So week one of the diet went well. I stuck to my calories every day and some days I even had a few left over. I was literally just concerned with hitting the calories rather than hitting the macros but I did notice that my protein intake was higher than I though it would be although I was no where near hitting the protein goal.
I was tempted to weigh myself during the week but I had decided beforehand that I wasn’t going to do this, so I managed to stick with the plan and I weighed myself on Thursday morning as planned. As I had stuck to the calories, I was pretty convinced that I would have lost fat and I was feeling slimmer (psychological I know, it’s amazing what the brain can trick you into!). So when I stepped on the scales I was very disappointed to see that I had actually put on 2.5 kg! Now I know that this isn’t physiologically possible. That would take 19,250 calories more than my body requires – I didn’t even eat that many calories in the week! Logic aside, I was disappointed but I resolved to carry on with the calorie deficit and see what I weight the next week.
However, I got to work and had a few (too many) little chocolate truffle eggs. ‘ No big deal’ I thought, ‘I’ll track them, I can fit them into my calories.’ Then came the trip to Lidl bakery with the work colleagues. This didn’t quiet go to plan and to cut a long story short I abandoned my my chicken pesto pasta which I had brought in for lunch (and had pre-logged on my fitness pal) and ended up with a focaccia and Danish pastry for lunch. Again, salvageable but I went into ‘screw this’ mode and ate a load more of the truffle eggs. I think that not actually having booked the holiday I’m planning on going on didn’t help the situation as this is my motivation to slim down.
I’ve thought about getting back on the diet and considering that I am going back to evesham to spend time with my family for the Easter holidays, and that with it being Easter, there is going to be a heck of a lot of chocolate floating around. I don’t really want to do a repeat of the year that I banned sugar in the build up to a holiday and didn’t even eat a piece of my own birthday cake. So I’ve decided that I’m going to have a bit of time off over Easter and that I’m not going to track and I’m not going to restrict the chocolate (or gin). I won’t really have any control over the meals that I’ll be eating with the family and tracking macros at that time will feel quite stressful (protein intake is difficult to regulate back home) and I imagine that my mum would hit the roof if she caught me weighing my food. I’ll vaguely try not to eat like an idiot but frankly, I probably will. There are certain times of the year where it is more challenging to reduce your calories and I want to spend some relaxing time with my family ahead of a big life change.
I’ll get back on it on Tuesday, I’m going to think about how I measure the fat loss given that scales aren’t the most accurate (I knew this but it’s easier than measuring).
How do you get over diet setbacks? Let me know below, I need the advice!