The Four Pound Weight Window
In the last year I have lost over twenty pounds. Most of it was my “stop smoking” weight. When I quit smoking five years ago I slowly gained twenty pounds. I was already 15 pounds overweight, so I have about 15 pounds to go.
I have not been on a “diet” per say. I have changed my diet and do not intend to go back to old habits. I have drastically reduced eating anything with sugar and reduced my intake of carbohydrates. I have had maybe 5 sodas in a year. Soda, diet or otherwise, is poison. What makes my change in eating habits palatable is I no longer feel guilt about some really good foods that experts tell you to avoid. I eat bacon or sausage every day. I have eggs every day for breakfast and hard boiled eggs for snack. I eat a lot of meat, and smother my vegetables with real butter.
Enough on that, eat whatever you want, this is working for me. I am losing weight I feel good and I am never hungry.
I weigh myself every morning. I should stop doing that. The daily weighing sets the tone for my day. I have a four pound weight window. Regardless of what I eat or how much I exercise, on any given day my weight will fluctuate four pounds.
I wake up one morning and weigh 195 pounds. I skip through the day happy as a clam. The next morning I hit the scale at 199.
“OK, I had a pretzel after dinner. What was it, a friggin four pound pretzel? It makes me miserable all day.
Intellectually I know the body’s weight just fluctuates from day to day. Mostly it is probably just a function of water retention or dehydration. When I hit 195, I should just recognize that as my low reading and not get excited. When I hit 199 I should know that is just my high weight and not get upset.
When it comes to weight loss, emotion kicks the crap out of intellect.
It is just me?