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Trying to figure it all out

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Disclaimer - sorry if this blog sounds angry and frustrated, but right now I am both of those things!!

I have been doing a 90-day challenge for almost two months - Sunday will be two months. I get up and meet the group at 4;45am Tuesday- Friday and we meet at 7:00am on Saturdays and Sundays. Our rest day is Mondays. It is a strength training program through Beach Body called BEAST. I also do 3 days of cardio per week.

At the 30 day weigh-in I lost 2 lbs and my measurements were going in the direction I wanted. By no means was I pleased with the results, but it was something. I was tracking some days, but not everyday and figured I would add that into my program so that I would see more results. I was just more determined than ever to make the second 30 days even better!

I gave myself a 5 lbs weight loss goal for the second part of the challenge. This is pretty realistic and I thought doable. However, I weighed myself on Monday and had a bit of "shut the front door" moment. I had NOT lost any weight.

Now, I have been tracking consistently for about 3 weeks and doing the same schedule for work outs. I do different cardio depending on my mood, but I am committing myself to 3 days of cardio. Why have I not lost any weight?? How can this be possible??

The weigh-in is this Sunday and I would like to at least match my 2 lbs loss from the last weigh-in, but I am starting to think that is not even possible.The trainer is going to take a look at my food log and I know she is going to say I am not eating enough and that I need more protein, BUT i am just not hungry!

I have struggled with getting to a point of only eating when I am hungry and thinking about what I am putting into my body and what that means for me. I have been working on this since 2009 and I just can't emotionally go back to eating no matter if I am hungry or not. I am worried that I will revert back to emotional eating.

I really want to lose the weight. I want to be healthy, I want to look good for my brother's wedding, I want to feel good about myself when I look at myself in the mirror. I don't have a lot of money to be able to spend on a personal trainer (oh yea, this program was free for 90 days to a select few folks), individual classes, etc. I belong to a gym and I need to learn to make that work because that is expensive in itself.

I weigh 188lbs and I would like to be at 140lbs. I think I would be happy with that weight - I want to be toned, I want to not get out of breath from walking up the stairs or running.

The other tough part is that my husband says he needs and wants to lose weight, but then he doesn't do anything to make a change. He told me over the summer that me bugging him makes him want to do it less and it makes him mad. He will do it when he is ready. I get that everyone is different, but I really need his support and I just don't feel like I am getting it.

If anyone has any tips or suggestions, please let me know. I have been struggling since 2002 when I really started to put on the weight do to breaking my back. The lowest weight since then was 159lbs - then it slowly just came back.

I am ready and need to figure this out... HELP!



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SHAPEITUP3 11/20/2013 4:41PM

    BIGSISTRUCK - I am getting 6 - 6.5 hours of sleep consistently. I have never slept a lot. I have trouble sleeping through an entire night. I was on sleeping pills before, but I really don't like to use pills if I can help it. I have tried sleepy tea and chamomile tea, etc - they just leave me groggy the next day and I still wake up throughout the night.

I am doing strength training 6 days per week - it's about 35-45 minutes per session and then I do cardio 3 times per week for 30-60 minutes. Since I am doing a strength training program, I feel the need to still do cardio and don't really count the strength training in the minutes that i workout.

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BIGSISTRUCK 11/20/2013 2:41PM

    Are you getting enough sleep? That will affect your weight loss a lot. Also, I noticed that when I worked out too hard and too much my weight loss would stall. Eating lighter and exercising lighter was the answer for me, and I only discovered that because of a heart condition that slowed me down to walking from running! I have read many times that anything over 30 minutes of exercise a day doesn't do you much good. emoticon

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SHAPEITUP3 11/20/2013 12:02PM

    Thanks Everyone! Eburgite - I totally know what you mean regarding A+B= tomatoes emoticon

I will try the smoothie thing after the gym. I was drinking smoothies with protein powder for breakfast, but maybe I need to drink it right after the gym (5:45am) and then eat my breakfast (toast with PB and banana or oatmeal with PB) right before I leave for work (6:50am).

Thanks for the great suggestions SQUIRRELLYONE!!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 11/20/2013 11:53AM

    If you're not eating enough but not hungry, I can offer a few suggestions:

Post-workout, make a smoothie. It doesn't have to be super-big or made with "protein powder"... just toss a banana, some peanut butter, and chocolate milk into a blender and pack it in a to-go thermos. If you water it down enough, you won't feel bloated, but you'll get extra nutrients, protein, and calories.

Try drinking milk with meals rather than water (or soy/almond milk, if dairy's not your thing).

Try more calorie-dense meals. For example, if you have oatmeal for breakfast, make it with banana and milk, rather than water, or add nut butter or an egg. Try adding hard boiled eggs to sandwiches or salads.

Use the sparktrackers. They're not 100%, but if you're eating WAAAY too little and doing too much, they'll give you a head's up.

Good luck!

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EBURGITE 11/20/2013 11:49AM

    if your trainer is telling you to eat more, then you likely SHOULD eat more. i completely understand your dieting, a+b may equal tomatoes, if you know what i mean. things don't always make sense. eating too little just teaches your body to conserve more calories for famine.
if you're building muscle, the scale may not go down, it may go up, but your measurements will go down.
hang in there...keep working to figure out what you need to do for YOUR body.

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TINA8605 11/20/2013 11:41AM

    I am dealing with the same issue with my bf. Its very frustrating. I have to remind my self all the time...I'm doing this for me! For Me!! I want to go off this plan because of him all the time. I keep notes posted in my fridge and cabinets...Don't undo the efforts you made today. You have apparently hit a plateau and do need to review your food intake and exercise. I have to work out every day if I want to see results. I have just excepted this is what I have to do to make this work for me. Get some advise and do it for your self. Your efforts are to make you healthier...not someone else...including you husband. emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 11/20/2013 11:40AM

    ive done the same i diet and diet and exercise so much more then i used to and all i do is up a bit down and bit and stay the same - its so frustrating

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