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Thoughts on Weeks 31, 32, and 33

Life was busy these past few weeks. The kids and I had a lot going on, laying a new floor in the trailer and going to court for an accident my son got in (did you know that in Georgia you can go to jail for twelve months for a speeding ticket?). I had a terrible infection in one of my teeth for a couple of weeks (didn’t stop me from eating…what’s up with that?) and was on pain pills for a week or so that always makes me totally lazy.

So here I am 33 weeks into my experiment and I’m only down 11 pounds from my starting weight. It would be depressing if I cared more about it.

And that’s probably my problem. I just don’t care all that much. It is possible to lose weight, but it takes such a huge commitment of time and money. I just can’t sustain it. I see this pattern over the last twelve years, since I quit smoking and decided to exercise and diet and lose weight. I do great for the first twelve weeks and then something comes along, a life issue, a death, a hospitalization, a vacation…something that knocks me off my routine.

And that screws me up.

So I have a new plan.

It’s a new year and I’ve been overeating for the last two months. So I’m going to push to eat right and exercise for the next eight weeks (this week is a transition week, in which I dig out the exercise bike that is buried in the spare room) and then I’m going to reset this experiment and try to run this in twelve week sections. We’ll see.

For now, I’m going to try to take off 16 pounds by February 26.

That’s the end of the forty weeks. I wanted to be 180 by then. I’ll settle for 193. I’ll also settle for 202, if I have to (which would be one pound a week loss from this point to that point), because I want to get moving in the right direction again.

So I’m off the coffee and back on the green tea, and I’m planning on fasting one day a week, and keeping my calories to under 10,000 a week, and exercising on the bike for a half an hour a day, before I eat.

I’m writing in the afternoons and I will have hot chocolate with coffee for that, if I want.

I’m not cutting any food completely, but I’m going to try to cut back on the starches and the sugars and put in more proteins.

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Calories for weeks of 12/11, 12/18, and 12/25

Calories:

  • for three weeks my calories were 38,085
That’s an average of 12,695 per week. Three weeks in a row. And no exercise.

Weight:

  • ending weight 209
  • That’s a 5 pound gain 

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Calories and Exercise Update ~ Week 12/04 and 12/11

Calories:

  • for two weeks my calories were 21,574

Weight:

  • ending weight 204
  • That’s a 4 pound loss for the two weeks

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Thoughts on Weeks 27 and 28

I dropped out of the “Give Yourself a Gift” challenge, because I wasn’t doing anyone any good by posting my link over there each week. And I wasn’t doing myself any good either.

It’s time to take another look at this mess and reconsider.

I haven’t kept up with the writing or the weight loss.

And I’m back on the gaining trend now. So I have to get a new start next week. I have to take it back to the basics.

10,000 calories. Twenty minutes a day on the exercise bike, six days a week. I won’t eat until I ride the bike every morning. Lots of water. Lots of protein. No sweet coffee.

I have twelve weeks left in this experiment. It’s a dismal failure so far. But I shall keep going all the same.

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Calories and Exercise Update ~ Week 11/27

Calories:

  • Sunday                1920
  • Monday            1465
  • Tuesday              1700
  • Wednesday        1962
  • Thursday            1730
  • Friday                  2630
  • Saturday             1641

Exercise:

  • 0

Weight:

  • Sunday               206
  • Monday              206
  • Tuesday              206
  • Wednesday        206
  • Thursday            206
  • Friday                 206
  • Saturday             208

Weekly Totals:

  • calories          13048 +3048
  • exercise         0
  • weight           208  +2

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Calories and Exercise Update ~ Week 11/20

Calories:

  • Sunday                1210
  • Monday             967
  • Tuesday              1897
  • Wednesday         1209
  • Thursday            1817
  • Friday                  2275
  • Saturday             1670

Exercise:

  • 0

Weight:

  • Sunday               206
  • Monday              206
  • Tuesday              206
  • Wednesday        206
  • Thursday            206
  • Friday                 206
  • Saturday             206

Weekly Totals:

  • calories          11045 +1045
  • exercise         0
  • weight           206  +0

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Thoughts on Week 26

Well, I just took the whole week off. And I didn’t feel guilty about it one bit. 🙂

I was still sick—am still a tad sick, today, even—and didn’t have the energy to care about what I was eating or any other of my goals for this challenge.

So I am right now at the same weight I was at when I started the challenge.

And I’m pretty much OK with that. One of the beauties of experimenting is that you don’t have a lot invested in the outcome. I’m trying to figure out a way to lose weight without having diet and exercise take over my life and I’m without having to be cranky, so if this way doesn’t work, that’s OK. I’ll try another way.

One thing I’ve found, which makes me really happy, is that I feel really good and healthy when I’m eating less sugar and having more protein. So whether I lose weight or not, I’m still happy with the experiment.

I’m also not too worried about this weight gain, because I think it will come back off in a couple of weeks. I don’t necessarily think it’s bad to pork out every couple of months. I think it might be good for the metabolism. We’ll see. I won’t really know until the forty weeks are up.

Right now, I’ve lost less than a half a pound a week. That’s not a good record. It is not too hard to lose a pound a week. It is doable without too much discomfort. What I want to do now, though, is not worry about that. I don’t want to be tempted to try to make up for lost ground. I don’t want to lose two pounds a week. I’ve done that before and it was disastrous. I put the weight back on as soon as I stopped dieting and I put on more than I lost. So I’m not cutting my calories down past 1o,000 a week.

So here is how I did on my goals:

  1. I will turn off my computer at nine every night and get to bed before midnight.
    • Didn’t do this. Stayed up all night every night, coughing and watching movies on netflix.  
  2. I will get up and read my Bible and pray.
    • Didn’t do this. Had a headache and couldn’t read.
  3. I will ride my exercise bike or swim or do Pilates or walk on the mountain or ride my bike on the bike trail six days a week. I will try for a half hour of cardio three days a week and an hour of slower exercise three days a week.
    • Blech!
  4. I will keep my calories at 10,000 a week—this is an average of 1429 calories a day. I will not sweat overeating one day and I will eat from whatever food groups I want, but I will make an effort to have foods that are low carb, medium fat, and high protein each day.
    • I was almost 5180 calories over this week.    Yeehaw!
  5. I will make an effort to drink more water.
    • I didn’t drink much.
  6. I will keep track of my calories at Loseit.com
    • Did this religiously.
  7. I will blog once a week on my progress and link up at Thrice Blessed’s blog every week.
    • And here I am.

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