Starting weight: 191 pounds
Current weight: 184.4
Goal weight: 165
I’ve lost a total of six and a half pounds in the past 12 days. Almost all of it has been from changing my diet: I walked less than half a mile yesterday due to my leg injury.
Getting adequate sleep is incredibly important in cutting my daily caloric intake. On Friday I had trouble staying awake at work, and so of course I raided the break room for a blast of sugar (jelly donut) and coffee.
One of the things that athletes have zero clue on is just how psychologically difficult it is to lose weight. If you’re a competitive runner and you’ve been out for four months from injury, the 20 pounds that you’ve put on is in no fucking way the same as the 20 pounds I still need to lose.
As an athlete, you know that losing that weight will get you back to being an athlete. So eating salads and cutting calories for two months is mentally easy. Plus you have the routine of regularly exercising at a high energy level to meet your target weight goal quicker.
I, by contrast, have to deal with a gradual decline in fitness and a gradual increase in middle aged spread over the past decade. And even after losing that twenty pounds I won’t be an athlete: I just won’t be fat anymore.
As a result, I need transition foods to help me get to my goals. Are nuts a shitty source of protein and high in fat? Yes. But does a handful of peanuts fill me up enough so that I don’t start and devour a family-sized bag of crisps absentmindedly while watching television? A big yes, which is why I consume a handful or two while making supper. And why I’m satisfied with one serving of everything at supper, rather than going back for seconds.
My leg is starting to recover so I may start walking a couple miles a day in a week or so. But I can’t rely on that for losing weight. Upon reflection of previous attempts to lose weight, I think I’ve been guilty of eating more than I should under the guise of “I’ll burn it off with a long hike tomorrow.” Unfortunately, that’s never worked for me. Anyone else guilty of that self-delusion?