Weights and Measures

I promised a health goals update, so here it is.

The big news is that I got back to Lifetime status at Weight Watchers (or “WW” as they have rebranded themselves). The intention* here is to have members stay no more than two pounds above their goal weight, and not too far below either.

This came a little more quickly than I expected. I was creeping down to my goal weight with my weekly weight loss having dropped to only a pound or so. Then at the end of October, I had a sudden larger loss to two pounds above goal. This put me back within the Lifetime zone. Since then I have been trying to find levels to maintain my weight.

Maintaining is hard.

The first thing I had to do (and the thing that really bombed my weight loss last time) was to stop losing weight. There is a maintenance mode in the app which immediately added some points, then they sent out additional guidance on how to further adjust your points to stabilise. I kind of fish-tailed all over the road as I tried to slam the anchors on with the weight loss, but my weight seems to be close to stable at a few pounds below goal.

I have started buying clothes again.

Q: why did you decide to stop losing weight?

This is a question I have asked myself as well as been asked, and the basic reason is maintainability. I have had long term periods of weight stability at much lower weights than I am carrying now: when I was at Uni I weighed 9st8 for the entire time**, and then when I started work I was stable at 10st7 for about four years. Given that, there is arguably a stone and a half I am leaving on the table for my weight loss now.

But, there are differences. That was thirty years ago, for a start, and when I was working at my first job I was cycling at least an hour a day. While I didn’t exercise regularly at Uni, I also didn’t have money to be extravagant with food. The Uni weight was also when I was naught but skin and bone, so it would be deeply unhealthy to aim for that weight again.

Regardless, where I am now is a maintainable weight and maintainabilty is more important that idealness. And I am already quite bony so I don’t want to lose any more.

The next challenge is to make it through the feast season without putting enormous amounts straight back on again: apparently the average American gains fifteen pounds from Halloween to New Year. For me Halloween was a non-event food-wise and Thanksgiving was manageable so I maintained through it — I have even had scones at the local bakery a couple of times***. The trick, it seems, is to only have one of these treats a day, and not every day either.

We have our Christmas traditions that we are going to follow and which I am going to enjoy: the breakfast coffee cake, the Christmas lasagne, my special whipped cream on pie, and a certain amount of wine. I will partake of those but not to the point of being unable to move, and then I will go for a run on Boxing Day.

It’ll be fine.

I hope you are reaching your goals. I will report back after the holiday food is but a memory.

[*] I say “the intention”, but it is also worth noting that to obtain lifetime status now you have maintain your weight in a +/- two pound window around your goal weight. This is harder than the standard I had to meet before.

[**] somehow I lost another three pounds just before I started work. I don’t actually know how. I also feel like this is the absolute lowest weight I could thrive at.

[***] celebrating NaNoWriMo achievements.

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