TWO blog entries in a row?! From me? Don't get too excited. :D
I'd added this to my big "HERE IS MY JOURNEY" post ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
), but hadn't joined it up currently.
Maybe this is where you are right now - I know there are some of you all out there, wondering - what the heck is going on & why am I not losing anymore?
So, let's step into my wayback machine:
During 2009, I kept increasing my running mileage, but my weight loss stalled. Then I began gaining again. So I cut my calories, ran more, cycled more - and gained a little. Cut again, added again. No real move forward.
Photo #9 - November 2009, around 170 pounds:
In 2010 I got hurt during a half-marathon, which ended my 40-mile running weeks, and nearly scuttled running entirely. So I applied to the YMCA and trained to be a fitness instructor.
Photo #10 - July 2010, getting less firm even though working out like a BEAST (look at my arm!):
Things were still not moving in the right direction. Turns out that as you lose weight, you have to do what's best for your body! (Duh, I know.) For me, that means much LESS cardio, much MORE lifting, and the cardio I do needs to be short and intense. AMAZING!
This took a while - I was miserable, overtrained, injured, starving and worn down. Then the bolt out of the blue - something had to give. What could happen? What I was doing (working out 45-90 minutes every.single.day, eating 1800 calories/day) was making me flabbier, not firmer.
What to do? It was coming to the point where I was so exhausted I could barely teach classes, much less have effective workouts of my own.
So, I took a whole week off. Then I put together a lifting regimen from Oxygen Magazine and 11 Athletics, went to Pilates. Took my calories up to 2300 per day. HECK YES - four pounds off in the first week, seven more in two. Firmed up, then toned up. Better energy, better attitude. NO hunger. Whew!
Photo #11 - June 2012
I think I can safely say I am in maintenance. I don't want to lose more weight, I want what's best for me. And that means doing what works and leaving generalizations behind.