Well–my trainer is surprised it has taken me this long to hit a plateau–but I am like–WHY HAVE I HIT ONE???–I’m exercising like crazy!!!!   The math was working!

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Don’t you just love that as you lose weight you are rewarded with FEWER calories!   I liked it at the beginning—I could eat 1800 calories, and burn more for less.  Now that I am FITTER, I only  burn 700 calories, and hour instead of the 1000+ it took before, for the same exercise!

So–after putting in 3-5 hour days at the gym–like I have so little time to meet up with friends, it’s ridiculous–I see NO WEIGHT loss–for a month now–and I have broken the 30 min 5 K   down to 26:36–and can even run 1K at 7.5 mph without feeling I’ll die.   I am swimming HARD for at least an hour or two a day, I’m doing weights 4 hours a week…

…so…my trainer says for me to read about OVERTRAINING!

Is this like getting the kidney stone for eating too much spinach?

I settle in to read..

WARNING SIGNS OF OVERTRAINING

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  1. You’re tired and cranky (what???   I’m not witty and CHARMING??)
  2. You find it hard to get going in the morning (nope—still a morning person)
  3. You’re doing more than 5 hours a week of training (hmmm–guilty—I can do 3-5 hours a DAY!)
  4. if your resting heart rate increases—one article says to take pulse while still in bed, then one minute, then 2 minutes after getting up, and if it increases by more than 10 beats, that is  a warning (I increased by 6 beats – from 58 to 64)—then i found another article that says overtrained athletes had LOWER pulses at maximum effort when overtrained.   So—nobody really knows!!
  5. Insatiable thirst—I have been drinking water like a fiend since I STARTED this journey–still drinking–and have to MAKE myself drink!
  6. Sore muscles for over 72 hours—don’t know how I’m going to check this one out—I meet with trainer 4 days a week–I’m perpetually low grade soreness–especially my shoulders.   Legs are fine!  But, that has been since day 1.  I haven’t done anything now for 36 hours-well I just walked the dog 7 K, and I am NOT sore!
  7. Insomnia—nope–sleep like a log!   I AM sometimes exhausted–but I am sometimes up all night for a delivery–but I do tend to push myself, even when I am beat to a snot–I have actually wanted to nap between sets!  Nice thing about having all my kids grown and out of the house is that I can nap, whenever I want, at home!
  8. Getting sick often—-my TRAINER gets sick often–I am virtually never sick–2 days I felt crummy last year—I have taken less than 5 sick days in 30 years!
  9. HAS YOUR BODY STOPPED CHANGING DESPITE YOUR BEST EFFORTS?   Ok    YES!!!!!!!
  10. Depression—thankfully–no issues there.
  11. LACK of motivation—I still look forward to going, but don’t mind it when a session is cancelled—although I have gone and done the weights by myself–so I guess I am still quite motivated.
  12. You can’t remember the last time you took a day off from gym.  Well every other Saturday. Thursdays, and sometimes Mondays—and I ‘ll see about today  (Sunday)-I do take off at least 1 day a week, and VEG out.

I only meet one or two of the warning signs–this is like ANY illness–everybody has a symptom that can match something!  But I feel energetic, motivated and my performance is improving.  The articles all say you notice a DECLINE in performance.  Then another article says that plateau of weight is the most important sign–so now I’m really confused—if I don’t work out I won’t lose weight—if I DO work out I won’t lose weight….aarrggghhhhh!!!!

So–I may be OVER REACHING–but don’t think I am over training(I should listen to the trainer though).   I will  try to limit to 3 hours max a day.  Oh dear–that will be hard on Fridays–my “heavy day”   I have another doctor who covers me on Thursday night to 2 pm Friday–so Thursday is my KNITTING (see!! I DO take time off with friends), and Friday is my half day in office so I typically swim for 60-90 minute in am, swim 60 mins from 12-1, then Aquatic exercise from 1:15 to 1:50 then I will eat lunch, then run 5K, then do weights for an hour.  I feel great at the end of the day!

It means –I hope–that I can REST on the weekend.

So—I am revamping the meals.  I am going to start weighing and measuring my food again–maybe I am getting lax.  I will eat more protein, and continue on—I knew the last 30 would be hard–it won’t be 2 pounds a week–but I would be happy with ONE.  Meanwhile, I am getting enough compliments from everybody, that I am still VERY motivated to keep going–it’s like a game now!

Only thing I need to work on is my PATIENCE with the process!  And–maybe back off a bit on the exercise…….the trainer is always right………sigh!