Last Monday marked Week 8 of the Lose 10 Pounds in 12 Weeks Challenge aka the 10 Pound Challenge.
This week, I give updates. In my true form of brutal honesty–is there any other kind–I’ve decided to admit that I have not lost a single ounce since my update on Week 4.
I had planned to shove this under the rug, or pretend that I just “forgot” to do a Week 8 update in the hopes that no one would notice. (would you have noticed?) Because really, how do I–the person who’s hosting this darn thing–not lose weight?
I. DON’T. KNOW.
And let me tell you why I don’t know because hopefully you can help me out here.
- I run 4x a week (at least 15 miles each week and it’s only going to increase with my half marathon training)
- I do Pure Barre almost every day, and have missed only 4 days since I signed up February 23 (gotta get my money’s worth!)
- Most days I was sticking to 1300-1500 calories, with a couple of cheat days in betwen, but it wasn’t anything extravagant maybe like 2000-2300 calories total on cheat days
- I hardly eat simple carbs, and do eggs for breakfast, lentils and cauliflower for lunch, and protein (chicken) and veggies for dinner
I honestly feel like my body just doesn’t want to lose weight. I am 5’7 and have always had a very muscular frame. In high school, I weighed 20 pounds less than I do now, so I know it’s not like I’m asking myself to be super skinny. I want to be 10 pounds less than I am now, which I think is happy medium.
SO WHY AM I NOT LOSING WEIGHT?
Give me your advice! Any nutritionists out there?
The only thing I’ve come up with is that perhaps I am eating too little. I don’t think I’m fat, and honestly I feel very comfortable in my body, especially with the muscle I’ve gained in Pure Barre. And I know muscle weighs more than fat, but I feel like I should have lost at least something by now!
Since what I have been doing has NOT been working, I decided to take the advice of this girl and up my calories. So this past week, I started upping my calorie intake and have settled on 1700 calories a day. I also started eating carbs again-like whole wheat bread and *gulp* pasta. Oh pasta, how I’ve missed you.
Did the scale budge? Nope, still the exact same weight. Seriously. I didn’t lose any weight when I was eating 1300 calories a day, and I’m not losing any weight eating 1700 calories a day. I’ll take 1700 calories.
Here’s hoping you guys all had better luck than I have:
Andy from Tight Fisted Miser has actually gained weight. Thanks for making me feel better Andy! He’s hop[ing to lose some weight though during an upcoming long hike.
Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff (also one of our sponsors!) is stuck in weight loss limbo as well! She keeps yo-yo-ing around the same few pounds. Darn those pesky pounds!
One Frugal Girl has lost 9 pounds. Show off.
Incredible Shrinking Libra has lost almost 8 pounds. She’s shrinking alright.
How’s your weight loss going?