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Still Struggling but Still Here

Saturday, July 18, 2020

I've decided to go back to a Sparkpeople Premium Coaching Program and I chose the one about plateau busting. Today's assignment is to blog about my plateau so for better or for worse, here ya go....

In my last blog I mentioned how much the keto style way of eating was helping me and it was...until it wasn't and I began to gain weight. That def wasn't the plan. Then I tried to use the Trim Healthy Mama concept of separating my fuel sources into meals at least 3 hours apart. HIgher in fat one meal, then higher in carbs for another. I found myself gravitating toward fat as my fuel source more often than not. Switching diet plans after a few weeks shows I'm desperate. In my defense, I've been trying to lose about all of 2020 and haven't done too well. I'll lose a few pounds then gain them right back.

I should also mention that I track everything that goes into my mouth, I drink plenty of water, I get plenty of sleep and I'm exercising plenty! I use weights 2-3 times weekly in my workouts and I get plenty of cardio too.

You would think, with all that effort I would be able to lose at least a couple pounds and keep them off....but NOOOOOO. I weigh more now that I did 6 weeks ago. AAAKKKKK! Makes me want to pull my hair out.

Today's premium coaching assignment was to blog about where I am so there ya have it. I feel like I'm going at this as hard as I know how and I'm still not making progress. I'd like to lose about 5 lbs and that doesn't sound like a big goal to many people but trust me, it's a big deal to me right now because I am STUCK !

I went back and looked at what I was doing when I finally reached my goal weight and I was eating as many calories as now or maybe a few more/less some days. I was eating more carbs and less fat than on keto but I've always eaten a healthy amount of fat. No low fat diet for me. But perhaps my body can't handle the 60-70% fat that the keto style diet encourages.

I'm going to try going back to eating more carbs and my fat will probably level out around 35-50%. Figuring out my calorie range will be the hard part. I know you burn less as you get older. I've always done well by using 75% of whatever my fitbit says, but right now I'm eating about 60-65% of what fitbit says and I'm still gaining.

I apologize for those of you who read this all the way through. This was my ranting on paper about where I am because I'm frustrated but it helps to say it out loud....or out loud in cyberspace.

I'm going back to the drawing board and back to the basics.... emoticon
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  • MARTHA324
    No need to apologize! It is frustrating to do what we know works (or did work) and to not see the results. Personally I do much better with a primarily plant based diet that is very high fiber. The other thing is to see if you are maybe not eating enough?

    Frustrating I know and remember slow and steady really does work.
    71 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
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    72 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    It's good to blog it out and 'think' aloud sometimes.

    I am also one that does not shy away from fat. I realize each of us is different. My body seems to be gravitating toward: 50% fat, 30% carbs, 20% protein. That's rough. I don't micromanage it, pre-plan or eat to plan. I eat intuitively and track after the fact because having the information supports my process.

    Something else to think about: sometimes less is more. I realize that it may sound scary to let up on the exercise; but, your body may need more down time to work its rest, repair and recovery magic. Just a thought. I trust that you know your body best.

    What does your body need from you? Anything?

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    72 days ago
  • NANHBH
    I know how frustrating that is. Hang in there. You’re doing all the right things. Everything in God’s perfect time. Holding you in prayer.
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    72 days ago
  • RO2BENT
    Patience and persistence
    72 days ago
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