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I need HELP! getting to the New Me.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

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UPDATE - MARCH 2014 - NEW YEAR, NEW ME!!
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Since my last update I have lost about 15lbs. So I am now down 55lbs in total. This has been a rough year so far when it comes to weight loss. I keep fluctuating and I am working so HARD! Here is what I have been doing:-

1. Walking/Jogging twice a week, 3 to 4 miles minimum each time. I have also added bursts of Sprinting to that because I read that it helps to burn fat. I might add that this includes 2 bridges. I trudge/speed walk over one at the beginning of my workout and the other at the end.

2. Cycling 3 times a week, either 4, 6 or 8 miles at a time.

3. Playing (or should I say fumbling to play) Tennis twice a week (in the middle of two of my cycle days), anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours at a time with my son.

Please note that I rest on Wednesdays and Sundays.

4. On the eating front I have gone from having 3 balanced meals with two healthy snacks a day eating less meat to now a Moderate Protein / Low Carb way of eating with NO Snacks during the week. I might add that when I say Low Carb I mean no Starchy Carbs. No bread, flour, potatoes, rice, pasta. I am still within in my carb range according to my tracker. I get most of my carbs from fruits and nuts. I am still off sugar and desserts. I eat fruits for desserts.

5. I have a fledgling start in strength training and as I write this I realize that this may be my secret to consistent weightloss. I now have 5lb weights and a medium resistance band. I have yet to work those into my schedule on a regular basis.

6. I have as a goal to run as many Fun Runs and Charity Races that come my way this year. I have already done the Susan G. Komen 5K Race For The Cure (which I was training for all last year) and I also did a Fun Run with the Bahamas heart Association (my first time with the runners).

7. I have joined a few Team challenges here on SP and I have even begun to tackle the emotional side of my eating with the book "100 Days To Weightloss" by Linda Spangle and doing a book discussion with my Emotional Eaters Team.

8. I am also about to join a New Year New You Fitness challenge at work next week. It will be for 10 Weeks and it's in conjunction with a local gym. They will work us out so I am looking forward to that. Zumba, Spinning and Class Aerobics!

My Goal this year is to get to Onderland. I. Will. Do. It. Even if I have to scrape my way through and come out the other end with bloody nails. I will do it. I am not giving up because I do not want to lose ground and have to start over.

So someone, please help me. Why is my weightloss not consistent. Why is it fluctuating, why do I get these mini plateaus???
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  • LILSHINE
    Congrats on the weight you've already loss. I've been at the same point as I'm guessing you are. I fluctuate the same 5#s. I've tried almost everything and I'm still fighting. I've started strength training more consistently and I'm hoping this helps change SOMETHING!!! I know the scale is going up and I'm guessing due to muscle gain. I've vowed to not let the weight on the scale bother me while I'm strength training. I hope to start walk/jog this week and see if that helps. My diet I'm focusing on as well and getting in more water. We will break this plateau, hang in there you're doing an awesome job.
    2074 days ago
  • PAQTEQ
    Thank you, guys.

    I am getting anywhere from 6 to 8 hours of sleep and I do drink a lot of water. But i guess i could monitor that again to see how much I am actually taking in.

    I believe I am getting enough healthy fats. I use Olive Oil and Unsalted Butter. I eat Nuts sometimes. I also try to take a little Flax Seed with my Green Smoothies sometimes.

    I was watching my salt intake but not too stringently. I will take your advice and slowly lower it until I have eliminated the table salt usage. I guess it's time to start using my Mrs. Dash seasonings again.

    Still not doing the Strength Training. I will try harder to work it into my schedule.

    Since I cut out the Starchy Carbs and the Snacking my Calorie Intake has been much lower. I have to figure out how to raise it again. Maybe more Skim Milk and More Nuts.

    I have been losing inches slowly but surely and now fitting into smaller sizes but at some point I do expect my weightloss to follow as well.
    2075 days ago
  • SALAM4545
    Have you tried tracking sodium? I have found it to be an important part of breaking my own plateaus.
    2076 days ago
  • CIERAPOET
    Happy Saturday! emoticon

    You do have a great routine. YES you MUST add strength to your plan. How is your SLEEP and WATER goals? The scale shouldn't be your only measure either so don't focus too much on the number. Are your clothes fitting looser? Do your body feel better? Weightloss is different for many. I started losing again after a year without one pound loss in 2011. I got on healthy fats and increased my calories. Every meal had to be at least 400 cals each including my snack. Healthy fat with every meal. That was in 2012. We should strive to get 8 hours per night and 64 ounces of water per day. Sometimes that water amount could be more or less depending on your bodies need. Keep tweaking your plan and I'm sure you will see results. I'm cheering you on! Enjoy a successful March!
    Blessings!
    Deb
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    With God All Things Are Possible!
    2076 days ago
  • OSDOWNS
    I'm trying to get to Onderland too. We can do this together. Keep with it.
    2076 days ago
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