Thursday, April 25, 2013

Not Just Pounds

I am feeling pretty decent today. I'm sticking with my doctor's recommendations and staying under 1500mg sodium and under 30% fat. Those numbers fall right into place when I stay off the nuts as a snack and the fats as condiments. I did find that Egg Beaters have way more sodium than I thought... 480 mg in a cup! That could put me over easily, so I am going to have to watch it with the Egg Beaters. I am also sleeping with one plantar fasciitis splint on (on my right foot, which is the worst) every night to see if that starts helping it heal.

We had a death in the family this week; my daughter's grandmother passed away. She is pretty sad of course; all of her other grandparents died before she was born. We are doing a lot of talking about life and death and heaven.

The other day someone reminded me in the comments that I once wrote about my friend, Ken, who was trying to lose a great deal of weight. He made changes to his eating habits with a reasonable plan. One month later... he had not lost any weight. He kept going. Another month went by with no loss. He stuck with his plan, even though it was frustrating. He knew he had a good plan that, in theory, should result in weight loss. A third month came and went with no weight loss. He still stayed with it. And in month 4, *finally* he had a loss! One pound. Well. What would you do? Ken stayed with it. He saw the scale budging, finally. And in month five the weight started to really come off! In the following months, he averaged over 6 pounds a month. And Ken ended up losing 105 pounds. All because he did not give up and had faith in his plan.

That is the kind of experience that encourages me to keep going. I know my plan is healthy. I know it should result in weight loss. I do *not* know why the losses are so slow right now... two or three pounds a month lately. But I do know if I persist I will get to my goal. And I do know that even though the scale says I have only lost one pound in April, that my jeans are FALLING off me. These jeans that were too tight to wear  two months ago are so baggy it is comical. They are going in the trash this weekend and I will be trying on some of those clothes that were way too tight to even get buttoned in February. I *look* and *feel* like I have lost WAY more than 5 or 6 pounds! So I know something is going on, and eventually, the scale will catch up. I am loving the changes I am seeing, and that keeps me going.

13 comments:

Jeanette said...

I think that attitude is definitely the right one (ie. following a plan you know will work even if you aren't losing weight because you know you eventually will).

After years of dieting and up and down weight gain/loss, your body is sure to be a little injured metabolically. If you have to endure losing only one pound a month for 6 months while your body adjusts-- so be it!! That is still 6 pounds gone and a healthier, healing body.

Anonymous said...

what ever happened to ken? did he keep the weight off? or regain, or just simply maintain?

Kaki said...

Wow, Ken's example is amazing. I don't think I could have hung on that long. Your attitude is wonderful, and you are on the right path! Glad you're feeling better!

LHA said...

Right on! If you are comfortable with this plan, you feel good on it, and you have confidence that you are going in the right direction then stay the course. This is why I weigh infrequently...it makes me doubt myself if I don't see the loss I expect. Bravo for you if you can accept the slow loss and soldier on. Either way you do it, either weighing frequently or shying away from the scale, if you follow your plan faithfully you are doing all you can and it will work eventually. Good for you!

Lyn said...

Thank you for the encouragement :)

Anonymous~

I am not sure what happened with Ken's weight long term. I haven't been in touch with him in several years. Ken, if you're there, chime in and let us know how you're doing!

timothy said...

fabulous! and lowering the sodium should really help.we all want instant results but as with the fable the tortise wins the race by steady movement!

Bonita Gordita said...

Hooray. That's awesome, and something to keep in mind. It's nearly impossible not to get caught up in what the scale says - I'm glad you have something else to look at to know you're on the right path. Congrats.

Steelers6 said...

Sorry about your baby girl's loss. :((

Would you consider buying egg whites instead of egg beaters? Where the ingredients on the side of the box list: "egg whites".? Period. No chemicals, salt etc. Too bland? Oh, I know you, you can jazz them up yourself with herbs n stuff.

Sounds like you have found a great Dr who takes time with you. Score!
Chrissy

Lyn said...

Thanks guys!

Chrissy~

that is a good idea. I like the convenience of cartoned eggs, so next time I shop I will be reading labels to find the egg/egg white carton with the least salt, and give that a try.

Jackie K said...

I have been trying for 26 years, giving up is just not an option.
The fact that you keep on going is amazing, only someone who has been thorugh this can know what it's like.

J

16 blessings'mom said...

Once again, I am encouraged by Lyn! I got on the scale this morning, and what the heck? Did I really gain a pound and a half since yesterday morning? I have been so good! And was so excited that the scale was creeping downward again! Oh, the agony! But the big picture is to keep pressing on! Thank you Lyn!

Lexi said...

I needed to read this right now, thank you! I too feel that my body is reflecting more weight loss than the scale is.... It's hard not to be fixated on that number though!

Jessica Hartman said...

Hi Lyn! I buy the Organic Valley Egg Whites in a carton - it's right next to the Egg Beaters at my grocery store. I too love the convenience...but don't want all the added STUFF!