Hello all! I've spent the last couple of weeks reading various things-trying to figure out what exactly is causing my weight loss to go from slow-to now going up. I realize that muscle will hold onto water, and that is the cause of the scale being up right now-but, I'm still in the obese category (I have to get to 169 to be "just overweight" according to BMI) so I'm not close to healthy/goal weight. My measurements aren't changing, and 5 pounds of fat weighs the same as 5 pounds of muscle on a scale-and building muscle while on a calorie deficit isn't happening. So here goes:
April 8 & 15th: 180
April 22: 178
May 6: 175 (2 week loss, didn't weigh in week before)
May 13: 173
May 20: 172.2
This morning: 172.8...
When I maintained at the beginning of April, I started increasing my working out, currently I am doing:
Mon.: Jog 30 seconds/walk 30 seconds for 2 miles, 30-40 minutes of weights/compound exercise video
Tues.: 25 minutes on elliptical for a total of 2.6 miles-doing interval training, 1 hour yoga class
Wed.: Repeat of Monday
Thu.: Repeat of Tuesday
Friday: Jog 30 seconds/walk 30 seconds for 3 miles (working up to 3.5 miles next Friday), same weight/compound exercise time as Mon/Wed.
Sat & Sun: Rest days, just do the usual cleaning/housework
The last 2 weeks Sparkpeople upped my minimum calories due to the amount of calories it estimated I was burning. I don't have a HRM, and financially that isn't an option right now. I do weigh everything I eat, and I kept under 1500 calories every day (minimum the last 2 weeks was 1250 and max 1650).
Based on everything I read, it seemed like I was hitting a "plateau" so I needed to work harder-so I did. But my pace doing the outside runs is getting slower not faster and I feel tired-so tired it's harder now to motivate myself to workout. I guess I don't know which one it is-should I be working out even more/harder or have I over trained and my body isn't recovering? It doesn't seem like I'm doing enough that it is over-training? I want to be getting stronger, I want to lose weight-I am hoping someone here will have some pointers!
The scale number and lack of change even in inches isn't helping either. I started my plan in mid June. My original goal was to be at goal the end of September, then I moved it to Halloween, now it's moved to Thanksgiving-and I'm no longer on the line for then either.
So, anyone have ideas? Thanks for reading :)
| Pounds lost: 114.2