228

What the HELL???

OK, yeah, so I’m doing more walking with the new commute to Jersey City. But I didn’t get up to walk yesterday, and the only extra exercise I got during the day was climbing the 128 steps at the Exchange Place PATH station. Sure, I did a calisthenics routine last night, but a few weeks ago I was following that up with shadow-boxing, and I wasn’t losing weight at nearly this rate. My diet has remained constant, and I have not felt hungry.

I’ve lost six and a half pounds in the last week. I have a history of dropping weight very quickly when I get into weight loss mode, but as far as I can recall this is unprecedented even for me. I’m a little worried, although I’m leaning toward thinking that my body has simply thrown itself enthusiastically into a fat-burning cycle.

First of all, I do not feel sick — far from it! I can’t recall the last time my sinuses felt so good, and they are my equivalent of the canary in the coal mine. I’ve been very tired, but there’s a solid explanation for that: I just started getting up at 5:30 a few weeks ago, and work pressure has been hideous.

Secondly, I feel physically strong despite the tiredness. Last night I did more bench dips than I’ve done in a year or two and more pushups than I’ve done since at least last year. If I was coming down with Lyme again, it would be sucking my strength.

I feel great — hell, I haven’t felt this good in years. So for now I’m going to keep a wary eye on my weight and chalk this up to an exceptionally enthusiastic bit of fat-burning on the part of my body. After all, a week or two ago I was fighting off panic when it seemed like that needle wouldn’t go down. I’ll probably run smack dab into a harder plateau before I know it.

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2 Responses to “228”

  1. Naomi Says:

    Dayum. You’re gonna be out of the 220s before I am (horrible confession). It’s the exercise thing, I know it is.

    Way to go, man!

  2. theoneifeed Says:

    Thanks! And yeah, exercise is important. Don’t be discouraged, though. I wasn’t exercising for a long time, and I got out of my rut. The worst thing you can do is focus on what you’re not doing rather than what you are. Find some small thing that you can commit to doing every day, and be consistent. Then own your pride in taking that step. Once you’ve made a routine out of it, *then* you can think about bootstrapping yourself up to a more ambitious regimen. It’s thoughts like this that maintain me through the dark times.

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