Thursday, September 06, 2012
I've been dieting and exercising for about 2 months now (though I joined SparkPeople just a little over a month ago). I think I've been doing pretty well. I'm exercising more consistently, I'm eating responsibly (though not always perfectly within my guidelines). I started taking yoga (hot vinyasa) and am really feeling good physically and emotionally.
But then I get on the scale. I seem to be stuck. I've lost about 1.5 lbs since I started over 60 days ago. I keep reading all these challenges where folks are losing 10 lbs in 10 weeks or something like that and it gets me frustrated that I've seen so little movement myself (though I'm happy that other folks are doing so well!).
I know, I know. The scale isn't the only way to measure progress. I did lose an inch on my waist and my body fat went down 5% (though it hasn't budged since that measurement a few weeks back). I am feeling better. I'm literally happier. But...GRRRR...I'm trying so hard (sorry - foot stomping - annoying whiny moment there - all done now).
It's okay. I think I just need to re-set my expectations/goals. I really wanted to wear that gold bikini this Halloween (it's turning into my own personal Great Pumpkin). I don't see that happening at the pace I'm going. I think I probably need to forgive myself a little for that and accept that this time, weight loss isn't going to be as easy as it has been in the past.
Still frustrating though.
For now, I think I might have to enforce a rule of only looking at the scale 2 times a month instead of weekly (maybe even less) so that I keep my attitude as positive as possible and my motivation high.
And maybe I need to be more rigorous about my diet or increase my exercise. At this point, I've been trying to diet in a way that I know that I can maintain long term. I know that I won't be able to cut out all sweets forever. Instead, I've been taking small portions when I want them and trying to fit the rest of the day/week around them. I've been burned by the too strict diet in the past (effective while I was doing it but totally not sustainable).
For exercise - the hot vinyasa has been really wiping me out. But maybe I'm not burning as many calories as I think I am? Maybe I'd better start to add back in some rowing/walking when my body feels up to it.