Weight Loss Support - How am I doing? Lost 2 lbs in 2 Days!

02-24-2011, 12:10 PM
FIRST TIME POSTING HERE! (am I in the right section?)

Usually I lose weight VERY SLOWLY. But after being about 155 lbs for months & trying to lose 25 lbs (long-term goal: 130 lbs, I'm female, only 5'2" & in my mid-50s), just lost 2 lbs in the past 2 days! Been hovering around 152 lbs since last week when I started playing tennis again, suddenly went down to 150 lbs in 2 days! My lowest weight in over 3 yrs! Also, last year at this time I was 165 - 168lbs, it's the first winter in years I've avoided my usual 15 lb Winter Weight Gain! (First winter in years I've actually exercised, gone to a gym instead of becoming sedentary & waiting for tennis season to start!)

My Exercise since January: about 3 days per week at the Y doing weight/resistance training in a class & on my own (lighter reps/more reps w/ free weights, elastic bands & machines-- first time doing weight training in over 20yrs!) & doing some cardio (elliptical.) That's in addition to my usual walking & bike riding-- don't own a car so I walk or bike everywhere even in winter here in NC, it's hilly here, so always going up & down hills. Pus I live in a 3rd floor condo, so have to carry my bike (& heavy groceries/packages) up & down 3 flights of stairs. In addition, since the weather improved, been able to play outdoor tennis 4 times in the past week, will hopefully average 2 - 3 days/week tennis from now on!

My Food Plan: nothing extreme, no set diet plan, just eating healthy & low-cal. Always have eaten high-fiber, low-fat, lots of veggies, fruits, complex carbs, only whole-grains & trying to eat more protein (don't eat as much meat as most people but eat too much cheese, even if low-fat varieties only.) Cutting back on my indulgences-- bread, cheese & chocolate!

I keep track of my calories each day-- low-tech method, just writing a running list on junk envelopes. Originally was trying to average 1400 calories per day (with 30/40/20 percentages protein/carbs/fat-- does that add up?) but finding that I've been averaging more like 1600 cals/day, usually 20% protein, 40% carbs & 30% fat (is this right? what's wrong with my math?!) So I'm NOT starving myself at all & still losing weight! Maybe this is partly due to having flexible hours (don't work 9-5) & being able to eat when I want, usually 5 small meals a day?

Feedback on this eating plan? Continue with it? Possible improvements? Feedback on my exercise routines?

02-24-2011, 12:13 PM
What ive learned is that sometimes you go through times of rapid weight lost. Just in Feb alone ive lost close to 10 pounds. However, youalso go through periods of slow weight loss as well lol. I just say enjoy the rapid loss while it lasts! lol.