Thursday, May 10, 2012
My weightloss is proceeding in a reasonably steady, orderly fashion, well ahead of the schedule I gave myself (120 pounds off by next May, and I've lost 57 of those). I set a readily achievable schedule because slower loss is more likely to "stick" and because I didn't want to do anything crazy or unhealthy, and falling behind on the schedule can make that a much bigger temptation.
But even so, I get little down if the scale doesn't move for a couple of weeks. And one of the things that I've noticed is that I tend to get into eating "ruts"--pretty much the same distribution of carbs/fat/protein eaten at about the same time of day. My body seems to adapt to that--clever bodies; they want to hold onto all that fat in case of scarcity!
I've also noticed that if I shake up that pattern, my body is apparently caught off-guard and drops a few pounds! I had a big drop when I was sick, barely eating, and not working out, and another when I stepped UP my calorie intake and spread them differently throughout the day. High protein/low carbs was no more successful that high carbs/low protein--both scared away a couple pounds.
So if you are plateauing, give a food shakeup a try! It might help shake you loose!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Oh, Spark People. Sometimes you just crack me up.
Every morning, I drink a large glass of milk. Which I then enter into my nutrition. I type "milk, nonfat" and Spark People brings it right up.
This morning, though, I was a bit distracted and typed "nonfat milk." For which Spark People brought up a couple choices, and a suggestion: "Do you mean nonfatal milk?" it asked.
I'm not quite sure how to respond to that question. No, I certainly did not mean to type "nonfatal milk." On the other hand, yes, I do want to make certain that the milk I drink is, in fact, nonfatal.
Perhaps I should type in "hemlock" and see what Spark People suggests as an alternative!
Monday, May 07, 2012
I have a very close friend who is struggling with my weightloss success. She was heavier than I, but it used to not be by much. Now it's getting close to a hundred-pound difference between us. Because of where she was emotionally, I was saying nothing to her about my weightloss, but last week she finally mentioned it and her desire to lose weight.
"The problem is," she said, "I really don't eat that much. How can I cut calories?"
I am certain that she really believes that. But when we went to Five Guys for dinner that evening, I began to see the problem:
I got a single-patty burger; she got a double-patty cheeseburger.
I drank water; she had a large milkshake.
We each split french fries with our hubbies.
Yet, if you asked her today whether she and I had eaten the same amount at that meal, I really believe she would think it was close. We each had a sandwich, a drink, and fries. Surely that's equivalent!
Yet, her meal was probably at least 700 calories more than mine.
I think this happens to everyone when they aren't tracking calories: it's easy to forget what you've eaten, underestimate how much, and ignore or justify. Over the weekend, I saw people who are frustrated with their weight nibbling on handfuls of chips--because it's just a few, right? Well, not if you do it every time you walk past the bowl!
I find it very eye-opening to watch these behaviors, because I know that they are behaviors that I fall into if I'm not paying attention. At this point, I really can't say anything to this friend as she is not ready to hear it. But it's really important to keep the possibility of calories that squeeze in through the cracks in mind.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
I had an early docket this morning, and then another case to handle, so planned on a bike ride this afternoon.
It's 90 degrees in the shade.
The heat stroke prevention information I've been reading says pretty consistently, "don't go out there and exercise in it."
I'm thinking that an indoor workout may be in order instead. And tomorrow morning go for an early bike ride.
Jumpin' Jezebels. It's only May 3.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
After a month of hard work, I found myself only 4 pounds lighter. I was quite frustrated.
But today I went to Dress Barn. Last summer I bought two dresses there in size 24. Today? I came home with a size 16.
I never thought I'd be a size 16 again.
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