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Fine Tuning & Stay the Course

Friday, April 20, 2012

The scale moved favorably. So I am happy about that. But I can see from my weight loss chart, I have some fine tuning to do.

I can see the peaks and stalls and hopefully I can go back and see what I did that seemed to encourage more weight loss. Hopefully it is FAT loss.

This past month though, after the rises and falls, I have lost just shy of 5 pounds. That still puts me exactly on track for my ultimate goal, however before I was always ahead of schedule and normally lost around 8 pounds per month. (I know not to weigh so much, but I have joined 3 challenges with 3 different weigh in days, so I can see just how all over the place it has been)

So what has changed? Well I started eating more Primal, and the scale hasnt been moving as much, but I think I have formed my conclusions about that.

Which are:
- I feel better
- I have more energy
- I am sleeping better
- I am no longer constantly thinking about food and what I should eat next
- I am no longer eating every couple of hours
- These 5 pounds have been effortless and painless.

So I might not be losing quite as fast as before, but before, I was constantly hungry. I went to bed every night hungry. I woke up during the night hungry. I woke up hungry. I thought about food 24/7. I still think about health and nutrition and my journey 24/7 but it is not the same as thinking about what to eat 24/7 and preparing something to eat every 2 hours and all I can think about while fixing that and eating that is what can I fix to eat next, and when can I eat next and trying to stay on (under) calorie.

I find that now, I dont have to think about calories at all, and I am always in a deficit. I have more energy now, so maybe I need to focus on my ST. That slowed down when I first started the shift but now I feel up to about anything.

I find that I am just not as hungry as before. I am doing better on less, and this definitely is a lifestyle I can live with. It has basically taken me back to my roots, the way we were raised to eat. Mostly all from the garden, or meat we raised or hunted or fished ourselves. Before life and fast food and too tired or too busy to cook anything.

So this morning, I am analyzing. I could go back to what was working while dropping 8 pounds a month, where I was cranky at times, I was ALWAYS hungry, always trying to figure out what to eat, and working out more also. My days evolved around eating and working out, and not much else. If I went somewhere, I had to worry about packing my snack, or getting back home for a workout/snack.

Or I can continue down this other path that fits me and my lifestyle. It is painless to implement. I have more energy to get things done around my home which has been great exercise. I am finding I only need to eat about 2 - 3 times a day, rather than the 6 - 9 times that I was before.

I had to eat more to fuel my exercise. And when you think about it, why eat more just so you can exercise more? I know there is a balancing act between losing fat and losing muscle mass. But it just doesnt make sense to me to exercise and then need to eat more because of it. So I need to fine tune my exercise program.

So it really is about finding what works best for you. I do wish at times it was a one size fits all. Many days I just wish someone would bring me a plate of food and say, here eat this. I got to the point where I just didnt want to think about it anymore. It was too consuming and just drained all my time and energy.

So, 5 pounds a month is 60 pounds a year. I think if I focus and concentrate and fine tune some more, I can increase that and be even more efficient. So I just need to do some fine tuning & stay the course emoticon
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SERENAJL 4/22/2012 11:32AM

    I think the 5 lbs per month is the more sustainable route. Great job.

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SHANSHE 4/22/2012 10:00AM

    Great thought process here... yes fine-tune what works for YOU and your body, I think that is GREAT!!!!
Shan

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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/21/2012 2:31AM

    I hope this works out for you,,,I hadn't heard of this b4. Not sure why your not just increasing your protein thru food, and hitting it as is set up on you sparks tracking guide,,,and why that isn't enough to keep you full? With all the excerise you do, it SHOULD be quite high. Are you following the Sparks guidelines,,,and tracking and trying to hit all the catagories thru just food and no suppplments unless ordered thru a Dr because your body isn't absorbing them naturally? This should help you drop 1 to 2 lbs a week,, and if not, contact myself or MaryAnn, and we'll help you tweek it, we are quite good at this.

Diane ML

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BLUE42DOWN 4/20/2012 2:49PM

    Just one mention - if you switched to Primal only in the last month or so, it is entirely possible your FAT loss has been somewhere in the same range as normal, but your lean body mass has added up some (muscle and bone and more) and negated some of that loss on the scale. Which really isn't a bad thing at all.

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ERICAW2012 4/20/2012 2:31PM

    This sounds really great. Keep it up the good work! emoticon

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GRANNYSUE9 4/20/2012 1:28PM

    You have to find what works best for you and it sounds like you have found it! I hope things keep going well for you.

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LAURELSPARK 4/20/2012 10:36AM

    Sounds like you've found the key. Keep up the good work!



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CHATELAINE19 4/20/2012 10:07AM

    Sounds like you're doing a great job of making good choices for your body. Good luck with the fine tuning. You're right. We need to be healthy without making ourselves crazy.

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SWANATOPIA 4/20/2012 10:07AM

    You are doing great! I would definitely rather be satisfied after a meal than feel hungry all the time! I have a feeling your metabolism will kick back in after it gets adjusted to the change and you will drop more a month!

Awesome post!

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OSTERA15 4/20/2012 9:00AM

    Great plan! It sounds like you are in control of the weight loss/health now instead of it controlling you!

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VALKYRIA- 4/20/2012 7:48AM

    I think your new plan sounds infinitely better. It's no good to feel hungry all the time... that is the sort of weight loss that tends to be temporary. Much better if you feel comfortable.. that means you are more likely not to gain it back in my book. Slow and steady wins the race--we might not like to hear that, but it is a better idea to do things in a way that minimizes stress on the body. You are dong great.... keep up the good work!

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