Shanna’s Skinny It Up Challenge :: Week 5

Week 5.

Emotionally, not a great week. I’ve still been strong on my diet and workout plan, but I’m working out 4-5 days a week, eating 1400 healthy calories a day, and I’ve still only lost between 3-4 pounds total. 5 weeks, 3-4 pounds. I’m going back and reading through my food diary (which I now have one on paper, one on my phone and one on my computer so I never miss a single thing I put in my mouth) – and I can’t figure out where I am going wrong.

I’m frustrated.

My husband has lost 8 in the last two weeks. He’s not even working out. Looks like his periodic Custom Fit Meals and daily Visalus shakes are working amazingly for him. Men.

And on top of it all, it’s my 25th birthday tomorrow and this weekend is going to be very hard for me with dinners and lunches that my friends and family has planned for me. I have to stay strong, I know it, but it’s so easy to give into the temptation when I’m not seeing the results that I want…Yet, I hope.

I know these ‘results’ are coming. My body is changing, and I can feel it, I just can’t see it on the scale, and for some reason until I see it on the scale I’m not going to believe that anything is truly changing.

Delaney has me doing crazy workouts this week too. I think Wednesday’s personal training session was the hardest yet. We went outside in the parking lot and she made me run lap after lap after lap while doing strength training in between. Ouch. I’m not proud of the names I called her Wednesday night – sorry Delaney! 😉

Inner Strength is still an amazing class and I am really enjoying taking it every week. I promised a coworker I would try BodyCombat soon too – so maybe this coming week will be the time I give it a shot!

Has anyone else had this same problem?

3 Comments(s)

  1. Michelle says:

    Hi Shanna,
    First – you are doing a great job incorporating exercise and healthy choices!!! Here is my advise on the food:
    1. Are you weighing and measuring everything you eat? I had to start out doing this and when those 2-3 pounds try to creep back on, go right back to it. I have a scale next to my stove and measuring cups within reach. Even being off by an ounce can affect calorie count.
    2. Are you choosing nutrient dense foods…fruit, veggies, lean meats, whole grains? Things with a good fiber/protein contenct
    3. Are you sure 1400 cals is what you are supposed to have? I am 38, teach 6 classes/week (2 BP, 2 RPM, 1 CXworx and 1 BP/CXWorx combo) plus I run 3 days a week and swim 1. In order for me to maintain my weight, I can only eat about 1350 cals. In order to lose 1-2 pounds/week, it’s about 1200. That’s according to a liscensed nutritionist I met. I am a lifetimer with Weight Watchers so never really knew how many calories, all about the points of a certain food.

    Again – you are doing a great job with all the changes. Stick with it and you will see the results you are looking for. I would LOVE to see you in my CXWorx class (5pm on Mondays)

    • O2 Fitness Admin says:

      Hey Michelle,

      Thanks for the advice! I have checked a few different resources and they are all saying for my age/height/weight that 1400 calories will put me at a loss of 1.8-2lbs per week. I have been coming in at or under that on workdays.. Do you think its too little or too much?

  2. Michelle says:

    I think everyone is different and that if 1400 is your number, then great! You are also a good 13 years younger than me….starting to discover the drawbacks of getting older – weight doesn’t come/stay off like it used to!!! I remember before I had children (my oldest is 6) and training for my first triathlon, the weight just seemed to melt off. Not so much now 🙂

    Love following your blog – you are doing a great job!!!

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