Week 5 Results: Surprise! Meat Puppet is Defective!

I stayed on target all week, no slips or eating off-plan, as I expect of myself. I had 49 servings of fruits/veggies. I had 37 meal replacements. I burned 4,340 calories in physical activity. I averaged a net caloric intake of ~754 calories per day. As you can see, I met and exceeded all of my target goals.

I spent the weekend medieval camping, and despite vast amounts of tasty temptation, I stayed on program every single minute of every single day. You could say I ROCKED IT. I will say it. I rocked it. I am feeling so good about how I handled this weekend with my prepping and my planning. After last weeks astounding physical activity numbers and dismal result on the scale I was expecting that the “check was in the mail,” so to speak, and I’d see a great loss this week. Are you ready for my amazing result??

I was up .7 pounds. I gained.

I’m getting really sick of your shit, body. This meat puppet I use to drive my brain around is defective and I’d like to trade it in on a new one that works now please. If you have never understood the feeling of impotent rage, this is it. To do everything right, to be absolutely immaculate in your execution, and to still fail is the embodiment of situations that inspire impotent rage. I feelz it.

Alright, now that that’s out of the way, taking an objective look at the situation, there are three options when one is plateauing:

  • Eat less
  • Eat more
  • Exercise harder

Two of these three options are not feasible for me, as I’m already eating as little as I can get away with, and exercising as hard as I can. So my coach has recommended that I try the other one. I will eat more to try to fuel my body into realizing it is not starving. I will also reel back the exercise a bit because perhaps I am overdoing it there too.

This is so weird to me, you guys. In my thirties, what I am doing now would absolutely work to get me the results I expected. It no longer works. Welcome to my fully wrecked metabolism, courtesy of aging and genetics. I don’t know what works now, but I am going to experiment and find out.

I’ve got nothing but time, and my very own laboratory (body) to experiment with.

According to everything I read, a diet made up of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and complex carbohydrates should be the gold standard for healthy eating. However I may not have been getting enough of them. So, this week, more fruits and veggies, more of everything. I’m aiming to net in at around 1000 calories per day, so I need to up my caloric intake of healthy foods, and maybe cut back the exercising a bit.

Another thing that actually buttresses my suspicion here that I am not getting enough fuel (despite averaging a total of ~1400 calories per day, netting in at ~700), is that last week I was desperately depressed. I took things that weren’t big deals on their surface and overreacted myself into a deep hole of despair. When does that happen? When things are out of whack. Perhaps I didn’t have enough energy to keep an even keel. I could be wrong. We’ll find out next week I guess.

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7 Responses to “Week 5 Results: Surprise! Meat Puppet is Defective!”

  1. Figgy Says:

    My body often knows when it’s weigh in time, and decides to gain a pound for the scales. Then, the next day, the weight is back down… that’s why I weigh myself every morning, before I eat or drink anything. To me, that’s a better way of knowing and seeing the normal fluctuations my body goes through.

    I have a very real fear of gaining my weight back, because I’ve done it before. You really have the weighing, measuring, and counting down! I don’t count my exercise at all towards any food allowance. I try to stay under my BMR. Some days I feel hungry all the time, so I allow myself to eat 200-400 calories over my target. Usually it’s only 1 or 2 days of the week. This week, I’m feeling very hungry, and it’s ever since I ate a donut last Friday. I think my body is extremely sensitive to processed foods now.

    Anyway, I think you are on the right track to tinker around with exercise and fuel quantities. Keep the fuel quality high, and hopefully your depression will lessen.

  2. Shoe Says:

    Just came across this discussion with Dr. Doug Lisle and it’s got some good information about the “I’m not losing weight…DOH!” phenomena. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhBJ0R2xAp4

    Your blog is an inspiration to me and I thank you! It reminds me that we are all engaged in this serious business every day. YOU ARE NOT DEFECTIVE! 🙂

  3. Kaaren Says:

    I wonder if your hormones were wonky with the depression… Cortisol?

  4. Karen Says:

    When I hit a depressive wall, I check for three things first: am I eating the right sort of food, am I getting enough exercise, and am I sleeping enough/well? (Laurie calls this my SEE formula: Sleep, Eat, Exercise.) The next question is am I socializing enough. If I were doing the program you’re doing (which I’ve done in the past), I would add in something slightly off the plan, but only slightly. Maybe a taste chocolate, or an ounce of a favorite alcoholic beverage, something like that that you were eating before? I suspect, again based on my own experience so it might not work for you, is that your body may be craving something not supportive of weight loss, so it’s fighting to get some.

    Also, I think you should socialize more, but with us. Because we miss you.

    • Laina Says:

      I just got back from picking up some avocados and sour cream for adding some healthy fats to my diet. I miss you too! I’m hoping that next week we can come on Thursday! Being at Beltane this weekend really helped to refill my socializing tank, but you weren’t there so I’ll have to come down…


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