I think my record for losing weight in one week was 16 pounds. That was about 2-3 years ago. I was in the first week of the Atkins diet and I was losing over 2 pounds per day. The following week I dropped another 5 pounds. 21 pounds in 2 weeks! While some people may say “that’s not healthy,” or that I just lost a lot of water weight, I wasn’t much heavier than I was when I started weight watchers over a month ago.
But, it does get a bit discouraging when I have only lost 4 pounds since February 19th. I know, 4 pounds off is better than 4 pounds on, but it seems that if I am following my points like I should, exercising my butt off, that I should have seen about twice that in that same period of time. I am fairly discouraged, but let me give you my theory on this.
I have started and stopped so many diets in the last few years. I have started and stopped weight watchers twice. I have started and stopped Atkins about a dozen times or more. I have started and stopped the “I can make you thin” diet by Paul McKenna twice. I tried Nutrisystem for 3 days… yuck, and two different infomerical diets. So, if you add all that up, I had become a chronic “start and stop” or “yo-yo diet” person over the last few years.
Here is my theory. Most of the times with these diets I would lose 10-15 pounds… or as much as 35 on the Atkins diet a few years back. I don’t have a scientific term for this, but I believe my body has built up a resistance to losing weight when I hit the low 270′s. That is about the time I quit every time in the past. It seems that I have the threshold or barrier that I hit up against and hit up against and hit up against, but cannot break through.
Coupled together with a slowing metabolism and a sedentary lifestyle, my body seems to fight me at this point not to lose weight. It has a memory from the last 2 dozen attempts that this is where I quit.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever been there, but it is disheartening and discouraging. However, the one thing (seriously… the one thing) I am doing different this time than in ALL those other attempts in the past is I am exercising. I have never exercised like I am now. Today I walked 5.4 miles and did 30 minutes of Bowflex. I walked 5.4 miles on Tuesday as well. I have a goal of starting to run on April 1st, followed by entering some 5K races in May and June.
I am hoping that the combination of being consistent with Weight Watchers (which I am still convinced is the best alternative of all those out there), along with increasing in exercise, that I break through this barrier. My brain and body are going to have to create a new memory point. Kind of like it takes some time to unlearn/learn/create a old/new habit. I also feel that with the consistent exercising, my metabolism will increase and will help with the weight loss. I’m not a doctor, but I think I have a better clue than many of them.
Anyway, that’s one more reason I started this blog… so I can’t quit. I’m putting it out there. And, even if it is just my wife and I reading this thing, it is keeping me accountable to the commitment I made. I will continue on and press toward the goal of still dropping 2 pounds this week.