Yes, it's working.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
When the weight loss is glacially slow, it's sometimes hard to know from week to week, "is this weight loss/gain? or water loss/gain?" But looking back over the summer, I've watched it inch down. Not in some nice, linear, pound a week kind of way, but up and down, with the downs just a little bigger than the ups. So here it is, mid-September, and this morning I saw another new low. I stood on the scale until the digital display disappeared. :-)
So pretty much, this is my life. I have a protein & coffee drink for breakfast. For lunch I have a salad with bib lettuce, chicken, a bit of parmesan cheese, and Hidden Valley light ranch. Of all the 'diet' dressings, this one is the least objectionable. I have a late-afternoon snack about 4 or 4:30 pm, of Chobani greek yogurt with a few spoonfuls of health-food-store granola. If all this leaves me feeling too hungry, I have some emergency almonds (Smokehouse flavor, with lots of salt, so they really satisfy that snack-food craving.) I take one or two "Fiber Control" chewable wafers chased by a tall drink of water or tea. I'm careful with those, though, because they give me gas. Not what you want at work. To go with lunch, I make a cup of very strong tea, then cool it with a little ice, add crystal light lemonade (for 16 oz water), stir it all up then pour over a 32-oz cup of ice, making a very nice "Arnold Palmer." For dinner I eat a small serving of whatever we have, even if it's Chicken Marsala with Fettucine Alfredo. I have an alcoholic beverage or two. Usually wine, but sometimes beer. Because of the satisfying late afternoon snack, I'm not starving. If I do end up hungry later, I'll take another fiber wafer with water; or maybe a tablespoon of peanut butter. That's it. Monday through Friday. Weekends are a little looser, and I usually have one comparatively high calorie day a week.
I have added a little walking to my mornings, three mornings a week I walk a mile. I walk it at a comfortable pace, and honestly I try not to sweat. That's because I do this at work and who wants to come into work in sweaty clothes? I don't have time to do a clothing change, shower, redo makeup etc. The other thing is I don't want to work hard enough to disrupt my blood sugar and get a low (ie, raging hunger.) I try to fit a few squats and a little arm work into my morning routine, but I don't count it because it's less than five minutes (and besides, not a regular thing, to be honest.) I've done a few weekend bike rides, again, not long ones (maybe 10 mi, approx 45 min) so that I don't get 'bonky.' But intense, I definitely hit my max heart rate on the uphill to home.
So I'm breaking a lot of rules but I am definitely losing weight. Slowly but surely. I'm into my one-size-lower clothes. They could be more comfortable but I'm getting there. I told my boss, "I miss food." And I do. The feel of it, the taste of it, the whole eating experience. I love to eat. But if I can keep hunger away, I find I am able to enjoy the torturous smells of other people's food. (Our office is adjacent to the cafeteria, and they make french fries every day. They cook bacon and sausage and fried potatoes. Some people in my office have toasters and they make toast or toasted bagels in the morning.) I'm also able to have some of those foods maybe once a month. We eat out sometimes and I will eat real food, just a half of the serving, but with most restaurants that's easily 600 calories.
It's a little different than what we're taught, but the standard methods of weight loss haven't worked for me. This, sort of a heavily modified South Beach diet, seems to be, at least for now, working.