Saturday, March 17, 2012
I know it's shark week for me and I feel like an oversized sponge with raging PMS but I'm not seeing any results on the scale and I haven't for weeks. I can't lie, it's frustrating the hell out of me. I have no clue what to do. I suspect it's my calorie intake, I don't know how much to eat! I do cardio everyday for at least 60 minutes (pure intense cardio, HIIT and Tabata style) and strength training three times a week for 30-40 minutes (Chalean Extreme). I wear a heart rate monitor and I track my cardio minutes and the calories I burn. I track my strength training minutes but I don't track any calories when doing strength training. When I do pilates I use the HRM but I only track like 50% of the calories I burn according to my HRM. I don't track everyday activities like cleaning and stuff like that. I make sure I'm not overtracking the calories I burn through exercise.
The SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker is telling me to eat like a horse because of my calorie burn and it doesn't make any sense to me. I suffer from hypothyroidism and I've had problems with my thyroid since I was 15 when I was diagnosed with Graves and had surgery to remove a chunk of my thyroid. I didn't need medication until I hit 30 and I noticed my thyroid problems had everything to do with my weight so when I gained weight I started to develop hypothyroidism. I've been taking meds for few years and I recently adjusted my dosage so I'm good there. I know my metabolism is slow but at this speed it is just ridiculous. I try to stay under 1,500 calories per day even though I think that's too much but the suspiciously optimistic SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker is telling me to eat between 1,500 and 1,800 calories per day and I'm sorry but that just doesn't sound right to me and my lazy metabolism.
I don't understand why I didn't have any problems last year. Is it because I smoked back then? Does quitting slow down my metabolism even more? Is it the strength training I do? Is gaining muscle the reason I'm not losing any weight on the scale? Should I quit this strength training program and just concentrate on muscle endurance through circuit training? I don't care about muscle, I just want to get rid of the fat but I'm doing strength training because I thought that adding muscle would help me burn more calories and burning calories helps me lose weight. Obviously it doesn't. It's like the fat cells in my body are gaining the strength and have developed superpowers and are immune to everything now. My clothes pretty much fit the same, I don't see any noticeable progress in my measurements. I'm at a standstill.
My plan now? Eat breakfast that's under 300 calories, go outside in the snow and take a long angry walk to blow out some steam, cut down my calories to 1,200 a day this week (bring veggies with me to work to snack on to make sure my body doesn't think I'm starving it), continue with my exercise program (60-90 minutes per day 6 days a week). I'm pissed off but I'm not quitting. I just needed to went my frustrations.