Sunday, October 18, 2009
I've been stuck at 221 for quite a few weeks now and it has been frustrating to say the least. I have dreamed of the Saturday where I wake up and step on the scale and the second number is a "1" and not a "2" (as opposed to both a "1" and a "2", though that would look totally weird). Alas, that day hasn't come.
So , "Where do I go from here?" you may ask (or may not ask, but I'm gonna tell you anyway). I've been spending a decent amount of time on Spark People. I've done all of the usual things: Read articles, posted blogs, Read others' blogs, posted to others' blogs, tracked my food intake (offline). The reality is that I haven't really committed to the Diet itself. So, starting today, I'm on the fast break portion. Goals:
* 1-2 Fruits/Vegetables (tough but doable)
* 10 minutes of stretching
* Daily journal (already kind of doing it)
So "Why 1 pound you may ask?" Well, glad you may have asked. I have a trip to New York City planned for the weekend before Turkey Day. My friends haven't seen me since I was about 240 pounds. I want to say that I have lost 20 pounds. It's more than just the 1 pound. 219.8 is a big milestone for me. It's both my first 5 pounds as well as a jump from being obese to just plain severely overweight (Yes, I aspire to great mediocrity. Why settle for an "F" when I can achieve "D-" standing). In 5 weeks, that should be doable.
Some questions for you:
* What has really worked for you weight-loss-wise?
* What did you do to bust a 6+ week plateau?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
OK, so yesterday I crashed at around 8:00, but definitely worth it to be free.
Today at about 1:00 this afternoon, I started to fade a bit, but got my second wind. No major cravings though. I think that the tough part of giving up chocolate is that I don't drink coffee or anything else caffeinated. I am really optimistic that this will help.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I'm giving up chocolate. I have to. For the past six months, I've been able to keep my chocolate consumption to two candy bars a day. Recently, I've noticed my consumption on the rise. My weight has stagnated and I am always wanting to eat. Chocolate is an unhealthy luxury that I can no longer afford. To those of you who can occasionally eat a candy bar and not need to keep eating more chocolate, count yourself blessed. Sadly, I am not one of you.
I've given it up a couple of times for a year or so, but fell back into it. Though I know that the next few days will be extremely tough (I already started to feel dechox fatigue earlier today) they will be worth it. I lost 15 pounds last time. I don't know if I will lose as much this time, but frankly I don't care. I would rather gain weight at this point and be free. If you have any faith in a god who actually answers prayer, please pray for me.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
OK, so the good news is that I knew exactly what I needed to do to get below 220 this week. No questions asked. The bad news. I didn't do it. Sigh. As of this morning, I weighed 220.6 (so close to 220 that I was practically inhaling one of the 2's) *1*. Unfortunately, I ate horribly today and tomorrow, I'm going out with my family. Even if I weighed 218 tomorrow morning(which I probably won't), the water weight would put me back up and over on Saturday morning.
All that to say, I'm disappointed in myself. I know that I need to eat far better than I do, but I didn't. I know how exactly what I need to do, yet I don't do it. I know that I need to get my rear in gear and exercise, but I hit the gym for 2 or 3 days, take a one day break and then don't make it back.
I know the joy of seeing a lower number on the scale, yet I seem to be doing everything I can to stop that from happening. Why am I doing this to myself?
If you happen to read this and have gone through/dealt with this (and overcome), please share. Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
- TD over
*1* kind of glad that I didn't. It probably would have felt like when one gets milk in their nostrils.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Yes, 2 Blogs in two days. Had to share.
Okay, so this morning, I reviewed my food logs from last week to see why it all kind of fell apart. I had trouble keeping under 3000 calories(especially later in the week) and was always hungry. I had made some modifications to my eating. Specifically, the fruits and vegetables were upped. So I wondered why I was still always hungry. Here's what I found.
My fiber intake was considerably lower than in previous weeks. I bought what I thought was the equivalent to Fiber One that didn't work. It had the same amount of Fiber per serving, but I just reread the label and it turns out that a serving is 3/4 of a cup as opposed to F1s 1/2 cup. The pigeons and food pantry patrons will reap the benefits of that little discovery.
I also let my daily dose of GG Crispbreads slip. I usually shoot for 4/day, but this week I seemed to never get more than 2.
Because of my increase of vegetables and fruits, I was a little more generous with myself regarding fat content in the meat I ate. While I don't think that this had the impact that the decrease of fiber had, it does bear some consideration.
So those are my null hypotheses. Starting today, I am going to address both potential causes. I'm going to the grocery store and buying the leanest ground turkey, chicken or beef that the store owner is willing to sell me and a few boxes of Fiber One. I don't want to go out on a limb and say that I will be below 220 next week, but it is far from being out of the question at this point. Here's hoping.
p.s. I wanted to use the more statistical scientific terminology for the null hypotheses, but I could see where that could be mistaken for something else (probably would have gotten the blog more traffic, but still)
p.s.s. Plus, at my weight, if I did go out on a limb, it would probably break. I'm just sayin'
p.s.s.s Always remember to spell pantry with the letter "r". I almost missed that one. I really need to type these things when I am actually awake.
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