Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Today is a snow day and,
in honor of my Sparkaversary this week,
I gave myself the gift of spending as much time as I wanted to print off all of the SparkSummary Calendars for my entire Spark career
(DH says it sounds like a cult when I start putting Spark in front of every other word- I told him to shut his sparkin' mouth about my SP!)
and sit down with my trusty calculator (Lucy calls it my 'puter')
and really see if I can figure out what the heck is behind my over-a-year-now plateau.
You will have to believe me, or go back and read the hundreds of blogs I have written, that I have tried every plateau-busting tip ever given me here, on my teams, by sparkmail (there I go again) or on the message boards.
I have tried eating less
(after a visit to a dietitian who had me try 1200 calories per day for a month- I had to give that up after THREE WEEKS of headaches every single day -some of my old friends will remember that awful time- last July),
eating more (my personal trainer's big fat idea),
calorie cycling (which I tend to do naturally- in reviewing I see I eat anywhere from 1100 to 2100 calories fairly consistently),
more ST-less cardio,
more cardio- less ST,
you name it- I have tried it for at least a month.
I eat plenty of F&V, fiber and protein- drink 10+ glasses of water plus tea a day. I gave up my daily 1-2-3 glasses of wine Oct 1st, 2010 and now have 1-2 glasses a month, so far- thought that would make a big difference but, nope.
I eat very little processed food, eat at home 95% of the time, watch my sodium, take a multi and a fish oil capsule.
I very consistently workout 60-90 minutes 5 or 6 days a week, switching things up every month or so (kettlebells are my current passion).
I go to my second home in the Caribbean once or twice a year for 2-3 week visits, where I eat as much fish as I can, walk an hour most days and do gentle water exercises for 1-2 hours every day. I do drink too much booze when I'm there.
So, in summary (anybody still awake?):
Jan- June 2009 -aver. daily cals -1533 lost -19 lbs
July-Dec '09- av cals 1440 -lost 6-7 (started to yo-yo)
Jan-June '10 - av cals 1600 lost 0-(up-down 1-2 each month)
July-Dec '10-av cals 1450 lost 0 (have crept up 3 or so)
I will never-ever give up- I feel too good and am down at least 25 pounds from Jan '09 but I am only halfway to goal and flirting with the obese category again.
Plus, I feel like I am letting my two new teams down by gaining weight.
***omg- tears just came to my eyes- I had to walk away from the computer after typing that- I didn't realize it was so important to me- I think it's embarrassing for me, too- I feel like I'm failing at something I'm trying so hard at- see the power of journaling?
Let me think about what to try next.
I'm open to suggestions.
We just got plowed out and my gym is 24/7 so I'm going to work out and think some more- I know I'll feel better then.
thnx for listening.
Hope I don't sound whiny.
I'm not just making excuses.