Thursday, September 04, 2014
I struggled for most of last year with losing weight. I significantly upped my exercise, taking Zumba and swimming a mile 3-4 times a week. I felt great, and my body changed in shape, but the weight didn't come off like it should have. I adjusted my calories, fiddled with my tracker, posted queries on the message boards, but I was basically on a plateau for about six months.
I was so frustrated when I went home for the summer that I basically gave up. I stopped tracking, stopped checking in most days, and even though I was conscious about what I put in my mouth, and tried to swim or walk or do yoga most days, I pretty much just ate what I wanted to, and worked out when I felt like it.
I also went to see a nutritionist who hooked me up to a bunch of electrodes and talked to me about the amount of exercise that I was doing and what I was eating. She said that I should be eating about 500 calories a day more than I had been, and double that on the days when I was working out. She felt that the plateau was a result of undereating, and that when my body had adjusted to the higher calorie level, it would be easier for me to lose weight.
And I really think that's been the case. Despite the fact that my summer was filled with what I would consider to be excesses, I gained about five pounds, which I have taken off in the past two weeks, by tracking and staying at the top of my Spark suggested range. I'm not tired all the time, I look healthier, and I don't feel as stressed as I did when I was working myself so hard on the same amount of calories.
You read a lot about how we put ourselves through repeated cycles of starvation and binging, and how that messes with our metabolism, and now that I have had this experience, it makes a lot more sense to me.
Friday, August 08, 2014
So here I am in Sri Lanka. I've been here about 3 weeks at this point, the first 4 days in a swanky hotel and then in my new house. It's super humid here, and I feel like a giant sweatball all the time, but it's fascinating, and lush and green, and I think I am going to like it.
I've found the wonderful produce market, and have eaten all manner of strange and exotic fruits. I have a housekeeper who also cooks for me, and while we have yet to come to an understanding of the word "spicy", she is sweet and friendly and does my laundry.
School starts Monday and I am a little overwhelmed with the new classes I am teaching, but the staff her is friendly and helpful, and I am sure that in time I will feel more confident. I've made some friends, and have gone out to dinner and bars and even to the casino, where I won 5000 rupee (which sounds exciting until you realize that it's about 38 dollars.)
All in all, a good start to a new part of my life.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I left Ghana, spent most of June and July in the States eating and drinking too much, somehow seem to have lost another size despite the copious amounts of food I ate, went to a nutritionist who said that my calorie goal is too low given the amount of exercise that I do (totally great experience--she hooked me up to electrodes, shot some currents through my body and was able to tell me what my body is made up of----mostly cheese and wine I think, but some muscle and water too. ) So I've upped my goal by about 400 calories a day. I lost my fitbit charger, so I have not been tracking anything really, but now the fun time is over and it's time to begin working on myself again in earnest.
Oh, and I just got to Sri Lanka two days ago, so I am jetlagged and loopy.
I hope everyone had a great summer and I look forward to catching up with my spark friends!
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