squeezing off a few pounds: 205 to 187 in 3 months

Well Friday was an official weigh-in date…187…right at my goal for the date…and the same as it was 2 weeks ago…so this peeling off the weight things has slowed down.

So, interesting that this is the first 4 week period in the past 3 months that I didn’t drop at least 1 pound a week on average…

A few contributing factors that I can think of:

  • the first thing that comes to mind is that my body is adjusting to the new weight level, and exhibiting reluctance to give up more…sort of has my ‘technique’ figured out…the well documented ‘plateau’
  • as the workouts have been longer, I’ve been eating and drinking more during workouts, so not getting the BIG calorie deficit as water only for the 60-90 minute workouts
  • I find that the next couple of days after a long workout…like those 6 hour bike rides, followed by a 1 hour run…my weight remains up a couple of pounds, even though I ran a rather large calorie deficit…presumably in deference to the body retaining more fluids with the BIG carb load during training…or some would suggest in ‘triage’ mode repairing muscles and structure
  • this past week, I’ve had the exercise cut back with that scratchy throat thing and congestion, so very difficult for me to adjust the calories down to compensate…_only_ 11 hours of exercise…age group triathlete idea of a ‘recovery’ week 🙂
  • even though the weight isn’t down much from last month, I do have a bit more upper body and ab definition…my abs actually have some loose skin, that looks a little weird…sort of an emerging 6-pack-ab-look an optimist would say
  • so it could be that with the BIG HIT (High Intensity Training) that I’ve been doing that some muscle has been added onto the old bones, and offsetting a bit more fat coming off

All in all, what used to be 205 on a fat day, is now 190…I’ll take it 🙂

With 5 weeks to go to Ironman Florida, I’m not going to angst too much more about the weight thing…priorities are strong workouts, and getting/staying healthy, so if it takes a few more calories to stay on the safe side of that equation, that’s were I’ll target.

My original target was to lose 10 pounds from 205 – 195…when I blew by that target in 1 month, I re-set the goal to 185…and have been slowly meandering towards it…earlier posts if you haven’t been following…or here for all of if it:
http://www.irondaughterirondad.com/squeezing-off-a-few-pounds/
http://www.irondaughterirondad.com/squeezing-off-a-few-pounds-1-month-weigh-in-205-to-194/
http://www.irondaughterirondad.com/staying-the-course-205-to-185-losing-20-pounds/

So I’m going to leave it at 185, just to keep the focus on the calorie thing for 1 more month…it would be a shame to add back on any weight before I have to cart it around for 12-13 hours on November 5

…and I do have to tell you that this weight management thing is _constant_ work…I have this sense that if left to its own, my body is more than willing to pack on the pounds the moment I take my eye off it…so I _really_ need to stay focused the next 4 weeks…I’ve seen on days that I don’t record the calories as I’m eating them during the day, and then go back later in the day or next day, and re-construct it, that I’ve inevitably eaten more than I thought…

1 Gatorade bottle of weight to go…185 pounds…4 weeks…count on it

…that’s me giving myself a pep talk 🙂

 

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5 Responses to squeezing off a few pounds: 205 to 187 in 3 months

  1. Anne Boone says:

    Yes, it’s frustrating when you bike 75-100 miles, diet off 2000+ calories that day, and the next day your weight is either the same or up a pound. I think your muscles are a little stressed from the big workout so you are retaining some fluid for a day or two. After IMFL, my weight shot up 3 pounds until midweek.

    My weight is stuck at 133+ now, no matter what I do. I hope I can get off at least one more pound before IMFL. I do seem to have more upper body muscle. People have commented on it, and I put on a shirt to run this AM that I hadn’t worn since last winter and it was tight through the shoulders. I have been using a TRX trainer all summer. So maybe it’s all muscle? 😉

    I’m still very impressed by your weight loss. You’re probably fine right where you are, but you’re right in that you’ve got to fight weight gain all of the time. It’s a battle. Food is such fun!!

    • Dad says:

      Anne, sounds like you’re in a really good place with the weight.

      …I can see that I’m going to really need to watch it to stay under 190 for the next 4 weeks…better than trying to stay under 205 though 🙂

  2. Chuck says:

    Yes, Steve, I understand. I’ve upped my workouts, but the weight remains the same. My goal for Birkie is 160, but I’m stuck on 175-176… This getting older thing sucks!

  3. Chuck says:

    Steve, do you have a nutritionist / dietician, or are you figuring it out on your own?

    • Dad says:

      Chuck, this was a do-it-yourself project…lots of research, but largely came down to calories in / calories out

      …tracking every morsel every day as I was eating them…and using the most conservative calculations I could find for exercise calories burned

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