After an initial 30 lb weight loss by counting calories and light exercise (not as consistent as it could have been) I've been at a plateau right above 200 lbs now for months and it's getting VERY frustrating to say the least. So I'm going to try something different for a while and see how that goes.
My New Plan - Focusing on Fitness Goals instead of focusing so much on food. I think that for me counting calories has become almost an obsession. Food seems to be ALL I think about, planning, counting, weighing, measuring, timing my next meal or snack. I'm spending way too much time on the SparkPeople website on the nutrition page and not near enough time on the exercise page.
I find myself eating because it's time to eat and quite often I'm not really hungry. Now that I'm very familiar with portion sizes, calorie counts of my favorite foods, making healthier choices, reading labels, etc., I'm going to try to get in touch with my hunger and/or lack of hunger and work with my body by getting more in touch with it.
Soooo, starting tomorrow, Saturday am - bike for 1 hour. I'll do this every Sat am. Then Mon, Wed & Fri walk/jog for 45 mins. I'm only jogging for 30 sec's at a time, to start with, so my overall time will come down as I jog more and walk less - I'm also doing a 5 min Warm-Up and Cool-Down in addition to the 45 mins for a total time of 55 mins. (I'm going to exercise every other day for 4 days a week.)
In addition, I'll be doing Strength Training for 15 mins after the aerobics. The amount of time doing ST will increase as the time I'm walking/jogging decreases. By the end of the year, I'll be doing 30 mins of walking/jogging and 30 mins of ST 3 days a week with the long bike ride on Saturdays and maybe something fun on Sundays.
Lastly, I'll be doing Tai Chi in the am and yoga at night to de-stress - I'm thinking that stress is one of the main culprits in my recent weight gain.
I'm hoping that by focusing on physical activity instead of diet (which I feel like I have a pretty good handle on now), I'll break through the 200 lb barrier and keep on getting more fit and healthy until the weight goal will take care of itself. :-)