Thursday, January 19, 2012

crossing my fingers!

One of the things i swore i was going to do this 2012 was to start up my running program again! Last year went great... until i thought i was 18 again and ended up getting shin splints so bad i thought i'd vomit first, then die.

This time i came in with a Jeff Galloway plan and things have been successful, i was even loosing some lovely Christmas flub that i'd acquired... and then, 4 days ago everything just stopped! not the running and the reasonable food intake ( which is minus booze... lame'o )... but, the weight loss??? WTH??

Now, i'm too depressed to even brush my gritty teeth ( that may be a tad dramatic, but you get the idea! )... all, i could even think to sew this week was a flippin { Hope } block.


if you all have any words of wisdom... today would be the day i'd really lOVE to hear them! sigh.... crossing my fingers this will end soon!!!  ;(

X, Heather

35 comments:

  1. It is not that you have stopped losing fat, it is that you are gaining mussel, which ways more then fat. I wish they made a scale that could tell you something like you really lost 5 lbs. of fat this week but because you gained 6 lbs. of mussel the numbers look funny.

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  2. plateaus are in our DNA... grrr...
    get off that scale and just see how your jeans fit! But you already know that.

    And I love your pillow. :)

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  3. To stop shin splints, really really stretch your calves. There is a tendon that stretches from the inside of your ankle to the muscle on the outside of your calf. Most shin splints are from the calf muscle pulling the tendon too tight across the shinbone. Tracing the alphabet with your toes to loosen the tendon will help too.

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  4. For one, if you cut back calories too far, you'll need to eat more AND take it easier for a few days before amping up your exercise again and bringing calories back down.
    You might need to do something other than just run- yoga, cycling, or some such alternative- to mix in with running, since your body can get accustomed to a single routine and thus make it lose some of its effectiveness.
    Don't get discouraged, though! Try to keep yourself interested by changing your routine. It may be as little as adding hills or sprints to your runs that will help you get off this plateau!

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  5. Maybe get your measuring tape out. Measure your waist, bust, hips, thighs and upper arms and then you can monitor yourself shrinking even when the scales tell a different story :)

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  6. I am in a similar situation. Several people have told me that the running is building muscle which weighs more than fat. Supposedly, if I keep up the running regime, and continue to watch what I eat, the weight will start coming off again in a few weeks as muscle burns the fat more efficiently. I hope the so called experts are correct. Regardless, this thought is keeping me focused ...and possibly delusional.

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  7. We all have these moments. You just have to stick with it... Stop looking at the scale and just focus on how good you feel!

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  8. I was running and taking boot camp classes for three months before I saw any weight loss last year ( I started again after two surgeries on my ankle and 20 lbs gained). I replaced my breakfast with a green smoothie. It sounds awful but it is lovely! That is when I started to lose. I lost 15 within a month and other than the five I put from being so flippin sick this winter and not being able to run, it has been pretty easy.

    Stick with it!!! You are doing great!!!!! You look amazing and your future self will be very grateful!!!!

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  9. Try not to stress about it. If you stress out, sometimes your body goes into survival/protect mode and stores every kilojoule of energy by slowing your metabolism and building reserves.

    Remember how fabulous you are and do something that makes you feel really good.

    And adding a B-Complex vitamin is never a bad idea. You can get gummy ones that seem like candy. :-)

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  10. The Jeff Galloway method is the best! Just don't give up, running really really works! And muscle weighs way more then fat!

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  11. keep on -
    write down what you eat-every bite
    drink water lots of water.
    I forgot my google id so this is Mary Jo

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  12. Hi!
    Make sure you are getting a portion of protein at every meal and cut back to carbs, starches with lots of fibre! Make sure you are drinking lots of water too and minimal foods with salt. As we cut back on calories we tend to cut protein, especially if we THINK it has too much fat. Your body will do fine with complex carbs, ie fruit, veggies, breads with lots of fibre.
    Maybe add 250 more cals/day of above foods, change your exercise, drink lots water, it will even itself out.
    Then, don't forget about the hidden sabateour, the period, with wt gain, cravings, etc.
    Take care, Leslie

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  13. Sherry is right on. You will have great times of losing weight & noticeable fat & then it suddenly stops. Keep up the excercise & eating right & you'll get back to losing. You will cycle through this. Not sure about the running program you are doing but be sure to change it up from time to time. As someone else said your body does get used to excercise & won't burn as efficiently. I've been through this a couple of times before an am about to start it all over again - my baby is due in a few weeks & will start training for a half marathon as soon as possible. I weigh more this pregnancy than I did the last but my clothes are bigger - I still have much more muscle than ever before. Keep it up & try not to get too discouraged. Some excercise is definitely better than none.

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  14. Oh, you're gonna hate this, because you've already had advice to "get off the scale." But mine would be just the opposite. Weigh yourself every morning post pee.
    No matter what the scale says, think about what you did and ate the day before. If the scale says you're up, then maybe you ate perfectly, but skipped the walk. Maybe it means you did it all perfectly, and it just is what it is (the blessing and curse of being female are our hormones). So don't flip out. Maybe it means you had the most delicious cookie of your life and you are glad of it. It doesn't matter! Just be present!
    If you are less than pleased with what the scale is telling you. Change just ONE thing for ONE day, and see where you end up the next day.
    Commit to some form of exercise each day. It doesn't have to kill you. For example, I walk briskly with my pups for about 45 minutes, but I do it every day without fail. Rain, shine, hot, cold. (without them if too hot/cold) It never hurts, and it doesn't require a membership fee.
    I so hope this hasn't come across as preachy or "holier than thou." I have struggled with weight all my life and this has been my fool proof plan for the last few years. It's just basic stuff.
    Also, carbs are the devil. But you need them. Choose the best!

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  15. The biggest reason this happens is as Sherry said - muscle weighs more than fat! So as you add muscle, you are also adding weight - but you are slimming down. So in addition to looking at what the scale tells you, look at what your clothes are telling you. Are they fitting better? A little looser? Then you're doing ok!

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  16. Oh, I see plenty of your girls have come to encourage with lots of good info, and I've been lurking and not commenting much on any blogs, but here's my RAAAAHHH raaahhhh raaahhh! Sis-boom-baahhhh! (what ever that means??)
    Weght loss hits plateaus, It's normal. Don't freak out, just keep moving, because it's not so much about weight loss as it is about a healthy body, good muscle tone including the most important muscle, your heart! For lots of info on weight loss through healthy eating and exercise, including a tracker that not only tracks calories, but nutrients, check out sparkspeople(dot)com. It's free. No I don't get paid by them, but my sister has used them for about 3 years now. When she stays with it she does quite well. They also give you a free blog (yeah, like you need another one of those, lol). her id is 100lblighter, if you go there read her blog post on Only her underwear noticed she was loosing weight. I know I'm her sister, but I found it quite funny. She tells great stories!
    Chin up and chest out...and no one will notice if your loosing weight ;o)

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  17. You've had lots of good advice, keep at it - at least you didn't gain any weight ;)
    You'll be back on track I'm sure!

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  18. Don't use the scale as your motivator, all too quickly it can become your worst enemy. Let your clothes do the talking - that is especially important when you a exercising. If you have s smart phone try out some of the apps available to assist you. I love my fit pal for recording my eating and exercise progress, and I also love log your run to keep track of my mileage. Keep with it - I'm a dietitian and have heard it all - I think the biggest enemy to weight loss is the scale. Forget about it - enjoy how good you are feeling with all of the exercise!

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  19. I won't give you advice because I see you've got plenty. But I will say I feel ya. I started running last year and had the same result. I almost gave up (again!), but I realized that I really liked running and was beginning to consider myself a runner so I stuck with it. I would advise adding in yoga or some core exercises because it will help with weight loss and with how your body looks and feels...(thank you physical therapy for that advice!) Feel encouraged, we're all in this together!

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  20. I'm guessing it's either age (happens to us all) or hormones. The same thing happened to me 12 years ago. All of a sudden I couldn't loose weight despite working out 2 hours a day and restricting my diet. Turns out I was hypothyroid. It's been a struggle ever since.

    I hope you've just hit a plateau, good luck!

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  21. patience my dear, patience. i've been running for 9 months or so and found that i stopped losing weight entirely but my body really changed (less jiggle). also, get a foam roller. roll your IT Band. look for it on you tube. it hurts, but prevents so much pain. i go to PT twice a week cause i didn't foam roll. boo. GOOD LUCK!

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  22. Four days and you are worried? Four days? Are you kidding me? Just keep moving. It will move again.

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  23. I totally agree with the muscle thing. Muscle does way more than fat, so it will make the scale look funny some days, but the good news is that muscle also BURNS more calories than fat, so while it feels discouraging now, in the end it's a good thing... it will help you to loose more fat in the long run. This is why they tell you to ignore the scale, or at least to expect ups and downs. So, no matter how "good" you are being on this diet/excercise plan, there will be days where the scale won't move or even go up, BUT this does not mean progress is not still being made. Everything necessary for weight loss is still happening! So keep going! You are doing great!!!

    Agh, but be sure you are eating a healthy amount of calories. If you are eating too few calories, you can make your body think it is starving and it will stop burning so many calories (changes your metabolism for the worse), so make sure you are eating enough (I was told absolutely never below 1000-1200 calories because it will also cause your body to "eat" lean muscle for nutrition, which, for example, your heart just so happens to be lean muscle, so it can lead to many health problems).

    Oh, and I think salt may play a factor, I don't know any details, but have heard people say you can't lose if you are eating too much sodium???

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  24. I have shin splint problems, too. I started running 2 years ago and started doing too much, too soon, in the beginning, and the troubles plagued me for months. Jeff Galloway is awesome though, following his plan is a great idea. He also has some videos on running form that were really helpful to me when I was training for my half.
    My suggestion is to find a race that you want to do, and start training for that. It might keep you motivated enough to keep on keeping on! And races are fun - plus you get a t-shirt!

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  25. Sorry - I just re-read, you weren't talking about stopping the running, you were talking about the weight loss. My coffee isn't working yet, clearly!

    Re: the weight loss, I have a theory that is completely made up that when you're working out more your body holds on to more because it needs it when you're working out. It will go away though, really!

    (Races are still fun, lol)

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  26. Platoes can be hard, just change up things a bit and re start the weight loss. You can do it!

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  27. No no, don't give up on weight loss! That happens. For many reasons. 1 - muscle is heavier than fat, so as you rebuild your muscles, those actually take on weight. 2 - plateaus. Our bodies get wise on us and conserve what they've got. Stick it through. The plateau eventually breaks and weight starts falling off again. In the meantime, focus on building/maintaining a really healthy cardiovascular/lymph system instead of focusing on weight loss. (You won't frustrate yourself looking at the scale.) and 3) change it up - your body's wise to you, but you can screw with its mind. change the time of day you're doing your running, they style of running you're doing (switch it out between endurance training and speed training). change your eating strategies, like how long before/after and what ratios of proteins/carbs you're taking in. It keeps your body from knowing which mechanisms it can utilize to best hold on to its stores.

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  28. don't stop! there are so many more benefits to running than just weight loss. when i run, it clears my mind and i dream uo my best quilt designs. your masterpiece might just be one more run away! Keep going!!

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  29. Totally agree with Sherry. You are gaining muscle and that weighs more than fat. Plus, I'd be willing to bet that you will still loose inches (around the waist, etc). Don't get discouraged. Think of how long it took to gain the weight. It isn't going to come off in one month. Hell- I'm still trying to loose the baby weight. And I am ashamed to admit that my "baby" is going to turn 11 next month. No f+%*ing excuse for that- no matter how I try and sugar coat it. Oh.... Sugar....yum. See what I mean! I'm so easily distracted.

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  30. slow down, enjoy every minute of life. Funny coming from me since I don;t do that. I so wish I could. Hang in there, we just started our gym routine again it;s hard getting motivated some days.

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  31. Ugh! Isn't that the worst? It's so much more motivating for me too to keep going when I'm actually losing weight. I have had days where I just ate too many salty things and was retaining water. So maybe if you drink tons of water and eat a bunch of apples? Also - I just started a running program too. Good luck to both of us!

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  32. Muscle and fat WEIGH THE SAME! It's just that muscle is more dense. I get tired of people saying muscle weighs more. That is like saying a pound of feathers is lighter than a pound of iron. So yes, a cubic centimeter of muscle will weigh more than a cubic centimeter of fat, but a pound of muscle and a pound of fat WEIGH THE SAME!

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  33. I feel for you more than words can say. After being skinny my entire life (with the exception of that 65 pounds I gained when preggo) I just weighed myself to find that I gained 20 pounds in the past 8 months. Yes, depression and wonderful food are to blame. So I'm getting out my I'm awesome panties and going to kick some fat butt on my treadmill starting this weekend. I know it's tough but we are women, tough is everyday life! Good luck!

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  34. I've started running again and lifting weights on the in between days, and it was 2 weeks before I lost even 1/2 pound. I had lost 40 last year by writing down everything I ate and staying between 1200 to 1400 calories--didn't manage every day, but most days and no exercise to speak of! Now I'm hungrier. I don't think the fact that I've started baking bread again helps either! Anyway, this isn't advice, just saying I'm another who knows how frustrating it is to hit those plateaus! I'm glad the mystery of why was solved for you!

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  35. I don't have any other advice to give since everyone else summed it up.

    How did you make the HOPE block? I'm new to doing that kind of piecing and I understand the premise of it, but I can't quite figure it out at the same time. :)

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