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Maintaining a Weight Window

Weighed in this morning at 150 pounds, down two pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday, I stuck to my diet plan. Here's what I did to lose those pounds...

Morning: 1 cup, 4oz, Dannon Activia Yogurt (110 calories)
Morning: 1 Thomas' English Muffin, Multi-Grain (100 calories)
Late Morning: 1 bag, 3.75oz, beef jerky (320 calories)
Late Morning: 1 bottle of water (0 calories)
Afternoon: 1 bottle of Fruit2O (0 calories)
Late afternoon: 24 almonds, 1oz, (160 calories)
Evening: 10 celery sticks with chile pepper cheese dip (75 calories)

Total calories: 765

The only exercise I got was pushing one of my motorcycles uphill at the end of the block. I was trying to push-start it, hoping to get it started so that I could ride to the dealer to get the starter fixed. I couldn't get it push-started.

So I'm trying to maintain a weight window between 145 pounds and 155 pounds. Ideally, I'd remain at 150 pounds. So if I get above 150 pounds, I'll try to trim my weight down, and if I go below 150, I'll try to raise it up.

It's actually a 5 pound buffer each way.

But I had to think about what it means to raise my weight. Obviously for me, that would be fun. I could drink a few glasses of beer, but then that would only have me gaining water, which is not really real weight gain.

I could also eat my favorite foods, like burgers, pizzas, tacos, or anything junky. But that too isn't real weight gain, that's just adding more fat to my body.

I suppose real weight gain is when I gain muscle, and that just means exercising more, and eating lean protein.

That's fine, but I don't necessarily want to be muscle-bound. I just want enough muscle-mass to look fit. Thin is what I grew up as a kid and continued into my early 20s. That's how I see myself.

I still wonder if 150 pounds is where I'm supposed to be. If I still have more body fat to lose, then perhaps I should lose it. I look at myself in the mirror and notice that I still have a few places with fat. But for the most part, I look lean. So, I think this is my "window", between 145 and 155.


December 11, 2009 at 1:17 PM Eric said...

How is fat gain not "real weight gain." Were you not really 240 pounds when you started? Or has all of the loss been muscle? I doubt it. Either way, keep up what has worked for you. If it were me, I would worry about the high sodium intake, but you really cannot argue with losing almost 100 pounds. I am sure that "outweighs" the higher sodium levels, if they even are higher now than before. Interesting blog.

December 11, 2009 at 1:44 PM Steve said...

Eric, you're right that any weight gain is weight gain, but I'd rather gain weight in muscle than fat or water. The high sodium intake was a concern for me when I was eating almost nothing but jerky. Since then, I have greatly reduced the jerky and introduced more fresh fruits and vegetables, as a result that led to a sodium deficiency, believe it or not!

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