Some times things happen and you just can’t regain traction. That’s what happened toward the end of 2017 with my weight loss. I take complete responsibility for failing to keep up.
It all started with a couple work-related conferences, trying to eat keto while on the road is a challenge. Then the holidays. Yes, difficult but I also chose to do things I knew were not right for me.
So, in the new year I have refocused on getting back into the keto way of eating and more exercising. I haven’t checked the scale yet, as I’m still trying to not be so focused on that number. Eventually, I will check it and redo my measurements. But right now I need to just think about getting myself back on track.
It’s still a challenge. The arctic weather has brought frozen pipes and made cooking difficult. But I’ve been able to prepare fresh lunches at work, which have been keto. The gym offers both an escape from cabin fever and a much needed shower. lol
It’s been awhile since I posted here. That’s partly because of life going by with all of those hectic moments and partly because of some frustrations with the weight loss. I’m slightly impatient with losing pounds because I want it gone so badly. I have made progress in the past few months, just really, really slow.
Tomorrow is the next weigh-in with the program I’m doing. In the past few months, I’ve lost around 28 lbs (depending on the scale and time of day) and a modest amount of inches around the waist, and some percentage of body fat. I still find weigh-in days stressful, even though my trainer has told me I’m making good progress in the program. Of course, I want more than good, I want overnight fat melting away and I become a size 6.
One thing that seems to be helping me is the keto diet. I have been off and on it for a few months with good results. The main reason I go off the keto way of eating (woe) is from traveling for work. Last week, was a tough time while at a conference for four days. It wasn’t easy, in fact it was damn difficult, to manage the keto woe.
For me, as carbs slip back into my diet I find myself hungry and cranky. On keto, I’ve managed to fight most of that. But the challenge is staying on track. Now that I’m back to a more normal schedule, keto eating will be easier. I just have to fight off those carb cravings that snuck back in. 😦
It’s been a low couple of weeks for me and it has effected my attitude toward workouts and food. It seems to happen somewhere along the diet trail for me every time. Usually it’s a plateau and a few weeks of discouragement with the scales not moving. This time it’s a little different.
Some of it is how I feel a bit pressured to make the numbers move because I’m in a program that requires measurements and percent of weight loss by certain times in the program. I’m coming up on one of them and I’m concerned that my percentage of weight lost won’t make the cut. Just as I’m concerned that my body measurements are moving at all.
The other issue is in food. I’m on a Facebook group for people who are members at Planet Fitness. And the other day I posted about my frustrations on giving up certain things in order to lose weight. Of course there are the people who want to just comment so they add the basic stuff like drink more water or do different exercises. But the people who utterly piss me off (pardon the language) are those who have commented that they have “friends” who can eat whatever they want and lose weight because they exercise. Or I’ve not had a problem giving up X,Y, Z so I don’t see why that’s a problem for you. And the preachy ones brow beating you into guilt for having a moment of weakness and looking for a little support. Plus the condescending attitudes of those ones that eat anything. Grrr. People.
The only thing I can do is push through as much as I don’t want to do that. But there’s nothing else. Maybe, at some point, I’ll find another friend to help on the journey. But the PF people, I don’t think I’ll be posting there anymore.
Be strong, be fierce
My challenge is the mid section. I’m an apple shape and carry the majority of the nasty fat around the belly. I’ve always been pudgy and round, even as a kid.
With every weight loss attempt, I lose some around the middle but not enough. Unfortunately, we can spot reduce. But I’m working on building stamina on cardio machines and some strength training. Mostly, I’m trying to build my lower body’s muscles since they are the body’s largest and will burn energy post-workout when they are fit.
So far the results are good. Of the 18 pounds I’ve lost, much of it is in the middle! I can wear pants that a few month ago were tight or gave me a muffin top, so that’s a good sign. The one bit of frustration is my measurements aren’t moving much. Granted, it’s tough to get the tape measure back in the same place as before, but I was hoping for more movement there so when the scale flakes on me I have the number of inches gone to counter that number.
I’m still pushing through and exercising. Cardio is my new favorite after straining my elbow recently. In that realm, I’m pushing hard to go further and longer. Last night I managed the first mile+ on the ARC Trainer. So there’s something to build on.
Stay the course!
As I start the third month of this weight loss journey, I am pleased to announce I’ve lost another 4 pounds since last week’s weigh-in. That’s a total of 18 pounds for the first two months! I’m so happy to see the scales moving and my clothes fitting better and in some cases, too big!
Last week I changed a few things, not much, but they have seemed to help push through the blockage. The main thing I did was more cardio workouts and less strength training. I’ve become a huge fan of the ARC trainer.
I’m two pounds away from the big 20 pound milestone. I am hoping this current trend continues for the week to get me there by next weigh-in day.
Only 1 pound of weight loss in recent days. I’m having flashbacks of the other failed attempts to lose weight, so some frustrations are popping up. The bright side of it all is that I have meet with the personal trainer, twice, from the weight management program and have met with the nutritionist as well.
The best news of the week came at the second meeting with the personal trainer. He did a body fat test and I had lost 1.3% body fat from the initial measurements on March 16th. So that’s something to build on.
The good thing about the nutritionist’s meeting was she thinks I’m on the right track with the changes I’ve already made in my diet. I was happy to hear that but upset that these changes are not showing to be for the better. I am still tracking my calories on Weight Watchers and with the My Fitness Pal app. In both cases, my diet is not mostly low carb. I do have occasion to slip up and have a little too many carbs from time to time. However, for the most part giving up sweets and breads haven’t been as difficult as I thought.
I still wish the scales would move down.
I’ve been disappointed for the past few weeks at my progress. For all of the excitement the first few weeks brought with 13 pounds lost, I hit a wall. It started with gaining 5 pounds during PMS week then taking over a week to lose it. Now I’m in my second week of hovering at the same weight.
I’ve tried taking measurements to see if the scale was lying, and those have been less than encouraging.
Today, I did manage to do a lunchtime power walk at a very brisk pace of 14 minutes for a mile. That gave me some hope that all of the hours in the gym are paying off.
Now to get that scale to move.
As of the Monday Weight Watchers weigh-in, I am down 13 pounds since March 1, 2017!
This is a great big WOW for me since I had been struggling so much to lose weight to the point I just gave up over a year ago.
I’m not sure what is to credit for this wonderful news, but I’m very pleased. Seeing the scale move for a change also brings more encouragement to continue the new eating habits and exercise routines.
Besides having the pounds melt away, I am feeling much better and sleeping better. I don’t miss much of the things I’m given up. On occasion, I see a pastry and would like to have it or a pizza. But overall, there’s nothing I want more than there to be less of me. For the first time in my dieting life, I understand the quote “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
I’ve set several milestones for this weight loss journey, so I can mark off victories along the way. Once I hit the first 20 pounds gone, I’m getting myself an Apple Watch or a Fitbit Blaze. I have 7 pounds to go before I decide. Part of me wants the Apple Watch and to buy at the Apple Store, which would mean a day trip to Columbus, Ohio where the closest Apple Store is located to me. So that’s a bonus carrot.
The answer is yes. I’m actually a happy dieter. Honestly, at this point I’m not even calling this a “diet” in the terms we all know and loathe.
I’m not sure I’d call it a lifestyle change because in the past I’ve been dedicated to losing the weight but my body didn’t follow suit. The biggest change this time IS my body’s reaction to the diet. The first time in a very long time it is responding to what I’m doing.
It started with joining Weight Watchers and being allowed to eat things that do satisfy me and not a minimal list of items that would leave me hungrier and frustrated. The main thing I praise WW for is allowing fruits and veggies to be zero points. The ability to grab an orange, apple, pear, or berries when I was first battling the sweet tooth cravings was nothing less than a miracle. Since the first week or so, I have been less interested in even the fruits and have nearly no cravings for sugary items.
The next piece of my weight lost puzzle has been researching the ketosis or keto diet. I’ve been limiting carbs anyway, especially the refined carbs from white bread, sweets, and pasta, with WW. The sugars I’ve been allowing myself are coupled with fiber from fruits, so this was a better use of the carb intake I do allow myself. After reading more about ketosis, I decided to limit carbs even further to eventually move toward the less than 20 gram mark to put my body in that state.
After a few days of watching the overall carb intake and lots of exercise, I managed to get into ketosis according a ketostix test. This is lighting up my ability to drop pounds. In fact, as of yesterday I had lost 5lbs from the previous week’s weigh-in. Of course, the great thing about being in the ketosis state is the ability to burn body fat. But there are some other benefits it as well, which for me is not being hungry all of the time.
So as of today, I’m a happier dieter and losing weight much easier than before. If I have cracked the code, I’m grateful too!
I forgot to post last week! But there was good news, I lost a few more pounds with Weight Watchers.
The biggest and most exciting news of the week centered on starting the Weight Management program offered through my employer’s health insurance. This gives me a few awesome things to help the weight loss journey. One is a discounted rate on a gym membership where I’ll get to workout with a personal trainer. Two is an exercise physiologist to meet with several times during the program. Third is a nutritionist.
Last Thursday I had the initial consultation with the exercise physiologist at the YWCA. Sunday I had the baselines taken for endurance, flexibility, and strength. My exercise physiologist said I’m starting a good place with all three. And from the baseline measurements I have lost 8 pounds from the doctor’s visit on March 1st to get into the program!
The great thing about the gym I picked, there’s a swimming pool, two other locations with different equipment, and all three offer classes from kickboxing to spinning to Zumba. I’m honestly so inspired and pleased to have these facilities to workout and train with a professional.
The other big, big player in the weight loss is a major diet change. I won’t start working with the program’s nutritionist until next month, but I’ve already made changes. I have several recipes from WW and other places that I want share and review in the coming days.
The great thing about the past 22 days, besides seeing the weight melt away, is not being famished or feeling that I’m being punished.