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2015 March 1

Second weight-loss progress report

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In 2015 New Year’s resolution , I said that I want to lose 10–15 pounds by June 2015 (I’ve now set a specific target: 160 lbs). In Weight-loss progress report, I provided a one-month update. Now it’s time for the two-month update.

The month of February has been much like January—I continue eating any amount of food for lunch, but only raw fruits and vegetables, and my evening is not restricted by type of food, but I’m trying to control how much I eat at dinner.  My exercise levels are also unchanged, averaging 4.84 miles/day of bicycling this month—insignificantly higher than the 4.76 miles/day of January.

    I'm currently on track to hit my target weight around April 13 (at 1.02 lbs/week) or May 5 (at 0.74 lbs/week).

I’m currently on track to hit my target weight around April 13 (at 1.02 lbs/week) or May 5 (at 0.74 lbs/week).

I am at the lowest weight I’ve been since I bought the scale in 2011 and started recording my weight.  Although I was losing 1.24 lbs/week in January, my weight loss has slowed considerably, and I only have been losing 0.74 lbs/week in February.  Over both months, the weight loss is still about 1 lb/week, and the slowdown was expected, but I’m wondering whether I need to be a bit more diligent on weekends, to avoid further slowdown.

The diet has been both easier and harder than I expected.  Limiting myself to raw fruits and vegetables for lunch was fairly easy—the hardest thing there is remembering to prepare and pack a lunch every day.  Stopping eating in the evening before I feel full has been harder.  I had expected the reverse (that I’d feel very hungry at work and hit the vending machine, and that eating just enough for dinner would be fairly easy).

 

7 Comments »

  1. Interesting. Looks like what I did in the fall. Although I didn’t track it like you have been doing, it must have been almost as abrupt. Certainly my doctor found it disturbing when I had my physical recently. My focus now is on not losing weight, since I am close to what had always been my normal weight.

    And my approach was similar to yours: eat things that are equivalent to not eating. My approach was sort of the reverse of yours in that I changed my dinner plan to be heavy on salads and raw vegetables while keeping my lunch meals about the same. That dinner seems to reduce my need to eat too much (because it is filling) and to snack (unless I am up really late at night). Ditto for running in the early evening, before dinner. Your post has me thinking about working some veggies into my lunch with a different mix at dinner to see how that works.

    One suggestion: If a sustainable diet with a stable weight is your goal, don’t worry about trying to go straight to 160 and then leveling off. You might rebound (the way so many diets end), so an exponential approach to 160 might pay off in the long run with totally new eating patterns. I hope mine does!

    Comment by CCPhysicist — 2015 March 10 @ 20:47 | Reply

    • I’m now aiming for an eventual target range of 155–160 lbs, since my weight seems to fluctuate about ±2 lbs. I plan to diet down to 155, then eat “normally”, triggering dieting again any time I get up to 160. If that turns out to be too cyclical, I’ll try a more proportional strategy to regulate my weight, rather than an on-off control with hysteresis.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2015 March 10 @ 22:15 | Reply

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