As many of you will know, Iíve been struggling with some plateaus for a while now. In the last year Iíve lost about 15 lbs. Yes thatís still movement but 15 lbs over a year is frustrating. Iíve increased my fitness ability and kept up (even improved) my healthy eating habits. Despite feeling discouraged at times, Iím very committed to eating healthy and being active so was able to stay on track. After all, even if I stayed where Iíve been thatís really not that bad. Sure its not idealÖ but itís a hell of a lot better than where I started (in terms of health etc).
I started to think some time ago that being stuck might be related to not eating quite enough. I was nervous however because as someone whoís lost 80+ lbs its hard to think that youíre should eat more. That and Iím not hungry. I felt very nourished, had enough energy and was eating within my sparkpeople range.
A few months ago I decided to get a personal trainer. Iíd struggled with this for a while because Iím stubborn and wanted to be able to say Iíd done this all on my own. Well, eventually I got over myself and thought Ė even if someone is guideing me on what to lift, how many times to lift it etcÖ I AM STILL THE ONE DOING THE WORK!!
Sounds simpleÖ but Iím stubborn.
The one thing the trainer flagged was that Iím not eating enough protein. I get about 60-70 grams a day which is in the bottom range of my SP tracker. The trainer felt that since Iím trying to gain muscle and spend a pretty good amount of time exercising I should aim more toward the top of my range (around 100-120g a day).
Well, I can tell you that Iím no where near that range. Itís a struggle every day to add a little more lean protein here and there. Plus it fills me up more and Iím already not always hungry when I eat something. ( I know thereís someone out there just starting out whoís hungry and wants to chew on their arm right now that just wants to reach across cyberspace and smack meÖ its ok, Iíve been there too. Eventually its gets MUCH easier).
Iím eating about 75-80 with the add ons. But so far, its working.
Prior to going on vacation Iíd seen a drop and got to 203. I was thrilled. After being on vacation and getting sick afterward Iíd shot back up to 206. Then from feeling pissed that even after being really well behaved on vacation I still gained weight I got back to 208. The first couple left quickly and now its finally taken friends!
Last week I was back to 203.
This Monday I was at 202
Mid week I was at 201
And todayÖ today, I was at 200.2
I actually just stood on the scale and watched that number for a minute. 200.2. That is so close to 199. That is also so close to 196 (which for me is where my BMI hits overweight).
Big things are happening!
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