Yesterday was 3 weeks since I began the quest to â€˜squeeze off a few poundsâ€™
My ‘official’ first period weigh-in will be next Friday, so it’s still a bit early to draw my first period conclusions, although I’ve liked the trend that I see so far.
As you can see, the last 3 days, I’ve been at 196 which is actually within the target range that I had set for the end of October 🙂
By adding a trendlineÂ to the data (the straight green line) and taking a look at the rolling 7 day average (the red line), I can conclude that my starting weight was really probably closer to 203 (my 205 initial weigh-in probably caught me on a ‘fat’ day) and my current weight probably closer to 197, so I’ll call it aÂ 6 pound drop in 3 weeks…so I’ll take that 🙂
…one reason that I’m not ready to declare victory quite yet is a commentary written by the Mayo clinic dealing with ‘weight loss plateaus’…in part:
The progression fromÂ initialÂ weight loss to a weight-loss plateau follows a typical pattern. During the first few weeks of losing weight, a rapid drop in pounds is normal. When calories from food are reduced, the body gets needed energy by releasing its stores of glycogen, a type of carbohydrate found in the muscles and liver. Glycogen holds ontoÂ water, so when glycogen is burnedÂ for energy, it also releases the water â€” about 4 grams of water for every gram of glycogen â€” resulting in substantial weight loss thatâ€™s mostly water.
The full article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss-plateau/MY01152
…so it’s probably safe to say that a portion ofÂ that weight drop was just water, as my body makes it’s initial adjustmentÂ to the idea of operating with a few less calories each day…although I do have a pair of shorts that have been on the tighter side, that are looser now, so I’ll take that as a good sign.
…that little pocket of love handle fat still remainsÂ unchanged, so I expect that I’ll keep on going until I see that gone…well, at least, less jiggle to it…since we can’t control where on our body the weight/fat comes off, I’ll need to wait until my body finally gets to that part…I’m not really sure where the 6’ish pounds came from that’s now gone
One lingering concern about losing weight for us age group athlete’sÂ is the question ofÂ losing muscle instead of fat…and in the reading that I’ve done, the conclusion seems to beÂ that some muscle loss in inevitableÂ as weight is shedÂ off…although there appears to beÂ a benefit to exercising and keeping up the protein…and not being too aggressive in theÂ weight loss quest…1-2 pounds per week is a commonly quoted ‘safe’ range…a bit more if you’re ‘bigger’, so I’m right about there consideringÂ anÂ initial few water pounds
…so with 11-12 hours of training each week now…and soon to start sliding up towards 16-18, I’m hoping that my body’s drive to recover and rebuild muscle from training, exceeds my body’s drive to wipe out muscle to counteract a calorie deficit
…and I keep a constant dailyÂ mental picture of that love handle fat gone, to guide my body to the right spot 🙂