Is diet fatigue a real thing? If so, I think I have it. I started my weigh loss effort in January of 2012 and since then, I've lost 76 pounds. However, I lost most of that between January and September. Since September of 2012, this weight loss gig has been a real struggle. I had a job for a while where I traveled for business and almost every time I went on a business trip, I landed face first in free beer and free food. The whole time on was on that job, from August 2012 until May of 2013, I was on a weight loss roller coaster where I'd gain weight one week while traveling, then lose it the next week or so, then gain it back, then lose it...
In May of this year, I got another job where I don't have to travel at all. I thought my diet problems were solved! Not only do I no longer have to travel, but my new employer and facilities are very weight loss friendly. So, I jumped right back on the wagon and started losing weight again, right?
Not so much.
As of this morning, I'm up 2 pounds from my lowest weight.
I'm having a really tough time finding my groove again. I know
what I need to do to lose weight. I do. Yet I find myself eating a little over my calorie/points budget almost every day. It's a slice of pound cake here, a small order of fries over there, a few extra ounces of beef here, an extra tablespoon of dressing over there, a bag of popcorn yesterday, an extra piece of chicken the day before...
It's this pattern that I can't seem to shake right now coupled with the fact that I'm thinking about food all the blasted time
. I'm constantly thinking about what I can eat next and when, even while I'm eating
. I'm also hungry a lot more. It's not just emotional hunger although there's a good portion of that. Right around the evening meal and right around lunch I'm getting moody, gut-growly, getting the shakes hungry.
Even then with the extra stuff I'm eating, according to my food tracker, I'm not anywhere near maintenace calories for my height and weight, yet I've been gaining the last two weeks
. For example, this week, I ate a total of 900 extra calories. I gained a pound.
I know I just need to suck it up and get back to eating like I should but I am finding that extraordinarily difficult. I'm just sulky and childish and mean right now.
I'm not sure if I need a good kick in the rear end or if I just ought to set my calories/points to maintenance for a while or what.
Did I say ugh?