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Stuck in the middle with you -- the song of the scale

Wednesday, September 07, 2011



I was going to veer off my whole September challenge thing and do a blog I made up in my sleep the other night, talking about how holding onto grudges and things can really mess you up for life. When I reflected on it after waking up in the middle of the night, It was brilliant. I entitled it "Die Screaming." It was going to be brilliant; you would have loved it. If I ever recapture the elusive muse that did a number on my head in the middle of the night the other night, I may write it still. This, however, is not that blog. Or even close to it, I don't think.

This is about keeping going when you are not sure why. Which, really, is what this whole September challenge thing is all about. Just a disclaimer: this blog doesn't have all the answers. If I had all the answers, I wouldn't be doing the challenge to begin with. But this blog puts up a marker to represent a certain amount of progress on the way to finding the answers.

First of all, I started this challenge because I was demotivated. Not really exercising much and not being extremely disciplined about my eating. It didn't help that August was hotter than blazes. I lost no weight in August. None. Zip. Zilch. Somewhere between July and August, I managed to gain 4 of the 18 pounds I had previously lost, settling in at 244. And staying there. Ugh. So I decided to really redo my brain and, as a result, really redo my approach to healthy living and recapture my motivation by reminding myself of why I really, really, really want to be at a healthy weight. Not skinny. Not thin. Just healthy.

I had also decided to give forskolin a try because it had been recommended by a doctor I trust. My sparkfriend EWESTCOTT has requested that I call forskolin ForsLean from now on because that is the form my supplement is in and the word forskolin reminds her too much of "foreskin," so that is what I am going to call it from here on out.

Today marks the end of the first week of my September challenge. Technically. Truthfully, I started my September challenge in August. Kind of like when people talk about the 60s, they really mean that period from say around 1966 to about 1972 or so. The first part of the 60s was really the 50s refusing to let go. This is that kind of challenge. So even though my first week hasn't ended quite yet, I'm still going to tell you about progress so far. Because if I can start the September challenge before the end of August, I can report on my first week's progress before the end of the first week. Yeah -- I'm a rebel like that.

Since Sept. 1, I have:

emoticon Done 110 minutes of cardio
emoticon Done 660 reps of strength training
emoticon Drunk 744 ounces of water (average: 124 oz. or 15.5 8-oz servings a day)
emoticon Eaten 31 servings of fruit/veggies (average: 5.1 servings a day)
emoticonStayed within my 1200-1550 calorie range 5 out of 6 days.

Since Aug. 26, I have:

emoticon Done 194 minutes of cardio
emoticon Done 705 reps of strength training
emoticon Drunk 1480 ounces of water (average: 123 oz. or 15.4 8-oz servings a day)
emoticon Eaten 73 servings of fruit/veggies (average: 6 servings a day)
emoticonStayed within my 1200-1550 calorie range 9 out of 12 days.

The three days I went over my calorie range, I did it deliberately because my exercise tracker told me that I had not allowed enough calories in my daily range for the amount of exercise I was doing, so I increased my calories by a couple hundred on those days. I skipped eating veggies & fruits for two days over the Labor Day weekend because I only ate proteins to try to shock my body out of the 244-pound plateau. It didn't work. My body seems to like it here. It has put down stakes on this plateau and ordered cable. It's having its mail rerouted here.

Of course, my weight might have something to do with my scale. I have one digital scale that used to work really well. Except now, half the numbers are kind of missing, so I really can't tell what they read. And if I can sort of read it, it seems to fluctuate wildly compared to my other scale, which is just the standard old-fashioned bathroom scale with a spin dial. That seems to like hitting 244 and staying there.

So that's it folks -- I'm still stuck on the plateau, BUT I'm developing a consistency with my fitness that I definitely did not have in August. So that is one good thing. And I am feeling more energetic, which is another good thing.

Here are some of the articles I have been reading to gain insight on living a more sane, healthy life:

Dr. Oz’s Naked Diet: www.doctoroz.com/videos/
naked-diet-plan


Crank-Proof Your Diet or “Eat Your Way Happy”: www.doctoroz.com/
videos/crank-proof-your-di
et-5-good-mood-foods
(recommends salmon for Omega 3s that support brain health)

Getting rid of belly fat – includes exercise and recipes: www.becomeanatura
lbeauty.com/dr-oz-get-rid-
of-belly-fat-apple-pectin-
grape-seed-extract-and-forskolin/


Dietary causes of obesity and diabetes: chriskresser.com/
the-top-3-dietary-causes-o
f-obesity-diabetes


Why grains are unhealthy: www.marksdailyapp
le.com/why-grains-are-unhe
althy/


Saturated Fat Myth Debunked: chriskresser.com/
the-saturated-fat-myth-deb
unked-in-two-minutes-and-t
hirty-five-seconds


Protecting the brain: chriskresser.com/
how-to-prevent-spending-th
e-last-10-years-of-your-li
fe-in-a-diaper-and-a-wheelchair


High cholesterol: chriskresser.com/
i-have-high-cholesterol-an
d-i-dont-care


Mind is an obstacle to good health: chriskresser.com/
reflections-on-the-9-steps
-the-biggest-obstacle-to-p
erfect-health


Liking yourself: www.positivityblo
g.com/index.php/2010/04/23
/6-reasons-to-focus-on-lik
ing-yourself/


Why we don't get healed: benralston.blogsp
ot.com/2011/08/reason-why-
most-alternative-healing.html


Dn’t criticize competition: etienoetuk.com/ne
ver-criticize-your-competi
tion-focus-on-yourself-instead/


These are the more interesting ones.

So -- end of first week evaluation:

Motivation emoticon
Weight: emoticon

and the challenge continues ...
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  • no profile photo CD6188441
    I love your humor and honesty. Good on you for figuring out how to get motivated again!
    3569 days ago
  • RIVER331
    Way to push through, friend!!! emoticon

    Keep it going and you will see progress emoticon emoticon
    3571 days ago
  • LITTLETEAPOT17
    Wow! You're really getting with the program. This encourages me to go to revise my POA. Thanks for posting this and all the links!
    Hugs, Paula
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    3573 days ago
  • JULIEANNCAN
    emoticon You're doing awesome! Keep up the great work! :)
    3573 days ago
  • VICKLET31
    You are doing awesome with your challenge! Keep up the great work. Thanks for all the links emoticon
    3574 days ago
  • RALECLAIR
    Wow, lots of great links! Plateaus are totally demotivating for sure - I am stuck in one myself, but we'll just keep moving on, right?? Keep up the good work and super-awesome posts!
    3574 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    eeeuuuuwwww.... you're grossing me out again! emoticon

    No, really, all you can do is keep trying different things until something works- and enjoy the process.
    A friend of mine has lost 3 lbs in 8 days by increasing her protein at breakfast to 50 grams- I'm watching her closely.
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    3574 days ago
  • FAITH2BWELL
    I only wish i can manage to get all of what you do in my day. You are doing so well, I'm just surprise that you are stuck in that platue. I was stuck last week, and I ate more than what I was eating, got up the next day and I had lost a pound. Go figure. I don't know but I was glad to get moving again. So what I'm saying to you is keep moving. and make the weight loss happen, Here's to better health.

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    3575 days ago
  • CAROLYN_ROSE
    I think you are doing awesome so far in September!! Way to go!
    3575 days ago
  • KAKAKALI4
    I know just how frustrating it is .. BUT you are amazing and you will get there. And well .. Wow you have done a ton of reps .. you must be doing a heck of a lot more strength than I am ... I mean .. I do 60 minutes of cardio - 4 X a week and then 3x ST .. but still no where near where you are! I hope next week that stupid scale shows you some victories .. cuz week 1 was a good one!
    Teri emoticon
    3575 days ago
  • WKYWMN
    This is just what I needed to read today! The humor was uplifting and realistic, which is cool. I thought the way you listed what you have accomplished over a severl day period was a great idea, especially when one is feeling as if they were failing themselves. Keep up the good work--both writing and getting healthier. emoticon
    3575 days ago
  • MYLIFEMADELITE
    LOL. When I first read that I read foreskin too! Funny.

    I don't have any wisdom to share, but kudos to you on being as consistent as possible. You ARE healthier even if your scale is telling you a different story.

    Good luck kicking that plateau to the curb! emoticon
    3575 days ago
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