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Am I even trying?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Well I am in a funk today. I'm committed to losing 10# a month and that's not working so well for me - it's NOT HAPPENING!
Last month I lost 5.5, last WEEK I lost 6 and this week I gained back 4. This is starting to get on my nerves.
Things are tough for us financially. I've been working really hard to keep my grocery budget at $50 a week or less for my family. My daughter is away at college so it's just me my husband and teen aged son at home. It's been hard, but I've been cooking beans every week which has helped to stretch the budget. It has also helped me to get in my required fiber with good protein and low fat each day.
My sparkpeople calorie range is 1950-2300. I have stayed consistently at 1600-1900 calories daily. I'm wondering if the beans are contributing extra sodium thus accounting for the gain. My sodium has been well over the 2300 recommended grams.
I haven't been exercising formally and I know that's a problem, but I've been getting in a lot more activity than usual. I need to start hitting losses. Everything else is so out of control and I am so stressed that I need the weight loss. That is the one thing I do have control over - what goes in my mouth and how much I move my body. I just seem to be losing my motivation because I am discouraged by the lose two gain one game.
IF you look at my weekly weight chart, it doesn't appear that I am even trying. That couldn't be further from the truth. I think about my diet constantly. I make sure to get in my water every day, don't drink any drinks with calories and hardly ever reach the top of my calorie range much less go over.
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    I used to make pinto beans three, four times a week but then I switched over to black soy beans which have far fewer carbs. Pintos have 36 carbs per cup while the black soy beans only have 16 per cup. They taste great too--just like regular black beans. They do cost a little more though---I buy them online for $44 for 25 pounds. The shipping price is based on where you live--the company that sells them is based in Michigan. I'm on a strict budget too, but as my husband couldn't live without eating beans and he's a diabetic, buying these beans have been the best way to go for us---all things considered.

    Aw honey, I do know how it feels to take one step forward and two steps back in trying to lose weight. Sometimes I feel as if I've not made any progress at all, but then I think back to how I used to feel when I really wasn't trying at all and I know that sticking with my program is the only thing that keeps me from falling back into that black pit of hopelessness and despair. I never want to feel that way again mentally.

    I've looked at your ticker, and you really have made progress. 80 pounds is fantastic!!! Stick with it, my dear, you really are doing yourself--and others too--so much good!

    many hugs-----Georgia

    2526 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/21/2010 3:11:29 PM
    I can relate SO much! I had lost 2.6 lbs. in 2 months and then I gained all back except 0.5 lbs. I was thinking about it this morning and like you, getting REALLY upset! Reading what the others have written has helped me too.

    I am presently trying to concentrate on the lifestyle changes I am making and hoping that as time goes on, the weight will come off...in time.

    Leader of "Sparking with Multiple Sclerosis" emoticon
    2526 days ago
    It will catch up with you and the effort will be worth it... you just keep doing what you're doing.
    I know things are hard right now, stay as positive as you can and know that folks all over are thinking about you and praying for you.
    I know you can do it1
    Peace, Mo
    2526 days ago
    I know this is frustrating, Diva. I've been here, too. I wondered if maybe your body was adjusting to the similar foods you're eating and processing them differently....sort of tied to being below calorie range. I heard once that you should not have starches unless they are paired with proteins, and starch alone will just turn right to fat. But....who knows? You'd think beans would be healthy!
    Hang in there. I know you are committed to your health and you WILL get there!
    2527 days ago
    Thanks, I use dry beans that I cook in my crockpot. Black beans, kidney beans and pinto beans. I find these are cheaper than canned and I can control the sodium. I'm also using brown rice. Beans and rice is what I have been eating every single day for lunch. This past week I have eaten some sausage along with it and some days I've added some grated cheese to the top, just to change things up a little.
    I get in a minimum of 60 grams of protein every day, so that isn't the problem. My sodium counts have been high most of last week. Some of it is the sausage (processed smoked meat), but I haven't had any other processed food so I am assuing it's the beans although I'm not puttng salt in them.
    2527 days ago
    I can understand how you are feeling. I am also on a budget for groceries and it is hard to make them last. I was wondering what kind of beans are you eating? Are you eating canned or the kind you have to make yourself? If you are eating canned then its possible that you are getting to much sodium. I just went grocery shopping for the week and I also brought some healthy stuff and it cost me $90.00 at Aldi. I also brought some pinto beans and white beans that are the dry type and I just make them in my crockpot without adding salt. My family is used to having to salt their stuff because I never salt anything.
    Don't give up on your weight loss. I know when I was losing weight with WW back in 2006-2007 I didn't know I was not eating enough protein to keep up with my workouts (I was working out 3 hours a day which included an hour of weights a day) and I started gaining weight. I was so upset because I was killing myself by exercising and eating right. It took my doctor to ask me what I ate and she told me that my body was in starvation mode just because I wasn't eating enough protein and if I hadn't come to her when I did I would have been in the hospital in the next 6 months with my kidneys failing. I had gained 15 pounds just because of I wasn't eating enough protein. Go figure.

    emoticon I am here for you!

    2527 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/20/2010 2:54:21 PM
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