Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Operation Get Fit: So frustrated

I'm frustrated. The scale hasn't moved AT ALL. Not up. Not down. Not even a half-pound. Seriously, y'all. I'm so frustrated I could cry.


Let me tell you what I've done, so you can feel my pain. And maybe give some suggestions!


DIET:

  • Dropped the Diet Coke COMPLETELY *sigh* I know it's bad but it's so, so good
  • Upped my water intake--most days, it's over two liters (thank you, Crystal Lite)
  • Greatly reduced my sugar intake--my dessert is usually an apple with a tablespoon of Nutella, a piece of dark chocolate or a piece of Extra Mint Chocolate Chip gum
  • Cut the carbs by about half
  • Upped my veggie intake (not hard, as I wasn't eating many to begin with!)
  • On average, I'm eating between 1400-1800 calories a day with three main meals and no snacks

EXERCISE:

  • Run/walk 40-50 minutes (3-4 miles) four times a week (I'm working to bring this up to five or six but I'm not there quite yet fitness-wise)
  • 5 flights of stairs on the run/walk days (it's an old YMCA in a six-story building)
  • 15-minute walk with the dogs daily (they make certain of this)

OTHER

  • With no school, my cortisol *has* to have gone down from the super-high levels it was all second semester (Well, probably all year. It was a really crappy year). However, I just had a stress dream about my high school journalism class (haven't developed the curriculum yet, don't really know what I'm teaching), so maybe it hasn't gone down as much as it should. I'm also breaking out which, for me, indicates stress.
  • I'm getting 8-9 hours of sleep a night (yay for summer)
  • My house is clean(-ish) and organized

It seems my metabolism just doesn't want to kick it up, and my body is very happy to hold on to the extra fifty (or so) pounds of nasty fat that I desperately want to get rid of. I'm telling you, I'm so frustrated, I'm really about to cry. But not give up. Never that. I don't want to be an obese old person who can barely walk or who has a ton of health problems. And, if I don't want to be that, I need to get my weight under control and get healthy. 


Damn you, body! *shakes fist* Drop this weight and be healthy! Grr.


Any suggestions? Any books I should read? Ideas? Help me out here, people.

9 comments:

  1. You are working out, so you grow muscle tissues and that is heavy. Get out a tape measure and see how your size is changing.

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    1. Ooh, yes--I'll do this. Great suggestion. Thanks!

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  2. My dad does an hour every day on the treadmill, but he's not losing any weight. His doctor/excuse is that your body develops a resistance to the exercise so you have to start working out longer to get the same effect.

    He's added weight training to his exercise program but it's too early to tell if it's working.

    I know that cannot lose any sort of weight if I've got any sort of hormone imbalance from it being close to my monthly cycle.

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    1. *sigh* Sometimes it feels like you're pushing that boulder up the hill but nothing changes. Fingers crossed that good things happen for all of us!

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  3. Have you had your thyroid checked? I put on a ton of weight when I went for years not realizing my thyroid was way out of whack. I haven't been able to lose the weight despite strong efforts, but the meds do make me feel a lot better. It's sooooooooo frustrating to work hard, eat so much less and not see the bloody scale move an iota! I feel your pain ... and share it.

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    1. Unfortunately, I have had my thyroid checked and, supposedly, it's normal. Boo. Not that I wanted it to be a medical thing but I was hoping for a simple fix (haha.).

      Well, just keep truckin', right? Good luck to both of us!

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  4. Hey Mary I came by to say thanks for stopping by the blog.

    For weight try to eat snacks (I know it doesn't sound right but it works) Smaller meals every 3 to 4 hours and make sure you eat breakfast. Keep a journal of everything you eat and how much you work out will also help. :)

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    1. Maybe that's what I need to do. Instead of three meals (a holdover from my mom's cooking), break it into the five or six little meals. Thanks!

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