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A Little Update to the Story

Thursday, January 03, 2013

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.
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  • BRIAN36
    I've succeeded in gaining 7 pounds since May all while working out 90-135 minutes 6 days a week. Some of it was muscle, but not all and my diet isn't exactly on point. I'm not burnt out yet and I enjoy my workouts, but I don't like how "fluffy" I feel. So, like you, I'm taking a step back. I'm going to track my food and my workouts to see where I am for a week or so and then make some adjustments. I'm not so concerned with the scale, I'd just like to not feel so fluffy.
    2267 days ago
  • KITKAT717
    Great job! Glad you are feeling better!!
    2267 days ago
    You look great! I wish I could figure out how to eat in a way that would help my weight loss. I feel hungry all the time.
    2268 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    and your looking great! you got it!

    2268 days ago
    You figured it out for you! YOU ROCK, Donna!!!!! emoticon
    2268 days ago
    I wish I could figure everything out. I'm glad you have!
    2268 days ago
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