the message I present and weekly reflections: 12/15 – 12/21

first snow of the year has me dreaming of skiing

Change in weight (12/15/20 – 12/21/20):  +1.8 LBS

Last week I had planned out my meals more meticulously, had a better idea how I would cap my calorie intake, and I succeeded for maybe a couple days. I am a little frustrated abut my consistency with that. I really did not want to write a post today. I did and do not want to admit that I was so unsuccessful at simply trying to stick to my goals for the week. Not even about the weightloss, but about the plan. I felt good about my meal plan, I felt good about not spending all my money on takeout, yet here we are. I need to write the post because I feel this blog is about accountability and honesty. It is as much for me as for you. It is more for me than for you.

I will break it down. I did not get all the workouts in I usually do and my general movement was down. The nor’easter didn’t help this, though there was some decent shoveling time. I was activated for storm duty again for work, which meant 12 hour shifts, tied to my desk. More than the movement, this put me in the frustrated mental place of being tired and overworked. When this happens my motivation to cook, eat healthy, and make smart choices usually dips. It definitely dipped. I did not track well and this is all the more reason why sticking to a plan and being conscious of it works.

I am not upset about the weight. I know it will go up and down and I know my trajectory continues to be good. I am bummed about how easily I got knocked off of my plan and my game. With this frustration, I have defined my plan for this week and have incorporated the Christmas goodies into it. I hope that I can feel good about accomplishing these goals as I write this reflection next Monday. I am also trying to be more open with my wife about my little goals. The more people around me know, the more likely I am to try to stick to them.

If you haven’t seen it, please check out my latest post talking about my take on weight loss and body positivity. I truly believe the points I make are the reason I am able to still like this process and take it a week at a time.

I will probably not be posting before Christmas. If you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and can find all the reasons to be joyous and thankful, despite the difficult year we have had. If you celebrate other holidays, I wish you joy and happiness. As 2020 draw to a close, reflection can show many things. I hope we can find the good, despite all the negative.

Leave a like or a comment. How do you bounce back to stick with your plan?

How did I do on last weeks action plan?:

  1. 5 Cardio workouts. 1 45 min ride, 1 HIIT Ride, 1 Low Impact ride, 1 run. Not Attained
  2. 2 Strength Sessions (Tues/Sat) Not Attained
  3. Plan out my meals, stick to them, and portion snacks. 2400 Calories per day, max. Not Attained.
  4. 2 additional outdoor activities. This can include walks with my daughter, disc golfing, skiing, etc. Attained
  5. 3 dedicated stretch sessions. 2 10-min lower body and 1 10 min full body (Mon/Wed/Fri). Not Attained
  6. 20-30 minute midday walk on work days. Partially Attained
  7. Track every bite. Not Attained
  8. Drink 10 glasses of water per day. Attained
  9. Find some quiet time to calm my thoughts and mind. 2 5-10 minute sessions. Attained

Action Plan

  1. 5 Cardio workouts. 1 45 min ride, 1 HIIT Ride, 1 Low Impact ride, 1 misc ride, 1 run/interval.
  2. 2 Strength Sessions (Tues/Sat)
  3. Plan out my meals, stick to them, and portion snacks. 2400 Calories per day, max.
  4. 2 additional outdoor activities. This can include walks with my daughter, disc golfing, skiing, etc
  5. 3 dedicated stretch sessions. 2 10-min lower body and 1 10 min full body (Mon/Wed/Fri)
  6. 20-30 minute midday walk on work days
  7. Track every bite
  8. Drink 10 glasses of water per day
  9. Find some quiet time to calm my thoughts and mind. 2 5-10 minute sessions

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DateChange in Weight
12/1*
12/2*-5.4 lbs
12/9-5.4 lbs
12/16-3.4 lbs
12/23+2.8 lbs
12/29-1.2 lbs
1/6-1.4 lbs
1/13-1.6 lbs
1/20-1.4 lbs
1/27+0.4 lbs
2/3-1.2 lbs
2/10-4.6 lbs
2/17+0.4 lbs
2/24-1.6 lbs
3/2-3.2 lbs
3/9+1.8 lbs
3/16-3.2 lbs
3/23-0.6 lbs
3/30+0.4 lbs
4/6-1.6 lbs
4/13+0.8 lbs
4/20-1.8 lbs
4/270 lbs
5/4+2.4 lbs
5/11-5.2 lbs
5/180 lbs
5/25-1.0 lbs
6/1-1.2 lbs
6/8-0.4 lbs
6/15-0.8 lbs
6/22+0.8 lbs
6/29-1.4 lbs
7/6-2.4 lbs
7/13+2.4 lbs
7/20-1.6 lbs
7/27-0.4 lbs
8/3-1.2 lbs
8/10+0.4 lbs
8/17-1.4 lbs
8/24-1.4 lbs
8/31-0.2 lbs
9/7-0.6 lbs
9/14-1.4 lbs
9/21+0.2 lbs
9/28-1.8 lbs
10/5-0.2 lbs
10/12-1.0 lbs
10/19-1.0 lbs
10/26+0.8 lbs
11/2-1.4 lbs
11/9+2.0 lbs
11/16-1.8 lbs
11/23-0.4 lbs
11/30+0.2 lbs
12/7-0.2 lbs
12/14-1.2 lbs
12/21+1.8 lbs

* I first weighed myself on a Sunday night and began the regular weigh-ins the following morning

-Ben

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