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Not much progress

Thursday, November 29, 2012

On Tuesday it will be one month. I was hoping to be farther along on my goals. I have been working really hard at watching what I eat, logging everything, and exercising every day. I lost four pounds, gained most of them back over Thanksgiving weekend, and lost three since then. But now it's time for the PMS to kick in and the weight gain that goes with it.

I had been hoping to lose at least five pounds a month. Two and a half isn't much. I can't afford a gym right now, and it's hard to work in more than 40 minutes of strength and/or cardio a day. I'm really wiped out after work.

The approaching holiday season gets my students off-kilter. Two of them have been particularly struggling. One has been in the throes of a full-blown psychotic episode for the last three days. Hopefully his family will get him some help over the weekend. But this week totally kicked my butt. Maybe it's the lunar eclipse.

Either way, my energy level is really low, and my motivation is shaky. It's still there, though. After the first ten pounds, I'm buying myself that Kindle.

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SADDKATT 11/30/2012 7:01PM

    Thanks, BSB & Kazoo...I needed some words of encouragement. I'm staying strong. I did the treadmill thing this evening, and even made it through the day without munching.
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BEINGTHEFABMRSK 11/30/2012 11:07AM

    This may in no way sound encouraging to you, but the slower you lose the better chances of the weight staying off. I have made a decision for 1/2 loss each week, or 2 pounds a month. My mind still isn't grasping this completely (LOL) because it is normal to want instant gratification, but to me it's more realistic. I also think by taking your time and monitoring your weight loss (which it sounds like your doing) you can see what triggers weight gain, and try some different things to counteract it.

It really does take time. It's taken me over 40 years to realize I had gluten and dairy sensitivities. I started this weight loss attempt between 137-140 pounds, but a few years ago I was at 150+, this is when I heard about food allergies, and sensitivities, through some experimentation is how I found out about my sensitivities to gluten and dairy, and after speaking to my doctor he agreed. Anyway, through this experimentation, and eliminating gluten I lost 10 pounds instantly and have never gained it back.

Please do not think I'm telling you to give up gluten or that you have any kind of allergies. All I'm saying is that we are all individuals, and our bodies are all unique. You just need to take your time, try some different things and find something that works for you. Also, sometimes we are doing everything right and our bodies need time to catch up with the program. Usually the day after a hard strength training session my weight goes up about 2 pounds. The more sore I am, the higher the weight gain, this is because we are actually causing micro tears to our muscles (which is good for muscle gain) , but causes fluid retention, therefore weight gain.

So don't sweat it too much. Keep going, keep moving, as long as you don't let the frustration get to you, and don't give up, you will eventually reach your goals!
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KAZOO2 11/29/2012 10:02PM

  I struggle with the same things as you. I watch and log what I eat, I exercise and still the weight goes away and comes back. Thanksgiving was pretty awful on my motivation (I gained back five pounds of the seven I lost). However, what kept me going was the realization that my body had changed for the better. I had taken seven steps forward and five back, but that's still two steps.
If you keep stepping forward, to put it metaphorically, you will eventually get to your destination.
Your body is in the long haul with you, so don't give up on it. It's your permanent home, where ever you go, it goes. That's what I keep in mind when I want to sit in front of the tube and eat my oh-so-special chocolate cake mix. (:

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