A few weeks ago I entered the January Jumpstart Challenge, which I didn't finish, and here it is at the end of the month and I've only lost 3 pounds with no change in the way my clothes fit.
Yes, it's 3 pounds lighter than I was in December, but it's not even 10% of what I need to lose. I keep feeling like a failure when I hear of others losing 8, 10, 12 pounds in the same amount of time.
Every time I see that Gatorade commercial where the basic premise is "What You Put In = What You Get Out," I truly wonder if I'm not putting in enough effort.
So, first, let's talk about what I'm doing right.
* I'm active every day. I do at least 10-20 minutes of strength, cardio, or other heart-pumping activity. I switch it up so I don't get bored. I sweat. A lot.
* I'm very careful about what I eat and stay within my calorie range 6 out of 7 days.
* I'm eating more fruits and veggies and fewer carbs.
Okay, so here's what I doing "wrong" and may be contributing to the minimal loss:
* I may have portion distortion and/or I'm choosing foods entered by others that are not 100% accurate.
* I don't drink 8 cups of water every day (more like 4-6 cups).
* I may not be doing enough cardio every week.
Basically, the deficit is too small. It's possible I'm not eating enough based on my activity, but I highly doubt it. Today I reset my goals and my calorie range changed because I decided to follow my own workout plan instead of SparkPeople's. I never followed their strength exercises as I know how to weight lift correctly.
So, this week I'm going to:
* Up my water intake to 8 cups.
* Do 3 days of cardio (30 minutes minimum) in addition to strength training.
* Eat 1500 calories every day (right in the middle of my range).
Hopefully I will see a loss next week and be more happy about my successes. I don't plan on giving up that easily, but I at least thought January would really be the kick in the tush I needed.
Okay, that's enough complaining for one day. Feel free to leave your advice in the comments.