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Frustration... and I don't know why.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

My weight loss journey is actually going well, which is why I cannot understand why I'm suddenly frustrated with my progress. I think that it's because I'm an impatient person by nature - it's happening, all right, but it's not fast enough to suit me. I just try to remember that I didn't get this way overnight - so it's unrealistic to think that it'll be gone overnight, right?

This actually isn't the only thing I'm sort of frustrated with. I'm finding it very difficult to stick to the limits on my tracker - not for calories, or carbs, or fat, those things are easy. It's the PROTEIN I keep overshooting, and it's to the point where I'm kicking myself every night because I KNOW those canned messages about how I'm "not supposed to eat that much protein" will start yelling at me again. "You FAIL, Carrie, you FAIL!"

I don't see a way out of this. I love chicken. I love fish. I love tuna and cheese (and, yes, I eat reduced fat cheese so THAT'S not an issue) and my Special K cereal and my veggie burgers. All of which have significant protein. Even my veggies seem to have protein out the wazoo. The only relief I get is from fruit, because that has nothing but carbs.

I'm petrified every time I run this tracker because I ALWAYS go over on the protein - always. Sometimes it's by 1 or 2 grams, other days it's 10 or 15. I don't even know what to do anymore.

So far it doesn't seem to be hurting my weight loss efforts - it's still coming off and I feel better than ever physically. I'm exercising my butt off - and indeed, my butt is disappearing, along with a lot of the rest of me. But why the gloom and doom messages, SP? I KNOW I went over on my protein, no one has to beat that over my head, you know?

Sigh. At least I'm seeing results, for now. I'm to the point where I'm starting to worry about the loose skin issue - and, yes, I know I'm going to have it pretty badly (after all, I've been obese a good portion of my life). But I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I guess I'm just having a bad day today.

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    So you don't hit your numbers exactly. So what? Those are goals. Not rules. It's not as if you are pigging out on proteins. If you are losing the weight, you are doing fine.

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    1692 days ago
    I agree with not worrying about going over protein. Actually for me, if I'm having a "hungry" day I try to eat higher protein than usual because it fills you up more. I have eaten so incredibly high in protein some days and it's never effected anything regarding my weight loss. Just watch out for the calories and fat, and keep watch on those carbs. But protein shouldn't hurt you any (:
    1692 days ago
    All I can suggest is don't focus on that ONE thing. Like you said, the weight is coming off, so focus on the positives. I had the same issue. I tried so hard to keep my percentage of fats over my percentage of proteins, but just couldn't do it no matter how hard I tried. I tried adding avacado and olives daily, but my proteins are sill around 30% while fats are closer to 20%. Every day when I ran the report I'd beat myself up and feel like a failure. So STOP IT!!!! You are doing GREAT Carrie!!! You are not failing. You are inspiring others. And you will be out of the "obese" category before you know it. You can worry about your protein when you hit a plateau and need to change things up. For now, just keep on doing what you;re doing, because you are doing GREAT!!
    1693 days ago
    Don't worry too much about going over on protein if you're staying in line for calories and fat. Spark's formula doesn't work for everyone. If you're finding that this is working for you, you can go increase the grams of protein to a basic calculation done by bodyweight.


    As for loose skin, losing weight slowly will help keep that from happening, and creams (body butters) with shea in them can help the skin bounce back. There are limits to the results you can get, but every little bit helps. Also: make sure you're getting enough vitamin E: it helps with skin elasticity too :)

    Otherwise, frustration is normal: you're in the process of change, and change, even when good, can -- by it's nature -- be aggravating. Keep on pushing! You'll get there!
    1693 days ago
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