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25 January 2012

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Rebekka

It's funny, you ask why you have to keep learning this over and over. It seems to me quite clear that this isn't a lesson you are failing, but rather an ongoing scientific experiment of What It Takes To Keep Bearing In Equilibrium Weightwise. Believe me, I get the frustration, but you tested a hypothesis with regards to a complex system, and it didn't give you the results you needed. Next!

Right?

bearing

Yes, yes, yes. Thank you for reminding me.

Theoretically, no experiment is a failure (as long as the apparatus works), but it is ever difficult for the observer to maintain the proper detachment...

Christine

Do you think these exercises - habit listing and making steps a few at a time - could work for someone in the weight loss phase as well as it does for your weight maintenance phase? I haven't started eating habits work but have a stellar exercise habit in place since November. Mostly I stress eat so I would probably start with a few habits to begin that relate to those weaknesses. Maybe you would say of course. . . or maybe it is too slow an approach for someone who has 40 lbs to lose. I am going to reread your journey of weight loss soon. But knowing what you know about yourself now, might you have taken this approach from the start? Thanks.

bearing

Good question, Christine -- I am going to answer in a full post.

Amy F

I just made a version of your chart related to my own maintenance weight. I hit my minimum around May, about a pound under my target weight. Since then, I seem to be headed a pound or two above it. This morning I saw a higher number than I'd seen in a few months and I was inspired to hunt down your rules and approach so I could do something other than wish the scale said a lower number. I'm not sure if I'll implement your original habit-toggling or the newer version, but I needed a graphical way to tell myself that I was going the wrong direction and it's not a fluke day. I counted calories for 3 months and I don't want to do that forever, but it was so easy to be accountable to myself when I did that. I think I need to determine some rules on snacking that would fit the almost-always habit. At one point I realized that I could lose a fair amount of weight so long as I only snacked on days when I worked out. Being at maintenance instead of 25 lbs over, I can probably relax that a bit, but not eat trail mix at 2pm and ice cream at 10pm.

bearing

Amy F, I think it does help just to have almost any sort of algorithm in mind: when I see *this* I do *that.*

Long-term weight charting helps you see, more than anything, the things that you *don't* need to panic about. For example, it's pretty obvious that any day after I've been in a car driving all day somewhere, my weight will spike as much as 5 pounds -- my theory is that it has to do with sodium content of road food, but who knows -- but it goes away reliably after 2 days of clean eating. So the "road food spike" doesn't scare me anymore.

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