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on September 29, 2013

I’ve been absent from the blog for a few days. I didn’t realize just how many until I looked at the calendar today and the date of the last post. Yes, I’ve had the normal busy life at work and yesterday I took a great day away from everything and took a boat ride out to Ft. Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas (about 70 miles west of Key West). No phone service no high tech anything. Just miles and miles of clear, jewel-toned water and endless blue skies. I’ll share some photos later, but I wanted to get this written part of the post up while it’s on my mind.

Folks, I’m eating the way that I’m supposed to. I’m exercising the way I’m supposed to and have even ramped it up with the bike. I cannot get the scale to move down. I’m frustrated, annoyed and frustrated again. This is not a good place for me to be in emotionally. It absolutely makes me want to eat. How contrary is that?

Compulsive overeating is, indeed, a contrary disorder.

I know intellectually that I simply need to keep doing what I’m supposed to do and, eventually, the weight will drop. I know this, but often emotions are stronger than intellect. At the very least, they’re more dramatic.

So, I’ve now dumped it out here and hope to leave the emotions on the page, so to speak. I’m about to go out for an 8-10 mile bike ride and then come home and spend the day doing things around the house. I’m also going to whisper affirmations in my head and remind myself that eating inappropriately will not advance me to my goal. While I pedal, I’ll think of something delicious and healthy that I can make for dinner tonight. I need to stay on track. That’s the bottom line.

Thanks for listening reading!

8 responses to “Frustrated

  1. Mary Stella says:

    Thanks so much for the encouragement. I’m going to get a friend help me with my measurements. I haven’t done them in several months and it will be very interesting, not to mention a real boost, to see how many inches I’ve lost! I think I’ve also been holding onto some fluid. This morning my ring feels looser than it did yesterday.

  2. Cathy M says:

    As others have said, muscle weighs more than fat. If you check your measurements and have lost inches, but not pounds, that would seem to be the situation – you’ve increased muscle mass. The good thing about that is that muscle burns more calories than fat, even when not exercising, so every pound of increased muscle mass is a good thing. If it’s really bothering you, could you contact your doctor’s office for advice until your next appointment?

    Would a vacation from the scale for a week or two be a good or a bad thing at this point?

    I hope the frustration lessens and you continue to be kind to yourself as you work through this situation.

  3. Hope says:

    Keep on keeping on, Mary. I know you can do it!

    Do you think it might be some muscle weight from all that biking? I’m so impressed that you went from “I haven’t biked in years” to “I think I’ll go for a 10 mile bike ride.” You’re awesome!

  4. Skye says:

    Being stuck in spite of all your hard work IS frustrating and it sucks. It sounds like you are managing yourself and your old-habit thoughts quite well, however. You have so many reasons to be proud of yourself and all you have done! I hope today is a wonderful day for you and that you are able to keep the mental attitude up!

  5. Susanne says:

    I know there’s a scientific reason for this — actually, no I don’t. Personally I think you’re plateauing (sp?) and building muscle, and this must be so frustrating for you. But you know exactly what to do and you’re doing it. Go you!

  6. kipper43 says:

    Mary, I soooo get what you are going through. I wonder if your ramp up is making your muscles stronger and keeping you from getting through this bump in the road.
    I am flat lined too but for different reasons, 18 day vacation , 1 day home , five days at DRC. My goal was to stay the same weight. I did not achieve that I gained 2 pounds. Now I am struggling to get back into routine.

    Solutions for me is I have my before and current pictures (about a year apart) and tell myself and family outloud I AM NOT GOING BACK THERE! I say it every day.

    You will get through this block. I believe writing your blog is what keeps you in check and helps you and us at the same time.

    You can do this and keep that beautiful confident smile shining . I see you in your convertible content, proud and accomplished. That is the Mary I see and believe.

    Rock on

  7. Milo says:

    Don’t give up! You’re probably losing in more subtle ways. Have you started tracking your measurements? Since you’ve lost a good portion of weight now and have upped your physical activity, your body might be in an adjustment period and you could be losing inches as your body changes its shape.

  8. Just wanted to drop by and let you know I like your blog, I can certainly relate to the frustration. Keep up the good work, don’t give up!

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