My spare tire injury, another troubling sign and symptom of weight loss

Last time I was on call, I apparently injured my spare tire with my pager clip. On my post-call day, I discovered this sore spot in a very soft area around my left waist-hip junction. It was red. The skin bore a 2cm abrasion. Five days later it still has not healed completely.

I know what you are thinking…..

….”Who on earth wears a pager? In 2013?”

While use of this now archaic communication device was obviously the greatest risk factor for sustaining such a work-related injury, I could have taken some preventative measures as well, say by losing the spare tire. This, however, is incredibly hard to do.

Everyone’s body picks its favorite spot to accumulate weight. That spot, then, is usually the very last one to shed weight when pounds are lost or muscles are toned. In most of my women friends, this spot happens to be the bottom and the hips. Not me though. I tend to pack my weight where middle aged men do.

These last several months, as I have worked towards a more powerful core and increased cardiovascular endurance through pilates, running, zumba, and now the occasional barre class, this trouble spot of mine has become more obvious. Almost paradoxically, the increased mass and tone of the gluteal muscles, the transversalis, rectus, and oblique abdominal muscles, and the lats have increased the prominence of this wheel of fat that envelops my lower anterior waist/lumbar triangle area. I am convinced it will only go away after I shed these last 15lbs. Now, to be sure, the tire has gone more from SUV to compact car due to my efforts at exercising and eating habitually well; but still, I’d like the deflate this thing once and for all.

Meanwhile, in addition to this persistent extra auto part around my waist, I do have other troubling signs and symptoms of weight loss. These are the things that create hassles despite the dial on the scale going in the desired direction. I will review just a few of these troubling signs and symptoms of weight loss below.

The watch that I have had going on 6 years now is too big. I am annoyed that it spins around on my wrist but it is just such a pain to remove the links that I have ignored this annoyance for some months now. Yesterday, I had a ring just fly off my hand because it is so loose. I don’t really want to wear my wedding ring on a different finger so I will have to put that on my list of things I will never get around to getting done. My thighs no longer touch when I wear yoga pants or running tights. Luckily, given the range of spandex and elastane, this sign and symptom of weight loss has not resulted in another item on my to-do list and therefore is not particularly troubling.

What is most troubling though are the signs and symptoms of weight loss evident in my slacks. Despite all my hard work, none of the slacks that I currently own are too big at the waist. Nope, not a single one. The spare tire (see above) does a fine job keeping these slacks on my waist but they are loose, really unflatteringly loose,  through the hips, thighs, and legs. The result, unfortunately, is what you might think is a growing obsession with palazzo pants. While some say that these are coming back into style, this is not a fashion trend I am willing to hold on to the spare tire for.

So I guess I will put buy ‘new pants’ right under ‘lose spare tire’ on the to-do list.

How to lose weight the easy way…

I am “that” girl who is always trying to lose a couple of pounds. Think Bridget Jones’ Diary, but without the cigarettes.

I think about food and exercise all the time, which I am pretty sure was bred into me being a Southern Caucasian girl who grew up in prep schools. I have been dieting and/or thinking about dieting and/or beating myself up for not dieting my whole life. That being said, after having my first child, I am still dealing with the dreaded last five pounds that everyone says is impossible to lose.

So, I have spent a TON of time researching, because really, it can’t be that hard to figure out, right? I mean, I went to medical school.  I can totally figure this out.

After all my time and research, I have the answer! I wanted to pass it along because it is so easy and straightforward. For the life of me, I can’t seem to understand how I couldn’t figure this out earlier.

Exercise is the biggest component of weight loss. It is the key. And, you have to be consistent. Your body will respond best to consistency.

Make sure you add variety into your workouts. You have to mix it up and “shock” the body every once in awhile. Because, if you do the same routine every time, your body gets too used to it and won’t respond anymore. You should do more weight lifting, that is the key to building muscle and sparking your metabolism. You should lift heavy weights with a few repetitions for fast results. You should lift lighter weights with lots of reps until your muscles “burn out” for fast results. You should do more cardio. Cardio is where you burn calories, and therefore much more important than lifting weights. You should only do cardio as interval training. High intensity interval training is the way to go. But if you are doing it correctly, you should only be able to do high intensity training 2 times a week, max. You should push yourself on your high intensity segments to almost the breaking point. But, you should listen to your body, and not push too far. You need to do at least 30 minutes of cardio a day, every day. You should get 10,000 steps a day. Every day. But don’t forget about your rest days, because without rest days you will probably injure yourself. I mean, even pro athletes take a day off a week, right? But, remember to get those 10,000 steps in.

You aren’t losing weight? Nutrition is the most important factor in losing weight.

You are probably eating too much. Calories in, calories out, doesn’t matter what kind of calories you eat. Feel free to eat 1200 calories of Twinkies a day if you want, doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter how many calories you eat, it matters what kind of calories. Carbs are evil, you should eat more protein. Protein is okay, the real key is fiber. But, our ancestors didn’t eat wheat, so make sure you get your fiber elsewhere. We should be eating like our caveman ancestors, or a French person living in Paris, or like you are Mediterranean, because they only eat “good” fats. Wine is good for you. Wine has a lot of “empty” calories so if you want to lose weight stop drinking alcohol. If you are obese then you should be on a strict calorie limited diet. Like, 1200 calories a day. Still not losing weight? Well, you probably aren’t eating enough. If you don’t eat enough, then your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism basically stops. But, 2 days a week, you should only eat 500 calories a day. The rest of the days you can eat what you want. But not really, because again remember that carbs and wheat are evil. But if you restrict yourself too much then that’s bad, so you should give yourself cheat days when you can eat whatever you want. But be consistent, the body responds best to consistency. But you should have low carb and high carb days, so as to keep your body’s metabolism guessing and therefore running better. But, you probably are still eating too much when you are not eating too little.

So now that I have this all figured out, I am going to eat an evil Reese’s peanut butter cup, which I am sure fits into my Paleo/French/Mediterranean/500 calorie 2 days a week/1 cheat day a week diet somehow 🙂