Wednesday, December 09, 2009
OK, so my weight has been dropping. I've been maintaining 2400-2600 calories and exercising. As of Saturday's weigh-in, I need to lose 4.6 pounds in 3.5 weeks to meet my end-of-year desired weight. Never in my life has a timed-weight loss goal ever been so attainable. Really, things are going extremely well. Cue other shoe......3...2...1....
So I was in the gym yesterday morning and a thought popped into the motley cerebral maelstrom of my mind, "What if I hit a plateau?"(Selah). At first I was like, "No, think positive. No plateau. Bad doggie (Plateau: WOOF!!)". Good boy!
Maybe next year. Yeah, I'll schedule a plateau for next October(*1)". I mean, how am I going to encourage all of my Spark buddies, random visitors and gorgeous SparkDivas(like you!(*2)) if I go back to those lugubriously apocalyptic and dour blog posts like the ones from my last plateau. Oof (*3).
Let's face it my weight loss has been kind of slowing over the past few weeks. I'm upping my cardio. Today I was hungry all day (I estimate my calorie intake today to be about 277,004!!!!!(*4)). To boot, my first of many several midweek weigh-ins this week was not so stellar(*5).
What do I do!!!?? I CAN'T afford to plateau. Not NOW!! I'm THIS close to my goal! I, uh, you know...... simply CAN'T...UM... can we stop tape?
You know what? Here's the thing. I actually can afford a plateau. In fact, to be totally honest it would probably be more beneficial if I had one than if I actually met my goal (*6). I need to be able to take setbacks in far better stride than I have. Frustrating as they may be, plateaus are a part of weight loss. I often read blogs from SparkComrades about their plateaus.
While I don't advocate negative self loathing/berating/flagellating/ear-flickin
g/etc., there are two great things that can come out of negative thinking when dealing with a plateau. First, I can now plan a course of action for it if it happens (read articles, research them, learn from friends ,quack like a duck (*7), etc.). This would give me the ability to beat the plateau and be ready for future ones. I'm going to start researching them after this post.
Secondly, and more importantly, I can deal with the setback itself, if all else fails. I really want to be able to endure when the wind is in my face. While I know in my head that plateaus are a part of life, I want to be able to go through one and not let it get me down. That would probably be the best victory of all at this point.
Bottom Line: I will do everything in my power to lose my 4.6 pounds by New Year's Eve (plateau or not). But if I do end up hitting a wall before then, I will make the most of it.
(*1) Unfortunately its calendar had mid-November as the earliest reservation date.
(*2) Unless you're a dude, which would make you a SparkDawg ;)
(*3) Again, I say, "OOF!"
(*4) Give or take...
(*5) I know, I know.
(*6) but certainly not preferable
(*7) Just seeing if you're still reading. Not that I would blame you if you weren't.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
While at my first job out of college, I bought four new dress shirts (all neutrals):
* plain white
* dark grey textured pattern
* light grey micro houndstooth
* Black (really cool texture/material. At least a couple female co-workers felt the need to come up and feel it when I first started wearing it).
As all four shirts gradually faded in the elbows, I tried to replace them with exact/almost exact replicas. In late 2007, when I was hovering around 240 pounds, I finally found a light grey hound's tooth shirt just like my old one (except it had a button collar). I was psyched. Yeah, it wore a bit large on me, but hey, it was the shirt I was looking for.
Two years and minus 25 pounds later, it is no longer "a bit large on me". Frankly it looks ridiculous. Big, puffy and awkward (Like when the younger "freshman math club" brother borrows his older "senior captain of the football team" brother's shirt). Too much material, it just doesn't fit. While I have gotten rid of some of my larger clothes, they have all ultimately been thrown/given away because they were wearing out.
This is my first "fat" piece of clothing that I am getting rid of because, well, it's just plain too big. I guess I could get it tailored, but honestly gray is not a friendly neutral in shirt form (It's never gotten much wear). There are a couple more pieces on their way, but this shirt is definitely the first casualty of a SparkPeople success story in the making.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Recently, I hit my 10 pound milestone. I give thanks to my friends who have supported me whenever I've needed it and to SparkPeople itself for doing what it does (and, of course, God for providing!). Much love to all of you.
Below are links to the three blogs I've written that I wish everyone could get a chance to read. All three of them came from realizations that I had about myself, my life and my thought process.
They are the realizations that have brought me success and have changed my life. I hope that they change yours. Please PLEASE allow me to share them with you.
Have a great week,
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Starting Weight: 225.0
Last weeks weight: 215.2 (total loss: 9.8)
This morning's weight 214.4 (total loss 10.6)
Usually I am reluctant to talk about being below a certain milestone weight unless I've been below it for a few weeks. At this point, however, the weight loss has become steady. I know that I will continue to go down each week, maybe with an exception or two.
I have a goal weight of 209.8 by the end of the year. I know my BMR, the calories for almost all foods I eat regularly. Below are my strategies for the next 3-4 weeks:
* Core work: Build muscles in abs/lower back etc. This area is mostly untapped muscle-wise
* Higher calorie-burning cardio workouts (bye exercise bikes, hello eliptical)
* Increased focus on eating less than 2600 calories/day (I've been doing this 3-4 days per week. Going forward, I'm shooting for 5-6)
Bottom Line: 209.8 by 12/31 will be a close shave, but I can definitely do it
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
** Warning: This is not a blog about boy bands. This really is all or nothing **
I Hulu'd the biggest loser tonight. I watched week 10 (last week on the ranch). One of the two challenges had to do with questions regarding obesity and finances. Several of the questions had to with the "cost of obesity" both individually and nationally.
It was weird. I've been obese for most of the 00s. Throughout the decade, I've heard the statistics about obesity and how it costs the individual in opportunities/wages and how it costs the country millions in health care. While for the most part, I've been not too far above the obesity line, there was always that tiny little voice in my head saying/whispering "That's you. You're part of the problem". This of course accompanied by the perfunctory "You're a failure".
For the last 3 week's weigh-ins, I've been below the obesity bmi and moving further from it. My bmr is higher. My eating has been the healthiest since, well, ever.
Tonight hearing the same statistics regarding obesity for the first time as a non-obese person was sobering. It was almost like moving out of a crime ridden area and listening to the local news reports on the car radio on the way to the new house. Same initial shame/frustrated reaction followed by a "wait a minute that's not me anymore. I don't live there. I've moved out!"
I understand that I still have a long long way to go before I reach an actual healthy weight, but each day I realize more the freedom that I'm living. The radio signal is starting to fade. Thank you, SparkPeople!
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