My Body is a Mystery to Me!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Over the course of the past week (starting a week ago Friday) I've been really struggling to stay on track. I had been doing great for a LONG time, steadily losing weight, when I hit a minor plateau. I got home from a stressful work day Friday and resorted to my time-honored tool for self-soothing. I ate! I drank a couple of glasses of wine, ate a bunch of cheese and crackers, had a healthy portion for dinner, ate dessert. Saturday and Sunday I was off-track too, though not outrageously. I totally binged on Monday, was "on track" Tuesday and Wednesday, "off" Thursday, sort of off on Friday and "on" yesterday.

So I dared to weigh myself this morning and sure enough, my weight was a solid 139, whereas the week before I was struggling to call my weight 139.25. It looks like my body likes to take an occasional break. I kind of found this was the case last fall and winter. I lost 10 pounds over the summer, but once fall came around was not diligent about watching what I ate. I did maintain my exercise level. I indulged as usual over the holidays and when I decided to resume my weight loss in late January, had maintained my weight loss. Once I added SparkPeople to the mix, the pounds came off quickly.

I'm kind of sort of pursuing a training plan for bicycling. It's based on a concept called perioditization. The general idea is you build duration and intensity for a period (often 3 weeks) and then ease up for a week. You return week 5 even stronger. A world-class athlete mentioned in a seminar that perioditization is a concept used in dieting as well. And I'm inclined to believe that may be true in my case.

Now it's also possible I've raised my metabolic rate sufficiently high to carry me through as well. As a cyclist, I exercise a lot and I exercise very vigorously. I also have BIG leg muscles, which may help me burn calories.

But all in all, it's puzzling--and somewhat counterintuitive--to lose weight by eating a lot! I think there's probably a more methodical way to approach this than falling hard off the wagon. If anybody actually reads this and has any ideas, I'd love to hear them!

Update 5/20: Sure enough I weighed myself yesterday and was 138. I usually wait a few days to weigh myself again, but was feeling pretty skinny this morning, so weighed myself again and was down another pound! I'm telling you, there's something to this!
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