Nokie – not sure if it’s any help, but sometimes, when I get well and truly off plan, I go back to just trying to eat really low carb for a few days or a week or so until things are back on track. I don’t worry about the calories but focus on keeping the carbs really low – tell myself I can eat as much as I like as long as it’s very low carb (a bit like a ‘fat fast’, if you’re familiar with the term, but with more variety than the strict bacon and eggs!). By keeping the carbs down, I usually lose the hunger pangs and stop thinking about food in fairly short order and can then get back on track with calories. You definitely don’t need a telling off; nobody that wants to lose fat deliberately sabotages themselves; it’s a combination of emotions, habits and hormones. It takes time and a lot of re-starts but aim for progress not perfection.
ClarinetCathy – hope the training went well today and you enjoy the new job. Totally understand the anxiety around it but before you know it, you’ll be settled in I’m sure. Well done on a good loss this week!
As for me – went rather off piste on Saturday; had a hungry day so listened to my body, went well over calories but kept it all as low carb as I could (I’ve since developed an annoying head cold that has me sneezing, snuffling and coughing, so think it might have been related to that). I’m back on track with the calories as of Sunday, but haven’t been on my rebounder yet this week as I’ve put the exercise to one side while I get over this cold; hoping to be back on track with that on Friday once I’ve allowed myself sufficient recovery time. I weighed in on Tuesday and had lost 2.8lb down, so that’s 17.6lb in the three weeks I’ve been back on track so far; definitely mostly fluid, but I’m happy with that as I’m feeling a lot less puffy or bloated. I’m sure this week will be a lot lower on the loss front due to lack of exercise and head cold, but we’ll see what happens. Rather dreading next week as I’m away for two nights with work and the food will be horrendously unhealthy, plus the expectation that I’ll be on the booze; at least I’ll get to weigh in on the Tuesday before I go, so I can hope for a good result to cling to! Still debating the best way to handle the time away – I swing between not drinking and trying to eat sensibly, through having the two days off diet and eating and drinking as I please, back to ‘I’d rather fast for the three days than eat all that rubbish and feel shocking for days after’. Sigh. Will just have to see how I feel on the days I reckon. It’s not the calories that bother me actually, it’s how bad I know I’ll feel after eating & drinking high carb for the whole time!