Weight loss challenge.
I had totally revamped my diet. Not only have I continued to stay away from wheat products (95% of the time), but I have also eliminated all grains, starches such as potatoes, and legumes. And, I think it has been too much for my body. I have needed some more carbs back in my diet. Most days, I was left feeling hungry ALL THE TIME. And as a personal trainer and someone who has studied this stuff, I know that when you are physically active, you need the calories and a good,balanced diet. Simply, I do not think I have been eating enough to allow my metabolism to work at a faster rate. I counted my calories, loosely over a few days to see if this were true, and sure enough, I have been eating about 400 calories less than what my resting metabolic rate would require (I have had my RMR tested a while ago). And, since I do not just sit on the couch all day, I am burning way more calories than I am eating. You would think that is a good thing, right? But it is not. After a little, your body adjusts and SLOWS down your metabolism to conserve energy and fat.
So, I have decided to go back to what I know works for me. And that is the Body for Life/ Eating for Life eating plan. Instead of regular meals and 2 snacks, I am eating 5-6 similar sized "meals" a day with a good balance of proteins and carbs. Although I am still not eating wheat, I have added potatoes, legumes and limited grains back and I feel so much better. I am hoping that is will reflect on the scale too.
And I am weight training more again. I am weight training more heavily, 3 days a week, instead of 2 days (and they were light as it is).
Step away from the scale
And I am stepping away from the scale. I have been weighing myself every single morning for the past few weeks. And it is frustrating. I know better. If I had a client who told me that he/she was weighing himself/herself everyday, I would tell that client to stop. Weight fluctuates from day to day. When you build muscle, you may actually gain weight. Better indicators are; how your clothes fit, how you feel, and % body fat. As of this week, I am no longer weighing myself every day. I have taken "before" pictures and will track my progress every two weeks via photos. I will weigh in once a week, but that is it. And, I am no longer focusing on a number on the scale as my goal. My goal now, is simply gain more muscle and reduce my % body fat.
Is that dust on my running shoes??
I am not running. And I am not sure when I will get to return to running. While on vacation, I was so excited to run to the beach. The first day we were there, I laced up my sneakers and hoped that my IT band would cooperate. Well, I did make it the 2 miles to the beach, but the 2 miles back were painful. That run was two weeks ago and I have not attempted running since. I am not even sure I will try to run again until the fall. I am headed to a special massage therapist to, hopefully, make my IT band happy. I am focusing on hip and core strength training. And, in a month, I may lace up again. But until then, my running shoes will just have to remain in their spot under the bed.
Some days I inspire myself
This does not happen often. But yesterday, I was reminded how far I have come and how hard I have worked over the past few years. I was looking through my old Body for Life Journal from 3 years ago. I wanted to check out my meal plans then and what I was eating most days. As I thumbed through, I noticed something I wrote under my daily workout log.
"Walked about 2 miles today . . . felt great. I am planning to start running next week. I think I would really like to run a marathon someday."
It was dated May 17, 2009. Little did I know that a little over three years later I would have run not just one, but two marathons, and six half marathons. It reminded me that there are times that I may feel so far from my goals, and am really far from achieving my goals, but I need to keep at it. That I can reach those goals that seem so unattainable. With, time and work, I can cross that "finish line!"