Wednesday, July 18, 2012

After hitting my 10lbs mark, I put off weighing myself for a little bit. I was so happy about losing ten pounds and I didn't want to get discouraged if the scale tipped the other way or stopped moving. I jumped on this morning because lately I have been feeling like I look pretty good (I'm becoming obsessed with looking in the mirror, which I realize is TERRIBLE). And sure enough, still sitting at 156 after a week or two.

You see, my body is extremely comfortable at right about 160, I've gone 5 pounds one way or the other for the last several years with a few higher points. But it takes almost no effort or self control to stay in that range. Minimal to moderate activity allowed me to eat whatever I want. And man, if you could see the way I used to eat! Ice cream, sweets, fast food, drinking, large portions, no fruit or veggies... it's a small miracle I didn't weigh a LOT more!

I've been working out a lot over the last two months (burning 2,000-3,000 calories every week), drinking 8 glasses of water almost every day and starting to watch what I eat. Admittedly, I need to watch my food much more and focus on whole foods, but I certainly eat less and better food than I used to, that should count for something, right? In those two months I have only lost 4 pounds. And once a month, I measure inches too. Those aren't moving quite fast enough for me to be happy either (I think July's measurements showed less than three inches total gone from my body, one in thighs, and less than one in arms and waist).

I am at the lower end of my body's "comfort zone". I could cut back on the work and relax my eating and probably maintain for a while or only gain a few pounds. Or I could try something drastic to kick my body out of it's comfort zone and see numbers I can't remember the last time I saw!

But you know what, a comfort zone is called that for a reason. It's really nice to be in a comfort zone. And it takes a hell of a lot to get out of it. I've got exactly two weeks left before my August weigh-in. It's go time. I'm going to start tracking everything (even dinner and weekends, which is where I've been slacking) and next week I'll add high intensity interval training to my mix of running and biking. I already feel like I devote a lot of time to this journey every day, but I guess that's what it takes.

I'm really frustrated by the number on the scale, even though I know it's not the whole picture. For the next two weeks I'm not going near it. I will wait until August 1 to get the whole picture with my measurements as well. Until then, I will focus on the choices I am making...

How do you all bust out of your comfort zones?
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    You are better off losing your weight SLOWLY rather than fast. Because when you lose it slowly, for some reason it is more likely to stay off. And like you say, you are eating much better than before. Perhaps you are still eating too many calories, as it doesn't sound like you are tracking your food -- but give yourself time. There is no need to adapt your lifestyle to EVERYTHING all at once. When you do it slowly you can let one thing become a habit, and then move on to something else.

    I think you are doing great!
    3150 days ago
    I haven't been in my comfort zone in years! :( My weight has fluctuated so much up and down since the last time I was in my comfort zone (probably 2009). I lost track of it from emotional eating, stress, etc. So my goal is to get back down to that comfort zone and then break out of it to do even better! Gonna keep exercising, eating lots of fruits and veggies, and trying to stay positive!

    I think it's great you're working to break your comfort zone. I know you can do it, and even if the measurements or the scale aren't showing it, all your hard work is paying off and looks great. Just keep changing it up. Push yourself. You can do it.
    My measurements have been dismal as well, but I know I'm getting results. Measure things like how strong you feel, how much you like looking in the mirror. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat!

    3150 days ago
    I think the best way to break out of a comfort zone is to have something we want more than that comfort - a direction to move toward. I personally also try to make sure the change(s) I'm going to make aren't excruciatingly uncomfortable. If the changes are to things I'm reasonably comfortable doing, just new or different than my routine, they're a lot easier to implement. If they're things I'm NOT comfortable with, no matter how beneficial, I'm fighting myself to do them.
    3150 days ago
    I know how discouraging that number on the scale can be. I've stayed away from mine for a couple weeks and take comfort in knowing my nutrition and fitness are in order and it makes me feel good.
    Nice work on your changes so far and I believe tracking and HIIT can do wonders! Good luck!
    3150 days ago
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    I do believe it is playing with your calorie range and exactly what those calories consist of - fat, sugar, protein, etc. Sounds like you are doing well with this overall but maybe just need to customize it.
    3150 days ago
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    my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 100 pounds.

    i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

    we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal

    3150 days ago
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