Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 1, State of the Body Q2, and Other Stuff


Today is July 1, 2015 and we are now six months into the year. Halfway through... two quarters. So it's time for another quarterly report. I posted my State of the Body address for Quarter 1 here. Looking back, I have to say the progress for Quarter 2 was sorely lacking.  In the first quarter, I lost six pounds (nine if you count from my high of 248) and got down to 239. In quarter 2, I gained one pound in the past 3 months (today's weight: 240 pounds... up three from last month). My clothing sizes, appearance, meds, and health is about the same as it was three months ago. My eating has been similar but with some junkier, higher calorie days thrown in this past month.

So as I said yesterday, I am giving it One Last Shot for July, and if I cannot stick to my goals I am done. Yesterday to get ready, I went shopping and bought produce and meat, Greek yogurts, protein bars, almonds, and string cheese. I also decided to allow artificial sweeteners back in for a time while I am getting myself off sugar. I got some diet sodas and sugar free jellos to ease through the sugar withdrawal period, and I also added back decaf coffee yesterday morning with a bit of creamer. I know opinions vary wildly on whether or not this is a good move, but I've had success with this method in the past (having a calorie free or low cal sweet when I get cravings) and it has worked to help me through sugar withdrawals. It's temporary and I will cut them back out when I feel more solid in my eating. I just need to get a good couple of weeks under my belt and build some momentum to keep this going.

I outlined my plan in my post yesterday, and I'll reevaluate at the end of the month. Long term, I believe the best thing for me will be to transition to an AIP-style way of eating for maintenance. AIP is an elimination diet, but I felt really well on it. I am going to use those guidelines as a framework for maintenance, adding things back that I feel good eating (but staying gluten free. I have been gluten free for months now and intend to stay that way).

Yesterday I went swimming for about 50 minutes. Today I will bike. Other days I will walk. I do not have a set duration or intensity for my exercise; I have limiting factors with my joints and tendons that I use as my guide for how much to do. I intend to do what I can without hurting myself, and slowly increase to at least 30 minutes a day of exercise. Yes, swimming hurts my knees right now (bursitis) but I do it anyway and focus more on arm movements and being gentle with the legs. Pretty much every exercise causes me some degree of pain, but I am going to what I can anyway.

Today so far: coffee with a bit of low fat milk and stevia drops, a protein shake, smoked salmon, and lots of water. FitBit says 2640 steps so far (11 am). I am going to a potluck tonight and am making cucumber salad to bring. *Side note: I will be measuring and weighing and tracking all my food at home in MyFitnessPal, but if I go to a restaurant I have to rely on their nutrition stats or my best guesses. I also will go by my best guesses if I go to a potluck or someone's house for a meal. No, I am not going to carry a food scale and measuring cups with me everywhere I go. I will err on the side of caution (overestimate when not sure) and try to limit these unmeasured meals to twice per week.

Now I am off to bike.

11 comments:

Joanna said...

You can use a Pool Buoy to bolster up your lower extremities while stroking with your upper extremities. It is a simple styrofoam device that slides between your legs.

Nicki Kelly said...

Hello again! You sound so very determined now and have a great plan. I wish you all the best with it but don't be too strict with yourself and throw in the towel if you slip up..You can be straight back on track at the next meal. I also like the variety of your exercises so you won't get bored with just one type. That used to be my downfall: always the same 'walking and weights' and 'weights and walking'. BORING. Since I do a variety of exercise that problem of mine was fixed. All in all, yours looks like a terrific plan...Can't wait to read some happy posts about little or big successes as you go along.

Sheryl said...

Oh please don't give up after this month. Each day is a new day and you deserve the very best. I have been fighting and fighting this weight battle myself for such a long time. Right now I weigh the most I ever had and have started my own blog to try and get and give encouragement. I have reached my ideal weight before as you have and have gained it back. I would like to join you in this journey if you are willing. I wish us both luck.

kathyj333 said...

I'm there with you and I know what you mean. It gets tough, but keep fighting. I support you. All my best to you.

Murgatroid said...

Recently, I switched from diet soda to La Croix water and I love it. I feel like I'm getting a little treat without sugar, calories or artificial junk. Good luck, Lynn!

LHA said...

I'm just now catching up on your last two posts. I have absolutely no advice! I do think, and this goes for everyone who has attempted weight loss several times, that you know what works best for you. Go with your instincts on this and I wish you the best of luck!

Anonymous said...

Swimming...don't kick with your knees....use a buoy and/or paddles to add in extra arm/upper body work. Look up how to do sets and interval training (i.e., clock/speed work). Remember, NO EXCUSES.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I love La Croix sparkling water! I think it's hard to use MFP sometimes, especially when you're not eating at home (although I found it tedious at times when I was cooking at home to have to input all my recipes), because there are multiple possible entries for the same food item that all have different calorie counts listed. That said, I think it's absolutely worth it to go to restaurants or social events. I read somewhere (may have been the MFP blog?) to do an 80/20 approach, which means in order to lose weight, it's ok if 20% of your meals aren't quite on point as long as the other 80% are. That works out to 3 meals each week where you can relax a little bit, although I don't recommend going buck wild. I like that approach because it gives me a little wiggle room, but when I do go out or allow myself to relax for one of those 3 meals each week I try to plan ahead, eat lower calorie the rest of the day, stay away from my trigger foods, and watch portion sizes. Good luck!
Maria

Katherine said...

I also want to wish you luck and success in your effort this month. It is tough and I think always will be for me too. But, a positive attitude helps a lot so I hope you can maintain that. And keep at it. Like you, exercise is painful due to arthritis for me, and I have recently decided that even if it is uncomfortable to do, at least I'm trying to move. Then eventually it will hurt less and less as the weight comes off, again!

Anonymous said...

I have such empathy with you. I'm the same height (5'6") and my highest weight was similar (268, in my 50's). I struggled for so long with the ups and downs of losing and regaining. I'm 80 now, and I wish I had known at your age what I know now--I could have spared myself so much yo-yo-ing. My weight has ranged in the 160's for many years, and I don't diet. What I finally realized is that the secret is to SKIP the diet and go straight to maintenance.

Think about it.
It's relatively easy to white-knuckle it temporarily to a weight loss; the trick is keeping it off--maintenance.
If you adopt a lifestyle which will result in weight-maintenance at your GOAL weight, that same lifestyle will result in gradual but CERTAIN weight loss at 240 pounds. And in the meantime, you'll be building lifelong healthy habits, instead of feelings of deprivation. Plus you have the euphoric sense that your "real" life starts NOW, not at some future wished-for goal weight.

I wish you every success, and may whatever you lose stay lost!

JM said...

I love what Anon 9:04 says! I agree that is my approach, eat reasonably, for my size and age, NOT someone elses. and take care of my emotions elsewhere.