When I started on this current weight loss journey in April, 2011, I couldn't wait to get the pounds off. I was horrified by the number I saw on the scale. If I could have unzipped my skin & stepped out of it, I would have.
I thought to myself, "I've got to get this weight off, and I've got to do this NOW." I was sure that I'd get that awful number back to normal in no time flat. I took a sedentary body, accustomed to not exercising at all and pushed & pushed. I decided that I needed to exercise for an hour each day, and couldn't figure out why I was so tired.
The pounds did start to come off, but stopped in early November that year. That plateau lasted until about 8 weeks ago.
During the time the scale didn't move, I changed fitness sites, I tried using a heart rate monitor to monitor my calorie burn, I increased my level of exercise. I kept pushing. I had non-scale victories, but the scale didn't move.
Looking back, I think I just hit the wall.
Since coming back to SparkPeople, I've been exercising more moderately. Somedays I get in over an hour and over 10,000 steps. Some days, I get in 20 minutes and 6,000 steps. This seems to be working better than pushing myself to exercise for an hour each day -- I've lost 6 pounds so far, and am 1.5 pounds away from my next goal (total 40 lbs. lost).
I also am challenging myself to consistenly track every bite of food I take, and to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.
Am I working to increase my number of steps? Yes. My goal right now is to consistenly get 7,000 steps per day.
Am I working to increase the amount of exercise I'm getting? Yes -- in increments of 10 - 20 minutes.
I started this journey like a hare, sprinting a marathon.
I'm learning that the tortose truly was smarter -- slow & steady IS the way to go.
As a native Marylander, I'm familiar with the cheer for the University of Maryland's teams -- "Fear the Turtle".
My cheer for myself "Embrace the Turtle"!
This didn't happen overnight. It won't go away overnight. But I AM making turtle tracks in the right direction!