How is everyone?
I am good. A bit frustrated since I have gained back all of the pounds I lost earlier in April and May. I am now hovering around 196. Last month I was 190 and the month before 185. I even got some of my Jenny Craig money back (1/2 of initiation fee) by getting down to 180 in May. And I am not eating a lot of calories on any given day. Def. not enough to gain 15 pounds in 3 months. If anything I should have lost (according to my heart monitor) at least 5-10 pounds over the 3 months.
I read the most depressing article in Fitness magazine on how it is truly a losing battle to keep weight off after a significant loss. The body literally works to gain back the fat because you have establish a set wt. point and and will convert food into fat before energy in order to get back to that point.
Why is my set point so high? It sucks! Of course being on a "diet" since I was 12 does not help either. So here is what I am going to work on for the next few weeks and hopefully it will turn into my daily routine.
1. Drink water after 5PM instead of diet coke! (big change)
2. Don't buy any new diet coke for my home use. (very hard change)
3. Plan my dinners and work meals better so I do not eat fast convenient foods. (currently I have been buying foods almost every meal except breakfast).
4. Stop obsessing about my weight gain and buy new clothes that fit during this short time period.
5. Add a couple of lower cardio classes to my routine to burn fat rather than the intense classes I have been taking. For the past 3 months, I have only been doing high intensity interval training, jump roping (20 minutes at a time) or power lifting with free weight (which increases my heart rate into the fitness range.)
Here is next quarter's class schedule:
Monday: Lunch free day/ evening pilates/bar method
Wed: TRX (interval training)
Friday TRX (interval training)
Sat: yoga or other gym work
Sun: day off
So that will give me 3 days of weights, 2-3 of cardio and 1-2 days of stretching.
Hoping this helps de-bulk me. :)
Interesting data point:
Since I wear my heart monitor most days when I am weight training or doing my various cardio classes (don't always wear it for longer sessions or yoga classes) I know how many calories I have burned every week, month and year.
Amazingly in just the sessions I have recorded since I changed the batteries on my monitor, I have burned 83,127 in 189 sessions. (totals since 11/9/2010, so roughly 2 years).
So just in exercise alone in 2 years I have burned 23 pounds of fat. And at the end of 2010 I was roughly 190. So technically I should be 165 pounds if my body was working efficiently and I was eating food just to maintain (no dieting). See why I am a bit frustrated? Imagine if I wasn't burning all these calories.