My stats on 11/17/09:
- weight: 219.2 lbs (-2.2 / -21.9)
- Body fat: 44.9 (+0.8/ -4.5)
- waist: 41.5″
- hips: 51.5″
This last week I did the diet double-whammy: First, I had guests over and we ate a LOT of food; second, we drank wine coolers, mudslides, and a couple bottles of Smirnoff. Despite this, I lost weight! I’m so shocked …
My stats on 11/10/09:
- weight: 221.4 lbs (-3.6 / -19.7)
- Body fat: 44.1 (+0.9/ -5.3)
- waist: 43″
- hips: 53″
Now, my body fat went up, presumably, the nurse says, because of the alcohol. Yes, I told my nurse I drank this week. Another week coming up!
Well folks, it’s been six weeks. That’s probably the longest I’ve every stayed on a diet. It helps that my appetite has diminished (except for the aforementioned PMS cravings I’ve been having) and the fact that it doesn’t really feel like I’m dieting – I eat all the time. Funny I eat more now than I did 15 lbs heavier.
My stats on 10/27/09:
- weight: 225 lbs (-1.6 / -16.1)
- Body fat: 43.2 (-2.4/ -6.2)
- waist: 43″
- hips: 53″
I’m glad I’m losing weight, but I really wanted to have lost twice as much as I actually have. Baby steps, I know. My doctor (and most doctors) recommend losing no more than 1-2 pounds per week, and that’s what I’ve been doing. Not willingly though!
I am SO hungry. My daughter has two buckets of chocolate and other candies from trick-or-treating yesterday, and I’m being taunted by them. It’s killing me! I just had an omelet and I’m STILL hungry! Of course, I know it’s all in my mind. Is it PMS related?
I found this article on WebMD regarding my question:
Do you find yourself successfully dieting for three weeks at a time, only to succumb to an uncontrollable urge to scarf down a few calorie-laden hot fudge sundaes as that time of the month rolls around? You’re not alone.
As many as 85% of women experience at least one symptom of PMS, the disruptive physical and emotional changes that can strike anytime in the last 2 weeks of the menstrual cycle, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And as many as 70% of these women suffer from PMS-related food cravings, bloating, fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood swings, and irritability — any of which have the potential to sabotage your diet, says Judith Wurtman, PhD, director of the women’s health program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
Fortunately, a better understanding of PMS in general and food cravings specifically can keep women from getting caught in a diet-destroying cycle.
Diet Double Whammy
PMS packs a double whammy against a diet, Wurtman says. “First, you have food cravings, usually for sweet, starchy foods with an underlay of fat, like chocolate ice cream. And then, your bad mood makes you say, ‘To hell with it!’ You lose your willpower to exercise any control over what you are eating.”
The bloating that often goes with PMS also sabotages a diet, says Stephen Goldstein, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at New York University. “A woman steps on the scale and freaks out. And some people’s response to being bloated and having to loosen their belt is to drown themselves in an ice cream sundae.”
And what do we break down and eat when those cravings hit? Chocolate is No. 1 on the hit parade, followed generally by other sweets, Goldstein says. Salty foods, particularly chips, are a distant third.
“You never find anything nutritious on the A-list,” agrees Wurtman, noting that women rarely come in complaining of cravings for fish, fruits, and vegetables. “If it’s a dieting no-no, you can bet the PMS mind is saying, ‘Yes, yes,’” she says.
So there I have it … PMS … a couple more days to go.
I .. can … do … it …
So I got up this morning to prepare my weekly packs of pills, only to realize that I left the doctor’s office yesterday without my weekly supply of Phentermine! Big oops! Now i’ll have to call there and hope they don’t think I’m trying to pull a fast one and double up on the doses … can I stick to my diet and keep up the energy on my own until I can make it out there tomorrow to pick up the pills? Stay tuned …
This week was the first time in over a month I added carbs to my diet. Apples. I love apples. I’ve had three. I also had more vegetables. I was very leery at first because I lost so little weight last week, but my body needed the carbs. I did, however, increase my exercise – walking or biking twice a day, did the ab-lounger thing – all in all, I felt energetic enough to WANT to do more. It was great.
My stats on 10/27/09:
- weight: 226.2 lbs (-4.4 / -14.5)
- Body fat: 45.6 (-1.3/ -3.8)
- waist: 45″
- hips: 54.5″
Today when I went in for my weekly appointment, I weighed in at 226.2 with a body fat of 45.6. Lost a little over 4lbs, and 1% body fat. That’s awesome! Let’s hope I can maintain the momentum…
I was a little worried after last weeks’ doctor visit; finding I’d only lost half a pound after a week of keeping on my diet was a little more distressing than I let on to. Last night though, I stepped on the scale to find I was down to 229!
I’m feeling fit too – before, my knees and ankles ached just as I started walking, and soon became winded. I was always looking for the shortest walk between two points. Now, I’ve been biking every morning with the dog and this weekend I walked as well – I had planned to walk just around the block but I was listening to the headphones, bouncing along in my new gym shorts, and decided to go farther. It felt great!
My legs look muscular now, my arm flab has tightened up a bit … overall, I can tell the difference. Now I’m waiting for other people to notice!