Nice, but still not back down to where I was On Sunday. Today is 142 even on the Wii, 135.5-136 or so on the analog.
Yesterday, I got 4 miles on the treadmill and ate about 1,500, so what I ate and what I burned came out about even. I slept like a rock. I woke up feeling flu-ish and panicked for a minute. From what I understand, the flu that's going around is HORRIBLE and people are down for days. I've heard of people losing 7-10 lb. in a week, and while that would put me at my goal, that is NOT the way I want to do it! I'm feeling better now that I've had some coffee, but I'm going to take some Occillo this morning.
It will be interesting to see what I end up with at the end of the week. It should be an overall loss, but with a start like I had, perhaps not much.
Better, but still I'd like to know why it is so easy to go UP in huge increments while invariably the DOWN increments seem to be infinitesimally small. Or at least smallER. I mean yes, 1.3 is a big drop, but I worked at making that happen and it still wasn't as big as the surprise gain that I did not see coming. A steak day that is properly executed can make it come down 2-3 lb. But those 2-3 lb. drops out of nowhere...where are they?
However, considering how little exercise I did yesterday and that I took in about 800-900 calories by the end of the night (that didn't end until almost midnight) I'm OK with what I got for today.
Still, the first thing I noticed today when getting out of bed is that my body is so sore! From my shoulders to my toes, everything is very sore. I'm not achey like the flu achey (I hope) but sore like I worked muscles that don't normally get worked. Unless I did that in my sleep, that did not happen.
I'll get my walk out of the way as soon as my coffee is gone. Maybe some oxygen to my brain first thing will help me get my proposals out and some decent writing and research accomplished. Yay! University library electronic database here come! I would actually be excited about that if I had access to a user friendly database, but the one I do have access to is a royal pain to use. Oh well. It is what it is, li
Oh I don't think so!
I walked 5 miles yesterday with much of it at my top speed and with the incline up all the way! I was sweating buckets! I ate almost no carbs and (with the exercise figured in) less than my allotment of calories. I know I was burning like a fiend, because I was actually hungry to the point of my stomach hurting a few hours after dinner. I ate a 80 calorie piece of goat cheddar...and showed great restraint that I didn't blow it when my daughter (who was feeling ill) wanted a hot buttered English muffin that I had to toast, butter and carry to her room. The muffin made it in one piece, but it was torture for me!
And I am a little sore (still or again), so maybe thats what this is. Or, I am paying for the transgressions of Saturday night now. Or the breast tenderness that's gotten so much worse is indicating that I can expect a nice big drop in a day or two. Or the fact that I didn't sleep for beans and got up at 5:30 am is registering on the scale.
I would do a steak day today even if technically I don't need one, except that I am an unwilling carnivore. I am a hypocrite. I went vegetarian 20-some odd years ago because I couldn't stand the thought of eating flesh and never could stand to handle meat raw. The only reason I do now is because I hat being fat worse. I am lucky enough to have a husband who cooks it for me, however. He loves to grill year-round, and when we cook meat dishes in the house, he does the meat part...I do the rest. Or if I'm alone, I don't eat meat...or I eat what he's cooked ahead and left in the freezer. Another option would be to take myself out to dinner and let someone else cook.
In any case, he's unavailable to help me out tonight. He has prior commitments.
Thus, I either do an 'egg day', for which I'm not prepared as I have no eggs made (and will be at work) or I assume that what I see on the scale is not reality. I'm choosing to assume that this is not reality.
If tomorrow, when I weigh at a normal time and have caught up on sleep, this is still registering, Dave and I have agreed to a steak day tomorrow. That would mean fasting all day, and then having a nice steak and an apple for dinner. It's never failed to bring me down more than a lb., and once THREE. It's hard, but it is do-able.
We'll see if a steak day is even required. I did sort of a protein blitz that might qualify as and Intermittent Fast (IF) day.
I didn't eat until about 2:30 pm. I was shooting for an egg day, but I had to make the eggs when I got home from work, and I was just to hungry to wait for the cooking and the cooling and the making. So I had a cup of tuna and a piece of goat cheddar along with my supplements.
When the eggs were cooled and all, I ate two eggs.
After a couple of miles on the treadmill I had 12 Brussels sprouts. All total, I've consumed 697 calories and burned 229. Most of those calories were protein and fat, with a little bit of complex carb.
Later I had about 1/2 oz. pistachios.
I may still have a piece of homemade chocolate. I'm not sure about a 3 oz. glass of wine. It depends on my DH. I'm actually so tired I could just go to bed and drop into a dreamless sleep immediately, but he's been up longer and worked harder and he doesn't get to even be home yet. So I'm up until he gets home, and then I'll go to bed when he does. That is likely another 1/2 hour. He may want to hot tub. He may want a drink. He may not have enough awake left in him for either.
I was astounded by that, but very pleased. I had two glasses of wine last night that not only put me up over my calorie goal, but knocked me on my butt. I had poured a third glass only to (rightly) not drink that. I don't feel too bad this morning, but did wake up with breast tenderness and bloating again, so I was expecting to be UP at least a pound. I also tried to felt a knitting project by hand yesterday, and after 1/2 hour and very tired arms/back, I gave up. I also reupholstered 4 dining room chairs, which required very long screws and heavy use of a screwdriver. I'm sore this morning. I was mentally gearing up for a steak day before I even got out of bed.
Looking back, I've lost 2.5 lb. since I stopped protocol! That is exactly what my goal was on the calorie counter. I figured out the average weight loss for my 7 weeks of protocol. I lost 20 lb. Most of that was in the first couple of weeks. If you average it all out, with the painfully slow last week or two (or so it seemed) it was 2.8-2.9 lb. per week. And I am now eating more than double the calories...of food I like!
That does not mean that I'm considering protocol a waste. Like I said before, I tried to get rid of the weight all summer and couldn't the 'traditional' way. It's like protocol kick-started my body into letting it go, and now I'm on a roll and much happier with how I feel and look already.
I hope I can keep it up!
I didn't expect that! What a nice surprise! I actually felt a little bloated today, and yesterday I didn't get a walk in. I worked in the morning, then came home and did some work here at home. DH and I did about 1/2 hour of yoga, but not full out sweaty yoga. When I went to bed, I told my husband the day might yield a gain, but as long as it wasn't a pound or more, I wouldn't insist on a steak day. If it was, steak day for sure.
Yesterday I ate the same salad for dinner, and had a protocol lunch. Actually much of the day was the same as the day before. I had snacks because I was truly in need of sustenance. 1 piece of string cheese before shoveling snow and yoga, and early in the day 1 oz. pistachios. And one glass of wine last night.
So according to my iPad app, I had almost 1500 calories, which put me almost 400 in the red with my activities figured in. If I would have walked hard and fast for an hour at a decent incline, I would have burned even those extra 400.
A word about that. My treadmill calculates calories burned based on my stats that have been entered. Thus, when I walk starting at a 12 incline and bring it down to level over the course of an hour and a half, at a speed of 3 mph, I am sweating buckets and working hard and the calories burned on the screen reflects that. Hell, my legs are just over 2' long! My inseam is 28"! When I look it up on my app, it gives me about 1/3 of the calories burned for that speed. I'm sure this isn't taking into account that for me, 3 mph is pretty fast. If I go over 3.5 mph, I have to break into a run. For my husband, with legs about a foot longer (seriously, standing side-by-side, his hips are probably 10" higher than mine) that is a stroll in the park. He feels like he's walking backwards when he walks with me and has to bring it down so far he has this awkward gait that is reminiscent of a deer trying to walk on ice.
What I do to compensate for the fact that my size is never represented properly is that I average it. I assume that my treadmill is overly generous. I assume that my app is full of shit. I go somewhere in the middle and count that.
Today, I should be able to get a long walk in AND yoga. If I can burn enough calories, I'll have another glass of wine. I'll be shopping, so I'll try a different salad tonight. Hopefully, tomorrow morning will look as good as this morning did!
Could be, but I doubt it. I still ate less than I burned yesterday, thought not by as large a margin as the days before.
I attribute this to the fact that I weighed in 2 hours earlier today, at what I consider to be last night, since the sun wasn't up yet! I also expect the next couple of days to be wonky because I'll likely weigh late, and tonight I'll be having wine.
Monday will be a better gauge.
I was actually surprised by that. The analog looked to be a gain, and considering my system is still trying to figure out what to do with all that extra food from yesterday, I thought it might look like a gain until tomorrow.
BTW, I posted the totals and content of my first real stabilization meal, but I have to say here that a lot of math was involved in that and it was a pain in the arse.
These are foods I will likely incorporate into my 'usual' staples. I wanted to put them in as a 'custom food.' FitDay calculates it for me if I recall, but this app didn't. It would store a custom food, but I had to enter in all the data.
So for both the dressing and the salad, I looked up the approximate amount of each item, the nutritional content of each (I stuck to calories, fat and carbs), wrote that down, then added up what the whole amount would be. For the dressing, I had to guess at how many servings were in the whole batch and then divide the total to come up with a serving size estimation. Yes, it was time consuming, but most of us have only about 6 or 8 things we keep in our typical rotations. We may mix it up on occasion, but we are creatures of habit. I will have to do this a few times, but then it will be in the system and easy to find.
In looking ahead at exercise options, it looks like we are in for normal chilly temps and some snow until at least next weekend. I will get my treadmill in early since it's unlikely I'll walk later. I only have one appointment, so I'll be home researching and writing. Tomorrow is a full day of appointments for the Real Weight Release program. My point being they will be totally different kinds of days, with different activity levels and different eating patterns. We'll see how that shakes out.
I also loved my coffee this morning. It was a double with 2 tbsp. cream, which was 100 calories according to the package; 103 or 104, depending on the other two sources.
I plugged all of my information into two different tools to get an idea of what I'm looking at here. I should do this with the Wii too. I will tomorrow if I remember.
Anyway, I used one tool on the computer (an on-line resource) and one on my mobile (an app). I put my current weight (143-ish according to Wii) and my goal (121 by my birthday which is mid-April).
Both warned me that more than 2.5 lb. per week was an excessive goal and I should consult with a caregiver.
One told me my daily calorie goal was around 2,000 calories. The other told me my total calorie goal was about 800. There is a bit of a difference there. And while the difference in calories in my creamer was small, I feel here is a good time to point out these are just tools based on averages.
And I say this because there are clients who will say, 'In your handouts, you have chicken as this many calories, but I looked it up and my source says it's (some minuscule number of) calories less/more.' Uh huh. And the point is? Or they will be upset that the scale in my office is different than theirs at home...when they weigh nude first thing in the morning at home. Of course it is.
These are just tools based on averages. You can get on the scale 1/2 dozen times in a row and get widely divergent results. I know this because I've also had clients tell me they've done this...and then used the average weight. Personally, I think that's silly. It doesn't really matter what specifics the tool is providing! And I don't care if it's a several hundred (or thousand) dollar tool either. It's just a machine. It's giving you and idea of where you have been, where you are and where you might go. That's it. It gives you are reasonably close proximate idea of these things if it's the expensive tool. The free app on my iPad? Or online? Not so much.
That does not mean it's not useful. It is. It gives me an idea of what I might be shooting for. I might find that it's totally wrong for ME. That requires self-knowledge and common-damn-sense.
At this point, it would seem I need to eat somewhere between 800-2000 calories. Actually, I know from past experience that there is never a time in my life that I can eat 2000 calories and not gain weight, no matter how active I am. My personal parameters have been about 1400-1600 in the past. They may have changed. We'll see. I'll start with the 800 and work my way up. Or not. If I am reaching my goals at 800 and it's comfortable for me, I'll stick to it.
This is what a stabilization day looks like:
1/2 grapefruit for breakfast (after the coffee)
100 g. burger (plain, still)
12 spears asparagus (also plain)
A BLT salad with romaine, tomato, 1 slice bacon, 1 hard boiled egg, 100 g. chicken breast, 1 tbsp. onion and 1 tbsp. homemade blue cheese dressing. YUM! I am very full!
According to the app (that was easier to use than the website), it looks like I've consumed about 879 calories, although the 4 miles I walked on the treadmill at an incline starting at 12 and moving down over the course of an hour and a half, the app says I have a deficit and could eat 588 more calories. This app, BTW, is the tool that said I should eat around 800 calories. FitDay told me 2,000.
Now, considering there is no simple carbohydrate in my day, and there is a deficit, that SHOULD mean that I'll still drop at least a little tomorrow. Even if I decide to have a snack later, it would be a homemade stevia sweetened chocolate with coconut oil. The calories would still be in the hole and there would still be no sugar or starch.
I'm not counting the calories from my supplements because I'm taking the same stuff I did during protocol. I just assume I need to round up on everything to compensate.
Today is my third day of VLCI after the last injection. Technically, I'm supposed to be in a holding pattern, within 2 lb. in either direction, with that last weight. Considering I gained .4 over the last two days, I guess I am. However, even if this were to continue, I would run with it beyond the 2 lb. limit. I am just really damn close to my size 6 cloths, and I'm not giving up. I won't continue on 500 calories or anything, but I will take what I can get.
Yesterday I actually was a little hungry twice. In the middle of the afternoon, I'd say around 2 pm, I thought, 'Oh hell no! I'm never going to make it until 6 pm to eat again!' On a scale of 0-10, with 10 being 'I'm so hungry I don't CARE if it makes me gain, I'm eating the first thing I find!' I was about a 5. But I didn't want to be a 10. So I had 1 oz. of pistachios.
Then, but the time I ate dinner, I was back up to a 4 or 5. I had a 100 g. burger, 10 spears of asparagus, and 1/2 grapefruit. I was good for the rest of the night.
I did not wake up hungry. I've now been up for hours and I've had two cups of coffee and about 24 oz. of water.
Sort of a repeat of yesterday as far as food goes, except the fruits were switched. Oddly enough though, I'm over-full now. I ate the dinner rather mindlessly. (I mean, what's to enjoy at this point?) When I got done with my apple, I realized I was too full. I still am.
The one difference is that I walked more and harder today. 10 incline; almost 4 miles. Yesterday, no miles, but I did do the hot tub (which I don't plan on tonight).
So. This is it. my 72 hours of continued VLCI. Tomorrow, cream in my coffee! Whoohoo! I will start counting calories and tracking exercise on the iPad, phone, computer or all of the above. The intent is to keep eating sort of what I am for the next few days, but I'll mix up the veggies.
But I'll start with the cream!
But here's the thing. I have zero inclination to poke myself today anyway.
My DH is probably sick of hearing me debate myself out loud. I let my thoughts spill out once a day here. I do it all freakin' day in real life.
My reasoning from yesterday is solid. I could poke myself and use up the vial and just eat more if it's not working and I'm hungry. The thing is I'm not hungry. Sigh. I just don't want to poke myself again. I made it almost to the end of the month. If I were seeing great strides, I'd keep going. But I got the minimum I wanted from it. I'll continue to lose a little over the next day or two, and then likely if I keep my calorie count low (like under 1,000) but allow myself some variety, I'll keep losing at a lb. per week or so. And keeping the calories low once fat is in my diet again shouldn't be hard, since it keeps you feeling satiated.
So, now is the time to play stabilization and life changes that will keep this weight off and continue the progress.
I'll add one food at a time and see how each goes.
The first thing I will do is make hard boiled eggs. I want them in my first non-protocol salad, and I want herbed eggs (like deviled eggs with herbs). Thus, I'll be adding mayo. I'm holding off on the cheese, which is how I like my omelets, so no omelets right away probably . Well, I'm minimizing cheese. I'll have some in my blue cheese dressing, but we are talking small amounts, and I'll crumble it myself because the kind that is already crumbled has starch in it. Although I love cottage cheese and hard cheese, I'll wait on that a bit.
I'll have cream in my coffee. Yes, real, whole cream.
I'll expand my vegetable repertoire. I'll stick with the fruits I have been eating for now.
I'll start figuring out how many miles I'll need to walk each day, how I'm going to fit that in, and decide what other activities I can add. I already know I want yoga back in there, and DH has already informed me that we are riding some distance bike this summer. I also think I'd like a bit more strength training because I want to try a rock climbing wall, and maybe by September, a real rock climbing experience.
I likely will have a glass of wine Friday night.
I'll track every single calorie and movement on my tablet and/or phone.
I'll add some lotions and potions back to my skin! Good golly it's been dry!
For now, I'm off to work. But I have a plan, and this time I'm sticki
I struggled with my weight for over 20 years. I tried everything to lose weight. Yes, I did 'eat less, move more' repeatedly, convinced that doing the same thing over and over would someone yield different results. Desperate, having diligently done all the 'right' things and being told by several doctors that there was nothing wrong with me except that I wasn't trying hard enough, in 2009 I tried what seemed crazy: Dr. Simeons Hcg protocol. I lost 85 lb.