As stated in the past couple of blogs, I'm working on being focused on healthy eating for the 21 days, as an attempt to stay on track for the month of February. The first 14 days went extremely well, dropping close to six pounds. The last 7 days haven't been as successful. I've come to two conclusions in the past 21 days of focusing on being consistent.
- It is very difficult to stay on track if you have any semblance of a social life.
- I like to drink beer and go out to dinner
28 days doesn't seem like a long time. Surely any reasonable adult can block out distractions and buckle down for 28 days with a little bit of will-power. Despite my best intentions and great start to the month, I dropped the ball hard over the weekend. I made beer, drank beer and pomegranate cosmos, and went out to a salty Mexican restaurant for tacos. Although it was fun, and I realized I enjoy hanging out with good friends a lot more than I like dieting, it was a disaster to my goals.
This morning I weighed 199 pounds, which is nothing short of a miracle, and largely attributed to a complete physical breakdown yesterday from what I can only assume was a post-hockey hypoglycemic episode (more on that tomorrow). This leaves me at three pounds from my goal of 196.2 tomorrow. Unlikely.
I learned a valuable lesson over the past 48 hours. Despite my best efforts during the week, too much fun on the weekends really does set me back from my goals. Consistency isn't a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday gig. It takes real focus, real effort, and real consistency, each and every day. Having fun is fine, but I need to learn that one beer is good enough.
Two beers is ok 🙂 or switch to scotch ????
oh god, scotch. Ellie’s dad got me so drunk on scotch one night that I claimed Mike was a lawyer…
I am having the same issue. Monday through Friday I do pretty well, then comes the weekend and everything goes downhill. I’m trying to break out of that cycle, but I also think you need to live your life and enjoy your friendships, with a little caution. After your 28 days, March 1st begins Lent. Can you go for forty more?!
I guess I should behave for lent huh… 🙁
I definitely understand the struggle! I FINALLY reigned in my “comfort level” that I had been maintaining for the last year… it takes focus and just as much dedication as the first round of weight loss we fought through. I find myself turning down social events for fear of temptation.. after a few successful “outings” I’m finally comfortable going out and just being real with myself about my goals. We should have a healthy social outing! OR maybe a healthy dinner night sometime! SOLIDARITY!! haha.
Seriously though, congrats on your hard work so far! I know you have the discipline and drive to make it through!
I love the idea of healthy social outings. Part of why I love frisbee so much is that we all get together and it isn’t centered around food or drinks . . . hopefully this season will be well attended!
Thanks for the encouragement, I definitely needed it after this weekends setbacks 🙂