well for me before.