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I can feel myself slipping....

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Many people don't know this, but I suffer from severe depression. Pair this with my current job hunting and you have a recipe for disaster.

Throughout all of this stress, the one thing I have been able to control is how well I eat and how hard I workout.

The problem? I've hit a mini-plateau.

I can feel myself slipping into that all or nothing mentality. I read for hours about working out and fitness. I workout for 2 hours a day (bless summer vacation!). I don't eat after 5.

And it isn't working right now.

This feels terrible. I feel like I don't have control over the ONE area I've been able to control. My husband thinks I am pushing too hard, but I'm on summer break, so it would seem like a waste.
Nevertheless, I am taking off my morning shred to see if the scales starts moving again.

I hate that I am so tied to the numbers, but I am. I knew when I got really into this fitness lifestyle that if I got too depressed this would happen. Now, I just have to fight it off and be reasonable.
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  • no profile photo CD5127867
    I know this is hard, but plateaus happen. Pick one thing - maybe logging food - and then pat yourself on the back for doing that. If you shake up your routine a little, something good will happen.
    3490 days ago
  • JUDITH1654
    Try switching up your caloric intake. Eat at the low end of the range for one week, then switch to the higher end the next week. When we "starve" our bodies, the metabolism slows down for survival. By eating a little more for a week, it fools your body into relaxing and increasing the metabolism. Then, while your metabolism is up, when you switch back to the low end, you should start seeing results.

    Also, within thirty minutes after two of your meals, keep moving consistently for at least 20 minutes. This will keep your metabolism up for a little longer.

    Good luck and hang in there!!!
    3490 days ago
  • JUDITH1654
    Try switching up your caloric intake. Eat at the low end of the range for one week, then switch to the higher end the next week. When we "starve" our bodies, the metabolism slows down for survival. By eating a little more for a week, it fools your body into relaxing and increasing the metabolism. Then, while your metabolism is up, when you switch back to the low end, you should start seeing results.

    Also, within thirty minutes after two of your meals, keep moving consistently for at least 20 minutes. This will keep your metabolism up for a little longer.

    Good luck and hang in there!!!
    3490 days ago
  • MISTYRIVER64
    Please don't give up. Sometimes your body just needs to re-adjust to the new lifestyle. Plateaus are normal and happen to almost everyone. Why not try to change things up a bit - exercise at a different time of day, eat 5 small meals rather than the usual 3 (or viceversa). Sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a night.
    Things will work out - and you will see results once again!
    Best of luck
    Bernadette
    3490 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Taking a break and giving your body a 2-3 day rest is really an appropriate choice sometimes. Only you can decide...

    Is there any one thing you can do that brings you a bit of pleasure? Sometimes that can "feed" your soul during the low times to help get you through.

    Another idea: is there anyone around you that you can help out in one way or another? I have found that a focus on myself actually feeds my depressive times. I have to make the effort to walk outside myself into the world of someone else to make a difference. When all is said and done, I feel better.

    Don't know if any of that applies for you. As others may have said, take what works & toss the rest into the "round file"!

    Hope you feel better soon. Just don't give up!
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    3490 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/29/2011 6:15:37 PM
  • AMSPARKY
    Thanks - you are totally right. I am just making myself neurotic... LOL

    Thanks again!
    3491 days ago
  • 1HELPLESSMOM
    I think that you are putting too much pressure on yourself. Maybe you should step back for a few days and take a break. Or try cutting back on the routine or changing the routine. Sometimes our bodies get in a rut and we need to shake things up a bit. Give yourself a break and enjoy the summer.
    3491 days ago
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