Been thinking about why it’s easier for me to stick to 800 calories a day than 1400 calories a day. Even on my challenging tired day, I only ate 1000 calories. I think the answer is two-fold.
- My normal ‘sensible’ approach to losing weight involves 1400 calories of food and 200 calories worth of exercise. There’s no doubt it works if I stick to it, but it’s rare that I stick to it for more than three weeks and even then I don’t really stick to the 1400 calories, especially on weekends. It seems to set me up for ‘just a little treat’ and we all know where that leads.
When I’ve only got 800 calories, I know that means real sacfice for a bit. There’s no wiggle room for adding poor quality calories if I also want to have energy. I guess what I’m saying is that I need an options-free method of weightloss. There’s lots of variety but it’s nothing that I’m prone to overeating and it’s good quality so fills me up.
- There’s also the bonus of seeing weight come down almost every day and being able to say, ‘only 2 weeks’ when I think it’s getting hard. I’m almost half-way there and am on track to losing more in a week than I’d usually lose in three. So it’s the addition of the motivational loss, but also a lack of boredom. I just know it’s not going to go on forever before I have a noticeable loss. I’m fascinated to know how long it will take to lose 10 pounds and that’s motivating too.
I’ll let you know tomorrow if that kind of confidence was the kiss of death.
I know; that’s entirely up to me.
In the meantime, we’re having a tuna and blackbean salad with toasted almonds and mayonaise(ish) dressing.
Here’s a good example of previous good dieting intentions doomed to fail.