Workout: Friday - none. Saturday - none, unless shopping with Ess counts. Got some good deals though.
I've got a lazy streak going....but it's going to come to an end very soon.
So, the weigh-in. At the end of Week 15: +.5 pounds. Total change so far: -11 pounds.
No, that's not breaking even. Yes, I went to McDonald's for lunch yesterday after a stressful morning. Yes, I had the fries.
And I had a bad hair appointment last night.....which resulted in wine. Why is it so hard to find a good stylist, I ask you???! But that's a post for another day.
Since obesity research fascinates me, having battled an extra 20 pounds and a crappy body image for many decades, I thought I would share some interesting findings on this pre-holiday afternoon.
Interesting information tidbit #1:
Did you know that a person who weighs 150 pounds, and then loses 20 pounds to weigh 130 pounds, will have considerably greater hunger hormones than a person who has weighed 130 pounds all their life? And this phenomenon will continue.....wait for it.....forever! Therefore, the person who has lost the weight will always battle hunger to maintain their weight. Sadly, research shows that the weight will likely be regained unless a SERIOUS maintenance plan is in place. If you feel you have a bigger appetite than your thinner friends who have never dieted, YOU DO!!
As we all know, hunger always wins. If you are like me and have gained and lost 15 or more pounds all your life, just know that we will always have an extra battle. We need to be prepared.
Stay with me now. This is fascinating stuff (if you're a nerd like me).
Interesting information tidbit #2:
There are two kinds of binges: homeostatic, which is based on physical hunger, and hedonic, which is more like "Oh my God, that cookie looks amazing and I had a bad morning and I need something delish to activate the reward centers in my brain to feel better" hunger.
Hedonic binging isn't always accompanied by physical hunger as we all know when dessert shows up after a big meal and we still can't resist.
But hedonic binging almost always shows up with physical hunger which makes us reach for tastes-great-but-is-really-bad food. Strangely, we don't reach for broccoli or grilled chicken (yes, sarcasm). No reward center activity there.
The moral of the story? Don't get hungry. Stay ahead of it. You can read more interesting obesity/weight related information here. Dr. Sharma's a pretty smart dude.
I haven't managed to stay ahead of the hunger this week because life is getting busier, and my eating habits reflected that. So, the number one goal for the week is to do some planning and don't get hungry.
What are your hedonic holiday triggers? Gingerbread cookies? Eggnog? Chocolates?