Sunday, August 12, 2007
Two weighings this morning, one week since I started eating 1,500 calories per day. First was 140.8, second was 141.0. My baseline weight one week ago was 140.6. Miniscule change - basically maintained. I will keep at this level to see what happens with a little more time.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Is it possible?? Can I eat enough to feel good, energetic, not cranky/hungry, and STILL lose weight??? I was actually up to almost 1,600 yesterday due to an unplanned Bacardi and diet Coke (oops :) ) but this morning I weighed 139.8!!!!!! And last night I was feeling so good, I was bopping around with more energy and in better shape than the two 25-year-olds and one 21-year-old I was with - and I'm 29! This is so exciting, but I have to be patient and make sure it's not a fluke. People do tend to suddenly weigh less after a night of drinking (tho I only had one alcoholic beverage - the rest were calorie-free caffeinated drinks!). Anyway, I'm having visions of staying at 1,500 calories per day for the long term and dropping to any weight I want, all while feeling fantastic. I hope I hope I hope!!
Another quick note - just tried the sculpting workout from Turbo Jam. I have now tried most of the workouts in the set. They're good for when I can't get to the gym, like now when I'm at Jess'. But going to the gym gives me a better workout.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Day 1: 140.6
Day 2: 142.8
Day 3: 142.4
Day 4: 141.4
Day 5: 141.2 (today)
So....if my starting weight were only Day 2 instead of Day 1, I'd be doing really well so far! I have to admit that TOM may have had something to do with the bump up in my weight this week. I really think it's too soon to tell whether 1,500 calories will work for me for weightloss.
I just read a touching story in the WW Friends Team threads that one woman recalled from her childhood. Her mother and her neighbor were both trying to lose weight - the mother on 800 calories per day, the neighbor on 1,800. The mother was too deprived and gave up. The neighbor lost her weight, had a small treat once a week, and maintained her weightloss for the rest of her life until age 88!
I feel much better at 1,500 calories per day than I did at 1,275. At 1,800 I'd probably not even feel like I was "restricting" at all! However, I need to see what happens to my weight at 1,500 before I even think about trying to go higher.
I read once about that national registry of successful weight-losers (you know the one...name escaping me...they've all lost and maintained a significant amount of weight and share their habits that have gotten them there)...it said on maintanence they were eating an average of about 1,400 calories per day. That was depressing to me. I hope I can eat much more than that on maintanence!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I need to record what's happening with my weight so I can be "scientific" about this. I finally have the patience, control, and willpower to systematically figure out what works best for me, so I am starting to dream up a rather long-term plan to determine my best calorie range.
This week it's 1,475-1,525 calories per day, though so far it's been just about 1,490 every day. My baseline weight (before I'd started - Sunday morning) was 140.6 (Jess' scale). Monday it was up to 142.8, but I do tend to weigh more on Monday mornings (earlier weigh-in) and on my scale. Today - Tuesday - on Jess' scale it was 142.4. So, it's definitely too early to see. Oh, and yesterday I was tired and I skipped exercise entirely. I almost never do that anymore - I usually do SOMETHING. Not yesterday though. (Today I made up for it with a typical workout - 15 minutes of the "fit test" on the Stairmaster as a warmup - I was FINALLY back to "average" level fitness again! Then 2 sets each of my strength training routine - ideal is 3, but that takes FOREVER... then, since Jess wasn't quite done yet, I did about 5 or 6 minutes of running at 6.6 mph. The whole thing was about an hour.)
I do sincerely think I could probably lose weight very slowly and healthfully at my current calorie range as long as I keep pushing myself with the exercise. That would be a dream - I think that would really be doing it all right! I really am at a place right now where I'd be thrilled with really slow weightloss. I want this to be permanent, healthy, and something that makes me feel good. I think I will feel better at 1,500 than at 1,275, and the extra food is just as nutritious as everything else I eat, so I'm adding even more of the "good stuff" to my body (vitamins etc.). Just have to watch that fiber, don't want it to go too high - even at 30 grams a day I get unpleasant results, but they're a lot more tolerable than what I was experiencing at 60-70 grams a day.
Anyway....(tangents galore!) I am going to take this calorie adjustment one week at a time...basically I want to be eating the most I can possibly eat per week while still seeing the numbers inching downward. So by this Sunday, I want to compare my weight with last Sunday's 140.6. Probably if it's within a pound or so in either direction I'll try this number of calories again. Any greater difference than that and I'll adjust the number of calories accordingly. Ideally, I'd like to see something just under last week, like say 140.0-140.4. That would make me feel like I am eating the most calories I can eat and still lose. If I weigh 140.6-141.6 (the same-a pound up) I will seriously be tempted to lower my calories, but I don't think I should yet, because I really want to figure out what's the MOST I can eat and be successful with sloooooow weightloss. I don't want some random fluctuations to be the deciding factor - I should give it another week to really see. (I should also figure out which week I might be most likely to be retaining water! Though with this low-sodium plan I've been on, that really hasn't been much of an issue.) Anyway, if I weigh more than 141.6 this Sunday I guess I should decrease my calories, probably by about 100 to 1,400, but I'd like to try 1,500 again someday if that's the case.
I am ever-so-slowly making my way toward learning what is going to work for me for the very long term. Years from now, I am NOT going to look back on 2007 as the fluke year I was at my life's skinniest. I am going to look back fondly on the year I not only finally lost the weight, but learned to live a permanent healthy lifestyle.
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