Saturday, July 28, 2012

MYTHBUSTERS: Starvation Mode Revisited

Since my article on Starvation Mode is the most popular on my blog, I figured it was time for an update. To recap that article:

It is a myth that not eating "enough" will cause you to stop losing weight. As long as you are in a calorie deficit you will lose weight. You may not be healthy, if you eat too little and there is a point of demising returns because dieting slows your metabolism, but eating "too little" does not explain weight loss plateaus. If it did, no would die from starvation.

So, if that's the myth, what's the truth about dieting, starvation and is there actually even something called "Starvation Mode" even if this "mode" doesn't cause weight loss plateaus?

The answer is: sort-of.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Off to see the wizard

Today I got my brain scanned.

It was a pretty simple and easy process that took about 5 minutes. I didn't even get into work any later than usual.

I decided that my head was getting worse, not better. I have headaches more often and they hurt more than back in April when I was excited by the idea of starting to swim and thinking that within a few weeks of swimming, I might even be able to start biking. So on Monday I went to see my PCP and she set me up with a referral to a neurologist and a CT scan.

My medical group is pretty responsive. They were massively apologetic that I couldn't get an appointment with the neurologist until mid-August (3 weeks away) and I could have had my CT scan that day if I was willing to miss some work. Not only that, my results are already back and online for me to see!

And the results are.....

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Water, water everywhere, but...

... not a drop to drink. Because it was salty!

I finally got to go swimming after planning and plotting and getting ready to for weeks only to get headaches. I crashed the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club's New to the Sport workout. We ended up somewhat combining with a Team in Training group which was enormous and also swimming where we were. And I only lasted 20 minutes.

Unfortunately I did get a brief headache on the way home but I think that's because I hadn't drunk enough beforehand and forgot my water bottle so I couldn't drink after.

When I got home, I drank and drank all day and my head got better eventually. Not good enough to go to the concert I wanted to go to that night, but good enough to think I might try swimming again pretty soon.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today I outed myself at work

Okay, technically it was yesterday.

I have never made a secret of the fact that I've had Weight Loss Surgery but, now that I'm almost four years out and have been a normal weight for over three years, it's not a subject that comes up much. I have worn my "Surgically Altered Freak" shirt to work and drank from my Bariatric Bad Girls Club blender bottle. But I am sure that most people haven't picked up on that and have no idea.

Yesterday the people I was eating lunch with were giving me a hard time about how little I eat (again). One of them said something about your stomach being the size of a fist so most of them were probably eating too much. I piped up and said that my stomach was actually the size of a Pilot Pen ... only longer.

So I told them about the surgery and showed around the pictures of myself at my highest weight.

Well that caused a stir as you can imagine!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why I'm glad I never picked a goal weight

People like myself who have struggled with their weight all their lives are not always rational about our weights. For many reasons.

One thing we experience is denial. At our heaviest many of us had no real idea of how big we were. We look at pictures and we marvel -- were we really this big? We knew we were big, but that big? How could we not know we were that big?! 

This leads us not to trust ourselves. Which causes some interesting internal mental struggles.