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A tiny bit of clarification..

Saturday, January 07, 2012

...about yesterday's blog.
I was not using those studies I referenced as an excuse for my lack of weight loss or my regain. emoticon
I am not one bit discouraged on my journey to better health. emoticon
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.
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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-

Well, it is, but it's not.
Simple? no.

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). emoticon

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.
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    You have such a wonderful outlook. You are truly inspiring, Elizabeth! XOXOXO. P. S. Ellie wants to come for a visit!
    2231 days ago
    Great blog! You hit the nail right on the head. We're all different and will all lose differently. Some lose easier and some struggle no matter how well they eat, what diet they follow, or the amount of exercise -~- conversely some keep it off easier and others struggle to keep within 5 pounds of their goal. Good luck with the weight loss study :) Keep us in the loop and let us know how things are going!
    2232 days ago
    Well, I know exactly where you are coming from, and I too am a Gabriel Method devotee. I have been focusing on the areas of my life which are causing me to hold on to fat...that having been said, despite very little scale progress, I have terrific personal progress, and get comments every day on great I look, and questions about how I am doing it. I sure cannot tell you what exactly has changed, but I know I am firmer, tighter, happier, more confident and certainly healthier. And, I know that in time the weight will come off.
    2233 days ago
    You are fine jsut the way you are. HmmmmmFit but fat? well I'm jus fat forget the fit aprt.
    2233 days ago
    The hormonal makeup of our bodies are complex and
    change as we age. Look for deeper understanding
    of how your hormones are playing into your body's
    resistance to weight loss. It is much more than thyroid
    or estrogen. Of course, as we age insulin resistance
    is a factor. It is largely the result of inflammation.
    as so many aging issues are. Look at leptin and
    adipontectin, a hormone released from the fat
    cells, as well. The site,,
    has a lots of info including the information on
    the leptin diet which addresses some of these
    issues very well.

    Also, remember the Gabriel Method tenant that
    our bodies will hold on to weight in spite of our
    best efforts until it is ready to release it.

    Each of us has to find our own way through the maze,
    but there are answers and there are solutions. I am
    eight years older than you and until three years ago,
    thought I was destined to be fat for the rest of my
    life. I did not give up. I kept trying until I found the
    keys that worked and then the weight really did leave
    pretty much with out effort. Yes I was counting calories
    and exercising, but I had done that before with
    some success and then a return to the my previous
    weight. This happened repeatedly over 12 years.
    When I found the best combo for me, everything
    changed. It was when I started working with my
    body and my hormones that it all happened.

    Be open to possibilities and keep searching for your
    solution. emoticon

    2233 days ago
  • 46SHADOW
    I was thinking about your situation and wondering if maybe you're not eating enough calories. I know that my sparkfriend Hippichick1 had a instance where she ate too little and exercised too much and her body went into starvation mode.I wonder if you increased your calories into the middle of the calorie range instead of the low end if you may start losing weight.
    Although I can't speak for her, I'm sure Hippichick1 would be happy to share with you how she beat the plateau.
    2233 days ago
  • ERINBEAR1876
    No person is completely alike, and we definitely will all have different needs for our body. I knew what you were meaning in your first blog, but I do like how you explained your words further, because I can definitely identify with the 1200 calorie thing. On my tracker, it shows the range of 1200-1550, but I rarely go below 1300. I just feel like I am STARVING when i do that.

    Take care, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    2234 days ago
    You continue to be an inspiration to all of us, Elizabeth!

    From one plateau to another --

    ---L. emoticon
    2234 days ago
  • DARA52
    I have been told for years that yo yo dieting will throw off one's metabolism. It can surface differently for each individual. Hang tough! Living every day with a smile and great attitude will bring you tons of joy! And I know you have lots of that already.
    2234 days ago
    May I suggest you consider reading Dr. Judith S Beck's book, "The Diet Solution" -- there is a Beck team here at Spark - and her 6 week program using techniques from cognitive psychology really helped me "think like a thin person". (I have s series of blogs from about a year ago which sets out the program if you are interested . . . )
    2234 days ago
    I read your last two blogs twice, then read the first one aloud to DH, who said it sounded like it made sense. The pattern you describe for yourself... losing, then regaining + an extra 5 lbs., sounds so much like what I've done over the last 30 years.

    I lost motivation around mid-October, stopped tracking and stopped exercising, and regained 10 lbs. by the end of the year. Right now I'm strongly motivated, exercising hard and tracking my food very carefully, but I know I will have ups and downs for the rest of my life. The good thing that I see from SP is that I get back on track faster.

    When do you start your new program? I'm very interested in hearing about it.

    2234 days ago
    Amen! I could not have said it better. Text book stuff is not always working!!!
    2234 days ago
    Thank you so much for this! It's great to read the science behind this mysterious stuff. I agree with you, too. Learning this does not give me an excuse to sit on the sofa and eat bonbons. Good nutrition and regular exercise is critical. It may not translate into rapid and sustained weight loss, but that's no reason to neglect it. It's all about quality of life. I've sympathized with your recurring hip bursitis and I've greatly appreciated your persistence and upbeat attitude. Thank you!
    2234 days ago
  • MARTY19
    I always say "Find what works and stick with it" I hope this study works for you.

    2234 days ago
    You are right Elizabeth - only you know the formula that will work for you and hopefully the study will help you bust that darned plateau! I know I was on mine for 3 years and it feels good to finally KICK IT!
    2234 days ago
    Hope the study goes well, will be interesting to hear about it.
    Hope it helps hun, I've found I can maintain now on around 1730 but I do need to keep up the ST to help metabolism.
    What works for one doesn't necessarily work for someone else.
    Good luck, have a great weekend emoticon
    2234 days ago
    Hugs!! I just edited my post to give you proper credit and added a link to your original post - hope you don't mind, and sorry for omitting the credit originally!
    2234 days ago
  • _UMAMI_
    Thanks for the clarification, and best of luck in the weight loss study---should be interesting and enlightening!

    For me, it's become more about losing inches and feeling my best. I have the feeling the scale will never show me my old set point (150-155) or my wedding weight (165) again. I'm older and developing a meno-pot. *sigh*

    I just want to look good in (and out of) my clothes!
    (in addition to being healthy and fit, yadda yadda!)
    2234 days ago
    I'm really looking forward to hearing all about the weight loss study. I hope it will help you break your plateau and you'll see those pounds dropping off again.
    2234 days ago
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