Well it's finally time to get on the scale and see how I did this month. No foolin'... the scale said 210 pounds this morning. That is 3 pounds gone in March. Well, that's pretty much what I was expecting. In February, I lost 3 pounds also. I guess it is just a slow chipping-away process now; I lost 2 pounds in October, 1 pound in November, maintained in December, and lost 2 in January. Not sure why it is so much slower going than it used to be. I guess because I am so much more sedentary with the foot problems. When I was exercising a lot and very active, my losses were usually between 5 and 7 pounds a month whether I was calorie counting or doing Medifast. I guess 3 is about what I'd expect with severely decreased activity. I also wonder if there is a hormonal component here. I have skipped my monthly cycle once in awhile but in March I had TWO cycles. Very strange. Not sure what that's about.
So, here is what got me the 3 pound loss in March:
Medifast 5 & 1, with occasional extra condiments
Three restaurant meals that were not 100% compliant, but were low carb
Three days of being on Medifast but eating too many nuts, cheese, ham, and green olives
One Easter dinner yesterday which included ham (high sodium)
Biking *some* days for 10 minutes, but truthfully just not enough
When I am Medifast compliant and including the optional snack, I average 1000-1100 calories per day. If I account for the "off" foods listed above, I would say my calorie average over the month was closer to 1200/day. Looking back over my foray into low carb calorie counting last fall when I went off Medifast I see that
1421 cals/day and 39% carbs = slow gain
1357 cals/day and 18% carbs = maintain
When I got into the 1200's/day, I started to see a slow loss.
I think my body is just tired of the lose/gain cycle, of dropping and regaining chunks of 5 to 11 pounds per week, and is trying to just get to a steady state. I believe that staying 210 pounds forever would be healthier than going back and forth between 210 and 170, up and down repeatedly for the next decade. I think that is why my body is trying to make it stop. I know it is a lot more adaptable than you'd think. And because I know going up and down is unhealthy, I am working hard not to do it, ever again. I said it before and I still believe it: this is the year I get it done.
I already detailed my April plan a week ago and that is what I am sticking to. Now that I know and accept that my rate of loss is slower, I am going back to more frequent weighing. I plan to weigh at least every other week, and perhaps move back to weighing every Sunday. Hoping to get past 207 this month for the first time in over a year.
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