OK, this was a pretty terrible week. It didn't feel that way as I was experiencing it. In fact, judging by the goals I set last week I did quite well. I could have cooked more for myself, but I got a little behind on keeping my place clean and couldn't afford to make the problem worse. I did have alcohol on Sunday at a birthday party, so that goal was not met. On the positive side I did much better with my water intake, I kept 26 of my discretionary points, and I got 27 activity points, which while short of the 30 point goal I set was still more than I got last week.
And I gained 2 pounds.
I have to think this is just one of those weeks where my body had to reset, or perhaps the added exercise changed things for me and after an adjustment I will be back and better than ever. Part of the reason I try to maintain so many of my weekly points is to give myself a buffer in case I have under estimated portion sizes and things like that. If I am eating something I did not make from scratch for myself it can be very difficult to accurately track my points. Keeping those points gives me a 1-2 point buffer on every meal. Add in the activity points and I had two large meals worth of points left over this week, and I find it very hard to believe I was off by that much. So I chalk it up to a fluctuation I can do nothing about and keep going next week.
I do think this week I am going to take a page from the old Quick Weight Loss Center days and do a protein buster. What that entails is basically eating nothing but salads and white meat chicken for 2-3 days, excepting breakfast. I can do fruit for snacks, but lightly dressed lettuce with chicken is about it in terms of meals. On that program It was used to start off with and to bust plateaus. I have resigned myself to the fact that on my blood pressure meds I may never have big numbers, but I can at least get back this week's stumble and then some.
This week I would like to keep up the strides I have made with exercise. As I mentioned I was able to get 27 points worth of work in, but all of that was done in only 2 elliptical sessions. An upside to that was that I was forced to stretch myself out little bit and go longer than I was comfortable going to get to the point total I needed. If I can combine the increased stamina from this week with a little more frequency then I think I can set myself up for a good week in that regard.
Ultimately this week is a great reminder that despite all of the scales. systems, diets, gyms, and nutrition advice ultimately our bodies are going to do what they want to do sometimes and we are really making a lot of this up as we go along.