Thursday, April 5

The Meltdown {v.14} Battling Through



Progress! Points! & Battling Through:

I thought this would be a good time to remind myself where I started and where I am now!

Measurements:
Chest: 34"
Arms: 10" (-.5")
Waist: 25" (-.5")
Hips/Butt: 36.5" (-.5")
Thighs: 21"
 
Weight Lost Since Last Weigh-in: 1 pound 
Total Weight Lost: 22 pounds
Inches Lost This Week: 1.5
Total Inches Lost: 35.5 inches

Points Earned:

This Week: 55
Points Balance: 342 

I've reached the dreaded "crawl" in my weight loss and inches.  I blame: Jillian Michael's.  It doesn't feel like I should be entering conservation mode because I am only working out 20 minutes a day, however; the scale and measuring tape are starting to say otherwise.  I was actually surprised to have lost any weight this week because I just feel, well, crappy for lack of a better word.

I've been feeling less energized, super moody (and its not even close to that time yet) as well as just blah over all.  Everything is pointing towards the body quite misleadingly thinking its starving.  I have to switch things up and get back to a place where my body and spirit can co-exist in harmony while walking hand in hand towards my end goal.  So how in the world am I to convince this body of mine that everything is ok?

For one, I refuse to cut back on exercise…that is just not going to happen.  I need exercise and I've got to the point where it is habit, and don't want to lose that drive.

So, what other options do I have?  Diet modification.  I thought cheating by adding a little more condiments, a little more calories here and there would be enough, but I was wrong.  Right now I'm eating on the Medifast 5&1 plan (5 Medifast meals + 1 Lean & Green meal).  The next step would be to switch to the 4&2 plan (4 Medifast meals + 2 Lean & Green meals).  

I'm sort of torn on whether I want to just finish out the 30 Day Shred without changing things up because even though I only lost 1 pound and less than 2 inches, it was still a loss.  Can I use mind over matter here or am I just delaying what will actually work?  I haven't decided what it will be yet, whether I will do one more week, finishing out the Shred, or start taking in a few more calories.  Guess you'll have to visit next week to see!!

Have you reached a plateau in your weight-loss?  How did you break out of it?  What helped you battle through!?

This Week:

I'm proud of these choices:

I'm rocking the 30 Day Shred, only 8 days left until I can say I did it!

I'd like to work more on:

Getting to bed by 10pm, most nights.
Keeping my food journal again.
Drinking half my body weight in ounces of water. 

I totally cheated when:

I've been eating these delicious sugar free Jell-o mousse cups with sugar free Cool Whip, does this count as cheating??


How did you do this week?

Want to catch up on my weight loss journey?

19 comments:

  1. Carla KaramApril 05, 2012

    Courtney... First off... you look fabulous!!!  Great job!!  I see you have a thirty day goal and that's awesome.  I don't know if you'll regret not sticking it out... but a  little bit of a change up may help.  Maybe change your workout to a different time of day and throwing in different exercises.  Sometimes our bodies gets too used to the "routine" and a change is welcomed.   my personal trainers and friends that are body builders and fitness models highly recommended to eat 5 to 6 small meals per day, every two hours and turn up my exercise.   

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  2. Thanks for the tips Carla!!! :) And the compliments!! :)

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  3. Kristina TorrejonApril 05, 2012

    Your before and after pictures are really starting to look so different!! You look amazing!! Proud of you! 

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  4. I am a latecomer to this conversation but I have to say that you look spectacular! Way to go! I think with all things we are inspired to do we hit plateaus and sometimes even setbacks; they are to be expected. The good thing is they force us to reassess and continually seek ways to improve. Keep it up! 

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  5. I love that 30 day shred! I started it once upon a time, and ended up stopping it when I found out I was pregnant with my second. I lost 2 pants sizes in just 1 week. I was rather shocked!  I so want to start again, but have NO drive to. :/

    LOVE the before and after pictures! You really are doing a great job! :)  

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  6. Wow! You rock and I'm jealous! You just keep on keeping on...you look great!

    Sharon

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Courtney! You know I am loving this journey of yours. I wish I had some answers as to why you're feeling the way you do. I'm guessing it's the diet. You need more protein maybe? I don't know, I'm no where NEAR an expert. Seems like the 30 Day Shred would shed some insight on what you should be eating right now, you know?

    But wow. You look so great. Healthy, curvy, and gorgeous. :)

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  8. Thanks Ronni! I started using myFitnessPal to try and see what I was actually taking in…looks like I was creating too big of a calorie deficit…so I'm adding a few things to hopefully get me back in fat-burning mode!

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  9. Leigh MontgomeryApril 05, 2012

    You have come such a long way! Congrats - I don't see a muffin top anywhere! Great job!!!
    Leigh @oneandoneequalstwinfun.com

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  10. Wow, you're doing a GREAT job! Keep it up! Unfortunately I haven't started my exercise regimen yet--this is my 8th baby, and my body ain't what it used to be, so I have that for an excuse, ha!

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  11. Great job, girl! You look fantastic!

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  12. Thanks! Oooh! 8!!! I want 7! You definitely have an excuse!! :)

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  13. Hey lady!! I haven't been around in a while, and I so appreciate you reaching out to me :) It feels really good that you would even notice! 
    I just wanted to say that having been gone for a while, seeing your before and current pictures is amazing!! You have done such a great job! I know you are in a plateau moment, but I just wanted to encourage you with how far you have already come! And yes, 1 pound is still a loss ;) Keep it up because you are looking fantastic!

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  14. Thank you so much Amanda!! I hope you are well! Just know you are missed! ;)

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Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I don't always have time to respond to each one, but I do read them! XO