A Disappointing Result
Monday, February 23, 2009
End Week 6 Weigh IN: 388.8lbs
End Week 7 Weigh IN: 386.6lbs
Let me start by saying, I know 2.2lbs is a loss, and something that some people are very happy with, but for me it was a huge disappointment and my first real ‘failure’ since New Years.
As many of you know this past week was my Spring Break, or as I had dubbed it my Spring Break Shape-Up Challenge. I spent 3-4 hours a day at the gym, plus I ate the best I have done so far in this new lifestyle. I ate between 2400-2725 calories a day, and burned in excess of 1500 calories in extra cardio each day. I drank my water (6L+) a day, I ate enough fruits/veggies to consume several trees, I increased my protein and I portion controlled all my starches, ate throughout the day, got sleep, and avoided any late night snacking.
So why this result? Well, for one I am having to push myself so much harder at the gym now to burn as many calories as I did a month ago. When I first started out I could barely do 5 minutes on the elliptical (at level 5/20) without my heart rate exceeding 170. After 7 weeks I can easily do 45 minutes on the elliptical (level 16/20), and have to increase my RPM just to maintain a 150 HR.
So here’s the situation. I could say eff it and give up-just quit on the spot and stop trying, or I can continue to try and change things until they work for me. I can eat MORE calories regularly throughout the day and increase my amount of exercise and strength training until I start to lose faster.
Overall, I was extremely disappointed with the result, especially being that it was my ‘EXTRA hard workout and healthy eating week’, and I was hoping to achieve my 2nd goal of losing 10% BW, or at the very least getting to the 40lbs lost mark. I don’t know if my second goal will be achievable with another 4.1lbs to go in just 1 week….but all I can do is try my best!
I guess, when I reflect (mind you its midnight, and I have been up since 6, so this might not make a whole lot of sense), the old me would be disappointed and give up-but the new me wants to push on. I am doing this for myself, I have to, but it would be so nice if just one person said ‘your looking good’, or ‘did you lose weight?’.
I guess when it comes to it, I am truly on my own on this journey, however at least I am on this journey now, instead of killing myself slowly…..