Today I had to really sit back for a bit and remind myself that I need to stay focused on the big picture. It is easy to stay positive and motivated when things are going well, but it is so important to have a “big picture” reason for staying on track when things don’t seem to progress.
My Big Picture
Right now, my “big picture” is making sure I am well-trained for Ironman 70.3 St. George. Ideally I will lose some more weight before St. George in May.
Last week was not a great week for me for workouts.
I didn’t end up doing a bike on Monday. I worked Sunday night, slept for a few hours Monday morning, and spent the rest of the day trying to clean the house and get the kids caught up on school work.
I simply didn’t have the energy.
Tuesday I worked, but ran on the treadmill on my supper break. It wasn’t my best run, but I got 3 miles in and was happy with that.
Wednesday I did another FTP test on the bike. I feel like I have been gaining strength on the bike and was pretty excited to do this test, because I was sure it was going to go up by a lot!
The FTP (Functional Threshold Power) is the power you can sustain for approximately 1 hour. The FTP test that I did is biking for 20 minutes as hard as I could sustain for the full 20 minutes. Then Trainer Road multiplies this number by .95. It went really well and I had sweat pouring off me….to me, a sure sign I had put in a great effort.
I was excited to see the number…
But it was only 1 watt higher than my previous FTP that I did months ago. What a let down after the high of a great workout!!!
I was almost in tears and really frustrated. I have been working hard on the bike and I expected better.
Oh well. Moving on. It is what it is and I will do another one at the beginning of March.
Thursday Becky and I were going to run hills, but both chickened out because it was too cold.
So I found an interval workout on Pinterest and took it to the gym. It looked like this….
5 minute warm up
Incline 30 seconds @ 4%, 30 seconds @5%, 30 seconds @6%,
1 minute flat, then repeat the inclines higher than before if able.
1 minute recovery
Speed at 7mph – 30 seconds, 7.5 -30 seconds, 8- 30 seconds.
1 minute recovery and then repeat faster if possible.
1 minute recovery and do these sets all over again!
In the end I did 3.5 miles and it felt like a good hard workout so happy with that one.
I slept 5 hours Friday morning after working Thursday night, but it just didn’t seem enough. I went on the bike at 3 or 4 in the afternoon, planning for a 1.5 hour bike ride.
I quit 40 minutes into it.
Now I was literally in tears. I was completely spent, not 1 ounce of energy….and I didn’t know why.
Thankfully John was home, as he can always calm me down quickly.
After talking about it, we decided it was a combination of only 5 hours of sleep in the previous 37 hours, and lack of enough food in that time.
I ate OK on Thursday, but I was running a little late for work Thursday night so just grabbed some veggies and cheese, but it was only about a snack size, not enough for a meal.
I HATE quitting a workout. It just doesn’t sit well, and it bothered me.
I believe the bike training is the most important of the 3 disciplines….probably because John always tells me that 😉
So Saturday I got back on the bike and had a great 1.5 hour ride. I felt good about getting it done!
However, I did not get a long run in, and no swims at all.
This morning was supposed to be a swim, but it snowed all night and I am a too chicken to drive on the highways after it has snowed a lot.
And Then There Is That Stupid Scale
My eating has continued to be good….no sugar, no carbs, high fat etc.
And yet, during the week I did not feel I was losing any pounds. My clothes still fit great, but not getting any looser.
I didn’t weigh myself at all during the week because I just didn’t want to deal with the negativity that comes with that. I knew I was doing what I needed to do, and that was good enough for me.
So when I stepped on the scale this morning, I wasn’t expecting much.
And I didn’t get much.
Number is still stuck at 162lbs.
2 weeks at that number.
But again, as I look at the big picture, I am doing OK. My first weigh in was 12 weeks ago at 176lbs. I didn’t get very far the first 4 weeks, so I started the Ketogenic Diet 8 weeks ago and that’s when I started losing more weight.
So I have lost 14 lbs in the last 2-3 months. Not a big number for that amount of time, but it is still a loss.
I feel great. I have pretty steady energy, and I love the food I am eating. I don’t crave fries or chips or pasta or bread, and those were my biggest downfalls before starting this way of eating.
Even if I don’t lose another pound (that better not happen) I would still eat this way because it makes my mind and body feel good.
My Plans For This Week
Ideally I (and everyone who has every tried to lose weight) would like to see the number on the scale go down every single week.
And when researching the Keto diet, it sounded like the weight would fall of really fast. For John, it did.
But obviously for some people it doesn’t.
There are a few things I have been doing that are not recommended by Keto people….things that could possibly be stalling my progress.
#1 is alcohol.
I really enjoy having a Vodka and Diet Root Beer with John in the evening about 4-5 times a week. Though this is technically not sugar, alcohol can affect different functions in the body to make the body not run as smoothly as it could.
And we all know Aspartame in diet pop is horrible for the body and can confuse it because it thinks its getting sugar.
So my goal this week is to not have any alcohol and no diet pop. If that doesn’t help me on the scale, I may have to look at cutting back on my dairy…..which would be horrible!
I love all cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, feta cheese, and I add cream to all sauces I make and to scrambled eggs….it would really suck to cut back on these fats, but there is a real possibility that I may be over eating on these things…LOL!
So I would rather try cutting out the alcohol first.
What We Eat For Supper
When I make supper, I only make carb free suppers so we are all eating the same thing. We were never big potato eaters, so the kids haven’t missed that much, though they do miss pizza and fries and perogies.
Some examples of what we ate for suppers this week:
- Steak seasoned with Montreal Steak spice and fried in butter, and a salad with olive oil dressing or ranch
- Pork chops breaded with crushed pork rinds and Parmesan cheese, fried in butter and olive oil, and a side of steamed broccoli with cheese sauce (cheese sauce is made of cream, butter, cream cheese and cheddar cheese)
- Slow cooked roast wrapped in bacon, with cauliflower mashed “potatoes”. John makes this mashed cauliflower so much better than I ever do! It is mixed with cream, butter, sometimes french onion dip, salt and pepper, cheddar cheese, etc. Then we pour the left over juice from the roast for gravy. So delicious!
- Cheeseburger casserole – fried hamburger seasoned and mixed with a little cream cheese, put in the bottom of a casserole. Mix up some eggs and cream and cheddar cheese and pour that over the hamburger. Sprinkle chopped pickles next and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake until done and serve with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, mustard and ketchup….this is for sure a winner with the kids! They don’t even care that they don’t have a bun with it.
If anyone has any other tips on getting over this weight loss plateau, feel free to leave them in the comments!
This week is going to be a GREAT week! 😀