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Weight note

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I haven’t talked about my weight loss efforts lately, and gave up the daily weight report as too up and down. But to step back: after hitting my goal of 170 lbs, I tried entering maintenance by eating some formerly forbidden foods and let it get out of hand somewhat. I find that it’s better for me to simply avoid some foods altogether. OTOH, I do now truly understand how to eat and how to lose weight, so when I hit 192.9 lbs on 10 May, I thought it was time to get to work. Nothing drastic, just resume eating sensibly, cut out all bites of food except at meals, make sure I didn’t miss any fruit snacks, and so on. The weight bounced up and down daily, but the trend was down. Still, although I still weigh daily, I decided no need to report daily.

But I think it’s time for a check-in. This morning’s weight is 177.5 lbs, and it’s been 81 days since 10 May, when I hit the recent high, or 11.6 weeks. I’ve lost 15.4 lbs in that time, or 1.33 lbs/week.

At the time I said one should figure on about 1 lb per week when the “diet” (in the sense of weight-loss foods” is really just a diet (in the sense of the foods you eat) of normal foods, prepared sensible and with sensible portions. I’m doing a little better than that, but still I would expect this last 7.5 lbs will not be gone until close to the end of September.

That’s why a 5-lb gain is a serious thing: you can expect it will take more than a month to lose it. I used to think adding 5 lbs was really nothing to get excited about, but now I think of those pounds in terms of the weeks they represent, and it seems like more. That makes it easier to still with sensible foods and right-sized portions.

I also understand better how to be patient as I lose weight: I know it’s going to go slowly, at about 1 lb/week, but I’m not going anywhere and in particular I’m not going to throw up my hands and say, “Enough! It’s not working!” and have a tremendous feast. I now know understand (in the sense of truly grasp) that doesn’t work. Previously I knew in an abstract way that it didn’t work, but my adaptive unconscious was not convinced. Now we’re on the same page.

Written by LeisureGuy

30 July 2012 at 9:36 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness, Food, Health

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  1. I still blame my doctor, who has not yet bestirred herself to come take away my recliner. Another failure of Obamacare! (snark tag for the clueless)

    bill bush

    30 July 2012 at 4:44 pm

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