I am slipping...but I don't want to give up!!
I am not sure why this is happening but I am slipping. There are several factors contributing to the slippage though.
I know others have felt this way before. I keep looking at the last 3 months and the plateau I just broke and then I do badly. It is strange I have one good day then one bad day. I am trying to take a hard look at why this is happening. Some things that are possibly a contributing factor are, work stress, hubby cooking, eating schedule and calorie limit.
One reason may be a stressful job. I am working later hours and I miss my son’s weekday baseball games. For a Mom that has missed only a couple of her kids events this is hard on me. I am emotional about it and I wish I could change it. However, I can’t until I find a new job with better hours.
I work with 3 and 4 year olds by myself in a daycare classroom. I was told I would be teaching but I am a babysitter. They add younger children to my classroom and it makes teaching more difficult. I also have to clean, take out the trash, do laundry etc. Our classroom is extremely dirty and no matter how hard I try it still is dirty. We also have a broken sink that leaks on the floor. It makes for a stressful day cleaning and watching kids and working with uncaring bosses.
I am still exercising in the mornings before work. I have little time to do anything else. I am trying to make my workouts count and using my Heart Rate Monitor to increase my intensity.
My husband is cooking dinner. I eat at 7pm now and I hate it. I am so hungry because I eat lunch at 11am so I can get to work on time. I am not allowed to eat any food at work since I work with kids. Therefore, from 11am to 7pm I do not eat. I also drink as much water as I can but during my work shift I cannot go to the bathroom unless I ask for a bathroom break by buzzing the office. (My hours are usually 1230-630) Drinking less water, waiting so long to eat and hubby cooking might be big factors.
I thought with my one year of Spark Approaching (June 22) I would be closer to onederland. It has eluded me for a while now. So many of my sparkfriends lose slowly so I feel bad for complaining. I was losing at a higher rate before.
The slipping started after a long plateau and now lower calories. I may be eating too little. I lowered my calories to 1550 a few weeks ago. When I stuck to it I had a nice loss but it is a hard amount for me to keep. Maybe the calories are too restrictive? However when I up them I stay at the plateau. But when I keep them lower I am hungry and more likely to binge.
Any suggestions would be helpful. So many Spark members have stressful jobs, and obstacles I would love to know how you overcame them. Please let me know.
This week’s work schedule is not normal either. I don’t know how I am going to make it with all this and a out of town baseball tournament next weekend. I may even have to drive a separate car because I have to work Friday morning even though I asked off for the day.
Next Week's work Schedule
Tuesday 12:30 – 6:30
Wed 830 – 630 (wow I am going to scream Wednesday)
Thursday 12:30 – 6:30