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cycling week 8 update:

Monday, July 08, 2013

From July 1 to July 8, my net weight has remained EXACTLY the same. This is.... I don't know what this is.
For those of you who are reading this blog because you are interested in learning from my cycling efforts, I went on vacation. I tried for 2 days to stay in LC mode, but failed the evening of the third day. So then I had 2 more days of high carb eating. Next, something very bad happened to me while I was gone on vacation, and I am still reeling emotionally from it and have eaten very little since then as I am not hungry and I am physically uncomfortable.

So after a full week of disordered eating at both extremes, there is no conclusion to be drawn about my weight. I am struggling to return to cycling "normally"/intentionally. If all goes well, I'll have something useful to report next week.

Note: the half week is because I started on a Friday, but I report on Mondays. The screwed-up reporting seemingly delivers inconsistency , but it is factual and based on weekly reporting. After all, one's weight fluctuates daily!
Friday reporting ------ OR ------Monday Reporting
week 1: lost 5 ------------ ----- week 0.5: lost 3.4
week 2: lost 2 ------------------- week 1: lost 1.6
week 3: gained 0.6 ------------- week 2: lost 0.6
week 4: lost 1.4 -----------------week 3: lost 2.4
week 5: lost 0.4 ----------------- week 4: lost 0.4
week 6: lost 2.2 ----------------- week 5: lost 2.4
week 7: gained 1.0 ------------- week 6: lost 0.8
week 7.5: lost 2.2 --------------- week 7: lost 0.0
TOTAL LOSS: 11.6 pounds TOTAL LOSS: 11.6

or slightly less than 2 lb /week average. Not stellar results objectively; but I am pleased. Cycling got me well past 180 pounds, at which weight I was stymied for a long long time. It got me past the "rebound effect" of my body seeking to return to its long-time "set-point" of 180. Those 2 things are MAJOR!
And 2 lb/week weight loss rate is generally advised as 'safe' for your health. And lastly, I've had 3 big "wobbles" of dietary indiscretion in less than 8 full weeks. Cycling has given me more guidance in getting over my self-imposed bumps.... by giving me the discipline (do you prefer to call it form? structure?) I didn't impose upon myself before.

Interestingly, I've got an outside-imposed "deadline" to lose 2.4 pounds by next Monday.... wonder if I'll make it!

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    Hi there. Rediscovered your comment to me when I first posted and thanks for the team invite. I can see how your 'gain' report is challenging. What occurs to me, though, is what is your measurements? I find, especially with Atkins, that inches often show more than pounds and with the cycling your body may be realigning in ways other than the scale. In any event, hang in there and keep looking for your own way to be with this moment of 'what is'. I, too, lost successfully with low-carb and then stopped focus and regained - 3 times probably! My goal now is to learn to stay in the focus and just live from there. Sounds like you're reaching for that too. emoticon
    1776 days ago
    Hmmm! That is interesting! I just noticed that Monday reporting of weight changes gives me a steady list of losses. Friday's listings reports 2 weeks of gains!
    I chose Monday as the day to report (at least to myself!) and analyze each week's results of efforts because I read somewhere a long time ago that by making yourself accountable on Mondays, you help counter the "weekend effect" whereby a person tends to relax and regain weight lost during the week.

    Anyway, it seems that I may have simply moved my "weekend effect" to mid-week! Hmmm! Now how can I use this new knowledge to better my weight loss efforts?
    1778 days ago
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