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Why is it so hard to give up?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'd imagine it would be a piece of cake - just wake up every morning without thinking about working out, eat whatever tastes good..maybe order some pizza or Chinese food, forget about that green smoothie and just drink coffee. Why should I bother right? I've only lost 5 lbs in 2 months....5 pounds! After all that hard work and worrying about what to eat and what not to eat. I did go on vacation for 2 weeks but when I got back and saw I only gained 2 lbs I went back to walking/running and lost those pounds in a few days. So I went back to doing Insanity 2 days ago and guess what...I gained 4.6 lbs!!!! *curses* So today, I'm back to 142.6 lbs which is just about a couple of pounds less than my starting weight. I thought about quitting yesterday. But since my muscles were so sore I thought..meh, I'd just do the plyo circuit. And today I said...nope, not gonna work out anymore..I am done! Then I decided I'd do Jillian's Banish Fat Metabolism circuit workouts...oh and walked/jogged 3.5 miles. *sighs* I guess I'm already hard-wired to workout even if I don't want to do it anymore. Oh well....C'est la vie!

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  You do get addicted to working out and feeling good. I notice I get really cranky if I don't work out and then slide into a depression/slump.

Don't worry about the numbers. Especially if you are doing a lot of strength (Circuits, etc) you will probably see the numbers increase as your muscles build. If you are anxious about seeing results, measure your waist, hips, arms and neck or (my way - the lazy way) just see how much better your clothes are feeling. For me, having plenty of room in my jeans is better than seeing a number on the scale.

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MRS_ASCOTT 6/28/2012 12:38AM

    The exercise does so much good for your body. Not just weight loss. Don't ever give it up! :)

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EVIE4NOW 6/27/2012 11:05PM

  Ceratin foods I won't give up either. I eat smaller portions and compensate at other meals.

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LEFTHANDLUKE 6/27/2012 11:04PM

    chinese food is good, i will never give it up,just eat smaller portions

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Vacation and Weight Loss

Thursday, May 31, 2012

In four days my whole family will be on a 2-day road-trip from Austin to Orlando....*squeals*...WE'RE GOING TO DISNEYWORLD!!!!! My husband, who has always been a spur-of-the-moment kind of guy, decided a couple of days ago that we should spend at least 7 days in Orlando. So I have been a bit stressed out thinking about where to stay and what to bring. I've been googling about tips and tricks on how to make the most of our stay over there so we can all have fun without breaking the bank. But one thing that concerns me the most is how am I supposed to lose weight while on vacation? I'm having such a difficult time losing weight as it is, without all the temptations. I've been working out religiously since I started here on SP last April 30. At least 45 minutes of high intensity cardio 5 days a week then I either run 4 miles or play Frisbee with my kids every Saturday. I've given up chips, fast food and soda. I've increased my water, veggies and fruit intake daily. And yet I've only managed to lose a measly 3 lbs. And no I don't measure myself but my jeans are still a tight size 10...nothing has changed. I feel so discouraged and disappointed every Friday when I weigh in and see I've only lost a few ounces or worse, gained more than a pound. So now I'm concerned about how the heck am I supposed to lose any weight while on vacation?

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MRS_ASCOTT 6/1/2012 2:53AM

    You will definitely be doing a LOT of walking. We were there last August and had an amazing time (DO NOT stay at the Ramada! It's gross). I was running then, but not "dieting" so I can't really give any advice on that subject. Try not to get so discouraged. I know that's easier said than done when you are working so hard and not seeing any results. Your body IS changing. It's just not showing it yet. I've lost 6lbs and my pants still feel like they fit the same. But when the scale wasn't moving, I taped and found I had lost inches. Also, enjoy your vacation!!! Don't let this stress you out to where you aren't going to have fun. How often do you get to go to Disney World?!

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JUST_JESSIKAH 5/31/2012 11:26PM

    Disney World has healthy options. I was there in March and I have to eat decently b/c of gallstones. They have options. Fresh fruit, veggie options. They rock. Plus, think of the walking you will be doing. Those parks are huge!! Disney World is amazing. I hope you and your family have a super great time :)

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Stress and Weight Loss

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I woke up yesterday with a headache and it went on for 7 hours. Water didn't help. Medication didn't help. Resting didn't help. Eating didn't help. I think it may have something to do with stress. One member commented on my previous blog that I might be too stressed about the numbers on the scale that's why it refuses to budge. True, first thing I do every morning is weigh myself. Then again after breakfast. Again after lunch. Okay I think you can say that I am obsessed about weighing myself!

So today I promise to make a few changes in my life that will hopefully help me de-stress. I am not going to hop on the scale again until Friday which is the day I officially weigh myself and input the numbers on the Weight Tracker. I'm going to put away the scale so I don't have to see it every time I go to the bathroom. After doing my Insanity workout, I am going to cool down by walking around my neighborhood while listening to my favorite songs on the Ipod. I'm also going to color a few pages in my 5-year old's coloring book, the one she threw on the floor yesterday while having a fit because her 2-year old sister broke her pink crayon. I am going to watch a full episode of The Annoying Orange on Youtube and try to enjoy it instead of screaming for my 2 boys to turn the stupid thing off. steps.



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.

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CHIME720 5/22/2012 2:09PM

    Thanks so much for your reply. I haven't really thought about my body going into "starvation mode". I am going to try and eat more fruits in between meals. I wonder why high intensity workouts seem to "hold on" to the extra weight I'm trying to lose? Oh well, I'm gonna keep doing them. Since I started doing Insanity I don't feel like doing anything else. I guess I like that feeling of sweating so is invigorating! emoticon

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SHEILAJ2008 5/17/2012 12:16PM

    Stress can cause a person's body to "hold on" to fat. It sounds to me like you're stressing about your weight loss a lot which could be sabotaging your efforts. I have to be careful to make sure I'm eating enough of the right foods, or I either lose very little or none at all since our body will go into "starvation mode" if we're not eating enough. I also seem to lose more weight when I walk briskly/jog for about 30 mins. a day/5 days a week. If I switch it up with something that's really high energy my body seems to not want to "let go" of the weight as much. Hope this helps.:)

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