Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Today is day two of returning to program after my intentional weekend calorie cycling. After averaging 2,400 calories Friday through Sunday, I'm now eating about 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day.
I also visited my thyroid doctor yesterday. I told her about my plateau and that I believe that starting on synthroid in August might be a factor. She acknowledged the possible link but congratulated me on dropping 10 pounds since June. I told her I was losing weight steadily over the summer, but it's now ground to a halt. I also told her I've felt MORE fatigued and sluggish since starting on the medication, which was intended to reduce an enlarged thyroid.
Why start taking medicine if it's doing more harm than good?
We made a decision together for me to discontinue the synthroid, since my thyroid no longer seems enlarged and it's not helping my fatigue. As long as my lab work shows normal thyroid levels, I should be okay, but I will need to get a new thyroid ultrasound and to test my levels every six months. I will also need to resume treatment if my thyroid enlarges again.
So we'll see.
I'm actually quite relieved to be back on plan after my intentional 2,400 calorie weekend. Still, I'm feeling soooo impatient. When, oh, WHEN will this plateau end????
I'm tired of stepping on the scale and seeing my weight swing between the same 2-3 pounds. I need to see a new number and I'm ready to work hard for it.
My diet is back to the basics. Lots of fruits and vegetables, few processed foods, lots of water. I am also trying to keep my exercise intensity up. This evening is bootcamp (ugh!) and I am hiking on Saturday. I'm also continuing to strength train, jog and workout on the machines.
SOMETHING has to give eventually and I HOPE it's not my SANITY.
Onward and downward (I hope).
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Today is day two of my experiment to eat well over my normal calorie intake. Normally, I eat 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, I'm eating 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day in an attempt to banish a one-month plateau.
This morning, I attended a kickboxing class, which was super intense but fun. I think I enjoy the kickboxing class more than the boot camp class, although I still don't care for doing high intensity jumping jacks in either class. Nevertheless, I plan to fit this class in on Saturday mornings when I can.
Yesterday, I felt like I ate too much junk to boost my calorie intake so today, I'm trying to make sure I get my fruits and vegetables and to eat more protein. I am also keeping my water intake high.
Last night, I went to bed at 10:00 pm but did not wake up until 7:30 am. That's 9.5 hours of sleep! This week I've been focusing on getting more sleep, so I wasn't sleep deprived. Was it my diet? Maybe it was carbohydrate overload or a blood sugar crash? Either way, I'm intrigued and want to learn more about what happened so I'm going to do some reading.
Monday, I plan to drop back to eating 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day, high protein, low carbohydrate diet.
I think by next Saturday, I'll know whether or not this experiment has worked when I weigh in.
Friday, October 05, 2012
Some people are fortunate; when trying to lose weight, they steadily drop pounds and reach goal right on schedule. Well, for reasons I don't completely understand, I'm not one of them. My weight drops in dribbles, spurts and sputters, then stops and then starts up again.
Right now, I'm enduring my second plateau this year. In May, I experienced one that lasted a month. Now, I haven't lost a single pound since September 15th. Just frustrating.
I've read every article under the sun about stuff I can do to shake things up. I'm varying my exercise--jogging instead of walking, switching up on strength training exercises, getting more sleep, eating less processed foods, keeping my food diary as accurate as I can, drinking more water. Result? This week, I regained the one pound I lost in September. Arrgh!
I'm ready to try something different. I am going to EAT more today, Saturday, and Sunday, then get back on program on Monday. I'm taking a chance that I might regain some weight, but sometimes you have to take a step back before you move forward. Ninety percent of the time, I've been eating 1,200 to 1, 600 calories a day. This weekend, I'm doing what Jillian Michaels suggested on her website; I'm going to eat 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day. The premise is that my metabolism has slowed and my body is fighting weight loss. I will track everything and keep up the exercise. We'll see what happens.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Yesterday at the gym, I got on the treadmill and started jogging 4 MPH. Usually, when I'm working out on the machines, I do 10 minutes on three different ones. What was different yesterday, was that I ended up jogging 4 MPH on the treadmill for 20 minutes and barely broke a sweat. Given my hate/hate relationship with running, I found this pretty remarkable.
What it means is I'm getting fitter and yesterday I discovered measurable results of my increased fitness. Before, the thought of getting on the treadmill and doing any sort of jogging seemed to be too much. Now, I believe a 4 MPH pace is doable, not just for one mile, but two or even three. Granted, that's still a slow pace, but for turtles like me, it's doable.
My next goal is to get on that treadmill and see if I can jog 4.5 or 5 MPH for 20 minutes.
I did jog 5K once this summer, but it took me an hour and it was anything but fun. Maybe if I design my own couch to 5K, I can work up to doing it again incrementally and in a way that's more enjoyable.
Onward and downward.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
A few days ago, I decided to work toward changing two bad habits that are impacting my ability to lose weight.
Bad habit #1--Not sticking to my 10:30 pm bedtime. My night owl tendencies often result in me staying up at 11:00, 11:30, or 12 am. Then, I can't get up the next morning and when I do, I'm a zombie.
Update: For the last few days I've been going to bed at 10:30 pm. When I did this over the weekend, I noticed I woke up without an alarm clock at around 6:30 am, but couldn't get up until about 7 am. I am going to keep my bedtime here for the time being, but I may have to move it up to 10 pm, if it continues to be challenging to get up at 6:30 am.
Bad habit #2--Not drinking my water. It's not that I dislike drinking water, it's just that its been crowded out by coffee and diet coke. Plus, I get tired of making frequent trips to the restroom.
Update: Now, I've been focused on keeping the 16 oz cup on my desk filled with cold water. So far, so good. I don't care for all the trips to the restroom, but I guess it's something I'll need to live with. I weighed myself shortly after increasing my water intake and I was two pounds heavier. Those two pounds are now gone and I'm back to my plateau weight. I think it's a sign that my body no longer feels the need to retain any water I consume.
I've made a dent in the six other bad habits I documented in a previous blog, but I'm not making these changes a priority until I'm done focusing on my water and sleep.
I did buy some things to make a few green smoothies this week. I found a recipe for one that calls for apples, which are cheap and abundant this time of year, so I'm going to try it out.
I also have a list of fruit and veggie "staple foods" that I can buy at the grocery store if I'm low on food but haven't had time to plan a menu. So yesterday I bought bananas, grapes, apples, spinach, zucchini, squash, eggplant, red onion and carrots.
Anyway, I'm still pluggin' along so it's all good.
Onward and downward.
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