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How I learned to be patient

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My 5th calendar of tracking weight starts next month. For years, in August, I weighed the same thing. This August is different --- but not much different than June, or April of this year. While there is progress, I'm just not normal.
I tracked my average weight loss over the last 5 months and it has been ONE, count'em ONE pound per month net reduction. Fluctuations all over, but a net ONE pound/month. At this rate, it will take 3 years to reach goal.
So, I get on a plan of exercising 3 times a day -- anything for a minimum of 10 minutes, and then I have to stop and rest because I'm not sleeping enough. Ha, well, I get back to getting busy and my-weight-goes-up-by-2-pounds-
per-day! While my diet hasn't been perfect, I've been monitoring intake with the Livestrong site (it's more user friendly), so I know I am NOT consuming an extra 7000 calories/day . . . which means it's probably fluid, so wait, wait, wait.
I can tell that I'm frustrated because I started pricing pedometers today. The point is still just to move, pedometer or none.
I've had this kind of unreasonable weight gain for years -- sometimes as much as 10 pounds in a week. The great thing is that I have the thyroid medication, so I have support for getting it back down. I'd love to be able to say, "this works" for my weight reduction, but everytime I think I'm on to something, my body does it for awhile and then does something else. I can't tell you how many times I've made a map for anticipated weight reduction at variable possible rates of change.
So, I get patient: I keep moving, I keep working on muscle strength, and I work on keeping the meals down to 4x/day at 350-420 calorie range per meal, sometimes snack is 250. It's times like these when I have to get away from the measuring and go for the quality of how it feels. Sometimes it gets me through the fluctuation.
See how I became patient???
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    My sister has required another kind of patience emoticon emoticon
    The muscle building is in process, but my tendonitis shoulder doesn't tolerate too much too fast. Prior to thyroid medication, I was loosing fitness gains within 3 days of reduced exercise. I noticed on the France trip that my pre-trip exercise helped for the climbing we had (daily), so I am looking towards making real fitness gains.
    3973 days ago
  • LGRASS23
    Here's an idea you might want to put in your hat for someday -- body building! Muscle uses more calories than fat. Maybe beefing up would change the balance of things? I might be projecting -- something I've wanted to do. I thought your blog was going to be about life with a nerdy little sister or something! Mybad! emoticon
    3973 days ago
    Gosh! After reading your blog, I see what my problem is. I am so NOT patient, compared to you. What a trouper you are. It inspires me to look at my own actions more closely. Sue Ellen
    3978 days ago
    I've read so many blogs that say - "I monitor my healthy food choices, I exercise...but the numbers aren't moving (or aren't moving quickly enough)"

    ...but take it from one who keeps tripping on choices and/or exercise habits (or lack thereof). You Sparks are rock stars!!

    Seeing the humanity behind the persistence is some much needed shade on a sun-bleached trail.
    3981 days ago
    Thanks for the comments and support. I've been at a training and have had 3 long day-into-night schedules. I talked to the Doc about medication on an empty stomach. He said it was good, but not everyone can. The other issue is to take it at the same time each day -- and sometimes my same time is not an empty stomach time. I'm looking into it a little deeper.

    Salt may be an issue. I did some work in the Florida heat and couldn't drink enough! I usually keep my fluids up. Now that my training is over (reason for the long schedule), I'm going to take a more careful look at the diet choices.

    Thanks again for the support.
    3983 days ago
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    Remember to take the thyroid meds on an empty stomach, and don't give up. Even if you never lose another pound in your life, are you improving in fitness? Can you literally do more and be less tired? And three years may seem like an eternity, but if you can lose 36 pounds and keep it off for a lifetime, that's a small cost in the big scheme of things.

    Just thoughts from somebody who saw one year of great weight loss results undone steadily over the next three years.

    BTW - replacing a pound of fat with a pound of muscle is a very good thing!
    3986 days ago
    No matter what the weight loss you are building healthy eating habits and gaining strength. The results will be a healthy bodyand sooner or later the scale will show it also.

    Have you been watching the sodium and drinking lots of water? Sometimes, this can make a big difference. emoticon emoticon
    3986 days ago
    I know what you mean about being patient. I lost 8 lbs. on a diet pill 3 years ago. However I was ordered off exercise. What a bummer. Then I exercised for a year but was building up muscle which left me the same. Then I had surgery 5 times in a year and couldn't exercise a lot. Now I'm been exercising and trying to watch what I eat and I've lost 19 lbs. after gaining 19 lbs. I still feel ahead. You will make it and you will lose after gaining muscle. Don't lose faith.
    3986 days ago
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