...about yesterday's blog.
I was not using those studies I referenced as an excuse for my lack of weight loss or my regain.
I am not one bit discouraged on my journey to better health.
I connected deeply because it explains a lot about me and many others.
(A little background for my new friends:
I am one of those 'fat but fit' people- have ALWAYS worked out- since I was in my 20's anyway-and I'll soon be 60.
My numbers (medically) have always been excellent.
I appear to have screwed up my metabolism by losing and regaining the same 15-30 pounds repeatedly over the years -mostly with fad diets and diet pills.
Also, every time I regained, there was an extra 5 lbs there for good measure.
I like to say I 'dieted my way up to' 195 lbs - I'm 5'3.5".
In 2009, I joined SP and lost just under 30 lbs in 6 months and felt grrrrrrrreat- half way to my goal.
Then, it just stopped.
No matter what I did, I could not lose any more.
For a bit more than ONE YEAR I plateaued.
I tried everything.
Then, it started coming slowly back-
one pound a month for about a year,
then another year.
I have now regained 20 of the 30 pounds I lost.
Part of it I can blame on my hip bursitis (which I got from running, btw) and the forced rest periods imposed on me by two rounds of physical therapy. But the wt had already started slowly coming back before that).
So, what I got out of the NPR show,
which I listened to in its entirety,
and the NYTimes article,
which I read in its entirety,
is that, as I have SO OFTEN said, for many of us-
IT'S NOT AS SIMPLE AS CALORIES IN- CALORIES OUT!
Well, it is, but it's not.
I cannot lose wt on 1200 calories a day despite my 1- 2 hour almost daily workouts (with or w/out a personal trainer, frequently switching it up, plenty of ST and HIIT and advice from a registered dietitian).
Any less than 1200 calories and I suffer from debilitating headaches that can last up to a month
(I actually tried to wait it out one July- the worst month of my life).
I am SOSOSO happy that the process works for so many folks here on SP.
Just please know that not for everyone.
I am so excited about starting a wt loss study this month- something different.
The end message of the show and article was that
we should all love, honor, and respect the body we have
and take care of it the best we can by eating healthy and exercising
and I feel GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT about how I already do that
and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
Sorry this is so long, my friends.
Have a fabulous, Spark-filled, active, happy weekend!
Love you all.