A week's effort shot in one day
Monday, August 03, 2009
I have been stuck at the same weight for what feels like an eternity now. But this past week I thought I was finally on to something. I exercised like crazy (over 4000 calories burned) and started yet another new program, and as of yesterday morning I had actually lost two pounds!
We spent yesterday on the road taking our sons to camp. Lunch was at Ruby Tuesday ... surely a turkey burger is a good choice? And dinner was at Taco Bell ... at least I didn't think that was a good choice.
But I just entered those foods in the nutrition tracker, and that turkey burger set me back 890 calories! How is that even possible?!? Grilled, not tremendously big, and I knew better than to eat that whole big fat bun. The chicken burrito supreme at 390 was a much better deal. So there's surprise #1. For the day, I was over in calories by about 400, but I figured it could have been worse.
Surprise #2 was much less happy ... both my pounds lost are back.
Yes I know I'm not supposed to judge everything by the scale. And yes of course it's possible this is just a blip and those pounds will be gone again tomorrow. But this plateau I have been on is no ordinary plateau. I haven't been able to get out of the 170s in a year now! I'm not going to be so ridiculous as to say I do "everything" right but I do think it's fair to say that my body gives me much less leeway than normal people. It's very frustrating. I never had a weight problem until I turned 40, but the past 7 years have been one long battle that I am not managing to win.
There's nothing to do about it but make today better and head outside for a walk (followed by strength training and then taekwondo class this evening). But it's a crummy start to the week all the same.
I'm usually the obnoxious poster who loves Mondays ... not this week. Bleah.