I know its long but help please if you can...
Hey everyone! I'm a long time member of this community, but it has been a while since I've checked in regularly. I'm in BAD need of some support.
Here is what is going on with me....
Around the first of January I decided to get FIT by eating healthier and challenging myself to making and meeting exercise goals. My focus was to be on healthier living and happier living. I was determined not to make it about a number on a scale because I know that will follow if I live the way I should.
For food I have been doing weight watchers and closely following the program. I have been eating alot more fruits and veggies, lean meats, low-fat dairy, and only drinking water and milk. I have cut out carbinated, sugary sodas AND sweet tea. I'm not even drinking diet drinks. I have cut out going out to eat. I limit that to once per month unless there is a special occasion (example more than one birthday dinner that month or something like that). Even when I do eat out, I try to make better decisions (i.e. drink water, have a lower points dish instead of what I normally eat, etc.) I try not to have alot of carbs...but thats not to say I've cut them out. I refuse to do a fad diet where I eliminate one kind of food. If it isn't sustainable for the rest of my life then I won't do it.
For my exercise, I decided to get into running. I LOVE running; however, at almost 287 pounds (when I started)....my feet do NOT love running. I decided to start slow, but my goal was to be able to RUN a full 5K in 45 minutes or less by Thanksgiving.
Here is what its been like -->
I have LOVED what I have been eating. I have counted my points, planned meals, pre-prepped food, had 3 meals a day with 2 snacks, and I have allowed myself the occasional splurge. I'm tracking my good health guidlines also.
I walk/run 3.11 three times a week and walk 1.5 to 2 miles on the other days. I take one rest day per week. Occasionally to change things up I will do an interval challenge on a stationary bike at work OR do some Jillian Michaels DVDs (30 Day Shred and Cardio Kickboxing).
I have struggled greatly with plantar fasciitis (spelling??). I tried taping and wrapping my feet AND stretching them. Nothing seemed to help me. It would be so bad after walking that sometimes I couldn't walk that night. I did my first 5K on Feb 2nd. I finished DEAD LAST, and I couldn't walk for 2 days after. My feet hurt for a week. Many of the runners I know suggested I go to FLEET FEET to get fitted for good running shoes. I did that last Saturday. I ran Sunday and the shoes have made a HUGE Difference.
Here have been my scale results
Week 1 - down 1.8 (I really hadn't started yet but still lost)
Week 2 - down 3.4
Week 3 - down 2.8
Week 4 - down 1.8
Week 5 - down 1.8
Total - down 11.6 in 5 weeks. This greatly discouraged me. Typically when I have tried to lose weight I have a bigger loss the first couple of weeks AND lose at least 2 pounds a week every week after that. To top it off I normally don't exercise. I don't understand why this time I'm working SO hard and I am not even losing 2 pounds a week. I would like to lose at least 10 pounds a month.
The stress from thinking about this along with some things at work this week got to me and I allowed myself to binge all week long.
Week 6 - UP 4.6 points (279.6)
I'm kicking myself. I know I said I wasn't going to make this about a number on a scale, but I can't help it. What makes me so mad is the results I WAS getting every week were really good results. I'm really upset with myself right now. I'm mad that I gave up and gained back almost half of what I've lost.
All I can think about is maybe I should quit weight watchers or maybe I should work out more...or who knows what. I can't begin to tell you how badly I want this and how hard I've worked these past 6 weeks (not counting the last one). Why aren't I losing more? What is wrong with me? Are my goals unrealistic? What should I do? Has anyone else out there dealt with these issues?
Thanks for reading. I look forward to your responses.