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Monday, May 30, 2011


So the experiment in eat more, weigh less, has been proven to be a miserable failure. But perhaps my setpoint has been, er, reset. This is very annoying.

I went from 1600 - 1800 calories/day to 1800 - 2000/day, following SP's recommendation, given my exercise regimen. And of course I went from 205 lbs. to 208.6, over the course of the 7 weeks I gave myself. I had exactly ONE week with a loss, and that was glorious loss of .4 lbs.

I didn't let up on the exercise, and rarely ate stuff I wouldn't normally eat (in there was my Dad's 80th birthday party and I had chocolate cake - as fit in with my plan!). I did my best to balance out carbs and not go insane with the salt (more food often means more salt).

But, in the end, I was doing better before I changed.

So now I'm back to eating 1600 - 1800/day.

As for how I am feeling about it, I am frustrated and less than pleased. It feels, a bit, like a wasted 7-week period. At least before, I was lower. We'll see what happens in the next 7 or so weeks.

What kills me is that this is NOT maintenance. I am NOT done. I am still only 5'6". I am still over 200 lbs. And I am still a 14, but those are (see how much fun this BS has been?) getting tighter. Gaah.

As for my attitude, well, tough. Sorry, but I'm not gonna be chipper about this. It stinks. No, I am not giving up. Don't worry about that.

But I'll be damned if I'm gonna say that this makes me happy, recommitted, or whatever. It doesn't. It stinks, and I am tired of it.

On to the next round and, hopefully, better news. I'm goin' swimming today.
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  • REJ7777
    Sparking is a continual adjustment and finding out what works and what doesn't. It does stink when something doesn't work. It's discouraging. What's important is that you learned something and that you're going back to what works. emoticon
    3671 days ago
    Yeah it stinks and I did not think for a minute you would quit. 4 a healthy BMI made a lot of sense though I think I have read it is not a good idea to go under 1200 per day. I like seeing the numbers laid out like that. I keep remembering the pleasure you obviously experienced when you were losing every week. And the joy of those Picts when you got so gorgeous.even you had to admit it and that great shot of you in your Sox shirt that was so big on you it was funny. I hope that pleasure motivates you again. So much more fun than frustration. That really was you, remember?
    3675 days ago
    Well, I guess that's why they call it an "experiment." As in, "we don't know what the result will be until it's over."

    Seriously, though, 3.6 lbs gained in 7 weeks isn't bad. Your calories were pretty close to a maintenance level.

    Let's do the math by hand, since you weren't logging stuff over at Physics Diet.

    ((3 500 x 3.6) / 7) / 7 = 257 You were eating approximately 257 calories per day over what it would take to maintain.

    So to maintain weight at your current activity level your calorie range is probably around 1543-1743.

    To lose approximately 1 lb per week you would need to drop that down to 1043-1243 calories.

    According to the math, anyway. Swimming is a good idea because it is a new, different activity and thus likely to help increase your calorie burn. I like to alternate my activities (when I can - I'm going through my own frustrations at the moment, given this long slow shoulder rehab process.)

    So you could run/swim M-W-F and strength train T-Th-Weekend. Or something like that. And when I say "strength training" I mean lifting heavy, as suggested in "New Rules for Lifting."
    3676 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/31/2011 10:09:38 AM
    Well, your experiment didn't work out, but you're one step closer to figuring out what *does* work for you. We all have to find our own program, our own path to a healthy lifestyle. Hang in there. emoticon

    - Karen
    3676 days ago
    I agree it stinks big time. Now enjoy your swim

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    3677 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4749243
    Tired here, too, but am seeing this as a "for crying out loud, Lady!" kind of thing:

    For crying out loud, I've been moaning about my weight off and on for years. Give up or get if off is now my operative motto. Just for today---like an alcoholic. Darn it all!

    Let's hang together and do this thing this summer!
    3677 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9392719
    Very frustrating. I'm with you -- the whole month of May, lost the same pound. Not 7 weeks but still just as frustrating. Hope you get past it. sorry. emoticon
    3677 days ago
    Wow! this is pretty frustrating. I'm not sure what to tell you. Some would shock the system with no carbs, or muscle confusion or something, but I'm not a fan of being too harsh, because my recovery time undoes the progress! I hope you find the obstacle and move it out of your way. (insert emoticon guy pushing a large rock)
    3677 days ago
    I love to swim too. I am staying off the scale, my clothes and people's comments let me know that the lifestyle is working. There is no end to Spark...it is lifestyle. This was a good article. I am 5'6" too and am a 14 but just now are they fitting better. http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?
    ealthier_even_if_the_scale_doesnt_move Hang in there. emoticon
    3677 days ago
    How frustrating.....it's no wonder that you're not feeling chipper. I'm sorry the experiment didn't work out for you. I hope you have better success with what you decide to do in this next phase. I'm glad you're hanging in there. Have fun swimming.
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    3677 days ago
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