18 February 2013

Take it off Monday: Week 6

You guys?  I'm feeling frustrated.  And I know that's normal, but I am.  I had no loss this week.  Actually by Valentine's Day morning, I had gained a pound, which caused me to be super annoyed and eat! all! the! candy!
Not really, but I wanted too. {I lost that pound by the way.}

I'm staying on plan and I know it works, so I'm not sure what's going on.  I didn't have these issues last time... the weight sort of just fell off. {With a lot of hard work, of course.  Ahem.}  I'm following the plan just like I did the last time I was on Medifast {if not better} and I just feel stuck. Which is odd, because we're only 6 weeks in. Usually "stuck" happens at the end.

So, I looked into it a bit and I think there are a few things going on here that are helping to contribute to my lack of success*: stress, anxiety and, the #1 culprit, exhaustion. 

*I do think a 9 pound loss in 6 weeks is successful, but having only lost 1 pound in 3 weeks? Not so much. To me, anyway.
I have 3 kids and a full time job.  Mama is tired.  And I haven't really been sleeping well at night.  If one kid's not up, you better believe another is.  I also spend a lot of time at night making sure Reid does not fully wake up.  I have Spidey-Ears and wake at the first rustle or cough {damn cold} and then spend the next few minutes either checking on him or rocking him back to sleep.  Then, of course, it takes me twice as long to get back to sleep myself.  Now multiply that by 6 or 10 and that's how many times I end up getting up at night. There's probably only one night a week that I go to sleep and then don't wake up until my alarm goes off. Maybe. {But usually not.}

And, as an exhausted mama of 3, stress and anxiety just come with the territory. On top of that? I just lost my dad.  So multiply it by 100. {Or 1 million.}

I'm trying not to make excuses.  Believe me.  I truly just want to figure out what's going on so I can address these issues and kick this weight. I think exercise will help big time now. It's just finding the TIME to do it.  But I think once I work it into my schedule, it will help address the stress and anxiety, and of course, the weight.  But not the exhaustion.  I think I'm going to be dealing with that for the next 18+ years. ;)
So, how is everyone else doing on their diet plans this week?  I'd love to hear from you and/or have you share a link to your most recent post!

Week 6 Summary

Weight loss this week: -0 pounds

Weight loss to date: -9 pounds

Weight left to lose: 21 pounds
First Goal: 10 pounds
  • Reward: Mani/Pedi
Second Goal: 20 pounds
  • Reward: Massage
Final Goal: 30 pounds
  • Reward: Head-to-Toe new outfit!
Success: ?

Set-Backs: Just feeling stuck.
Exercise: I think my lunch break is the only free time I have now.  I'd love to say I'll wake up early and work out, but when I'm up every hour, I think I'd just end up throwing my alarm out the window if it went off before I actually had to get up. {See: Exhaustion.} So I will officially be 30 Day Shreadin' it during my lunch break. Good times.

Busy parents- when do you find time to work out?

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Brandy said...

I just posted the LONGEST mfing post!

I'm doing well. That TOM and I am down 2. last one I lost zero so I am happy with it. my whole body seems to come to a halt when I have my period.

I get the exhaustion. I only sleep about 4 hours a night.

Honestly I haven't started working out. I have lots more weight to lose and I am pretty happy with walking for my commute. I have had energy issues with my blood sugar and I am still working all that out.

One pound in 3 weeks is pretty funky for Medifast but it CAN happen. Just stick with it. And/or add extra protein if you're exercising a lot? I am sure nutritional support would have some advice for you!

brandy said...

oh heck, here's a clicky link.

brandy said...

oh heck, here's a clicky link.

Anonymous said...

I work out at lunch at least 3 times a week. I am hoping that once the time changes I can add in running once or twice a week.
I have started cutting back my sugars. That has helped me to lose some in my belly.
Good luck!!

Unknown said...

When I worked out (and somehow that needs to change to when I work out, but I'm just in a funk and don't feel like doing it...what's wrong with fat and happy these days?) I did it at night once the kids were in bed. They are typically in bed by 8pm so I would head up to the third floor and do my video. If there was a show I typically watched at 8, I would DVR it. A show at 9, was great motivation to hurry the hell up. The only thing I didn't like about the 8pm work outs was it made me hungry and awake at 9 and 10 pm so I felt like I was defeating the whole purpose. I tried hard to monitor my evening snacks, almonds fruit, snickers (oops) and would make myself go to bed by 11-11:30. Ughhh, I guess I should start again shouldn't I.

Sara said...

I just started WW and lost 4 pounds my first week which is great motivation to keep going. I know I won't have 4 pound losses every week, but knowing that I CAN do this and it does work is enough for me to keep going.

My big struggle is portion control and staying away from sweets. I did good with that this week, but I'm not going to lie. I was hungry. I have a super high metabolism (always have) so I have to find a better balance between filling foods and not using all my points for the day/week.

I am currently sidelined with a knee injury so no gym yet (although I do belong to one) and I have found Zumba to be really effective for me. I need to feel like I'm not working out in order to be motivated to go to the gym. I can't just go and run on a treadmill for 40 minutes. Who wants to do that?! Classes seem to be the best fit for me. Even better if you can convince your sisters or a friend to go with you!

J-Berg said...

Oh Mama, I hear your cries and I completely relate. (Although I only have 1 child)

I'm currently doing WWers. I work full time and my DH works full time as well. Plus, he's in comission based sales so in order to be successful, his hours are longer.

I also have a hard time fitting in workouts. I can typically get one, maybe two, in on weekends. But the week days are hard.

One thing that helped, I signed up for Yoga class one night a week. My husband has it on his calender and knows that is "my night." So, he's always home on time and handles the babe.

Otherwise, it's choas.

Preplanning and sticking to my schedule has helped. But life happens! What can you do?

Tammy said...

I am so frustrated this week that I didn't even do a TIOM post! I don't know if it was bloat, valentine goodies or what, but i was back up to my starting weight! UGH! Andplusalso I have been exercising 3-4 times a week. I should be seeing something come off, right?

Madonna said...

I feel your pain... And exhaustion, except I only have two kids (my son is a month younger than Reid). I belong to the Y where I can take E to their child care after work. It's not ideal since I can only get in a 30 min workout at most before going home to get dinner ready, but it's something. Plus, she likes to play with the other kids.

I gained this week - again - and I am VERY frustrated. It's hard to keep trying when you continue to have setbacks. So I'm going to try really hard again this week and hope there is some sort of loss in there to get me motivated again.

I hope next week is better!

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