You have probably seen my weight loss ticker in my right sidebar, and if you have been paying it ANY attention lately, you know that it has not moved in almost 3 weeks. I'm stuck, and I am confused! I have been eating less and exercising more, and nothing seems to be changing. Yes, I know, it is not all about the number on the scale. But the number on my tape measure hasn't changed lately either.
I did abandon my diet completely the first weekend of May for my birthday. And I relaxed my rules a bit while my parents were here visiting. But, all in all, I stuck to my guns. There was even one night while they were here that I cooked ribs and mashed potatoes for everyone, but I ate an egg white omelette, strawberries and yogurt!
I'm not trying to become toothpick thin. I would just like to lose about 10 more pounds. And I would like to lose the flab from my arms, belly and thighs. I want to look toned.
So, I'm doing the unthinkable. I'm going to give you ALL of my stats (GASP!) in the hope that someone out there in blog land can tell me what the heck I am doing wrong. I'll take advice from anyone and everyone. But if you or someone you know happens to be a nutritionist or personal trainer, please pass my numbers along to them as well! Maybe one of the gals over at BookieBoo can give me some advice...
Here we go:
I am a 33 year old female. I'm 5'7" tall. I've had one child. I currently (and for the last 3 weeks) weigh 144 pounds. I had gained up to 160, and lost the first 15 pounds very easily. I usually eat between 1200-1500 calories a day or between 18 - 20 Weight Watchers points. On average, I run about 12 miles a week (4 times a week at 2.5 to 4 miles each time).
Here's a breakdown of my past 5 days to put it all into perspective for you:
Sunday - 1360 Calories, 24.8 Fat Grams, 21 WW Points - Ran 4.2 miles outside & did 30 minute cardio DVD
Monday - 1320 Calories, 18.2 Fat Grams, 19 WW Points - No exercise
Tuesday - 1000 Calories, 9.1 Fat Grams, 15 WW Points - Ran 3 miles on treadmill
Wednesday - 1015 Calories, 20.5 Fat Grams, 17 WW Points - Ran 3.5 miles on treadmill
Thursday - 1145 Calories, 12.3 Fat Grams, 16 WW Points - Ran 2.5 miles outside
So there you have it. I'm eating healthy and I'm exercising. I drink at least 72 ounces of water a day (sometimes flavored with Crystal Light) What else can I do? HELP!
While I'm asking for advice, what are your recommendations for workout videos. I've been dying to try the 30 day Shred, but I can't find it in stores anywhere. For all the time I've spent looking in stores, I could have ordered it online and had it delivered twice by now!
Also, I'm not really doing much in the way of strength training right now. Unless you consider the occasional workout of walking a couple of miles with 5 pounds weights in each hand to be strength training. In my mind, I figured I needed to lose the weight before I tried to build the muscle. Is this wrong? And to that end, who can answer the age old debate for me... cardio then strength in a workout, or strength then cardio?
So there you have it folks? Who has all the magic answers for me?!