Sunday, November 25, 2012
So I had pie. Just not an extreme amount. I had some of everything. Ok, so I was maintaining my weight this past week, and losing a half pound a week the two weeks before that. I imagine that if I continued to eat an average of 2000 calories daily I probably would maintain right around here but who knows. There are some major factors involved. For the past 20 years at least I have not done anything that brings about *fast* weight loss and I have been careful to maintain my muscle mass, even increasing it in the early 2000's. I am pretty tall. I am naturally muscular.
The thing is, this last week was maybe what I might call a Wendy high WEEK. Yesterday stuff happened. I did not eat my usual early dinner, expecting to go to Olive Garden. Well their plane was late, one of my friends is pretty much disabled by her weight and age, and the other one was sick. We did go over to Olive Garden and found the parking lot JAMBED, and we just went on home. By this time I was shaky with hunger and tired, and I replaced the planned dinner with a yogurt, with some almonds in it and went to bed. A major Wendy low day. I think my metabolism is pretty much that of a normal person because I have been careful to not lose weight too quickly, and have kept it to a pound a week average. So my normal metabolic rate was nice and responded to the obvious bounty around me (pie on Thanksgiving) and dropped another pound this morning to 163.4 because yesterday did not produce the ample intake of the previous week. I really think that slow weight loss keeps some of that metabolic slowdown at bay if a person can sustain it and trick the body with the Wendy routine. Our bodies are not "smart". They are predictable. If they detect a famine they are going to be sure to preserve fat tissue for survival. But if they don't ever detect a real famine? If they are presented with an environment where physical activity brings adequate food? Well then, we don't need the fat to survive now do we? I am getting ready to hit the road here in a minute. I had a cup of joe that is leaded with some half and half, some almond milk, some honey. I will burn that all up on the walk this morning. I can understand why people want to lose weight quickly. I just see so many people online who have to eat so little to maintain. I get that slow weight loss is Boring, and has little to recommend it when it comes to excitement and positive feedback. The bottom line for me is THIS is my LIFE and how I will live it. I don't want to spend the rest of my life with NO treats, or with days where I am just driven to freak completely out and eat the world. I want to get my excitement somewhere besides on the scale.