It's Quality, not Quantity
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Get your mind out of the gutter people. Yes, you know who you are...
I put an update on my SparkPage, which is the subject matter of this blog, only this goes into more detail. Blogs move down the list with time, and are unlikely to be read in the future. I wanted anyone who came across my page to see this warning right in front of them.
My target weight was 144 by 1/27/08. SP's suggested minimum target date was 3/31/08. My weight on 1/28 was 148, so I didn't quite make it, but was not upset at all. I had come much further than I ever expected to, and felt better than I had in years. If I didn't lose another ounce, I was successful as far as I was concerned.
My weigh in on 2/18 (143) gave me what I was aiming for though. I had made my goal.
I have a large bone structure, and although was very skinny when younger, felt that the 145ish range suited me. However, my body seemed to want to go back to that teenage physique, and continued to lose, even though I raised my calorie intake for maintenance. It took me to a worrisome 123 before levelling off in the 125-128 range for a couple of months. (That's why my ticker shows 125 as goal).
This was worrisome because of some health issues that I had several years ago, causing me to lose 95 lbs in 45 days. I was afraid that I was having a relapse of those issues
I had been trying to no avail to put some back on, and was just resigning myself to being 125 , but this past couple of weeks has shown an alarming increase of 10 lbs.
It seems I'm never satisfied, right? It's what I wanted. But that was too fast. I don't mind this particular weight coming back on, but it's how it happened that's important here.
I was most definitely not eating properly. I was still tracking, and not always going over the calories, and not usually by much at all. I'm here to tell you it's not all about the calories, but what makes them up. Looking over my logs, I see there was a high fat content and very low nutrition. Yes, I wanted some weight back, but the object was to do it in a healthy way.
It's possible that having back surgery a couple weeks ago had a little bit to do with it, but my activity level hasn't really changed all that much. If anything, it's increased some in order to regain some fitness and aid in healing. I'm anxious to return to my pre-injury way of life, mainly, working. I'm also having another surgery in a couple weeks, unrelated to my back, but discovered during those travails. I just want to get everything handled before I go back to work.
So anyway, here's the warning part.
This is most definitely a lifestyle change. If you think you can go back to your old ways, even for a short time, once you've reached your goal, think again. Good choices need to be made every single day, even after you've met your goal. At the rate I just put some back on by eating unhealthy in general, not just minding calories, I would be right back where I started in just 14 weeks. That's about half the time it took me to take it off in the first place. Some of you will work much harder at it to take it off, but you can be pretty certain, it will come back on much easier.
Use the tools that are available to you here on SP. Track your food, and pay attention to more than just the calories. The content is important too. Allowing yourself small indulgences from time to time is one thing. Indulging completely up until you meet your calorie quota is not going to do it for you. In fact, it may even be better for you to go over a bit by indulging. At least that way, you'll have the healthy stuff in first.
Anyway, we're all made differently, and we all have to find what works for us individually. I still want to put some more back on, (5-10 more) but if it doesn't happen by doing things right, with the proper balance of nutrition in comparison to the proper amount of calories, at least I'll know that I'll be where my body thinks I should be, and I'll be healthy. And this holds true for those who are struggling with what you think may be those last few hard to lose pounds. If you're doing everything right, and still can't get them off, maybe they're not supposed to go anywhere. Don't beat yourself up. Just continue making the good decisions and be happy that you are healthy, which is really what this journey is all about.