Sunday, January 10, 2016

Weigh In


This week, I continued what I've been doing for the past several months: eating smaller portions of the things I like, and focusing on getting in plenty of produce, protein, and healthy fats. No calorie counting or measuring. I roasted a lean pork tenderloin with fresh cranberries, enjoyed chicken salad from a Rotisserie chicken (with apples, celery, walnuts, and grapes mixed in), had a big salad at a restaurant with one piece of fried chicken. I drank a lot of coffee (mostly decaf) with and without cream, ate lots of fresh juicy pears, apples, Clementines, and berries. I made a roast with steamed baby carrots one night, had some pulled pork another night, and enjoyed a huge artichoke dipped in melted butter. I've had eggs for breakfast a few times, including a scramble with sausage, mushrooms, onions, and spinach. I also had a piece of pie and a few dark chocolate covered almonds. Today I still weigh 229 pounds, same as I did last week.

Last year, I lost about 1 to 2 pounds per month. During the first half of the year I was doing AIP and walking for exercise, then started tracking on My Fitness Pal and logging all my calories and steps... finally adding biking and swimming in July. That got me from 245 pounds to 237.5 pounds (7.5 pounds lost in 7 months). The second half of the year I stopped tracking and ate what I wanted within reason, stayed active but relaxed about the food. That got me from 237.5 pounds to 229 pounds (8.5 pounds in 5 months). So, I don't expect to lose weight every week, but I hope to keep dropping a couple pounds a month. I think there has to be a state in between where I am now (calm and comfortable with food, eating healthy things most of the time, but not moving enough, versus obsessed about counting/monitoring/restricting the food and exercising more). Maybe the in-between is where I will have the best weight loss.









20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let me ask you this. If you could of lost a pound this week by not eating the pie, nuts, and fried chicken plus going biking 3 days, would that of been worth it to you? (please don't think I am being critical. I am very curious about your plan, as I also have a large amount to lose. I love your blog!)

Val

Lyn said...

Anonymous (Val)~

Interesting question. Maybe. But if I did not eat those things, would I have felt deprived and eaten more of some other food? You do have me thinking though. I'm sure I can cut back on the indulgences a bit without going overboard with restriction, and I certainly can keep working towards more activity.

Kari said...

I'd love to find that in-between for myself - I tend to swing in polar opposite directions (that is, I'm either obsessively tracking and counting or I'm eating everything in sight like it's my job.) A comfortable, peaceful middle ground would be nice.

Anonymous said...

I like to keep in mind that whatever I do to LOSE I will have to do to MAINTAIN> It reealllly has to be a lifestyle change, so whatever is comfortable and sustainable and WORKS!

Anonymous said...

Victoza?

LHA said...

This sounds like a good week in many respects to me. You were not overeating, you were not stressed out about food and you maintained your weight loss to this point. There are many weeks where I can't say the same thing! I think you are being very thoughtful about your plan moving forward and that is also a good thing. The last thing you need to do is panic and start restricting until you go on a binge, and from my experience that is a real possibility. Trying to find that middle ground is such a healthy idea. I look forward to reading about your progress. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Lyn said...

Kari~

yeah, I actually like the mindset I am in now, and would like to stay here (not always worrying about food) but I have got to get moving more! I am such a slug in the winter!

Anon1~

so true, which is why I have finally given up the whole gym thing. I just am never going to be a gym-goer.

Anon2~

not sure what your question is?

LHA~

Thanks! It is pretty nice to not be stressed about it :)

Taryl said...

I assume they might not know what Victoza is, most non-diabetics don't :)

That is GREAT progress Lyn! You're liking what you eat and not increasing in weight. You're active and happy. These things matter very much to your long term health and well being, more than getting the weight off quickly and yoyoing or being miserable.

Lyn said...

Thanks Taryl! Very true! And oh... right, about the Victoza :) Anon, Victoza is a medication that my endocrinologist prescribed for me to help lower and stabilize my blood sugar. It's a shot I give myself each morning and it helps with the wild blood sugar swings and instability I was experiencing before. Hope to get off it as my weight goes down.

Anonymous said...

Does it help you lose weight? Since you are not doing anything else that explains your weight loss.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

It can have weight loss as a side effect. In a clinical study, people on the 1.2 mg dose of Victoza lost an average of 4.6 pounds in a year. So not major, and not long term, but I think it might have helped counter the weight gain when I stopped taking Synthroid. I believe the (slow but steady) weight loss so far has been from eating smaller portions and allowing myself any foods I like. Seems I *want* less junk when it is not forbidden. A lot of weight stuff is a mental game, IMO. I definitely overeat less often.

Anonymous said...

What dose are you on (Victoza)?

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I take 1.2 mg, once a day.

Rachel rbs said...

I'm working on finding that balance this year, too. I lost 35 the first half of 2015, lost nothing for a few months, and then gained back 10 the last two months of the year.

Brenda said...

HI Lyn,

I have read your blog for years. I just wanted to say that what you are doing right now, not obsessing, just being mindful, is where I want to be. I have "dieted" myself up to 200 lbs. Since I have quit trying to log everything, obsess about every bite and just trust myself to eat what I need, I have finally started to lose. Since Jan.1, I have lost 2.6 pounds. I would be happy to lose a pound a week.

I guess why I am writing is that I think you are a voice of reason and you have given me the confidence that what I am trying to do is okay. When I read EVERYWHERE that you HAVE to log every bite and stay within the number of calories, it just makes me crazy. I can not do that the rest of my life and have a life. Anyway, just want to be an encouragement to you as you have been to me. Thanks for writing.

rebecca p said...

I love that you are back and blogging!

Anonymous said...

I spent last weekend reading a newly published book that was an eye opener for me. Always Hungry by Dr.David Ludwig, a Harvard endocrinologist. After reading that book, a friend told me about Gary Taubes' book, Why We Get Fat. I haven't read that book but did watch a YouTube video of a talk he gave in Santa Cruz. Both these guys offer a very interesting hypothesis on how the medical community has looked at obesity for decades. It's not necessarily about the balance of calories in and calories burned. It all made complete sense to me.

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Anonymous said...

what is your weight today????? are you going to post your weight every week??? I thought you were?? waiting!!!

Lyn said...

last Anon~

working on a post right now as a matter of fact. So glad you are excited about it ;)