Thursday, June 3, 2010

At a crossroads of sort

I have really been struggling with the fact that despite working out and eating great I am not seeing any visible signs of improvement and rather than losing a little weight I have gained weight. I used to never really worry about what my body looked like or how much I weighed, it simply wasn't a concern of mine. I've always been thin, had a little flab but nothing that bothered me. So this past winter when I realized that little bit of flab had increased and I wasn't looking as trim as I did 2 summers ago I made a plan to change that. Four months ago I said I was going to stick to a fitness routine, working out in some form every day and eating better (which wasn't too much of a stretch since we ate pretty well on a normal basis). Everything I have read says you should be seeing results in as few as 6 weeks but could be 8, here I am 12-13 weeks. I didn't stop at 6 weeks and quit b/c I couldn't see results, something I have done in the past. I kept going at weeks, got really pissed off at 10 weeks and now I am just depressed. I feel great after I workout so I have no plans of stopping, I like how I feel for the first few hours after a workout, so much so I wish I could have that feeling all day long. What depresses me is knowing I am doing all of this work and nothing is changing. It really shouldn't be that hard should it? I have a high metabolism, always have so is that now working against me? I don't understand how I can work out 5-6 days a week for 3+ months and have nothing change other than the scale going up. It makes me want to quit, I am tired of counting and measuring every little thing I eat or drink, I am tired of asking myself will this treat put me over my cal/fat/carb count for the day? Eating feels more like a chore now than a part of my life and it shouldn't feel that way! I shouldn't feel this way! When will the changes I have made and strive to continue making show me some results?


  1. What are you doing for weight/strength training? The only reason I ask is because I know that you do a LOT of cardio and I wonder if you aren't seeing the results you want because in order to tone and build muscle, my trainer says you need to weight train. (Nothing massively heavy)

  2. Have you been measuring yourself? Is it possible that you are losing inches without noticing?

    Also do you think you might be eating too little? If you aren't eating enough the body can go into "starvation mode" and impede your progress?

    In any case, I completely understand your frustration and I hope you see some positive results soon.

    (morsecode from Rav)

  3. Tab I've been switching it up from Jillian Michaels to Jari Love. I am back doing the 30 day shred (I used to think this as hard, now it's almost too easy so I increased my weight from 3 to 5lbs).

    Hi Karen!!

    I am measuring and nothing is budging :( I've been eating more food than I used to (srsly I use to have a cup of coffee for breakfast & lunch, eat dinner & a snack) when I started eating 13-1600 calories per day (and tracking the carbs/fat/protein) is when the weight gain started so I switched up the meal plan to a weight loss plan and ended up gaining again.

    I can't figure it out. I won't give up working out, I like it too much but I am about ready to give up food again.

  4. I'm can't lose mine either and it is very depressing. Originally, it was my thyroid but they say it's working the way it should. Unfortunately, the weight I gained with the problem refuses to come off...I would like to lose 35 lbs. I have never been this big except when I was pregnant! When you figure it out, let me know...I'll try to eat what you eat or something lol...I'm hoping that with better weather (if it ever comes), I can be outside working and lose some weight. You certainly won't see me in a bikini at the lake this year!

  5. Angie I have been using and following their meal plan (which at first I thought would be expensive b/c it's a lot of food but it's actually less than what I used to spend!) and I have been following the couch to 5K program. I am restarting at week 1 on Monday. I go up to the school and use the track at 3:30 after the ids get home from the bus. Once it gets warm I'll probably be going early in the morning.

    I started reading other peoples weight loss using the C25K and it seems to start coming off around week 6 so if you are interested in starting with me let me know. The 1st week was the hardest when I started now I can't muster up to get through week 4 blah. Losing my motivation and being discouraged did not help!

    I'm beginning to think we won't be at the lake at all this year the way the weather is going :(