flagchic's Journal, 24 September 2012


At long last, I'm breaking my plateau. In the last few months, I've been losing so, so little. I couldn't figure it out! I was tracking my calories, the same as always, and exercising 4 times a week (cardio and strength training/weights). I didn't know why I had stopped losing, and I just figured it was a plateau and all I could do is just be consistent.

Well, I realized what was happening (after reading several articles/blogs on the subject). In the last few months, I've stopped using the elliptical because it just didn't seem to give me the same sweaty, intense work out it used to, and I have started seriously running. I HATE running. But I've worked my way to 20 minutes nonstop and I've been increasing the speed to work on my distance in that time. I've also upped my weights and added new strength machines/exercises.

SO I had increased my calories burned with an intense running/jogging work out and strength training.... but I failed to increase my calorie intake, inadvertently putting my body into starvation mode. I was literally making my body hang on to my weight! So, this week, I let myself eat more calories (healthily, of course). Actual bread slices instead of sandwich thins, natural peanut butter, whole scoops of protein powder instead of half (which I did to save calories). AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

I lost 2.8 pounds this week! After weeks of losing .5 pounds per week, if anything. I'm inching further into ONEderland!

Anyway, this has been my first week experimenting with my new theory, so hopefully, this will continue. I was eating around 1250-1350 calories (tracked) per day. So, I'll start to aim for 1500-1600 and see where that takes me.

I hope everybody is having a great Monday!
197.0 lb Lost so far: 63.0 lb.    Still to go: 17.0 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 24 September 2012:
1410 kcal Fat: 52.30g | Prot: 99.74g | Carb: 154.02g.   Breakfast: Light and Fit Greek Blueberry Yogurt. Lunch: Pure Almond Milk - Unsweetened Original, Chocolate Whey Protein Powder, Bananas, Sandwich Thins - Multi-Grain, Natural Smooth and Creamy Peanut Butter. Dinner: Beef Outside Skirt Steak (Trimmed to 1/4" Fat), Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber OriginalTortillas, Fat Free Refried Beans, Avocados, Fat Free Sour Cream, Green Taco Sauce (Mild), Shredded 2% Milk 4 Cheese Mexican Blend Cheese. Snacks/Other: Nutri-Grain Cereal Bar - Cherry. more...
2641 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 10 minutes, Walking (exercise) - 3.5/mph - 8 minutes, Running (jogging) - 5/mph - 20 minutes, Weight Training (moderate) - 25 minutes, Resting - 14 hours and 57 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
on diet flagchic's own diet   losing 2.5 lb a week


So glad you are seeing some more movement. And its great you have paid enough attention to figure it out. Hope it keeps up! Good work :) 
24 Sep 12 by member: Bkeller1023
Rockin it lady! Fuel that running and you are securely in ONEderland now! 
24 Sep 12 by member: HCB
Good for you, we are all afraid to add more calories. I wish that was my problem right now but I went on a yeast bread binge and it's taking me some time to get back on track. I don' even want to weigh right now. Keep up the good work. 
28 Sep 12 by member: Addie Aline


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