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What am I trying now?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Without the intensity of the Orangetheory workouts, my weight has been slowly creeping up again despite going to Planet Fitness and working out on my own. So here I go, trying some more things to see if any results actually happen.

I joined the Noom app. It's a bit pricey (not nearly as much as Orangetheory). So, yeah...Spark People and a diet app? Noom has really interesting support and literature relating to the psychology of weight gain, but it doesn't have a cool wheel to spin every day. Therefore I will do both. The Noom diet kind of lends itself to Volumetrics: filling up on low calorie, high nutrient foods like veggies. Same kind of thing as the WW zero-points foods, I guess. My weight has been up and down. Lose 5, gain 6, etc. It's only been a few weeks, so I'll give it some more time.

I also downloaded a book called "Lift Like A Girl" by Nia Shanks from Amazon Prime. It's basically an introduction to body transformation through heavy resistance training. The workouts are progressive and go in phases; I'm two workouts into phase 1 today. Something must be working, because I am SORE. At Orangetheory, by the end of a circuit, you can look up and realize that you've done about 120 squats. Phase 1 had just 20 squats, but with higher weight. I honestly figured that it would feel like nothing...and I have basically been crawling up my stairs for the past two days. Legs are jelly. So, if nothing else, I will be a bit stronger.

Will these two things be the magic combination that gets the scale moving downward instead of up? Is it sustainable? Remains to be seen, I guess.

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    How are you doing now with Noom and your workout book? I just recently started using it and it reminds me of my favorite WW leader that helped me lose weight before. It's great that you are working so much to get to your weight loss goal emoticon
    377 days ago
    Wishing you the best with your journey of discovery and finding what supports you best.
    413 days ago
    You are actively building muscle, which weighs more than the fat it displaces does. That's why your weight is going up and not down. At the same time you are becoming fitter and likely losing inches in some places and gaining inches in others (no doubt looking better in the process). Getting the scale to move downward is simply about ingesting fewer calories than you expend each day. Is your hypothyroidism being adequately treated? Have you calculated your resting metabolism? Do you know what your daily calorie range should be to safely lose weight? Are you getting enough of your macros...protein, fat and carbohydrate? Are you finding ways to reduce your stress levels? Do you sleep well and adequately at night? If the answer to all these questions is "yes", you may also be experiencing a plateau, which is quite normal for any of us trying to lose weight. This is when the body hangs on to its' fat stores for dear life. It's a survival strategy and the only way out of a plateau is to go through it, that is to outlast it by continuing to that which is best for your health over and over again. You can do this! emoticon
    413 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    you might need to change your workout exercises
    413 days ago
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