Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Ok, so I am extremely depressed today (well not really...I just need to vent!) I have been really positive and excited about my "adventure" towards toning up and getting in better shape. I have joined a gym and I have been enjoying exercise for the first time in a long time. I find that the more I work out the better I feel...but I have been gaining weight rather than losing. I have gotten to the point where I am afraid to step on the scale to check on my progress. I have been told that I need to boost my caloric intake throughout the day and stay away from the carbs in the evening. I was and I am skeptical, but I am doing what I am told. It is difficult for me to eat more at more times in the day! My regular pattern is wake up at around 5:30 am, leave for work at about 6:30, arrive at work at 7:45 am, have breakfast with my morning coffee, force a small healthy snack around 10:00, eat lunch at 12:00-12:30, force an afternoon healthy snack (very difficult) at around 3:00, leave work to go to gym at 5:00, arrive at gym between 6:15 and 6:30, work out for 30 min or 60 minutes, come home and prepare dinner, eat by 8:00, have a small snack (maybe), and go to bed by 10:00. I am most hungry in the morning and when I get home from the gym. I do not eat much junk food, nor do I drink soda. I am frustrated because this is the heaviest I have ever been and I being that I am so self-conscious lately, it really takes a lot out of me. I have gained back what I lost since I started SP and then some. Obviously, what I have been doing is not working...
I apologize for my ranting, but I really needed to voice my frustration to others who have gone through this similar plight...
Otherwise, it is a beautiful day, the sun is shining...(I just wish I could wear the cute sheath dress in my closet!)
Member Comments About This Blog Post
Don't be discouraged. Sounds like your body is still adjusting. I'm sure if you keep exercising and eating healthy the scale will move in the right direction soon. Are you tracking your food? I wouldn't worry to much about when to eat what and how much to eat at what time. That can make you crazy. Just focus on eating healthy foods and staying in your calorie range. That's my 2 cents anyway.
Best of luck!! Hang in there!! You can do this.
3236 days ago
Don't forget that muscle weighs more than fat, so in actuality, you are probably losing fat and gaining muscle. Measure yourself. The following is a quote taken from Dr Barnard's book, TURN OFF THE FAT GENES.
"To be effective, exercise must be used WITH changes in your diet, not in place of them. Alone, it is not particularly useful. A single pound of body fat stores, believe it or not, more than 4, 000 calories, and it would take hours of exercise to burn it off. A study of weight-loss programs showed that those using exercise alone led to an average weight loss of only 6 pounds in 16 weeks, while those using diet alone caused an average weight loss of about 24 pounds in the same amount of time. Using diet and exercise together helps you maximize your results and makes it easier to keep the weight off over the longer term.
Most important, don’t count on exercise to counteract the effects of a diet high in fats.
Your body needs good nutrition, not only to power your extra activity but also to repair and rebuild after your workout. Endurance depends on your muscles having plenty of glycogen, which is built from the natural sugars released from carbohydrates. Numerous studies have shown that high-carb diets really do improve endurance and high-carb, low-fat meal eaten about three to four hour before a a workout improves performance. You will need more protein and beans, peas, and lentils supply a significant amount of protein and are more nutrient dense. Most varieties yield about 15 grams of protein per cup."
Take heart, and remember to keep on keeping on regardless of what the scales say!
3236 days ago
Are you tracking your calorie intake and calories burned? As you up the calories burned, you can up your caloric intake. But you've got to be burning more than you are consuming. You also want to pay attention to other ways of measuring progress -- like inches lost, how your clothes fit.
3236 days ago
Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.
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