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The Vagaries of Weightloss....or Why It Makes Me Crazy.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I've been at this since last August, with serious intent since January. Not a pound has been lost. I've bounced around from 107.4 - 109 kilos. I've done Primal with appetite-led eating. I've done Sparkpeople with strict calorie counting. I've done Sparkpeople with Fitbit.

Sparkpeople yells constantly that I'm not eating enough calories for my activity level. Fitbit has only congratulated me TWICE on actually meeting my calorie consumption goals. Most days I've got a thousand calorie defecit.

No weight was lost.

Well, three days ago I borrowed my daughters' current Weight Watchers' materials and decided to give it a true try of one week. I don't know how the calories play out, but I have 39 daily points to use, plus 5 points, plus I'm accruing activity points at the rate of 7 a day and don't eat those. So I'm guessing it's roughly 1400 calories. Sparkpeople's low range for me is 1490.

Yesterday (day 3) my husband suggested going out to Morton National Park and doing a grueling walk down to Fairy Bower Falls. A mile straight down on a rough track, then that same mile straight back UP. Husband is good about letting me go at my own pace so by about 2/3'ds of the way up I was climbing five steps, resting, climbing five more....sweating like crazy. I shouldn't have an impurity left in my body after all that sweating.

So....I weigh myself this morning. Scale says 105-something. I'll take it, but I'm confuzzled.

Did I just sweat off water weight? Is it true weight loss? Why the heck is it happening now that I'm waaayyyy undereating according to both Sparkpeople and Fitbit? (When I was eating at the top of my Sparkpeople range and the Fitbit range, I wasn't losing but I wasn't gaining either.)

This is where it messes with my mind. I know we're not all one-size but it would be a heck of a lot easier and less confronting if it worked the same for us all. Am I going to get on the scale in a couple of days and see 107.4 again? ACK!!!!!

My darling son has an apprenticeship at Bakers Delight now, and Saturday evening he brought home a ton of free goodies. Including half a dozen delicious plump scones. I threw the scones in the freezer and sent those off with the husband today to feed his ever-hungry co-workers. Those scones sang a siren song even through the freezer door, I tell ya.
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    I am still trying to find that magic formula!! I have been doing the two pound cha cha for what seems like forever! Down and up, down and up! I have SP telling me too, not eating enough and I have been eating at the top of my range too, sometimes over! It is confusing!
    emoticon on that hike! Sounds like me a couple days ago on a hike in the woods...4.17 miles in 2 hours. I thought I was going to croak-my HRM was saying I was at 72% and I feared a heart attack! Silly me! emoticon I survived! emoticon
    Would love to see photos of that fall area you hiked! Maybe you could do like I do, take photos of your walks in gorgeous OZ and share the pics with us. That always motivates so I can bring back photos to show in my blogs!! Just a thought...any pics of OZ is wonderful to me!!
    Hang in there! Maybe doing WW is the thing to do now...switching it up. Maybe do a new exercise..they advise us to do that about every 4-6 weeks. That is why I am taking up biking...just got a new bike today!
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    1924 days ago
    it is maddening - I can eat at the low end of my range for a week and eek out a small loss, less than a pound. Gods forbid I eat over my range by 250 cals over the weekend and I'm up 2 lbs.

    The good news is, we don't quit. We may not make much headway, but we don't give up. We may waddle side-to-side but we never leave the path completely.
    1925 days ago
    I hope you find what works for you.
    1926 days ago
    Just keep walking it will pay off
    1926 days ago
    I know exactly what you mean-
    I have not found that sweet spot yet!
    I lost 30 lbs in 2009-
    stayed the same for well over a year-
    then slowly (like a lb a month) gained 20 of it back-
    all while eating about the same number of calories!
    Although, I did have some physical limitations in there for a while.
    1926 days ago
    Are you taking measurement, perhaps you are shrinking.
    Your walk / climb ??? sounds very strenuous.
    Sending skinny vibes )()()(((()(()(
    1926 days ago
    Undereating will convince your body that you are starving and slow your metabolism down to conserve the calories you give it. You may have lost some REAL weight or you may have lost water weight that comes off from sweating and such, but returns quickly. You might want to try eating a little MORE than the low end of your calorie range a couple of days a week and let your body know that it is not going to starve, you WILL feed it what it needs to function on and that you will do it regularly. Convince your body that you are a kind and loving host who will nourish and strengthen it.
    1926 days ago
    It is definitely trial and error when trying to find the magic number of calories. I have been trying to switch it up and calorie cycle so I'm constantly changing how many calories I eat. Maybe you could also do both, WW and log your food on Spark People to see just how many calories you are eating instead of guessing. That might give you a better idea. Just a thought and I know that would be lots of work. Whatever you do don't give up!!! Congrats on the weightloss and I hope you can find your magic number :)
    1926 days ago
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