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Posted on Mar 7, 2011 in Fail, Weight Loss | 21 comments



I guess you can probably guess what this week’s weigh-in brought:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs.
Last Week’s Weight: 199.5 lbs.
This Week’s Weight: 199.5 lbs.
Change: -0/+0 lbs.
Total Loss-to-Date: -46.5 lbs

A big fat NADA. Yeeeeeeah. I know, I know, I know. I should be proud of the 46 pounds I’ve already lost, it’s just one week, my body is changing and adapting, my metabolic rate my have changed since I was at 246, I should be glad that at least I didn’t gain any weight this week, blahblahblah. The point remains that I’ve just been bouncing around between fractions of a pound for almost a month now. A .3 pound gain here, a .5 loss here… le sigh.

It’s frustrating. Like being stuck in traffic, or coming back to work after a long weekend and having to wait for 15 minutes just Outlook to open because you have so many unread emails, or getting a papercut (all three of these things have already happened to me today, BTW.) Usually if I gain weight, or even if I just don’t lose weight from week to week, I know it’s my fault. I ate crap too often or too much, I didn’t do any exercise whatsoever, etc. But this week I really thought I did well! I thought I was setting myself up for success, save for a small lapse into french fries and frickles at Mad Fox Saturday night, haha. I did yoga, I juiced, I had a completely meatless and mostly dairy-free week (except for some salmon and mushroom stroganoff–cream–sauce last night.)

So, yes, it is frustrating. I know I’ve kind of plateaued before, but again, I could always identify that it was specifically because of something I was or wasn’t doing. This time it feels a little different because I really have been trying. But okay. Enough whining. Let’s action plan this biyatch. Obviously what I *am* doing isn’t enough anymore. Whether that’s because my metabolism has slowed down due to the weight I’ve already lost or whatever, I clearly need to amp things up. Plus let’s not forget I do have that little ol’ 5K that I’m supposed to be rockstar-ing coming up at the end of the month!

Hokay. So.

Physical activity every single day. I know, I know, I’ve been really lame about the whole “regular” part of “regular exercise” lately. But I obviously don’t have an excuse anymore, since I’ve literally stopped losing weight. So if you don’t see me posting about having exercised on this blog in the upcoming week, CALL ME OUT! (I know my sister will love having an open invitation to do this, hahaha.) Today I will be either A) going for a run after work, B) do Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior workout (SO INTENSE.), or C) do Level 2 of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. THIS IS HAPPENING.

I can no longer afford to literally sit on my laurels. Though my weight is (obviously) dramatically healthier than it WAS, I’m still not at a healthy weight. So, here I am, trying to turn my frustration into motivation (hehe, see what I did there?) and move on! Thank you guys in advance for all your support.

PS – I put together a Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! Amazon.com store where I can list the products that I feel have been instrumental in helping me reach my weight loss/health goals. Clickity click if you’re interested! And let me know if there’s something you’ve seen on the blog that you’d like me to list in the store or send you a link for, too. 🙂

PPS – Check out this awesome Lady Gaga “Born This Way” fully a cappella cover inspired by Operation Beautiful if you’re looking for a little self-esteem pick-me-up today. Goodness knows I needed it! 🙂


  1. It is very frustrating to feel like you aren’t accomplishing anything and I think you have the right mindset- if what you are doing isn’t working, try something new. I’m glad to hear you’re going to try (once again, haha) to ramp up your exercise routine. I think that will really help kickstart your metabolism. And just remember, even little cheats that you think aren’t big deals… sometimes they add up- like eating out for dinner a couple times every week. I know you can do it 🙂

  2. Frickles were totally worth it though! Anytime you want to go running after work, let me know! Btw, I crack up every time you say you “juiced.”

  3. Perhaps spending your lunch breaks going out for a walk? I sometimes eat my lunch while working and then wander around for at least 30 minutes. It might not be much, but an extra 30 minutes of walking in the middle of a sitting-around day could amount to something by the end of the week.
    That’s all I got!
    Keep trekking!

    • That’s a really good idea. I do need to try to fill in my work day with more movement in general. My desk job involves nothing but a lot. of. sitting.

  4. Bob Harper’s yoga is badass…you can do it! Ooh, I’m also into Jillian Michaels yoga…you’ll be amazed to see how your flexibility can improve so quickly! LUCK!

    • I didn’t even know she had a yoga workout! I must acquire ASAP.

  5. Hey Gretchen – I tried to click on your Amazon store link and it just took me to the page on how to set up an Amazon store. I tried both links..

    • Totally didn’t realize that! Thanks for pointing that out to me, Hilary. I *think* I’ve fixed it (it’s working for me) but here’s the link as well in case you don’t to try your hand at even more clicking, hahaha.


  6. I’ve found that the key to being regular about exercise is finding something that you love, rather than forcing yourselve to do something that’s a chore. I took up breakdancing in the fall and I go for 1-2 hours, 3-4 times a week. Even if I don’t feel like doing anything physical, I’ll usually make myself go because it’s so freaking fun.

    • But what happens when you hate exercising in general? Hahahaha

  7. I can imagine that a plateau is difficult but your motivation to do somethign about it is inspiring! I have seen the scale creep up pound by pound and while I am trying not to focus too much on weight I want to keep myself accountable at the same time. Good luck and I know you will rock the next weigh in!

    • Yeah, it is really hard because on the one hand, I don’t want to be obsessed with the scale and let it rule how I feel about myself (too reminiscent of how I used to be about the scale!) but on the other, I do still need to keep losing since I’m not at a healthy weight quite yet. So it’s hard to balance out those two things. Here’s hoping for next week!!

  8. No advice, just proud of you still! I loved boxing when I was in NOVA. Check out LA Boxing. Kind of expensive, but you can go as much or as little as you want and the good thing is that you don’t have to rely on yourself to motivate you because you have instructors who push you really hard. I loved it, hard to get going sometimes, but loved it once I got there… and I’m not a really “into”working out.

  9. Hi, I love your blog, you are very entertaining!!

    You mentioned that you have been meatless and dairy free for most of this past week and I’m wondering if you keep track of what percent of your cals are carbs vs fat vs protein. Lots of people need to balance out their pie chart to lose weight, even if you are eating a reasonable number of calories. I try to keep my protein intake to around 25-30% of my calories, which honestly takes effort! You can do this through non-meat proteins if you want. I do a mix of protein powder, beans, meat and dairy. I just thought I’d bring up this point, as maybe increasing your protein percentage will help you shed some pounds.

    • Hi Julia, thanks! That’s a great question… I definitely haven’t been tracking percentages of what I’ve been eating composition-wise. But I bet you’re right, I’m sure that my protein levels haven’t been quite as high this week. Hopefully I can turn that around — I bought a couple cans of beans and some soy protein crumbles to cook with at the store yesterday, so maybe this week I can concentrate on flattening out my ratio, too.

      It’s definitely been a little carberiffic, I can tell you that much. 😛

  10. when you hate excercising in general i feel there’s a need to trick your brain into thinking you aren’t doing much work so that’s what i did to get myself into the habit. i told myself that my pup (petey pablo) needed to walk in order to stay healthy so i started him at 15 minute walks because he wasnt used to it then 30 and now 45 minute walks. my brain was saying “pssh walking, i can do that” and before i knew it i was dropping weight because i watched what i ate and walked daily. it looks like your pups are already in pretty good shape so i would shoot for the 45 minute walk, just pick a scenic route with some hills and some flat land. before you know it you’ll be fit enough to start jogging without actually having done any jogging. proof: i had been walking petey pablo for a couple of months and then hit a wall with weight loss, so this past saturday i attempted steady jogging and its exactly what my body was wanting, i was able to jog for a solid 50 minutes and did 10 minutes walking. i start out walking, go into a jog when my breathing is steady then walk at the end to cool off. sorry that was so long but i felt a need to be descriptive because it helped me soo much! also, im pretty sure most people hit a wall around the weight youre at, just let it continue to motivate you the way its done on your new post today and not get you down. you’re doing an awesome job and are a motivation to me, especially with the meals you prepare 🙂

    • I’m really glad you wrote this, because I actually really don’t walk the pups NEARLY as much as I should. But I know that they need it, as well as I me! I guess I just need to get over myself and put their needs and health first — Harry may be able to keep up when we’re out for a short run, but he’s starting to get a little pudgey hahahahaha.

      Thanks for reminding me about this, Jomarie! And here’s hoping that I can just get over the hurdle that is my own mental block about exercise and bite the bullet! 🙂

  11. Oh, girl, I feel you! I’m currently experiencing the dreaded plateau too. I plateaued at this point (228-ish, down from 275) last year and gained some back, then lost it, pre and post holidays. Now I’m at that same point again and I can’t push past it! Driving me crazy. I’m trying to drink more water, eat less salt, eat less sugar, and add more strength training to my workout routine. I’m also training for a half marathon, so I don’t want to limit my calorie intake anymore since I need the fuel. But after the half is over, I may cut my calories by 100 (I eat about 1600-1800 a day, so I’m looking at 1500-1700 after the race) to see if that helps. Hang in there! We can do this!

    • Hot dang! A half marathon! You go, girl! I would say that is a HUGE indicator of your health, completing one of those — far more than the scale! I’m very impressed. But yeah, I have heard that actually losing poundage when training for a race like that can be very difficult because your metabolism gets all wonky from the increased physical activity and whatnot. You are still doing AWESOME though, Jennifer! I’m so inspired. We *CAN* do this! 🙂

    • Such a flatterer 😛

      Thanks so much, Jen! I just checked out your blog and see you’re a fellow DC-area-er (does that work as a word? Hahahaha!) Can’t wait to catch up on the amazing food that I’m seeing on here!!


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