Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Was I not just ranting about this crazy contraption just the other day saying that I would be gaining weight before long? Well that didn't take long at all, I stepped on the scale today and it went up 3 pounds. 3 POUNDS! I realize that this is likely not all fat pounds, but it's pretty discouraging. I began my health journey the beginning of March this year, 4 months ago. The first month I lost 7 pounds. Whoo-hoo! I was SO happy and people were asking me constantly what I was doing differently.
Fast forward 3 months... I weigh 1 pound MORE now than I did at the end of my FIRST month. That's a 3 month plateau!!!! My average calorie intake for the past 3 months has usually been at the low end of what is recommended but I have varied that to see if that helps. I am careful to get enough protein, carbs and fats. My metabolism is extremely slow (from medication years ago), though, so I can only imagine that I'm still getting too much. I have exercised more and more so that I'm working out 7 - 12 hours a week. HARD hours, not putzing around hours, I work hard!
So then I meet FitBit Flex and think this may help me out of my weight loss slump. Once I started wearing it, it began tracking activities that weren't happening. Now my fitness tracker is off and I have to keep going back and editing. If I don't then SparkPeople wants me to eat more and more to keep up with my supposed fitness hours. I have kept my calorie range the same in spite of SP's insistence that I am going to starve if I don't eat 1500 - 1900 calories a day.
New plan: Daily calorie range 900 - 1000.
I'm already exercising a LOT, which I started in March. Prior to that it had been years since I had exercised. Could I do more? Of course I could. I just cannot believe that I need to, but apparently. The scale doesn't lie, I am gaining weight while I'm tracking every morsel and crumb I put in my mouth and exercising hard for at least an hour a day. And the scale finally budged... in the wrong direction by 3 pounds. I am just absolutely floored.
I would like to find out what my resting metabolic rate (RMR) is. Has anyone had that tested? My doctor doesn't test for this, but I think for my situation it would be beneficial to find out. I was hoping that someone else out there had a similar situation that found out their RMR was extremely low. If so, I would love to hear about it!
I've complained enough. I'm human, I have a human body and it's not perfect. It's doing what it knows to do in spite of me wanting it to do otherwise. I will keep working and tweaking until I look the way I feel.
Everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday!