Tuesday, June 09, 2009
No more whining (for now, heh-heh). My new formula for making this thing work is an about face. Exercise LESS (as atrocious as that sounds to a compulsive person such as myself) and cut back on my calories again. That really should have been obvious all along... I mean, what old lady on a diet really needs 2,000 calories per day?!! Duh! Sometimes I amaze myself these days, how could I have gotten this stupid? Oh, ok...that was pretty degrading...I guess. What I meant to say was, how could I have become this "unaware", especially with so MANY years of experience under my belt? (and that's not all that's under my belt, yuk yuk).
EDIT: (Important one too)
I have not actually CONSUMED 2,000 calories per day, at least not when I've been logging or counting them...but according to my recommendations, that IS within my calorie range. For the record, I have been keeping my calories closer to 16-1800, but that's still more than I should need.
Monday, June 08, 2009
I've got such conflicting information and viewpoints that I really just don't know what to do...other than just getting back to exercising in an attempt to improve my health as much as I can, without worrying about my weight...since it (the weight) is only changing for the worse, when it changes at all lately. But no matter how many times I make the vow to forget about pounds and focus on health only, it still seems to come back to those numbers on the scale. Honestly, I really do believe that this journey IS about becoming more healthy, and the numbers on the scale shouldn't make any difference...and sometimes I actually DO feel that way. But let's be honest now...will I be likely to run into any doctors who, when giving me a physical, will tell me that my weight doesn't matter, as long as I'm eating right and exercising? If there are some who hold that opinion, I certainly haven't met any of them. But I'm getting off track again...still depressed, even more so, really...so it's hard to stay on track. Forgive me for straying.
What I *wanted* to post here was that, according to realage.com, I am exercising too much. More specifically, the report stated that I have been exercising as much as athletes in training do, and that I needed to cut down. Really? Could that really be possible? I'm seriously confused...I didn't think I was getting THAT much exercise, I'm certainly no athlete. Not even CLOSE! But I honestly can't believe that I've been doing so much more exercise than anyone else here. I read the posts, and some of those (you) people blow me away with the amount of exercise they (you) are doing! I'm surely not doing anything like THAT. But I've been trying to work out a new exercise regimen anyway, so this might be a good time to take stock of what I'm doing, and how much of it is actually productive vs how much is just causing "wear and tear" on my body (as RealAge stated).
I'm going to look over my current plan again, to make sure I'm getting it right, and then I'll add it to this post and see if anyone has any suggestions for me on changes....NEVERMIND. I have already figured it out, asking you to figure it out FOR me was pretty lame. Anyway, someone else did give me the answer, just the same, lol.
I have gotten SO MANY wonderful, kind, caring responses from my SparkFriends that I am feeling MUCH better, not so depressed anymore, and hopeful once again. My next blog post will be a great big thank you to all of you!
Sunday, June 07, 2009
It's been three months now that I've been at this...exercising faithfully, watching and logging everything I eat, staying below my calorie range...and still no real weight loss. That belief that just getting healthier is more important than worrying about weight loss is starting to dwindle and fade.
OF COURSE I WANT TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT!! I'm trying so hard! I just can't figure out where I'm going wrong, and all this failure is adding up and starting to get depressing. That, along with all the other crap in my life that's heading south is getting to be too much for me to handle, and everything I'm *trying* to do to change it just isn't working. I feel so discouraged.
Friday, June 05, 2009
AND.... I'm not sweating enough. Although I totally understand the importance of "mixing it up" rather than doing the same thing all the time in regards to exercise, I've gotten into a rut, and have been doing the same thing, day after day. And doing it for too long at a time to boot! It's time to make a new plan...again. Car problems keep me from getting to the beach, which was my "mix it up plan", but that's only one thing. I've got dozens and DOZENS of cardio exercise videos I could/should be alternating. I just got stuck in the hiking/walking rut, because the weather's been SO beautiful it's been hard to stay indoors to do anything. Obviously, I need to learn to use moderation in this area as well as all the others. (I HATE moderation!)
New plan, steps 1-10:
1. Do NOT give up
2. - 9. Other stuff that makes more sense than what I've been doing (WRONG) all this time that I *thought* I was working so hard on becoming fit and healthy.
10. Go back to sleep, IT'S THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!!!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I'm still gaining weight, even though I know I "shouldn't" be. I'm eating healthy - low calories, low fat, low sugar, low simple carbs, low everything it seems! Exercising a LOT, and gaining weight. SP has been "telling me" (via trackers) that I am burning too many calories for the amount I'm consuming, yet eating any more just seems to go against everything I've ever believed about nutrition and fitness. You eat when you're hungry - period.
OK, that still makes sense to me, so why does it "seem" like I must need more calories? Get this, I FINALLY (may have) figured it out! Much of the exercise I've been getting is counterproductive. Just like eating too few calories is counterproductive, as your body goes into "starvation mode", more than an hour of cardio *at a time* is likely to send your body into "survival mode". So when I go on a two or three hour hike, my fitness tracker counts all those minutes as "productive" exercise, when, in fact, many of them are likely COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. At least this is the information I got from one of the trainers I worked with in the past...when things were still working for me.
So that's one of my extrapolations - remember to count only productive exercise minutes when tracking exercise as related to caloric needs.
Another thing I've figured out is that I can simply add a little more fat to my diet to add a few more calories, and probably do wonders for my digestive system as well.
It certainly seems like I'm spending an awful lot of time trying to figure out how to make something simple work. All I really know for certain is that I've been active here since March, adhering to my nutrition and fitness plans, and really haven't lost enough to even be worth mentioning. The one time I WAS starting to lose, I gained it all back overnight when I quit smoking. It just seems like I'm always starting over. Maybe this time will be better.
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