First of all, let me say how proud I am of myself for working as hard as I do, changing my lifestyle to make 'health' a priority. In spite of my frustrations, I've managed to lose -36 lbs overall... 11.8 lbs so far this BLC round (in 6 wks)... and 19.4 lbs since my Jan. 5th recommitment.
I began an 88-day Transformation Program designed by a trainer friend on April 26 & HBO interviewed me a few days afterwards (returning to film the results of my 'loss' on July 9). I've been so STRESSED
about my slow weight loss in spite of how super-human-'perfect' I've been.
-- I've increased my exercise to 120+ minutes each day (averaging 30-40 min as 'vigorous' according to my BodyFit armband)
-- Eating 'pure' unprocessed foods, low carb, low sodium, low fat, high fiber...
-- I only eat between 1000 to 1500 calories each day (those of us with PCOS must eat fewer calories)
-- Burning between 2400 to 3000+ calories each day. 60 min/day cardio keeping my heart rate in my target range (heart-rate monitor) + 60 min strength each day
-- And, NO, I'm also not losing inches, it's not just the scale with which I'm frustrated...
-- I am obsessed and jeopardizing my career all for my desire to lose weight!
Okay, so maybe I'm a little hard on myself and maybe I wouldn't be if I were sneaking in 'sugary treats' but I'm not! I've been SO DARNED PERFECT and I am not losing at the rate I should be... doing it ALL with so little results (compared to others on my trainer's 'transformation' program who are losing 1/2 lbs of fat each day!)
I met with my trainer and my hormone doctor, independently, on Tuesday and they both came to the exact same conclusion...
My Sleep Schedule & Stress-Level is OFF THE CHARTS! THIS is 'why' I'm not losing as quickly! The stress hormone "cortisol" is affecting my weight loss.
I am so stressed out by not seeing the same results as the others... even though I'm giving more effort than the others. Weighing EVERY day is stressing me out... plus I have in important paintings deadline and will paint through the night and go to bed anywhere from 4am to 8am each morning. Even though I'm getting 6-8 hrs sleep each 'day', BOTH my trainer AND my Doctor guarantees that Healthy sleep habits and lessening my stress will promote significant weight loss on his program.
I didn't think sleeping specific times of the day would matter... I thought that as long as I made sure I got 6 to 8 hrs of sleep each 'day/night' that was all that mattered. But, here I am, a perfect example of someone who has tried it ALL & most likely heard' it all -- I AM SO DARNED PERFECT & SO FRUSTRATED!!!
My trainer said, "You've done it 'all'... EXCEPT change your sleep habits! I challenge you, when your deadlines are met, to reset your body clock. Begin waking up at 4-5am in the morning to begin your day & exercise FIRST THING. Do exactly what you are doing now, only change the time of day and you will see the fat melt off your body like all the others in my program."
After I meet my deadline next week I'm going to RE-SET MY BODY CLOCK.
The SparkPeople BLC team is doing a challenge to 'blog' about overturning a bad habit - this challenge comes just in time. I can't change my sleep habits until my painting is finished (my deadline is Tuesday), but I can work on other things in my life to prepare for that drastic change.
Have a GREAT week, Everybody...
And GET YOUR SLEEP!