I am fighting the urge to snack tonight. Same yesterday. Not giving in! So I sit here with a glass of water and a cup of vanilla coffee (black, no additives).
If I give in, I will get totally off track. Grazing always puts the pounds back on. I set up this challenge for the month of April, and I plan to stay the course. I usually celebrate my birthday the whole month. The quarantine has put the ka-bosch on that. Our health is more important than celebrations.
The scale is down 8 pounds (from April 1 to April 5). The first two days I was trying to stay with one meal a day so they were lighter on calories. In the last 3 days the calories are in the middle of my range.
Since we are all home, we are eating more family meals so that is usually two meals a day. Regular family food. Sis made tuna patties for lunch. For supper RJ made a crockpot potato dish.
When I was on low carb, I ate more food. When I do OMAD, I eat what the family eats. I still lose weight because there are less eating times each day.
I've been trying to lose weight too long. I started this while recuperating after major surgery in 2004 when the pounds started stacking on and I couldn't go to the gym. I joined Spark in 2006. I weigh more now than when I started. My big goal is to get back to my starting weight. I did so well over the holidays. I was on track to reach that goal before my birthday.
During the first 3 months my weight was on a yo-yo. I am thankful I did not gain back all the weight I lost last year. So thankful for that.
Why can't I set a course and stay true to the end? I am so tired of being left behind. Everyone reaches their goals. Why not me?
Intermittent fasting is sustainable. No food is off limits. I just can't eat outside of my eating window. That helps me enormously with the nighttime munchies and grazing during the day.
I am not hungry in the morning. However, once I eat, it seems to open he floodgate. My mind thinks about what else there is to munch on. That is the habit I have changed during my most successful times. If I do intermittent fasting, my mind knows better than to start off on that tangent because the answer is no (Wait until tomorrow when it's time to eat). It elimates the mental struggle. The decision is already made.
I am having a hard time typing this tonight because my left hand is numb. I have some neuropathy but I suspect this is carpal tunnel. I had carpal tunnel release surgery on my right hand decades ago. The left hand was not bad enough to warrant surgery at that time. It seems to have caught up with me.
Since the orthopaedic surgeon thought my health was not good enough to do a badly needed shoulder replacement, he will probably nix the carpal tunnel surgery at this time. This is one of the many reasons why I am trying to get healthier.
I really, really, really want to be much smaller before seeing the oncologist. Next visit is July (if we are out of quarantine). I've already lost a very nice amount since my last appointment but my goal is to be farther along. I have no sustained loss for January through March. Three months without even a modest loss. That's why I am doing this personal challenge. By the end of April my good habits should be back in place like they were last year.
Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 4/5/2020 (22:21)
Pounds lost: 52.8