Diet Update: Week 14

I have a confession to make. I’ve been getting sloppy with my diet. Yes, I think there are some good reasons why that’s the case, but it’s still a fact. Somehow over these 14 weeks, I’ve stopped being as rigid in counting those calories. Instead of weighing everything, I’ve been rounding. Estimating.

And in those estimations, I’m afraid I’ve been rather generous to myself. To make things worse, I’ve been seeing my daily calorie intake go up from around 1600 to around 2000. Still technically below my goal, but higher than it needs to be.

As a result, where I used to be 3 weeks ahead of where I wanted to be, I was only a day ahead as of yesterday. That’s a trend that just won’t work. In fact, as of yesterday, I hadn’t lost any weight for the week. So I had to somehow get through a barbecue day and somehow lose weight.

I played tennis for two hours, mowed the lawn, and went fishing. I ate only 1600 calories.

And I lost a pound. Yay! So now I’m at 192.8. Total lost on this diet: 21.2 pounds. Pounds to go: 14.8.

I’m hopeful that approaching my diet with a renewed commitment to following the rules rigidly will help me keep those pounds going down. Weight loss leveled off for a good 2 or 3 weeks, and I want to correct that. That said, it’s tough to keep doing this week after week. Honestly, if I didn’t have the accountability of this blog, I think I might have given up several times over the course of this ride. So yay for accountability.

In the “good news” department, I played tennis for 2 hours yesterday, and I didn’t feel winded and awful during the experience. I love playing tennis, but the last few years I’ve played, it’s been a wheezy affair. It looks like regular exercise helps with that. Go figure. :-)

Anyway–that’s it for this week. Onward and downward!

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