Thursday, Aug 2 2012
View CELAWLOR's food & exercise for this day
I wonder how many times in my life I have lost large amounts of weight? I'm thinking it is about 3 or 4 times, now...90+ pounds each time. Maybe 5 times? Truth be told, I find losing weight rather easy; when I have the time to focus/obsess about it. Keeping it off has been the elusive part. I've accepted this about myself and I am trying to find a way to work with it. Carefully planning and logging every morsel of food/drink that passes my lips and exercising 6 - 7 hours a week is a part-time job! Sure, the weight just drips off. But that is all I am doing. With three kids, a fixer-upper home, a 50+ hour a week job that requires up to 60% travel...I don't have the mental energy, not to mention the time, to obsess about it.
So, where does that leave me? I've been trying to figure out the best way to work with this. I'm thinking about 10 pounds of rapid loss at a time, then maintain. I can drop 10 pounds in like 3 weeks. Maybe try a 3-week loss/6-week maintenance. I've got two rough weeks for work (that I know of for now) and then I should be home and able to do this for three weeks. If I can't maintain a 10 pound loss, I sure as hell can't maintain another 100 pound loss. Perhaps doing it this way won't freak my body out, either.
Researchers are finding more and more that permanent weight loss is completely against what your body is biologically designed to do. I think one of the last studies I read said that any time you lose more than 10%, your body goes into some sort of weird natural state that does everything it can to get that weight back on, and then some. I definitely have seen that in my life.
At any rate, we'll see how this new "plan" works out for me.