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The Virtues of Core Strength
Day 8 - Weekend Setbacks

Day 5 - Small Changes Daily

I had the good fortune this morning to stumble across a piece of information that I've previously mentioned, that makes it's way across my desk from time to time.  It's good to keep in mind that the deduction of just 500 calories a day, over the course of a week can lead to the loss of one pound.  When you come down to it, it's really not that much to sacrifice.  And think of the long term implications if you can keep it up. 

Holidays always wreak havoc on my routines.  Don't get me wrong, I love the celebration, seeing friends and family, colleagues that I haven't seen all year.  They're great!  But they're also great at nudging me off the wagon, especially when it comes to cookies! 

1/8/09

Weight:  108 lbs

Activity:  Climbing stairs wherever possible today

Food: 

Breakfast:  2 cups coffee w/skim milk (70 cal), 1/2 small bagel (73 cal)

Lunch: 1/2 slice pizza (169 cal)

Dinner:  BLT w/o mayonnaise (318 cal), French fries 7 steak style (142 cal), 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream (133 cal)

Snacks:  2/3 cup dried tropical fruit (283 cal)

Approximately 1,134 calories consumed from a daily calorie budget of 631

I'm also trying to keep things in perspective.  Hoping to lose 6 lbs in 2 weeks is a very aggressive goal, and is a good example of why so many of us fail.  And a sparkling example of what lead me to failure so many times in my own past.  Setting up unrealistic expectations only ends up in disappointment and failure.  Coming across that piece of information on cutting back  500 calories a day was a gift - a gentle reminder that it's the small changes over time that ultimately take us to where we want to be.

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