Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mumble Grumble

I've been really good this week, I've been to the gym 3 days (twice one day) and have been staying on target with my calories. I feel like slamming my head into the wall though because I am not losing any weight, in fact I am up about half a pound since Sunday. I've hit plateau's before so that's nothing new, but never this soon! I am usually pretty consistent at about 3ish pounds a week until I get down in the 150s. It's kind of sad that I've been there and done that enough times to know... anyway though, I am sooo frustrated! I still believe that sleep is my issue. I'm averaging around 80% sleep efficiency at a pitiable 5 hours a session. I am one of those people that simply cannot take naps and yesterday I was so exhausted upon waking that only 2 hours later I was out on the couch for 5 hours! What do you know though, those whole 5 hours I got 100% efficiency... It's a little after 9pm now and I am determined to be in bed my midnight, I don't care if I have to throw myself into a wall to pass out. Well, maybe not that extreme, but you get where I'm headed with this.

I know that eventually with all the hard work I'm doing there has to be a whoosh somewhere along the line, but I having a really hard time getting over the fact this is happening so soon. I also worry that my efforts are wasted, I know they aren't but it's hard to overcome that thinking. Do the pounds that we lose due to lack of sleep catch back up with us eventually? Or are they gone forever in the fact that our bodies missed out on having that all important healing time? I actually tried looking for answers on the subject, but the Internet is diluted with so much weight loss fodder it's impossible to navigate. Here's to hoping I'll have a whoosh soon and reclaim my motivation.


  1. I've read in my books that lack of Zzz's is a one time deal, when we lose it, we lose it for good and there's no way to make up for it. And chronic sleep deprivation contributes to increase cortisol which makes our body think it's under attack and start mobilizing nutrients -- which means storing up water and increasing appetite.

    When I got a lot going on, I too had a hard time sleeping. But what really helped me in making sure that I give myself 1 hour before bed to decelerate and drink chamomille tea. Worked wonders!

    Things will get better. Keep strong and you'll see the numbers drop :)

    1. I tried giving myself a little down time last night and I think it did help some. I also gave myself a little sleepy pill too, so maybe I cheated a little, but I slept for 8 hours even if it did only show 86%.

  2. When I had my sleep study done I was told by the sleep doctor that not only could I pay back my sleep debt but that I needed to.
    Here's an article it's from Harvard so it has to be true, wink!
    Maybe your menstrual cycle is to blame for the gain.
    I seriously want you to stop beating up on yourself. Treat you like you'd treat me...NOW, god damn it! :-)
    I hope you got to bed by midnight, it midnight by you yet! And are fast asleep.

    1. Thanks for the kick in the butt and the article. Come to think of it now that you mentioned it, TOM is supposed to be here Sunday! I totally forgot with DH not around, it's not something I think about otherwise, lol. Maybe that's why I've been having all the trouble!


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