Friday, February 29, 2008

Slowly, but surely

I lost another 600 grams this week to take me down to 98.9 kilos (217.5 lbs). I have to admit that my small losses lately have been getting frustrating. I know I am losing a healthy amount of weight, but I am just itching for a week with a big loss of 1 or 2 kilos.

Normally I would be happy with losing about 500 grams a week, but I have been busting my arse for the last month and it isn't reflecting on the scales as much as I would like. This last week I decided that I would do everything possible to lose a kilo, I stuck to 1200 calories, cut out carbs, increased my incidental exercise and exercised every day and even that didn't work. I don't really know what more I can do and I feel like I should be losing more weight considering how much weight I still have to lose and how strict I am being.

I know there a lot of reasons this could be happening- I could be building muscle (I doubt I am building that much muscle though), I could just be on a plateau or it could be my PCOS having an impact. I am just wondering if any ladies out there take Metformin for their PCOS? I would be interested to hear if it has helped with your weight loss because I am considering going back on it if it does.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to kick start weight loss? I have decided to eat whatever I want for one meal a some stage this weekend with the hope it gives my metabolism a boost- that is my excuse and I am sticking to it anyway! :-)

Anyway, that is enough whinging for a Friday night. When it is all said and done, I am grateful to have a loss at all.


  1. Really small losses, consistently, when you're busting your butt can be pretty disappointing, I know how you feel- after 2 months of personal training at the gym, my second appraisal saw me weigh in at 1kg higher than before. I'd say it wasn't a case that I'd put on weight, more the normal fluctuations- I just hadn't lost any.

    I don't have any solutions though :( I was in the same situation- ate perfectly over a long period of time, worked my butt off... but it just didn't seem to work. In the end the only thing that seems to make a difference is cutting out carbs at night, and upping the cardio. I did it for a while, but it was hard to maintain. I'm weighing in the middle of the day now, so the morning after gain associated with pasta at night isn't such a problem.

    You could be right, PCOS could have something to do with it. I have issues similar to PCOS, and I think that's probably half my problem.

  2. Sorry I didn't leave a comment the previous entry. Congratulations for breaking the 100 kg mark! And congrats for the continued loss!

    As for the current situation, I really don't know. I'm sure others will have some suggestions.

  3. Let's kick-start your burn! Exercise first thing in the morning, BEFORE Breakfast. You're Glycogen stores are the lowest and this will aid you in burning fat much more quickly and will keep the burn going the whole day. What sort of exercise? Walking. Just walk. Another tip, no carbohydrates at night, no eating 4 hours before bedtime. When Robert De Niro was asked how he gained so much weight for Raging Bull he said, "I had a milkshake every night right before bed." I'm not anti-carb, but you need to know when to eat them. Breakfast and Lunch. Don't be De Niro. Otherwise, my best advice is: consistency. Eat properly (whole foods) everyday, exercise everyday (regardless if you don't feel like it). No "cheat" days, and no "off" days. You can always walk. Get that routine going.

  4. When you're doing everything you can, small losses can be so aggravating. Hope things turn around soon.

  5. I'm just too jealous to even think of any advice. I haven't lost any weight for what feels like an age.

    Though of all of the advice that the mighty war-khan has given, I think the exercising before breakfast might be the one that might give your body a bit of a shock. (Assuming that that's what you haven't been doing thus far)

  6. Hi Tully
    First of all hi...i've been a reader of your blog for quite some time now
    I feel your frustration...I am in the same boat. Eating well, working my ass off at the gym and no sizeable results. Its very disheartening but I hope knowing you are not the only one going through this makes you feel a bit better. If I come up with any good solutions will let you know!

  7. A loss is a loss...and way to go on your progress. But, I know it is frustrating when you would like a larger loss. But, every little bit helps and you a are doing great!

  8. Hey Tully!
    the good news is that you are moving the heck away from 100kgs! Be patient, your body needs time to adjust and while you might not immedately see dramatic numbers, things are moving positively in your body and when it is ready, it will let go of the weight. The body never lies, it will reward you for all these efforts. keep up the good work. Ok, now onto the other news: You"ve been tagged and
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  9. Wow ... Congrats on another loss!! I know the little ones are frustrating but let your body catch up ... I bet in the next couple of weeks you will see the 'big' loss you are waiting for.
    I am jealous too .... Good on you!!

  10. An observation I've made, just from reading other people's blogs, is that sometimes when people aren't losing weight, but seemingly doing everything right, it's because their calorie limit is a bit too low. And it seems that if they experiment with upping their calorie limit a bit, the pounds magically start to fall off again. I'm not saying this is your case for sure, but it may be worth experimenting with. Your idea to eat what you want at one meal may be a step in the right direction.

    You've gotten a lot of comments with a lot of good ideas, so you have lots to experiment with! Good luck! I'm sure you'll be showing losses soon! :)

    And congrats on the awesome amount of weight that you have already lost! You are truly an inspiration! :)

  11. WooHoooo! I can't imagine me being under 100kilos. Were you estatic when you got there?!?
    You go girl!


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