The difference is still visually minimal, but the measuring tape doesn't lie. And I'm still bowled over by the 46% body fat after tipping that particular scale at 49% back in April.
It's a slow process but we're getting there.
I didn't get for a walk this morning, I got up late and by the time I got up it was already hot as blazes. So instead I did 30 mins of Tae Bo just now. I still haven't mastered it and fizzle out before the whole 45min workout is done, but again... a slow process. We'll get there.
I keep thinking that I have to change something to get those numbers to go down. I bought another book today called Maximum Weight Loss by Ted Broer. Like so many of you, one of his pieces of advice is to ditch processed food and in particular, sugar.
I'm a sugar-holic. I admit it. I cave to my sweet tooth. The thought of giving it up forever really puts me off. It triggers that deprivation issue BIG time. According to this guy the five things you should never eat again is:
3.) Junk food of all types, which he describes as:
a) A long list of preservatives on the label (i.e. Ginger's food staple - processed food)
b.) Sugar as the first or second ingredient on the label
c.) The use of hydrogenated fats
d.) The use of processed white flour
4.) High fat diary problems
5.) Use of margerine products.
If you all have ever checked out what I eat over on fit day you'd realize that this pretty much sums up my entire diet. Except for the high fat dairy stuf and the margerine products, I'm sunk.
Anyway I'm getting the hint but again I must stress I have to do this slowly. I don't want to risk falling off the wagon because of the deprivation issue - it has always, always been my achilles heel. So I'm willing to do this. I'm going shopping tomorrow and I'm not going to buy anything with sugar as the first two ingredients on the list. I have a couple of dessert mixes in the cabinet already, so those don't count. But I won't bring anything more into the house. I'm going to do what I can to find and buy cookbooks that offer sugar free dessert alternatives so I can have the sweet without the sugar. Some people insist fruithas the same effect, I have not found this to be true. BUT... I'm willing to give it another chance.
I'm also going to attempt to buy more fresh stuff this time around and see if I can budget it in. Maybe even a salad or two. Summer is the best time to eat fresh stuff anyway because I love fresh plums, apricots, watermelon and cherries, all summer fruit.
I was so frustrated the other day I was going to write Dr. Phil and tell him, "Ok, Dr. Phil. I heard you say that your Weight Loss Challenge contestants were losing weight on average 3lbs a week. I have an anniversary goal to get down to my goal weight and I'll have to lose about that to get there. So I'm going to put you to the test and see if it really can happen." Then right as I thought that I thought to myself, I better go eat what I can eat before I go on this diet - and I knew right then I was in trouble.
I may still, who knows. If this standstill lasts for much longer, the sheer frustration of being stuck in the mud may just send me off the wagon too. Whatever I have to do I'm going to do to keep going and make it to the end.
DAILY AFFIRMATION: Each day is one day closer to goal.
Calories: 2063 / 24% fat
Exercise: Tae Bo 30 mins
RED means I didn't meet goal.