Why Can’t I Lose Weight — Update

So, I’ve actually been losing weight. People are beginning to notice — not to brag but I’m up to about 25 lbs. They are asking me how I did it. Honestly, the answer is that I eat a little bit less, and exercise a little bit more! Seriously, I use calorieking, and track each morsel of food. I also do aerobics/weight dvds about 5-6 days a week for about 75 minutes a day (and yes, I do them in the morning before I go to work. It’s not easy, as I’m NOT a morning person, but it helps me think during the day).

Leslie Sansone Walk at Home: This one is my favorite for low impact. I have knees that are really touchy, and there are times when I can’t jump around. I find her very easy to modify, and still very effective. My absolute favorite is the Fast and Firm 4 Really Big Miles…but I just checked out her website, and there are some really interesting 5 mile walks. I “adjust” the 4 mile walk by doing Mile 1, 2, 3, 2, and then the first 5 minutes of Mile 1 again as a cool down. According to my heart rate monitor, that is about 400 calories or so.

The Firm: I’m all about the weights and circuit training, and these ladies deliver! I’m using the series before the Wave that uses light hand weights — I’m up to 5 lbs, and I can promise you a challenge each time you do these tapes. Currently I’m doing the TransFIRMation system.

Jillian Michaels Shred Away the Pounds: this one is rough, but oh-so-very effective!. I do Jillian before I do either Leslie Sansone or the Firm. Talk about a challenge!

Most importantly, I have created an Excel spreadsheet. This spreadsheet has two tabs: One for data entry, and one for the results in a graphical format.  Geeky, I know, but oh so important. I have one graph that shows the relationship between my weight and the calories I’ve eaten the day before. It’s a given, if I have over 1300 calories one day, the next day I’ve gained weight, regardless of the amount/type of exercise I do. Therefore, my answer is simple. I just need to control my calories below 1300, which is where calorieking comes in.

I have graphs that show total weight loss year-to-date (YTD), and some that show month-to-date (MTD). I have some that show planned vs. actual, and one most of them I have a trendline. It helps when I hit a plateau, to see that I have actually broken through the plateau in the past, and that I can do it again. Let me show you:


Oh yeah, I’m a goal-oriented person. I’ve learned that I need attainable short-term goals in order to do my best work. Therefore, each week I set a goal of 1 lb. of weight loss. 1 pound a week. That’s it. Some weeks I lose more than one pound, and it is “saved” in my weight loss bank. Those weeks offset the weeks where I’ve hit a plateau. Since March, my average weight loss is very close to 1 lb. a week. The trick is not to think long-term. Most everyone can do 1 lb a week…it’s only ounces a day! And if you aren’t focused on a HUGE number like 15 lbs total, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the weight comes off.  Try it!

So, I can lose weight. I’ve proven to myself that I can do it. The trick is finding things that work for you. I use dvds, Excel, and calorieking, and really achievable (for me) goals. The trick is to find something that works for you, and update it as needed. Try it…it’s fun!

About Tricia Ransom

Patricia Ransom: wife, daughter, friend. Learning, laughing, living. Chicago, Illinois, downstate. Townie, urbanite, traveller. Note: The opinions expressed on this blog belong solely to me and should not be assumed to reflect the opinions of any of my employers past, current, or future.
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