Monthly Update: 2 Years, 7 months in long term weight maintenance. If you don't like weight graphs,
why are you reading my blog? (joking here..life is short, and so am I , have some FUN ), you may want to skip this blog post. I use data to help me make decisions about progress in my long term weight maintenance.
Highest Weight: 187.4 pounds
Current Weight: 115.8 pounds
Weight lost: 71.6 pounds
Goal Range: 113-118 pounds
Years at goal: 2 years, 7 months
Height 5' 1"
Menopause: since 2012
Let's chat about my monthly weight graph. I went on vacation to LA for a few days and hung out in "stay-cation mode" in San Diego County in August. Oh, say can you see Mt. Bacon in my month weight graph... yeah, I rarely eat bacon, but I did on this trip. I got what I thought I would: puffiness. (see more below). Temporary.
What's working now
1. I moved a breakfast carb (veggie serving- think tomatoes, kale, onions, or bell pepper) to dinner. Outcome: More stable blood sugar/hunger from 6am until I eat lunch at 11:30am daily. Exception: If I'm super active OR if I walk for lunch and it's ho then I'll drink some bone broth to replenish my salt levels. Remember! I'm the person who needs sea salt to keep my blood pressure from dropping too low, sea salt keeps me feeling well. Conventional salt will add 1-2 pounds of uncomfortable misery the next day. I've been reading Jason Seib's Facebook tips lately. Not everything applies to me, I take what pops for me and move along....
2. Bone broth: I've been drinking bone broth 1-2 times a day with awesome results. A little bit of pink Himalayan salt. Very satisfying, delicious and just over all goodness. I've had success with beef bone broth, too, although I do make chicken broth more often. The crock pot for the WIN!
|SweetSalt Duck salad of my own making|
3. Eating 95% in my food template: Oh yeah! LA did not disappoint. I'll be
bragging blogging a separate topic about finding good places to eat while being a tourist in LA later in September . One of the best salads (duck!!!) at SweetSalt in Toluca Lake. Hint: If you are in Burbank for any studio tours- get yourself over there ASAP for real food & great gluten free options, reasonably priced. REAL FOOD for the WIN
4. Time with my family and photography- with the right fuel- fat adaption:
|Union Station- LA|
Because I eat 95% on my food template (Paleo-ish) day-in-day out ( my binge/emotional brain does not take a day, meal, or moment off), I have pretty balanced blood sugar. That means I can hike, tour, and enjoy myself without being the queen of snacks. Eating a breakfast of omelets with veggies (on vacation, no veggies at breakfast for work) and avocado slices is key. It means I can hike for several hours, walk for 3 hours and only think about hauling some water along to re-hydrate. I can concentrate on photography, time with my daughter, and be clear minded and overall enjoy myself. FAT Burning beast, indeed.. Family, photos, clear mind....Fat adaption for the WIN
|Malibu, as see from Pt. Dume- Paleo Fuel for the hiking WIN!|
What didn't work in the past:
1. Carb filled breakfast: With my genetics and life long emotional/binge eating- cereal, waffles, and pancakes were the WORST thing I could do. Nothing like staring my binge brain off on a sugar spike. Sigh! I really thought I was doing the right thing....
2. Being afraid of all salt, and Eating Bacon and packing back canned soups, bacon. Not being off regular salt long enough to see the effects of regular salt vs sea salt. Puffy and bloat-o-ramma. Yeah, I put some life into living with the vacation bacon (#NSNG). You can see the mid-August bloat. I"ll back off on vacation bacon. One day yes, 3 days, no.
3. Using vacations as an excuse to eat junk food. Lot's of it... YOLO was not my friend. I used excuses to pack back obesity and binge foods. I would have lived once, but as the obese me feeling down right crappy. Now I live how I believe I was meant to live, mindful of what tools I need to me my authentic self. One way is better than the other. Free to choose. I choose this... not that!
4. Trips were based around stopping for snacks, bringing lots of "bars" along because I was a sugar burner. My mind was full of thoughts of food, snacks, eating rather than my daughter, the scenery and awesomeness that travel (and non-travel) brings. Snacking on high carb/sugar foods had a price. Glad to have my clarity back.
Okay, If you are a weight maintainer- hope things are going well and you are finding your own version of what is working, what did not work- keep going. If you are loosing weight, keep going. Onward! What works for me may not work for you... that's okay. Find your own groove.