My Weight Loss Progress

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hitting the Wall

There is a phrase in the runner's world called "hit the wall", this refers to a point during a marathon where the runner basically runs out of energy and experiences great fatigue. One runner described it as though an elephant fell from the sky and she had to carry it for the rest of the race. Approximately 50% of non-elite Marathon runners hit the wall at least once; some go on to finish the race and some don't.

Sometimes I feel like my weight loss journey is a marathon. I didn't have 10 pounds to lose (a sprint), or 30 pounds to lose (a 5K) or even 60 pounds (a 1/2 marathon) but I had 100+ pounds! I knew that this would take time, I knew that it would be hard but the last few weeks have been tough. The scale will not seem to move and I feel like I have hit a wall! It is so discouraging because at the same time I feel like I am in better shape. I mean, I just finished my first 5K, I had an awesome workout this week....yet the scale still remains the same.

I know that the biggest problem is my diet. They say that you can't out train a bad diet. That is the problem though. My diet isn't bad; it's just not great. I let little things slip! That might be okay once I am maintaining but I am only 2/3 through this race and I have a long way to go. I still need to be losing 2 pounds a week. I keep committing to a food journal and I am still not doing it. Not much of a commitment, huh? Now I know Easter is this weekend and we will eat foods we aren't supposed to. Moderation in all things..right?

Is the last leg of this race even possible? I feel so close, yet so far away. I am finally getting into normal sizes, bought a size 12 pair of jeans recently! But I don't want to be a size 12..I want to be a size 8! This is where the biggest difference is made. This is where it needs to happen! I know that I can do this but it is hard and I just thought I would share my thoughts. We are going to Orlando, FL the first week of June; I really want to hit a goal by then. It was 20 pounds but now I am running out of time. It is 6 weeks away! Should I set a realistic goal and shoot for 12 pounds? While it's not 20, it would be great to be there.


  1. hey! You CAN do it!! You've been training incredibly hard, and you've got to give yourself some credit and some slack because often my hardest training weeks were my smallest weight loss ones. It just works that way sometimes. But you're doing a great job making changes--and I hope you know I am SO proud of you!! I'd say keep your June goal attainable--and then if you overshoot, you'll feel even MORE incredble! :)

  2. I agree with Rachel- set yourself up for succes. An attainable goal will keep you accountable and lift your spirits once you attain it. And yes, moderation is key. 'Cause if we always make excuses for specail occasions, vacations, holidays, etc. we are not really learning to live a new lifestyle only putting off what we really want. Love you!

  3. I think you need to start focusing on circumference and size. With muscle weighing more than fat and as much strength as you are doing you may not lose more than 10-15 more pounds. BUT you will keep losing size! I have lots of clients that weigh 160 and are a size 8. Keep pushing and stop letting the number on the scale mean so much. Let's aim for a size 10 before your June vacation.

  4. Tammye you are right about the muscle...but...I know the whole truth about my eating and it has not been good. There have been WAY to many little slip ups, and they have been happening daily. You always say that you cant out train a bad diet. It is so true! Back on the wagon! I like your goal of size 10 by June but its only 6 weeks away! Is it possible?

  5. It is possible!! It's totally posiible, but no more wasted workouts! Ha You have got to get at least 2-3 strength workouts per week and 2 interval sessions! 3-4 cheats per week, that's it! Come on girl! You can do this!