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I don't know how to start losing again

Thursday, August 06, 2009

From January to June I lost quite a few pounds--just shy of 30 in fact. But since then I have stalled and I don't know why. I'm seeing progress in other areas of my life, like cycling, so my overall health improvement hasn't stalled but I'm still 30 lbs overweight and I'd like to keep losing more. Even 2-4 lbs per month would be fine with me, I'm not looking for a quick fix, an overnight sensation, but I would like to lose more.

All of my calorie calculations would suggest that I should still be losing weight at a decent rate but I'm not so I don't know what to do. Obviously there's more to losing that the simple idea "you must take in less than you burn." Some have said I should eat more, others that I should cut this or that out, I just don't know.

For now, I've decided to experiment with cutting out some of the bread products I like to eat--tortillas, multi-grain bread, etc. Not cut them out completely but just cut out some. We'll see what happens.

  
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SHADOWPUP 8/6/2009 9:01AM

    You are doing a terrific job with your program here! You know, often it's possible to find out why the loss has slowed. There's a good book by Venuto out, explaining plateaus, which might help, as well as the articles in SP. What I've observed around here that seems to help are these things: a) begin weighing/measuring everything again, just in case you've had some portion creep. b) reset your daily goals. 30 pound weight loss is wonderful - it also means there is 30 pounds less of you to feed, so your base metabolic rate will have changed. c) if you are not doing strength training, you may be eroding some of your lean muscle thru cardio - adding that in can help d) your body is now used to biking and is burning fewer calories per hour - try mixing up your exercises, skip the bike (gulp) for a few days and try jogging, the elliptical, hiking up really steep hills - or else go for an entirely different style of biking. e) you may not be eating enough! up the calories so your body will let go of weight. All that exercise again needs to be balanced. Sometimes a week or two of eating without a planned calorie deficit is enough. Ie, eat what SP tells you is needed to maintain your current weight/exercise for awhile. Your muscles need a break from exercise, right? so too does your body need a break from calorie deprivation. That ought to be a regular part of SP.

Good luck!

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FOTOMAKR 8/6/2009 8:52AM

    Same here. Wish I knew the secret. It is slowly creeping off now. I mean I know slow and steady wins the race but this is ridiculous. lol! Hope your effort pays off. Enjoy your new health benefits.

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KAMEL622 8/6/2009 8:43AM

    I'm right there with you! The one thing that I've learned though is that even though the weight isn't coming off for me (I don't even want to say how long it has been since I lost weight) I am making much healthier choices for myself for everything from eating breakfast daily, getting in more fruits and veggies and exercising daily. While I would love to be losing weight again, the way I feel and treating my body right has become the bigger issue for me.

You are doing great! I so admire how much biking you do and although this may be a bit of a setback, I'll bet before you know the scale will start moving again...make your day Sparkle....kath

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I'm Very Tired Today

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I think my big ride last week is finally catching up with me--I'm exhausted today. Luckily I'm on vacation so I'm going to just chill out all day!

  


It's hard to stay disciplined on the bike

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Everything I read says that after a significant effort on the bike--which riding 328.4 miles last week at an average speed of 17.9 mph was--one should either rest completely or engage in "active recovery" for 5-7 days. Active recovery means that one might ride but will not push hard, will simply enjoy an easy ride, will work a bit but allow the muscles to recover.

The problem? Yesterday I took a 22 mile ride with my lovely bride and I just feel so good on the bike. I want to push as hard as I did last week but I know it's best in the long-run if I don't. So I'm off for a 20+ mile ride today but I'll take it easy--no matter how hard it is, I'll take it easy!

  


Back on the Bike Today

Monday, August 03, 2009

After riding for 328.4 miles last week, I took two days off the bike but today I plan to get back on it. Just some easy spinning, a recovery ride if you will, but I can't wait. Being on my bike is like being in a sanctuary for me. I just love it!

  


Now it's time to focus on weight loss

Sunday, August 02, 2009

For the last month or so I have been focusing, almost exclusively, on preparing for my bicycle ride across the state of Minnesota. I was hoping to lose weight of course but that didn't happen during those weeks. I rode very well last week but I know that I can ride much better if I lose more weight and so now for the late summer and fall losing another 15 lbs will be my focus. I REALLY want to hit 200 by December 31.

The problem is that I've been eating well and exercising like a nut for the last 5 or 6 weeks with very little weight loss so I'm not really sure what to do. But one way or the other I'll figure this thing out and try to drop those extra pounds.

  


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