Yesterday I was in a foul mood and had a rant about how it was so annoying that I had been doing so well only to have all my progress knocked out by a single fun night at the pub. I drank more than I intended and had a few slices of gourmet pizza, but surely that shouldn’t destroy everything.
I hadn’t made that much progress, but it was still my progress and I was proud of it. To have it taken away so soon was a harsh blow that I wasn’t expecting. Yes, I’m losing it again, but I don’t think it’s healthy to have my weight jump around like that not to mention not wanting to sacrifice my social life.
Something wasn’t right.
I felt like I just needed a single puzzle piece to work out what the heck was going on. Plenty of people don’t have to sacrifice their social lives to lose weight. So how did a couple extra schooners and a few slices of pizza screw things up so badly?
As it turns out, they didn’t. I’m not saying pizza is a new health food, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. My body was just reacting as it should: packing away all available calories while in starvation mode.
Yep, starvation mode.
The Bloke suggested that my problem might not be from having an extra drink every once in a while but from what I’m doing in the time between that could be the problem. He suggested I check my food log to make sure I’m getting enough calories to make sure I’m not putting myself into starvation mode (thus making my weight bounce wildly when I do have more than usual calories).
Lo and behold, probably the most important number on Nutridiary I had been completely ignoring: Daily Quota
I had a look at one day, and I had eaten only 510 calories. Another day, 739. No wonder my body is so confused! Mix in a 2000 calorie day and my body wants to pack it away like there is no tomorrow.
So I have new – and very strange – goal this week: eat more. It goes against everything in me, but it will be a stunning experiment to see if meeting the minimum will actually help me to lose weight. I know I have to do it for a while so my body will learn to trust me again, but I’m looking forward to the results when paired with exercise.
And really, I love any excuse to have more carrots and hummus.