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    Ladies I am at a point right now that I feel like giving up. I have not gone to the gym for two weeks now and I am enjoying every bit of my time off. Previously I went five days per week, one hour cardio, and one hour on the weight machines. Then I got a shoulder injury had to have an operation and that put me out for six weeks. Then I got the the stomach flu, another week. I have GERD so I cannot eat all the goodies out there, my diet is boring, brown bread, fat free cottage cheese, fat free yogurt and reduced fat Triscuits. I cannot eat spicy foods and after cooking for my family I just do not have the energy to cook anything for myself. After a long day's work, going home cooking and then coming to the gym, I feel like a hamster on a wheel. I did lose 48 pounds about a year ago, since then I have been stuck on a plateau. I feel as if I am doomed to keep punishing myself like this for the rest of my life. Am I the only one who feels this way?

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    It's time to break out of your rut. Search the web for healthy recipes of foods you can eat and batch cook for the week, so that you don't have to devote time during your hectic schedule to cook for just yourself every night.

    Your routine was definitely intense prior to your injury and illness. Time off can actually make our workouts even better. But don't take too much time off or else you'll start to backslide in terms of fitness.

    I feel this way sometimes. Like I'm tired of my workouts, tired of the same foods, tired of trying so hard just to see a few pounds shed here and there. But you've got to remember where you were and how far you've come. When I get bored with my workouts I try something new. You might want to try a workout class instead of the treadmill or elliptical. Find ways to break out of your rut so that exercise is fun again.
    HTH! Good luck to you.

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    You definitely have to find an exercise that you like to do. Spring is here and summer's coming, maybe you can take your workout outdoors? The key is to find something that you like, so that you'll want to do it and it won't seem like a chore.

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    hey...just wanted to add my two cents

    with that diet, I would have been bored too...food is definitlely my setback to getting the body that I want...but I don't deprive myself...I just try to practice portion control, drink plenty of water, cut back on sugar and carbs, up the amount of fruits and veggies, and I traded in my white flour products for whole wheat flour products. Schmidt's makes a wheat potato bread that is pretty good and has 4g of fiber per slice.

    maybe you were overdoing it with the exercising.....strength training five days a week is too much unless you are a body builder...your body needs 48 hours to fully recover from weights and an hour of weight traniing is a lot....I can usually work all my muscles through strength training in 20 to 30 minutes.

    maybe you can start up again...and this time try for three days a week (1 hour cardio and 30 minutes strength training)....you can take walks during your lunch hour....go outside and play with your kids...if you guys have bikes...or play frisbee, catch, kickball, dodgeball...just get moving!

    www.self.com and www.health.com have great workouts that combine muscles groups so they aren't too time-consuming

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    [ Thanks a lot ladies, you kind encouraging posts are deeply appreicated. It was nice to hear from some ladies who know what it is like. I also like the advice I received. I will be returning to the gym next week with some different approaches to my workout, and try cooking for myself ahead of time. Thanks once again.

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    Hell yes i felt like that a month into my gym membership..i quit the gym so hard and took up lawn-tennis..something that suprisingly has me panting for dear life, sweating like a pig and pumps my heart faster than when i was in the gym....i also started cooking the things i like......herbs like thyme and parsely are our friends when cooking..don't be afraid to use them ..i don't find them spicey so they should not irritate your gerd..seriously start experimenting with good tasting low calories meals that both you and your family can enjoy...and if you are eating well your fam should be eating well also.

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    like all the ladies said, i think you have to search to find things that you really like to do. explore some new things and create a plan. my spring 'quadrio' (my word lol) is hiking, tennis, dance dance revolution and dumbell weights/resistance bands at home.

    decide how many hours of cardio you need for a given week, then go out and get it. for example, say i want to do 5 hours of cardio each week. one week this could be a 2 hour weekend hike, 2 hour-long tennis lessons/matches and 1 hour of DDR. next week could be a super long hike, no tennis and DDR for a couple of hours, spread out. OR i could try something new...an hour of swimming, then fit in the rest. this is where journaling really comes in handy. if for some reason i take off for 5 days being a couch potato, i can plan a 4+ hour hike for that weekend.

    also like it was said, do sme research on foods to add to you plan. i'd fork my eyeballs out if that's all i thought i could eat!

    good luck to ya!!

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    You're on a plateau because your body finally caught on and adapted to all of the exercise. I agree with Glanza_Girl; mix it up a lot. If your routinue is strength training and cardio, try some low-impact yoga. Or swimming. Or pilates. Or in-gym rock climbing. Or swiss ball ... the list goes on!

    And yes, by all means, find some different food to eat! It sounds fairly healthy, but who wants to come home to the same thing all week long!

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