It doesn't make sense!
Monday, January 30, 2012
I've been with SP for a little over a year. In that time, I have learned so much, such as what a BMR is, how many calories I should be eating, how much exercise I should do, etc. It's been great.
But I've always been puzzled about one thing.
Up until last year, I pretty consistently gained 4 pounds a year. From college at 150 pounds to last year at 230 pounds, was about 20 years.
During those 20 years, I had a few periods of a few months where I would exercise but I usually stopped after a few months. I went on Weight Watchers 2 or 3 times for a month or two. But I never really lost any weight. A few pounds here and there but never much and that was mostly because I didn't try very hard and didn't stick with anything for very long.
Instead, I did no exercise except for normal life (such as walking up and down stairs with loads of laundry, walking around the mall, playing with my kids, swimming a tad in summer, going to amusement parks, etc). I also ate everything I wanted. My main lunch consisted of going to the work cafeteria and having a cheeseburger with mayo and french fries (with extra mayo for dipping!) and a diet Coke. For dinner, we would go out or have pasta. Yummm, I love pasta, especially with pesto or a bacon and egg sauce. I also drank tons of beer.
And through 20 years of this, I would gain about 4 pounds a year. Four pounds a year while not exercising at all and eating anything I wanted. That's not bad....!
Fast forward to 2011. I decided to lose weight and got serious about it. I started tracking my food and tried to keep my calories to 1400-2000 calories. I've completely cut out beer. I've switched to fruits and vegetables and whole grains. I still splurge occassionally but nothing like before. I've started exercising and now do about 60 minutes per day, 6 days a week, of the elliptical or Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds videos.
And it worked -- for a while. In the first 6 months of last year, I dropped about 50 pounds. But I have not lost anything in the past 8 months. I've lost and gained the same 5 pounds a few times, but I am really struggling to break this plateau I'm in.
IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. Eat whatever I want (lots of fattening foods and no veggies and lots of beer) with no exercise at all, and gain 4 pounds a year. Now I've drastically reduced my calorie intake and am exercising like crazy and nothing.
IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE to me. Does it make sense to you??? If so, can you explain it to me???