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Metabolism again

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.

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AJDOVER1 9/4/2014 5:49PM

    We are all different. The calories-in-vs-calories-out theory looks so good on paper. Unfortunately, life isn't so mathmatical. I'm finding that eating more good stuff is valuable for me. Love your blog!

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KANOE10 9/3/2014 7:13AM

    I think your metabolic plan is working. You are maintaining your weight while dealing with healing your back. Good job!

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4LABLADY 9/2/2014 11:18AM

    emoticon So right. It's like a fingerprint ---everyone's weight journey is a little different. Comparisons have to come with this acknowledgment.

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    Great point of view

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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New Year

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...


Been a while

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?

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MNNSAIDE 6/7/2014 9:18AM

    Hi Leslie --- how is you ban of sugar going? I don't think I could do that!

Have you kept up with DIDMIS --- she has gone at least 2 weeks now!

Stopping by to see how your doing!

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LESLIE871948 5/14/2014 7:14AM

    Hey I wandered off and did not check to see if anyone was here.! Starting day three, and boy was I surprised to find that my favorite organic tomato soup has 20 g of added sugar. I did not choose That last night. 4LABLADY are you on? I feel pretty good this morning but last night I was really "feeling" the effects of eliminating it all. And YES, it includes even my organic stevia leaf. It does not include whole fruits, that is okay to eat. Not juice though. For basics on what sugar does Dr. Lustig has some good video online.

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KANOE10 5/13/2014 7:38AM

    I am already on that challenge. I stay away from sugar as much as possible! I will check out that movie. There is a team about sugar addiction that might be supportive. I had a pre-diabetes scare and am now eating low carb.

Glad you are back.

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BRADMILL2922 5/13/2014 12:55AM

    Good luck, you can do it!

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4LABLADY 5/12/2014 10:00AM

    Hey, there I am available. I struggled with sugar about every day and fail about every third day. If you want to buddy up I am in for ten days starting today. What is the definition for sugar? Does it include even trace amounts?

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    As to diabetes: you mean TYPE 2 diabetes which is a lifestyle disease, right?

Yes, give up all forms of processed/refined sugars. BUT don't give up fruit. Fruit is healthy and nutritious. Our bodies run on simple carbohydrates. Also I'd suggest getting a lot of greens into your diet. I don't just mean a salad, I mean look into green smoothies and green juicing.

Yes, I've heard of the movie FedUp. There are so many good ones out there. It's all about eating cleaner and perhaps 100% plant food which is what I am doing. No boxed, canned processed "phood" for this gal.

Glad your back. There are a couple of teams about giving up the white stuff. I'd suggest joining another for support. You'll find a buddy on them for sure.

On your idea of 10 days, I'd start off with 10 days and continue. No use in giving something up for a couple of days and going back to it.

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Something new

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.

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MOM4407 11/17/2013 1:00PM

    Good idea keeping it by the phone. I need to keep the journal. You give a good reason why. Glad you are under goal again.

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GLORIAMAJDI 11/9/2013 12:46PM

    I like the idea of the photos. You have been maintaining for a very long time and I can see the need to keep it fresh. I've only been maintaining for a few months now and I still need to track. In my past weight losses, I get to maintenance and eventually get tired of tracking, so go back to not doing it and then guess what, gain happens! This time I am determined not to let this happen but I've got to face it, it gets boring and tedious, so maybe photos will work for me at some point too. It seems like a fantastic idea. I also want to be a person who eats intuitively but frankly, that might not be possible for me. I don't eat too much when stressed but I tend to make poor choices in those situations (McDonald's instead of a good home cooked meal) and I tend to eat when I am bored, even if I am not hungry. So I think that I will always need to do something to keep myself accountable.

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MNNSAIDE 11/9/2013 9:29AM

    Happy that your under goal...I totally understand the problem and for me the time to write down every morsel I eat. Since school started I have not written down what I eat in my Spark Journal - hence gaining weight again...this blog is a good reminder!

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KANOE10 11/9/2013 8:35AM

    That is great that you are under goal! Your new tracking seems to be working, You are showing strength and motivation.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/9/2013 7:01AM

    Interesting idea. I think for me it would feel like more of a bother to do the photos than just keep the journal in my LoseIt phone app - especially since I tend to eat mostly the same kinds of things, day after day.

Definitely keep us posted.

For me it seems that tracking is the single best way to control my food input. I rely on it to tell me when I'm "done." I actually do need to "eat up" to my minimum. For me, undereating is just as much of a danger as overeating because it can send me into a craving and then a binge a day or two later if I have too large a deficit.

And my binges in the past have been Epic. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
og_id=2881460 So severe that I actually enrolled myself in ED treatment for them. (So far, thankfully 1+ years of no episodes as severe as the one described above.)

My hunger signals are all messed up. I think my fuel gauge is simply broken. Some days I'm super hungry or I just can't stop thinking about food. Others I feel like "meh" about food.

But from experience I've found I have to walk that tightrope of eating not too much (because it'll cause weight gain) and not too little (because it'll trigger binges, which cause weight gain).

Maybe someday I'll be able to transition to a more intuitive system, but for now I find the numbers super comforting and logging them not so onerous that I can't stand it.

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Fall, I love fall

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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GRANDMABABA 11/4/2013 10:10AM

    I, too, love fall. It has been so beautiful. I wish you great success in all your goals and plans!

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MNNSAIDE 10/30/2013 7:23PM

    I agree with you - it's too hot to exercise in the summer! I can't wait for more cool fronts to enjoy working in the yard!!! Thursday may just be that day but without the drizzle for the Trick or Treaters!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/30/2013 12:04PM

    How nice. I feel the same way. I run better in the cool, crisp weather!

But when I'm sitting, doing nothing, I have to layer up!


I hope you are having a great day!


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