Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ever since we got serious about weight loss, numbers have been the mainstay in my life. How much do I weigh? How many calories did I eat? How many calories will I eat tomorrow? How many calories did I burn during that workout? What is my heart rate? I need to get my heart rate higher. How many inches did I lose or gain? How many grams in that serving? What is my blood pressure? It is completely draining to think about those numbers almost every single day.
Ever since we've come back from Chicago, I've been reluctant to jump back on wearing my heart rate monitor and tracking my food. I don't do it the first week back, ever. I just like getting back to normal eating and exercising without the pressure of those numbers beating down on me. This time, I'll admit, I just wasn't feeling getting back into that on week two. I feel like I may be doing damage to the Mr by not tracking because I know it helps him when I have dinner pre-planned and with this illness, I've just felt like I'm lucky to even get dinner made. It's like I don't mind making it but I don't get excited for dinner because I can barely taste it so meal time has just become this reminder of being sick. Then I think "well, maybe you're being punished for all the years you've used food for recreation and now you'll never fully taste anything again." But if nothing else, I need to pre-plan dinners to help him and encourage him to track because I know he's very successful when he tracks.
I don't think it will be a permanent thing for me as far as not tracking food and calories burned because I admit I'm sure there will be a point it's going to bite me in the butt and I'll be frustrated when I don't have any notes to look back on to see a pattern. I guess I'm just trying to see how long I can get away with it and keep that stress off of myself and hopefully be successful. I don't ever see myself being one of those "intuitive eaters" but who knows, stranger things have happened. I just know what we've been doing hasn't been working and something needs to change but I don't quite know what yet. I can only see how this goes and then start the tweak game if things head south. It's an approach I've never really done before but I need to make it work in a way that will benefit both of us.
Do you find yourself stressed out by all of the numbers you need to keep track of while trying to lose weight?
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