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Goal reached

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In a post early this month, I noted that I expected to reach goal this month. It’s the last of the month, and my weight this morning is 173.6 lbs, 1.4 lbs below my goal weight: a reasonable safety margin. The scale gave my body fat as 19.9%, but I don’t know how accurate that is. BMI is 23.5, comfortably below 24. :)

Written by LeisureGuy

30 June 2011 at 8:40 am

Posted in Fitness

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  1. Good for you!
    And now, the hard part…

    Zach

    30 June 2011 at 11:08 am

  2. Congratulations! So, you lost 10.4 lbs in 8 days? How’d you do it? You must have significantly changed your original approach for this last sprint.

    dragoness

    30 June 2011 at 11:53 am

  3. Ola Salima……I bow down at the temple of your wisdom.

    Steve

    30 June 2011 at 11:56 am

  4. Hearty congratulations to you! I am officially envious. You should write a book.

    Craig

    30 June 2011 at 4:09 pm

  5. @ Craig: :)

    @ Dragoness: My weight fluctuates quite a bit during the course of (say) a week, I’ve noticed. My morning weight since 20 June:

    6/20: 177.6
    6/21: 180.9
    6/22: 181.7
    6/23: 179.7
    6/24: 177.9
    6/25: 176.9
    6/26: 176.5
    6/27: 178.4
    6/28: 177.4
    6/29: 175.2
    6/30: 173.8

    I fully expect tomorrow’s weight will be around 175. As you can see it goes up and down. I’ve learned that if I’m patient and continue to follow sensible eating, eventually it will drop. I didn’t do anything different the last few days—I certainly did avoid eating between meals, and I did skip a snack or two (simply forgot until it was time for the next meal). Every meal was built as I’ve previously described: 3-4 oz protein, a couple of veg,, sometimes a starch serving and sometimes. I did keep oil to a minimum. But there as no change from my usual routine. Don’t forget: 1 June I weighed 179.0. So in the course of 30 days I managed to lose 6.2 lbs, a little less than 1.5 lbs/week. This is not precipitous loss, by any means.

    LeisureGuy

    30 June 2011 at 4:56 pm

  6. Yeah, my weight fluctuates too. You were actually being harsh on yourself on June 22 when
    you said you had 9 lbs to go then. Anyway, a terrific achievement.

    dragoness

    30 June 2011 at 5:04 pm

  7. Ah, I just thought of something: Monday I had one hell of a Pilates workout plus apartment cleaning, and Tuesday I spent the entire day moving books around the apartment and packing up boxes of books. Wednesday I spent in cleaning house and moving the boxes by hand out to the garage (company coming!). And Saturday and Sunday was more packing of books and clearing apartment and reorganizing. So since Saturday I’ve been doing a lot more physical work than is my normal routine. A LOT more. That probably had some effect, together with rigorous avoidance of between-meal eating. Plus, as I said, tomorrow’s weight will undoubtedly bounce back up.

    But this experience has taught me many things, among them to stick to eating right and to be patient. Formerly, when I was really trying to lose weight, an event like that of 6/27 above—several days of careful eating and weight dropping, and then I go in one day from the hard-won 176.5 lbs to (the very next day, even though I ate carefully) to 178.4 lbs—would have had me say, “What’s the point? I’m hungry and this isn’t working anyway,” and I’d have a big meal—and then that would somehow prove to me that it wasn’t working, and there goes to the ball game.

    Now I just sigh, think “maybe tomorrow” and stick with doing the right thing. If I actually see a trend, of course, I do some hard thinking and investigating and, in a pinch, start the food log again. That’s what happened with the buttermilk and yogurt: I just started to write the journal, then slapped my forehead as I thought of the buttermilk and yogurt, thought, “of course!” and cut those out and immediately got back on track. I hadn’t realized how harmful they were because I really don’t do much calorie counting at all: I work with servings of starch, veg, and fruit, ounces of protein, and teaspoons of added fat. I do try to avoid high-calorie foods, of course, but somehow I was thinking that non-fat yogurt and buttermilk were “safe” and not very high-calorie. When I looked at the nutrition facts, I learned I was wrong, and I dropped them like a hot potato (as it were).

    LeisureGuy

    30 June 2011 at 5:20 pm

  8. I had another thought this morning. When I ended my contract with the diet counselors at the end of February, I was 185 lbs, as I recall; I wanted to get below 175, but on June 30 reached 173.6: a loss of 11.4 lbs. And it seemed to take forever, but I had finally learned to be patient and simply keep to my plan, eating moderately, weighing daily, and being alert for bad trends. I ended up take 12 weeks to lose the 11.4 labs: just under 1 lb a week. That’s quite a reasonable rate of weight loss.

    I guess I have been too impatient to master many things: my impatience made me expect results WAY too early. I’m like the kid who planted carrots, and when the green appeared, pulled them up each day to see how much they had grown: by checking for progress too soon and too often, I would get discouraged in projects that require a certain amount of time, and long before the time required for true mastery or completion, I would have quit because progress seemed too slow. But maybe it was not the progress that was the problem, but rather my expectations.

    LeisureGuy

    1 July 2011 at 12:24 pm


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