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Aaarrgghhh!!! Not again!!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

So here I am again, at the low 190s and seem to be gaining back some weight. This is so frustrating!! I have tried for 5 years now to get below 191 and just cannot seem to do it! I few weeks back I was at 191.8 and was so excited, ready to finally reach the 190s, and now here I am at 194 again. What the heck!!

As my husband has pointed out to me, I tend to slack off once I've lost 8 pounds or so, and that may be part of the problem. I was cruising along, enjoy my new lifestyle and doing so well without even feeling like it was too hard, and then I hit that damn 191 and I don't know what happened. Well, I kind of know - I had a weekend where I worked a double on Thursday night (from 5pm to 7am Friday), then had to be back at work on Friday at 5pm, then had to work Saturday. So I didn't have alot of time to plan my food and think ahead, and ended up eating donuts all day once I got off work on Friday morning. Then I repeated the same schedule the next weekend, and although I didn't eat donuts, I didn't really stick to my plan, either.

So I guess the lesson learned here is this: either don't work double shifts (no matter how much I need the money!) OR make sure I've planned ahead so that I don't go overboard with junk when I'm short on time. I think part of the problem is that I'm not in my twenties anymore and it takes me several days to recover from staying up and working all night long instead of sleeping, so then I'm too tired to go to the gym. This is a bad thing!!

I suppose all I can do is put it behind me and get back on track. Very frustrating, though, and I have a feeling that I'm going to get stuck at 191 again. I'm not sure if it's possible to plateau after a 9 pound weight loss, but my body sure seems resistant to getting past 191. Maybe I need to change up my workout routine - is it possible my body is adjusting to my typical 1 hour on the elliptical trainer? I think it's also a mental problem - I start getting uptight and feeling irritable once I approach 191 and tend to eat too much as a result of the stress. It's a vicious cycle that I'm going to have to figure out how to get through...

On the bright side, we are ALMOST done with the miserably hot St. Louis summer and I can't wait for Fall. My favorite season!! It will be great to finally be able to enjoy some time outside.

Now to undo the damage I've done over the past couple of weeks...hoping to see 189 by the end of September!!
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  • FATCAT92
    I seem to get stuck at certain weights (either up or down). Changing your workout may just shake things up enough where you get past that hump. Just keep trying - you can do it!
    3594 days ago
  • BECKYCOLVIN
    I'm with you. Just the other day I saw 189.8 on the scale. But have I seen it since then? No! :) Our minds do crazy things sometimes, and one thing is that it is way too easy to self-sabotage.

    You can do it. Here's to us both getting under 190 and heading down even further into the 180's. :)
    3596 days ago
  • PRETTYATLAST
    You can do it!!! Don't get frustrated. Just get right back on track and the next thing you know you will be in the 180's!
    3596 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7075311
    I am a member of the Spark St. Louis team. I saw your blog posted on the Announcement wall. You are among friends. I wanted to let you know that you're never alone in this journey of healthy living. Visit my SparkPage anytime .... I offer lots of moral support, positive buddy system and encouraging hugs. I am so PROUD of you for not giving up on yourself! Sometimes, I start over with the basics. I'm hoping the following may help you as much as it continues to do so for me.

    emoticon THROW OUT by GIVING TO THE NEAREST FOOD PANTRY in your area, all the junk food and unhealthy beverages that are in your cabinets and refrigerator. Not only are they sabotaging your will power, the Food Pantry will be grateful for your generous donation. If it's not in your home, it's impossible to be eaten!

    emoticon Start a NEW GROCERY LIST! REPLACE with healthy foods, snacks, water and beverages. (Check to see if your doctor has a printout of your recommended daily diet or have him/her refer you to a nutritionist).

    emoticon Use the SparkPoints tracking your daily nutrition (meals, drinks and snacks), by journaling everything that goes into your mouth. Don't go over your daily calories, carbs, fat and protein ranges.

    emoticon Use the SparkPoints for tracking both of your daily fitness programs (your doctor's recommended exercise and cardio). Burn more calories than what you eat, but it is important to stay within your calorie ranges.

    Sending I BELIEVE IN YOU hugs from St. Louis. YOU ARE A WINNER!! I'm right by your side, walking along this journey of ours.

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3596 days ago
  • CBACH71
    Have you thought about doing some simple body weight exercises (instead of traditional weight lifting) or actual weight lifting if you can get to the gym? It will help you burn a lot of calories. Also, why don't you do 1/2 hour of elliptical and then 30 minutes of weight lifting and vary your workouts? It may be that you body has gotten very efficient at what you're doing and needs the change.

    You should be able to workout puling a double shift. It will take a little creativity, but it is possible. I understand exactly what you mean when you say it's different from when you were in your 20s. I feel the same way, but you can still do the workouts even if you're schedule is hectic. I really suggest you add some weights, I think you'll see a big difference. Add two to three sessions and keep at them for three weeks and see what happens. Watch the way your clothing fits. Don't forget to stretch afterwards and give yourself a mini massage.

    You're doing fine. Part of this lifestyle change is finding ways to move and making them a habit and keep your body burning, even if you don't have time for traditional exercise.

    Good luck and don't give in. You will do great!
    3597 days ago
  • NEVERMIND2010
    I understand the mental block about a certain weight. For me, it's 200. (I got under yesterday, though!)

    I'll bet you're right about needing to change up your routine. Do you do an hour at the same pace on the elliptical, or intervals? I keep reading about the benefits of interval training for boosting metabolism and upping your fitness level. I'm kind of doing them with C25K, I guess.

    I really don't know what I'm doing, just trying to give you some ideas! LOL Keep at it, and you WILL see progress.

    And wow, I'm glad I don't have that kind of work schedule! I have worked horrendous hours in the past, but am very fortunate that I no longer have to (although I've traded long hours for super high stress, so...)

    Good luck and keep going!
    3597 days ago
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