Thursday, March 17, 2011

Quick Post

This will be a really quick post, because I really shouldn't be up right now. I fell asleep earlier than I had intended to last night (Wednesday - around 9:00) and didn't get my post created for this week. It's now 3:00am on Thursday morning and I should be asleep, but I wanted to get this post created before I forget.

These past two weeks (since I last blogged) I have lost a significant amount of weight. I am not sure what the deal is because I have been eating even more calories than I had planned on, I have cut regular soda out of my life completely. Well, except for the occasional sip of Hubby's soda if we are out and about and I need just a small sip of something. And even when I have a tiny sip of regular soda, it tastes HORRIBLE to me! A few weeks ago, I was actually planning to have a soda, I LOVE pepsi. But when I took a drink of it, I made the most horrible faces ever because it tasted THAT bad to me. I just cannot stand the taste of regular soda right now.

Okay, so anyhow, I have been eating more calories than I had planned on, I dropped the exercising down to 3-4 days a week instead of every day, I have increased the water intake, and have dropped a significant amount of weight. As in too much weight, too soon.

I don't know what the deal is. My body is not reacting as anticipated. I weigh myself about once a week, at most. On March 1, I weighed myself. I was 236 and pleased with that. On 3/11, I weighed myself and I was 231. 5 pounds in 10 days. Not so great. In a week and a half, my goal would be to lose about 3 pounds. But it was more than that. By two pounds. Kind of an eek, need to bump up the calories, drop down the exercise a bit. So I did. I figured I was consuming far too few net calories.

Then, yesterday, 3/16 I jump on the scale. 220 even. Whoa - I just realized that's even worse than I expected because that wasn't even a full week's time. In 5 days, I lost 11.5 pounds. That's TWO pounds a day. I was fully expecting to have just maintained the weight, or maybe even to have gained a little bit, not lost on average the same amount per day that I had originally hoped to lose in one week.

So, why is this happening? I am eating more calories and even better foods, I am sleeping regularly for the first time in a long time, my stress level has been sky-high, I have been drinking more water and I have cut out regular soda completely. How do these things together, cause me to lose 10 pounds in 5 days? This is really depressing. It's not safe to drop that much that quickly. I want to lose weight in a healthy way. I don't want to endanger myself even more than my initial weight was already doing. So what is the next step? How do I rectify this?

Is there any chance that a lot of that was water weight? Or the fact that this past week was also (guys stop reading) my monthly? I'm just not sure what to make of this or where to go from here. To be honest, I'm scared to lose weight now.

Later today, I start a new job. It is one that will be Mon-Fri from 8-5 (roughly). Regular hours which will allow me to create a regular schedule, including a regular sleep schedule at night time, like most other people. Of course, my job will be a physical one, so I'm going to need to ensure to bump up the calories again and make sure I'm eating enough. Here's hoping that I can figure something out...

3 comments:

The Toll House Cookie

My brother used to be a coca-cola drinker and when he stopped he lost a tremendous amount of weight right off the bat. I remember, at WW meetings years ago they used to say "caramel colored soda" is the worst thing to drink as you retain all the fluids and then some. If anything-drink clear soda. So I had switched to Sprite and saw huge difference in the amount of trips to the bathroom I was making. I guess there must be some truth to the theory. Keep doing what you're doing. Obviously making good food choices can't hurt you. And exercising every few days is great too. Best of luck in your new job. I'll be here to see if you have plateau'd after your body has had time to adjust to your new regimine.

Katie

Deanne,

Silly girl..first of all, 236-231.5=4.5 pounds so that's not 2 pounds over 3 pounds. Not to mention that if you'd maintained for a week or two, that loss really isn't that big of a deal.

As for the big loss, well no, it's not terribly surprising. Look what you wrote:

More calories, better food, no soda, more water & a regulated workout routine. You weren't getting enough calories before, I'm pretty sure of that. You're eating better food and by better, I'm assuming you mean healthier..so your body isn't consuming trash. It's consuming things it can use. Cutting soda out cuts out a huge amount of calories, soda and junk and a regulated workout routing of not every single day is setting your body up to realize you're not in some sort of starvation/panic mode so its not hoarding those calories you do consume.

At this point, I would say go ahead and keep it up. If you see another huge loss next week (of over 3 pounds or so), then schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your weight loss concerns.

Until then, celebrate what you've done. Good to see you back this week.

Jim

I agree with Katie. Don't freak out. Be pleased with your progress. I actually feel like the tortise in this race lately, but I am taking a slightly different approach to losing my weight, retraining myself in how to eat. So I say, be happy! Shout your accomplishment from the top of the scale, and when you step down, do so with a spring in your step!

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