Smooth, sweet ice cream. Crunchy, salty chips. Warm, fresh bread. Hot, cheesy pizza. These are my enemies right now in my quest to lose my baby weight. I’ve been on this journey now for 6 weeks and I have only one thing to say…this is hard.
I can always come up with good excuses to cheat. Here are a few I’ve used thus far: this meat was expensive, a few tablespoons (or more) of mac-n-cheese won’t hurt, I can have that because I will skip xy or z, if I tell my friend no it hurts their feelings, well it’s already dished I have to eat it now, it’s only a lite coffee…and many more.
Excuses are the enemy of success. If we want to be successful, we have to give a firm and complete NO!
The repercussions of my excuses hit me full in the scale when I went to weigh in at the end of my 4th week. I was sure I was going to see a weight loss because of all the times I reined in my cravings and did say no to more things then normal. However, I didn’t lose, I GAINED. It was only a gain of a few ounces but I felt defeated and that my calories in were definitely less then my calories used.
However, I am on a weightloss plan where ketosis is a big deal. In layman terms this means a low carb diet. That way your body has to burn it’s fat stores instead of the sugar/carbs in your diet. My coach highlighted every carb I wasn’t supposed to have during my 4th week, which was everyday.
Then she dropped the truth bomb: EVERY time I ate a carb, it took my body 3-4 days to re-enter ketosis!
Bam! There it was. The truth of what excuses were doing to my attempts to lose weight. The next week I stuck to my plan to a T. Not once did I cheat or make an excuse and guess what? I lost 4.6 lbs.
Here is how I did it:
- Before I even put the car in reverse, on weigh-in day, I sent two texts. First to my close friends telling them that I was no longer allowed carbs. Period. Then I explained why. I asked them (because they are my people and I knew they would) to support me in my quest for no carbs. No more offering me coffee or spaghetti. That on pizza Thursday I would be bringing my own plan approved pizza. My second text was to one of the sweetest guys who loves to love his friends by making the best cookie dough…ever. Most of the time we don’t even get to the cookie stage, we just have a dough popsicle. I told him it was me not him and explained why I was on this journey.
- The Lost Cost Fallacy: my friend explained this to me earlier in the week and I made good use of this all week. Basically the money spent on food is lost no matter if the garbage eats it or I do. Since the garbage isn’t trying to lose weight, it gets all the kids leftovers. Plus, as my coach reminded me, every time I don’t lose I am wasting good money on her and the program I am on. Touché!
- I bought what was approved for me and had it with me wherever I went. I even had extra shakes in my diaper bag, which came in extra handy when I realized my plan approved pizza had been left in the wrong kitchen.
- I bought gum. Sugar-less of course. So many many many times I stopped myself from reaching for food by keeping gum in my mouth, especially when my favorite foods were around.
Where am I at today?
I’ve lost a total of 16 lbs and 6 inches in 6 weeks. Saying no to myself is getting easier. I even managed to say no to my mother-in-laws potato salad and goulash. Both favorites!
16 lbs gone and another 45-50 to go. I’ve lost 64 lbs off my knees and ankles! I’m moving more. I’m changing. I am saying NO to excuses. excuse have you been making to keep you from the you you want to be? Let’s get on the journey together!
Part 1 of my weight loss journey can be found here: The Dreaded Baby Weight