How To Lose 5 Pounds
Go on a trip to an all-inclusive resort days after the end of the holiday season. Decide you’ve had enough of eating all.the.food.
Weigh yourself. Set a goal. Choose a very realistic, far out date to reach said goal.
Remember that weight loss is a choice. You are 100% in control of what you put in your body. Get excited about making changes.
Begin to track meals in My Fitness Pal. Notice that you could cut back on portions a bit. Take note that when you add 10 things to your salad you’re having a really big salad.
Enter in meals for a few weeks and get a new normal of what still keeps you full but lightens up meals a bit.
Take the long route to the gym and do 10 minutes more cardio instead of talking to your friends in the gym cafe.
Decide that 1 glass of wine is enough empty calories for the day.
Weigh yourself: 2 pounds gone!
Attempt to enter in a meal in a restaurant to My Fitness Pal and stop when you hit 1,500 calories. Make a note to self to eat out less.
Interact with your friends on My Fitness Pal and encourage each other.
Drink tea in the afternoon afternoon instead of snacking and realize you really didn’t need the snack to begin with. Turn afternoon tea into a habit.
Pack up everything you own into boxes for 3 weeks straight. Never sit down. Move. Unpack everything you own.
Swap evening chocolate for more hot tea. Add a little honey for the sweet tooth. Find yourself perfectly satisfied.
Weigh yourself: Nearly 5 pounds vanished!
That was easy.
How To Gain 5 Pounds
Stop tracking meals on My Fitness Pal. Eat more.
Go on a trip and eat way too much.
Miss out on workouts because of trip.
Eat chocolate after dessert.
Go out to lunch and dinner too often.
Open a bottle of wine at 5:00 on a Tuesday. Drink 2.5 glasses instead of the 1 you had planned.
Eat dessert because said wine makes you crave sweets and your friends brought over homemade cookie bars.
Feel puffy all over but have another party to attend that night. Decide you will start tracking again soon.
Eat everything at the party.
Don’t weigh yourself. In denial.
Stay inside and snuggle on the couch instead of taking toddler to the park because it’s just too cold to go outside again.
Munch on trail mix all afternoon because lunch wasn’t satisfying.
Eat toddler’s leftover mac and cheese. And grilled cheese. And cheese.
Get behind on dinner prep and start cooking after you’re way too hungry. Eat huge portions to compensate.
Weigh yourself: gulp.
What did I learn from this weight up and down?
I can maintain my weight well using intuitive eating alone, but it’s much harder for me to lose 5 pounds without tracking something. The accountability of food journaling is what really hits home with me. It’s not so much about how many calories I’m eating but just that I’m writing my meals and snacks down somewhere.
I gave up weighing myself years ago, but I do think it’s a great for awareness. Using how I feel and how my clothes fit works, but at a slower pace. It’s harder to catch and reverse trends using my clothes alone until it’s too late. Now that we have a more private master bath, I’m OK allowing the scale to be out and visible. I think I’m going to start using it more.
I feel SO much better when I’m on the lower end of these 5 pounds than the upper. Inside and out.
This is real life.