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No More 'Tower of Terror'

Monday, January 28, 2013

So, as of today I have lost 45 pounds.

I am 157.4 pounds, and my BMI has gone down one whole point this month to 28.8. Kind of unfortunately, but a natural extension of success at losing weight, my basal metabolic rate is now at 1687.

I have worked really hard through January to avoid the plateaus that plagued me from October through December. The weird thing is that I still lost about the same amount of weight per month, just at a steadier rate. (More like the steady drop of a standard roller coaster, rather than the random drops and stops of a ride like the Tower of Terror at Disney World.)

Well, except for December. December included the holidays and I only lost about half the weight I would normally expect to lose in a month -- but at least I did not gain!

Just in case anyone is interested in how I jump-started my January weight loss, here is what I did...

My current range is 1290-1640 calories. I determined, however, that for the month of January I would eat below 1400 calories every day. I have done that for all but one day. On that day, I still ate less than 1450 calories.

Also, I made an "Other Goal" to change up my workout by increasing one of the following things at least three times a week:

1.) Frequency -- exercising more than once a day, or doing cardio on more than one machine in a session

2.) Intensity -- upping the weight or doing more reps for weight training; upping the speed or incline on the treadmill; doing intervals on the recumbent bike

3.) Duration -- spending more than a half-hour at either cardio or weight training

Well, bottom line result is that I've had a steady weight loss with no stalls. I wish that would equate to losing MORE weight over the month, but the total weight loss overall comes out the same.

Still, seeing a steady loss with no long stalls feels better for my morale. And taking control, making active changes, keeps me motivated. I think that is perhaps the best side effect of my January Jump Start.

Oh, except for the lovely muscle definition that is starting to show up in my arms. That is another good side effect.
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