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1-2-3 Let's Eat Healthy!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

OK, so here's the long and short of it, folks. You KNOW I've been working out like crazy. I have been 100% faithful to myself in fitness and exercise. I am proud of myself for's a huge accomplishment for a 200+ lb girl to get off her ass every single day and work her body. I don't minimize my effort in that area.

I am also proud of myself for the healthy food choices I've been making. I always choose whole grain breads and pastas, make sure I have vegetables and fruits in my diet, choose lean cuts of meat and avoid fried foods like the plague. I drink my 9 glasses of water every single day. I hardly ever have soda, and if I do, it's a diet soda. I've ditched my coffee addiction and I track my calories every single day.

But...I'm not losing weight. Why? It's not a mystery. I know why. I eat too many calories. Plain and simple. My calorie range is 1600-1800 per day and I consistently go JUST over that, by a few hundred calories. Every day. So, you see...I am maintaining.

It's true that weight loss is 80% diet, 20% workout. And I HATE it! I've said this before...I absolutely can't stand the thought that I'm working SO hard and not seeing any change on the scale!

In light of the fact that I KNOW what I need to do and I just haven't been doing it, I am resolving ONCE AGAIN to reign in my overeating. This time, I have a plan:

1. Let go of it.

I have held onto this mindest of "I'm not losing weight and I won't lose anymore weight" for the past month. Time to let it go and do what I've gotta do and trust the process.

2. Declare it.

OK, so now it's public. I don't know why it's so embarassing to admit this in writing. But it really is humiliating for me. I suppose it's because I'm showing some weakness and I'm supposed to be this "inspirational" Spark Motivator. Well, obviously, I haven't got it all figured out.

3. DO IT.

Simple. Just do what you know is right, Leah. Don't take away from it. Don't add to it. JUST FOLLOW THE PLAN. Is it hard? Aww...oh well. Is it frustrating? Yep. Get over it. Will it take time? Yeah...probably. So what? Time to get serious and quit disrespecting yourself!

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    1489 days ago
    I went WAYYY over my calories today too. Tomorrow is a new day & another chance to do it right.
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    1494 days ago
    that cal creep is so easy, eating just a bit more than you should, or not recording every morsel and da...da!..not losing weight
    Thanks for sharing
    1495 days ago
    I've been letting my calorie intake creep up over the last few weeks too and have definitely noticed the scale stop moving. Thanks for the inspiration and kick in the butt to get me tracking and eating in my range again! emoticon
    1498 days ago
  • JO28352
    1498 days ago
  • EWL978
    Keep on keeping on!!!! emoticon emoticon
    1499 days ago
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    1499 days ago
    U Can do it! Read Coach Nicole's article - it is very helpful! I went for a few weeks without losing according to scale - yet my monthly measurements told a better story.
    1499 days ago
    Coach Nicole just addressed this in 8 Reasons Why Your Not losing weight! Great blog...check it out! It will hit home with everyone that has this issue...because we all have it!! emoticon
    1499 days ago
    Just because you aren't seeing changes on the outside doesn't mean you aren't getting healthier. Your body is making HUGE changes on a cellular level. You're feeding it all of the nutrients it needs. Don't get discouraged. These small changes are enormously important! Your willpower alone is huge. I'd like some of that to rub off on me!

    Keep it up, you are an inspiration to all of us!
    1499 days ago
    Great post! I think you've done a great job of restructuring your thought process- of course you can do this! And of course it will be hard! But of course it will be worth it! Sounds like you have all the tools you need to be successful, so get on out there and go for it!!! emoticon
    1499 days ago
    So true about the 80% diet, 20% exercise ratio. I've noticed that when I start eating better, the pounds come off. I can see why you are going over your calorie range though because you REALLY work hard and your body probably feels like it needs that fuel. Are you getting a lot of protein? That might help a bit, it will help you feel fuller with less calories.
    YOU CAN DO THIS! I love your attitude and always enjoy reading your blogs. Get it, girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1499 days ago
    Great attitude - I am also struggling with staying at the same weight - thanks for sharing!
    1499 days ago
    I know exactly what your going through. I was struggling with the same issue and was so frustrated that my hard work wasn't paying off. But I've learned to adjust to less calories and always wait 20 minutes after eating before eating again to make sure I'm still hungry and not just wanting more because the food was really good.
    1499 days ago
    I would so wear that shirt. Kick rump outline you have listed here.
    1499 days ago
  • CAROL494
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    1499 days ago
    Argh! I know what you mean! This is exactly my problem too! I exercise like crazy and then over-eat, by just enough to completely ruin anything I accomplished by working out! So frustrating! I'm going to to take this pledge with you and together we'll get it done! No more excuses!
    Way to go!
    1499 days ago
    You have such a positive outlook on this journey. You can do this!
    1499 days ago
    This is great - I just wrote out the same concept (although not nearly as well as you) after a meeting with a trainer who diagrammed how my "just over" days were preventing weight loss. It is a bummer b/c going over by 100- 200 calories is just like a piece of string cheese or granola bar or something - it's not like you blow it by ordering a fast food combo or something.

    I totally understand and am right there with you.

    Well written!
    1499 days ago
    I would venture to say that most of us struggle with these very issues! I know I do! But you're getting it out in the open - on paper - and that's a great step toward dealing with the motivation struggle. Good luck!
    1499 days ago
  • SOFIA3518
    I'm just starting and I'm looking for motivation. It was good reading your blog. I fee a good vibe from you. Keep it up.
    1499 days ago
    Love it! I feel you're talking to a lot of us out there trying to figure out why it isn't working. emoticon
    1499 days ago
    I love your attitude. Thanks for sharing this
    1499 days ago
    I liked this blog a lot. I felt like you're talking directly to me. Thanks for sharing!
    1499 days ago
  • LEB0401
    Don't be embarrassed. You wouldn't be much of a motivator if you were perfect! You rise to the challenges and bring us along. THAT is what's truly inspiring.
    1499 days ago
  • DRAK416
    Sounds like you have a good plan, GL, you can do it
    1499 days ago
    You've got a good handle on things. keep going!!
    1499 days ago
    You have a great outlook and a positive mindset. Thats 2/3 of the battle. I know you can do this! Thanks for inspiring me to do the same!
    1499 days ago
    Be proud of your self for maintaining - at some point, you'll NEED that skill! You'll be amazed at how just a few less calories per day will add up to weight loss for you - you can do it!
    1499 days ago
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    1499 days ago
  • AJB121299
    great job
    1499 days ago

    One thing that you can do when you seem to be committing and recommitting to the same goal is to ask why it didn't work last time. You knew what to do last time, but you got tripped up somehow. Where is the weakness in the food plan?

    Is it hunger?


    Social eating?

    Comfort food?

    Rationalizing that "you deserve a treat"?

    You can increase your chances of success by becoming a detective. Higher protein diets tend to reduce hunger. Creating a new habit intentionally can help you stop an old one (i.e. preparing a snack for later in the evening while you are making dinner can break the habit of mindlessly standing in front of the fridge.) Taking charge of social eating situations by putting yourself in charge of at least some of the food options can help. Sitting down and making a list of non-food ways to comfort yourself can remind you of other options. Creating a counter argument for your favorite rationalizations ahead of time can stop the stinkin' thinkin' in it's tracks (i.e. "I don't deserve a treat, I deserve an awesome body!")

    I'm sure that you know all this, but I wanted to share it, because I keep forgetting it. Recommitting myself is great. Rearming myself before before I charge into battle is even better.

    The changes in attitude are the Big Things, but if I can refine some of the little things I can get that extra edge to increase my chances of success.

    Best of luck to you!

    1499 days ago
    And remember - one year from now you'll be so glad you started today

    a quote I found here on Spark People - can't remember who said it.
    1499 days ago
  • NIKO27
    1499 days ago
    you goooooooooooooooo girl
    1499 days ago
    I'm right there with you! Let's recommit to the 80% of the diet that is hardest for us! I can work out 2x/day if it'll help (and sometimes it does, mentally as well as physically) but apparently I can also work out 2x/day and eat juuuust over my calorie range and never drop an ounce. Today I actually feel like my clothes are tighter, even though I know that's not true because I've actually lost inches. It's all in the brainz.

    Ready? Calorie range....on!
    1500 days ago
    I think you're doing great, regardless of what the scale says. You know what's motivational? Someone who still gets up and works out every day, regardless of injury or what the scale says.

    You didn't give up simply because the scale is staying in place -- many people would have used that as a quick and convenient excuse to just start eating garbage again, binge eating for "comfort," or to take a few days off because "it's not making a difference anyway."

    You're doing this for yourself and your family, not to please a scale or to meet some number/size requirement. Your health is better than it was, regardless of this minor blip on the radar. Your calories will come down because you're determined to make it so -- and you're not the only person who consistently goes just that little bit over the daily limit.

    Keep chugging along! Cheering for you here.
    1500 days ago
    Declaring your plan of action will help make it happen.

    You aren't weak. It takes strength to do what you've done so far. You need strength to make it happen. You will make it happen. emoticon
    1500 days ago
    I must disagree: "Well, obviously, I haven't got it all figured out." YES, you do!! And I am totally motivated by your blog!! I've been in the same place just lately - I know how to take off the pounds I put on while on vacation, I just haven't done the work. So let's JUST DO IT, ok??? emoticon
    1500 days ago
    I hear you. I've been maintaining oh 4 weeks now. And busting me butt working out. For what to see the numbers slide up slide down. Time to get a clue! Let's bust a move sista!
    1500 days ago
    Don't be embarassed because we all have our ups and our downs and our struggles. We motivate even more when are open and honest in our good times and in our struggles. Thanks for being honest and sharing. I know you can do this!!
    1500 days ago
    Your blog is wonderful as usual but I feel compelled to comment on the last pic. OMG I love it. Totally Awesomesauce! lol :)

    (P.S. you maintain your inspiring nature even though you struggle.. Probably more so because you struggle, identify the issue and overcome it! )
    1500 days ago
    Hi Leah;
    Great blog, You are spirit living in a human experience, this is just part of the learning process, You are strong, You are Wise & Your spirit is as strong as the mustard seed.

    You are a good motivator to many people, just be gentle with yourself as you work your way through this growing process.

    Take care & be well.
    Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1500 days ago
    1500 days ago
    Thank you and you can do it. Alsp love the picture of the 2 ladys, to cute! emoticon emoticon
    1500 days ago
  • AGK3112
    your blog is really nice and inspiring. I have same thing going on what you are going thru. I am also working myself to get these pounds off from my weight and waist . Working hard is the key to all the success so lets get up and start working..We sure will reach to our destination.. emoticon
    1500 days ago
    I know just how you feel! The exercise part for me is easy, but the food part is really difficult, sometimes, and I have a pretty generous calorie allowance. I like your 1, 2, 3 approach. You know what you have to do and you know how to do it, so good luck as you get going!
    1500 days ago
    You WILL do it!!!
    1500 days ago
    emoticon and you will do it
    1501 days ago
    With a little sacrifice, you will see the weight change! It is worth feeling a bit hungry now and again. I drink chai tea or eat vegetables when I feel hungry and it works!
    1501 days ago
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