W.O.W #17 Discouraged

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As I was reading through the entries for last week I came across a post on Newlywed Greggs where she talked about being discouraged. She was eating right, killing it at the gym, and not losing a pound. I can totally relate to this so I thought I would just reiterate some of the things that helped me past rough times like this.
1. Food. Probably a good bet that you are not eating enough, or enough of the right things. I encourage the use of a heart rate monitor, like my Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor (Purple/Pink). Perfect example, this morning all my teachers were back in the gym so we worked out together.

One of the other girls wearing her watch burned 200 more calories than I did, you need to know your burn so you can fuel correctly. I suggest starting out that you eat back half your workout calories.
Figure out how many calories you need, I need to eat at least 1850 sometimes more depending on my workouts. Here's a post I did on how to figure out how many you need.

2. Cardio doesn't equal skinny. More cardio is not the answer, but its what most women go to when they want to drop a few. The main reason I do Workout Wednesdays is to give you guys options, I do something different almost every time I go to the gym. That's what keeps me going and keeps me motivated, trying new things. I've been hitting the gym at least 5 days a week now for years and I'm not bored yet!

3. Cleanse. I'm a big lover of the Advocare cleanse, the first time I did it I was stuck at 220 and it helped me get past that hurdle and I've been a believer ever since. For 32 bucks and 10 days of effort it's well worth it to help reset your body and get you back on track.

Ok, now on to the workout for today. It's a quick cardio blaster with a weight bench, but only using your body weight.

I really should start recording the videos BEFORE I kick my own ass at the gym, maybe I'll look less like death warmed over ;)


  1. Great post! I get so many emails daily about people afraid to eat and only eating 400-700 calories a day and that they just don't feel hungry. NO! Just NO! Food is fuel and when eaten correctly can mean fat loss and muscle gains which inevitably leads to more fat loss! Anyways, thank you for shedding light on this! It's so helpful for those out there afraid of eating more and doing less cardio to achieve their fitness goals!

  2. Man, I needed this today! I've been doing 30 day shred every day, running about three times a week and logging all my calories in MFP, got a heart rate monitor, but haven't lost anything to write home about...I've already done the advocare cleanse, did it last month, and it totally got me over that hurdle, like you said! I do feel like my clothes are fitting better, so I'm just gonna be happy about that :) Thank you for keeping me motivated!

  3. Such a great motivator!! Love you girl!

  4. Love this, a great reminder of the simple things that can break through a plateau.

  5. I completely agree with the cleanse!! It's such a great kickstart. I'm on day 14 of the 24 day challenge and feel fantastic! Love these posts Meg!

  6. I am really interested in this cleanse! If I order this, does it come with good directions like about in this post?
    I want to try their probiotic and fiber as well, but totally lost!!
    Can I email you?

  7. thanks for the info. I always get stuck on number 2 cardio equals skinny. I know that is not always the answer, but lifting weights to me takes more of an effort, if that makes sense.

  8. I'm interested in advocare. I'm in a rut and need a push past my plateau. Do you sell Advocare? If so can you send me some info? Thanks Skinny Meg!


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