I'm extremely discouraged right now.
I'm 6'2" and weigh approximately 260 lbs. I've been working out for about 3 months now and I have nothing to show for it.
The thing is, I feel healthier. I can run faster for longer periods of time. Before, I couldn't jog 6mph for even 20 minutes, now I can do over 6.5mph for 30 minutes. I can lift more (for example, my curl is up from 40 to 45 at 3 sets with 10 reps). But I haven't gotten any skinnier. The pants that I'm using to measure my progress still fit the same.
My initial routine consisted of Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays of 20-30 minutes of weights followed by 20 min treadmill and 20 min elliptical. Tuesday and Thursday I did 30 min treadmill followed by 30 min elliptical.
I thought I hit a plateau so I altered my workout a few weeks ago. I increased my lift, intensified my treadmill routine, and added the stairclimber. Here it is:
Monday: Biceps, Triceps (20-30 min)/20 minutes treadmill alternating 1 min at 8mph and 1min at 5mph/ 20 minutes stair climber
Tuesday: 30 minutes jogging first 10-15 minutes at 7mph, remaining at 6.5mph/ 20 min stair climber/ 10 min elliptical
Wednesday: Chest, Shoulders (20-30 min)/ 20 minutes jogging alternating 1 min at 8mph and 1min at 5mph/ 20 minutes stair climber
Thursday: 30 minutes jogging first 10-15 minutes at 7mph, remaining at 6.5mph/ 20 min stair climber/ 10 min elliptical
Friday: 20 min treadmill 6.5mph/ 10 min elliptical/ Legs, Back (20-30 min)
Now, for the diet. My options are limited because I'm currently unemployed.
Breakfast: 1 cup Oatmeal w/ strawberries
Lunch: Ham Sandwich w/ cheese on 100% whole grain bread
Other meal: Depends (usually high in protein)... sometimes I don't eat this meal
Dinner: Whatever Mom cooks (examples: brown rice, pasta, turkey burger, chicken sandwiches, etc.). I usually have vegetables too (peas, green beans, or beans)
I don't know if I'm eating enough. I'm usually out for the whole day as I go to study right after leaving the gym. I actually pack my sandwich and apple. Carbs might be an issue, but honestly I think i'm within my carb limit.
I don't know what the issue is. I get 6-8 hours of sleep each night. It could be carbs or not eating enough calories, but I don't think i'm eating unhealthy. I usually have one cheat meal each week. I know it usually takes a while to see results, but I thought I would've seen SOMETHING by now. The thing is I feel healthier, I have more endurance for cardio, I can lift more... but my waist is the same. I don't see any physical change.
I'm just so frustrated right now. Any input?