This week: +1.2 poundsTotal loss: 24.7 pounds
Last week I lost 4.3 pounds on a low calorie plan (1800/day). And I heard from many of you with messages of support and encouragement. Thank you!
I’d feel tempted today to feel like I let you all down. Fortunately, I know that last week’s loss was not sustainable. In fact, where I am today is with the range of normal. Last week was a little too good to be true.
The other part of “1800 Calories” that was too good to be true was getting away with excess. At 1800 calories, my targeted intake was so low that I could have hundreds of extra calories and still lose weight. It worked, but it weakened my discipline. This week, I had a few extra snacks and sometimes the Rule of 7 became the Rule of 8 or 9. Without the margin for error I had with “1800 Calories,” a few extra snacks meant I wasn’t losing this week.
I can’t leave the weekly recap without once again pointing out that virtually no chain restaurant entrees meet the standard of the Rule of 7 (average of 700 calories, 700mg of sodium, and 7 grams of saturated fat). For example, last week I had this salmon Caesar salad at the Mariner’s game. It was the best option at the ballpark. As it appears on the menu, it doesn’t come close, scoring over 11 in “Rule” terms. Only if you skip the dressing does it meet the Rule of 7, and even then just barely. And this is one of the success stories.
I would love to be able to continue to eat out. Tony, “The Anti-Jared,” reminds us restaurants are happy to make healthy modifications to menu items, like I did with my salmon Caesar (and he recommends several we should ask for). That may be what we have to do, because the way most restaurant items come standard, we’d be better off not eating out at all.