I have been pretty consistent in my weight loss since joining SP. I aim to lose 2 pounds a week but have been averaging 1-1.25 pounds per week. Fine, I'll take what I can get!
But for the past few weekss, the scale has not been moving. Granted, I took 3 days off of exercise and eating right while on my mini vacation and the scale moved up a bit then, and then once I got back on track, it went back down to where it has been hanging out for the past few weeks. One more pound and I will be in ONEderland. I've been so close for 3 weeks.
It's very frustrating because I really feel like I've been doing everything I should be. I have exercised every day for the past 2 months except for 2 days of my mini vacation. I have stuck to my calorie range or gone just over it for 2 months, again, except for 2 days of my mini vacation.
As I was complaining, one of my BLC teammates said to look at 2 things: the quality of the food I'm eating, and the intensity of my workouts. So yesterday I did a different workout. I did my DH's exercycle bike for 50 minutes. And this morning, I changed my breakfast to a bowl of Cheerios. I was subsequently starving at 10am, but had a few veggie snacks to get through it.
You see, I've had the same breakfast every morning for the past 20 years. I just love it! I have a bagel with cream cheese and a chopped up hard boiled egg with milk. So I've made adjustments to my breakfast. First, I now only eat HALF of the egg yolk, saving me 25 or so calories and who-knows-how-much cholesterol. Then, I looked at how much milk I was drinking. I thought a glass but when I measured it, it was closer to 2 cups. So I now carefully measure my milk (non-fat) and make sure it's a cup only. Then I moved from tasty store-made yummy bagels in varieties like onion and started eating packaged whole grain bagels. I tried the low-fat and non-fat cream cheeses and just couldn't handle them, so had to stick with full-fat cream cheese. I don't even like whipped because it just doesn't taste the same.
So when my teammate said to look at my foods, I knew I would have to change my breakfast. I really, really, really, really don't want to, because I love it so much, but I am going to try. The Cheerios breakfast is 250 calories and my bagel breakfast is 475 calories, so that's 225 calories saved.
Yesterday I bumped into a friend of mine who I hadn't seen in a while and she commented on my weight loss. She asked what I was doing and I mentioned exercise like walk it out videos. I told her I didn't jog because that made me too tired. And she laughed and said "God forbid!". But I started thinking, am I supposed to be exhausted while exercising? This goes hand in hand with the second thing my teammate said. Increase the intensity of the exercise.
One thing I do every day is walk up and down the stairs at work. Walking down is easy
but walking up makes me tired. In the past, I have occassionally run up the stairs but when I get to the top, my heart is beating out of control and I'm winded and tired and panting and feel like I'm going to die. Well, nit literally, but you know what I mean. Then I walk down the stairs, gather my breath, and run back up. Near the top, my legs really start to hurt.
The other way I exercise is by doing Walk It Out type videos with Leslie Sansone. I really enjoy them. I can do them for 45-60 minutes and get a little tired but not exhausted and feeling like I'm going to die. I wonder if all of my cardio exercise is supposed to be sustained at the "I feel like I'm going to die" pace? I know I can't keep it up for long.
One other thing I'm thinking is that I've heard that your body can get used to certain exercises and you should do something different every 10 days or so. So I tried the exercise bike yesterday and I try to do a variety of things, like stair climbing, walking, and low-impact aerobics.
I guess I am frustrated that our bodies don't react in the same way every time. I hate these little caveats -- eat too little and your body goes into starvation mode, exercise at too high of an intensity and it doesn't work, your body will lose the weight from where ever it wants, etc.
So I'm cranky that I'm doing everything right and the scale isn't moving. I have also lost very few inches. My sister keeps telling me about all the inches she's losing and I've lost one -- in my boobs! I can't win!