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Challenges. In an endeavor like this, there will inevitably be challenges. Last week was a challenge for me because I was so busy with work, I didn't get to continue daily diarying here, which I had hoped to do. I did stick to my diet, though, which is better.

Challenges can come in many forms.

One big category for me is losing control of food choices because of other events. Eating in a restaurant or at someone else's house is a nice challenge. Being stuck at a hospital on sick vigil with nothing but the cafeteria for options is not so nice. Travel makes for a nice challenge; having limited access to healthier foods because of economics is not. My first week of dieting, I cooked all the meals and while I love to cook, it got a bit much. This past week, by necessity, I ceded some of that responsibility to my husband. I've mentioned we generally cook healthily so while he might have used a little more oil than I would have, it was olive oil. Still lots of veggies, whole grains, etc. It helped that I stuck with portion control, measuring and weighing my food.

Emotions can be another challenge, for good or bad. Food is often bound up into happy events. People we love love to cook for us so how do you turn down your mother's apple strudel? I was in a good mood last night and wanted to make a little tea-and-biscuit tray for my daughter and me while we watched Downton Abbey even though I wasn't hungry. Food can also comfort us when we're down. It becomes a crutch. I had this challenge this week as well, feeling down and wanting a big pile of sugar, fat, and flour, preferably with a load of chocolate mixed in. And then I thought about the long term. Comforted, perhaps, now but not so happy in the morning!

Simple hunger can be a challenge to weight loss. Choosing a plan that doesn't allow you to eat enough food to ward off hunger sets you up to fail. Not eating regularly can also cause you to gorge when you do sit down to a meal or leads you to make bad choices at a vending machine.

Our own bodies can challenge us. I hit my calorie count, or went below it, every day this week but when I got on the scale this morning, I hadn't lost a pound. (Actually, I gained .2 pounds, but I refuse to be that micro.) I had a big loss last week and was hoping for something similar, if moderated, this week. Maybe two, maybe even five? No. So what happened? Part of it may be (hello, internet!) I will start my period this week. In the past I've found I just don't lose as well around that time of the month. I may make up for it the following week. Another issue may have been all the stress I felt with work last week. I've heard stress can make your body retain weight because of some ancient self-preservation mechanism. It's way too early in this process for me to hit a plateau, right?

These are just the challenges I could think of this morning. I know there are many more. Please share your weight loss challenges and any strategies you've found to deal with them!

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    NancyK

    An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

    by Debby on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:46:37 AM PST

  •  Hello! (1+ / 0-)
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    I think it's important to remember the "why", that the number on the scale is only a tracker of progress (and not even the best one) -- it's not the progress itself.  The progress is in every time you make the choices you want to live with for the rest of your life, instead of the ones you want to get away from.

    I'm a scale-watcher myself, though, on a multiple-times-per-day basis even.  I find that that works for me.  When I'm seeing swings of 2-3 pounds between one weighing and the next a few hours later when I KNOW I haven't done anything wrong in the interim, it's a lot harder to take it too seriously when the anticipated slight weight loss in a given week fails to materialize.  It probably will the next week.

    I'm finding hunger to be a weird thing for me.  Back when I was eating like crap all the time, I rarely felt hungry.  Blood-sugar crashes, yes; hunger, no.  And yet I remember as a child, going to school in the morning and having nothing to eat until lunchtime four or five hours later -- I was hungry every day.  This was normal, this was healthy.  I'm thinking it may not be a bad thing, even for weight loss purposes.  Some days I never do get hungry between meals, some days I do and get distracted with something and wind up not eating despite hunger, some days I notice it more and have a yogurt or half a sandwich or a bowl of salad and feel fine thereafter.  I'm not sure any of it is bad.  I just wish my digestion would settle down a little more so that I would stop getting that pseudo-hunger right after I eat (I think it's acid?)  Whatever it is, it's maddening.

    What is a problem is getting hungry and not having the right options around to do good things about it.  It takes more discipline than I'm used to, to try to keep that from happening.  I'm fortunate not to have any real money issues, though.

    I'm having these crazy cravings for egg-and-sausage sandwiches on a really greasy hard roll lately.  Just that one specific thing.  It makes me laugh.

    I don't weigh my food, but I'm taking portion size a lot more seriously than I thought I would when I started this thing a week or two before Christmas.  I think I've been frustrated a long time at how normal it is in my husband's family to pile a plate with truly massive amounts amounts of food.  It may not be high-calorie food, but it's just so much!  I don't want to eat like that anymore.  I've had to remind my husband a couple of times, when he cooks.  I may have to start setting limits on snacks, too -- though I'm not having cravings for sweets or chips as such, it's annoying to have them staring at me all the time whenever I need a snack.  He doesn't even eat them himself that much, so they stick around forever.

    Sorry this is so stream of consciousness, just a lot of things rattling around in my head.  I pulled a muscle in my back last weekend (taking stuff out of the dishwasher of all things) and was in significant pain for a while; I was really upset thinking my exercise routine would suffer and die from it.  Historically speaking, it doesn't take much.  But it's the same as the food, really, and the hoped-for weight loss.  Just keep living like you want to be living.  I ran over a mile and a half yesterday over the course of an hour's "walk" (taking advantage of some rare sunshine!) I was so happy.  Being able to run freely is pretty much my definition of a healthy self (for me).  

    I've lost about a dozen pounds in six or seven weeks.  A bit stagnant this week, maybe, but it'll probably pass.  One I gained three pounds in a day for no reason at all, that went away after a week or so, so it's all good.  This is my life, I get to choose how I want to live it.

    •  I think it's a good observation (0+ / 0-)

      to choose to live how you want to live. That's guided some of my choices this week--sugar calls, but that's not how I want to live. It is about thinking about bigger things. And I've seen that progress, which makes me really happy. Before, I could demolish a box of cookies but now, a serving size is plenty. I don't even want any more. It's weird and part of it is about intention but I think part of it is about what your body (or brain!) wants and what it gets used to. Those big plates of heaping food you mention--that's so familiar but I really want to try to stay away from it. I'm afraid it'd be so easy to slide back into though!

      I like what you say about hunger, too. I think you're right about having good options, but just the feeling of hunger is interesting. A couple nights when we've had an early dinner, I've noticed at bed time that I've felt a little hungry and I've kind of liked that feeling. I knew I'd eaten well during the day and I knew I'd have a nice breakfast in the morning, so it was okay. I also know how I feel in the morning when I eat junk food before bed--not good. I do, at times, get distracted and I don't eat until I am so hungry that I can't think straight! Probably a blood sugar thing more than actual hunger. But that's when I can sit down and do damage if I don't have good options around.

      Don't mind the stream of consciousness! You said a lot of good things! And I'm glad your back is feeling better.

      An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

      by Debby on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 11:21:27 AM PST

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      •  Question for you -- (0+ / 0-)

        Do you know if it's possible to "take over" Weight Loss Kos, so to speak, since no one else is doing it?  It's hard to find the diaries when you can't join the group -- I found one several weeks ago, but then none after that until this one, and I see you've actually written three or four.

        Isn't it weird about the sugary stuff?  The craving for that really does seem to go away quick, so it seems.  Just a few days of "where is my freaking donut?!?" and it's over.  Just wanting to eat in general is more of an issue.  But people eat reasonably the world over; it can't be that impossible, right?  Right?  :)

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