Monday, January 30, 2012
"Nicole's Method" Weight Update #2
Beginning Weight/Date: 201 lbs on November 26, 2011
Current weight: 194
Current amount lost: 7 pounds
Last week's challenge: Emotional Eating
Last week I noticed a pattern in my progress or lack thereof. I followed the guidelines easily and successfully on the weekend and experienced a dramatic loss. Then, with pressures at work and being without "good" groceries (it got pushed back by almost a week), I gained what I'd lost! Thankfully by the end of the week, I had a net loss of 1 pound, but it's discouraging to move two steps forward, one step back!
Last week's success: Not eating after 6 p.m.
While not perfect at it, I am doing fairly well with this. There's at least one day of my normal week on which I'm almost certain to miss supper because I'm away from 4:15 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. On that day and any others like it, I just accept that I won't be able to eat supper. Surprisingly, missing a meal does not kill me! And breaking the cycle of eating after the kids go to bed has been easier than I thought.
What I'm learning:
1. Man-sized portions are for men, not (most) women. Although I've struggled with my weight ever since I can remember, my mama has always been petite. I can't remember her ever struggling with her weight until later in life, and I still wouldn't call it much of a struggle. Only in my late 20's did I realize that she actually eats differently than I do: tiny portions all day long. She sometimes commented that restaurants served "man-sized" portions , and she frequently ate only half her meal. Now I understand that if I eat man-sized portions, I'll probably become man-sized ;)
2. The answer to not gaining when I'm stressed is to rely on God, and I don't know why this is such a struggle for me. No matter, His mercies are new every day, and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to start anew!