Wednesday, August 03, 2011
My weight hasn't changed much in about five months now. Is this good or bad?
On the positive side, this is probably the lowest weight range I've ever been able to keep relatively stable over this length of time, if that makes any sense. What I mean is that ever since I started losing weight, I HAVEN'T seen any stability until now. Ever since starting SP 4.5+ years ago I was always either in the process of losing or the process of gaining. I have pants that fit me five months ago that still fit, and I've even given away some of my tiniest pants knowing that it's not realistic for me to expect to wear them again any time soon. I have a healthy routine that includes good exercise and eating habits, while allowing some indulgences, and it's easy to stick to yet challenging enough that I have seen fitness improvements.
On the negative side, my BMI is hovering around 25, which of course means that I'm borderline overweight. I still LOOK overweight in certain outfits, from certain angles, on days when I'm just not feeling so secure.
Who remembers RUN_LIFT_EAT? She was only on SP for a relatively short time, but while she was here she was so bubbly, so friendly, and shared such thoughtful advice/opinions on her Spark friends' blogs. I miss her! Anyway, she shared with me an article that suggested that you should only lose small amounts of weight at a time - I think the specific number might have been 10 percent of your starting weight, but I might be mixing that up with Weight Watchers?:) Anyway, after you lose that small amount, you let yourself acclimate to that new weight before trying to lose any more - possibly resetting your set point.
So....maybe that's what's going on for me. I weigh just about ten percent less than what I'd consider my set point, and I am learning to maintain this weight. What I'm unsure about is what happens next. Obviously if I keep doing what I'm doing I'm not going to lose any more weight. I'd have to lower my calorie intake to make that happen. For me lowering my calorie intake will really mean restricting my eating - even if I don't go very low, it's still restricting because it's less than I want. And I'm not sure whether that will backfire again like it's done in the past...eating too little for too long seems to trigger bad habits for me. If I stay where I am now I won't have to RESTRICT as much as just stay mindful, which is something I know I can do long term. BUT, if I stay where I am now, I'll be borderline overweight forever. So, this is where I am now. Not really looking for answers...just wanted to kind of lay it all out.
PS - we finally got our mortgage committment yesterday, so now buying the house is one hundred percent definitely going to happen. Closing in 8 days!!