60 Days In.

60daysin(See the starting point here and the 30 Day Update here.)

Well, we are 60 days into my concerted effort to lose weight while Eating the Food, Lifting Heavy Things, and Loving My Body (Eat, Lift, Love).  You can see my progress 30 days into this project here.

Losing weight is interesting.  It’s a process where you need to take the “long view”.  In a nutshell, I lost 10 pounds the first month, but then 5 the second month.  You never know what those fluctuations might mean in the very short run, but I can guarantee that in the long run, they don’t matter very much.

During the second month, I had some unanticipated health problems.  I had a severe allergic reaction to some medicine I was taking, and was out of commission for more than 5 days!  Instead of beating myself up for not continuing to work out through that sickness, I simply paid attention to my appetite, got plenty of rest, and resumed working out when I was able to, a few days later.

Losing weight isn’t the point.  It’s to feel energetic, and better, and powerful.  So getting sick for a few days was an opportunity to remember that and be kind to myself.

So here’s what is happening from now on.  This is how the weight will come off over the next year and beyond:

  • I am only going to eat enough calories to support my activity level.  This is NOT less than 2,000.  Right now it’s hovering around 2,500 because I’m so tired that I sit most of the day and then get myself moving for 1-2 hours at the gym or walking.  And as I get leaner and more energetic, this number may climb as high as 3,000 calories per day, or even more.  The proof will be in the pudding: am I leaner, am I losing weight, am I getting stronger, am I feeling better?  Then I’m on the right track.  I’m going to play with that.
  • I will get 8 hours of sleep or more every night.  If I miss sleep, I will make it up until it is reclaimed.  Sleep is incredibly important to weight loss, metabolism, and stress.
  • I am not going to restrict food choices.  I will eat gluten, grains, dairy, sugar, veggies, fruits, meat, and even the occasional fast food.  Yep, I admit it!  Carbs are not the problem here.
    • There will be savory dinners, bowls of ice cream, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners filled with a varied, macronutrient-positive kaleidoscope of real foods.
    • No going low carb, no going low fat, no going vegan, no going “clean”.  Just real food.  And no foods are bad foods (though I am talking about actual food here, not frankenfoods that are highly processed.)
  • I will manage stress.  This means that I will watch my temperature, I will get support when I need to process, I will laugh, I will run around with my kids, I will communicate clearly.
  • The point is to MOVE and get STRONG.  This is what matters to me.  Not a number on the scale, though that is a very useful way to measure my progress.
  • I will weigh myself every month and put up an update.  You are welcome to do this with me and leave your progress in the comments.  Please do!
  • I will report to my support people every day to be accountable for what I do that day.  EVERY DAY.  In fact, I will put a thread on my Facebook page for you to report what you are doing, too.  Just comment there and you will have a support group.  Yay!
  • I am going to do what I like, and I’m going to push myself!
    • I will dance to the Wii every day for at least 30 minutes, but more like 45+.
    • I will go outside at least once and walk around, play with my kids, breathe fresh air, and just be.
    • I will lift weights at least twice a week, but three times is optimal: a combination of free weights and weight machines will do, but I prefer the freer forms like kettlebells, dumbbells, etc.
    • A typical weight-lifting day is about 8 of the following, done in the proper form, with smooth motions, as heavy as I can go while still getting 5-10 reps for 3-4 sets:
      • squats
      • power cleans
      • lunges
      • calve raises
      • lat pull downs
      • pull ups
      • dips
      • chest press
      • incline press
      • butterflies
      • bicep curls
      • rows
      • push ups
      • dead lifts
      • outer thighs
      • inner thighs
      • leg press
      • leg lifts
      • crunches
      • twists
      • scissors
      • and so on

A lot of the references I have made in this post are part of the Metabolism Bundle, which is made up individually of Eat for HeatDiet RecoveryDiet Recovery 2, and 180 Degree Metabolism.  I recommend the bundle, since it’s the best deal and the most informative.

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  1. Way to go Kendahl! You are such an inspiration. Your journey is a reminder to me as well. The goal is never really to lose weight. It is to be healthy and feel vibrant. Thanks.

  2. Marilyn says:

    Kendahl-Way to go! You are amazing! Keep rocking and rolling! 🙂

  3. Marilyn says:

    Kendal-You rock, keep rockin! 🙂 Question, are you going to post what your daily calories look like? You mentioned in last month’s post that you were going to to post this. This is the area that I need help with because I don’t know what 2000+ calories looks like. I don’t count calories so I am clueless when it comes to this. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks. 🙂

  4. I love the heavy weight lifting incorporation! I told Jacob yesterday after missing a workout and weighing myself for the first time in several weeks that I was feeling flabby. The discussion of the number on the scale came up, and I told him actually I don’t really care about it. Sometimes it goes down and I worry I’m losing muscle. Sometimes it goes up and fear I’m gaining fat. It’s just a number!
    The constant weight training and the number going down is the way to go! You are clearly gaining muscle and losing fat. At the end of the day it’s always just a number, but that strong, healthy feeling is what counts!
    Way to be so inspiring…now time to buy a kettle ball….

  5. Jennifer says:

    You’re so inspirational! Thank you – your courage has encouraged me to start Eating The Food, Lifting The Weights and Loving The Body, too.

    I am currently eating 2900 calories a day. Hope you’re actually eating enough to fuel this change!

    And I might recommend taking good body measurements. From what I”ve been reading, some people have astonishing body and size changes without losing very much weight at all.

    Mostly just keep having fun doing what you’re doing – it’s contagious!

  6. It is so inspiring to hear your story and see your progress! I too was on GAPS (for four whole years with increasing ill-health) and post gaps have gained a bunch of weight. So I am on the journey too!! Weight loss hasn’t started for me yet due to insomnia issues, which I am slowly figuring out. But it’s starting to get better now and I am finally able to ramp up the workouts! Current weight: 265. So here’s to continued positive thinking…loving our bodies and eating the food!!

  7. Thanks so much for doing this, Kendahl! I think this world needs way more examples of sane and healthy weight loss. You really are an inspiration! 🙂

  8. Thankyou so much for doing this and sharing!!! Inspiration plus!!!!!! Just wondering, do you feel like you are restricting calories at all? I mean, like, what if you felt hungry after eating all your calories, or does that just not happen??? I also would like to see a sample of a daily menu.
    Bless you and again, thanks!

  9. Debbie Young says:

    Looking good Momma! Keep it up and YES to lifting all the things!


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