It's been over four weeks and basically a month-to-the-day since my last day of the great diet of 2023 and since I recorded a weight loss of almost 23 pounds. I figured that even though I probably won't add this post to the thread over there I should check in and add some notes about how things are going.
First, I've been running a lot. I mean, no really, a lot. I've been averaging 50km a week with my long distances touching close to a half marathon. Plus speed work and hill training and all the other stuff in between.
It's taken me a month to go back to eating normally. I think yesterday was only the second time I've eaten french fries since resuming my back-to-normal life and (a) it was a treat for a day off and a bunch of yard work and (b) every crispy bite still felt a little guilty.
All that said, the numbers have not only been holding steady they've continued to drop. If you asked me what my weight change was, as of a weigh-in not even an hour ago as of writing this, I'm down almost 26 pounds from back pre-diet. Yeah, that's another three pounds that I've shed. Some of that continues to be diet, but some of it is an increase in my activity, too. I've been very cautious about resuming normal eating, especially at first and those first couple weeks my numbers went completely flat as a I stopped "dieting" but still ate very healthy. The last couple weeks I've been a bit freer with my food choices, going out for crispy chicken and noodles or a curry box or steak last night on the bbq... but like I said, a bunch of running to supplement all that.
On a side note, folks are not too sympathetic when you grumble about not being able to sustain a certain weight and that "I just keep dropping, I don't get it!" ... "Um... shut up!"
Long story short, it's been a month and in that month I've run nearly 200km, dropped another three pounds, and haven't reversed or reverted or relapsed. May and June are looking to be active months, too, and though I have no idea what direction the scale will flow as summer arrives I can't help but have a lot more confidence that it's going to keep me in a zone that's where I want and need to be to marathon train through October.