4 more pounds to "feel good"

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

After 6 weeks of very hard work - both at the gym and in watching my food intake - I am four lbs away from my first goal. I know from past experience that when I weigh 187 or less, I really begin to lose that "large, barrel chested, matronly look" and I really start to feel good in my own skin. (I am 5'7.5" tall and big boned - which is why I can carry that much weight). At 187 my upper arms no longer rub against my body, my face begins to have a sculpted look, and I can bend over quite easily and tie my shoes.How have I done it? With extremely hard work and focus, and also (of course) all the wonderful tools and the Challenges at Spark People.

Despite starting intensive menopause about 2 weeks ago w/lots of hot flashes all day and night, I have successfully stripped white carbs out of my diet completely. No bread, no rice, no pasta, no cake (of course). Somehow eating none is so much easier than eating some.
Limited beans and other grains, but unlimited fruit and veggies and protein.

I think I have found the right combination of foods that work for me...both in terms of the nutrition that my body needs and the ability to eat large quantities of food when I am in need. So now, instead of reaching for popcorn or diet jello or frozen yogurt when I feel the need to chow down - which has inevitably led to a spiral of eating more and more, I am reaching for another cup of grapes, another grapefruit, a bag of carrots, some turkey breast or fat free cheese.

Many years ago I stopped eating butter. It just became something that I would not consider eating - ever - sort of like liverwurst or some other food that I don't like. As of 6 weeks ago, I have begun the process of eliminating these "white" carbs from my diet - I think forever. Everything I have read leads me to the conclusion that it is the right thing for me. Both in terms of my thyroid condition (I am RAO hypo), a 52 yr old menopausal woman, and I tend to carry my weight in my belly.

Of course it isn't just about making this change in my diet. I have also continued to work very hard at the gym -- 4 - 6 days/week. But this diet and exercise still isn't enough to lose weight - just enough so that I don't gain.

So - I have found that the only way I can get the scale to move is to have at least one day a week where I feel almost completely empty the whole day - eat only enough to nourish myself - which apparently doesn't take a whole lot of calories -- less than 1,000 a day.

I have lost over 12 lbs in the last few months - so only 4 more to go...sounds pretty doable. Okay - I am off to the gym now...
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    Good for you. You know it is a continuous learning game as our bodies are constantly again. At one point something works and then your body changes from age or whatever and you need to tweak things. My immunologists says our bodies change every 7 years and if you add menopause to that things can get confusing. Can you believe we have belonged to Spark for so long as we 'met' on the beginning team as we started the same week. emoticon
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    Good for you!! Just be careful you don't eat too little--even the once a week....
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    you are doing fantastic .... I had to look at myself to see what was not working for me and I saw sodium every day on the high side .... controlling it has helped me but I need to exercise more .... so glad you have taken the time to figure out how it works for you ... great weight loss -- sure hope those flashes go away for you soon .... I was one of the lucky ones ... never had one .... Roc
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