Tuesday, September 02, 2014
So. I said I would continue this on Aug 25, and now I am - here on Sept 2nd. I am hanging in at the same weight still, and still very content with that considering everything. I have been working to rebuild some muscle. This is tricky with an injured back, but not impossible. I just have to get into a position that supports the back before I do anything :). So. My last few runs with Weight Watchers I was actively protecting my metabolism from the "diet slowdown" by varying my calorie intake. Two days of each week I ate way over what would be considered a weight loss diet. Two days I ate under the recommended amounts. The other three I sat right on what spark said was the number of calories I needed to maintain what my "normal" weight should be. I was eating maybe 100 points a week more than others in the WW meeting I attended, regularly. That would equate to around 5,000 calories a week more than the other people my size. I also lost weight consistently. How is this possible? Many of them ate way less than I did and exercised more. Metabolism. It was scary at first to eat more. It flies in the face of the calories in/calories out "rule". But I had done this the other way in the 70's. And hit at plateau at 200 pounds where I was walking 6 miles a day, eating around 1200 calories and losing less than a pound a month. Contrast that to my last run at WW when I got to a normal BMI for the first time in *forever* where I ate an Average of 1800 calories daily, exercised about an hour each day doing various things including weight training, and consistently lost an average of 2 pounds a week. I don't think people should believe "conventional wisdom". I believe each person is a science project, with individual needs. If you are on a plateau? Consider the possibility that your body is trying to survive a famine.
Monday, August 25, 2014
This time of year is always when I feel the new year coming. It has been a long time between blogs. I had an accident with my bulldog and injured my back, and that has changed things for me. I have been in a "resting" state since the fall, and frankly I am not very sure where to go from here with exercise because my back is not returning to where it was (strong and fairly painless). Has me thinking about that period of time after my bicycle accident when I gained about 20 to 30 pounds. Anja helped me see that even that, is still "maintenance" since I was still 170 pounds less than my high weight :). This time I am up 6 pounds :). Now that I like. I am so happy with my current weight considering the challenges I am experiencing.
This will be too long to read if I don't get to the point. My metabolism is not particularly slow. A miracle considering the years of restrictive diets during the 1980's. I give credit to finding two critical personal facts.
1) I must eat enough
2) I must build muscle
What? Eat Enough? Isn't it all about calories in being Less than calories out. Well yes and no. If calories in are always less than calories out our physiological survival mechanism is going to slow down metabolism. This happened to me in a very negative way during the 1970's and I blame those very restrictive low calorie diets for my extreme weight gain. I learned eventually to eat more when I found the concept of the Wendy plan (unofficial part of my weight watchers journey). To be continued...
Monday, May 12, 2014
So winter kind of got me down. The thing about being down of course is that there is one way out, and that is UP. This morning I started the "fed up challenge" - to give up sugar for 10 days. I can do that, right? Looking for buddies and wondering why this seems to be invisible here on Spark People. Has anyone heard of the movie? Is anyone out there participating in this? Here is a link. http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home
This is not going to be easy but while I was "resting" this past few months I have been doing a lot of research into diabetes because of a family tendency to acquire this disease, and a desire to Not go there. Anyone want to do this challenge with me?
Saturday, November 09, 2013
I resist the fact that I have to keep a journal, in order to maintain my weight loss. I accept it, but it is so far from a "perfect" solution that I cannot resist looking for other ways to stay on track. My dream for a really long time has been to find a way to live honoring my body and the real hunger that occurs when I need to feed it. There are so many more inputs from my emotional self that get in the way, that I have only been able to effectively maintain by logging every bite of food into one journal or another. I have used both the spark food journal and WW, and both work. The down side to that, and it is a Big one, is that I "eat up" to the recommendations of whatever journal I am using and end up frequently losing touch with what I really need to eat, and what my body might be craving?
This morning I get to weigh in under goal for the first Saturday since May of this year. What I have been doing is keeping a written journal in my phone with pictures even, instead of logging the food. It is super easy, takes no time at all, and when added to the daily weights I do on the scale it *feels* like I may have found a near perfect alternative. If I begin to gain, I can go back to it and put it into Spark and see if there is an eating problem. If I continue to lose, I can see how that feels and if I am hungry too much I can eat a bit more. I am super hopeful that this might be a way for me to be more comfortable in maintenance.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This time of year the ducks begin to pass through on their way South, and/or make their winter homes here in our friendly climate. We start having some days when it is nice to be outside. Hurricane season may have passed without us getting any significant damage. It is a good time of year. The time when my thin blooded body can be delighted with the weather (before I begin to shiver). I am acclimated to our hot climate. This time of year it is easier to exercise, and easier to keep up with the yard work, and easy to find good local citrus fruit to eat. I feel a new energy. I believe I am entering one of the seasons when maintenance is not such a daily *job*, more of a "this is how I am now".
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