Ahhh... THIS is 'why' I'm not losing as quickly...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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 emoticon 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.

emoticon Have a GREAT week, Everybody... emoticon stay strong!
And GET YOUR SLEEP! emoticon

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    So happy that you prefaced your blog with how proud you are of yourself Camille! And to be perfect in every way and not see any progress in the scale or the tape measure has to be the worst ( not that I'd know because I cannot say that I have been perfect in every way). You are wonder woman! :)

    I also heard two things that I believe are key - CORTISOL in addition to SLEEP.

    Cannot wait until your deadline is met and you can work on this/these final keys to the success of your new program. Looking forward to hearing all about it when the reveal date comes as well!

    BTW, I am thinking the the hummingbird title should reflect the stress, strength, courage, of this time in your life somehow......

    Love, Kal
    3640 days ago
  • -THINQ-
    Oh MY... i'm reading this at 3:25 am, and one more time I've made excuses to stay up and 'get stuff done'. My family and friends and partner all have reminded me one way or another of this Get Healthy Sleep Habits & Keep Them! idea. Your blog just reminds me of WHY.

    Okay, I'm Off! to bed!!!

    Lizzy =D
    3640 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9272648
    Hopefully that is the missing link!
    3641 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1935667
    emoticon That is terrific news, Camille. let us know how things go. Another door has been unlocked for you! emoticon

    emoticon Dianne
    3641 days ago
    I was up till after midnight and up again at 6am. The only good thing about this stress is it has killed my appitite.
    3641 days ago
    Interesting that you would zero in on sleeping and resetting your body clock. That is exactly what I have been learning about here on Sparkpeople.

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    3642 days ago
    Camille ~ I am so glad that you shared this!!!! I have been unbelievably good over the last 3-4 weeks, but have not really lost!!!! My biggest problem is "belly fat" so that makes sense!!!! My sleep habits have been horrible over the last 6 months!!!! Now I can focus on "me"!!!! We CAN do this!!!!
    Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon
    3642 days ago
    In my lifetime of working, 80% was spent working nights...it's just natural for me to sleep during the day. Being retired, the only time I would sleep "normal hours" was when I had an appointment to attend.

    I'm a "night owl" thru & thru...and when I sleep at night, I'm awake every 2 hours. When I sleep during the day...I'm out like a rock and get 8 to 10 hours!

    Just think....if I could sleep that well at night, maybe my fat would fall off in puddles around me?!?! What a thought....

    Looking forward to seeing your next "works of art". I never tire of going thru your paintings and often thought it would be fun to have murals of walls painted by you!
    3642 days ago
  • MARSHA1956
    emoticon Really liked your blog. I can relate, I used to work nights and only got 4-6 hours of sleep per day. It took a few months to reset my body clock when I quit. Hang in there and take it a day at a time and try not to stress.
    3642 days ago
    Wow, thank you for your blog. My partner has CFIDS, (ironically) this sometimes means she struggles with going to bed at a normal or even semi-early time. This means it is extra challenging for me to stay on a good schedule (since we live in a tiny apt together).

    I have to keep re-committing to the sleep schedule regardless of what's up with her. As I know a certain schedule works best for my health, moods and weight loss goals. It's a sort of co-dependency on my part and spark has helped me (start to) tackle the food co-dependency, so thank you for the reminder to do the same with sleep.
    3642 days ago
  • no profile photo CD534346
    emoticon I knew the sleep was going to be an issue...!

    I know initially when I lost most the weight, it was when I started going to bed by 11 PM AND getting up at 'dawn' to go walk....

    So, What do you say?

    I belive you 'challenged' me a while back to see who could lose the weight this year ( and you are ahead of me!)

    So I'll join you in 'resetting' our clocks and see what we can get done!!

    3642 days ago
    3642 days ago
    I really needed to read your blog.
    I am so bad at staying up too late and not getting the right amount of sleep. You've just confirmed what I already know and what my O is for the NOW BLC challenge... yep.. MORE SLEEP!!
    3642 days ago
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