Larry Wiltmore's Terrible Show Cancelled Due to Reasons of Terribleness; Wiltmore Decries the "Unblackening" of His Time Slot | Main | Divisive Political Season Causing Mass Unfriending on FaceBook
August 15, 2016

Monday Moron Medical Monitoring, Session 5: The Big Fat Stall

So I'm stalled as far as weight loss. I may or may not be down two or three pounds over two weeks -- when the weight lost is that low, it could very well just be variations in how hydrated one is at any particular time.

So I though I'd try to write myself a psych-up about this, a positive spin. And if anyone else is stalled, maybe this will be of comfort to you, too.

First, even though my fat loss over two weeks has been either trivial or nonexistent, I have to say I feel better all around. I know I'm healthier, even if I'm currently stalled in actual fat loss.

I realized a while back that my own criterion for whether I "feel good" or "feel bad" is very, very simple. Excluding outside influences -- obviously, being sick will make one "feel bad," as will stress and conflict, etc. -- the only real difference between feeling good and feeling bad, for me, is how much energy I have.

High energy, I feel good. Low energy, I feel bad. Very simple.

Since I've been mostly in ketosis I've had much more energy.

I don't know how many of you have this problem, but I had such low energy I didn't really want to move. If I was sitting in a chair and someone asked me to get up to get them a drink, I actually felt a little resentful, because the action of getting up draws a fair amount of energy (as far as trivial movements go), and I was short on energy I resented the request to expend what little I had.

Now I'm just doing a lot more. If someone asks me to go somewhere, my first instinct (and my usual answer) is "Sure, I'll go." Whereas before the answer was almost always "No," and even when I said "Yes," it was begrudging, and what I really wanted to do was plop my ass down on the bed and just rest.

This impacted stuff like simple housework, because if you are low on energy (and therefore always conserving energy), ordinary tasks that don't have to be done immediately don't get done. They just keep getting put off. Until your apartment is in such a state that you're finally prompted to act.

On that score, I finally went after some long, long, long delayed Spring Cleaning. I had the energy, I didn't mind it all that much, and I feel mentally clearer today, just being able to look around and see the face of a long-absent friend called "The Floor."

The thing about having higher energy is that it's like getting a $10,000 per year raise. Yeah, you're psyched when you first get the raise. You notice the raise, and enjoy the raise, for two months.

But then what? Then you just now forget about the raise, as it's no longer a raise, it's just your routine salary.

And if you don't look back and try to be mindful that you used to be paid $10,000 per year less, you're not going to be thankful about it anymore.

I think metabolic energy is just like that. I don't really notice I have higher energy now. When I think about it, I do notice "Hey, I'm not always complaining about how bad I feel anymore," but I don't think about it enough. I got a very big raise in my daily allotment of physical energy, but I've forgotten that I got that raise, and now just go day-to-day thinking I've always felt this level of energy.

But I haven't. And I have to be mindful of that.

By the way, on Friday, I had sushi. With rice and with that super-sugary eel sauce. It knocked me out of ketosis immediately.

I definitely did notice my ass dragging Saturday, and it was only mid-day through Sunday when I got the first bit of pink in my ketostrips that I started to feel better again (and started to feel like really cleaning).

I don't think the fall in energy, or then the increase in energy Sunday, was psychosomatic. I think it was just my body going into glucose-burning/high-insulin/low-blood-energy mode, and then, having eaten clean all day Saturday and Sunday, getting back into fat-burning/low-insulin/high-blood-energy mode.

So these days without any external validation for your efforts: I guess try to think about all the health and wellness benefits you've stopped even noticing because they're just a part of your common daily lived experience now. Try to notice those again.

Oh, and of course plateaus and stalls are inevitable and numerous. They're going to keep coming, every 4 or 5 or 8 pounds, like clockwork. Your body can only shed so much weight before your hypothalmus decides to state a metabolic intervention and slow it all down.

However, if you stay at that resistance point long enough -- that is, if you don't give up out of frustration, go off-regime, and start gaining weight again -- I think your body will eventually "learn" that the stall point is your new "normal" weight, and that therefore there's nothing particularly dangerous about dropping another five pounds. And so if you stay on-regime in the stall for a few weeks -- two, three weeks -- your body will re-set what it considers your "normal" weight and allow you to vary plus or minus five pounds around that zero point. Then you can push it down five pounds again.

Then, of course, you'll stall again, as you must.

But you just keep on keeping on. Your hypothalmus will give in and accept the new normal eventually.

So -- tell me about your GAINZ, brahs.

Or, alas, your stallz, if you're like me.


digg this
posted by Ace at 04:59 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
geoffb: "151,"Yes, we have to rebuild our economy so that t ..."

Josiah Bartlett: "Here in the West Chester, PA area there was a huge ..."

Steve and Cold Bear: "[i]Peggy Noonan weighs in. "For the good of the pa ..."

grammie winger - maranatha: "Very nice. Thanks. Posted by: FenelonSpoke at N ..."

Josiah Bartlett: "*lights candles in extremely modest shrine to Dona ..."

FireHorse: "Nixon was the man, until he wasn't. I like how ant ..."

FenelonSpoke: " How to maintain God's peace A Brooklyn Tabern ..."

Vic We Have No Party: "Wonder if OM is going to do the Book Thread? ..."

Josiah Bartlett: "136 Most Overrated President: The President He ..."

Publius Redux: "This overrated underrated presidents thing has rem ..."

Tom Servo: "The sad tale of Puerto Rico's original inhabitants ..."

FenelonSpoke: "Posted by: grammie winger - maranatha at November ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64