Thursday, May 17, 2012
I started working out again last April 10. A combination of brisk-walking and jogging just around the neighborhood..which is a good, solid 2 miles. Soon, I decided to push myself a little more so I mapped a 3.5 mi route outside my usual route and walk/run it at least 4x a week. Made a little Excel file to track my exercise and weight loss. I joined Sparkpeople on April 30 and continued tracking my exercise and weight here while still updating my nifty Excel file. I discovered quite a few awesome exercise videos on Youtube just last week. They are really hard to do...high intensity. Think Insanity or P90X. So I replaced my walk/run with at least 45 mts of these high intensity workouts. After doing each workout I feel like I've lost at least a pound of sweat! Unfortunately, my scale would only show about a 2 oz weight loss and that's if I'm lucky. It usually shows a 1 to 2 lb gain on most days. I usually eat more or less the same food everyday. A green smoothie for breakfast - 1% milk, 3 cups spinach, a banana, 1 tsp of peanut butter. A half a plate of pasta or 1/2 cup rice with some meat for lunch and half a sandwich and coffee for dinner. I don't eat past 5pm. I do my workouts at around 7 in the evening. I don't know what's going on? I've successfully lost weight in the past. I usually lose 2 to 3 lbs each week just by jogging or brisk walking for 30 mts everyday for 5 days. So why is it so difficult now? Is it the oral contraceptives? I've cut down significantly on salt in my food and increased my water intake. In fact, I've stopped eating chips and fast food altogether. It is so frustrating to see a 2 lb loss in the middle of the week then gain 3 the day after so that on Friday when I officially take note of my weight I've either only lost about 4 oz or gained almost a pound from the previous week. Most days I just want to throw the scale out my window. I am getting depressed and extremely frustrated. I am going to continue with the high intensity workouts for now. I am not going to give up. I've gone this far and I don't want to start over.