Monday, April 1, 2013

April Weigh-In

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.


Vickie said...

I would encourage, from this point foward, you to watch the sodium carefully for the 4 days before your weigh day. I have seen other people fall into this pattern, usually by eating out the day before weigh day, and then having an "aw shucks" comment about what the number means. I GET that yesterday was Easter. It was a fluke. But in order to have your weigh in numbers actually MEAN something, I suggest you are proactive from this point foward. If I ate ham, it would have a substantial impact on the scale (and actually my secondary conditions too).

Theresa said...

210. Good job. You are down twice in a row! Happy Easter and bring on spring! When does the farmers market open?

Leslie said...

Slow and steady wins it every time! Sounds like progress to me, Lyn. Keep at it.

InWeighOverMyHead said...

Girl, I would love to be 210 pounds. :) Good job on your loss. 3 pounds is huge when you look at what a pound of fat looks like. At this rate you will be in the 100's in about 3 months! :)

Lyn said...

Thanks guys! I am encouraged!


I need to look up when the markets open. I think next month! I still go to the farmer's market store and get eggs and meat, but can't wait for the fresh spring veggies!

Lori said...

I'm glad for the loss, however small. You are correct in that going up and down is worse than being a little overweight. You'll get to your goal even at just 3 lbs a month, so don't give up just yet.

LHA said...

Congratulations! I think three pounds in a month is an excellent loss, and you have had two months like that in a row. I weigh monthly and am very glad to see any loss at all, even one pound. As long as I can see progress I know I will eventually reach my goal. I have gained ten pounds or more in many months in my decades of dieting, and I always compare even a small loss with how badly that kind of eating/gaining made me feel. Pat yourself on the back and keep marching forward. You have outlined a great plan for April and I know you will continue to see a loss!

Karen said...

Keep on plan. Address those voices that tell you to go off plan.

Better results and you'll get there. Must address those reasons head on- when you are ready.

timothy said...

i'm happy for the loss bt the realization about the calories and carbs is the best thing, you know what you have to do now comes the hard part just do it, and i KNOW you shall! xoxo