Friday, February 1, 2013

Stinted progress.

I joined Gold's Gym a few days ago. And gee, is it beautiful. Its got a great space with lots of machines and classes to take. But let me just say, I took a cycling class last night- and it was awesomely intense. Really hard, really sweaty, etc. But yet... listen to this. I didn't lose any weight this morning.

Losing weight is depressing. I'm just gonna put that out there. PS I thought I ate alright... 1450 calories yesterday. So seriously. Why no change in numbers?

Anyway, its super annoying because I talked to a trainer at the gym (when I joined, I got a free consultation with a trainer- he just got my height, weight, etc. and found out my BMI and body fat percentage and gave me a few toning exercises for my upper body). Anyway, the trainer said the amount of calories my body burns per day, if I just sit all day, is 1900.

What?! Seriously. It can't be true. I keep track of my calories and when I eat even 1700 calories, I never lose weight the next day. Also, trainer said I should keep my heart rate at around 145 to be losing fat. If my heart rate goes up to what he called the "cardio range" of 160 or so, I'm no longer losing fat, but my fat is turning into muscle.

Again, what?! I thought that if you just exercised and lost calories (losing more calories than you eat) you'll lose weight. Anyway, needless to say I'm very confused about how to go forward. Should I only do enough cardio to raise my heart rate to 145? In my experience, that's not working tooooo hard. But will I just have to work out at a moderate level for a long time? Like an hour on the treadmill or elliptical instead of 25-30 minutes? I mean, that's boring... to spend an hour on the treadmill.

I'm just gonna try and eat around 1200-1400 calories a day still, because in my short experience that is the only time I lost any weight.

Also, this is random, but I just entered to win these really cute Minnetonka moccasins from a blog I follow, Cotton and Curls. I just had to blog about them to get an extra entry in the contest... so please indulge me!


  1. Those moccasines look great.
    I have been on the diet roller coaster since Alex was born. All failed, I was miserably hungry, when I reached 50 years old - I gave it all up. Much happier. HOWEVER. the only successful diet for me was the Atkins diet, I did lose over 20 lbs. No carbs. I could eat fats. (Did NOT raise my cholesterol).

  2. Have you tried myfitnesspal? You can download the free app for your phone. I keep tabs on myself on there. That said, I don't know what you can do with diabetes in terms of diet. But I like to juice cleanse, email me whenever (if you're interested) and I will tell you more about it. I am going to (eventually, when I get around to it) write a blog post about it. You know how those things go.