I am in major reevaluation mode. Do I need to just accept where I am (164 lbs & BMI 23.5 today, well within normal though on the upper end) & focus on maintaining, or can I succeed in losing 14-15 lbs & THEN maintaining? I'm between 5'9" & 5'10" & I've been essentially maintaining between 155 & 165 for a couple of years now. A little chubbier than I'd prefer, but maybe this set point is very set, given my age. And maybe I'd prefer to stop failing at weight loss & start enjoying success at maintenance!
This past weekend I was in L.A. visiting with my sisters & our brother & their families. And it struck me that though my sisters are ALL more diligent about exercise than I am--they go regularly to either Curves or the Y--only one of them is slimmer than I am. In her case it's partly because she scarcely carries any weight on her upper body, while I do--she takes after our dad, I take after our mom. And none of them sit around stuffing themselves with junk; we all eat the good kinds of food, mostly cooked from scratch. So maybe I should just count my blessings & be glad to fit comfortably into size 10-12.
I did party a lot (in our low-key way) with them while there--snacks/appetizers before the main evening meal, a beer here & there, a glass of wine or two, a few glasses of sangria & a wonderful caipirinha--not all on the same night of course!
It was vacation & I enjoyed every minute!
And I weighed in today & haven't gained a pound since I weighed myself before the trip. I ate moderately this week at home & didn't deprive myself. And I haven't even had time for much exercise this week! Sounds like maintenance, doesn't it?!
BUT: I'm going to try one more thing. I am participating in the 5% Challenge again with my dear Starfishies; that started last Saturday & will continue for 7 more weeks from today. The idea is to lose 5% of one's weight in 8 weeks. That would put me at 156, if I succeed.
My housemate is moving out sometime in the middle of this month. That means, among other things, I will no longer have a social reason to eat dinner most nights. In my mid-40s when I was extremely successful at losing 25 lbs & a couple of dress sizes, I did it by eating a hearty breakfast, a moderate midafternoon lunch, & no dinner at all most nights--plus I added jogging to the fast walking I had already been doing. I made exceptions when I was at meetings or had dinner commitments with people; I wasn't rigid with it & didn't suffer. Nowadays I often eat this way on Saturdays & Wednesdays when I'm home & don't have dinner commitments. I've decided to go back to it once S moves out.
Generally this eating rhythm is not recommended, especially for people with blood-sugar issues. But one of my nieces & I agree that we are rather camel-like: we can feel full for long periods & function well without frequent food. So it works for us.
I have also changed the settings here at SP so that my nutritional range changes with my level of exercise. Doesn't mean I'll necessarily abide by it--today I supposedly could eat 700+ more calories after I tracked my breakfast & upcoming dinner. But it'll be interesting to watch.
Oh yes, & regardless of whether I maintain or lose WEIGHT, I definitely want to keep working on strength training & decrease bodyfat %. That's a given for the rest of my life.