Dieting

The Diet Report

Yes, I am still letting the body adjust to weights below 200. Looks like I’ll miss a goal for the first time this year, but I’ve decided to let it rest at the 198 weight rather than pushing the metabolism where it does not yet want to go. Giving it another month ought to do it, then it is on to 196. It may not seem that a 12 pound loss against a base of 210 would be a big deal, but it is. Feeling much better than you would think by a 5% loss, all done without the normal hassles of other diets. Just eating real food properly consumed.

A Bump in the Road

After 8 easy and successful months on my plan to lose a slow and easy 1.5 pounds per month for every month of 2010, I finally reached a resistance point. My goal for August was 198, and while I did hit it, the body kept wanting to bounce back over 200. It’s as though my metabolism woke up and asked, ‘Hey, what's going on here? You trying to slip some of my reserve fat off?’ I suspect that September will largely be spent in an effort to get the starvation instinct settled down as I try for 196.5 by the end of the month. I’ll let you know how I do, but I’ve shed 12 pounds so far and it just feels right.

The Slow Diet, cont'd

Last month I told you about my slow weight loss plan — set nominal monthly weight loss goals, eat a sensible but not a deprivation diet, and allow your body time to adjust to those incremental weight losses. So far, so good. I have hit every monthly goal of losing 1.5 lbs per month, and I’ve got to tell you, it has been pleasant and easy and the rewards of carrying less weight are wonderful. I am halfway there — 9 pounds lost, 9 to go as I pass the midway mark for the year.