So annoying. I did what was suggested in one comment and tracked calories a couple days to be sure I am where I think I should be, and I got close to 1000 calories both days and under 80g carbs which is where I was aiming. However I am NOT losing weight. Half a pound is meaningless. Why am I not seeing any results when I am eating like half of what I was eating before? It bothers me a lot, but then I remember all the times on this blog where I have seen similar non-results. Like the times on Medifast eating 800 calories a day and not losing, or only half a pound a week. Or the times I counted calories, biked, walked, etc on a regular basis and still saw no weight loss. I know ten days is just a start but still, usually we will see at least a couple of pounds gone when going from a high carb diet to a low carb one. It's frustrating but not surprising and that is partly why I was wondering if there is some kind of supplement I could take to help things along. Guess not.
Well I think my eating is in order although I can certainly cut back even more if need be. I am doing better with the cravings now and feel like I can do this long term. I guess I will start pushing the exercise again too. I walk most days (leisure walks with the dog or with kids) and swim once in awhile, but the only way for me to get in heart-raising, non-lifestyle exercise right now is for me to bike. So I am biking every day starting now, possibly with one day off for rest per week. I can do about 20 minutes straight before I start to ache a bit, but I know from past experience that I can increase a minute a day until I get to about 35 minutes. Beyond that and I start getting those stupid soft tissue injuries in my feet and legs and also start to aggravate the arthritis in my knees. I have, MANY times, hurt myself on that bike by pushing it too long. I get that lots of people can go longer, and do more. I don't know why my body acts the way it does with the stupid injuries but trust me, if I could, I would ride that bike 2 hours a day right now. I am that motivated to burn off this fat. I just can't, so I will do that I can without ending up "off the bike due to pain" like I have in the past.
So while I am super frustrated and throwing my hands up at the scale and thinking "what's the freaking point if I am not losing weight?", there is no alternative to continuing. I cannot just let myself get fatter and fatter until it is worse than when I started this blog. The weight has to come off, regardless of how "hard" it is and how long it takes. If I have to cut cream out of my coffee, fine. If I have to skip breakfast every day, I can do that. I am not worried that I will be malnourished as long as I get sufficient protein, vegetables, and vitamins.
Thanks for your support and I pray I will be able to post a 198 pound picture around the first of the year. It's not looking too promising for that YET but maybe I can find my groove... eat less, burn off more, and start to see the pounds melt off.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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