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On a plateau

Sunday, December 07, 2014

I have been stuck at the same weight (83kg-83.5kg) for 2 and 1/2 weeks now. I ate at the low end of my range last week and saw no progress and this week I've been at the higher end of my range and still no progress. I have been working out 1-2 times a day (with 1-2 rest days a week) and still no progress on the scales. I do think I'm feeling more muscle and have been seeing a little more space in my clothes. That doesn't make the scale any less frustrating.

After regaining 13kg from my lowest weight but still being so much healthier and fitter than I was the first time I was a this weight I'm finding losing this time more challenging. Last time I could add exercise and make it more challenging and I'd see results quickly and easily (or at least more easily than lately!) This time because I'm already quite fit I don't see progress as quickly.

I get torn between thinking I'm doing something wrong with my diet and think I just have to keep at it. Exercise of late has consisted of circuits & running. Running is a challenge as it is so hot here. Today's high is 111F (44C) and while it's a little cooler at night it's not much cooler. I usually run at 530am and am up to doing 10k. I really would like to do a half marathon in early February but I'm just not sure I'm going to be ready by then.

I'm toying with the idea of going back to lifting heavier weights and sticking with my running. I just wish I had more time for all of it as I still like doing my circuit classes. As you can see exercise has not been a problem. Nutrition is more of one.

I have been aiming for 1200-1500 calories which I'm thinking might be a bit low for twice daily workouts. I've been doing lots of cooking and eating pretty clean except some chocolate and Friday night pizza.

After seeing it all laid out like this I think persistence is probably the best plan. I don't feel like I'm doing anything 'wrong' so I'll just have to keep working on it. And enjoy gaining strength and reducing my size until the scale catches up!

  
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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/7/2014 1:29PM

    I agree with Bill60, measure yourself. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find. I was stuck for over 2 months but lost over an inch off my thighs. Good luck.

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BILL60 12/7/2014 9:05AM

    Measure yourself and perhaps you'll see a reduction in inches as opposed to lbs or kilos. Make sure you're not under-estimaing your calorie intake. Best to you.

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SNOWFILLY 12/7/2014 6:10AM

    They say don't always go by what the scale says. If you are feeling healthier and fitter, you must be doing something right. Keep up the great work. OMG, how can you stand that heat? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSTETSER 12/7/2014 5:57AM

    I would find some new exercise plan, if you are ready for a change.
Otherwise, keep focusing on the healthy steps that you are taking in your life.

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Sick

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Well I've been a little off track since the weekend. I went out Saturday night but did plan for that an didn't eat much during the day. I'm sure it didn't compensate for all the alcohol calories but I did a lot of dancing and walked my friend home so actually got in 10,000 steps between midnight and 2am.

I also got in a massive fight with my husband after he entirely misinterpreted a situation. We're better now but things haven't been good for awhile. We're doing remote counselling starting today. I'm kind of glad this pushed the issue a bit. With me working 5 and 1/2 days a week and being on call 24/7 and him doing 3 days/3 night/6 days off we never see each other. And he seems to resent that work comes first for me, but seeing as it provides us a house it's not going to change. Anyway we sorted things a bit on Monday and oddly that is the day I felt like overeating. Not massive amounts but too much.

I was good on Tuesday but woke up yesterday with a really crappy head cold. I had to spend hours with a horse on Tuesday night that was sick instead of getting to my fitness class and then woke up feeling awful. I suppose I should be thankful I'm sick now and it should be mostly gone by next Friday when we head on vacation. I just wish I could take a day off. I'm at the clinic by myself today and don't have much booked but my nurse's son is sick so she can't really fill in. Yesterday there was too much chocolate consumed so I'm going to try to improve on that today.

I'm never quite sure if I have the energy for exercise when sick but I've decided nothing in the morning in case it exhausts me for work and I will try either a run tonight or fitness class depending on how I feel.

I signed up for a 15k trail race on the 2nd of Nov so I'm a little nervous I'm not getting much running in this week but hopefully it'll be okay.

Maybe I can make a bed out in the back room and have a nap today if it stays quiet....

  
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CHODGES83 10/23/2014 2:41PM

    Hope you feel better soon and get some rest.

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COOP9002 10/23/2014 12:29PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon. Rest will do you good.

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SNOWFILLY 10/23/2014 7:13AM

    I hope you feel better soon!! I hope you got a chance to get a nap in, that always helps. Glad that the counselling is on the agenda. Hugs my friend.

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Calorie Cycling

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'm ecstatic! 2.5kg lost already this month. That's 5.5lbs. And that also means 4.5kg lost since mid-Sept. I'm not quite sure what clicked but it has. I have spent the last two weeks eating between 1000-1300calories. This is probably going to be too low to maintain but I haven't actually been hungry most days.

Today, however, was different. I ran 9 miles this morning, the furthest I've done yet. And it was all on challenging trails with hills. I have been absolutely starving all day! I stuck to my healthy plan during the day but decided to splurge at dinner. 1844 calories total for the day.

This got me thinking that maybe I should try calorie cycling again. In the past I've found it hard to eat at the low end but I think I have enough motivation. I am worried if I keep eating 1200 calories a day with the amount of exercising I'm doing that it'll be too low and I'll hit a plateau. I'm thinking one high calorie day when I do a long run, one mid-range day on the weekend and the rest of the week I'll aim for fairly low. If it doesn't work I'll go back to eating low calorie.

But I would love to lose another 2.5kg before the end of the month for our vacation. I'm hoping to fit back into more of my clothes once I get under 80kg.

As for my run, it went well but was tough. At one point there was a very steep hill and I ended up walking since I was running so slow. I was mildly concerned as I was quite far from town on dirt service roads and there was a lot of dog foot prints and no people foot prints. We have dingos and wild dogs that can get a bit too comfortable around people depending on the time of year. I'm glad I didn't run into any! I also should have taken water. I was so thirsty by the end.

My left leg felt quite tight around my glutes/hip flexors/ ITB but my hamstring felt okay. I squeezed a short stretch in but my hamstring has gradually been more sore during the day. Fingers crossed I haven't reinjured it. My plan was to see how I felt over the next 2 days and if okay I'll sign up for a trail race on the 2nd of November. On that note I'm going to go stretch again and use my foam roller. Hopefully my leg is just sore and not injured!

  
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LEMONMOUSE 10/21/2014 12:40AM

    Hello! How is your leg today? Did the soreness go away? I can't wait to go 9 miles again. Baby steps for me! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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SNOWFILLY 10/16/2014 6:57AM

    You ran 9 miles!!! Congrats on the weight loss!!! You are Amazing!! Be careful on your runs for the dogs and the dingos, stay safe. Fingers crossed that you didn't reinjure your self. emoticon

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WENDYJM4 10/15/2014 7:37PM

    in that country you do need to carry water. Have you ever seen the backpacks that hold water, would be so much easier than carrying a bottle. My son has one and takes it everywhere he goes.

Well done on losing the 2.5 kgs awesome total of 4.5 kg sine Sept. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Sounds like you plan to do the right thing about calorie cycling. Well done.

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Canyoning

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I love being fit enough that I can do this sort of thing without even worrying if I'm fit enough:









My friend Matt and I did a canyoning tour in Karijini National Park today. I feel lucky to live so close to somewhere so amazing. The tour took us abseiling, climbing, tubing and sliding around some of the more inaccessible parts of the gorges. By far one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

  
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SNOWFILLY 10/13/2014 6:59AM

    Look at you!!! You ROCK!!! You are emoticon !!!!! The scenery is just beautiful!!!

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LNISDES 10/12/2014 11:15AM

    Wow! How inspiring, and it looks like you are having fun!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/12/2014 10:28AM

    Wow - that looks fantastic!

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NEPTUNE1939 10/12/2014 10:15AM

    Water would too cold for me. emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 10/12/2014 10:14AM

  Thanks for sharing

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On track :-)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pretty excited to see the scale go from 85.5 to 83.3 in just a couple of weeks! I am probably eating slightly less than I should but I'm still hoping to get to my dietbet weight by Monday (82.8) so I'll just keep at 1200-1400 a day until then. I have upped my exercise so I'm finding that I'm a bit more hungry during my runs than I'd like. It probably is slowing me down a little. I will say that I'm not actually that hungry most of the time. I assume this is due to the fact I'm eating mainly fruits, veggies and chicken. I would like to reduce my carbs a little and increase my healthy fats but to be honest I'm not too upset about it if I'm losing weight.

I would love to get under 80kg by the end of the month when we go on vacation for a week. It's a good feeling to be back on track and doing the right things and not just trying to convince myself I'm doing enough.

I'm hoping to do 8 miles next week and then go ahead and sign up for a 15k trail race for the 2nd of November. It'll also require booking a rental car so if I make the commitment I have to keep it. Hopefully my pace can be a little quicker on raceday as well! I'm still going quite a bit slower than I used to.

After 7 miles yesterday I decided to walk the dogs this morning. We went exploring in some caves near where my horse lives. I'd ridden her up the night before but I couldn't get very close so took the dogs there this morning. Here's a few photos from my new phone :-)

  
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SNOWFILLY 10/11/2014 7:07AM

    emoticon emoticon on your weight loss!!! Keep up the great work!! Thank you for sharing the pics. Beautiful.

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WENDYJM4 10/10/2014 5:52PM

    congrats on your weight loss. Terrific photos.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/10/2014 10:16AM

    Great job!

Beautiful pictures

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/10/2014 8:48AM

    Congrats on your loss. Glad to see it is kilos and not pounds because at 80 pounds, you would be really really skinny! LOL

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RDEE22 10/10/2014 8:45AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss. You are doing well. Love the photos!!

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