The Morning Weigh-In

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On the Right Track

Monday: 143.2 – As I already mentioned

Tuesday: 142.9 – So on this day, I started taking lactase before any dairy and Beano before, well, every eating event ’cause there’s fiber in just about every meal or snack I have.

Wednesday: 141.8 – Awesome!  And I could tell throughout the whole day that my digestion was working much better.  The gas is about 6% of what it was just the day before,  there’s none of that gurgling uncomfortably around my stomach crap, and I started having 2-3 bowel movements each day!  I was just crossing my fingers that the weight loss would continue too…

Thursday: 140.8 – Hooray!  That’s what I’m talkin’ about!  What do ya know, apparently my body just needed to be able to digest the food I eat.

Friday: 140.2 – The progress is understandably slowing, .6 of a pound is still excellent for a 4th day in a row of dieting.  And it’s down from last Friday’s 142.0.  Of course I was off my diet Friday.  I had a healthful breakfast, then I went to a French place and had an indulgent meal (my sister had a gift card) of bread and butter, a caesar salad, veal, a little potato thing, a glass of red wine, and then Cami and I shared a small creme brulee and a banana and ice cream thingy.  And then I had an iced latte.  Then I didn’t have much food the rest of the day but did have 4 beers.

Saturday: 141.5 – Didn’t get to weigh in first thing, but oh well.  I was pretty good the whole day until at night when for some emotional and financial reasons that are only quasi-logical I had a #1 from Wendy’s (with a Coke Zero, no ketchup or mustard, and with ranch for my fries) and a frosty-chino, which was delicious.  Then I accidentally ate a 390 calorie bag of mini oreos.  But then I went back to the gym for a third time to tack on an extra 425 calorie work out to mitigate the damages.

Sunday: 141.5 – Not bad at all, especially since last week’s Sunday high was 143.4, I like the outlook of this week, especially if I can act like at least a semi-normal human being today (and there’s really not much junk food in the house anymore after I found that old bag of mini Oreos my sister had.  I hope she didn’t want those…)

Also, I still have some cheese in the fridge, so I’m still using the lactase, but I’ve changed my grocery list to non-dairy products.  In lieu of cheese, I will buy avocados and hummus (And I think I can even save a little money this way).  Every now and then I might buy vegan “cheese” or lactose free/lactase-enhanced cheese, but that stuff is expensive and has a lot of questionable ingredients, so I probably won’t do it often.  I will, however, presumably have to take Beano 6 times a day for the rest of my life, but oh well.

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Well this is depressing

Last Monday: 143.0

Tuesday: 141.6

Wednesday: 141.2 – Mmkay, mmkay, not as fast as I’d like for a Tuesday to Wednesday, but acceptable…

Thursday: 141.7 – What the fuck???  I followed my diet/exercise program!  The only thing I did differently this week was that I started doing a bit of cardio first thing in the morning before eating, which was supposed to burn straight fat.  It may have backfired.

Friday: 142.0 – What the goddamnfuckingshit!?!?!?!11!? Again, no cheating!  This is when I decided to stop doing pre-breakfast cardio, on the theory that maybe it was putting me into “starvation mode.”  I was good most of this day even though it was a weekend day, until dinner when I had a lot of BBQ and half of this super indulgent chocolate dessert.

Saturday: Skipped weigh in, didn’t want to psych myself out, was more or less reasonable this day, of course did work out program (I really should only mention if I actually miss working out since this almost never happens)

Sunday: 142.9, Well it could be worse.  I was pretty good Sunday, except at night I had three glasses of wine (I had to use the rest of a bottle up my sister left or else it would’ve gone bad!)…and then I had a beer…and then I found an old pack of 6 Oreos…and then I put PB on one of them…and then I had a little 80 calorie dessert bar…What is wrong with me… :[

Monday: 143.2 – Well this could’ve been worse.  Anyway I of course went back to my 1800 calories, and I never take any breaks from my workout program, and I’m doing the extra cardio during the day instead of before breakfast, so I was hoping the scale would drop down a good bit, but…

Tuesday: 142.9 – .3 pounds??? :'[

It’s just depressing because I don’t know what to do.  If I add more cardio or eat less food, I’m scared I’m actually going to put my body into starvation mode and gain weight.  Yes, I do need to be better on the weekends, and I am, as always, going to try harder next weekend, but the numbers on the scale ought to be dropping much faster during the week when I’m being good! What to do, what to do…

Bleh

Monday: 140.0
Tuesday: 140.1
Wednesday: 140.2
Thursday: 140.0
Friday: 139.5
Saturday: 142.4
Sunday: 143.4
Monday: 143.0

Obviously I was bad this weekend. But I’m back to my diet this week of course. And, due to some advice from a blogger, I’m going to try to do my cardio completely separately from my strength training. I’m also going to try to do at least some of that cardio in the morning before breakfast again, to burn more fat. Here goes!

This Week’s Success

Monday: no weigh in, had Mediterranean food for dinner, so obviously went way over calories

Tuesday: 142.1, again went out to eat for dinner :[

Wednesday: 142.9 (fuck!), followed diet

Thursday: 141.9 (that’s a little better…)

Friday: 141.7 (a little progress anyway, and I got my period for the first time in few months!!)

Saturday: 139.5 (holler!!! had Beefy King for lunch :])

Sunday: 140.1 (not bad for what I ate), okay so I went to Jason’s Deli and ate a little (heh) too much from the salad buffet, but I’ll be good this week (at least Monday through Thursday)

I also think I’ll implement a very-few-carbs rule for my last 200 calorie snack of the day from now on.   Anyway, I think I’m back on track!

Okay, time to revamp

I’ve been weighing myself almost daily, naked and after my morning pee, and the results have been dismal:

Sunday: 140.9

Monday: Missed weigh in

Tuesday: 141.4

Wednesday: 141.9

Thursday: 141.9

Friday: 141.8

Saturday: Missed weigh in

Sunday: 142.4!

This is a chart of first my old workout, and then the new, revamped workout I’m starting today to turn this train around:

Mondays: Ab workout, and circuit training prescribed by the book

Addition: 200 calories on cardio machines

Tuesdays: Interval running: 5 minute warm up, 16 minutes of alternating between high intensity running and lower intensity walking, 5 minute cool down

Addition: Same, but this must last until I burn at least 350 calories, so instead of 16 minutes, it’ll probably be more like 20

Wednesday: Ab workout, circuit training

Addition: 200 calories on cardio machines

Thursday: Interval running

Addition: Must burn at  least 400 calories in run

Friday: Circuit Training with extra leg exercises the other days’ program doesn’t include

Change: Now Friday will be the Abs workout that used to be on Saturday, plus some light cardio (this is basically the “rest” day)

Saturday: Ab workout, interval running

Change: Circuit Training with extra leg exercises the other days’ program doesn’t include, plus 200 calories of cardio

Sunday: Off

Change: 450 calories on machines

Other than the interval running, the cardio can be on the treadmill walking or running, or on the stationary bike, or the elliptical machine, or I can walk, jog or run outside, or swim, or play tennis, volleyball etc. (and then just guess at the calories).

This will mean way more calories burned throughout the week.  I’m into the idea of building muscle to burn fat, but the fact is, a couple extra pounds of muscle isn’t going to make up for all of the cardio I’ve dropped, so it’s time to bring it back.

Of course my diet has still changed in accordance with the Abs Diet, and the workouts are from the Abs book, and I’ve incorporated ideas from it into this schedule.  And I got those 12 lb weights, so that’s been good.  Anyway, we’ll see how this goes in the coming week.

Well Fuck Me

I weighed in at 140.7 on my new fancy schmancy scale on Monday (I was unable to do so on Sunday morning before eating).   This was the same weight I registered the day it came in (Tuesday of last week), so no progress.  I’m not sure what to change exactly.  I did have 4 beers instead of 2-3, and two of those beers were really highly caloric, so I can at least do better on that this week for sure.

Maybe I’ll do more light aerobic stuff throughout the week too.  My Abs Diet book tells me not to do too much as I will undue the good I’m doing on my strength training workouts, so it’s just hard to decide.  I do need to get some 12 lb weights still, and I’m making my work outs more varied this week (working my muscles different ways on different days), so I hope that helps.

I’ve also decided maybe I have a fucking gluten allergy, which is bull shit because I don’t really believe in “allergies”, but I have to rule it out I guess (the farting and bloating very much still at it).  So after I use up the delicious pumpernickel bread I just bought, I will try going gluten free for a week to see if it helps.

I’m also using up the last bit of cheese I have and will be trying to go lactose free to see if that helps.  Who fucking knows anymore.  Yogurt is supposed to help with that, right?  I bought a bunch of organic Greek yogurt (and some regular organic yogurt ’cause it was just way cheaper), and I’ve switched to organic plain light soy milk (allow me to send out a shout out to Publix, who offers all sorts of store brand, organic, relatively low priced items), from the non organic stuff I had been buying.

Soon I won’t have anything left at home that has any artificial sweetener in it either, so maybe that’ll help.

Oh, I also had been taking several supplements, which I’ve reduced to just 5-htp (keeps my OCD at bay), a multivitamin, and st. john’s wort, plus a pill of digestive enzymes at every meal as that might help.

And I bought all sorts of different fruits and vegetables of course, but more varied this time than usual, to sort of keep my body on its toes, so to speak.

I’m just trying to get rid of anything that could be causing the problem.  Once I get the problem to go away, I’ll add one thing I want back at a time to see if the problem comes back, thereby finding the goddamned culprit.

Oh I should probably mention

There are some major reasons I should mention (other than time and the ridicule of my friends) why I’ve been trying to find a truly healthful diet and exercise regimen instead of anything that will render me thin.  For one thing, I have truly horrendous bloating and gas daily, getting progressively worse at night.  I mean the kind of gas that is horribly pungent too.  Plus, I haven’t had my period in a few months.

This isn’t the first time that’s happened.  When I was 15 and weighed 130 lbs (I’m 5’8″), I lost it for 9 months and then got it back when I started putting on weight.  So that at least made sense.  Then in 2008, I randomly lost it for about 7 months or so before seeing a doctor at the behest of the friends and co-workers to whom I’d spoken about it.  The strange thing was that I was at a good 140-143 when I lost it, and it stayed gone as I put on a few pounds, until the doctor prescribed some female hormone pills, which brought it back.  But I haven’t had it in almost 3 months again (other than 2 instances of very light spotting), and this has been since gaining a few pounds.

Back to the farting and shit.  For a couple of years I’d been having horrible pains in the left side of my stomach every night.  It might go away for a few days or weeks sometimes, but then it’d be back for more days or weeks at a time.  I would take a huge poo in the morning, and then by the evening I would feel like I desperately needed to take a crap but couldn’t, and then gas and sometimes debilitating pain would ensue.  I tried Tums, Pepto Bismal, Exlax, and Miralax, but nothing gave real relief.

I finally figured out I’d had diverticulitis this whole time, so I put myself on a liquid diet for 3 days, then started introducing fiber back in a little more each day until I was having at least 35 grams per day.  That meant, inter alia, using Metamucil, or any off brand sugar free fiber powder supplement.  I could see this was the most calorically economical option.  Since this process, my diverticultis has remained at bay.  Though it is wonderful to have that pain gone, new problems have arisen.  My pooping is more sporadic than before.  Sometimes I can even poop late at night, but sometimes I also don’t poop in the morning.  I also almost never feel like I am pooping “everything” out.  And the consistency of the dumpage has changed.  Now it’s always this dark, slimy, disgusting sewage.

So I’ve started to think, am I having too much fiber now?  Maybe the kind in Metamucil products isn’t as good as more “natural” stuff?  I’m also trying to get away from artificial sweeteners, and I just realized there’s aspartame in the off brand Metamucil I have (regular Metmaucil probably has it too, or sucralose maybe).  So I want to get off that stuff.  Now that I’m adding flax seeds to several of my snacks and meals, I don’t think the Metamucil will be necessary to keep my diverticulitis subdued any longer.

And I have back problems.  I’m fucking 23 years old people, jeeezus.