Wednesday, May 29, 2019
I feel like I've been quite lost for a while now about how to lose weight. Low-carb at work really well before , but the progress was slow slowing down to a snail's pace and it's really not compatible with Crossfit. I've been eating mostly paleo whole foods with dairy thrown in. It's a fine diet, but not great for losing weight. We should add that I haven't been measuring or counting particularly strictly.
I got down as low as about 265 by the end of last summer, but weight's been up about 5 to 10 lb consistently since starting CrossFit. Truthfully this is been because I built muscle that I sorely needed to build and I am so much stronger by any measurement including cardiovascular endurance that I was before. The weight gain and has gone with an equal gain in fitness and overall I'm okay with it. Having said that I would one day like to be able to do a real push up or pull up or any other body weight exercise. And also one day like to be able to run a mile around 10 minutes instead of 15. I don't think I can do any of these goals without reducing my weight.
Measurements have mostly stayed the same. Although, oddly, despite this I have lost a pant size and all my clothes fit better, so go figure. Part of it might be that it's hard to take consistent measurements on a fat body, but I don't know.
Recently , I've been on a little bit of a diet free for all. Some of it has been beyond my control, such as when I was chaperoning the 8th grade trip and food was included and there was just so much pizza. Some of it has been me tired of dieting and being good for 2 years now and wanting just some time with food being food and eating what tasted good and not wanting to have to constantly say no to food I like. At the moment today my weight is 279.4, which doesn't freak me out as much as it might, because I know that most of that is water weight. But I'm seeing High numbers like that more frequently and I'm beginning to accept that if I don't go back to being very good soon, I will soon be in the 280s again and that will really mean I'm I'm doing all the work I put in and I don't want that.
So, my summer break is just starting and I'm trying to figure out what I need to do to actually lose weight and still be able to perform well at my workouts. It's actually a hard question of how to go about doing this right. Most people who do things like CrossFit do not weigh 275 lb and so the nutrition advice for CrossFit doesn't really seem to apply to me. Likewise the extreme morbid obesity weight loss advice doesn't seem to apply to me. I feel like a magical unicorn and there is surprisingly view other magical unicorns on the internet you have been there in or giving advice.
So I think I am going to work on Counting macros. I think I probably need to consume less fat than I do ad libitum. I also really need to have a plan with carbs, because I need to eat more than I did when I was just losing weight, but I need to eat fewer than I do when I don't have a plan at all. I'm thinking I need very intentional carb choices, quinoa and sweet potatoes and the like rather than rice or pasta or dough of any sort. Certainly the sweets I've added back in need to be on the prohibited list again. I was very good about saying no to them for a good year and a half and it shouldn't be that hard to say no to them again. I think more fruit is on the menu, but again in a careful way. Above all I need to hit protein targets and I need to find lower-fat ways of doing them. I also need to play around with overall volume of food and that's hard because the estimates of calories your body needs seem to be increasingly inaccurate at a higher weight. I think I'm going to try to keep it to about 1700 plus non-starchy vegetables that I won't track. Keep fat to about 80 grams and carbs around 100 grams and protein about 150 hopefully this will work
As usual I'm just writing this blog for myself and to verbalize where I'm at and what I want. I'm not necessarily looking for sympathy or encouragement and I'm certainly not looking for a critique on what I'm doing.