More Than Just Caloric Clicks
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
So today I was thinking about an article I read concerning the connection between depression and eating (not eating). I had been exercising with some low-impact strength and cardio chair exercises, felt good about it, but was to the point that I felt drained after meticulously adhering to my 1400 calorie per day goal set by my Spark Tracker. I had faced a two-week period without seeing any loss. The famous plateau. It had been a week that I was diagnosed with gout and on top of my challenges with fluid, steroids, and lymphedema, I can say I was noticing the effects of it all in my emotional level.
Then I did something that seemed impossible. I set a goal. I would walk 1 mile over the next week in short sections. Not one mile per day, just one mile in the week. My first day, I walked twenty minutes and surprised myself the second day by not getting into the riding cart at the grocery store. I walked with my wife for forty minutes totaling 2 miles in just two days at the lowest calculation. I had exceeded my goal just by setting one and going for it.
I prayed. (Should have done that anyway). I believed my directions were for just one day, don’t worry about staying in the caloric values. Just eat healthy and then to go back to counting the calories the next day. I was so hungry, I ate nearly 4,000 calories of healthy left-overs (no sweets), veggies, and fruit. I even ate a roll that I previously turned away. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention, I had exercised about one hour with my walk, cardio chair exercise, and a chair toning exercise.
This morning I closed my eyes as I got on the scale. Almost afraid to look, I noticed the scale indicated I had lost a pound. My lesson learned: better pray, there might be something I am missing by just counting off the caloric clicks on the tracker.