The ‘only two day’ challenge of keeping my calories in line is over. It ended on Sunday. I did fairly well and have continued to keep my calories somewhat in line. Today I’ll be over by a few hundred (250 from my low end goal to be exact…only 150 from the high end of my range). I’m happy with that. I’m continuing on with that and hope to make it a habit again. Sherry set the challenge for this week. (well we discussed it and she made the final decision.) This week our challenge is to drink enough water (or at least the recommended goal of 8 glasses….64 ounces…a day). Once again it’s not a forever challenge. It’s a challenge that runs from Monday through the next time I’m set to see Sherry which isThursday night for our weekly walk. 3.5 days. Who can’t chug a lug some water for a few days. However, I’m struggling with this one. I’ve gotten a late start on the water drinking both Monday and today (Tuesday). Not entirely my fault. Jury duty……both mornings……no food or drink in the courtroom. So it was kind of out of my control. And boy, knowing I couldn’t take sips when I wanted made me sooooo thirsty. I drooled every time a lawyer or the judge would take a drink! I’m back at work and I’m soaking I the water (no, I’m not trying to take in my water through osmosis or any other crazy method…I’m just drinking it steadily). No problem. I’ll still either do it or come close. (I was very close yesterday….I may have made it…not sure how much water was in those glasses at the restaurant!)
“I’m just not losing weight even though I’ve been trying like mad!” How many times have I heard that statement? Worse yet, how many times have I made that statement to myself? Probably more times than I can count!
This morning we were watching a tivo’d episode of Sister Wives. (don’t be a hater….the show isn’t that bad….yeah, it’s a practice that I don’t believe in, but the people on that show are NOT fanatical and everyone seems happy, well adjusted and there of their own free will…through love) Janelle (wife two or maybe three) has been very open in the recent seasons with her weight loss. She’s been moaning a lot in recent episode about how she’s just not dropping pounds on the scale. She just doesn’t understand why because she’s at the gym daily and she’s doing everything and the scales just aren’t dropping. She’s even said that she’s counting calories and staying within her set range. Uhhhhh I don’t mean to downplay your efforts but something is seriously wrong….for weeks I’ve made snarky comments while watching the show. I’ve made comments like “yeah, why you aren’t losing is because you are eating junk food” and “if you eat tons of food and the wrong kind of food it doesn’t make a difference how much you work out.” I’m not being mean, it’s just an observation. Her personal trainer has had her throw her scales away to try to take the importance off the number but all to no avail. So this past episode he FINALLY had her sit down with a nutritionist. And FINALLY Janelle made a comment “I’m nervous but excited to be changing the way I cook and eat” BINGO….obviously you were not watching your food as carefully as you thought you were doing.
Now I’m not saying that people can’t plateau. But I’m really of a mind that when our weight stalls, that we should look really deep at ourselves. Because every time my weight has stalled I’ve been able to look at my food intake and my exercise output and I’ve been able to see where the problem is/was. For example, earlier this year my weight was not dropping. I was eating the right amount of calories. I was exercising like a mad woman. By all rights I SHOULD have been dropping pounds. But I wasn’t. And then one day I was walking and I realized that I was eating baked oatmeal every morning. Now I have nothing against baked oatmeal. It’s actually quite delicious. The problem? I wasn’t thinking about that food in terms of carbohydrates. I know that I’m a bit of a carb addict. I love carbs but I also know that when I eat too many carbohydrates that my body does not lose. It doesn’t matter how few calories I eat…if I have too much bread and pasta, it’s NOT GONNA HAPPEN! So that week I was starting to think about not losing. I had one or two people mention the dreaded plateau word…but I wasn’t anywhere near a plateau….I was eating the WRONG FOOD! That is not a plateau.
So before I (and you) say “I’m doing everything and I’m just not losing” Look deeply. I would wager a wild bet that there is something that is off kilter. I need to stop whining and just FIX the issues. Which is what I’m doing. I’ve been stalled for 2-3 months. I’m reevaluating and recommitting to things that I know work…..drinking my water, exercising regularly, tracking my food and keeping my food at a certain caloric level. I’ve GOT this!