Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday

Good morning y'all!


So I've been thinking about breaking up with the scale for a while now and after today's weigh in it's definitely time.

Scale,

It's you, not me (it usually goes the other way around, amirite?)  I'm done having you dictate my mood every day.  I'm done playing games with you and seeing the same damn numbers time and time again since August.  It's time for me to shift the focus back to diet and exercise.  I know I still have room for improvement in certain areas (food...) but every single morning, I step on and get frustrated when I don't see any reason as to why you hate me so much.  I mean plateaus happen, I get that but I just can't stand seeing what you do to me emotionally each and every day.  So, I'm putting you away for a while.

Your frenemy,

Desireé


Up 1.8 this week.  I'm done.  Can't do it anymore with the scale.  So, I'm getting hubby to hide it for me for a while.  Not sure when I'll weigh again so this may be my last Weigh In Wednesday for a bit. I may pop in on the W.I.W. blog hop just to check in every once in a while though.

So I seriously am in need of help here.  Maybe I need to try an actual diet or go clean or something?  I'm not sure.  The thing is that Chris and I both work and with busy activity levels on my part and Chris working all sorts of crazy hours, unless the food is something simple and easy to make, we usually go the easy route.  For example yesterday, I knew I had a busy day.  I had pre-made all my lunches this week (crock pot lemon pepper chicken), breakfast and snacks aren't usually a problem for me. Dinner is what usually gets me.  I ended up making a Bertolli's Chicken Florentine and Spinach meal since Chris was still at work and I was limited with time and had to go to tennis.  Ate the entire damn thing.  Why are those things so yummy?  Anyway, back to the topic, I know on heavy exercise days, you need to eat more of the right things but what freaking gives here?

This is what I did exercise wise and granted, I think MFP calculates these a bit high:

And here is yesterday's food:

I should have not had the Reese's egg and I should have cut the damn dinner in half but then with all the calories burned I just thought that I could have afforded the little bump in calories.

So, does anyone have any suggestions for me?   Do I need to see a nutritionist?  Do I need to clean up my eating more (and I have done better with that honestly.. more pork and chicken and less beef)?   I feel like I have enough varied exercise that that shouldn't be the issue.. tennis, walking, c25K running, weights, elliptcal are all in the rotation.  So I keep going back to this being a food issue.

I'm just beyond frazzled with this plateau.  I'm frustrated, angry and a whole lot more adjectives about it.  Halp!

Ok this post has gotten a lot longer than I had planned.  I'll do a second one about our first tennis match in a bit. 

Have you hit a plateau?  What did you do to break through it?

100 mile challenge - 22.51/100

37 comments:

  1. The scale can definitely be frustrating (been there-- I plateaued for a good 6 months!), but I think MFP is definitely over-estimating your calorie burn. Unless you are literally playing non-stop games of tennis for over an hour an a half (save for a few minutes of water breaks), there's just no way you're burning 1500 calories in that time. I don't even burn that much for 2 hours of continuous running. If you don't have one, you might consider a HRM to get a more accurate sense of your calorie burn.

    Two other suggestions: I think food quality might be your enemy here. Your diary shows a lot of carbs, and not very many fruits of veggies Good job on protein though! I was actually able to finally(!!) break my plateau when I stopped eating so many starches, and instead ate 8+ servings of fruits and veggies a day. It sounds like a lot, but that will help you decrease portion size of less healthy things (pasta), because you'll be fuller on healthy things.

    Lastly, have you ever considered Weight Watchers? It might be an easier way of holding yourself accountable to food choices over an extended period of time, i.e. once you use up all your weekly extra points, that's all you get. WW is definitely more strict (in some ways) than straight calorie counting, but it's helpful to keep quantities in check.

    Sorry for the novel, but these are things that have worked for me!

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    1. Yea, I'm definitely in the market for a HRM and very soon hopefully. Yea, you are right about the carbs too. I really could do with an overhaul there and bump up the fruits and veg.

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  2. I wish I had an easy answer for you, but I don't. First things first though, I'm SO right there with you on the scale. I hate how it can affect my mood and set the whole tone for the day... not fair, we give that dang scale way too much power sometimes! I'm super sorry you're struggling with the plateau BUT I'm very impressed with all your exercising. The best thing I can say is to just keep going and eventually your body will catch up. I know that's not a solution so hopefully you'll find something that works soon. Great job girl... even if the scale doesn't say so!

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    1. Thanks so much Erin! Yea, I keep telling myself that every time I weigh in! LOL Maybe soon!

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  3. You know I had to break up with the scale due to my diet bet making me obsessed and depressed.

    Jump start plateu the things that have worked for my husband ( and me but his weight loss is awesome so I am using him ;-)) was low carbs only getting them from fruit and veggies, lots of lean protein, and small meals instead of 3 meals. He does a lot of repetition meals

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    1. Yea, thats something I need to really work on is less carbs so that's a good point for sure.

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  4. I know exactly how you feel about just wanting to do the easy thing by the time you get home from dinner. I have the same problem!

    Do you have a day where you can meal prep for your entire week and freeze stuff? It doesn't even have to be on a Sunday, just an evening. Having things ready to go before you even get a chance to get desperate hungry make a difference.

    And I agree with the above poster, I think adding more veggies into your meals will help. Like, your chicken could've been a big old chicken salad with lots of veg instead of just the chicken and a half a cup of corn.

    For me, it honestly was eating my biggest meal of the day for lunch. I eat a dinner sized meal for a lunch and a lunch sized meal for dinner. Weird, right?

    Plus, I know I've said this before, but have you thought about small changes, like making homemade oatmeal instead of using the quaker oats stuff? It'll save you some wasted calories on sugar. And you can easily make a batch and seperate it then warm it up individually. I started doing that with Progresso soup. I started making my own instead of eating hteir light versions and noticed way less bloat.

    Break up with the scale, lady. Focus on how you FEEL not how you weight!

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    1. Yea, I can usually do it on Sunday. That's honestly the only day though. And yes, I can look into the homemade oatmeal, but I think I may start working on substituting eggs instead of the ole instant oatmeal standby.
      My days usually look like this (especially on M, T and Th (wake up at 5 or 5:30, work by 7, of at 3:30, squeeze in weights and done by 4:30, hurry up and eat within 30 minutes then get ready to go to Bowling and/or tennis). So for sure on those 3 days I need to come up with a better game plan for sure.

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    1. Thanks, yea, I definitely think I need to bump those up for sure.

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  6. Ah Desiree I feel your pain, you've been working so hard lately and the scale is refusing I acknowledge it !!!

    I know you have a lot of dietry restriction because if your health that makes changes to your diet more complicated, but I agree with Carolyn, maybe give ww a go, I live the program, and every time I can afford it I use them and it really makes a difference.

    But I think breaking up with the scale and focusing in your health is definately the right move, at least whist you contemplate your next step.

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    1. Yea, maybe so, I'll have to look into WW! Never really tried an actual "plan" before!

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  7. Des--you know I love me some WW, but that doesn't work for everyone. Do you make sure to eat all the calories that you burn? For me, I HAVE to eat my activity points, or else my body freaks out and gains. ..I've also realized that I'm getting more activity points per week than I record (between walking to and from bathroom at work, walkign around on campus, going up and downstairs on campus, etc) and so I'll eat all of my activity points and the 5-10 of the weeklies, so for you, I guess that'd be equivalent to eating maybe all of your calories that you burn at some point throughout the week and then adding a few on each day....?

    I def think that taking your scale away is a good plan...I know a lot of people like to weigh in every day but I can't do that to myself for precisely the same reason you don't want to, Once a week is enough for me, and I think that this'll be good for you. Thinking of you!!

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    1. Yea, I've tried the entire gambit.. .eating 1200 cal, eating 1800 cal, eating back calories but what "used" to work was 1500 and not eating back. I know a lot of people do but I just honestly cannot eat more than 1800 per day no matter what activity I do. I am way too full.

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  8. Definitely Weight Watchers or something like the 21 Day Fix to at least knock you out of the plateau window you've been in. Throw your fruits & veggies for the day in one of your famous smoothies!

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    1. I think I'm going to give clean eating a shot and see what it does. If that is a no go, then I'll look into W.W. or something. I'm kinda "iffy" with certain foods because they interact negatively with my Coumadin.

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  9. All I can suggest is that you reduce the carbs and increase the fruit and veg. I also think MFP overestimates the exercises so I would take a careful look at that.

    Well done on your tennis match!

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  10. I'm guessing there is no way you burned that amount of calories. Probably more important, though, is that you don't think of those as all calories you get to eat. Runner's World wrote an excellent article about weight loss (that's got to be on their site somewhere) that runners gain a lot of weight when we think we've earned a ton of calories. Try sticking to a 1900 calorie diet for a week, regardless of exercise. That's a pretty satisfying amount and will fuel you well if you make smart choices. You'll see how quickly your calories go away with higher calorie choices. You'll also see that a Reese's Egg is not, on it's own, evil. It's just part of your calories and we eat calories for energy.

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    1. True that, and it's not like I had more than one! Yea, I'm pretty comfortable around 1700-1900 any higher than that I feel gorged.

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  11. Interesting. I'll keep visiting.

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  12. Interesting. I'll keep visiting.

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  13. Not sure if this will help or not, but before I got my fitbit, I never moved my 'activity' level above sedentary. I know for sure that I'm not sedentary every day, but if I thought I could only have the smallest amount of calories, I was much better at keeping it in check...even if I went over a bit, I was still usually okay, because like I said, I'm not actually sedentary...

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    1. Oh you know, I might not have changed that option in MFP?! Interesting. I'll go check that out.

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  14. I can only imagine, what you must be feeling, and I would do the same as you are doing and break up with the scale! They do say that sometimes scale wouldn't be a proper implication of what's going on with your body! I'm with you on this one Desiree!

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    1. Aww thanks! Yep, sometimes you just gotta step away from it for a bit.

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  15. In 2011/2012 I lost about 34 pounds on WW and hit a plateau. For well over 6 months I was stuck in the same 5 pounds. I decided that I didn't need to pay 40 bucks a month to NOT lose weight. So I quit and with the help of bad birth control I gained back 20 of those pounds so now I am back at weight watchers and losing but veeerrrrrrrrryyyyyyy slowly. So slow it has been 3 months and I am only down 7 pounds...but I am down so I have to be happy.

    People say to break a plateau you need to change what you are doing but I can not say yes or no to that as my change was a bad choice......

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    1. Yea, I'm not sure what I could change either, I'm waaay more active now that I ever was and I do all sorts of different stuff activity wise. *shrug*
      A loss is still a loss no matter how slowly it's going! Keep up the good work!

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  16. The scale can be a Biotch, but you don't have to stop linking up write about what you did this week or your goals or you accomplishments/struggles. A lot of linker uppers have broken up with the scale lately. :)

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  17. I'm sorry that the scale is being a brat, Des! It's definitely a good idea to let it go if it's causing you more anxiety and stress than it needs to be.

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    1. Yep for sure. It's been awfully tempting this week but so far I've resisted the urge to check~!

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  18. With your Coumadin issues, I'd think about a nutritionist, just because that's a very specific list of foods you can't have and you need to know what greens in particular to avoid. It isn't all of them, so you'll want to figure out fruits and veggies you can add without causing a problem for your Coumadin. Normally, I wouldn't recommend a nutritionist for weight loss per se but with your specific issues, a one time visit might be a good idea.

    Otherwise, I agree with the advice you got above, particularly with the idea of MFP overestimating your calorie burn. My husband uses MFP and we always get a good laugh out of the number of calories it reports him burning. It would take professional level tennis to burn as many calories as it reported for you above! Don't beat yourself up about the Reese's egg - you know one Reese's egg didn't do this and if you restrict yourself from the little food joys in life, you'll be miserable and it'll be unsustainable. Is life without Reese's eggs every once in a while really worth living? :) Jess
    PS Finally saw Captain America this weekend and loved it!

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    1. Yep you are right. It may be in the cards just to go once to see what they see about my patterns.
      Yea, that's part of the reason why I rarely ever eat back any of my exercise calories. I'm definitely also going to check into getting a HRM so I'll at least know for sure what the burn actually is.

      Glad you liked ole Cap. I've only seen it twice now and I'm DYING to go again!

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