A good friend of mine joked, with a smile, "I can't stand you, Mr. I'm Not Trying To Lose Weight!! I'd kill for 3.2 pounds."
Yesterday's maintenance weigh-in was truly unexpected. I haven't handled my schedule very well. Instead of me managing it, I've allowed it to manhandle me. My point is, too little sleep and a big bunch of missed workouts, should have translated to a slight gain. It didn't. And I'm not complaining AT ALL. I'm just observing and analyzing.
I can see where this whole I'm not trying to lose weight thing can possibly read annoying to anyone starting out or in the middle of intense struggle along the way. But before you yell, "shut-up Sean, Mr. I'm Not Trying To Lose Weight," at your computer or device screen, consider--I've been at all points along this road. And some of those places, I hung out for quite some time.
What this is really proving to me is how the metabolism can effectively be transformed. If you told me I'd be eating 2300 calories per day and somehow, still losing weight, I would have never believed you. I was convinced my metabolism was stuck on super slow. It might have been for a very long time. But clearly, it's different now. I'm blessed and very grateful. But my bigger point is this: There's hope for anyone who believes they're forever in a down position with their metabolism.
I'm not a nutrition expert, obviously. But I think the gradual evolution of my food plan is chiefly responsible for this quicker metabolism.
I eat a lot of, what I call, "one ingredient foods" or "foods without a nutrition label." As in, an egg is an egg, an apple is an apple, natural peanut butter is simply peanuts, an avocado is an avocado, you get the idea. Granted, I certainly eat some processed stuff--but for the most part, it's very simple things. The abstinence from refined sugar for over two years, I truly believe--has contributed in a major way.
My opinion, based on what I've learned from others and the analysis of everything, on the whole--is this: The body recognizes and processes these things I'm eating easier and much faster. I'm not throwing it many heavily processed curve balls or refined sugar--I'm also getting more than enough water every day...and so, the metabolism works more efficiently.
So what now? Do I add more calories? When I commit to a more structured weight training program (longtime readers, even though I might deserve it--please refrain from bursting out in laughter), I'll need to add a fairly good amount of calories, I'm sure. Even just a more consistent combination of cardio/strength training will require more calories, I'm certain.
If we study this from the right perspective, it offers a tremendous amount of hope for yet another wonderful part of our individual transformations along the way. Perhaps right around the corner for some--maybe further down the road for others. But, it's possible.
Once again I wasn't able to blog late afternoon instead of last thing at night. That plan is clearly a work in progress.
Isn't everything a work in progress?
Today, I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget. I remained abstinent from refined sugar. I met my #watergoal and I exercised well with nearly two hours of walking around my location broadcast this evening. I'm dropping in bed at a fairly reasonable hour.
Continuous Live-Tweet Stream:
#morningdeal DONE✔️ 20 push-ups, 20 squats & 2 cups water. Now, without delay, I'd like a dark roast with half&half. pic.twitter.com/I6NWzSXYvM— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 9, 2016
Dark roast with two tablespoons half&half. This and another to go. And another later this morning. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/ztry7iWFpW— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 9, 2016
Breakfast in MFP. Not shown in screen shot: 6.2oz apple. pic.twitter.com/8uaapzRKm7— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 9, 2016
2 egg whts-2 whl w/3oz beef & 1 provolone. Ezekiel tst w/1oz crm cheese & 18g SF blubrry spread. 6.2oz apple. 626cal pic.twitter.com/mqJ4H43XNt— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 9, 2016
Midmorning dark roast with three tablespoons half & half. Great cup of coffee, my goodness. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/vDZtDiqIrc— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 9, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/4bByYdrMnw— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 9, 2016
32g nat.peanut butter & 18g sugar free blueberry all-fruit spread on Ezekiel. 7.7oz pear & 4.9oz orange. 593 cal. pic.twitter.com/W2Jls00x71— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 9, 2016
6.9oz fresh peach slices. 76 cal. pic.twitter.com/V2nlEJY0qf— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 9, 2016
Workout: Constantly moving for 2 hours during location broadcast. Back home- decaf w/2tbsp half&half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/tqx7pKnltc— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 10, 2016
Simple. Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/OnnF5IPyL1— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 10, 2016
9oz baked cod & 247g fresh cut & baked sweet potato fries prepared w/3secOOSpray, salt&pepper. Delicious. 550 cal. pic.twitter.com/45QmoUZxNv— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 10, 2016
Sometimes, eating a banana with a fork is advisable. 4.2oz banana w24g natural peanut butter. #lastfoodofday 225 cal pic.twitter.com/siQGT9fwq1— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 10, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,