Friday, February 16, 2018

Amy Berger, I'm Low Carb and proud of it! Video for thought

Hello All!

I'm busy

1. Correlating my weight data using Heads Up Health, and investigating my current weight loss close to goal

2. Cat hearding so that I can get one kitty to vet dental surgery.

3. Listening to 80's music

4. Enjoying my staycation

5. All of the above

Here's some homework.

Heres a hashtag #imlowcarbandproudofit

Yep! If I eat too much fat, I get... ugh, fat again. Sigh. Thanks Amy. I'll be adding some graphs and my 2cents and own life experience on my thoughts on Amy' video

Cat photo for my cat fans,
We're going WHERE?

While You See a Chance, Stevie Windwood

Music for cat hearding!

Back soon with some graphs...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

6 years in weight maintenance- the data graphs!

May 2011 to Feb 2018

May 2011 to Feb 2018

Started May 2011
Starting weight 187.4 lbs
Goal Range 113-125  lbs 
2017 best Goal Weight Range 113 to 116

Current Weight  118.4   lbs
Keeping off    69  lbs

Time in weight maintenance 6 years

Age 51
Menopause 4+years
Hashimotos 20+ years
Height 5'1"
BMI  today              22.4
BMI  ave early Feb  22.2
BMI ave January     22,2    
BMI ave December 22.0
BMI ave November 21.9

Eh, my weight is creeping upwards. Plan is to

1. Keep 17:7 or 18:6 fasting daily
2. Keep a tight hold on my total food intake, Paleo/LCHF/mild Keto
3. Destress as much as possible, non food activities
4. Get as good of sleep quality as I can, as many nights as I can

I do think that he 117's and 118's could be my normal winter weight.
I'm so fortunate to have not contracted anything worse than a very  mild cold last month.

Onward and I record data and move along. No matter what. 

What didn't work in the past

1. Eating too frequently. It's a thing for me. I can't have weight maintenance without some fasting!
2. Tracking food on My Fitness Pal (no matter what food plan, over eating = weight gain).
3. Soothing stress by eating sugar and highly palatable foods
4. Sleeping 4-5 hours a night and catching up on the weekends, being proud of it.

Carlsbad Cliffs, Feb 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

6 years, Long Term Weight Maintenance, Plan like your life depends on it!

May 3, 2011 to Feb 3, 2018

May 3, 2011 to Feb 3, 2018

Six Years long term weight maintenance!

Sustained!!! Because I planned, adjusted, worked it, planned some more, measured, took quick action.  69.8 pounds off.

I can't believe it's been 6 years!. Oh, wait, I had 1-2 years of food addiction withdrawals and a year or two of unintended gain at my goal.  I did a lot of work in 6 years. Every day, every meal. Every single waking hour.

Don't be fooled. Several of the folks that I used to blog with in 2012 aren't alive right now. That is incredibly sad. Food addiction can kill and/or rob one of a life that is full.

I know how fortunate I am. The Girl Scout cookie sellers disease still knocks on my door, I won't answer it.

Okay, I can believe it. Best thing I did to go from weight loss to weight maintenance was to break FREE of weight loss. A weight maintenance plan is very, very, different. Failure to plan weight maintenance and I was more likely to meet my fat pants again. I had yo-yo dieted 40 years!

Failure to customize planning doesn't work so well. Trust me on this.
My weight maintenance plan is one that works for me.

One that fit my upholder personality.
One where my support liked Paleo, LCHF, Keto and fasting.
One where my Keto support knew that overeating dietary total calories or too much fat could make me fat again.
One where I was accepted as a food addict in recovery.
One where my food addiction community knew that oatmeal and fruit could cause Type 2 Diabetes.
One who understood that daily weighing is a tool
One where food tracking was beneficial
One that was tough not moderate
One that was honest and I learned from missteps and corrected them
One that set firm boundaries
One that got help when needed.

Plan like your life depends on it.  Because it may. Because I was ready to have a heart attack or stroke and go broke from high health plans. Good thing I got ahold of myself, my habits, my behaviors, my thinking.

Because weight maintenance =/= weight loss

Get a plan, change up if it's not working. Sustainable. Not just for me, for many. If Paleo, LCH, Keto doesn't work for you, move along. You deserve a weight that does work for you.

All I plan to do is nap the next 6 years...!

What didn't work for me.

 A plan that:

One that was not upholder based
One where my support hated Paleo, LCHF, Keto and told me I was going to die (not yet suckers!)
One where my support ate fat to satiety yet continued to gain weight and ignore common sense
One where you HAD to comply to eating grains and fruit despite high glucose readings
One where I didn't weight daily and got made fun of for doing so
One where I got made fun of for tracking and told I would gain weight tracking my food
One where I was moderating all foods and getting yelled at for not eating frosted chocolate cake
One where I hid and did not own my own food addciton
One that did not set firm boundaries around abstaining
One that had people telling me to go ahead and eat that cake/cookie/candy, that I was depriving myself of wheeeeeee, tee-hee-hee life... (all the nopes on this one! A food sober life is great, by the way)

Look find your tribe. If weight maintenance has you regaining, that's common, but not normal. So make a plan that is sustainable. Leave the echo chamber and learn something that does work.

It's a lot of work. Sustainability. That's the goal.  Cat photo for Kate and Ali  :)

I'll do stats and weight graphs tomorrow!