In the past few weeks I have alternately been frustrated and elated with my results. The frustration was from doing things right and not getting rewarded. The elation was from reversing the trend. One thing that has become frustratingly clear is how thin my margin for error is. This post is not to make excuses, but rather get out some big frustration I have over it. I feel like I have to be constantly perfect in order to have consistent results, and that is the kind of mindset that leads to burnout and acting out against my diet. I did not realize at the time, but 3 years ago this came so easily. I barely got exercise, I frequently indulged in (reasonable) cheats, and I was losing over 3 pounds a week easily. Now I can only get that eating 6 salads in a week and 5 workouts.
There are always things I can do better, but I would be inhuman if I didn't find it frustrating and see the distance to a healthy weight as very daunting. Losing a pound a week is quite reasonable for folks looking to lose 20-30 pounds, but I need to lose at least another 130 pounds. At a minimum. At a pound a week pace that is two and a half years away. In the 5 or so months I have been on program I have lost 25 pounds. 25 pounds is a lot and something I am trying to be proud of, but there is so far to go that It can be hard to see the trees for the forest, to corrupt a phrase.
Looking on the bright side I have only been really committed to working out for 3 weeks. One of the surest ways to increase metabolism is to increase lean muscle mass, and as the work I am doing compounds I should see better results and have more of a margin. As I have mentioned many times my meds put me on the back foot, but they also make workouts possible without having a heart attack, so I will have to take the good with the bad. There is room for improvement with my diet, and every little bit helps. The Weight Watchers Points system is helpful, and a little more user friendly than calorie tracking, but it is not perfect, and some points are better than others.
This is a constant learning process, and it is something I have to live with forever. Sometimes that takes adjustment. A little progress is still progress. The journey can be as valuable as the destination. I think tomorrow that will feel truer to me. Today I had to talk it out a bit.