Friday, August 26, 2011
Final Slimmer This Summer Update
178. Those are my NEW numbers! That means that I lost 8 pounds on the Slimmer This Summer challenge. 178. My accumulated total loss is now 35 pounds since June 26, 2010. I am HALF way to my “dream” goal.
For me losing that 8 pounds means that I finally broke through a stall that seemed to go on forever. From January all the way to June 17, 2011, I did not record any loss. Since June 17, I posted another 4 pounds lost. I have worked incredibly hard for those 8 pounds, too. Incredibly hard. Here is what I have done:
Moving more: You can see in my cycling mileage accumulation that I am up to 757 miles biked. I started logging into the Daily Mile in late May. That means I rode over 250 miles each month. Besides biking, I made a practice in May, June and July of tackling stairs, too. I consistently climbed 400 or more stairs at least three times a week.
Eat less: On May 13th I started logging my daily food intake. Throughout the 12 weeks of this challenge, I averaged 1450 calories per day. I started the STS challenge with a goal of 1250 calories. I soon learned that this was simply not enough calories for me with my level of exercise, so I increased it a bit. During the STS challenge, I traveled to the Netherlands/France, a son was married, went to a number of sporting events, birthday parties, picnics, concerts, and other celebrations and regular events. I tracked my calories through it all. The only time that I did not track was 5 days when we were gone to my son’s wedding in WA state.
Ruminations on the weight loss: I am happy that I lost weight during this challenge. But here is the deal: eight pounds is not a lot for twelve weeks. Again, I worked incredibly hard. I was not perfect, but, I was pretty darn good. Better than I have ever been. Really and truly. I am encouraged that I lost weight, but discouraged that it required so much effort. I learned that my caloric window for losing is very, very narrow.
Most of you know that a pound of fat is equal to about 3500 calories. To lose a pound a week you need to have a caloric deficit of 500 calories over seven days. I am learning that this simple math does not work for me. For whatever reason, (mainly I think this is my age), I can not lose more than .75 pound per week at the most with vigorous exercise and careful monitoring of my calories. I wish it was not so, but, it is. Again, I am happy that I lost eight pounds. I am. I am a slow loser. It will take me at least another year to shed that other 35 pounds. You should also know that I am going to check in with my doctor about my track record so far, just because.
But, here is what I really want you to know: (my list of my CAN dos, one for each pound (!!))
1. I cannot remember when I last weighed in the 170’s. Honestly I cannot.
2. Physically I am stronger and more fit. Sometimes I surprise myself with my increased stamina. I can bike 10 miles with ease.
3. I can easily go to the MN State Fair and budget fair foods into my daily allotment: that would be ONE corn dog and half a Dairy Barn Blackberry malt.Trust me. I did just that.
4. I can go to a professional sporting event and eat healthy.
5. I can go to a birthday party or other family event and not overeat cake, even ice cream or frankly most everything else. Ditto for weddings (two!).
6. I can wear a belt. I have not worn one in years, but two days ago, I grabbed one because my pants would not stay up.
7. I can find something to eat that is healthy on almost any restaurant menu. “Garden salad for me, please, dressing on the side.”
8. I can wear a swim suit and not feel like I want to hide.
To Mir and Debbie: thank-you for hosting this challenge. The Slimmer This Summer challenge gave me an added boast and motivation to stay the course. Thank-you for your encouragement and support.
To all of my Slimmer This Summer friends: if you are still here: you rock! It takes time, determination and inspiration to really stick to something for twelve weeks. Lifestyle changes are not easy. Thank-you for sticking with me. I thank each of you for your encouragement.
To all of you weight loss bloggers: here is hoping you each find success in the coming weeks on your journey to be healthy and fit. I thank each of you for your support, too. Stay strong and TTFN,