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I'M PERPLEXED!!

Monday, September 08, 2008


A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I DECIDED TO WATCH MY SODIUM INTAKE AND EXERCISE MORE. SO I BUMPED UP MY EXERCISE TO 40 MIN OF STATIONARY BIKE 6 DAYS A WEEK. I RIDE AT LEAST 17 MILES IN THAT 40 MIN. NOW, I'M NOT AN EXPERT, AND THE LORD KNOWS I'VE NEVER BEEN A CONSISTANT EXERCISER. I' AM REALLY TRYING TO STAY CONSISTANT. I HAVE MISSED VERY FEW DAYS STARTING JULY 11, 2008. THAT IS 2 MONTHS NOW. I HAVE YET TO LOSE ANY INCHES, EXCEPT IN MY LEGS MAYBE. MY WAIST AND ABDOMEN ARE THE SAME. NOW GRANTED , I'M NOT ASKING FOR TONS BUT A LITTLE WOULD SURE MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

TO TOP IT OFF, LAST WEEK I LOST 2 LBS. THIS WEEK I WEIGHED LAS THURSDAY AND LOST ANOTHER 2 AND THIS MONDAY ON OFFICAL WEIGH DAY, I GAINED 1 LB. OK, I'M WEIGHING TOO MUCH. USUALLY I DON'T, BUT THIS IS FRUSTRATING. IF I WAS DOING ONE OR THE OTHER I WOULD NOT BE HERE WRITING THIS. I WOULD BE CONTENT. I DON'T WANT THE WHOLE PIE, JUST A PIECE AT A TIME WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

IT IS VERY EASY TO GET FRUSTRATED. IT TOOK ALL I HAD TO RIDE THAT BIKE TODAY, BUT I DID IT. I DIDN'T WANT TO. I'M TIRED AND IT IS COLD AND NASTY. STAYING IN BED ALL DAY HELD A LOT MORE APPEAL. SO IT IS DONE FOR ANOTHER DAY. TOMORROW I WILL GET UP AND DO THE SAME THING ALL OVER AGAIN. IF I WASN'T SO LIMITED TO WHAT I COULD DO MAYBE THAT WOULD HELP. I DO CHANGE SPEED AND RHYTHEM WHEN I RIDE SO I DON'T GET BORED AND IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE BETTER FOR YOU. I GUESS IT STILL REMAINS TO BE SEEN. THE JURY IS STILL OUT.

IF I'M THE JURY , THIS PRISONER IS IN ALOT OF TROUBLE... emoticon
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  • BOXERMOM19
    CALL ME
    4519 days ago
  • POLLY20
    Carol, I'm so glad that you are sticking with it.. You need to feel what is needed in your life to help keep you in better control.. Love Ya Polly
    4546 days ago
  • MOB8/2009
    I've said it before and I'll say it again......17 MILES???? Good grief. You shame me! But you've received some really good suggestions. Sometimes doing the same thing puts you at a plateau and you need to break through. Is there anything else you can do on alternate days? You mentioned back problems so this is probably limiting you, but have you tried an elliptical trainer? (Of course, clear anything with your MD!) Or just walking around the neighborhood? Also, you might want to try adding some upper body strength training. You're working the heck out of your legs so that's great, but you can actually do light weights from a sitting position. I use light weights and just do bicep curls while watching TV. It doesn't sound like much but the payoff is stronger upper arm muscles.

    Also, the fact that you haven't lost is GOOD! When you quit smoking, the tendency is to GAIN like crazy (your metabolism slows down and your appetite increases). Your routine may not be causing a weight loss, but you're not gaining either. It's the number one complaint from recent non-smokers so you're actually on the PLUS side of this thing. I'm impressed.

    So don't give up! You're inspiring the heck out of a lot of us out here. In fact, since we've "talked", I've added the stationary bike to my aerobics on two days of the week. IT ALMOST KILLED ME! So I keep focused by saying "if Deuce can do this, then so can I, darnit!". Don't you dare quit. I need you to inspire ME!

    Linda emoticon
    4550 days ago
  • GERRI/POLLYANNA
    Hi ! I just read what everyone here had to say and they are absolutely right !!!!!!!!!!!

    It takes time for anything to gel. And right now you're not feeling up to par and everything will seem double or even triple . emoticon


    Please ! Don't give up !!

    emoticon emoticon

    Gerri
    4551 days ago
  • METALBABE
    I love your last line! It's so true - we are so hard on ourselves! If only we could be as gentle and supportive of ourselves as we are with others! I know how frustrating it is to be so plateaued, even with your best efforts. Try to focus on how you are FEELING (which I bet is pretty great!) with all the exercise. And remember, you are probably losing fat, but gaining muscle, which explains the lack of weight loss. Keep it up - you can do this!
    4551 days ago
  • RSOBIES
    I'M NOT ASKING FOR TONS BUT A LITTLE WOULD SURE MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.


    I so agree !!!!
    4551 days ago
  • DIANEV5
    I know its hard I'm not losing either and Ive been really good I'm chaging me eating around to see it it helps. Hang in there we'll do it eventually((HUGS))Hope your feeling better rest my friend
    4552 days ago
  • RUHAPPYTOSEEME
    I have to agree with your probably building muscle, your toning your body so it will take a bit to see more in loss of inches, but I bet one day you will be pleasantly surprised :) you are a inspiration for me, wow you peddle your heart out! 17 miles! your doing great! keep up the awesome job, in time the results will come for now remember you are so much healthier then you were and much more active :) hugs
    4552 days ago
  • TAZZIE5
    Dear Perplexed! Great to have our paths cross again. I love your new page. You always spark-le!

    I am SO proud of all you have done & are doing & just wanted to encourage you to give it time, time, time.

    I was in your boat for a loooooong time & kept increasing my activities from walking to an occassional jog, added biking regularly, then swimming & water aerobics. I stayed dedicated to all of them plus a lot of strength training & feel better for it, but still lug around the 17 lb post smoking gain that keeps me perplexed too. So your blog really sparked my attention.

    There is NO WAY I could make it 17 miles/day like you; however, maybe later in life I could try. I feel SO much better & know my systems are allllll trying to adjust to all the changes this yr in activity, eating & of course terminating the dreadful days of puffing life away.
    I have come to realize it is not just the respiratory system that needs to recover from yrs of smoking, but all the others too. Give your circulatory system time to renew as well as your digestive system & nervous system & yes, even your skeletal & muscular system lived off tar & nicotene for how long?
    Unfortunately, 38 yrs for me, but after 8 months I am just starting to see a turn around - so that isn't a bad trade off. I just pray reallllly hard that this week is the start of my turn around like it appears to be! 8 months to turn into an Ever-Ready Energized Bunny - from a sedentary smoker is a pretty good investment for a ton of fun ahead!
    Time, time, time & a lot of patience, tolerance, getting into the "push" mode - you know, I don't have to tell you!

    With your high spirit & determination, it will come for you in time too. Remember too, your entire body underwent an extreme makeover that takes time too. Stand TALL Carol & be proud of how far you have come. Sing your way thru this "perplexed" stage & keep on keeping on like you always do.

    I am just tickled that you said "perplexed" instead of depressed or angry or any of the other commonly used stoppers. That tells me you are gonna press on & get over the bump in the road!

    Thanks for making me realize my own stumbling blocks. I hope I can be of help to you in return by talking it out with you! emoticon
    4552 days ago
  • MARLA7
    Deuce - I feel your pain. I haven't lost any in a long time either. Just stick with it.... I'm sure it'll work. You've been working so hard. Love you, Marla
    4552 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    Hi there. I understand it's good to change exercises during the week. To vary. Maybe you should bike ride some days and walk others. Or find some other exercise to work other muscles. Also, remember that muscles weigh more so you have to gain to lose!
    4552 days ago
  • LINDIEMAE
    I know the frustration you are feeling because I am limited as well by my physical activity by physio. And I am not loosing anything either. I've been stuck at 180...but at least I have gotten rid of 18 pounds that are NOT coming back. I want to move forward and not sure how to do that either, mix it up do more excersize, drink more water, eat different foods, less calories eat more calories. Can't seem to find that happy mediom - yet if I take the focus off the SCALE and put it on my actual progress I have some so far from when I first started back in January. I should hae lost 25 or more lbs by now, yet here I am plateauing like no tomorrow. Will I stop all of this now ? HECK NO ... I've come too far to go back now ...

    I look in the mirror and I see physical changes. I see toning happening and I see other improvements, so really although that scale says one thing, my attitude and my knowledge I am gaining is saying so much more then the scale can say.

    Hang in there, it will maybe take a little longer then anticipated, but it will happen emoticon
    4552 days ago
  • GRAMMY2FIVE
    Please, I'm no expert but didn't I read somewhere that you sometimes need to mix things up. Like the time of day you eat, eat different good foods, or even change the type of exercise you do. I know some of us are limited in what we can do but just a thought. This is one of those plateaus we hear about. Wish I could offer more.
    4552 days ago
  • POLLY20
    Deuce, Just look at it this way.. If you wern't doing any of this your weight might have gone up so much more.. I know that SP keeps making me feel guilty & while I was climbing back up, I thought this all out.. We are going to make this happen.. It's just that for some of us it just melts off, because of our metabolisms.. I will be here to encourage you along the way, jus tlike you have been so very Encouraging to all of us.. Love Ya Honey Always Polly
    4552 days ago
  • KSNICKER
    Deuce - you know that I can relate... sound like what I just went through... it's so darn frustrating... But all I can see to do is Vent and then get going again... Something has to work eventually... I've stopped weighing now... I plan to weigh either monthly or bi-monthly... I think that is what you were doing too before right?
    I just don't understand it... But I was thinking about you earlier... wondering if you were ok... you haven't been around as much but then thought it was because of the Fair and all...
    Back in Feb I was Walking with Leslie 4 and 5 miles and dancing with the stars doing over and hour a day of exercising and doing it 7 days a week for months and had very little loss too... Then my back went out again and I've struggled to get it back... And I've gained some back too...
    So that kinda sounds like what you are doing... so I'm thinking ... maybe it's that you and I are not eating enough food to compensate for the amount of exercise... ??? Just a thought... Oh and another thought... in your case only... Maybe you have gained so much muscle in your legs that you aren't showing a loss yet... But if that is the case... Those muscle will start burning the fat more and you will start seeing a loss more...
    Oh well those are a few things that might be happening... But bottom line... It is frustrating... Just don't give up... That's not the answer...

    ((hugs))

    Ka
    thy
    4552 days ago
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