“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run”
This quote is taken from Try Again, Fail again, Fail Better (by Herter Studio). And you might well say, so what? Well, the reason I bring up this quote is that it kind of describes what happened to me this weekend: I struck out. Much to my amazement I GAINED two pounds this week!!!!!
Well, I have had to do a lot thinking to try and figure this one out. OK, so I was away from home, had the opportunity of eating multi-course meals, had tons of fun playing tourist and did not see any harm in simply sitting around and doing absolutely no exercise. But 2 pounds in three days, when it takes me a week and a half to loose it! This is an upward trend rather than a downward one. I am totally stunned.
Surely, three days of slightly more food and no exercise couldn’t do this to me. Hmm – I have to think more on this, what did I do last week – I seemed to have hit a plateaus lately, why was I not loosing any weight. Well, I have not been using my nutrition planner as I should – problem one: maybe I am eating more than I should to loose my weight. Well, certainly that is a factor.
However, when I look back at the weeks I tracked, and talked to my number 1 resource, hubby, we notice something: my balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat is off the charts. The dreaded outcome: too many carbs and not enough protein or fat. And I thought I was eating healthy enough. I was eating lots of fruit, whole wheat bread and yogurt. Hmm, NOT so! So I have been within the limits for calories, but the % of carbs was too high compared to my protein and even my fat.
Up to now, I really didn’t think much of tracking my % breakdowns of these items. Now I have learned my lesson, track not only calories and ranges but also the breakdowns.
So while this may be a setback, it is a temporary one. From now on, I shall track my food more diligently, track the proportions of carbs, protein and fat and maybe even ramp up my exercise a bit ( an extra 15mins won’t kill me !). And hopefully, it will help. I feel that with a new strategy, I am closer to MY home run, that is, my weight loss.
So bye for now Spark Friends, but let me ask you: have you ever hit a plateau? Or worse yet gained weight? Any words of advice for me?