Friday, January 11, 2013
So... as I've said before - when I lost 40 pounds about 5 years ago I did it by 1.) clean eating (I just started with this - no exercise for the first couple of weeks... just focused on my food choice). Then added 2.) light aerobics - mostly just walking, although the more weight I lost I began to mix walking and jogging. Then, finally 3.) weights - again, nothing serious, just the free weights/bands/etc. and the exercises I got either from Spark or from magazines. It worked.
I've been clean eating for 2 weeks now and really sticking with it. I've cut sugar out of so many places (oatmeal, coffee) and I've left a little bit in (say, 1/3 cup vanilla kefir and my calcium gummies) but really - it's almost negligible. And I've been successfully staying in my Spark recommended calories - the low side mostly - for 2 weeks.
And I started working out again - C25K program for aerobics and Spark Workout for strength training.
And (drum roll please)...
Week 1 - lost 1.4 pounds.
Week 2 --- gained 2 pounds.
Since I've been measuring EVERYTHING and really keeping to my routine, I'm wondering what's going on! Is it possible (even though I'm not exactly working out like an athlete) - is it possible that my calories are too low???
I did a search online and found that for moderately active females of my weight and age I need to eat 2300 calories approximately to maintain my weight. 500 less than that to lose - so 1800. I've been eating 1300-1550. Is it possible I need to eat MORE (clean foods, of course!) to lose weight?
And, I know, it's not just about the weight. It's about being healthy - feeling better, etc. etc. And I haven't lost that focus. I'm not quitting! But it's just frustrating when you don't see results - and since it's so early, the scale is my only gauge.
Hmmm... thoughts anyone???