I have pondered this question a lot over the last month. I usually gain a little weight during the winter, but over the last couple of months I increased my exercise and the scale still won’t budge. I tried to blame this on a lot of different things but finally came to the realization that I should track my calorie intake and make sure that wasn’t one of the reasons.
Well, it most definitely was.
On the positive, I am glad I had this reality check now! It always feels good to pinpoint an area that I am falling short so I can do something about it. The thing is, I have been making much healthier food choices this year and I was getting frustrated because I was eating better, as well as exercising, but with no change on the scale. The key factor that I wasn’t figuring in, was being in total denial that I was eating more of these healthy alternatives because I justified I could do so since there were “healthy”.
But just like in our book, regardless what you eat, you still need to consider this simple equation:
Calorie Intake + Activity = Weight
For example, if I eat my healthy-alternative breakfast cookies and don’t take note of how many calories I am consuming, it is pretty easy to end up consuming the same number of calories as a single donut! When I do this over and over, it is no wonder I am not seeing any progress on the scale.
Needless to say, I will be taking action to be more aware of the calories I am consuming in addition to comparing it to the calories I am burning. Yes, even a Peace Coach is human and can miss the obvious! We all have moments where we get lazy or too comfortable in our habits and we start making decisions that impact us in ways we don’t see in the moment.
Is this the case for you? Are you not having any progress with your weight loss goals? If writing down what you eat every day will cause you to lose peace, consider doing it for only a couple days to help you discover what food proportions are larger problem areas than others, and start there.
Most of all, do it in a way that brings peace so you are more likely to stick with it. And secondly, don’t feel alone! Know that I’ll be right there with you, working through the same thing 😉 We can do it together–let’s do this!