As always, the first 20 pounds are easy to lose, but then something happens. Part of the problem was the increased swimming caused me to have some elbow problems, so I had to back off from 4,600 yards per morning to 3,000 yards. Then I usually let the diet go during the weekend. The net result was that I only lost one pound last week. Part of the fast weight loss earlier was also undoubtedly due to rapidly increasing my swim distance, which put a lot of stress on my body. Of course the body adjusts, both to the increased effort and the lessened eating.
So the next step is to reduce food intake a bit more, and increase exercise to get things back on track. Since I am limited on the amount of time I am permitted to swim by the park opening hours and my work schedule, the solution is to add in some trail. Thus, Saturday I did the Mission Peak climb which I haven't done in a long time. That means I am good and sore today. It's all part of the fun. For those who are into the counting, about 3.5 hours of hard exercise consumes roughly the same calories as a pound of fat. The Mission Peak effort took 2.5 hours, which followed a 1.5 hour 4,600 yard swim. If only I didn't have to work.