Sometimes, when you don’t get the results you were hoping for, you’re befuddled. Be it the denial of what you’ve actually eaten or factors like water weight affecting what you’re seeing on the scale, some weeks you just don’t know. But sometimes, you’ve been cruising along with that one little cheat that you think doesn’t really affect you. Until it does.
For me, that’s popcorn. When I’m having a hungry day, popcorn is my go-to. The high fiber makes it filling, and the tons of little pieces makes it take quite some time to eat when I have the munchies. I have air-popped popcorn, which, although low in nutritional value, is quite low-fat and low-calorie. The toppings are what cause the problems. I eat popcorn when I’m craving salt, and if you’ve ever tried to salt air-popped popcorn, you know it doesn’t stick on its own. I’ve got a fake buttery topping I use, and I usually sprinkle it on quite lightly and then toss with salt. It’s not a great habit, but it’s satisfying and keeps me from bingeing on fries, so.
This week, I cut out most processed or pre-packaged food aside from my protein powder. It wasn’t some big decision – I just had time and ingredients to cook this week, and since I’m a fairly decent cook (says my notoriously picky boyfriend, so I take it as a compliment), that’s much more appetizing than boxed frozen dinners. I cooked several batches of meals that freeze well and made my own, healthier frozen dinners. However, it turns out that what I cook tends to be very low-fat; seriously, even Lifesum (the macro-tracking app I use) was yelling at me to use more healthy fats while cooking!
I think that’s part of why my sprinkle of buttery topping turned into a bit of a pour, though I only logged that same sprinkle into my meal tracker. And I had a big bowl of popcorn every day this week. Yeah. This week, I’m going to try to cut down on one vice. I’ll tackle caffeine at a later date, but for right now, I’m going to go one week without my bowl of popcorn. I am not going to replace it with chips, pretzels, etc. I may go back to eating it (with less butter) once the week is out, but I’d like to change it to being something I enjoy occasionally rather than a daily habit. I’ll keep you all posted on how that goes! I’m stocking up on fruits and veg tonight to replace my popcorn habit with something just as tasty.
I’m still down this week, though! Just a bit off-track from my weekly weight loss goal. Here’s how I’m doing after 3 weeks of the Fittest Loser challenge:
Weight: 276.6 pounds
Lost this week: 1.4
Lost so far: 5.4
Pounds to goal 1 (5% loss): 8.7