Ten in ’10 Challenge Week 3: Hitting a Wall

I started off pretty strong with the Ten in ’10 Challenge. I’ve been exercising three times a week and have been recording all the food I’ve eaten. My diet has improved tremendously with a lot more vegetables than before and I’m being careful of portion sizes.

Great, right?

Well, as I enter week four I feel like I’m starting to hit a wall. For starters, working out has become an internal battle of wills and each time the motivated part of me has won, but continues to get weaker from the struggle, whereas the lazy, forget about it side of me is slowly gaining strength.

And the food, too, has become more of a struggle. I find that I’m allowing myself more cheats, like at dinner last night with my family when I was the only one who wanted dessert and insisted on ordering a piece of chocolate cake for the table. Luckily, my family has also has little willpower so they all helped me finish the cake, but still… not the smartest decision.

I think my frustration comes from three weeks of being very good with almost nothing to show for it. Sure, I am getting stronger but I’ve barely lost any weight and my jeans are just as tight-fitting as before. It’s time for some results! Theoretically, I know I should change my attitude and figure out what else I can do to help this process along, like adding additional workouts, but today all I feel is frustration.

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, see these posts chronicling my Ten in ’10 journey:

Welcoming 2010 with the Ten in ’10 Challenge

Happy Holiday Eating

Ten in ’10: Reflections and Week Two Goals

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  • Maria posted: 18 Jan at 10:14 am

    Hang in there. Try to find a healthy balance. You are doing great!

  • postcollegecook posted: 18 Jan at 12:25 pm

    Maybe try focusing more on how you feel rather than how you look. Nothing beats the feeling after a good workout, right? Keep that in mind the next time you have an internal struggle.

    Sweets are TOTALLY my downfall so I totally understand the chocolate cake situation. Maybe try designating certain days or meals when you’re free to have dessert guilt-free. Then that can be your motivation to stay on track the other days or meals. (I’m telling this to myself as much as you!) Best of luck :)

  • Jackie posted: 18 Jan at 9:56 pm

    I know exactly what you are talking about. Literally, my friends call me Gumdrop :D
    Last year, I had recently lost 10 pounds by eating and exercising…and gained it back as soon as I gave into my old habits.
    Because I know now what works, I’ll try once more, and I encourage you to keep up the good work! Here are some hints:
    Try to drink AT LEAST a minimum of 6 cups of water A DAY. If you can’t stomach water, try tea. It’ll help everything flush out.
    Then try going for a walk or riding your bike after you eat dinner for at least 30-60 mins. It’ll help burn off the extra calories you’ve eaten throughout the day.
    Hope this’ll help!! Good Luck!

  • Judith Klinger, Aroma Cucina posted: 19 Jan at 12:41 pm

    A wise grasshopper once said, “Moderation in all things, including moderation.” If you eat the chocolate cake, then enjoy that cake…and tomorrow…no cake for you!

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