Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011: 197 Pounds

April Fool's!

Okay, that should actually read: April 1, 2011: 184 Pounds. Woohoo, I lost a pound last month! Actually, I went up and down quite a bit in March while I was sick and afterwards, starting at 185 pounds, going up to 191, down to 186, up to 193 (exactly one week ago) and down to 184 today. Yes, over the last 7 days I stayed 100% on plan with no junk or extras and lost 9 pounds. I feel solidly back on track.

So here's a snapshot of how it's gone over the last seven months, in case you haven't been paying attention to the sidebar:

September 1: 186
October 1: 186
November 1: 175
December 1: 181
January 1: 186
February 1: 185
March 1: 185
April 1: 184

I guess I'd call that maintenance. Sort of. I am *very proud* that I was able to not regain a lot of weight over that period of time. Really, losing weight is hard but people do it... often. But keeping off 90+ pounds? It's hard. In the past I have gained weight very rapidly... 40 pounds in 3 months a couple of times, and 80 pounds in about 10 months once. This little window of struggle, while difficult, does show me what I am capable of. I can do this, and more.

I did it once before... this "sort of maintaining" for awhile. You long timers may remember my post in April 2010: You, Too, Can Lose 0 Pounds in 20 Months (and be happy about it!). The interesting thing, to me, is that I have had four distinct periods in my weight loss since I began this journey. It went like this:

August 2007 - July 2008: went from 278 to 214 (-64 pounds) counting calories, eating healthier
July 2008 - March 2010: went from 214 to 234 (+ 20 pounds) still counting calories, eating healthier, struggling with binges
March 2010 - November 2010: went from 234 to 175 (-59 pounds) on Medifast
November 2010 - April 2010: went from 175 to 184 (+9 pounds) on Medifast, but struggling/going off plan

Interesting to me because I had two really great, nicely-paced losing phases (64 pounds in 11 months and 59 pounds in 8 months) interspersed with two struggling/maintaining phases where I'd gain a bit, lose a bit, gain a bit, lose a bit (first one lasting about 20 months, second one 5 months so far). I would say this is healthy. I have a binge eating problem, and taking the time to *work through* the issues associated with binge eating, overeating, losing weight and dealing with *why* I was morbidly obese to begin with takes TIME. And if I could stress one thing to all the people who read here or email me asking how to lose weight/why they are a failure/how they will ever lose over 100 pounds, it would be: take the time. Yes, losing weight for a year seems daunting. Losing weight for 2 years? Terrifying. How about 3 years... would you put in that much time to get to a "normal" BMI? Hard to contemplate. I am going on four years here, blogging the whole time, doing *something* about my weight loss the whole time. Is it a long time? Yes. But it would have passed anyway. Is it worth it? Oh YES. It is.

So try not to think about how long it might take. Hey, lots of people lose faster than I do and are successful. Maybe you'll be one of those people. But if not, IT IS OKAY. It is okay to have plateaus or small gains or struggles, as long as you don't give up and keep plugging along. Keep going. Just make this part of your daily life and you'll get there eventually. Sooner is better, for our health, but a reasonably slow path can also result in greater personal growth and the ability to KEEP it off. Find *your* path, whatever the time or distance, and make it work for you.

I truly believe I am now in a fifth phase: one where I go from 184 pounds to wherever I land as goal (150? 160? Not sure yet). I am still doing the Medifast plan (5 Medifast meals plus a Lean & Green meal I prep myself and sometimes share pictures of on this blog) which is low carb and really helps me get my focus off food.

Let's make this a good month!

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*


Amy Vorpahl said...

You can soooo do this! The weather is warming up, and you've got 7 whole months of the year left! 20-30 pounds? I'd say yes for sure!

Mommy Minded said...

Its going to be a GREAT month!

spunkysuzi said...

Let's make it a great month!!

Lori said...

You got me with the title - Happy April Fool!!

One thing I've learned on this journey that all of the twists & turns, ups & downs are a necessary part of the journey. You must go through them, not around them. Once you do, you won't have to go there again. The hard part is welcoming them and learning the lesson. You are not only doing that you're sharing your struggles with everyone else, to help them along.

You go girl!!

Karin said...

Sounds like you're really back on track Lyn...good for you! And good for all of us following you :) Plateaus, maintenance, food f*ups, it's all part of the's how you handle those things that determine your success. You, my dear, are a SUCCESS!

The Captain's Daughter said...

Congratulations onn all that you have accomplished during your journey! You and I seem to be on the same path... I weighed in yesterday and after 6 weeks on a program to maintain-not-gain, at work, I lost ONE flipping pound! Did I cheat plenty on my CLEAN program? Yes? Was I ON my CLEAN program plenty during those 6 weeks? Absolutely! Did I work out 11 hours a week? I sure did... And I get ONE POUND lost! I almost lost it... But then the woman measured my waist and recorded EIGHT INCHES LOST - and, the BMI...It's down 3%!

What I learned (continue to learn) is that the number on the scale is just ONE part of this journey.

Here's to a great new month for all of us!

Lisa said...

I am really proud of you lyn. you are doing this. this is your month!

Lauren said...

ok. I have to have a good month ...I myself had a detour this month...not really losing, but not really gaining either! I'm facing the music...and reporting my weight in my tracker anyway. (sigh) hard to do!

Kudos for keeping it all in perspective and realizing that your journey is individual. nobody can do it for you and nobody will do it the same way.

Have a great month!

Leah said...

LOVE THIS. Thanks for taking the time to explain to everyone that slow and steady really does win the weight loss race! :-)

You go, girl.

timothy said...

you're doin great darlin, and whatever goal you set i'm sure you'll do. you control your destiny and this is gonna be a great life changing year for us all! xoxoxoxo

Michelle said...

You are doing soooo awesome.. Way to go..

Anonymous said...

This gives me hope. I got to 169 last summer and have been running in the wrong direction ever since. (Although it was the 175 weight that scared me. I don't now why.) I'm now sitting at 194.

Stuff happened besides me being nuts--major surgery Thanksgiving week w/ 2 months of forced inactivity certainly played a part. But mostly it was that 175.

But, you know, your ending remarks that this was the phase of going from 184 to goal--that struck a chord with me and I felt hope arise. Thanks.


LHA said...

The struggle to maintain weight loss is much harder than losing it. Also, the struggle to get back on plan is much harder than starting the plan to begin with. So, pat yourself on the back. You are accomplishing things that are very difficult and you are not giving up!

April has always been a great weight loss month for me. So, best wishes to you (and myself) for making this April count for more pounds lost!

Kristi-Bisti said...

I absolutely agree with you that taking a long time is okay to lose any amount of weight! The time will pass anyway, but if we keep dusting ourselves off from our mistakes and keep trying yet again, we are making progress.

The only thing is that when I was 320, I didn't believe that. Instead I would want to take action, but not. Then I would beat myself up for not working on it and keep eating all the while.

So now, that I am down 151 pounds the fast way, I can finally see the "slow" way as a great idea. Because that is what maintenance is.