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Tina the Boot Camper Is Frustrated

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I am sooooo happy to report that I have stayed true to the 28-Day Bootcamp video for the last 22 days. Counting the two days I did before, I have worked out every single day for the last 24 days. That's quite a streak for me. I have also been eating pretty well, not perfectly, but I've had many good days, staying within my calorie range, even on days I have not, I have not exceeded it by much.

And what do I have to show for this hard work? A seven (yes, 7) lbs weight GAIN and a .75 inch loss on both my waist and hips, and .5 on my neck.

Can you say frustrated? Can you say ready to scream? Because I am so both of those things.

You know, I have long seen that my ability to shed weight has decreased as my age has increased. That is a fact of life. But I have never seen the scale go up and up and up when I have been SO true to a program, as I have been.. Now, when you are 52 and female, there are all sorts of hormonal things going on in your body (can you say menopausal, or peri-menopausal??), and there might be some of that going on, which explains some of it, but certainly not all of it.

What's more intriguing is that I feel awesome. I find that each and every time I repeat a workout I am that much better at it, that much more flexible, that much more able to sustain it. I have energy, I have more flexibility, I have more mobility. My knee (that with the torn meniscus) feels pretty good, and the rest of me, other than being creaky if I've sat too long, is much less creaky once I get going. I am in one of those grooves where the exercise leads me to being more conscious of the food I am putting in my mouth. Which, of course, only adds to the frustration. Because you know what frustration brings? The desire to eat. Very frustrating...

Okay, I've vented. And now, off to harder work...
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    Your body is adjusting. If you've lost inches, but gained weight you've probably increased muscle which weighs more. Keep up the good work.
    3088 days ago
    I had an epiphany last night. With all of your additional workouts, have you increased your calories to compensate? I know that it seems counter intuative, but sometimes 75 - 100 calories more can help you to burn more.

    Think about your body like a car, food as gas. When your body is going along at a normal office/ work/ life day, it burns the same amount of calories (gas). When you start moving more, working out in addition, lifting weights and cardio, think of your car going up hills and mountains, expending more gas to go what may be the same distance. you may need more fuel...
    3088 days ago
  • TINATC26
    thanks everyone for your wonderful comments..I am not to be deterred! Will see what the next few days bring, I am going to try to stay off the scale, because I'm becoming a bit obsessive with it. But I promise that no matter what, I'm going to stay with it!

    love you all!!
    3088 days ago
    Wow, that is frustrating! I'm glad, at least, that your body tells you it's happier with the workout, even if the weight is up. But it sort of makes you want to crush the scale a bit, huh?!
    3089 days ago
    Hang in there!!! Feeling better is a big pay off plus doing the workouts better each time is great too. Through away the scale1
    3089 days ago
    Yikes!!! Keep on working out. Sounds like you're boosting your muscle right now. If that is the case, your added muscle will help you to burn more fat. Maybe change up the WHAT that you're eating just not the HOW MUCH. Try switching around when you eat protein to within 30 - 60 minutes after working out.
    You are doing things right. Give it some more time and don't stress on the scale, or better yet, check to see that your scale is properly callibrated. Most home scales are off pretty far.

    Spark on!!
    3089 days ago
    Yeah...that ol' menopause stuff is a toughie. I still haven't cut my carbs like I should to help combat that. I'm glad you saw a great loss on that tape measure! Give yourself credit for that and just keep plugging along!!!!
    3089 days ago
    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

    I feel your pain, my friend! Don't underestimate those hormones, let me tell you! Could the weight be water retention... it's only been three weeksish... when we start exercising our body stores water to burn glycogen, and that's usually for a couple of weeks plus. I'll bet you start showing a consistent loss going forward. The water weight thing is the bane of my existence... and I KNOW it's water... I can feel it and I can see/feel the puffiness. As long as you are feeling GREAT just keep at it and let the feeling be your reward. The weight is eventually going to have to fall in line!!!

    We will not be defeated!!!

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}
    3089 days ago
    you shouldnt be frustrated!!! You LOST almost an inch on your hips and waist!!
    That is something to be proud of. Throw away your scale if it is not telling you how slim you really are and how great you feel. Those 2 things are MUCH MUCH MUCH more important than the number on the scale.

    yay tina emoticon yay tina!!
    3089 days ago
    Tina - I feel your frustration. Hang in there! I hope that you find some answers, because you are doing awesome!
    3089 days ago
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