Insanity Free New Years Planning
Sunday, January 01, 2012
I'm sure like all the rest of you, I'm setting up New Years Resolutions for this coming year about weight loss.
When I started this journey at the end of March, I had set up my weekly weight loss goal to be 2 pounds. I mean, was there anyone here who DIDN'T? Of course I picked the maximum weekly loss! And for the first few months of this journey, I maintained that pretty well. But I ran into bumps along the road just like all of us have. At the end of the year, even with following my planned exercise and calorie windows fairly closely about 90% of the time, I still only lost 1.76 pounds on average per week.
Even though I lost 70 pounds this year, those periods of no loss or a bit of gain were seriously demoralizing. It didn't help that I kept expecting to lose 2 pounds a week. I kept thinking about the date that Spark told me I'd reach my goal weight and at the end of this year, I see that date has already been pushed out 1 month. When I first saw that, I felt a bit of a failure. Like I had done something wrong.
And the voice of sanity jumped in and said: SERIOUSLY?!?!? You've lost 70 friggin' pounds, cut yourself some slack!!!
I've decided that for this coming year, I am still going to plug in my weekly weight loss goal of 2 pounds a week. That way, I'll still have my fitness and calorie goals set up. HOWEVER, I am going to give myself a sanity buffer by expecting a loss of 1.5 pounds a week on average instead. This will give me room for some inevitable plateaus, some holiday weekends where I can "wing it" on calories and forgive myself for going over, for skipping a day here and there at the gym for sick days or whatever reason, for letting myself go a few weeks here and there without losing...
I guess what I'm saying is that I tried so hard to hold myself to this very rigid schedule and although I did just flake or skip some days, there were days where life simply got in the way and going off the plan was inevitable. Days where I had an emergency, days when I was sick, days when my building was closed and I didn't have access to the gym- whatever. And I recall feeling bad because I had failed to meet my goals that week. Those weren't failures, that was just life happening in a way I didn't expect.
One thing I've learned so far is that there's no such thing as a perfect weight loss record, no perfect gym attendance, no flawless calorie tracking. And I've decided to just plan for a little chaos to help me remain flexible and not be so hard on myself.
The good news is that, even with that planned weight loss of 1.5 pounds instead of 2, I should still hit my goal weight by the end of this coming year!