Weight Loss, My Ratchet Effect

Do you know the best part of having such blog? It’s when you get a feedback from one of your readers who tells you that he or she managed to lose weight thanks to our advice, with the support of ephedrine of course. Feels like improving your karma πŸ™‚
To honest, recently I felt a bit jealous also…
How come? Let me tell you as I have more time today – hopefully you too πŸ™‚

The old members here know what I’ve been through in terms of weight loss: 1 kg per year during twenty years, one day you have to pay. They know how I managed to lose weight with the great support of ephedrine and how hard it has been. Never again, that’s what I said for years. Well, I might have to do it again πŸ™

So What Happened?

I'm not suoerstitiousI won’t go into too much details but you know these “good luck/bad luck” cycles? In my recent case it has been bad luck πŸ™
Too much work, a lot of stress, many business trips, fast food, long evenings in hotel bars drinking beers and cocktails with colleagues…
Less time for exercising because so tired when back home that, well, it was just too much, I always preferred to relax and spend time with my family.
And then bad luck, an old condition that I had no time to treat correctly became less and less bearable. Not very smart when your wife is a doctor as most of your friends and when our parties look like an episode of Grey’s Anatomy πŸ˜‰ Anyway, the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot…

I didn’t see it coming and one day the chronic pain went wild and I was not even able to get out of the bed. So I had no other choice than obeying my wife and going with her to the hospital, what I didn’t plan is that I had to stay there for surgery…
I skip the details but believe me, when you see all the misery in hospitals, you truly understand what they tell you regularly but you don’t really care unless it hits you: Health is the most precious thing in your life.
It took me a while to recover and I am fine now πŸ™‚ Let’s come back to the main topic, weight loss.

Where Am I Now

Weight Loss Ratchet EffectAs you can guess I was not able to run a lot during the next weeks after surgery πŸ˜‰
From a nutrition point of view, the food they give you in a hospital is close to what you get in jail I suppose πŸ˜‰ so I lost a bit of weight there.
Then back home I took it again twice! That’s the weird part I’d like to share with you today.
It is so strange: when you are focused on weight loss as I have been for years, you might think that you know your body quite well, how you react to changes, why you lose or gain weight, taking into account all factors that I describe in this blog. That’s why I have not been surprised by these extra pounds. Back home I have indulged some cravings and without exercising I knew I was going to supersize some adipocytes πŸ˜‰
What I did not expect was the next step: I was sure to lose it all only by starting again my normal lifestyle (long stressful working days and jogging). Usually I lose fast, after a few weeks I am back to my ideal weight. Well, for the first time, it didn’t happen! No way: I don’t know if something changed in my basal metabolism but getting back to normal nutrition and usual exercising was not enough to lose these extra pounds. As if there was a kind of ratchet effect in terms of weight loss: minor changes in both directions are reversible until you reach the next level where you get stuck, reverting to the previous level seems impossible. So here I am, frustrated and a bit jealous.
Of course I discussed it with the team but they didn’t help much, preferring to make fun of me: “overreacting”, “effect of age”, “bias”, “do what you advise other people to do!”
OK, I’ll do that.

Action Plan!

Ractchet Effet, The Action PlanSo back to the basics:

  • I would like to understand what explains this change but I don’t want to become obsessed with weight loss.
  • Clearly I have to lose fat and to build muscle again but I don’t want to set quantitative goals — it doesn’t work, I know from experience that goal setting should be focused on efforts, not results.
  • I decided to set back to the healthier lifestyle I can live with (same idea, I don’t want to become obsessed, I have no deadline such as wedding in 2 weeks πŸ˜‰ Exceptions are tolerated.
  • When you do efforts you want to see quick results. Tell that to your fat… I have now accepted the frustration of the absence of quick results πŸ˜‰ I have time.
  • But reasonable time only, I don’t want to stabilize at this weight level too long or my fat cells will think they won the war πŸ˜‰
  • That’s why I decided to take the Team’s word: “do what you advise other people to do”. OK, I will start a short cycle of EC stack πŸ™‚

It’s been a while since the last one, now doubt it will give me a good boost. I will try to identify between all benefits of ephedrine for weight loss (increased metabolism, energy, appetite reduction etc…) which one helps more in my case. And choosing ephedrine from a good online shop shouldn’t be a problem πŸ˜‰

That’s it for now. Be sure I’ll keep you informed πŸ™‚

Mike Budd

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