Sunday, May 26, 2013

Time For A Weigh In

Time for a weigh in; it's been awhile.

On May 1, I weighed 208. I ate off plan on May 4-5 and had a hard time getting my carbs back down. On May 7, I weighed 215. I always bump back up very fast when I go from low carb to high carb, thus the 7 pounds in 4 days. On May 11 I started the new plan with more produce, and today I weigh 211 pounds. Annoying... it always takes so much longer to take the pounds off than to put them on!

But I am sticking with it. I like this way of eating. It does give me more energy and does not feel as restrictive. This morning I had Medifast pancakes, but I put fresh blueberries in them and on top of them and they were just delicious! It was very filling, too. That one serving of fruit per day just makes me happy.

This morning as I was grumbling at the scale, a little voice in my head reminded me of how *thrilled* I would have been if you'd told me five or ten years ago that I'd be able to maintain at 210-215 pounds. That sounded *so skinny* back then! At 278, anything under 250 sounded like a dream... an impossible dream I only wished I could get to. Now, after having lived at 175 pounds two years ago, this weight seems impossibly fat. It's all about perspective, and while I am not interested in giving up and staying this weight, I also need to remember how much better this is than how it used to be.

I'm striving for improvements, and being 70 pounds lighter is a vast improvement. Now to get back down to a more comfortable, healthy weight.

11 comments:

Dee said...

I can relate to the altering perspective on what used to be and now what is.

I know the yo-yo too well. I lost about fifty pounds 8 years ago, and then put it all back on and then some. I am now about 10 lbs. heavier than my lowest point since trying to lose weight. This time, however, I am much fitter now than I was even ten pounds lighter. I am trying to keep that in perspective as I continue to lose weight, and so I am trying to keep the scale in its proper place.

I look forward to following your journey!
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MargieAnne said...

It's always a bit of a downer when we maintain if the plan is to lose more weight.

Maintenance is good especially, as you say, when you look back and see where you have come from.

Allthe best for continuing this week as planned.

Blessings

Deb Willbefree said...

I've been on vacation in Tennessee and have just caught up.

Congratulations on the plan swithch and success! It sounds like it will bring good results.

You probably already know thais, but...

The bump up in weight when going from low to high carb is the refillng of you liver's glycogen stores. Those stores are depleted, bit by bit, when you go low carb...and refilled quickly when you go above a certain carb intake.

For me, it's when I cross the line of 60 grams/carb a day. If I Go way over that, my bump up can happen overnight and is usually six pounds. If I indulge to a lesser extent, but still over my 60 grams, it may take a few days to add on that six pounds.

he good news is that it isn't rally fat, but will expand your middle and leaving a feeling of bloat. :{ so annoying to know that I do that to myself--usually over ice cream.

There are only two ways that I know of to avoid that large, rapid weight increase. 1. Stay below your carb limit and KEEP the glycogen stores low or 2. Keep your carb intake consistently over that carb limit and maintain the glycogen store. In other words, lose weight while eating enough carbs to keep your body from depleting your own liver's stores.

It's the high to low to high that causes that up and down weight number going. A aconsistant carb intake is the key.

Moving on.

So sorry to hear about the obnoxious comments you received. I am truly shocked that you'd get those kinds of comments--so hateful and juvenile. "I hope you're dead." What are theses commenters--eight years old?

Personally, I'm very glad you're alive and still marching. :)

Deb

Lori said...

Lyn,
I know your frustration all too well. Any carbs send the scales soaring. Way, way too much for any sense to be made of it. Then it takes twice as long to lose it and that is if I am lucky.

Good for you for being so diligent, and making the best of a hard situation. You will get to your goal. You are one of the most dedicated people I know. You've got the grit to get there. You will not be defeated by this.
Lori

LHA said...

You are right that it is all in perspective. Try to remember that and revel in your success! At least you showed a loss and you are also really enjoying the way you are eating right now. That is a hard combination to accomplish! Thank you for sharing your journey with us, and I wish you the best of luck continuing on your new plan.

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Anonymous said...

So you gained weight on this plan but want to continue it? Why?

Lyn said...

Anon~

I lost four pounds since starting the new plan. The gain was from sausage pizza, potato chips, burgers and ice cream the weekend of May 4. Totally off plan.

I think this new plan needs a month or two to see what the weight results will be, but the energy results are very good and eating more vegetables and lean protein is a healthy choice.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree the new plan needs time to see what effect it will have on your weight. Also, the increase in energy from the way you are eating could allow you to be more active, which would help offset the increased calories in the new plan. (There are many types of exercise you can do even with the PF.)

Stay the course! I think this plan is the best of both worlds (Medifast/normal clean eating.)

Rebecca

Mary Ellen Quigley said...

I've been doing the up and down game for a while too. It's frustrating, but keep reminding yourself about how much you've lost. I would totally rather be 70 lbs. lighter than where I was a few years ago. I'm sure you feel the same. No one ever said this whole weight loss journey would be easy.

One day at a time!

Anonymous said...

That's a very respectable weight since you were off plan this month. A full month eating well will be awesome for your body and soul. Keep it up Lyn! We are rooting for you!

Theresa