Anyway, I was scheduled for a three-mile easy run this morning, and I had no plans of pushing my pace today. I'm thinking of rearranging my run days because of my race this weekend. Instead of taking tomorrow off, I might run tomorrow and Thursday, then take Friday and Saturday off before the race. My long run is 10 miles this week, so I would like to have two days off afterward.
I did an out-and-back route and it went by pretty quickly. I couldn't believe how warm it was outside.
Tomorrow is my weekly weigh-in day, and as I was trying to decide what to eat for breakfast, I remembered why I despise having a particular day for an "official" weigh in. In all of my past attempts at losing weight through the years, I always avoided sodium for a day or two before weighing in. I could easily drop a couple of pounds of water weight in a day of low-sodium eating.
But it drove me crazy! I didn't want to avoid sodium--I like salty food. And because I have very low blood pressure, my cardiologist (after I fainted, I had to see a one to rule out heart conditions) suggested I actually get more sodium in my diet. So I have no medical reason to avoid sodium.
When I was finally successful in losing weight, it was because I did on a daily basis what I knew I could live with forever. I didn't reduce my sodium on the day before a weigh-in. I decided that if I lost weight on the scale, I wanted it to be REAL weight--fat--rather than water weight; so there was no purpose in deliberately avoiding sodium that day. As far as sodium goes, my diet was pretty much the same day in and day out throughout my weight loss. When I had a loss on the scale, I didn't feel like it was "only" because of the reduced sodium.
That whole sodium realization back in the day in 2009 (when I first started losing the weight) actually played a big part of my weight loss success. It wasn't just the sodium that I didn't want to have to think about daily; it was calories and exercise and food choices.
I knew I could probably get the weight off very quickly if I exercised seven days a week for a few hours a day (Biggest Loser-style); but I didn't want my body to adapt to that, because then I'd have to do that every week in order to keep losing weight (and maintain, if it ever came to that).
I also knew that I could lose weight quickly if I ate just 1200 calories a day. But again, if my body got used to that (even for a few weeks), if I ate any higher than 1200 calories, I wouldn't be losing weight anymore. And I most certainly didn't want to live off of 1200 calories a day forever. So I ate the most that I could get away with and still lose the weight (about 1800).
I knew I could lose weight faster if I gave up sugar, or carbs, or other "bad" foods; but if my body got used to that, I would probably gain weight if I ate a single cookie or ice cream cone after that, so I didn't want to give those things up--even temporarily.
The whole point is, I made choices I was willing to live with forever; that way, I was okay with my body adapting to them, because I planned to continue it. The sodium is a good example of seeing immediate results, but also seeing that it's only temporary.
Avoiding water wasn't going to give me "real" weight loss on the scale. It would dip down for that morning, and then go right back up when I drank my water and ate breakfast. I should have just aimed to be consistent--eat breakfast and drink water before every meeting, and then if I saw a loss, it would be because I had actually lost fat.
So I made my main focus on consistency. As long as I was consistent, I felt like I was doing it "right".
I hope this is making sense. I understand it perfectly in my head, but it's not very easy to write out! ;)
Basically, it call comes down to what I tell anyone when they ask me for weight loss advice: