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A week's effort shot in one day

Monday, August 03, 2009

I have been stuck at the same weight for what feels like an eternity now. But this past week I thought I was finally on to something. I exercised like crazy (over 4000 calories burned) and started yet another new program, and as of yesterday morning I had actually lost two pounds!
We spent yesterday on the road taking our sons to camp. Lunch was at Ruby Tuesday ... surely a turkey burger is a good choice? And dinner was at Taco Bell ... at least I didn't think that was a good choice.
But I just entered those foods in the nutrition tracker, and that turkey burger set me back 890 calories! How is that even possible?!? Grilled, not tremendously big, and I knew better than to eat that whole big fat bun. The chicken burrito supreme at 390 was a much better deal. So there's surprise #1. For the day, I was over in calories by about 400, but I figured it could have been worse.
Surprise #2 was much less happy ... both my pounds lost are back.
Yes I know I'm not supposed to judge everything by the scale. And yes of course it's possible this is just a blip and those pounds will be gone again tomorrow. But this plateau I have been on is no ordinary plateau. I haven't been able to get out of the 170s in a year now! I'm not going to be so ridiculous as to say I do "everything" right but I do think it's fair to say that my body gives me much less leeway than normal people. It's very frustrating. I never had a weight problem until I turned 40, but the past 7 years have been one long battle that I am not managing to win.
There's nothing to do about it but make today better and head outside for a walk (followed by strength training and then taekwondo class this evening). But it's a crummy start to the week all the same.
I'm usually the obnoxious poster who loves Mondays ... not this week. Bleah.
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    Hope you've had more success since you wrote this blog, but even if you're still in the 170's the more you eat healthy and exercise you are still improving the health of your body which is much more important in the long run than the pounds on the scale! I started this plan totally for better health and all the info I learned here got me off of my blood pressure meds and my cholesterol meds and the huge weight loss has been a bonus that I didn't originally expect. My doctor does check my thyroid levels though because mine wasn't working enough to go without meds although my dosage is lower now. Maybe you should ask your doctor to check that for you if you really think you are lower on calories than you should be without losing weight. Good luck and see you on the 10,000 step boards!
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    4306 days ago
    I know it's easy for someone else to say "it's not just about the weight", but don't lose track of all of the great things you are doing for yourself! You may not be losing weight as fast as you want, but you're getting lots of good exercise, and you're taking good care of yourself! You always inspire me. Hang in there, and I'll see you on our steps challenge!
    4342 days ago
    As Tim said, you can't blow a plan in a day. The fact of the matter is you now have awareness on your side. In a time gone by you would have thought that turkey burger was great for you and might eat 2-3 a week.

    No matter what our weight goals might be, every once in a while we have to eat like normal people....not that we are abnormal, but I think you know what I am saying.

    You have the power because you have the knowledge and dedication.

    Now you can attack the problem. Knowing that burger had twice the calories you anticipated, try to figure our why. Was it the meat alone...the bun...or all the mayo they put on the thing??

    Shave a few hundred calories today and a few hundred the next and that turkey burger wasn't even a bump in the road.

    Expect to win

    4342 days ago
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    Don't be so hard on yourself based on the numbers on the scale. One day does not blow your plan. When you think of weight gain...a lot of people just think of the weight alone. While the weight you lost has reappeared, it most likely isn't fat. To gain 2 pounds of fat, you would have had to over eat by 7000 calories. I'm going to go out on a limb here, but possibly the sodium that was in the Taco Bell stuff and the turkey burger could have your body holding onto more water than normal.

    One day does not blow a plan...no more than exercising for one day only and eating right makes a plan.

    Patience...while you have been stuck at the same level for quite some time, itcould be a factor of many things...like matching the caloric intake closer to your burn. When your body senses that you aren't getting enough food for the amount of activity (exercise) you are doing, your body tries to conserve the fat rather than burn it. Some things to look at in the overall picture of your plan.

    Don't think for one minute that your plan is blown by one day...but rather look at the plan and see if there is room for minor adjustments and over the course of time if the adjustments bring about the change it is that you seek.

    Hope this helps!

    4342 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2009 9:49:35 AM
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