Tuesday, April 01, 2014
So last week the hard plaster cast came off and I was able to "officially" weigh myself. Much to my surprise I have definitely lost more weight - yes, even with a hard plaster cast and not being able to exercise. I'm now within 2 pounds of my target goal.
So how did I manage this? I continued to follow Ideal Protein Phase 1, albeit with a few more calories per day. I stayed low-carb and low-calorie, and tuned into the cravings that were based on emotions (boredom, stress). Most importantly, when life threw me a curve ball, I did not let it derail my focus on my goals.
This really does prove that weight control is mostly about the food. I'm dying to get back to the gym so my back will feel better, and to start on the next phase of my body improvement plan, which will focus on getting stronger and more flexible. But I know now that I do not *need* to exercise to keep my weight under control, so the "obligation" to exercise is now replaced with a desire to remain strong and healthy as I get older.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
A little over one month ago, I broke my foot and ankle. At the time this happened, I was started to feel restless with the eating plan I had been following for 4.5 months. It was working very well and I had lost 43 pounds, but was pretty low-calorie with a number of restrictions that were starting to wear on me. Even though I wasn't completely to my goal weight, I was considering giving myself a break from active weight loss mode and changing to more of a weight-maintenance mode. All that changed when the fractures occurred; I would be quite inactive for a period of months so I decided to stick to the low-carb, low-calorie plan to deter any weight gain while my fractures healed.
One month later I've been pretty successful in sticking to my plan. It helps that I have to tell my partner Ken what food to buy for me; it forces me to plan my meals in advance of him going grocery shopping. In addition there are a number of house chores he's needed to take on that I can't do, so I'm trying to minimize additional work on him by introducing new grocery items for him to look for. Most of my specialty items like Walden Farms dressing and Quest protein bars I buy online anyways. I've also been successful at avoiding most of the cravings fueled by boredom and mild depression from being so housebound, a real first for me.
The only thing I have not been able to do is get a really good sense of how my weight is doing this past month. I am wearing pull-on, stretchy yoga pants that fit over my cast, so I can't really use how my clothes are fitting as an indicator, and weighing myself is pretty pointless. Not only do I have a hard plaster cast of unknown weight on my left foot and leg, I've discovered that my scale works by gauging the pressure on it. Usually it assumes that more pressure equals more weight, however it's also assuming that weight to be evenly distributed across the soles of the feet. With the cast, I can apply various degrees of pressure, radically changing the numbers. Within the past month I have gotten readings that vary by 18 pounds, and I'm 99.7% sure my weight has not actually fluctuated that much.
In a few days I return to the orthopedist and will likely get moved into a removable hard cast. Hopefully at that point I'll be able to determine a few things: how much my plaster cast really weighs (I'm guessing 3-5 pounds), and what my current weight is. Although I may still be stuck in limbo on the latter, since I doubt I'll have the OK from the doctor to put 100% of my weight my the left leg.
So, I guess I'll just need to keep doing what I'm doing, and hoping that it's either keeping my weight stable or possibly even losing a little bit. Regardless, it feels really good to not be worrying about my weight while I'm on the mend and to feel like I'm in control during this unexpected detour on my weight-loss journey.
P.S. The yoga pants I am wearing these days are Junior's size large that my daughter had gotten and gave to me because they were too long on her. At the time she gave them to me they looked minuscule.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I am now on week 2 of working from home and pretty much not going anywhere except for doctor's appointments. This lack of mobility, combined the extended winter of snow and frigid temperatures in addition to missing a few days vacation that I had really been looking forward to, is stirring up a mess of emotions: boredom, cranky, and the faint edges of apathy. All of which could lead to emotional eating, which I very much want and need to avoid.
I've remained on-track fairly faithfully, but I am having to stay more mindful and vigilant as some foods are starting to call to me in a way they didn't pre-accident. One thing I am doing is making a greater effort to try some new healthy recipes to help satisfy the need for variety. Much to my surprise, making a Spark Recipe for an egg-kale scramble seems to be as satisfying mentally as a candy bar. Go figure!
Something else I am doing is mentally framing the current state of affairs as temporary and something I'll just have to power through. Keeping in mind that this is temporary rather than wallowing in the feelings of being housebound and trapped goes a long way of reducing those feelings.
What about you, what have you done to respond mental/emotional/situation triggers for food?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
This morning I decided to try and get a reading on where my weight is these days. This is tricky given that I can't stand on it with weight on both legs, but figured I could stand on one foot and balance myself with my walker. Given my new morning routine, I needed to do this after I got dressed, so I was ready to allow 1-2 pounds for clothing. I also figured that my cast would add another 3-5 pounds, so I was fully prepared to see a number around 7 pounds higher than my last weigh-in.
Well guess what? The scale popped up 158.6, over 7 pounds *less* than my last weigh-in at 165.8 about 2 weeks ago. Much as I would like to believe that, it really defies logic that with clothing, a cast and virtually no activity for the past two weeks I would be down 7 pounds. I guess even with my cast resting lightly on the scale, not having my weight evenly distributed across both legs really threw the scale for a loop.
So I guess I'm confined to following my eating plan (I've been doing very well with that) and celebrating NSVs for at least the next month.
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