How I learned to be patient
Thursday, July 22, 2010
My 5th calendar of tracking weight starts next month. For years, in August, I weighed the same thing. This August is different --- but not much different than June, or April of this year. While there is progress, I'm just not normal.
I tracked my average weight loss over the last 5 months and it has been ONE, count'em ONE pound per month net reduction. Fluctuations all over, but a net ONE pound/month. At this rate, it will take 3 years to reach goal.
So, I get on a plan of exercising 3 times a day -- anything for a minimum of 10 minutes, and then I have to stop and rest because I'm not sleeping enough. Ha, well, I get back to getting busy and my-weight-goes-up-by-2-pounds-
per-day! While my diet hasn't been perfect, I've been monitoring intake with the Livestrong site (it's more user friendly), so I know I am NOT consuming an extra 7000 calories/day . . . which means it's probably fluid, so wait, wait, wait.
I can tell that I'm frustrated because I started pricing pedometers today. The point is still just to move, pedometer or none.
I've had this kind of unreasonable weight gain for years -- sometimes as much as 10 pounds in a week. The great thing is that I have the thyroid medication, so I have support for getting it back down. I'd love to be able to say, "this works" for my weight reduction, but everytime I think I'm on to something, my body does it for awhile and then does something else. I can't tell you how many times I've made a map for anticipated weight reduction at variable possible rates of change.
So, I get patient: I keep moving, I keep working on muscle strength, and I work on keeping the meals down to 4x/day at 350-420 calorie range per meal, sometimes snack is 250. It's times like these when I have to get away from the measuring and go for the quality of how it feels. Sometimes it gets me through the fluctuation.
See how I became patient???