Fat Burnin’ Friday: The Hardest Part


I had someone ask me just the other day what the hardest part was/has been in this weight loss thing. I'd say it's now.

You know when you get to the point where you're close enough to taste it, yet it still seems sooo far away? Yeah, that's where I am – that's how I feel now! My weight loss is going in the wrong direction. I have gained 5 pounds – YES 5! I know it's probably some water weight, maybe even some muscle, but it's a step in the wrong direction!

I feel like I'm gaining in spite of doing the right things. I'll admit it, I haven't been following exact calories/nutritional guidelines lately. I think it could be my own self sabotage in knowing that I can run and run and run until the sun comes up and still not lose.

I know I need to do something else. Running isn't cutting it anymore for weight loss. That's just sad to me. It was/is so easy for me to do and it clears my head. I am going to find something else in hopes of achieving some result. Gain is a result, but not the result I'm wanting.

I think I may join the Y again. They have so many programs and different equipments/weight machines I can use. Plus, there is child care and a pool. I could work out and then take Andon to do some swimming afterwards. That will be a nice bonding time for us.

I'll be honest too, I didn't exercise this week either. I am having major energy issues. It's probably related to poor eating, but it's not like I'm eating a box of Ding Dongs (as I have been known to do…and still manage to lose…see, it's annoying). I'm just not eating enough. It will be 2p, and I realize I haven't eaten yet! YES. I'll have coffee in the morning and nothing until then. I'm smart enough to know that is a MAJOR metabolism BUSTER!!! But, yet I do it. I'm just hoping with the kids starting back to school, I can get into a better routine.

So, yeah, right now when I take one step forward and five steps back is the hardest. It's been 1.5 years since starting this journey. I'm just ready to be at goal already!!! I'm willing to do the work, I just need to get motivated again to really want it!

What has been the hardest part for you?

Fat Burnin' Pounds Lost since Jan 1-08: 23
Fat Burnin' Pounds to go: 17


Time for you to share your Fat Burnin' tip and results. Feel free to grab the logo above by right clicking and saving to your computer. If you have written a post related to your weight-loss journey, feel free to drop the it in the comments (please leave a link that goes directly to your post). Please leave a comment either way – I lurve comments :)

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 14, 2009


  • Sarah - August 14, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    I know exactly what you’re going through…I’ve lost about 70 or so pounds over the past two years and it’s always rough when you hit a plateau. You might be right though, it could be muscle instead of fat…I don’t weigh myself very often anymore and instead go by how my clothes fit and how I feel. Sometimes I even try on the few clothes I have from a couple years ago just to give myself a boost about how well I’ve done so far.

    Maybe you could add some light hand weights in with your running…it would help build muscle and muscle burns fat, as I’m sure you know =)

    I’d have to say the most difficult part for me now, since I’ve pretty much leveled off and while I’d like to lose more I’m happy with where I am, is when I do decide to indulge a little at dinner and order the cheesecake and someone remarks, “Aren’t you on a diet?” Seriously? Just back off and let me have my cheesecake. It’s going to be my bum that gets fat anyway, not yours =P


    • mommysnacks - August 14, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

      Thanks so much for all the comments today! I seriously sometimes feel like giving up but I know I can’t!!! I’m going to prepare my mind mentally for next week’s run. I appreciate all the suggestions too. You know, a few weeks ago I was doing intervals/tempo runs and I lost 2 pounds, but it became more comfortable just to run the distance. I’m going back to that and see how I do. I think I’ll be logging the food again to make sure I’m putting the *right* calories in my mouth :)

      Thanks again! I’m glad each of you took the time to comment!

  • Kelly - August 14, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    Andrea –

    I’m in the same boat sister! I’ve lost 20 lbs in a year and a half and I have about 10 more to go. I’ve been on a plateau of sorts for about six months and nothing seems to make it budge.

    So – it was time to get back to basics. Starting last week I did the following.

    1. Started the “dreaded” food journal again. I’ll admit that it is a pain to log all your food intake and figure out the calories of each meal – but it has helped me see that the handful of crackers in the afternoon or those 1 (or 4) slivers of brownie really add up.

    2. New goal for exercise. I decided to do a 5K at the end of the month and a 10K this fall. I had been getting most of my cardio on the elipitical – but I knew my body was adjusting and it was time to do something different. Maybe a mini-triathalon is in order for you. :)

    3. Got out the tape measure. I realize that weight is relative – if you have more muscle you weigh more. So I decided to track the inches on certain parts of my body. Waist, hips, thighs, and chest so hopefully if the scale doesn’t move I can see results somewhere else.

    Stay motivated, Sister. You can do it! I’m rooting for you!

    – kelly

  • Katie - August 14, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

    Maybe try mixing up your running? A shorter speed session one day and a long slower run the next. I do 3 runs a week, 1 speed (3-4 miles), 1 tempo (5-7 miles), 1 long (8-13 miles) and I’ve seen results since mixing up my running.

  • Los Angelista - August 14, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

    It’s so hard to keep it off! I know the feeling. Recently I’ve started doing hill repeats. Do an easy run for 10 minutes to warm up and then run uphill for 1 minute, recover easy run for one minute and then repeat 10 times. That has really worked for me. Whatever you do, don’t give up!

  • Monica - August 14, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

    The main “loss busters” for me are
    1. stress!
    2. not enough water
    3. lack of planning…of meals and snacks
    Be encouraged. You are one tough cookie. You know you can do this!

  • Shell - August 14, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    I was able to lose weight and keep it off by doing 2 things. Cutting out white flour products and yoga. Just 20 mins 3 times a week (sometimes 5) and the weight came off without even trying. And it is the only time of the day when my mind is clear, no worrying about my daughter, no worrying about my work, just yoga. And boy when I am done, I am sweating! HTH

  • Erin Huggins - August 15, 2009 @ 5:29 am

    I totally agree with shell. I do pilates too. Infact i made my pilates videos. Since i am a fitness and nutrition expert.



  • Miz. - August 15, 2009 @ 6:20 am

    I was going to say CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE IT UP. \nshock your body which may even be doing LESS and not more!\nadd in those weights.\n(short sessions. 20 min? no need to live in the weight room. I can help you with ideas…)\n\nplanplanplan the meals (I can help you not with the planning :) but the brainstorming for GREAT options)\n\nBUT then I saw shell’s comment.\nand paused.\nand realized that THAT IS WHAT WORKED FOR ME TOO!!\n\nI cut way back on processed white.\n\nway.\n\nThe Zone!

  • Trish @IamSucceeding - August 15, 2009 @ 7:44 am

    I so relate to that…though never been close to my goal have lost over 50 pounds and am struggling going back andd forth….what worked for me and now am almost there again is making sure what I eat fuels my body…whole clean foods. It is when I fall back to pre-made processed stuff my body begins to rebel. It took me a long time to try that(eating whole clean foods) but when I did my body rejoiced…I slid back into “easy” eating habits…body rebeled…cravings returned…I am fighting my way back to the option that works….for me anyway.

    Keep positive and moving forward, our attitudes too can be a hindrance or a help.

  • Trish @IamSucceeding - August 15, 2009 @ 7:47 am

    I so relate to that…though never been close to my goal have lost over 50 pounds and am struggling going back and forth….what worked for me and now am almost there again is making sure what I eat fuels my body…whole clean foods. It is when I fall back to pre-made processed stuff my body begins to rebel. It took me a long time to try that(eating whole clean foods) but when I did my body rejoiced…I slid back into “easy” eating habits…body rebelled…cravings returned…I am fighting my way back to the option that works….for me anyway.\n\nKeep positive and moving forward, our attitudes too can be a hindrance or a help.

  • Lindsay - August 15, 2009 @ 8:13 am

    I have never left you a comment before, but I am a regular reader of your blog. Thank you for your helpful and inspirational posts! Like others have said, add weights. I agree, running does it like nothing else, but sometimes too much cardio with no weights actually burns muscle as well as fat which lowers your metabolism. So if you have less muscle, you burn less all day which might be adding to your problem. Good luck and don’t give up!

  • Sarah - August 15, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

    I totally agree with the #2 comment. I was on weight watchers for about 7 weeks and lost 12 pounds. I still have about 50 to go. Sad. But I am not giving up hope yet.

    I have been stuck at the same weight now for almost 2 months. It feels good to have lost 12 but since I still need to lose so much more, I am not feeling that great.

    I agree with a lot of the other people – I know adding in weights does amazing things for me! I have just been too lazy to do it until now. I am planning on starting up a weight routine next week. I also recently started the couch to 5k plan and have been doing well until this week. I started week 4 this week but my hamstring got really sore so I took a few extra days off. I am going to start over on week 4 this next week and really try to get back to my weight loss efforts. I am going to start counting points agian to be accountable for what I eat.

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love reading your blog! And from the pictures I have seen of you, you don’t even look like you need to lose weight so don’t be discouraged!

    I am also going to take measurements in the next few days so I don’t focus quite as much on the actual pounds. I tend to be heavier than most women, even when I am very fit so the number can make me feel bad.

    Good luck to you and everyone else!

  • AmyRhoads - August 17, 2009 @ 1:20 am

    I agree with a lot of the comments here but I also wanted to add that the scale is not always the best way to measure your success. If you take your measurements and then incorporate your inches lost, weight and overall how you feel you will usually see progress being made. It’s so important to stay mentally positive when you are working hard to create a lifestyle change. Sometimes you would have gained 5 pounds but lost 3 – 4 inches.

    Look at your success in a variety of ways: measurements / inches lost, how your clothes feel, your energy level, you mental attitude and your resolve that this isn’t a temporary thing, it’s a lifestyle change!! You can do it. I am a fitness coach (caoching people for free) and I see this everyday. People are so close and they focus on one or two things but when you look at the overall picture there might be one or two things you can do better, but usually you are doing better than you give yourself credit for!

    People are cheering you on from all over! You can do it!

  • Marianne - August 17, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    Summer is hard — when you’re chasing (3) kids from dawn til dusk (like, 15 hours!), you don’t have much energy left for exercise.

    I’ve had enough summers w/my three kids to see the pattern in my own exercise/running routine: summer comes and by July 4th, all my plans for routine and scheduling start slip-slip-slipping away.

    I’m looking fwd to school starting, too, so I can get back in my own routine. I’ve gained a few summer slacking pounds myself!

Leave a Comment