Absolutely Frustrated…

I was waiting for this day to happen.  A day when all of my positivity is drained, after working super hard and I’m left feeling depleted.

I’m getting ahead of myself.  So, I changed my entire outlook on life about 3 months ago. I went at my new lifestyle changes completely cold turkey.  I got rid of every bad food in my house, I stopped eating salt, processed foods, sodas, carbs — you name the bad stuff, I cut it out.

Weight came off easily, I lost 30 pounds relatively quickly.  I have so much to lose (200 pounds) that even with not going so balls to the wall, weight loss should have been relatively simple.

Diet wasn’t enough, so I started walking 3 miles every day.  Recently, I started to add bursts of jogging into the mix as well.  All of this, only to become a healthier person — fit even.

But now I’m stuck.  I know what plateaus are, and this one is being a bear.  I’m hovering around the same five pounds that are just hanging in there.

Then there was weigh in day (yesterday) with my personal trainer.  I’m pretty sure she didn’t mean to blurt out “No Way”… (she’s a fantastic trainer by the way)… I think she’s just as frustrated as I am.  I had gained 3 pounds since our last weigh in.  After asking me a million questions, she came down to the fact that she really thinks I’m not eating enough and that my body is in starvation mode.

So here are my frustrations (Finally), and in the form of a list (duh):

1) WTF… seriously?  First I eat too much now I’m eating too little?  For the record, I’m not starving myself, I’m not skipping meals, and I’m always full.  I committed to losing weight the right way, and I’m not cutting corners.

2) How does my doctor really expect me to drink 160 ounces of water, eat 1400 calories, workout, and work a 10 hour shift everyday.  The answer is she doesn’t, I think I’m burning myself out.  Honestly, on the only day that I actually hit 160 ounces of water, I felt sick, and I didn’t want to eat or work out or exist.  I decided to gradually drink more water until I get to an ideal amount, but of course I went all out when I first drank water just to see if I could swing it.

3) I feel so depleted of emotion right now that I’m fighting hard not to just give up.  I know that giving up would be stupid and I’m not going to let that happen, simply for the fact that plateaus happen to everyone.  But I still feel like crap — super crap.  SUPER CRAP WITH 10 thousand cherries on top.  (I hate cherries).

4) I knew this wouldn’t be easy, but I didn’t think it would effect me so much, mentally.  When I’m taking a look at my life and taking stock in all that I’ve accomplished, I feel great.  But when I look at the road ahead, so many doubts creep in, so many voices of my past come in to make me feel like I can not do this and that I’m seriously kidding myself.  My mind slips into my former toxic thoughts of not being worth the effort and that I’m not successful because I can’t be successful.

What now?

I have to remind myself of where I came from.  Drive thru windows, fast carb craziness, no fitness or exercise, general ignorance and the list goes on and on.  I need to put my focus back on the fact that I’m in this for the long haul, and just because my recent efforts aren’t reflecting on the scale [or measuring tape >.<], my progress has many other points of measurement.  I have to be more excited around the fact that I’m down 2 pant sizes, and that I can jog throughout my walks now without literally feeling like I’m going to die.

I’m holding on to these facts with all I have, I must let them be my confidence.  I must allow them to speak for me when my voice is so small.

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8 thoughts on “Absolutely Frustrated…

  1. I lost 40lbs last year and was very much into changing my diet and lifestyle and felt better then ever. A new lifestyle change hit me that I didn’t have much control over and I fought at first to hang on to that resolve but have given up and I am already 14lbs heavier and far less happy with myself then ever before. Don’t give up Princes, following you has got the healthy part of me nagging again…

    • Hopefully we can help each other with our weight loss frustrations. I’m learning so much and as I learn I’ve had to adjust as well. Hopefully we can push each other, share experiences and make ourselves better in the process. Thanks so much for the encouraging words, as well as correcting my grammatical error lol… Often times I write when I’m dead tired. We’ll reach our goals, I just know it!!!

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  3. I hear you girl ! Keep going, you can do it 🙂 I loved this post as it shows the world another side to weight loss for some folk, who do everything right and the weight still doesn’t shift. Keep focused on your clothes size and fitness, weight loss will be the cherry on the cake….eventually 🙂

  4. Wow, I am so impressed with you!! You are doing all of the right things for sure. I’ve had the same issues of getting on the scale and wanting to throw it out the window because I thought I did so good on my eating! I would focus more on the fact that you are leading a preventative healthy lifestyle rather than dieting. If you keep moving on this path, you will get where you want to be!! Good luck!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! I’ve just been ignoring the scale and making sure that I’m getting all of the essentials in… Especially my water! We’ll see what will happen at my next official weigh in. Thanks again 🙂

      • Sorry it took me so long to reply!! We own a recruitment firm and we’ve been struggling a bit! I hope your weigh in went well and even if it did not go well, what is important is that you are trying. Good luck!!! :o)

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