Post # 1
When I met Fiance, I was 145 pounds. I was happy there. But I had to go on prednisone for my autoimmune disease right after that and gained ten pounds over the next six months. Okay, still not that bad, but I was happy that it was only ten and not the 30-40 I had been warned about by others taking such a high daily dose of steroids.
Then I went into remission and was able to lose five of those pounds, back to 150. Then I had to go back on steroids and gained 15 pounds. Because nothing is better than being on a high dose of prednisone during the Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas eating frenzy. So my weight got up to 165. This caused me to be depressed and I packed on another 5 pounds.
So now, I was stuck at 170 and feeling miserable. It wasn’t helping my disease to be overweight and I started working on diet and getting back into exercise. I used to be a runner before my disease showed up and smacked my lungs around, so I’m slowly building that back up.
I’ve lost five pounds in two months and am down to 165 but I can’t seem to move past that. I’m eating healthier than I have in the past (veggies, lots of water, lean proteins, some fruit, gluten-free breads and very little dairy) and I’m working out 4 times a week (fast walking for 30 minutes, with two stints of running for two minutes each is all I’m up to at this point). I am a secret shopper so I’m constantly driving and visiting malls with food courts that I have successfully avoided by bringing along a small cooler of fresh veggies and flavored seltzers so I do not get french fries and soda.
But I’m stuck. Stuck stuck stuck. I just want to see the other side of 160 so desperately. I want to give up and eat that damn candy bar, throw sugar in my coffee, order popcorn and drizzle it with butter at the movie theater. I’m discouraged and frustrated and don’t know what else I need to do. I know I need to keep up and increase my workouts. I asked Fiance to show me how to use some of the machines at the gym to add resistance training this Friday when we go. I’ve been great about logging my food/calories every day to keep my eyes open to where my calories/fat grams are coming from. I wanted to be at 155 by my shower at the beginning of August, and to 145 by my wedding in November. I don’t know why it seems to be unattainable at this point 🙁
Anyone have any other ideas? Encouragement, stories to share how they got over the humps?
Post # 3
are you keeping a food journal? It’s possible that you’re taking in more calories than you realize
Post # 4
Try something like myfitnesspal. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s possible that you aren’t comsuming ENOUGH calories. Focus on protein at every meal and every snack, and avoiding refined carbs (like sugars & processed foods). Drink A LOT of water.
Change up your activities. Once your body gets used to a certain activity or intensity level, it gets really good at adapting to it and using less energy to perfom that task. Add in some weight lifting. Lean mass/muscle burns more calories at rest. Try some interval training. Short but very intense bursts of activity, with less intense activity in between (like a sprint/walk, or run a lap around a track and do plyometrics for a minute, then run another lap… something like that).
Also, check out a trainer. They can be a bit pricey, but if you have the extra money they can really help get you on track.
Best of luck!
ETA- I meant to suggest also taking measurements. A 120 pound flabby person might wear a larger size than a 130 pound muscular person. A pound is a pound, that’s true, but a pound of muscle takes up a lot less space than a pound of fat.
Post # 5
@GroovyHippieChick: I’m using My Fitness Pal on my phone. It logs the food, calories and basic nutrition information. Also allows me to add in my exercise and shows me how I’ve done for the day with fat, sugar, protein, etc. I needed a visual like that to not only show me what food I’d eaten, but to show me in real time where my calories and fat grams were going. It has enabled me to realize I had wasted fat/calories during a lunch so I needed to cool it and eat super healthy at dinner. I love the app.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
1. Reevaluate your calorie goal and ensure you’re eating enough foods– many people cut their calories too far which tricks their body into think it’s starving so it retains fat to outlast the “famine”.
2. Shake up your fitness routine– add in some weights work, try swimming instead of walking/running, do a few workout DVDs (YouTube is great for free ones!) instead of just the same movements all the time. This will help keep your muscles from becoming complacent, when you do the same thing all the time, you build up the needed muscles rather quickly, and then they stop expanding– if you’re not sore after your workouts, you’re not improving– I’m not talking about so sore you can’t walk, but you should be able to feel it the next day.
I was in a similar position to you, I went from 135 when Fiance and I met to 175 over the first 3 years of our relationship mostly due to depression and a hormone imbalance. About 2 1/2 years ago I started working to lose the weight, I dropped to 155-160 in the first few months mainly from cutting calories & eating healther, and then stalled… I added in cardio work at the gym and was able to get to 150 easily enough, and lowered my calories again, and briefly saw 142-145, but then we graduated college, moved 500 miles away, started new jobs, and bought a house… And I was back to 155. That was August 2011– I found a new gym and started working on my eating habits again, and got to 150 but by the end of the year I was stuck again. At the beginning of 2012 I decided I needed to change things us, so I started doing CrossFit, at first I did is 2x per week, now I’m up to about 4x, depending on my schedule.
Since I started CrossFit at the end of March, I’ve only lost about 4 lbs– but I’ve dropped almost 2 dress sizes, and I’m a lot more toned all over, and honestly– if I look rockin’ in a bikini, I don’t really give a damn what the scale says!
Post # 7
Thanks guys – I hadn’t thought about how things are fitting or the fact that perhaps I’m eating too few calories for my activity level. I do feel much better than I have in a long time with more energy. And I can sure tell the difference the next day when I slip up and go “off the wagon” – that has happened twice in the past two months and I felt awful for 24-48 hours after I’d indulged in sugar, beer and unhealthy foods.
Its just frustrating when you feel like you’ve made all these good choices, pushed past the temptations of all the bad food that you used to love, and added in exercise on a regular basis and the scale refuses to budge. I need to look at clothes and how I feel instead for a week. Luckily we are leaving this weekend to go camping for a while and I won’t be able to look at a scale for a week 🙂
Post # 8
@mrs_skydiver: Steroids suck. I am so sorry that you have had to go through this! I have been on steroids a few times in the past few years and they are just horrible. My first steroid mess was like 4 years ago and I gained about 45 lbs (up to 170). It was TERRIBLE. I lost most of it but have wavered back and forth and made it back up to 162. The most recent, just a few months ago, I managed to gain less than 5, which is crazy but I was on them for a lot shorter period of time. Right now I’m 155 and hopefully on my way down!
Good luck. When did you go off of the steroids? I feel like after I am on them it takes a while for my body to feel normal again.