Lately, as I sweat my brains out at the gym, all I can think is that I should have done this when I was 27, not 37. From a fitness perspective, I’ve gotten in better shape in recent years than I have been for most of my life. I’m at the gym these days at least five days a week, doing hard workouts for an hour. And I don’t just go to the classes, I BRING IT. Do you guys know what I’m saying?

I eat healthy and I even try and diet. I will admit I fall off the wagon with my calories on the weekend but I really don’t go crazy and feel like that should be okay, right? (I’m a huge fan of MyFitnessPal.com, which I’ve blogged about a bunch here before. That is the site I use to calorie count.)

I’m now over three weeks into my diet, I’ve worked my A$# off, only to have lost a pound and a half. Really, scale? And the worst part is that when I started (the 1.5 lbs up), I was bloated and heavy coming off of a vacation. So I don’t even know if my hard work has lost me that weight as I probably would have lost it anyway.

Reality is starting to set in and while I’m doing everything right, I know why it doesn’t come as easily as it used to: I’m not so young anymore. It’s a little bit depressing to think about a time when I could decide to go on a diet for a week and lose five pounds by eating a tiny bit less and going for anoccasionalrun.

That’s it, right?

And what will I have to do when I’m 47 to lose weight? Or 57? Not eat?

I’m just frustrated. I know that I have to stick with it. I’ve gone slow and steady before and had success with it but I’m having a hard time working so hard and seeing very little results at this point.

Comments

  1. LOl.LOL.LOL. Your article is priceless.. I could say a lot here but what comes to mind first is “welcome to the club” and. . . . yes, just wait til your 57,ahem, and then some. . . .

  2. Misty Arnold says

    remember muscles weigh more than fat…so you may be losing fat and building muscles- the scale just doesn’t reflect that yet…

  3. I second Misty. Ignore the scale and let thy jeans be thy guide. 🙂

    • Kate, I know. And I *am* feeling better pants wise and think I’m definitely gaining some muscle.
      I know all the things I should tell myself and all the right answers but I still get pissed when I stand on the scale and don’t see results over several weeks time. I’m hangin’ in though!

  4. Elizabeth Thompson says

    I agree! After having my second baby 5 days after my 31st birthday, it’s not so easy to lose the baby weight (and let’s face it, everything that I gained after he was born… ). My hubby and I both started working out a few weeks ago (him – Insanity… me – Zumba!) and he is constantly measuring his waist. I don’t let the scale or tape measure rule my life, I just want to look and feel better and to fit into my pre-preggo jeans again! =P

    • Elizabeth – that’s the way to be! I know it too. It’s about feeling better, fitting into your tight pants and I should be saying screw you to the scale. I am. I will. Just one of those days where I want to bang my head that I didn’t get fit and appreciate my 20-something body back when I had it!

  5. Your grandmother warned us!!! She was right. The minute you turn 40 it’s really difficult.
    Heard from someone the other day at the gym a trick his friend, a dietician told him. He exercises 5 days a week but couldn’t lose the 10 pounds he wanted to. She told him to continue eating normally but don’t eat carbohydrates after 2 pm. He’s lost 7 pounds in less than 2 weeks!!!! I think it’s because carbs are the last thing you burn off. Hope this helps.

  6. Sonya Morris says

    Try being pregnant at 37, gaining 40 lbs and ONLY losing 7 lbs after the baby is born….and the baby weighed 6lbs 11oz! Sixteen months later and I still would like to lose 10 more pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am still nursing and that has not helped! I am blaming the fact that I am creeping up on 40!! I did lose 10 lbs in a month by cutting out carbs and sugar before the holidays, I should do that again!! Good luck, keep it up and don’t get too discouraged!

  7. Hey i have been working my q2# in the gym too but to no avail.

    But i have to admit the fact that i have cheated many a times on my diet. I am not strict enough.

    So now i will try to get more stricter towards my self ,and yes no carb after 6pm.

    that should help a lot i guess. and a consistent hard work towards losing weight should show me some results.
    where will the fat cells run then. they will have to burn. Burn baby burn.

  8. I AM 38 AND WORKING HARDER THAN I WAS IN MY 20S BUT STILL THE WEIGHT IS TOO HARD TO GET RID OFF.

    But i have to admit the fact that i have cheated many a times on my diet. I am not strict enough.

    So now i will try to get more stricter towards my self ,and yes no carb after 6pm.

    that should help a lot i guess. and a consistent hard work towards losing weight should show me some results.
    where will the fat cells run then. they will have to burn. Burn baby burn.

  9. SO IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO REDUCE AT 38 OR 40? HAVE ANY OF YOU COME ACROSS ANY EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHOI HAVE LOST WEIGHT?

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