Back to Basics
Friday, September 17, 2010
I had a doctor appointment yesterday and vented my frustration of not seeming to be able to take off the weight I would like to lose. I feel like I do pretty good, I eat pretty clean, I exercise regularly. I was hoping for some lab work to rule out any hormonal imbalances.
I explained how I try to eat around 1600 calories a day and that I strength train and do HIIT. Her advice to me was this: Cut your calories to 1200/day and stop exercising, especially with weights, go back to just easy walking. I was rather irritated by this because I do alot of reading on the subject and nowhere have I ever read that it is good for you to stop exercise. In fact, I read that intense exercise is best for fat loss. She refused any labwork, as she did not deem it necessary at this time.
When I got to work this morning, I vented to my coworkers about my appointment and got alot of the same responses. I got the "muscle weighs more than fat" speech and the "lifting weights makes you bigger" line. They also told me that I AM getting older. I just refuse to believe this!
So, after I got over feeling like I completely wasted an afternoon of my time, I decided to go back to being VERY diligent at what I know. Maybe I am not being as honest about what I am eating. Maybe I could work out just a little harder? Maybe this is just my personality, I do hate to be wrong! But, I feel now like I am motivated to prove to the world that I am right about what it takes for a 40 year old woman to lose 20 lbs. I do NOT think it's normal to gain 3 lbs a year. This may seem small when you look at it a year at a time, but that's nearly 10 lbs in 3 years. At that rate, I will be morbidly obese by age 50. That is not normal aging.
What are your thoughts on this?
Here's me on my trip to Chicago with my coworkers. I'm on the right, in the blue shirt!
I just want to lose that belly fat!