Sunday, January 12, 2014

Weigh in

Got on the scale today, as promised. Scale says 228. That's 2 pounds lost this week.

I am neither excited nor disappointed in this. I feel pretty ambivalent, or maybe deflated, about scale numbers right now. I see the big picture, how they're meaningless in the short run, and how losing a pound or two here or there means nothing at all. What matters is my health, how I feel, my pain level, and yes, weight in the *long run.* Ask me if I am celebrating my weight loss in a month or two. Then I'll know.

My eating was decent this week. I stayed grain free, very low sugar, high fruits and veggies. I didn't count calories every day but on the days I did, I tended to be between 1200 and 1500 calories and around 130-150 grams of carbs. My protein has been adequate, my fat level maybe a bit high. I have kept my sodium down and potassium up, and my blood pressure is looking a little better. I think I feel a little better overall without the grains, but it's too soon to tell. I do have less joint pain since I am staying off the refined sugar. My foot pain is generally between 8 and 9.5 out of 10 the last few days.

This week I ate plenty of vegetables. I made some soups, had several green smoothies, and last night had a stroganoff made with lots of mushrooms and onions, and zucchini instead of noodles. This week's going to be more of the same. On our trip to the grocery store today, we bought yellow squash, pears, mangoes, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, spinach, pomegranates, and frozen peas. I also bought a papaya. I don't think I have ever had a fresh papaya, so why not? We'll see what it's like.

The only food that "bothered" me this week was almond butter. I ate too much of that. It is so good and so easy to overindulge in it. Aside from that, I did fairly well.

This coming week I will keep eating for health and try to bike when I can. I see the doctor in a couple of days and will be asking for some new referrals. Will see what he has to say.


Emmy said...

Have you read the blog over at Dances with Fat?

I'd be interested to hear what you think about the last several posts or so, based on your experiences.

Bloggophereo said...

Long long time reader, infrequent commentator.
Sorry things are so rough for you right now. "Be strong, and of a good courage; be not afraid; the Lord is with thee withersoever thou goest."

Lyn said...


I have read her blog but not recently. I really enjoy her posts in general. Will go check out what's new, thanks.


Thank you. I appreciate that thought. I've been going to church lately and getting some spiritual guidance.

LHA said...

Thumbs up to the weight loss! I know a couple of pounds doesn't make much difference right now, but those small losses can add up of course over time. To look at it another way, even if you are not terribly excited to see a loss this week, just think how you would feel if you had gained. It wouldn't have been something that would make you feel better.

That said, I do think the number on the scale can be overrated but the way you are feeling right now I say take your happiness wherever you can find a little. Good luck with the doctor this week!

Primal Gwen said...

I say trust the process. If the scale frustrates you alot, stay away from it. In my opinion, your fruit sounds like maybe too much, and fat isn't the enemy, in the primal/paleo context/world. Just my thoughts. Use or toss as you see fit. :)

good luck, and so sorry about the foot pain. Is cycling safe/not painful for that? It would seem to me that it would aggrevate food pain...

CatherineMarie said...

You see? You are losing, in a healthy, reasonable manner. So, even if it is "just" two pounds a month, add that up, that is 24 pounds a year. Next time you go shopping, put 24 lbs of something in a handbasket....

This is sustainable weight loss. We are told all the time that one has to lose fast, get all that weight off, etc. Turn that tape off. The small weight loss, the two pounds, that is sustainable.

Vickie said...

Diane's Condensed Soup homemade recipe. I saw this link in her post today. I have to really watch sodium. Not sure if non-cow milk works for it.

Lori said...

I sure hope you are on the road to health finally. You've been through so much, my heart hurts for you.