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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Yesterday I had another disappointing weigh in. Overall, I've done well dropping weight since the start of the year, but recording my weekly weigh ins for the 5% challenge forced me to see most of that loss happened before the challenge began (sorry Bears!). I've only lost few pounds in the last 4 weeks. I've been consistently tracking my food, and with the exception of one day per week, I'm staying in my calorie range. I generally eat a balanced diet (fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grain carbs). I struggle to get in protein because I just don't care for the taste, but I eat it. I need to try harder this month to get the protein in but I think I'm doing okay.

What I'm not doing well? Exercise! When I started back in January, I quickly realized I was not ready for most of my old workouts. I was also having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning to exercise before work. I decided it was more important to just get up, dressed, and down to the basement (my workout area) to establish the habit, than it was to focus on working really hard. I've met that goal. Morning exercise feels more like a pattern now. Unfortunately, my "lazy workout" was also becoming a pattern. Who doesn't like easy?!

Standing at a crossroad, I can choose to keep doing what I'm doing or I can choose to get uncomfortable, and start seeing some progress. I choose the harder path. I've got to get uncomfortable to start really seeing changes. Yesterday I pulled out an old interval training workout, completed that, lifted weights and then walked the pups. I felt so good about my accomplishment. Today, I faced Jillian. I tried one of her DVDs (extreme something?) and was about ten minutes in when I realized I was not ready for it. I put in her Blast Fat Boost Metabolism and made it all the way through to the end (I forgot that she lied about it being 40 minutes). Today was the first time I really sweat. I've been telling myself my lack of sweat was due to the basement being cold. Nope. That was my lazy workout. There were several portions of the BFBM DVD where I struggled - mostly when I was doing exercises that involve holding my own weigh with my whimpy arms, but I did as much as I could and jumping from a squat position and doing a scissor kick is just about impossible right now, but I could jump from a squat without the scissor. I feel great that I did it. I'm going for a walk later and while my weight is disappointment this weekend, it's not a reason to give in. I'm not quitting! I've got a long way to go and I'm not going to get there without consistency and effort.

I'm not much blogging, but I want to be able to come back in a few weeks to read this. I want to remember my progress. I have to have something when there is no victory on the scale.
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  • MAYIE53
    Looking forward to hearing about you becoming "uncomfortable"! Great job.
    2036 days ago
  • no profile photo TIP47OH
    Helpful. I've got the opposite challenge--exercise going great but not really pushing myself on tracking food and making healthier choices. In a comfortable rut. Thanks for sharing!
    2039 days ago
  • VEG_GIRL04
    We can all fall in to the rut! Remember - if it's easy - everyone would be doing it! Keep pushing yourself~! Sounds like you're on your way to success!
    2039 days ago
  • no profile photo VINCIENT
    As far as protein go to local vitamin store get iso whey it's about 120 calories per scoop, 7 carbs and 3 sugars you can add water or nonfat milk. To 8 oz had about 25 grams of protein port scoop, I know it's hard,I was at 340 now down to 249 it work
    2040 days ago
  • no profile photo VINCIENT
    Listen when in that your of rut trick your brain use the stretch bands, for 2 weeks, then do weights but in this case do your normal routine but change it to 30 seconds non stop, at the end of that rest 15 seconds, then do biceps for example, then on
    2040 days ago
    Good on ya. You can do it
    2041 days ago
    Great job in realizing it was time to change things up and for not giving up! emoticon
    2043 days ago
    thank you for sharing, and you are doing wonderful!!
    most folks after the initial first couple of weeks, lose an average of 1-4 lbs a week.
    i creep sometimes at 1/2 lbs a week for like 3 to 4 weeks. but i feel as long as its going down and not up, then creeping is fantastic!! way to go for you!!
    its difficult to begin and then maintain your work out schedule or new anything schedule.. the most important part is that you keep trying
    each day will get a little easier , maybe not all days will seem easier, but in a few weeks, (which seem far off ) will be here and gone before you know it, and you will have results if you keep at it
    another tip, if you don't see your scales moving , try measuring ... take beginning measurements... keep them in a note book or journal. then if your scale didnt move in a couple of weeks, take them out and remeasure, ill bet you will see a change or the good..
    i had a weight loss stall for 3 weeks. i thought my body was not changing, turns out i lost 2 inches in that time off my hips and 1 inch off my thighs, along with another 1/2 inch off my waste
    so that was proof that my body was changing even tho the scale was not
    it made me feel way better to see that , cause in my head i was so frustrated

    water water water is also key to good weight loss....
    here is the formula for the best results, from all who ive talked to about it, you should try to drink half your body weight in oz. of water a day
    as you shrink so will the amount of water intake you will have

    i weighed in at 290 so that is a wapping 145 oz of water a day
    boy did my bladder wake up with that :)
    but now im down 30 lbs and my intake is now around 130 oz
    the water will help your body metabolize and move the stored fat out

    i also found that i was taking in more food than i should because i was not measuring my portions...
    i bought a food scale, cheep from walmart , and started weighing my proteins, i was not having enough protein, so i increased...then i was having too many veggies, so i decreased... its made a big difference

    plus, if you find it hard to get all your protein in, you can add unsweetened or low carb protein shakes to your meat loafs, or soups, or water to help that along. everything helps

    i hope ive helped a little

    you are doing great!!!!! every day of trying is an accomplishment
    have a blessed day

    2043 days ago
    Basic physics D x V = M
    Density times Volume = Mass (close to weigh give or take the idea of gravity)
    Muscle is denser than fat, so as you gain muscle and lose fat you may weigh EXACTLY the same. But it is not the same. What changes in the equation?
    Volume, the space taken up and fat is a space hog. Muscle is 18% more dense than fat. So you can "plateau" on the scale but the equation IS changing.

    The other thing that changes is the fat is passive mass, it really doesn't nothing for you but be back up storage if you have lack of food (but even there it fails as the brain need protein to not have starvation effects). Yet, muscle is a super hero, it helps keep you warm and keeps the metabolism high, it allows you strength, it acts like a girdle giving smooth sleek lines, and if you are starving (but you don't want to lose it, so protect it by eating) it provides exactly what your core organs including the brain need.

    So excited for you bumping up the exercise, as that will build the muscle. Take some time to notice that from time to time that scale lies because it doesn't tell the truth of volume.
    2043 days ago
    Great job on recognizing you were falling into the "easy" rut and deciding to challenge yourself!
    2043 days ago
    I loved your blog post! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2044 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14759465
    What a way to challenge yourself. Keep up the great work! Wonderful blog and inspirational. emoticon emoticon
    2045 days ago
    Go for it. You've learned much. emoticon emoticon
    2045 days ago
    2045 days ago
    I hear you on the lazy workouts. I have been there. I also find interval training makes me step it up a notch!

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  • YB0511
    Thanks for sharing. I think it is easy to get into the last rut; or not jump into those workout closes the moment I get up. Tomorrow is a home workout day in the am, I am going to make sure I put on those workout clothes first thing.
    2045 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14437349
    Great job not giving up! I know how hard it is to challenge yourself. I used to have the Biggest Loser for the Wii. While it was a workout, it became too easy. That's when I found Jillian. I have her Kickbox FastFix DVD. That.works.me.out! My bro joked with me one day saying he could hear me (she encourages you to yell to increase power). Great job listening to your body also! In time you'll be able to so it all :) keep goin strong!! emoticon
    2046 days ago
  • KBS2344
    Nice job!!! I've been taking the "easy" exercise route too - starting with walking the dogs 3-5 miles a day but not sweating!! You are inspiring me to do more!! emoticon
    2047 days ago
    THANKS for this important message re/ 'lazy workouts'... I was falling into that 'rut'.... doing the same thing for the same amount of time each day, and 'expecting' something different to 'happen' ;-). Now I'm in the *routine* of not doing just 15 minutes of brisk walking in the morning (doing 'kitchen aerobics' -- putting away one dish, then doing one to two FAST laps around the 'circle route' in our home), but 20 minutes, *plus* adding on a bunch of 'going up and down the stairs' as part of a lap. AND I've added on a 20 to 40 minute treadmill time in the evening (watching or listening to something good on my computer ;-)). AND I've bought a SparkTracker and hitting 10,000 steps at least 5x per week ;-). Yep, we *can* get out of these 'lazy ruts' ;-). THANKS for your inspiration!
    2047 days ago
    I find it hard to get intense cardio sll by myself. Mt St os done with a trainer so he challenges me, but the cardio is solo...
    2047 days ago
    I needed to read that.thank you.I to have been doing the lazy workout...well the no real cardio workout.I need to pick up the tempo.
    2047 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11171223
    Just keep pushing!!!
    2047 days ago
    Keep pushing, you got this! We can do it! :)
    2047 days ago
  • DYANNE4293
    Keep on keeping on!!
    2048 days ago
    Keep pushing yourself - you can do it. I'm pulling for you!
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    2048 days ago
    Your blog is inspiring. ."I'm not quitting"!!!!...Me either..Focus on what your body can handle for now.At least you are moving :)
    2048 days ago
  • CHRISSEL3519
    The best part in your blog was the phrase "I'm not quitting! " We all stumble and struggle. It is so important to have that won't quit, can do attitude. You have inspired me. I'm struggling too. It is nice to know I'm not the only one.
    2048 days ago
    You have got this.
    2048 days ago
    Jillian!!! Good for you! Yeah, I remember those feelings. I was in such poor shape when I started that just about ANY workout made me sweat.

    Good for you for at least establishing the habit though. I'm not saying you were perfect (who is?) but at least you have started that, and now you KNOW what needs to continue. You can do this!
    2048 days ago
    2048 days ago
    You're doing great. Keep it up. Good for you in recognizing your workouts were now too easy. Keep going!
    2048 days ago
    Fear not - there will be.

    and you remind me that I need to push the boundaries if I want to move forward.

    thank you.
    2048 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    I sometimes think challenges are disfunctional interference.

    * As you lose weight, your rate of loss will lessen.
    * Many factor affect weigh-in including salt intake and elimination schedule
    * Be in it for the long haul.
    * Stick with the program; you're on a roll. Congratulations.
    * If things bog down adjust your program as required.

    Keep after it,

    Lee emoticon
    2048 days ago
    You have learned something about your journey to a healthier you now put that lesson to good use
    2048 days ago
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