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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Put in on tape and drop it on infinite loop.

It’s been sometime since I’ve talked about losing weight. Maybe it’s because the more I work at it the less that anything happens. Granted, I sometimes let my weekends get away from me, but during the week I’m pretty strict with my diet; well within my calories. I’ve reset my weight, adjusted my caloric output and for what? NOT A %#$@ING THING!

Now, to be honest I don’t have a scale right now. I’ve not purchased a new one since before Christmas, but the other factors you can gauge loss by aren’t there either. Case in point; clothes. My clothes are just as snug now as they were back at the beginning of January. In 6 weeks time the waistband should have slacked SOMEWHAT, but alas no. I feel no smaller and that doesn’t help my mental HATRED of myself right now. I can’t stand to look at myself in the mirror.

I’ve tried most everything anyone else here would have tried. If I decrease my calories, I don’t have the energy to get through my workouts or my stomach growls like a grizzly. If I add calories, God forbid, I feel like my pants won’t fit the next day. It’s almost as if I can FEEL the weight going on. It’s not in my head either. My work pants are growing snugger (is that a word?) and I feel powerless to stop them.

Training has been non-existent this week; life has gotten in the way. Hopefully I’ll be able to return to a normal schedule next week. This ice, snow and bitter temps have made it almost unbearable to be outside for long at all, but that looks to change next week. I keep reading about people who actually LOSE weight when running; how the hell does that happen? Is it impossible to lose ANY weight when training for a marathon? I set my loss at a modest 1.5 pounds several weeks ago and I’m still stuck.

Since starting the Vitamin D regime, I feel more energetic, but it’s in spurts. I was supposed to have a follow up appointment last week, but they cancelled due to lack of power. Now I can’t get a new appointment for another 5 weeks and I was hoping for more answers. I guess patience (not my best asset) will have to become my strong suit for a bit longer.

Sorry to be Negative Nancy, but I needed to get this out of my head and put it on paper.

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    Feeling much the same way myself emoticon . Hope things are starting to improve and like Kristen said...hibernation mode is bound to end with the spring :)...right?
    3724 days ago
  • SIS293
    Hey Bill,

    Hang in there. I can tell you from experience....don't give up. I can't answer why the scale isn't moving for you....I do like the bear in hibernation theory though. lol

    I know you can do this. Even if you don't lose for awhile, it's worth being able to run and play with your kids. I have gained so much back and lost so much because of it. My body aches and I can no longer run around my yard. Keep your chin up, I am cheering for you!
    3727 days ago
    Hang in there...I have to think that with so many of us on Spark going through the exact same thing that the weight staying on is related to winter. Let's all look to Spring and hope that fresh leaves on the branches will also harbor shedding of pounds! LOL

    I guess you could think of it this way. you're a bad-a$$ BEAR and your body is still in hibernation mode and conserving what it has! LOL
    3729 days ago
    emoticon I KNOW THAT YOU CAN.....Don't give up. Just know that running may not be good for you. Strength training and walking will get you where you want to go, but it's not just the calories...It may be the combination of foods you are eating. My son is 205 and stays at 1500-1800 calories, (with limited activity), when he wants to lose. That will give him a feasible weight lose of 2 to 3 lb.per week....He's in his 40's. Just thought I would share that and give another perspective.....Good luck, my friend. Don't give in and don't give up! XO MaryAnn emoticon
    3732 days ago
  • JAN1031
    I know I feel the same way you feel right now, no matter what I
    seem to be doing lately I don't lose and I slip by the end of the day. I keep telling myself tommorrow is a new day and so is that extra pound I put on today. We won't give up. Winter will be over soon and you'll have all that energy back.
    3734 days ago
    That's why we're here, Bill. You've gotten some great comments (I'll confess to not having read all of them, there are so many!) What's killing me right now is winter... I just feel less motivated, and there's something about the cold that makes me eat more. But the good news: Winter ends!!

    I know you're way more experienced than me at all this, but I second the commentator that suggested strength training. From what I understand, it boosts your metabolism. I've been reading "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" -- I think the male counterpart is just "The New Rules of Lifting". It not only talks about what to eat, but when to eat. It's good stuff... check it out!

    We all have ups and downs, hang in there, you'll do great! I haven't lost any weight since upping my distance either, but I'm noticing changes in other ways. First, my resting heart rate is a lot lower. Second, I can keep my heart rate up longer, which in the long run will help me burn more!
    3740 days ago
    You've gotten tons of great comments already - Just wanted to let you know that I know you can do it - it does take patience and that can suck. I think you can lose weight while training and once you get back outside and running you'll find the weight starting to come off. Hang in there!
    3741 days ago
    It's ok to vent a bit on the blog!! Better to get it out then let it fester inside your brain. Not to be too melodramatic or anything haha. I agree, changing up the workouts will help SO much. Maybe add in some sprint work in addition to long runs, try a new cardio machine on non-running days, get in strength training if you're not already doing so...and like everyone else has said, just push through it! There was a good month where I didn't see the scale move, and I was getting soooo depressed. But after sticking with it and changing my workout routine up just a bit has gotten me off my plateau.

    You can do it, just stick to it!!!
    3742 days ago
    Ah Bill...the famous question...why are we stuck??? As Jan said, there are some good suggestions here. I think one of the most important ones to look at is the stress level. I know when I am really stressed it seems like my body holds more weight. And changing up a routine is really helpful. I added a different cardio workout dvd once a week and have seen a difference in one week. Keep the body guessing. But all in all we need to accept our bodies as they are at the current moment. It may not be where we want to be but life goes on and we need to live it to the fullest and healthiest. That's what it's all about...being our healthiest. Hang in there. Anne
    3742 days ago
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    Bill, I am sorry to read you are feeling this way. I think the suggestions here are well worth writing down and incorporate into your program.

    I know you are focusing on your cardio, but as many have said - you may want to incorporate strength. It will actually help your biking and running. Almost any run, bike, or tri magazine will have strength exercises that are specific for the disciplines. I hate strength myself, but find a few exercises that covers the core and some of the other big muscle groups you might need for your cardio. (OK, I know I need to practice what I preach, but I have started two sessions of strength per week).

    Also, find some other things to do which will give you some cardio. If you watch the Biggest Loser, you will see a lot of their exercise program is more about strength than cardio. My hunch is the strength:cardio ratio is 3:1.

    Just some ideas based on your posts and this blog.
    3742 days ago
    I've been in that spot and I think water, sleep and just "relaxing" the body is key. Also look at calorie quality, not quantity. I would leave the scale away and focus on changing your body composition via exercise. I feel like I've made enough improvement to see a loss, but I doubt that I'll see one, so I just stay away- for now! Why screw with my head- focus on what you are doing right and get your workouts in!
    3743 days ago
    emoticon Grit those teeth and know you'd damn well gone up up up if you weren't trying to go down down down. That's something.
    emoticon Not enough.? Well, I am trying to go with 80% full stomach like the Japanese. I may get a tummy piercing right where I think 80% full is.??
    emoticon Won't let the devil make me do it, I just can't go back there where I was before!
    . emoticon I sure am tired of this being a lifetime journey of eating restrictiveand as long as I concentrate on weight I'm dissatisfied.
    So I must concentrate on being healthy. emoticon You are invited to join me in that focus.
    3743 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/11/2011 5:14:10 PM
  • TIGGER622
    UGH!!! We have all been there!!! I spent two years not losing a single darn pound! And now I am 10-15 up from that! EEEK! Anything you can do to change it up? Throw in a new program? Shake up the system a little? I know this stinks and it is so frustrating, but hang in there, you are doing everything right - your bod will catch up to your routine eventually! Go scream, punch a pillow, and get in a workout... actually maybe boxing would help??? Hmmmmm! Hang in there hon!
    3743 days ago
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    Hang in there Bill! Think about how far you have come, you are absolutely amazing ... sounds like you've hit a plateau, although frustrating as heck, all part of the process. I've lost a whopping 5 lbs. in the past year! Yeah, I'm frustrated, but then again, I know that I'm eating healthier, exercising more, and feeling better about myself. One thing that had worked for me when I previously lost a substantial amount of weight was to adjust my calorie range day to day - consume the high end of the range one day and then the very low end the next day. Like others have commented, add some strength training and change up your training routine. Don't be so hard on yourself, manage the stress, take the time for yourself and relax. Make sure you are getting enough sleep.

    Love that person you see in the mirror, and never give up, you are so worth it! We are all here to support you!



    3743 days ago
  • LOUANN22
    I know how you feel bill sometimes I feel like I'm not making any progress but all I can think is I'm eating healthier and exercising which is far more than I can say I did over 3 and a half months ago. gotta take things in little steps and eventually you will see some results. I'm still waiting on consistent results myself.
    3743 days ago
    I sure wish I had an answer for you. I can only relate some weeks though because I can be absolutely perfect sometimes and not see a single improvement. Just keep plugging away at it and it will eventually come back around. Do you do any strength training? If not, that might be something to consider, but maybe after your marathon training is done, since weight training is almost counter to training for a run.
    3743 days ago
    emoticon emoticon , my emoticon
    3744 days ago
  • HOPE2011
    Hang in there - you're doing great! Don't let it get you down too much - things will pick up again soon.

    Go you, and GO BUCKS!
    3744 days ago
    Ah, Bill, we ALL feel like this sometimes. Just keep at it. Don't give up. We are all here for you!

    3744 days ago
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    I have to agree with Quidditchgirl. ST made a difference for me. My trainer and I have really picked it up the last 6 weeks and I feel different. Since I don't have a scale I can't promise that my weight has gone down, but I feel smaller.

    I'm glad you shared though. Hopefully you will get the inspiration/info you need to get you over this hurdle. Because you are definitely an inspiration to so many others!
    3744 days ago
    I don't know if I mentioned this to you before, but there is a cardinal rule of weight loss: You must strength train. Not just run, not just take a spinning class, not turn up the resistance on the elliptical, but honest-to-goodness focus on building muscle via resistance training.

    Circuit training is a wonderful thing. Plenty of cardio and lots of variety to work different parts of the large muscles and work balance, stability and core. I'm sure your T has some sort of class like this. Since the beginning of February I've been taking a "cardio muscle" class at the Y and I have lost a couple of pounds BUT I am wearing my "thin" pants & hurting in places that haven't hurt for a while. ;-D

    DO IT DO IT DO IT! What do you have to lose?
    3744 days ago
    Bill, I know kind of how you feel. I have had the same problem, although not quite as frustrating. So I changed my mindset. I still have weight loss in mind but now concentrate on exercising and changing my eating habits. It's still hard but I absolutely refuse to give up. Last year we had the winter from hell so I know how discouraging that can be. Hang in there. I know you will get back on the path and that the weather will change so that you can get out more.

    We're all behind you pushing you when you falter:) Take care.
    3744 days ago
    Hugs, Bill! There was a lot of good information at the Tuesday seminar on nutrition for endurance athletes. I'm pretty sure they will be putting the slides online. Dr. Devor does sports nutrition counseling and I am strongly considering going in for a consult. He said that a person should be able to lose a pound a week and still get enough nutrition in to train well. Hang in there! As you know, slow and steady wins...tomorrow is a new day...yadda yadda yadda...

    Hang in there and see you on Saturday! emoticon
    3744 days ago
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    Hang tough, Bill! It is possible to lose weight while training, but it can be tough. Finding that fine line between calories in and calories burned while leaving a bit of a deficit can be delicate work. But you will find it! Especially if the weather improves for you and you can get back to a more regular routine.
    3744 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Bill, my Big Ten (orwhateveritisnow)nbuddy, let me ask you this? Are you thinking about it too much? For a week, just forget about it and eat smartly. I know that sounds too simple but give it a try. Sometimes whe we stress out too much over it,that just adds more cortisol to your system and makes your metabolism get all wonky. For a week, simply chill, eat WELL and move that tushy of yours. Patience, grasshopper!

    3744 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    hang in there bill. it is just a phase you are going thru, you know how to lose the weight but it is about being strict with your diet. i just started back on the fast break stage of spark to refresh my mind. i plan on going thru all the stages again because of the weight i have put on but like you it is hard to train for a marathon and lose weight. from my understanding no more than 1/4 to 1/2 lb per week, you need to replace the calories you burn with quality calories, see you in march and i think i am going to do the buffalo marathon now, thanks
    3744 days ago
  • NEWLIFE0129

    I know you must feel extremely frustrated. Although, it sucks I think it's very normal to hit a plateau. You have come so far, don't give up. Just keep working through this. I know you can, and will defeat this battle. I'm glad you blogged about it because I think it really does help to vent. Im here for you buddy. I know the road is rough, but don't let that stop you. Best of luck to you, my sp buddy!
    3744 days ago
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    Don't worry, things WILL get better. Keep up what you are doing, and don't lose that fire! I have been researching and found that your body pretty much has to go through a plateau, and the plateau is actually a GOOD sign. You're weight loss may be stagant, but it will spike soon. I would switch up the routine as much as possible, and cut back on highly processed foods (I'm sure you already know all of this stuff). You'll get through this, just don't give up!
    3744 days ago
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