I first met Bill at one of my book signings in 2012. He lives in my hometown. I consider him a friend. We certainly don't get together as much as we'd like, but still, we've kept in contact, enjoyed coffee and we've shared in deep intellectual and philosophical conversations about the various elements of transformation. He's one of the most intelligent people I know. He's an attorney and for many years lectured at Oxford University. It is truly an honor to call him a friend. Bill is also someone who has studied this blog closely over the years. His support, wisdom and insights are always appreciated. He also, as you might imagine, has a fascinating transformation all his own.
After my maintenance weigh-day post, I received a wonderful email from him, containing some very interesting information. With his permission, I'm sharing it with you:
I read your blog every day, watching with interest your evolution.
The main thing now is that you are getting a grip on your rest and sleep. That is so important, noting that there are two variables which you cannot control, which are work related commitments combined with the unpredictability of the weather, and then the family obligations. Consequently, it requires some flexibility, an approach you are more than able to handle at this point. Well done.
As you progress with things, the surprise and mystery of how you can eat a higher portion of daily calories and still lose a bit of weight has been on your mind.
Some months back, while reading my usual international papers, noting the health sections in particular, there was one which crossed my path that was of interest. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the paper, and did not bookmark it at the time. I have been unable to locate it.
However, I do remember the main point. The breakthrough study found that in the study of weight loss, there came the usual point when people "reached their goal". What surprised them was the fact that it took 12 full months after the goal was reached for the metabolism to return to normal!
What this means is quite significant. Essentially, there is a two phase process, with the first being the initial weight loss, and the second being the metabolism recovery. To return to normal eating of caloric intake prior to the 12 month period of readjustment could very well cause a relapse in itself.
Interestingly, this reset is something that you are experiencing, which is fascinating because of the precision of your tracking, and it seems to run true to the study I mentioned.
So rather than digging back through your archives, it might be easier if you could look back and determine at what point you reached the goal and went to the 2300 calories. Has it been a year? If so, then it would perhaps answer why the loss is occurring now.
If you get a moment, out of curiosity, let me know that date or mention it in your blog, as it will be interesting to see if you are close to the 12 month window.
More on me later. Lots to tell, but all well, in a nutshell.
I went back into the records and discovered I officially dropped below my initial goal of 230 on June 24th, 2015. That was the day I could say I lost all of the relapse/regain weight-plus two pounds. I weighed 228 that day, just a couple weeks shy of one year ago. I started adding calories slowly at first, then a little more, and a little more, before finally arriving at a maintenance budget of 2300 calories. Throughout this process, it's brought me to where I am today: 203.8
It's all wonderful news, really. I spent many years believing there was nothing I could do about my sloth-like metabolism. I've shattered that old story. It just wasn't true. I never remained consistent enough to prove otherwise, that is, until this transformation started seven and a half years ago. I'm grateful for the changes and absolutely blessed by what's revealed in the study of it all.
Once again, thank you, Bill!
I posted yesterday's blog and rushed off to the rodeo grounds for night two of three, broadcasting from the big PRCA Pro Rodeo. My activity level at these annual broadcasts is completely different than it was for several years. At my heaviest, I hid in the station broadcast vehicle. The lights were on, the station was blasting--but I was hidden inside, only heard on the air. Now, I'm all over the arena--with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. The perspective has shifted. And this is a perfect example of how my physical/mental/emotional transformation has positively transformed my work performance. Now, the perspective isn't, how can I get this over quickly without too much effort? It's, how can I make this a great broadcast?
I had a couple more location broadcasts today--one from a grocery store and then my final rodeo broadcast of the year. My activity level the past two days has been more than sufficient to be considered workouts. I no longer wear a fitbit--and haven't since mine stopped working, but I'm sure if I still had it, the numbers would back up that conclusion. I may get another one soon, I'm still on the fence. I don't necessarily need to see the stats, I just need to get the movement--you know? The activity monitor on my phone works a little--but I don't think it catches everything.
Tonight's broadcast brought to a close one of the busiest two week periods of my entire year.
I'm very proud to be able to say: Through it all, I've embraced the fundamental elements of my plan. I've maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I've remained abstinent from refined sugar, I've reached or exceeded my daily water goal and I've stayed connected with exceptional support contacts.
Tomorrow is a special Noah day. I'm picking up the little guy about 11:30am and we're spending some super-quality time together. I can't wait! We're going to have an absolute blast.
Continuous Live-Tweet Stream:
On my radio show this morning, I promised I'd ride a bull. I did. You've got to hold on with… https://t.co/Vw1P7wugQw— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Medium roast decaf with three tablespoons half & half. I've been looking forward to this cup all day. #relax 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/pDI4SRS2Ym— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/fteAVFgHQy— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Revised dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/MX013HRXrA— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Pizza Night. Fit&Active 90 cal SF flatbreads w/124g SF sauce, 2oz mini peppers, 3oz 90% lean beef...cntd nxt tweet- pic.twitter.com/RpAgnv9lov— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Continued from previous tweet... 40g red onion, 3oz mushrooms and four .8oz slices mozzarella. 659 cal. pic.twitter.com/N9tYXFD2wS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
#morningdeal Easier after a solid 8.5 hours. 20push-ups, 20 squats, 2 cups water✔️✔️✔️Coffee time! pic.twitter.com/t8Pk5tj3Yn— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Three tablespoons half & half in my Saturday morning dark roast. I'll have another in not long. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/cJPZUqa223— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Breakfast in MFP. Not shown in screen shot: .5oz 1/3 less fat crm cheese & 18g sugar free all-fruit strwbrry spread. pic.twitter.com/P1ieFZYCZS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
2 whl-2 whts w/2oz mshrms, 2-prvln, 176g red pot.w/2secOOSpray. Ezekiel w/.5oz crm cheese & 18g SF strwbrry. 586 cal pic.twitter.com/GaAdAOqq1k— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
3 cups water during my location broadcast from a massive meat sale at an area grocery store. #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/50S7QZOL6e— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
3 tablespoons half & half in my midday venti dark roast pour over. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/SLaUU1cGb4— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Summer grilling. Lunch is coming soon! Good thing, I'm hungry! pic.twitter.com/46ou0mKMWu— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/V7pgVoySA1— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
6.6oz sirloin, 252g fry cut & baked swt.potato w/dash of salt, pepper & cinnamon, & 4secOOSpray. 6.4oz apple. 573cal pic.twitter.com/lQG7jXXRbA— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
3 cup bottle of water exceeds #watergoal 5.6oz orange & 3.9oz banana. 136 cal. pic.twitter.com/lPrZkqGLag— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 11, 2016
Dinner in MFP. Not shown in screen shot: Lettuce, jalapeños & 30g sour cream. pic.twitter.com/L8EGsqIXHn— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 12, 2016
Tacos w/4oz beef, 28g chddr, 30g sr crm. Tostada w/65g beans, lettuce, 1 provolone, salsa, jalapeños&sr crm. 612 cal pic.twitter.com/5fcCkZmkKa— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 12, 2016
After dinner decaf with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/Ny8v1GPU58— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 12, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,