Sunday, July 3, 2016

Weight Update

It's funny how even after all these years, I still don't really get why my weight is not always an indicator of how much I am eating. There have been times I've been eating very minimally and still lost little to no weight. There have also been times, long ago, when I'd binge up a storm and the scale would stay the same. How a 275 pound woman can eat 3,000 - 5,000 calories a day and not gain, or how a 235 pound woman can eat 1000 a day and not lose, is beyond me. Meh, it is not simple math. Part of the reason I have gotten so frustrated in the past is that the input doesn't give predictable results. I'd think, "I have counted calories and eaten 1200 a day for three weeks and lost one pound. I could have been eating pretty much anything I wanted and stayed the same weight." True, sometimes. I have to look at it in terms of years, not weeks or months, to get through this. Because that is the difference: my body may be super efficient at staying the same weight on 1000 or 3000 calories, but it can only do that for so long before the weight starts to change. You can't make fat on a body out of carrots, and you can't burn off a pan of brownies every day for a year. Either way it is going to eventually show up on your body and on the scale. In my case, it just takes longer. That's all.

Still fluctuating up and down a half pound on the scale. I think my body thinks I am messing with it again. "Oh she always does these diets but then things go back to normal. Staying the same weight is healthier than going up and down the same 20 pounds so let's just stay the same weight until she gives up." Nope, body. Not this time.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for being willing to share honestly. Hang in there - we are rooting for you! As they say about raising children, the days are long but the years are short.

Lissa said...

Lyn, have you read Gary Taubes "Why We Get Fat- And What To Do About It"? If not I'd be happy to buy you the ebook - it's changed my life that much.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your blog. I'm starting medifast diet as soon as my order arrives. I've been searching information about medifast so I can be more prepared.

Lyn said...

Anon 1~

thanks, am hanging in and feeling good!


I think I have read it, but I'm not sure. I just placed a hold on it through the library so I can read or re-read it after the holiday; thank you for the suggestion and the kind offer!

Anon 2~

I hope the info here helps you. I hear their plan has changed and I am not familiar with the new, higher carb plan, but if you have trouble with it you can always switch to 5&1 which is explained in detail on my blog. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Lyn you are amazing! Please post more menus. I am doing them myself. I copied each menu you have posted onto an index card and when I get enough I will shuffle them and eat those meals every day. Thank you for the great diet plan!

LHA said...

You've adopted a great attitude. When I get stuck on weight loss I have learned to shrug it off too. I have a mantra that I recite to myself when I start to obsess: "You've done all you can do about it today." Then I try to put down my anguish for that day and start in again doing the right thing the next day. I always figure that sooner or later it has to pay off. Good luck!

lilypad said...

My current mantra is "stay the course". Stick with a consistent diet and exercise pattern. Allow your body to adjust on it's own terms. It won't be forced.
Have confidence in your approach Lyn. I am right here with you :)

Lyn said...

Ohhh I am eating entirely too much today. Stomach is NOT used to this much food! I guess today is my "higher calorie, higher carb, raise your metabolism, no starvation mode" day! Including

Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 slice ham, 1 slice cheese, English muffin, coffee
Snack: iced coffee and cream
Lunch with friends: hot dog off the grill with a bun, sauerkraut, onions, mustard, about 5 corn chips, salsa, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, green salad with minimal dressing
Snack: 3 bites of tuna salad and a few crackers, sparkling water
Dinner: BBQ ribs with sauce, mac and cheese, green beans cooked with bacon and onions, BBQ baked beans, and a dinner roll (small amounts but wow it adds up!)

I am feeling it...

Heading to fireworks soon though! Happy 4th!

Lyn said...

oh, and about 1/4 cup potato salad with lunch. Can't forget that!

Anonymous said...

You gotta live, Lyn! It's good for your metabolism anyway. Happy 4th of July.

16 blessings'mom said...

The struggle is real. It doesn't make sense, it isn't science. I look around and see others eat twice what I have on my plate, but if I eat a little extra, the scale punishes. Having lost 70 pounds, I regain if I so much as look at cookies. I tossed caution to the wind on vacation at the cabin in the woods, not completely, but I enjoyed, a few cookies, popcorn twice in one week, and there were caramel creams by the fire, though I declined a s'more. I gained 7 and a half pounds, but have lost four of them, ten days later. ugh. It's just the way my life is now, after having all the babies and eating what I wanted to make up for lost sleep, being in the vicious circle of not caring yet caring desperately yet feeling hopeless, at least now I am fighting back, and will until the end of my days. It's better than having diabetes, and not being able to walk or lean over. It IS a fight though, of constant self-denial. You inspire me, Lyn, to never give up, and also it comforts me knowing I am not the only one who is still trying to figure this thing out:) Thank you for sharing!!!!


Lyn said...


Oh we are so alike! And yes, let's keep fighting for our health. I'm sure you relate that whenever I look at my children I know I have to keep working at this, for them, so they have their mom around. We owe them that! Glad you had a nice time; my turn is coming :)

Anonymous said...

How many calories do you think you ate yesterday? I know you don't count but just curious.

Lyn said...

Last Anon~

You're right, I'm not counting and don't have time to add that up today but if you want to enter my food I can give you the amounts and brands to my best estimate, which is pretty accurate:

Breakfast: 1 large egg, 1 slice (thin, deli) ham, 1 slice (cheddar, pre-sliced, one ounce) cheese, Thomas' English muffin, black coffee
Snack: iced (unsweetened) coffee and about 2 Tbsp half and half
Lunch with friends: (1) normal sized hot dog off the grill with a (usual sized) bun, about 3 Tbsp sauerkraut, 1 Tbsp raw onions, 1/2 Tbsp yellow mustard, about 5 corn (round tortilla) chips, 2 Tbsp tomato salsa, 2 - 1" cubes of watermelon, 2 - 1" cubes of cantaloupe, 1 - 1" cube of pineapple, half cup of green salad (Romaine, cukes) with minimal dressing (already tossed in vinaigrette but was not dripping, barely could taste it)
Snack: 3 bites (about 2-3 Tbsp) of tuna salad (tuna + mayo + mustard + dill pickles) and a few crackers (3 cheese nips), sparkling water (no calories)
Dinner: 2 BBQ pork ribs with sauce (sauce was cooked onto them), about 1/3 c homemade mac and cheese, about 1/2 c green beans cooked with bacon (small bits) and onions, about 1/4 c BBQ baked beans, about 1/4 c homemade creamy potato salad, and a small, homemade, dinner roll

Let me know what you get if you add that up!

After 14 days in a row eating 600 to 1200 calories a day this is my first high calorie day.

kim ellis said...

Years of dieting made me lose muscle. Now the muscle to drive my metab is low. So no matter what I eat or how much cardio I do that scale won't budge. Build muscle