I’ve been on this diet for over 100 days. I’ve lost 30 pounds. I’ve cheated a lot in the last week and still only regained one pound.
You know, I was planning on switching back to BFL. I actually did my aerobics yesterday and lifted weights this morning. But when I was writing the beginning of this entry, I decided to go back and look over the whole thing. And I lost three pounds in the last 2 weeks on QWLC’s stuff. Yeah, it’s not as fast as I wanted to lose it, but that’s still pretty good. Of course, I looked back farther and in the last 21 days on it, I lost 3.2 pounds. In 26 days I lost 4.2 pounds. That’s one pound every six days.
Of course, part of the reason I want to do BFL is that I gained muscle. Gaining muscle means that I lose inches and gain a bump in metabolism. It means that my clothes fit better (or worse) because I am dropping inches, even when my weight isn’t going down.
On BFL I lost 45 pounds of fat. Of course, I gained muscle, too. Ten pounds of it, so the end result was actually 5 pounds heavier than I am now. I gave it up, though, after several months of no loss and then suddenly gaining fat instead of muscle.
On QWLC I have lost 30 pounds. And I weigh 5 pounds less than I did on BFL after a year. But I’m not losing as fast as they said I would and it is getting tedious. Truthfully it was always tedious, but when you are losing weight quickly enough to notice, it isn’t too bad.
I am trying to figure out how long it took me to lose what, but I can’t find the sheets that we kept on the computer of the weight loss. That means I may have to get up and search through the handwritten notebooks. Aagh. That won’t be too fun.
One of the things you learn is that your body can adapt to most anything. But when I was finishing up BFL last time, I was exhausted and sleeping a lot and having memory problems again. Re-reading my web entries, though, I find that I was doing aerobics 10 times a week, plus five days a week of weights. I think that was too much. Especially since BFL recommends three of each a week. I think that I wasn’t losing as fast as I wanted and I did too much exercising.
But I had weighed in at 160 for four months in a row as well. That wasn’t what I wanted either.
Perhaps switching from QWLC, which has slowed considerably in the weight loss department, back to BFL, after more than a year away from it, will put my weight loss back on the fast track. Even if it doesn’t, if I can remember not to overtrain or undertrain, I think that I will be able to gain muscle and lose weight.
I lost 45 pounds of fat in 42 weeks. Or 40 pounds in 48 weeks. (It depends on which blog entry you read.) However, even if I lose less than one pound a week, if I also gain 10 pounds of muscle, like I did on BFL the first time, I should be able to get down to my goal weight. And hopefully I’ll be able to stay there, too.
Today I ate only four meals, not six. But I had a large dinner which really overfilled my tummy. Breakfast: eggs and toast. (260 cal.) Lunch: one burrito. (350) Snack: one protein bar. (150 cal) Supper: half a gigantic burrito. (500 cal)
I think that I need to break my food up and eat more often smaller meals. BFL says that’s essential. Something else I need to do is maintain the correct amount of exercise.
Another thing I need to do, which QWLC was very good about teaching me, was that I need to have fiber in my diet. I need to make sure I get at least one good salad in a day. I didn’t manage that today.
Re-reading my blog entries, I also found that if I have sugar it exacerbates my food allergies. Cheese does the same thing. That’s not good, because that is something I tend to eat a lot on BFL. I also was thinking that I should just give up soda pop. I don’t love it and it hates me. Of course, when you say you are giving something up, you then decide you want it all the time. I don’t think I want to go there. I think I just want to minimize the sugar and the cheese. I certainly don’t want yeast infections again. That’s something I haven’t had on QWLC.
I did 2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10 pound weights today for upper body. I did 10, 15, 20, and 25 for my back. I can feel the chest muscles in my chest, so I guess I got a good workout on those.
I will be blogging this carefully for a good computerized record of what I’m doing.