I overheard two women talking in the locker room the other day:
Woman 1: It just makes me so mad! I’ve worked out every single day since Valentine’s Day, and I’ve only lost 10 pounds! And five of those were in the first two weeks!
Woman 2: Have you thought about doubling up on some of your workouts?
Woman 1: I already did, this whole month!
Woman 2: Oh, well maybe you’re eating too much?
Woman 1: I’m down to 1000 calories now. [Cammy note: I swear, she stretched the word now out to four syllables.] I heard you weren’t supposed to go below that.
Woman 2: I don’t think it would hurt for a little while. Just for a month or so, until you get past your plateau.
Woman 1: I dunno…maybe.
Woman 2: Or maybe you could try some of that stuff they sell in the lobby, that fat-blaster stuff.
Woman 1: (makes a face) It’s expensive. Do you think it works?
Woman 2: I don’t think they’d sell it here if it didn’t. It’s not like one of those internet sites.
Woman 1: That’s true…Let’s ask about it on the way out.
Woman 3: (That’s me) You didn’t ask me my opinion, so I’m talking to you only inside my head. YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! I don’t often say that, because I believe we all have to find our own way, and what works for me may not work for you. And vice versa. But since I’m only talking to you inside my head, may I suggest that you consider a few other options before you spend a single dime on fat-blasting or metabolism-boosting anything?
1) Take a rest day, for crying out loud! In the past three years, I haven’t read ONE legitimate article or book on fitness and/or weight loss that doesn’t recommend at least one rest day each week. In fact, they’re usually quite emphatic about the need for your body to recover. (I forgot my rest day this week, and my body let me know by requiring Advil in the middle of the night last night.Twice!)
2) Up your calories to something that makes sense. Based on your height and size, my uneducated guess would be somewhere in the 1200-1400 range, probably more if you’re going to continue to work out so much. But there are all sorts of guides available that will get your pointed in the right direction. You can tinker with it after that.
3) And not just any calories, either! Don’t just add another Slim Fast and call it done. If you’re not sure what to eat, here’s a hint: lean proteins, lots of fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains, good fats, and a splurge every now and then (monthly worked for me) just to keep things real. Still not sure? Consult a nutritionist, or even that trainer with the blond ponytail. She looks hale and hearty, and I saw her munching on a handful of almonds the other day during her break. I’ll bet she eats a thousand calories by early afternoon.
4) Speaking of training, I saw you upstairs on the elliptical and on the stair climber thingie. That’s awesome! I’m wondering, though, if you ever go over and work with the weights? ‘Cause strength training is wonderful for boosting your metabolism and for giving your body a nicer shape. (No, ignore my squish belly. It’s an obesity leftover. Look at these quads instead.)
5) And this one’s a toughie: Quit listening to your friend, because she’s not help– wait, where are you going?! I know I’m just talking to you inside my head, but I’m not finished!
I swear, some people just don’t want to be helped. They left, talking about stopping at Starbucks on their way home…
Just in case I need to give her an inside-my-head talking to again sometime soon, do you have anything you’d like me to add?