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Saturday, August 03, 2013

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! emoticon 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.
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    I love how you went on vacation, had a great time, and did NOT gain weight. That is pretty amazing! Good luck on the challenge. My money is on you. I think you will come out just where you want to be. I never underestimate the power of a woman with a plan, and I think you have a great one.
    1700 days ago
    Sounds like you have really thought this out and are ready for the next 7 weeks! If you lose the 5%, you can always maintain there and if not... maintain where you are! Size 10-12 is a NORMAL size!! emoticon
    1720 days ago
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    What a very timely blog! SP recently discussed the efforts it takes to get lean & stay there (like model lean). It really brings home the idea of finding a good weight that is healthy, but still allows you to live the way you want.
    I changed my exercise/nutrition tracking & haven't had a ton of luck. Blog again & let us know how it works for you.
    Go starfish!

    1721 days ago
    When I read this I thought of one suggestion (feel free to ignore it) Perhaps consider changing the proportions of your foods - if you've been eating healthfully already, maybe time to eat a little less of something (whether protein or carbs or whatever) and eat a little more of something else - get your calories in a different way so-to-speak.

    You are doing so well whether you lose any more weight or not. Your plan to continue strength training will benefit you for years.

    And perhaps when your housemate moves out you will find that you have needed your space before any more weight could come off. I think sometimes our bodies hang on to mass for more reasons than calories.

    1721 days ago
    I think it is great that you are maintaining a healthy BMI. Way to go.
    1721 days ago
    It sounds like you are in a pretty good place these days. Who goes on vacation and doesn't gain weight? Ruth does!

    You know yourself better than anyone. I encourage you to do what is best for you. I'm with you about getting more strength training--I really need to work on that one!

    It's funny, but I didn't realize you are so tall. From your photos, I've imagined you to be smaller in stature.

    Take care and do what works for you!
    1722 days ago
    To be within the normal BMI range is great! You are wearing a good size in clothes. I would say ......maintenance, but you nerd to be happy with the choice. Hugs, Laurel
    1722 days ago
    I'll be interested to see how this works out for you...keep us posted!

    How close are you to Northwestern? My cousin just moved to do school there, so maybe I'll be in that area more often....
    1722 days ago
    You are built nicely I think perfectly proportioned. I think if you want to lose another 7lbs that would be fine with me. You just have to happy with yourself. Yeah, I am taller than my sister but my brothers are all taller than me but only 3 don't have to stress about weight while the other 3 of us (me included) have to work harder. On another note, the houseguest is out? Where have I been? I had no idea I think this is great for you and what a blessing you were for her. I am so happy for you, I raise my glass of water to you....

    God bless & enjoy everyday & love you much!

    1722 days ago
    I think that you already live a healthy, active lifestyle. You have a healthy BMI. You eat foods that are made from scratch, and eat intuitively. You make exercise a part of your daily life, it is something that you are able to do consistently and will continue to do, longterm. Does that mean you can't continue to challenge yourself? No, it just means that you are already living like a maintainer and this is a lifestyle for you. You have a healthy balance. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    You may lose in this challenge. If you change your eating habits (eating little at night) and it works for your body type, great. emoticon

    Glad you are going to have your place to yourself. emoticon emoticon

    So, use these next 7 weeks to make changes you can live with, see if you are able to lose weight comfortably. And if you are happy with your lifestyle, you can consider yourself a maintainer. If you want to lose a bit more before making that change, then, you'll know soon enough.

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    1722 days ago
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