Going Backward - and Why (Part 1)
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Well, I updated my status a couple of days ago with the statement that I was going back to what worked before. The basic background is that the only thing working right now is that I walk far more than when I started my weight loss journey. But my weight is up 6 pounds, I've stopped doing any strength training, my eating is erratic and unplanned, and I'm getting next-to-nothing done around the house. So I took away my 40 pound loss trophy and gave back my 30, and I've begun to think about what's going on and why.
The easy way out would be to blame depression. I AM depressed, profoundly so, because I'm still trying to figure out what it's going to take to get my Dad's house in my name and get a mortgage to pay off his mortgage. I've certainly found out that the aftermath of dying is hell, even for someone whose Dad took pains to lessen the burden. (I'm just coming up on 5 months. When my Mom's father died, it took over 3 YEARS to get everything done. Mom and Dad promised us they'd make it a lot less complicated).
That said, there's still much that I could be doing differently. It's time to get back to what works.
The first thing that works for me is anathema to many, I know. But it's important for me to weigh every day. I started that 38 pounds ago, and continued until late April. I have a relatively old digital scale, so I only get my weight in whole pounds. I was "capturing" the lower number the day it appeared and then not getting bothered as long as daily weights didn't go up to more than 3 pounds above that. (Combining weight loss and weight maintenance mentalities, I guess). Once I went 5-1/2 weeks before I dropped another number, and even then it was just one pound. But I was happy with my system. Sometime late in in April was the last time I was on the scale until Monday. Now I'm planning to weigh daily again.
I'll be writing some subsequent blogs to detail more of what I plan to do and why.
Member Comments About This Blog Post
You can do this. I too had to take steps backwards, but really it wasn't backwards steps. It was just stepping back to re-evaluate, so I could then move forward.
I went back to some old ways, things that had been working in the beginning, to find that it wasn't working quite the same as before. Our bodies change and adjust and I think sometimes we find that we every now and then, we need to adjust and shake things up.
When I went back to old ways that worked, I think I actually gained just a little, but I felt better. New energy, etc. Less stress also. Lots less stress.
I did that for many months, just maintaining. So that was a good thing. I learned I could maintain. Now I am back on the losing track, and I feel like I can take this thing the rest of the way thanks to Fast Metabolism Diet. Not a diet per se, nothing depriving that's for sure, never hungry.
Anyways, we all have to figure this out for ourselves, what works best for our bodies, for our lifes and lifestyle. And I think it is ever evolving. We just have to stay on top of it, be in tune to our bodies. I weigh daily also, or most days, though my Friday weight is the lowest for the week. Monday and Friday numbers give me the clearest picture of what is really going on.
I just had a bad tooth ache flare up, and thanks to daily weighing, I could see what the inflammation & infection does to me and now I know that I need to get this taken care of once and for all. I have piddled with it for 15 years, and now I can see the havoc it is wreaking on my body and my weight loss efforts.
Anyways, kudos to you. You are strong, you remind me so much of me. And I know we can do this. I know you can do this!!
1615 days ago
Comment edited on: 6/16/2013 9:14:54 AM
Fortunately, there's a living trust involved with the house. So, no will and no probate.
1625 days ago
I agree with 1CRAZYDOG that it does take courage and you are doing what you need to do in reassessing. I hope you get answers soon on the estate stuff. I don't know much about that except that sometimes it has to go thru probate. Hopefully your dad's house does not.
1625 days ago
Oh my it takes so much courage to reassess and go back to what worked in the past! That's such a sensible thing to do though. I am so sorry first for the loss of your Dad and secondly for how difficult it is to get things settled with the estate. **SIGH** Wishing you all the best my dear.
1625 days ago
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