First, let’s start with an update….No Cheat November has not been as easy as I had dreamed in my head. I do good most days, but unfortunately in my mind, when it comes to the food aspect of No Cheat November, I have failed.
This month has been hard for several reasons…I added the pressure of No Cheat November to the aspect of my losing weight, I have a goal to be at 199lbs by 11/24 (my birthday) and I started Focus T25 Gamma (the hardest month of the program). As any good over achiever, I may have stacked the deck a little too high this time and I’ve let the pressure get to me. I have battled several days with not enough food and too much exercise and have had to readjust the calories and the types of foods going in to keep my body fueled.
So, this brings me to a topic that I’ve wanted to talk about for awhile – what you eat and the principle of calories in vs calories out. I’m learning the closer I get to my goal, those calories in really matter. It can’t be cake and candy calories, but it needs to be lean protein and vegetables to keep my body fueled for the exercise and daily activities I want to accomplish and to keep my calories low to lose the weight.
I believe weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. When I began this journey I knew I needed to focus on the food part. I’ve struggled with it for a lot of my life. So I first just concentrated on tracking. Then my goal was just to stay under my calories. But, I quickly learned that if I ate a huge cheeseburger at lunch I was pretty much done for the day on my calories. Now, I care more about the what and the how much because it really does effect my performance in exercise and life in general. I seriously thought I had the worst digestive system ever before I started eating healthy. Then, about two months into eating better it all cleared up.
For me too, the 80/20 rule applies in what you are eating. I’m not perfect and do not boast to be anywhere near it when it comes to food. I still battle addictions to food, binges, low willpower, emotional eating, you name it, but I try and follow the same rule every week – 80% good eating (under calories and healthy for you) and 20% bad eating (oooh ice cream!). Many people follow this rule and are very successful in losing weight but still enjoying the foods they love.
Now with apps like MyFitnessPal or Loseit, with databases full of the foods out there from around the world, it makes tracking the calories in vs calories out easy.
Starting Weight: 317lbs | Current Weight: 202lbs | Goal Weight: 175lbs