Post # 1
And we’re not talking a meltdown of the good kind.
I’ve been working hard at getting fit and trying to slim down for the big day. We’re about 3.5 months out, and I stepped on the scale for the first time in a month only to find out I’ve…gained 5lbs.
WTF? I just finished Jillians 30DS and have moved on to RI30. I added in an hour of Zumba on top of that, and I work out 6 days a week. I’m taking in ~1800 calories a day, and try to aim for ~1600 on my off day. I eat pretty clean– no bread, no pasta, no rice, more veggies than fruit, no cheeses, no sauces, lean meats, etc. I’ve lost a tiny bit in inches (about an inch off my hips, waist, chest) but nowhere near what I had hoped for with doing the Shred/RI30. And I’m definitely not losing weight.
Help. What do I do? All I’ve done all day long is cry about how I’m going to be surrounded by skinny witches at my wedding and look like a beached whale in my dress. Poor FI is trying to comfort me but I think he reached his last straw when I bawled that he would never understand (to be fair, the guy has been underweight his whole life and has to eat about 5K calories a day to even gain an ounce or two, no joke).
Help. What do I do? I’m at the end of my rope and could use any advice you’ve got. 🙁
Post # 3
before you started, did you measure yourself? I know you probably don’t want to hear this but you can gain weight and still lose inches and tone up! I have been doing the same thing as you. Watching what I eat, working out, doing everything right! I have just under two weeks for the wedding.. and I HAVE to loose 5lbs just to fit into my dress. Stick with it you can do it!!!!
Post # 4
@Miss2Mrs_Beerlover: I started out at 44/36/43, and now I’m at 43.5/34/42. I know the scale isn’t everything but I feel like I should’ve seen SOME sort of downward movement, you know? And it just doesn’t make sense to me to think it’s all muscle gain…I mean, I would think at some point the weight would just have to drop. It can’t be all “you’ve lost one pound of fat but gained two pounds of muscle!” each week, in perpetuity. It can’t.
Post # 5
Grah, the rest of my post got eaten.
Basically, for other Shredding bees, did you see the same sort of thing? Should I be doing more cardio in addition to my Zumba? Eating less? Eating more? Eating donuts?
(I don’t know if any of this info helps, but I have been fairly active for the last two years. Lost ~50lbs, broke my foot and gained half of it back. Always struggled with weight and find it hard to lose no matter what I do. I’m 5’5″ and 190lbs, with the goal of getting to a toned 150lbs. I just…don’t think it should be so impossible.)
Post # 6
@Sugar_and_Spice: Crazy… same weight same height here. I have PCOS so I know there are things that naturally are not good for me like breads and pasta. Have you ever heard of a book called the plan? Everyone is different and reacts to food differently. The book helps you figure out what your bad foods are. Oddly enough you may be eating things like green beans thinking they are healthy and great, but maybe not for you. Check it out. It may give you a place to start off again.
Post # 7
Muscle weighs more than fat! check your measurements. I tell people to NEVER go by the scales (unless morbidly obese there will be an obvious loss on the scale!)
go by your measurements, how your clothes fit and what the mirror tells you!!!
When you build muscle but lose fat, often ( more often than not) you will weigh more than what you did when you were overweight. But it’s good weight cos your building awesome muscle!
Post # 8
Look in the mirror naked – do you see muscle tone where there was none before? If so that’s a good first indicator that what you’re doing is (slowly) working.
In the beginning my weight didn’t budge either, but after about 6 months of exercise and healthy food (with a lot of crap food in there cos I’m not very strict) I’ve lost 6.5 pounds and gained muscle. But I only stepped on the scale about once a month because it used to be such a disappointment not seeing those numbers move.
Post # 9
@Sugar_and_Spice: I want to show you that many women actually gain weight but slim down. It is possible…I would recommend seriously tossing your scale and focusing on how your clothes fit/how you look.
Post # 10
I agree with the PPs. You might be really slimming down and should focus on that. Honestly though – I totally get it. I’ve been working my butt off and have basically not lost any weight this week. I also struggle really hard with losing weight, sometimes have a serious messy meltdown (last time it happened in Banana Republic. True story, DH had to check us out and I had to leave) He is also very thin and has to eat a metric ton to gain weight/ stay healthy looking.
That said, are you sure you need to eat 1800 calories? Do you know how many you’re burning? I’m asking because I have a BodyMedia Fit armband and my goal to lose two pounds a week has me at like 1415 a day – creating a 1000 calorie deficit from the 2415 or whatever I’m supposed to burn. But I have to work HARD to actually get that 2400 calories. I know that the armband underestimates spin class, but I pretty much HAVE to do an hour spin class or really run a lot of walking errands to hit that goal every day. Like much more than you would think.
If I were you, I’d probably cut my calories slowly to see if it starts working. Maybe 1650 next week, and then 1500 after. Just don’t go below 1200 (I try not to go below 1300).
Hang in there. *hugs*
Post # 11
If you are losing inches, you are losing fat. Keep it up.