Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Some of you are very perceptive. My 'retirement' was due in part to getting my feelings hurt.
Ok, so maybe retirement isn't for me. I'm over it. I've got something to say.
I've been a member of Spark for a very long time. I've seen people come and go, either because they met their goal, or because they gave up in frustration.
Everyone has an opinion on how to lose weight.
- Exercise more, eat less.
- Don't undereat, don't over exercise.
- Eat more whole grains.
- Eat less fat.
- Eat less carbs.
- Don't go over your calories.
- Don't deprive yourself.
Everyone also has an opinion on why we fail.
- Did you count your calories?
- Did you exercise more?
- Did you exercise too much?
- Did you go over your calories?
- Did you go under your calories?
- Did you eat too much fat?
- Did you eat too many carbs?
- Are you drinking enough water?
But here's the weird and unexpected thing that I didn't anticipate when I finally met my goal: hatred.
I've read comments on message boards like, "I hate how some people only have to put in a little effort to lose weight, while I work and work and I can't lose an ounce."
If you've read my story, you know that it took me 10 years to finally get to my goal weight.
A decade. Does that sound easy?
You don't sweat, you don't lose weight. If your muscles aren't sore at the end of every workout, then you will only maintain your weight. I don't care how many calories were burned. No muscle burn, no shape change.
If your muscles aren't burning, you are only staying the same.
Doesn't that sound like a plateau?
Here's my opinion. I'm going to defy the normal convention that maintenance is hard. It is easier to maintain weight when eating clean, whole produce and protein is a daily part of life. It was harder for me to go from 44% bodyfat to 28% bodyfat. This was because I was sick. My metabolism was broken. I was never meant to carry that much fat.
Once I got below 30% bodyfat, suddenly things started working again. My body responds better to exercise and good food with seemingly less effort.
It is true. I am working out with less effort. I am losing weight with less effort. It is less effort to move a normal weight of 125lbs versus an obese weight of 160lbs.
If I want to see improvement, I still have to sweat. I have to work my muscles until they are sore.
Plateau means staying the same. More time on the treadmill isn't going to help either. You're just running in place.
I get that some people don't like my messaging. Maybe I am just preaching to the choir.
Those of us who 'made it' have a few differences in how we approached it, but we have a lot more in common.
So if you 'hate' someone because they seemingly have it so much easier than you, I suggest trying to learn from them instead. Those of us who reached goal weight didn't bang our heads on the same brick wall over and over again. We adapted and learned what our bodies needed.
And, finally, if you don't like my blogs or how I lost weight, then please feel free to move on to another. I'd rather have a few quality friends than a ton of strangers. I'm seeing the appeal of private blogs.