July 27, 2011 - Finally another blog. Been kinda depressed lately.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So the past couple of weeks I've felt pretty robotic. I've been eating mostly on track every day and exercising mostly every day but I just haven't been excited about it. I've lost my oomph. On top of that I haven't been losing any weight because I haven't really been pushing myself, but at least I haven't gained much either. It is sad for me to know that I have been in the 180s pretty much since April. I looked at my goal weight progress and reached 189 in April of 2011 and now here we are almost in August, 3 months later, and I weigh 186? Either this is the biggest plateau ever or I'm not doing what I need to be doing, even though 90% of the time I feel like I am pushing myself a good amount. So it just makes me feel kind of down. Obviously if you're eating like a cow and not exercising it's easy to tell where your mistakes are and why you're not losing weight. It's just very frustrating knowing that I'm getting more fruits/vegs in, more water in, working out and strength training pretty much every day, and that I still can't lose more than 3 pounds in 4 months. I don't know what else I can do to help speed this process along, or at least help it move at all - in the right direction, mind you.

I've been catching up on Summer Challenge Team Member blogs and a few people (LINASMILEY and EBERKSHIRE) have mentioned that they are trying to stay in range for protein/sugar/fat/cals and have decided I need to work on this to see if I can get more results. Does anyone know where I can find a way to compute my needs? I've been trying to eat healthier but realize my food could use some improvement, as I really don't think I need to do anything else exercise-wise.

Please let me know and have a great day, Sparkers! Hopefully this will be the motivation I need to keep trudging along!
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  • JOKR23
    Yay new blog! Sorry I'm a bit late, I'm just getting caught up on all the blogs I've missed.
    Biggest thing is to keep in mind how much you've done :) Keep looking back on pics of yourself and see how far you've come, not how far you have to go.

    Plateaus suck! I think we should get T-shirts made or something! I've been on one for about 5 months, and am FINALLY starting to break through.
    If you're not feeling the excitement and are kind of getting stuck in a rut for diet and exercise, 1 of 2 things always helps me - and they're the total opposites of each other!
    1 - try something new and spice it up a bit: yoga, kickboxing, dance, you name it - something new to get you excited again, or,
    2 - take a break from it. It seems counter-productive, but if you have the willpower to come back to it after a few days, or even a week away, try taking some time and getting some space between you and all the tracking.

    To finally start breaking through my plateau, I've done a mix of both.....and Groupon is actually a great (and cheap) way to find new fitness deals in your town - I got a 1 month unlimited yoga pass for $30. I'd never done yoga before, but that gave me the incentive to go try it out.

    As for food, I try to get a high protein breakfast in, and it seems to be helping. I make a smoothie with:
    .75C 0% greek yogurt
    1C orange juice
    1C frozen mixed berries
    Nutritional info: 290 Cals, 54 carbs (yikes, but carbs coming from fruit), 0g fat, and 21g protein.
    I throw it in the blender, and take it to work with me.

    Keep up the awesome work!!
    3172 days ago
    You can do this girl! I know, sometimes it is exhausting trying to lose weight or even just to maintain. I bet you are so proud of the difference you can see in yourself though! Mix it up, do something fun for yourself. Be proud because you have accomplished ALOT! emoticon
    3175 days ago
    A tip for protein: I love, love, love, love smoothies. Today I made a smoothie with plain Greek yogurt, nonfat milk, strawberries, blueberries, banana, and 1 serving of vanilla whey protein. That's over 30g of protein when you include the dairy.
    3175 days ago
    I've been keeping really good track of my fiber and sodium too. I do a LOT better on weight loss when I keep my fiber in check...
    3177 days ago
    I don't have any killer advice like everyone else. Maybe you could try a new workout routine, change things up weekly maybe so that your body doesn't get use to one thing. Not loosing weight stinks but are you doing measurements??? I haven't lost a ton at all in the past couple of months BUT my measurements have changed, clothes are fitting differently and what not.
    3177 days ago
    I'm right there with you on the plateau....I know how frustrating it is! I lost 4 pounds between the middle of April and the middle of June....then stalled again (finally moving now though). In addition to the great advice everyone else has mentioned, look at how much you're sleeping. I know we read it about it on Spark, but I never really believed it could make a difference until I started getting more sleep and the weight started coming off. Even just half an hour a night. Good luck!
    3178 days ago
    A general rule of thumb is that your 40% of your calories should come from carbs, 30% from fat and 30% from protein. Every body is different so adjustments will need to be made accordingly, but SP has this already computed on your nutrition tracker. If you want to change the amounts, you can...just click on edit nutrition goals. I had a time where I was losing really slowly and I think it is about stress, like you are doing what you are "suppose" to but it isn't fun. Try to figure out how to make it fun again and I think you will start to see the results you want.

    3178 days ago
  • AMANDAB1327
    Keep going girl, you'll get there!!! Spark does a good job with your macros on the nutrition page. I try to do 30/30/40 for protein, fat, and carbs. Really try to keep your protein up. You may be in a plateau because you're not eating enough? I know I've felt like I've been at the same weight all summer and I'm still doing the same stuff. Try to shake things up a little bit - either more cardio/weights or try something different. You know how to get a hold of me if you need ideas :) Most importantly don't give up!!!
    3178 days ago
  • TBID227
    I think SP does a pretty good job of it. Fat should be less than carb and protein, but a mix is a good thing! Just keep with it. I lost 0 pounds in about a 2 month window (and I am much heavier than you) plateaus happen, you kinda just have to roll with them. Eventually your body will catch up with your brain and go, ok, it's time to get rid of some more! It is not fun, not motivational, not anything other than what it is, a plateau. This is a life-long commitment, what exactly is going to change about your lifestyle when you get to your goal? It's not like all the sudden a flip gets switched and magically you can do whatever you feel like whenever and maintain your new healthy weight. So stick with it, get your chin up, re-focus, push through this and know that you are doing what is great for you! And that your body will adjust, just keep with it! *hugs*
    3178 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7719796
    When I've ran in to a plateau before, one trick that helped me was changing up my exercise routine. I read an article at some point that said after about 4 weeks our bodies become used to an exercise routine and adapt, no longer making it work so hard. It recommended adding cross training to get the body guessing again and to get over the plateau. If you walk, try adding short burst of running. Or the other way around, when I get used to running, I'd go on a walk with my husband and have sore muscles afterwards because it just uses the muscles differently. Try alternating a cardio time with walking, running, swimming, riding a bike, hiking along hills. If you're strength training more than three times a week, take a day off and do pilates or yoga, both help with strength and flexibility. There are all sorts of exercise instructions for pilates and yoga online and DVDs at stores.

    Get creative and keep going! You can do it! I'm so excited for you that you've seen the progress that you have. You have made amazing progress. Look back on your old pictures (if you didn't hide behind the camera all the time) when you were at your heaviest. You've come a long way. That's something to be celebrated. You've made it this far. You can make it the rest of the way.

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    3178 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/27/2011 9:51:00 AM
    Your right it's something I've been working on lately it's made me really take a look at what kind of food I'm eating. Obviously in the nutrion tracker they give you the recomended ranges for fat, carb, protien and calories but on that same page if you click where it says add more nutrients and then add another nutrient to track it gives you a drop down list of other nutrients and when you click on it they will tell you what your recomended range is. I've been looking into high protien meals lately I can let you know if I find any good ones :)
    3178 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8932494
    On the nutrition page it should automatically be providing you ranges for protein, carbs and fat (in addition to calories). You can also click "Add Nutrient to Track" and it will give you a separate grid below your tracker that records any other nutrients you care about -- for me, I track sugar and sodium down there since I know sodium has been a problem for me.

    Good luck!
    3178 days ago
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