A bit down

November 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm 4 comments

The last week of phase 1 of the 1000 Calorie Challenge saw me really struggling with my workouts. Come the third and final workout, which would have been nearly an hour and a half, I just couldn’t face it. At all. And one thing led to another, plus a bit of a cold – ok a lot of a cold – and it’s now been a week since I did a workout.

On the plus side, I have been sticking to the diet. Until today. When hubby offered me one temptation too many – left over pizza. But it’s not his fault. I’ve happily turned down temptation after temptation over the last four and a half weeks. Wasn’t till today that I was even seriously tempted. I then compounded it by having cereal for dinner. And not healthy cereal. But cocopops with sultanas. Used to be my favourite. But to be honest, I didn’t enjoy it much.

I’ve been getting quite disillusioned with the results I’m getting. My weight is coming off but my body fat doesn’t seem to be shifting. I can think of two possible reasons: first, I’m not taking all the recommended supplements, including a silo full of BCAAs on low cal days; and second, the workouts are too aerobic and not anabolic enough. Plus, as they get longer and longer, it gets harder and harder to persuade myself to do them.

But, today excepted, I am finding the diet OK. So here is my plan: am going to stick with the diet, but change my workouts back to NROL4W. Shorter, more intense, and hopefully, better at preserving my lean muscle mass.

Overall though, am struggling with my mood and self esteem at the moment. Had a couple of blows to my confidence, but in my head, I know that the reason they hurt was because I am down on myself, not the other way around. My mother has a 70th birthday party coming up, daytime affair, dinner dance, and the thought of having to buy something to wear is not helping. Less than three weeks to go now. It should be a day to enjoy and not something to dread.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

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Entry filed under: 1000 Calorie Challenge, exercise, fat loss, heath and fitness, New Rules of Lifting for Women, nutrition, weight loss, Weight training.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cynthia  |  December 19, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Sorry to hear you are struggling, but overall, you are doing great! Getting the eating under control is MOST of the battle, as you know. I think the shorter, more intense workouts might be the better thing, especially with a fairly strict diet plan.

    If there is anything I’ve learned, it is that for me to do a lot of cardio, I have to have calories or I feel like crud. By doing more moderate exercise, and NOT pushing myself so hard, I lose better and can keep the calories more in control.

    If I push hard on exercise, my appetite expands hugely. I used to push like crazy when I did water aerobics, but then I ate up every calorie I burned after.

    If it helps, the last few weeks in my Group Active class (except yesterday) I was having a harder and harder time not only doing the stepping, but also the weights and balance tracks.

    Yesterday, after eating more on a maintenance level, I was doing much better! The funny part is during one tough balance move, I was windmilling my arms so wildly the instructor yelled to me “Don’t fall!” I didn’t, but I had the energy to really fight to keep my balance, where last few classes, I’d just put the damn toe down. OK, I had to put the toe down or I would’ve fallen. But I sure fought to keep the pose as long as possible.

    I no doubt looked like a total loon.

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  • 2. Cynthia  |  December 19, 2010 at 5:21 am

    P.S. Sorry not to be by sooner, just the blamed holidays and all.

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  • 3. blubberbegone  |  December 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks hon. As always x

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  • 4. Cynthia  |  December 30, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I have totally screwed up maintenance. Holiday stress got me eating junk again. Back with somewhat healthy meals, but then again, there were gifts of cookies and chocolate and whatnot, so there’s food in the house that is tempting. I hate when that happens.

    Working on getting properly hydrated again. Got exercise today at least, snow shoveling for an hour plus. Real wet heavy stuff.

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