Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I had a faltering few days where I wasn't sure Dukan was going to work for me after all, since the day I switched to Cruise my weight loss slowed way way down. I've lost only 4 pounds in 12 days of sticking to the plan pretty rigorously. Of course, I stopped walking and told myself it wasn't that important as long as I kept the food part pretty perfectly. BZZZZ! Wrong answer! Try again!
So, this is Day 3 of walking at least 60 minutes a day on my treadmill, and eating a bit more, as I think I wasn't getting enough calories. My plateau seems to be finally letting go, and I saw myself move down a number on the scale. I guess tomorrow will be the proof of whether it's really moving or not.
I get bored with eggs all the time, and dry meat, but I'm nervous to branch out into the sauces and recipes in case it sabotages my progress. I need to try something, though, or I know I'll find myself cheating sooner or later out of boredom and frustration.
Still, I need to celebrate my progress! I don't think I've weighed 137 for at least 5 years. And I know I won't stop til I'm at my goal this time. Dukan is so easy to keep going, to just do every day. I don't have to drive to the gym or count calories or try to control portions. I love that.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Yawn. I get so tired of whining about my weight loss not working- I really need to focus on the 17 pounds I've lost in the last few months, and especially the 12 I've lost since starting the Dukan diet. I am just so impatient. I want to see a pound a day, or every other day, you know. lol
Attack phase was great. I liked the diet after I got the hang of it, it isn't an issue for me at all to just eat protein. I missed bread a lot for a bit, but I'm past that. And the 10 pounds in the 9 days I did attack was fantastic, and seriously made up for any food I may have wanted and couldn't have.
Cruise is slower. A lot slower. I have to just keep to the plan, believe that this will work- look for anything I'm doing that I should be doing differently. I know that this diet works. I just have to keep moving forward, and be patient. Not my strongest virtue. But you know what, this is working. And nothing else has gotten me results like this. I just can't cheat or give up, and it will work.
My sister Susan is starting Dukan, as well, and my very skeptical hubby has actually hinted that he may do it too. I need to see this through, so I can help them when they get here.
Please let this work.
I have lost half an inch around my waist this week. So that's something. And my thighs are thinner. So it is working. Just not on the scale today.
Monday, December 13, 2010
I get so frustrated and then I just give up. Not pretty, but there it is. I was doing okay, and then realized that I was not dropping the weight like I felt I should be for as much work as I was putting into my workouts... so I quit. Not on purpose, just sort of realized that I hadn't worked out in weeks, and then months. Again.
Several times this year I have started off, quick and "perfect" out of the gate, watching calories, eating carefully and healthily, trying new foods, working out like crazy, reading all the books and doing all I can do to get it right, and then... I don't get what I want. 5 pounds in 3 months?! Doing Biggest Loser DVD's or Wii Sports Active til I can't make it up the stairs to bed, and then no real weight loss, and I just quit. Which, you know, doesn't work either.
So I am going to try something new and novel.
I like to walk. I've always liked to walk. When I was a bitty little 100 pound high schooler with an astonishly flat stomach, I walked. I'd get bored and walk all over town, or get restless and walk for hours, or climb the mountain that was nearly in my back yard. I walk. Or, I walked, anyway. So...
I have a treadmill, and I'm using it. 90 minutes, 2 hours, however long I feel like walking, I am walking. I don't know if it will be enough to lose the 25 pounds, but it is something I know I can do and enjoy and will stick with and can keep doing without feeling sorry for myself or hating or wondering why it isn't working yet. So that's my new thing.
What do you think? Is it going to work? Or am I just wasting my time? Do I need to add strength training and DVD's and jogging and all the other stuff to get results? Or can I actually just walk myself back to thin and strong again?
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Late July was the last time I blogged? Really?
Gee. Time does fly when you are sliding into bad habits and living in denial.
I spent the rest of the summer trying to convince myself that just because I wasn't "actually exercising and logging it" that didn't mean I was slipping back into bad habits. Then my scale proved me wrong. I am back up to just a few pounds below where I was when I started this last push for fitness. Yuck.
So, this week I am doing the Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVD a friend loaned me, (and as sore as I have ever been from a workout, ever, and 2 days later), and I have done the treadmill Monday and today (Wednesday) even though I really didn't feel like it. I did 70 minutes on Monday, and then the DVD, but that may have been overdoing it. I spent the entire day yesterday involuntarily saying "Ow! ow!" every time I sat down, took the stairs or moved my arms. I am still really sore today, and trying to convince myself the 40 minutes I did on 5% incline on the treadmill should excuse me from Bob's torture, but I think I better do it anyway, or I won't ever go back to it.
So I'd better get to it before I talk myself out of it again.
I need to drink a lot more water today- I've gotten totally out of the habit and am lucky if I get 3 glasses a day. Not good.
Onward down the fitness trail I continue to travel. I think as long as I keep showing up and doing something, I am going to get this right sooner or later. I hate being fat, and will not be comfortable or happy with myself until I lose this flab around my butt and belly.
Hope you are having a great day, and are making good progress on your goals! :)
Monday, July 26, 2010
Well, after a month or more of frustration and adjustments and thinking I was really doing this to the best of my ability and discovering I was just sort of getting ready, I feel like I am finally moving down the path to fitness and weight loss at a better pace. I was really struggling with not wanting to walk or run in the California summer heat, and I had to think about that for a while, but I prayed about it and then realized that I had a chance to get a treadmill, even though we are long-term unemployed. I had a little mini-notebook computer I don't often use, and I bartered it on Craiglist for a nice treadmill with incline. The readouts don't seem accurate, but the treadmill works great. I've asked for a heart rate monitor for my birthday in a few weeks so I can accurately track my calories, but I can guesstimate for now.
I also picked up a book at the library while I was sort of browsing the aisles that turned out to be really helpful. It's The Biggest Loser Fitness Program, and it has had a lot of great information as well as descriptions and pictures of exercises and a program of how many sets and reps to do for circuit training 3x a week. I did the whole thing today before my hour on the treadmill, and learned that I love planks the least of all exercises. :) But, it was a great workout, felt really like the right direction to be going, and I've lost a couple of pounds just from doing the cardio for the last 5 days since I got the treadmill.
So the scale is moving, muscles are burning and all seems to be finally going in the right direction. Yay! And yay for SparkPeople for giving me a way to figure out and track all my nutrition and fitness stuff. I really couldn't be doing this without it.
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