I am struggling with where I am at with my fitness and my weight. In about 14 months I went from obese to almost thin. I went from entirely sedentary to active. But for the last few days I have felt overtired, overexercised, and underfed.
I intended on stopping my weight loss at 110 pounds (reached at some point in early December) and really concentrate on strength and fitness. But, I've had trouble trying to figure out how much to eat and what to eat. As a result I've continued to lose weight and today I am 104.5 pounds. I am not underweight and if I were at my "college" weight I would be 95 pounds. I am 4'11" tall. But I think the price of continuing to lose weight is that I actually feel a bit less fit than I did last fall. I spend my evenings being exhausted and waiting to go to bed and to sleep. And my sleep is not the best.
I have been riding my bike about a 100 miles a week since the first of the year, until the past week when we have had a lot of rain. However, a lot of the riding has been with some guys from a neighboring rv park and they ride 25 to 30 miles, but slow. Maybe three quarters of my riding is with them. I've started running, though not much. Today I tried to run but my knees were not happy so I walked briskly instead. I also am working with weights a couple of days a week. My improvement with strength feels slow but I have no real way to know what a formerly obese and sedentary woman who never touched a weight in her life should expect for improvement. For example, this past fall I could not do one single girlie pushup and so I started with wall pushups. The best I can do now is 14 modified pushups, which was this week. It was extremely tough to do the last four. Any more have to be done on a wall or against a table. I do core exercises a couple days a week. I also try to do at least a short set of intervals on my bike once a week, though I hate it and am thinking of dropping them as just not worth it.
I'm thinking I'm doing too much. I am just feeling too jagged. But I don't know if I am a good judge of how much I should do. I think that I am not eating enough, but psychologically it is hard for me to increase the calories more than I already have, maybe because based on my resting metabolic rate and activity levels I can't believe that I am burning enough calories to justify the increase. But I must be.
I guess I am not sure what I am asking, other than asking for your experiences with trying to figure out how much to exercise, how hard to exercise and how much to eat. Especially if you are a bit older. I am 57. Do you go through times where you feel like a wimp and have to back off? I know early last summer I had similar experiences with feeling not so great when I pushed a bit too hard on riding my bike. But a lot of that was because my bike fit was still not quite right and I had issues due to lack of core strength. So, the problems I had were a bit different than how I am feeling now. I know people here have talked about dealing with weight loss plateaus by upping the eating. Maybe the same sort of principle applies and I need to drop the exercise intensity a bit and increase the eating a bit. Or one. Or the other. Thoughts?