Friday, June 28, 2013
I'm down to 184 pounds. For the first time in a looong time, my BMI is less than 30. But I don't entirely trust it.
My body fat reading on my scale continues to go up. That indicates to me I'm dehydrated, despite continuing to drink ridiculous amounts of water. In the first few days after I came home, my blood pressure was really high and I believe it was because I was retaining a lot of water. I'm taking a stool softener which pulls water into the colon; I didn't want to mess with that by taking a diuretic. (My doctor gave me a prescription to a diuretic years ago. I only take it when my blood pressure creeps up too high.) My blood pressure is back to normal and I've shed the water that was lodged in my belly.
I've been more conscientious about what I eat, but here's the shocking part: I'm still eating at least 2000 calories a day. (Tuesday I hit 2500 - that's what I normally eat when I'm riding my bike.) I'm learning that I can actually say no to cravings. The biggest change is that I feel full much more quickly, and eating too much makes me uncomfortable. Perhaps my surgeon did a gastric bypass while she was in there moving things around.
I'm hopeful I can get into the habit of eating more reasonably. While a lot of "diets" would have me eat 1200-1500 calories a day, there is no way I am ever going to follow a eating regimen like that. I could do it for a short period of time, but it's completely unsustainable. And if I can lose weight eating 2000 calories a day - albeit slowly - why would I torture myself and try to survive on 1500? (And trust me, I would be one cranky kitten after a few days of 1500 calories. RawR!)
When I do my round-trip commute, I burn about 1000 calories. It's not uncommon for me to burn 3500 calories on a weekend training ride. A while back, a chubby friend told me, "I don't get it. As much as you exercise, why aren't you crazy skinny?" (She wasn't being mean - it was an honest question.) I laughed and told her she had no idea how much I eat.
I will continue to eat "too much." When I'm riding a lot, I follow the philosophy that one should never go to bed hungry (that's prime muscle-rebuilding time). I also eat every 3-4 hours, even when I'm not hungry and it's not "time to eat." That frees up my lunch hour for a walk, and it ensures I'm fueled for my ride home. (My ride in to work is on an empty stomach. I believe it's better that way because it taps into glycogen stores while my blood sugar is on the low end. The ride is only about 37 minutes, so it's not going to cause me to bonk.) I'm just hopeful that already being down below a BMI of 30 is sufficient motivation to continue eating reasonably.
And on that note, it is time for breakfast!