Thursday, August 09, 2012
Anyone else out there frustrated that they seem to be taking forever to lose weight? Anyone else get annoyed when they work-out hard and stay well within their calorie range and eat healthy, non-processed foods, drink plenty of water for weeks to then barely see any loss on the scale? Anyone else have a few busy days of not having time to exercise and not eating entirely healthy, but still doing fairly decent in being active and eating at least 85% healthy but then seeing a 3 pound gain on the scale????? Yes, that would be me and I have a feeling I'm not alone. I try not to get discouraged, but it's so hard not to be some days. It's like all that work for nothing and then a slight lapse due to busy schedules and suddenly your weight just jumps up. Makes me wanna scream, UGHHHHHH!!!!!
So, my one mantra that I often remind myself and share with others: If weight loss was easy, then we wouldn't have such weight issues in our country. I think everyone knows that Working Out + Eating within Range does not always equal Perfect Weight Loss. Nor is the 3500 calories = 1 pound necessarily exact either, at least in terms of trying to lose weight. Obviously there are tons of other factors that effect everything.
I've been doing a lot of thinking today, trying to keep myself motivated and to help me get past my frustrations of slow weight loss. I've heard a lot lately that slow weight loss is actually good for your body as it gives your body a chance to adjust to the weight changes and you're more likely to keep the weight off. Apparently researchers are finding that people who lose weight very quickly, their bodies don't know how to function at the new weight and as soon as person eats a large portion or something unhealthy, their body just clings to the extra calories and fat as it's trying to bring itself back to the weight where it's used to functioning. Not sure if that is completely accurate or not, but I can believe our bodies do need time to adjust. Also, to go along with this, I know I've heard before that it takes something like 30.....or 45.....or 60 days, whatever, for something to become a habit. I figure if I keep eating healthy and exercising in order to lose this weight, it's just going to be that much easier as a habit for me so that once I get to my goal weight (someday), I will continue with my healthy habits and have a better chance at maintaining my weight. That's definitely a good thing.
So, in conclusion, my 2 thoughts to keep me motivated to stay on this journey:
1) If weight loss was easy, we'd all be skinny!
2) Slow weight loss through healthy eating and exercise leads long-term healthy habits for better weight maintenance and healthy living for life!