Friday, October 05, 2012
Some people are fortunate; when trying to lose weight, they steadily drop pounds and reach goal right on schedule. Well, for reasons I don't completely understand, I'm not one of them. My weight drops in dribbles, spurts and sputters, then stops and then starts up again.
Right now, I'm enduring my second plateau this year. In May, I experienced one that lasted a month. Now, I haven't lost a single pound since September 15th. Just frustrating.
I've read every article under the sun about stuff I can do to shake things up. I'm varying my exercise--jogging instead of walking, switching up on strength training exercises, getting more sleep, eating less processed foods, keeping my food diary as accurate as I can, drinking more water. Result? This week, I regained the one pound I lost in September. Arrgh!
I'm ready to try something different. I am going to EAT more today, Saturday, and Sunday, then get back on program on Monday. I'm taking a chance that I might regain some weight, but sometimes you have to take a step back before you move forward. Ninety percent of the time, I've been eating 1,200 to 1, 600 calories a day. This weekend, I'm doing what Jillian Michaels suggested on her website; I'm going to eat 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day. The premise is that my metabolism has slowed and my body is fighting weight loss. I will track everything and keep up the exercise. We'll see what happens.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Yesterday at the gym, I got on the treadmill and started jogging 4 MPH. Usually, when I'm working out on the machines, I do 10 minutes on three different ones. What was different yesterday, was that I ended up jogging 4 MPH on the treadmill for 20 minutes and barely broke a sweat. Given my hate/hate relationship with running, I found this pretty remarkable.
What it means is I'm getting fitter and yesterday I discovered measurable results of my increased fitness. Before, the thought of getting on the treadmill and doing any sort of jogging seemed to be too much. Now, I believe a 4 MPH pace is doable, not just for one mile, but two or even three. Granted, that's still a slow pace, but for turtles like me, it's doable.
My next goal is to get on that treadmill and see if I can jog 4.5 or 5 MPH for 20 minutes.
I did jog 5K once this summer, but it took me an hour and it was anything but fun. Maybe if I design my own couch to 5K, I can work up to doing it again incrementally and in a way that's more enjoyable.
Onward and downward.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
A few days ago, I decided to work toward changing two bad habits that are impacting my ability to lose weight.
Bad habit #1--Not sticking to my 10:30 pm bedtime. My night owl tendencies often result in me staying up at 11:00, 11:30, or 12 am. Then, I can't get up the next morning and when I do, I'm a zombie.
Update: For the last few days I've been going to bed at 10:30 pm. When I did this over the weekend, I noticed I woke up without an alarm clock at around 6:30 am, but couldn't get up until about 7 am. I am going to keep my bedtime here for the time being, but I may have to move it up to 10 pm, if it continues to be challenging to get up at 6:30 am.
Bad habit #2--Not drinking my water. It's not that I dislike drinking water, it's just that its been crowded out by coffee and diet coke. Plus, I get tired of making frequent trips to the restroom.
Update: Now, I've been focused on keeping the 16 oz cup on my desk filled with cold water. So far, so good. I don't care for all the trips to the restroom, but I guess it's something I'll need to live with. I weighed myself shortly after increasing my water intake and I was two pounds heavier. Those two pounds are now gone and I'm back to my plateau weight. I think it's a sign that my body no longer feels the need to retain any water I consume.
I've made a dent in the six other bad habits I documented in a previous blog, but I'm not making these changes a priority until I'm done focusing on my water and sleep.
I did buy some things to make a few green smoothies this week. I found a recipe for one that calls for apples, which are cheap and abundant this time of year, so I'm going to try it out.
I also have a list of fruit and veggie "staple foods" that I can buy at the grocery store if I'm low on food but haven't had time to plan a menu. So yesterday I bought bananas, grapes, apples, spinach, zucchini, squash, eggplant, red onion and carrots.
Anyway, I'm still pluggin' along so it's all good.
Onward and downward.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Since I only lost one pound in September, I decided to modify my December 2012 weight loss goal from losing 57 pounds to 53 pounds. My rate of weight loss has slowed considerably and the old goal now seems too aggressive. I'm a bit disappointed, but it is what it is. Also, in 2013, instead of reaching my goal weight in March, I've changed it to April.
So, here's the revised plan:
Goal #3--October 1 to December 31: Lose 7 more pounds before the holiday season starts, then maintain a total of 53 pounds lost through the end of 2012.
Goal #4--January 1 to April 30: Shift focus back to losing weight and drop the last 14 pounds for a total of 67 pounds lost.
It could take me even longer than four months to lose the last 14 pounds. Oh well, what is a one or two month delay in reaching my goal weight when I have the rest of my life to maintain it?
I'll just keep turtling along until I get there.
Onward and downward.
Friday, September 28, 2012
I was reading my SP weight reports and observed the following:
1. I have lost 5.5 pounds since August 1st
2. I have lost only 1 pound in September
In my previous blog, I identified about 8 bad habits that are holding me back from losing more weight. Thanks to some of the feedback Iíve received from my SP friends, Iíve decided to focus on changing only two things; drinking more water and sticking to my 10:30 pm bedtime.
Two other factors that are contributing to my slowed weight loss are hypothyroidism and perimenopause. Despite my tendency to self-sabotage and my haywire hormones, I am managing to hang in there and stay patient because the alternative is to regain the weight.
I am also focusing on taking a moment everyday to celebrate being 46 pounds thinner. Here are some of the changes Iíve noticed since Iíve lost weight:
1. Iím not afraid to have my picture taken. Yeah, I look chubby in the photos, but I donít look obese.
2. I jump around and dance more. The other day my daughter and I were doing the ďPsy Gangnam StyleĒ dance and just being silly. Before, I wouldnít have even wanted to.
3. I like to shop for clothes again. Every time I pull a size 12 off the rack, try it on and IT FITS is still remarkable to me.
4. Iím dressing more youthfully. Not in the pathetic way of a 40-something woman who doesnít know any better, but in a fresh, positive and flattering way.
5. Although bootcamp class is killiní me and I canít do all those mountain climbers, burpees, and planks, Iím hanginí tough and holding my own in a class with people half my age.
Above all, Iím physically and mentally healthier because my blood sugar is normal, my skin is clear, and the psychic pain of being obese is gone. I really feel like Iíve given myself the best gift ever. That is why Iím buckling down and working harder to reach goal.
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