This morning, I got on the scale and saw that over the past month, I have gained nearly 5 pounds! This, along with missing many, many days of exercise, led me to this moment. I used to wait until gaining 10 or more pounds to address my health slipping. Now, it is less about the 5 pound gain and more about the lack of exercise and poor food decisions that alarmed me.
So today, I am starting a new eating plan that comes out to roughly 1200 calories a day. I know what you’re thinking: Haven’t you blasted this approach in the past? For myself, yes, it has been a struggle in the past to follow a 1200 calorie diet due to my eating disorder history. However, I feel strong and healthy, and I want to blow through this last 25 pounds more quickly so I can get to the rest of my life.
I read the summary of an interesting study the other day, the outcome of which tells me, “Hey, if you are no more or less likely to regain weight after eating at any deficit, why not get the damn thing over with?!” Of course, this is already a popular opinion, but I feel that small to moderate deficits are still recommended more often than not. I feel that a small deficit is wonderful for someone who lifts very heavy weights frequently and does not have much fat to lose. For someone who exercises about 30-45 minutes a day and has over 15 pounds to lose? Not so much.
Today is the fun, awkward day where I get to clean out the old uneaten healthy stuff from my fridge, and eat the stuff that is barely edible so I can start fresh. Here is my weird breakfast today:
It wasn’t bad, really, I just don’t like to spend much time cooking because I am pretty lazy and want to focus on other things. I subscribed to Daily Burn, which is an exercise video subscription service with a lot of great programs. I used to create my own programs, but in the few short weeks I’ve used Daily Burn, I do prefer not having to form my own weight lifting routine. It also helps to have someone motivate you to put more into a workout. Tomorrow, I will start exercising again.
My plan is to do a short check-in on this blog every day, as a self-accountability tool. I’m not too keen on taking pictures, but perhaps I’ll do some progress pictures along the way!