Looking back at posts and blogs, I've always talked about sustainability, destressing and baby steps. Well today I got a chance to practice what I preach.
For some reason, I've been hungrier than usual the past couple of weeks. It became really noticeable the past 10 days or so. Almost half of the past 10 days I've eaten above my calorie range. This is uncommon for me as I've always been satisfied with my calorie range before and had gone over maybe once a month before these past weeks.
At first I thought it was a fluke - perhaps because I've been experiencing more pain and have taken pain meds my appetite had increased. And there was a glitch in my thyroid meds where I was slightly HYPER thyroid for about a month. But none of this really explained things. I have been getting much less exercise and decreased my calorie range accordingly and exercise does act as an appetite suppressant for me - so perhaps that's it? Who knows - the body is complex. Which is why I decided to listen to mine and up my calorie range to something that worked better for me.
So I shifted my tracker to have me lose about 1.25 lbs a week rather than 1.5 lbs. This is about the range I've been over eating in anyway. I'll watch what/how I eat this week and if it works, great. If not, I'll readjust down to 1 lb lost per week. I know - sounds kinda wimpy doesn't it? I mean I still have 125 lbs to lose! But I realized that this is a journey for me. Losing 1 lb per week is still 52 lbs a yr! Losing 1.25 lbs a week is 60 lbs a yr! Those are some pretty awesome numbers!
One of the things I've tried to do on SP is learn from others - both the motivators and the folks who are struggling. Here are some differences I've found:
1. Motivators track and pay attention. Strugglers have not yet mastered consistent tracking or think it's not worth the time.
2. Motivators are consistent. Strugglers stop and start, stop and start.
3. Motivators are realistic - they set achievable goals. I've looked at their Nutrition Trackers and they eat a decent amount of calories and pay attention to major nutrients. Strugglers set unreasonable goals - hoping to maintain the large weight losses of the early weeks indefinitely. They often eat within a range that occurs for me as "deprivation" - sometimes they even eat below what their metabolism burns just keeping them alive (about 1200 cal) which according to the latest knowledge can push you into starvation mode and make it almost impossible to lose.
4. Motivators typically enjoy fitness activities of some sort and are proud that they can do something they weren't able to before. Some of them have achieved huge fitness successes and others just enjoy life in their own skin more and are more active. Motivators again set attainable goals for themselves and were consistent and persistent. They adjusted their programs as necessary. The mistake I see Strugglers making is doing too much too fast and (again) burning out. Just like you can put your body into "starvation mode" by not feeding it an adequate number of calories/nutrients, you can "overtrain" your body and experience negative health gains that impact weight loss by making you sick, tired, stressing your immune system or making you more prone to injury or accident.
So I've read, listened, watched...and I've taken away some lessons. Let's face it - up to this particular time - I, Jen, was a "Struggler". I made all the same Struggler mistakes and I experience the same results - frustration, deprivation, injury, illness and weight loss stagnation. I don't want to go there again. So I'm developing a closer mind/body relationship and listening to how I feel and act. This is even more important now with a chronic health concern. Thus the calories go UP!
And I have one last thought. I've been moderately successful in weeding out some stressors in my life lately. I wonder if having those stressors gone is also allowing my metabolism to go up a bit. Because that's what it feels like. It feels like my metabolism is faster. And actually, I've been able to DECREASE the amount of thyroid meds I take lately after being stabilized for awhile. So I wonder and I will pay attention to that as I progress in my journey!
Thanks to all my
s who have been such a wonderful support network and role models as I muddle through all of this.
SP is so great because it gives each one of us the tools to discover what works for US as individuals. And I am so grateful!
UPDATE: As of weigh in today (Feb 21) - I am down another 1.9 lbs after having my first ever gain last week. This brings my total to 52.1 lbs in 5 months! Upping my calorie intake seems to be working. And no, I did not work out more. In fact I did less. This weight loss thing is a journey - we'll get there. I've determined that I will not add undue drama to this journey but relax and let it take its course.