Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Weigh In

Today I got back on the scale for my now-regularly-planned Sunday weigh in. Last Tuesday I weighed 226 pounds. Today I weigh 225. Hey, it's a start.

I also logged calories yesterday and today, after the fact. So they may not be perfectly accurate, since I did not measure but eyeballed my food. I did make a note of what I ate through the day so I know I didn't forget anything. I am just trying to get back into a good habit and get a general idea of my calorie intake. I don't exactly have a calorie goal or anything yet; I am just trying not to overdo it and also making an effort to stay lower carb and higher protein. I have a general eating template that I followed this week but it is *very* loose. Basically, I decided to use up the last of my Medifast meals and also the Wonderslim and Bariwise meal replacements I bought a couple months ago to try. I am not doing either the Medifast Plan or the Wonderslim Plan. I am just using them for snacks and breakfast. It's a nice way to keep my calories and carbs down and protein high without much effort. When my stash is gone, I don't plan to buy anymore. I'll just eat regular foods instead. Anyway, my general template is to have Wonderslim oatmeal or Medifast cereal for breakfast (with almond milk), 3 or 4 meal replacements (bars, shakes, whatever I feel like) for snacks and occasionally for lunch (the soups make ok lunches, with some extra veggies added), 1-2 servings of fruit, and then for dinner I have protein and vegetables. My dinners are pretty much made from the Medifast template since I know how to make those, except that I do not measure the vegetables and I do eat higher carb veggies like peas, carrots, onions, winter squash. No potatoes though. I drink a lot of water, plain tea, and black coffee. I picked back up one bad habit which is sugar free flavored creamer; I have a cup of coffee with that stuff in it most afternoons. Eating this way I am ingesting a lot lower calories than I was before. Like I said, right now I do not have a calorie goal but I know that when I start logging daily again, I will zig zag my calories so that if I eat super low (1200ish) some days, and then have a high day once a week (2000ish? not sure) that might help with the metabolism slowdown issue. I will be frank here and say I still have no idea how many calories to eat. I was only losing 2 pounds a month before on 900-1000 calories a day (but when I *started* Medifast I was regularly losing 7+ pounds a month on that calorie level, so obviously *something* changed). I don't know if eating higher calorie levels for the past several months will reset my metabolism somehow or what. Half the people say I need to eat way more. Half say I need to eat way less. I am just going to eat, log, and see what happens and adjust from there. I am sure things like the medication I am taking for my blood pressure have an effect as well. Anyway, at least the scale is going in the right direction now, so that's good.

Yesterday I ate Medifast cereal with almond milk, a lot of black (decaf) coffee including 2 cups with sugar free creamer added, 3 Wonderslim meals, some salsa, a Clementine, part of a banana, a big bowl of loaded baked "potato" (cauliflower) soup, 3 soft boiled eggs, some almonds, a sugar free jello cup, and a slice of low fat cheese. Total was just under 1400 calories, 86 g protein, 95 g carbs. Today I had a Wonderslim pancake and black coffee for breakfast, a hot cocoa for a snack, and another cup of black coffee. My daughter and I went to lunch at a Mexican restaurant and it was delicious. I got carne asada (steak) and asked them to give me fajita vegetables in place of the beans, rice, and tortillas. The veggies were broccoli, carrots, green peppers, onions, yellow squash, mushrooms, and zucchini. It was so, so good. With the meat and vegetables I had fresh salsa, a bit of guacamole, and 5 corn chips. I logged all of this in sparkpeople and while I don't know exact counts, I estimated high and added some oil for cooking and got about 660 calories for the restaurant meal. Adding in my food from this morning, right now I am at 888 calories, 54 g protein, 61 g carbs. I'll be having two more meal replacements tonight and maybe a Clementine which will put me in the range of 1200 calories, 80 g protein and 85 g carbs.

That's my update and my plan, and I am hopeful this will help me get to a place where I feel better and care more about my eating.

9 comments:

Margaret said...

You know, Lyn, I don't think you're addressing the right problem yet. You know, deep in your heart, that when you really put your mind to it, you can lose weight.

But history seems to show that you can't keep it off. This is because losing and maintaining are two different skills. You have one, but not the other.

The thinking that "I'll figure it out when I get to the number I want," hasn't worked because if you can't hang onto the progress you've already made (like stayed at 208 throughout this injury) then you are going to invest a lot of energy in a battle you are doomed to lose. Because life will always throw you ringers and the weight just comes back too fast.

I mention this because you may not realize that the inability to maintain is your real achilles heel, not diet, not exercise, etc. If you could figure that out, I think you greatly increase your chances of escaping obesity. I know you have some calorie counts that you thought were in the "losing" range that turned out to be maintenance. That's a good place to start. (I have a ton of experience with this, but I'll spare you. We're all different, you have to figure out how to work it with your brain and body.)

One thing I do know for sure -- if you're not willing to do what it takes to maintain, don't go through the losing process. It will just burn you out more.

Just a thought,

Best,
Margaret

Carla Birnberg said...

oh wow.
I have lost my comment over reading and digesting Margaret's...

lindalou said...

You are tenacious !!

Love It....

Just keep plugging along...

You got this !!!!!

Colleen Beres said...

Honestly, PLEASE get your base metabolic rate tested. It will solve the whole 'I have no idea how many calories my body needs!' issue. It's so frustrating to see you struggle so much with something that has such an easy solution. There's no treadmill, no running, just sitting and breathing!

Catherine55 said...

Good for you, Lyn. I'm glad you are refocusing, and it sounds like you are gearing up and getting back on track.

I've been reading your blog for a long time now, but I don't believe I ever read a post about your feelings on weight loss surgery. As you know, I was banded more than 5 years ago, and have been at goal for several years now. I understand that surgery is not for everyone, but I can tell you that my personal experience is that it not only made losing a significant amount of weight at a healthy, consistent pace possible, but it has also made maintenance much, much easier for me.

As someone who has had WLS, I know first hand that it is not the "easy way out" (I really hate it when people say things like that). It is a tool, and you still have to do the work for it to do its job.

For me, WLS was the only way out. I had tried and failed so many times before, and felt hopeless about it and terrible about myself.

I'm not sure if any of this information is helpful, or if WLS is something you'd consider, but it is an option, and one that worked for me.

With best wishes -- and congratulations on finding your motivation anew.

Best,

Catherine

Lyn said...

Colleen~

I would gladly have that done if I could find someone to do it. No one around here seems to know anything about that test, even the endocrinologists I have called. The local colleges don't do it. What did it cost for you to have it done? What type of doctor administered it? I think it would be great info to have.

Lyn said...

Catherine~

thank you for the comment. I have seen lots of people do so well with WLS. I know it isn't easy... it is inspiring! I have some friends who have not done so well with it though. I think I would consider it, but I am so worried about complications and not being there for my kids. Then again, I am having health issues already, especially the high blood pressure, that are kind of alarming. I won't rule it out, but hope that I can get it together and drop another 50-60 pounds with diet and exercise.

Lyn said...

Margaret~

I wish effort was all it took for me to lose weight. I agree I'm not making the effort right now, but I was earlier this year. I put forth a lot of effort, logging, etc and was only losing 2 pounds a month if that. You're right that I couldn't maintain 175 pounds and I am going to have to figure that part out to succeed... but I do think it is possible. After all, if studies are correct that claim 95% of dieters regain the weight back soon after losing, then I am already ahead of the game, having stayed, for the most part, 60 pounds lighter over the past 4+ years after losing it. I think I am good at maintaining in the 215-225 range... have done that for years. There are some things I need to change to maintain at a lower weight, but I have to get to a lower weight first.

I think one of the keys to maintaining lower is to STAY off sugar, and probably to eliminate wheat/gluten, so that is part of my strategy this time around that I didn't use last time.

Thank you for a thoughtful comment that makes me think about what it's going to take to get there.

Jami Stakley said...

"My daughter and I went to lunch at a Mexican restaurant and it was delicious".

It made me so happy to read those words from you. You are enjoying family. You are moving in a positive direction. That is what matters. The number on the scale is just a number, but you seem to be feeling more in control.

You have clearly demonstrated your ability to maintain a 60 pound weight loss and defied the research. You got this!

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