Saturday, October 02, 2010
I fell off my plateau finally after two months. I shook things up for myself. I dropped the amount of cardio from 40 minutes a day, three days a week, down to 30 minutes a day, three days a week. I also started watching my carb count very closely. I stopped eating bread, rice, and potatoes. I am getting my carbs from fruits and veggies.
Now the way most people think is that if you aren't losing weight and you are eating at the low end of your range, which I do, then you need to increase the exercise and burn more calories. I can't increase what I eat. I am diabetic and to keep my blood sugars under control, I must stay under 1,400 calories a day and find that when I am around 1,300 I was losing weight before I increased my exercise. I looked at the summary calendar for the past months, going back to July and looked at my calorie count and exercise minutes. That helped me realize that I did need to continue to eat around 1,300 calories a day but needed to drop my exercise back down to 30 minutes cardio per session. I have done that for the past week and lost 2 pounds. I don't know how much the lower carbs helped in that other than making me think more of what I was eating and eating different things for lunch and dinner.
Lesson learned: You have to find what works for you. Use the tools here on the site. Look at your summary calendar. See what you were doing when you were losing, when you gained, or when you were staying still. Realize that there will be times that nothing matters what you do. Sometimes your body needs some time to adjust to the new calorie intake or output. This is YOUR journey and no one answer, program, or meal plan fits all.
I think it is funny that when I put in my weight today, SparkPeople said I lost 4 pounds. Do the math 151-149= 2....but I will take the 2 Thank You!