Seriously. I have been eating healthy meals (mostly), and have been super-consistent with my workouts. I was starting to get really frustrated that I haven’t been dropping weight like crazy. The rationalizations were out of control – building muscle (in a deficit??), retaining water, etc.
Then, I took a hard look at my diet. I realized that I have been grazing… and not just a little bit. I’m talking antelope-in-the-grasslands levels of grazing (i.e. ALL day long). I’ve had a lot of homework and, oftentimes, only take breaks to refill my water glass. What I realized, though, was that I have developed a tendency to also grab a handful of some kind of food while in the kitchen.
This is not good. It is time to re-frame my actions and focus. I try really hard not to get overly crazy and obsessive about food. For me, it creates a pretty nasty cycle of binge eating and negative self-talk anytime I start become very restrictive. I find moderation is very important for me, even more when I am busy or stressed. However, having a more moderate approach to food can also slip into complete diet complacency…which leads to NO weight loss.
So, for now, back to basics. If I eat something, I will first measure out a portion and track the food. I will have to be more mindful. But, I can do this. I’ve done it before. I just have to get back on track. After all, I have a goal race coming up!