I don't post often here, but perhaps often enough that some folks might remember that I am at a plateau. I joined LAWL in July 2006, had to go inactive from mid August to October as I became pregnant (but miscarried), and got right back at it in October. In November I joined a gym and began working out four to five times per week. My workout is being developed by a personal fitness coach (PFC) who also specializes in nutrition counselling. I do 20 - 30 minutes of cardio every time, along with another 30 - 40 minutes of weights to shape and tone, core strength training and stretching.
I have been on purple with lites this whole time, and have not really seen a loss since December. I am definitely losing inches but have been stuck between 185 and 187 for the last 8 to 9 weeks.
My PFC reviewed my menu plan the other day. She suggested that what's happening is that I am not getting enough protein and complex carbs, so my body is storing what I am getting because it needs it to support my workout regime.
I went to the COD yesterday to talk to them about it. They have been planning to put me on gold once I hit 183. I don't have all the specifics about each plan, but understand that gold has reduced amounts of food. I told the COD about the talk with the PFC, and asked if I could have a plan that would increase slightly my protein and carb intake. They called their nutritionist and when they got off the phone said "sure, we'll put you on blue which gives you 1 more starch and 1/2 a protein".
I was delighted! Until I sat this morning to plan my menu and discovered that yes, I get an extra half protein but
the portion sizes have been decreased. So in fact, I have been reduced in protein! Whereas I used to be able to have (for example) 16 oz of chicken per day and count that as 2 protein, now I can have 15 oz and count it as 2 1/2 protein.
Grrrrrrr. I feel totally not listened to and actually slightly dissed! I feel a bit as if they thought I might not clue in to it and just get fooled by having an extra half circle to colour in every day.
For now, I'm going to follow the portion sizes in purple for the protein and see what that does for me in 2 weeks.
Any advice? Sorry for the long vent!!!