[that’s Scott’s word for crap!]

I am living proof of a theory I’ve had for years. Actually it came from Diet Center years ago when I was the office manager for them here in the Valley. It’s a concept about “catch up weight” or left-over weight or postponed wait gain.

And here it is in living color all over my stomach and thighs. See, I thought I was getting away with eating a few extra [really terribly unhealthy and calorie-filled] snacks here and there last week. I had a slice of cake a couple of times, had chips one night. I ate cheese one night. I’ve been having my chunk of dark chocolate as well. I bought some pistachios and snacked on them.

And then we went to Coldstone on Saturday when we were in Salt Lake.

All of this added up and finally showed up on the scale. Like in huge amounts. I kept thinking I was getting away with it because I was only gaining about a half pound or a pound and then I’d have a low-calorie day, then a crappy day.

Well guess what.

That doesn’t work!

My body was so confused that it decided to just store the whole dang #@%* thing! The whole dang #@%* week is now on my midsection!

Yah. I’ve known for years it’s not a good idea to confuse my body. I need to let it know each day that I’m eating healthy, getting enough water, vitamins and minerals. It needs enough sleep and exercise and then [and only then] does it feel inclined to let go of a pound or two a week. It feels secure and safe. It realizes I’m not in a concentration camp and therefore doesn’t shifts into survival mode, which makes the ol’ metabolism plummet. When that occurs I can gain weight on 1000 calories a day!

So the object is always to keep the body “feeling” secure and safe enough to not start storing fat.

While in survival mode your body switches from a fat-burning machine to an energy saving fat-storing machine. You may think that you’re being smart by cutting way back yourself to lose weight, but your body is even smarter at helping you survive on very little energy in your period of starvation.

During a VLCD [very low calorie day] your body will try to hold onto to as much body fat as possible by breaking down some muscle along with body fat for energy. Since body fat contains a lot of energy (1 lb. has 3500 calories) your body will try to hold onto and store as much body fat as it can for an emergency source of energy during your VLCD.

Once your body goes into survival mode your metabolism will slow down (partly due to muscle loss) making it easier for you to store fat.

A 150lb. lazy person’s metabolism may now start burning 1250 calories to keep their bodies functioning properly while on a VLCD instead of the 1950 calories they normally burn on a daily basis to keep their bodies functioning properly.

Your body will try to burn only a minimal amount of calories to survive. As a result of this and the fact you’re not eating as much, you will start to feel weaker and tired more often while on VLCD.

A 150lb. lazy person will now start to store fat (exactly 1 pound a week) even if they only eat their original amount of calories they need (1950) to maintain their bodyweight.

Yah, I pretty much knew all that and knew I was skating on thin ice, but I had no idea how very thin that ice was! I’ll say it now. In the interest of full disclosure and totally honesty — which I have to keep reminding myself I signed up for when I started this journey — [Even though I’d rather close my eyes and scream than admit I’m such a miserable failure again!] [here goes . . .] I’m up to 146 [double ugggghhh!] and didn’t even eat that much yesterday. [more rational lies.]

I skipped breakfast, [I know that’s the worse thing to do!] then had a yam with cottage cheese, an orange and some pistachios. [OK, a lot of pistachios.] All the things I know are not a good thing to do. And I keep doing them!!!!!

I was 144 yesterday. And I honestly thought I’d be down a pound this morning instead of up two more! — because I actaully ate so little yesterday.

But, wake-up call!

Let this be a lesson to me!  Hell – ooo!


wake-up call

  1. A telephone call that one requests to occur at a specific time in order to be woken up, especially in a hotel.

  2. A sign or warning that alerts one to negative or dangerous behavior or circumstances: “Her personal life was spiraling out of control . . . and her weight gain came as a wake-up call”