check-ups, tune-ups, and plans

Friday, January 02, 2015

I am worried / concerned about losing weight too fast despite having recently increased my calories by 100 per day (begun in early November, I think). The results continue to be the same (2.5 pounds per week every week) and this is starting to freak me the heck out. I had an appointment to discuss this with my doctor. My health is excellent. While she is highly impressed with my progress to date, she agrees that at this point I can revamp my current nutritional plan. I am NOT in a rush to lose weight. I honestly think losing weight too fast is a really bad idea and I don't want to fall into that kind of physiological and mental trap. So I am going to slow things the hell down as of NOW.

My eating is overall excellent. Ninety percent of what I eat consists of a variety of lean proteins, fruits, veggies, whole grains, and dairy. I cook all my own meals. I don't rely on any gimmicks (including 'supplements', protein powders, prepackaged meals, canned soups). I calorie-splurge once or twice per month (a cupcake on my birthday, a dinner out with friends, an occasional martini) and on regular days allow myself one square of 90% chocolate. I am very regimented and precise when it comes to what I eat and I am comfortable approaching food in this way.

I am adding calories to my daily food-intake once again: 1500-1700 on rest days and 1800-2000 on run days. The doctor says I might gain weight the first two or three weeks while my body adjusts to an added 100-150 calories per day, but that I should stick to plan and trust in the process. So I am going to do just that. My goal is to lose no more than 6-8 pounds a month for the next three months By April 1st I should have lost somewhere between 18 and 24 pounds, and not an ounce more, which will put me at the high end of a 'normal' weight range for my gender, age, and height. On this date (ie: April 1st), I will reassess my nutrition.

I have never set a goal weight. I actually think having a specific number in mind is kind of stupid (disclaimer: if this works for you, that's great, but it does not work for me). However, I can relate to the idea of guidelines so I will think of it that way. If I decide to continue trying to lose weight after this point, I will slow things down even more and aim for a 4 pounds loss per month which will make the transition to maintenance as painless and natural and sustainable as possible. When I get to wherever it is my body is headed, I will know it due to a variety of factors having very little to do with a number on the scale and a lot to do with strength and endurance. That particular weight, on that day, whatever it happens to be, will become my 'goal weight.'

Thank-you all for your forbearance in reading this very dull blog. I'll make up for it with something entertaining next week.


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    Those are pretty impressive statistics. It is stupid to have a certain number in mind. Even as I was doing it, I knew it was stupid, but there was a compulsion in me to do it anyway! Now I'm quite happy wherever it feels comfortable, which is sadly not now, even though I'm the same weight (lack of proper exercise - but that is in hand).

    Good idea to slow down, and then sail gently into maintenance. I've yet to join a team, I think I'd like to just see how things go for now.

    Are you going to post progress pics up? Do you find running getting easier as you lose weight? I'm hoping it will make the difference for me tomorrow.

    Best wishes
    Debs x
    2318 days ago
    You have done an amazing job losing AND exercising. I applaud you for not getting sucked into trying to reach a certain goal as quickly as possible. I like your sensible approach and I agree that you should follow your gut and slow it down. As for aiming for a certain "number", you will know when you are where you want to be by how you FEEL and losing a bit slower toward the end is a smart idea to transition you into maintenance. emoticon

    P.S. You are NEVER boring and I always enjoy your blogs!
    2319 days ago

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    First - your progress and results are amazing and surely envied by many, so congratulations! Since your body is now an energy burning machine, I think adding calories will not impede your health and fitness efforts in the slightest. Something else to consider is that the closer you get to your body's natural healthy weight, the weight loss will slow.

    Second - hooray for not setting a goal weight! I've never been a big fan of the scale since the number is an incomplete measure of true health. (disclaimer: I stepped on the scale this morning. LOL)
    2320 days ago
    I wish I could lose weight over the holiday season, you rock!
    2320 days ago
    This isn't boring, it sounds smart, well thought-out and overall awesome. emoticon
    2320 days ago
    emoticon Not boring!
    I agree on the loss speed. Too fast messes with my metabolism or means something isn't right. Never set a number in my head, wanted to lose weight until I felt better (more comfortable with less pain). Doing what feels right for you, is best.
    2321 days ago
    You are a good example of the miracle cure....exercise and eat right! lol. So easy but so hard for many of us! You obviously have a lot of self discipline, and it works very well for you. Congratulations!
    2322 days ago
    You said from the beginning your goal was health, and here you say your health is excellent... Way to go! I have been ever so slightly alarmed to see you steadily losing 10 lbs per month. It does seem fast, to me. Probably because of your running? Slowing down deliberately sounds wise. Good luck with the new regime... It'll prob'ly feel weird!
    2322 days ago
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    Your plan sounds sensible rather than dull. I sort of hate you for making it sound as easy as it really is, but I love you for the same reason. Eat real food in a regimented way and exercise even when you don't feel like it. A program for the ages and for any age. emoticon
    2322 days ago
    The whole point of dietary regulation is to get your body to a place where it is healthy and comfortable. The number on a scale is arbitrary. The same number for one normal sized person may be vastly overweight or underweight for another. :)

    Much of your weight loss may be tied up with running, and burning a significant portion of your caloric intake anyway.
    2322 days ago
    Absolutely your plan is what works for YOU, so do what you feel is working!

    2323 days ago
    i didnĀ“t find it boring at all but very interesting and i love the way your dr is right behind you.keep on keeping on you are doing great emoticon
    2323 days ago
    Ah... you're never dull ~ though I will say I've been a bit jealous while reading this blog!!! 2.5 lbs per week?! That is awesome. I did that in the very beginning when I went no carb and no sugar... but after a certain amount of months I plateaued and nothing seemed to work to kick start the weight loss. Now I'm back to eating carbs & trying to cut them out again - as well as the dreaded sugar. Definitely need to cut that out and stick with the natural sugars in fruit. Either way, it sounds as though you are doing a wonderful job. I love that you are so focused on what you eat & your body must certainly appreciate how healthy you are! Awesome job!!!!
    2323 days ago
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