Saturday, February 27, 2010

Just a Thought...

...and maybe not a great or healthy one, but a thought nonetheless.

Although my official weigh-in day is Monday, I do typically weigh myself throughout the week to see how I'm doing. I've been really discouraged this week because my weight will NOT seem to budge. It's wonderful that I'm maintaining, but I don't want to maintain. I want to lose.

Looking back, I've been maintaining since Christmas. That's over 2 months, and that doesn't make me a happy camper. I've been trying to think of what's been different, what could be causing this. My first 60 pounds came off so easily and now I'm stuck. And it's not that I'm so skinny now that my body requires so few calories that the weight will come off slower; I still weigh approximately 230 pounds, let's not forget that. (Although I look fabulous! LOL)

Well, going back 2 months takes me to when I started exercising. Can you believe that? I would think that would help my weight loss and it hasn't done anything. I feel better, and my body is certainly in better shape so I will continue to do it, but it hasn't done anything for my weight loss.

Here are my thoughts on it:

1) Although the treadmill AND my LoseIt app show about the same number of calories burned per session, they both may be inaccurate. I did order the Acumen Eon Basix Plus Heart Rate Monitor which will give me a much more accurate value for calories burned, so I guess we'll see how different it is.

When I exercise, I eat more calories that day to give me a decent net of around 1300 calories. I suppose if I'm only really burning 300 and I'm eating 400 to make up for what the machine and my app tell me I've burned, that could be a problem.

2) Hubs says, "Maybe you're building muscle." I don't know how much I believe that, and I don't think it's what has kept me from losing for 2 months.

I'm almost inclined to stop recording the calories burned while exercising, regardless of how many it is. That means that there will be days when I eat well under my goal of 1300 a day, but I kind of don't care right now...and the fact that I don't care is really screwed up.

Needless to say, I'm very frustrated today. I almost want to take this weekend off from counting calories - NOT to go crazy and binge on everything in the house, but just to give myself a damn break and to keep me sane - and re-commit on Monday. I realize that this is counterproductive; I certainly won't weigh less on Monday if I don't keep track this weekend. But you know, at the moment I feel like I'm going to go nuts if I have to weigh or count one more thing this weekend. Le sigh.

Breakfast so far was good - coffee with less than 1 Tbsp organic H&H (35 calories), and nonfat, plain Fage with blueberries and my granola mix from Mix My Granola for a grand total this morning of 263 calories.

Grrrr. Mama's angry!!!


GurlOnA"Diet" said...

yea that's wat i always think...T_T i can't possibly be maintaining at 1300 calories net! i must be doing something wrong...T_T

don't lose hope! sometimes it's really water weight...or aunty flo is about to come (tmi, i know lol)

Emily said...

I cannot count calories. I go absolutely insane and feel guilty if I go over. I try to keep my breakfast around 300 (and I typically have the same one every day). Lunch and dinner around 500 and 2-3 snacks no more than 200 calories each.

Also, blogging my food has helped tremendously. I document everything and if I go to eat something I always have to think about if I really want it or if it's just mindless eating. It's normally mindless eating and I have a glass of water to tame it.

Nicole said...

Thanks Gurl! :)

Emily, you're so right about documenting! If I took pictures of everything I ate I certainly would think twice. Not a bad idea since I JUST ordered a second, much more compact digital camera!