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.