But What if I Can’t Lose Weight?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/20/2009 6:40 AM   :  612 comments   :  114,596 Views

We are excited to hear stories about people who choose to make positive lifestyle changes like Birdie Varnedore and lose significant amounts of weight. When we read about people who have accomplished wonderful results for their days, weeks and months of dedication and commitment, we are encouraged to continue in our own quest to reach new health and fitness goals.

However, for every wonderful success story like Birdie’s, there are several other people out there that have been equally dedicated and committed to their health that didn’t see the same results. They kept careful track of how many calories they consumed on a daily basis, exercised faithfully and sacrificed a great deal. Unfortunately, instead of seeing the scale move 100 pounds in 10 months, they only saw their scale move a couple of pounds. Some of them heard family members, friends or even their doctor tell them they must be doing something wrong or “cheating” with what they were eating or how much they were exercising. If this sounds like an experience you have had in your healthy living journey, this blog is for you!

As a Clinical Dietitian earlier in my nutrition career, I worked with patients who were fortunate enough to receive a solid organ transplant of a liver, kidney and/or pancreas due to end-stage organ disease. I say fortunate because many die each year waiting for this limited life-saving resource. While each of the paths that led these patients to their transplant was very different, the road they followed after their transplant was very similar. Immunosuppressive medications, outpatient clinic visits, rejection episodes and various secondary medical issues would be hills and valleys they would all encounter as they traveled the post transplant highway of living.

I LOVED my job for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest reasons was that I followed the patients as outpatients after caring for them in the hospital. There was consistency in the nutritional care, intervention and education they received. I worked closely with the medical specialists, surgeons, nurse specialists and pharmacists and the nutritional care of each patient was an integral part of the multi-disciplinary care they received in the hospital and after they went home. This is not always the case when patients move from hospital care to outpatient care and I believe it has changed over the years as things in the hospital setting have changed. However, at that time, it was the most ideal of situations to help provide the best and most cost effective care to these very special patients.

Although nutrition was an integral focus of after care, and I had the benefit of seeing each of the patients regularly for the first year after their operations, there are some realities that just can’t be changed even with the most ideal of circumstances. Regardless of how well I educated, how carefully I monitored or how compliant my patients were, the one consistent thing I witnessed in my patients over the five years I worked with them was their battle with their weight after transplant. Prednisone and other immunosuppressive medications caused even those that had never had a weight problem before to deal with a rapid and often uncontrollable episode of weight gain in the first few months post transplant. Add to that, additional medications that became necessary after rejection episodes or to combat other newly developed health complications as well as other issues that limited their ability to exercise consistently and you have a constant and ongoing weight battle.

Many patients who previously in their life had been able to cut back on treats and increase their activity for a few weeks to drop a few extra pounds now found even following a strict calorie controlled diet and balancing their intake closely with their activity did little to slow the rate of weight gain or to bring about the loss of the 20 plus pounds they gained after transplant. Patient frustration and tears would meet me when I entered their room in the hospital after a re-admission or as they came to my office at the clinic. My love of nutrition education and working to help people find what might work for them came from working with these dear people and their families.

Little did I know back then that a few years later I would join these people in their weight control frustrations. While I didn’t have a transplant, I did have a portion of my thyroid removed back in the spring of 2002, which changed many things for me. I learned, as many of my patients did, that eating at the right level, and exercising intensely and faithfully doesn’t always allow you to return to your “normal” weight. The weight you were before your medical condition changed.

I have been active since about the age of 10, when I started playing softball. I was a three-sport participant throughout junior high and high school and attended college on a volleyball scholarship, which allowed me to remain very active well into my 20s. Throughout my 20s, I maintained a pretty set weight and was always able to lose the vacation or holiday pounds by watching my intake and increasing my activity for a few weeks. I had healthy pregnancies and returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within six months after delivery of both children. Of course I wasn’t happy or content with my body at the time like many women, but I was healthy and able to maintain my weight fairly easily.

Last week I was talking with a long time friend who also has thyroid disease. While she has not had any of her gland removed, she does have hypothyroidism and taking Synthroid for more than five years and battling with the ever creeping weight gain. She is in her mid 40s just like me and was sharing her frustration at not being able to lose weight when she works so hard. My friend shared that she has been running three miles a day five to six days a week in addition to yard work and other family related activities. Additionally, she has been doing concentrated strength training three days a week. After six weeks of focused exercise and controlling her calorie intake, she has lost only one pound. She told me with definite conviction that “everything they say about balancing intake with exercise is just not true, at least not for me.” Our children are the same age and she has always been active, lost all her baby weight after children and able to maintain her weight. We have worked out at the same gym since having our first children and meeting a few years later.

My friend and I are not alone. There are many others like us out there that are working really hard, watching what they eat, exercising faithfully and seeing little results on the scale.

So now what? Check out the Weight Busters: Finding Strategies to keep Moving When the Scale Will Not article to find out what next steps you can take. We will look at positive ways to move forward regardless of our life stage.

Many people feel they are the only ones doing what they should with diet and exercise but are seeing very small results. If you are one of us, it would be encouraging for you to post and let us know you are in our “club”. What shall we call our club?


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  • 612
    I was theilled to find an article that spoke of transplant recipients and weight gain. I received a kidney after my single kidney failed from a friend who will foever hold a special place in my heart. After dealing with multiple hospitalizations when I was infected with pseudomonas at --you guessed it--the hospital!-- i finally feel strength and stamina roaring back. But for the past 9 months, I have gained and lost the same five crummy pounds. So frustrating! - 7/20/2014   11:42:58 AM
  • 611
    Five years ago I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. My heart is okay, the electrical system is not. After the diagnosis, I tried multiple medications and started putting on weight, gaining 30 lbs in a matter of months. Eventually had two heart ablations and still on multiple meds. Three & a half years ago I joined a gym and worked with a trainer 3 times a week. Cardio 3-5 times a week. Was able to lose about 20 lbs, but have been stuck for a year and a half.
    Regardless of my eating and exercising, the scale doesn't change by much. I do have to watch my calories to keep from gaining. I am so frustrated. Everyone assumes your are cheating. I'm not perfect, but if I didn't exercise and watch what I eat I would be 100 lbs+ heavier. I promised myself that I would not give up. I would continue to try, but its very hard. I don't know the answer to how to lose this weight! - 7/1/2014   2:36:42 PM
  • 610
    Well I don't have much in the way of a health condition - elevated BP, HRT and I take Nexium for GERD, but not diabetic or any thyroid issues. Last year I did get pretty sick with some weird stomach bug that totally knocked me off my feet, and gained back all the weight I've lost since joining SP. Granted, we're talking about roughly 18 lbs, but now that I'm able to exercise again I just can't get this weight to BUDGE! Is it because I'm now 54? Did I lose that much muscle in the 6 mos it took me to get over the stomach bug? I've had to take Prednisone for inflammation/swelling before, and I absolutely HATE it! Gain weight every time and have trouble taking it back off. I know my weight problem's not that bad, and sometimes I feel guilty about being so vain, but I am this way & I really want to lose this spare tire and quit having to buy bigger size clothes 'cause I can't wear some of my other favorites! I'll check your group out, and help if I can. - 5/6/2014   9:47:31 AM
  • 609
    I too understand your frustration ladies, I had brain surgery and an emergency hysterectomy within a month apart to save my life. Both tumors went undiagnosed and allowed to grow to enourmous proportions, and my body had stopped reproducing blood. After the surgeries, I was placed on some radical meds to control grand mal seizures, depression and help with the paralysis on the right side of my body. Well I quickly ballooned up to 300 + pounds. After 3 years of being obese I nearly gave up everything. My neurologist and I had a talk after I tried to hurt myself. He decided to change up my meds a bit and try me on a different antidepressant. Well, we had a deal that if I lost 50 Lb.s he would get a kiss. Guess what, it took a year. But I lost that first 50 pounds. And it felt so great! But it did take me at least 7 years to lose 114 pounds. I still need to loose another 60 pounds. It has been 10 years now since the surgery and I just can't seem to lose the weight. No matter what I do. I can walk with a cane and some moderate discomfort for short distance. But that has recently taken it's toll on the good leg and foot. I have a great deal of health problems from where the brain tumor symptoms were ignored for so long. I am grateful to God that I am alive and I will endure. - 3/17/2014   6:58:20 PM
  • 608
    I can so relate to this. It took me 2 years to lose 57 lbs...it took me ages to get to the point where I could be patient enough to do it, because I thought that it was impossible. For that reason, generally, I only weigh myself once a month, if that. I have pretty much maintained for the past year for various reasons, but I have 11 more lbs to lose and would love to do it this year. It seems so much harder for me than other people I know...I am 58, and until I got into my late 40s, it was easy. But I see other people my age who can still lose a lot faster...one older male friend of mine has lost over 50 lbs since last March and now only weighs a couple more lbs than me! I am not always perfect, especially lately, but I work out every day and even when I DO eat perfectly, my weight loss is so slow. Sometimes I feel like I will never get to my goal weight. I did a challenge in November with some co-workers...everyone else lost weight, I stayed exactly the same. I am struggling to stay motivated to finish this journey. - 1/18/2014   4:30:15 PM
  • 607
    I am definitely in this club. All kinds of hormonal issues (thyroid and breast cancer, hypoglycemia) mean that I gain wait at the blink of an eye, but losing weight??? Very inconsistent. So what is the name of this club??? - 12/24/2013   4:02:33 AM
  • 606
    Yes, I qualify to join this club. I too suffer from hypothyroidism. I've plateaued for weeks. - 11/18/2013   3:26:04 AM
  • 605
    I have been like all of you...Five years ago was doing the calorie counting, eating healthy and drinking all my water and the scales never moved. I was devestated but stuck with it for a year. Ate chicken and trurkey only, i did eventually start seeing the scales move a a very small pace, but this time I started researching everything before I started. I thought the first thing I need to do is to get my body ready with the right vitamins to replace all that I have depleated in my body. Like co q 10, and came across spirulina the whole green food supplement full of protein and chlorella that rids your body of metals, found out that when your body has metals in it which we all do, it can cause metabolism to be very slow. So i began taking vitamins and supplements and eating healthy and exercising. started losing drastic amounts of weight never have I before lost that much weight in that short time. Lost 14 pounds in a month. My husband was eating the same way but not losing anything and I got him started on Spirulina and chlorella and now he is losing like crazy. I do think our bodies get depleated of many nutrients that we need and causes slow metabolism. Just think everyone should atleast research these two wonderful supplements. What have you got to lose but pounds. My weight loss is trial and error now. Finding out what works for me, and keep telling myself this is not a diet it has to be something I can do for the rest of my life. The scales havent moved in a week but I been reevaluating what I need to do differently and realize that sodium foods retain alot of water and I need to lower my sodium intake due to my body, I have high blood pressure and coronary artery disease and hold fluids like crazy and also need to take in more water. so this morning I saw a significant weightloss again. Just thought I would share in case this helps somebody. - 10/16/2013   8:18:22 AM
  • 604
    I am soo in this club. Different medical problems and medications but the frustration is so high. I would lie to modify the meds to see if it would help but the doctor says all my blood work, blood pressure and other things say I am healthy so why mess around just for weight loss. But I work so hard and right jnow I can't stem the slow gain and so I am getting very worried about where I will wind up. Sigh. - 10/8/2013   8:17:48 AM
  • CINDYM1963
    603
    I'm sooo in the club! Thanks for this - I've been talking about this with friends who have had great success with weight loss. A few years ago I lost over 100 lbs in the course of a couple of years. Gained 50 back and it is stuck, big time. I'm doing all the same things I did before and the scale will creep down and then I'll have a treat and gain five lbs. I've been chalking it up to quitting smoking (3 months) and menopause and hoping if I stick to it things will start to work again. - 10/6/2013   1:21:35 PM
  • MELISSABRILL
    602
    Thank you for this blog. I've read the inspiring blogs and then turned to my partner and said "why don't they ever write about the people who do all the same things but struggle to lose anything" - where the one or two pounds in a month is a major achievement.

    It's not just being jealous of those who say "I gave up junk food and started exercising and lost 50 pounds in X months"... I've been there when you're eating right, exercising, etc and everyone (including doctors) tell you that you must be cheating, that it's just a matter of calories in versus calories burned.

    Being hypothyroid and insulin resistant it's very hard to lose weight and I wish there was more information out there explaining it (I've tried to find stuff online to show to others but it's either too technical or reads as someone's opinion, not based on science).

    I will admit that I'm not exercising now like I should be... and I know there are people who have a much harder time losing than even I do. It's important that we all find ways to motivate ourselves even when the scale isn't moving... or when it stops moving. - 10/1/2013   6:36:37 AM
  • 601
    I didn't know..... I have been on Prednisone for a year and a half due to auto immune disease. I put on at least 20 pounds and have been trying very hard and unsuccessfully to take off the weight, but continue to gain. I am very obese, have swollen legs and feet and have trouble walking so exercise has been limited. I hope there is some help. - 8/10/2013   1:34:56 PM
  • VIGILANTONE
    600
    In looking for answers today I came across this blog. It's quite frustrating to be doing it all "right" and not seeing results. I too am hypothyroid but have a Doctor that tells me it's a "myth that people with hypothyroidism gain weight, you gain weight because your not eating right. If you'd quit eating junk and exercise more you wouldn't be overweight." Needless to say I switched Doctor's immediately after that comment.

    I stay within a 1,300-1,500 calorie range, do cardio 6 days a week for 60 minutes at a time and strength train 3 days a week. Can someone tell me why I'm not losing weight? Looks like I am not alone...but, gonna stay the course in hopes it starts dropping at some point.... - 8/9/2013   12:48:58 PM
  • 599
    I, too, do very well with my eating and working out and have a physical job, yet, now with menopause I am unable to get that weight down. I struggle to lose 4 pounds only to have it come back. I have lost 9 and kept it off for 2 years
    SP is wonderful and keeps me encouraged and focused on "healthy", but the scales still bug me.
    Thank you for writing this blog, as it feels good to know that I am not alone and not a failure.
    I still have hope and I continue to pick myself up.
    I do feel that I am not GAINING new weight, so there is that to be thankful for. Losing
    30 pounds would be awesome, but oh boy, would I be happy with 10.
    Sparkfriends are the best. Keep on trying! - 8/6/2013   6:41:42 AM
  • 598
    I am definitely in this boat!! Just three years ago, I was a healthy and fit size 7 woman! I'd maintained this weight for 10 years, after leaving an abusive relationship. I had decided I wanted to eat my way, and my way was super healthy :) I also did everything my way, for once! Went back to college, and was very active and happy. It all changed right before I had a partial hysterectomy. A year later, concerned about my 50 pound weight gain, despite no real change in my eating habits (though I slacked in exercise, for sure!) my doc tested me and I found I had hypothyroid :( It is sooooo hard, and I am soooooo frustrated. I really don't feel confident, happy, or healthy in my body. I really don't like it!!! I am trying to be very kind to myself, but I tend to be mean to myself :( :( - 6/12/2013   9:51:29 PM
  • 597
    I am definitely in this club. I had lost quite a biot of weight and maintained for a bit but then went on some medications that tend to cause gain and I have fought this valiantly - but unsuccessfully - starting to gain about a pound a month no matter how hard I worked. Maybe its my age, too. But then I had major emergency surgery on my digestive system 7 months ago and have put on 15-20 pounds that I can't seem to lose and sometimes I even gain more. I run at least 5K 5-6 days a week and count calories and still...

    At least I am not alone. - 6/11/2013   12:28:05 PM
  • 596
    I have the same problem.I've been with SP since January 2010 & my weight has been basically the same or risen. I haven't been able to track my food on SP because they seem to have preset diet plans that don't fit into my budget. (Sometimes we have only $39 for 2 weeks of groceries.) I don't know how to change the program to write in what I did eat.
    - 5/7/2013   7:03:48 PM
  • 595
    I am in my late 40s. I don't have health problems. What I do have is the hormonal mess that they call perimenopause. One of my friends mom calls them the "fat years". Have to keep in my head that its mostly about a healthy lifestyle and not just weight. But it can get so discouraging. - 4/21/2013   6:36:16 AM
  • 594
    I'm reading the blogs and they go back years - does anyone know if a club was actually created? - 4/19/2013   2:11:04 PM
  • 593
    I am so happy to see so many people in the same boat! I feel like I'm going crazy!

    All my "wellness" numbers are off the chart healthy except for that darned BMI. I am so worried that my health insurance will use that as an excuse to deny claims if I were to become ill.

    Spark is the 5th online website I've used in the last 5 years - including Weight Watchers meetings - and I I've gained weight rather than lost it. I exercise every day; I burn over 2000 calories/week with aerobics and strength training. I bring all organic food to work - cottage cheese, yogurt and spinach salads - and track my calories faithfully with nothing to show for it on the scale. Although my body is fit - I'm carrying belly fat that I know is the worst. I teach a Step and Core class at the YMCA and people groan during my Core class so I know there's a six pack ab under all that belly fat - I want to see it!!

    I do believe it's my thyroid even though the blood tests "say" it's in a healthy range. I'm scheduled to go to an endocronologist next month but I don't believe that being on synthroid will make weight loss any easier - that's what I'm hearing.

    My next step is to cut out carbs/sugar except for excluding fruit - that's all I have left!

    My suggestion for our club is to call it "Fit & Fantastic!"
    - 4/19/2013   1:58:19 PM
  • ALEXC1985
    592
    I have been a type 1 diabetic for close to 18 years now, and I have a VERY hard time losing weight. I am more active than the majority of the people I know (to the point where people comment on it!), I've been a lifelong vegetarian and almost never eat junk food, and I don't drink or any other classic things that people think of when it comes to derailing weight loss.

    However, taking insulin can change how and how much weight you gain. The more you work out he more likely you are to have to treat a low blood sugar with a snack you did not factor in to your normal diet. Feeling sick more often means that some weeks I have to take a break from heavy exercise. When I'm going all out I lose maybe half a pound to a pound a week (if I am lucky). The frustrating part of this has always been watching a friend cheat on their diet, drink sugary alcoholic beverages, and skip the gym some days and still lose weight much faster than I do. It's enough to make me give up entirely, except that I know that weight gain seriously affects my medications and health problems. I've finally managed to convince myself to not give up and resort to pizza when I get depressed because I know that even if I only lose a few pounds a month, my overall health is SO much better on a healthy diet and exercise plan even if the scale doesn't show it. Health science backs this up, and even people who don't lose more than a few pounds can decrease their health risk factors by a huge amount just by staying active and not having junk food and sodas providing a significant percentage of your calories. So at the end of the day even if I only maintain my weight it is still very much worth it. - 4/13/2013   1:58:35 AM
  • 591
    I have been so frustrated. Losing has been so very slow and difficult. I've been tracking food and exercise for many years. The math says I should have lost all my excess weight years ago. Yet, here I am still struggling. I take synthroid, have multiple sclerosis, migraines, fibromyalgia and am a breast cancer survivor. I suspect these as well as having major surgeries to rebuild my legs and feet plus a hysterectomy at age 39 combine to confuse and mess up my body. I've also had three concussions and was hospitalized twice for more than two weeks for hallucinations, breathing, swallowing and other disturbing symptoms believed to have been caused by the ms when I got very overheated while exercising outdoors in the summer heat. I guess I jouldn't be surprised that weight loss is tough, but that doesn't make me any less frustrated. - 3/18/2013   4:57:30 PM
  • 590
    Thank you so much for this blog. I know that people don't believe that I eat what I say I eat or that I workout the way I say I work out. I have been measuring and tracking every bite that goes in my mouth with an average calorie consumption f 1266 calories per day and walking a minimum of 5 miles per day for several months. Despite all of that I average a one pound weight loss every 21 days.I know weight loss is hard work but sheesh! - 3/7/2013   8:53:37 AM
  • JPLAMANN0521
    589
    I had my thyroid removed in 2010, and while I didn't gain weight from it, I have struggled to lose weight since. I also ran 3-5 miles, multiple times a week and tracked everything I ate. Lately I came across how cutting carbs to reduce insulin can have a major impact on your weight. I started 6 days ago and have lost 5 lbs and I haven't seen this since I had my thyroid removed. Do some research and see if maybe the carbs are causing problems also. If your thyroid levels are normal, this could be the blame. - 3/6/2013   12:11:49 PM
  • 588
    I am sure I have hypothyroidism, despite frequent blood tests that show the contrary. I have too many of the symptoms to not have some form of it. And I think it majorly holds me back. Recently, I significantly increased my exercise and have faithfully followed my calorie intake, etc. I have gained weight. FRUSTRATING doesn't begin to describe it! I want to drown my sorrows in Red Velvet Cake, which I didn't make for Valentine's this year to avoid temptation. Instead I cooked a cherry pie (homemade, so very little sugar). Not the same thing, but trying NOT to give up this time. Even though that's exactly what I want to do.... - 3/5/2013   4:01:41 PM
  • 587
    I also have hypothyroidism and I still am struggling to lose weight. I know I'll never be skinny but I would like to be smaller than I am right now. All I can do is continue trying. I exercise at least 6 days a week and use the trackers to stay close to my calorie range.
    For me it is not "just follow the formula of burn more calories than you take in." - 2/26/2013   8:44:18 PM
  • MKIRKLE
    586
    I too have a thyroid condition and find weight loss difficult and frustrating. My pattern is to work hard, lose only a small amount of weight, become discouraged and quit. I gain weight and begin again but the pattern repeats and repeats. I was slim before the thyroid condition developed and it was easy to keep my weight controlled for years which compounds the frustration. - 2/18/2013   3:49:58 AM
  • 585
    I was so glad to see this article! I began a search on SP this morning because I was feeling discouraged. I had some very serious health challenges and 7 surgeries from Aug 2010 through Nov 2011 which also included high dose steroids and other very toxic drug therapies. The good news is I am off all the treatments and finished with the surgeries but, at 44, I am in surgical menopause and lost any muscles I had due to surgeries, inactivity and wasting from the drug therapies. I have spent the last year in a mental space of thinking "why bother making the effort at this point?" Not the place I want to be moving forward. In all honesty, I felt deeply betrayed by my body for getting so sick.

    I am moving to a place of caring for my body, accepting it as it is (and loving it for all the things it does for me everyday!) and shifting the focus from "losing weight" to optimizing my health. It certainly is a process and it takes a mental shift from measuring success on a scale/in the mirror to measuring success by how I feel physically and emotionally.

    I didn't see a group that has this sort of focus so far so, if you are in the same boat and want to connect please email me. I think we could truly benefit from supporting each other for tracking our food, staying active and taking care of ourselves - regardless of what the #'s on a scale say. - 12/8/2012   11:53:40 AM
  • 584
    I'm in the process of getting my thyroid tested. There is definitely something going on. I used to lose a good 10 pounds per month, but for about the last 5 years I've only been able to lose 5 per month at best. Starting on Jan 1 my husband and I have been working together. I lost weight the first three weeks and nothing since. I take comfort that I'm still losing inches, but would really like to see the weight come off, too. With all this testing I've been very discouraged. It's hard enough to lose and now I'll be on meds that will probably make me gain. What's the use of working so hard if you're going to lose the battle anyway? - 2/15/2012   12:45:53 PM
  • JAFJEF
    583
    I also cannot lose weight. I've been trying for 3 years going to Weight Watchers and I go up and down by 5 to 6 pounds. Last week I lost 4 pounds, this week it's back. I don't think that you can gain that much especially when I watch what I eat all the time. I do have thyroid disease but did not realize that I would have a hard time losing weight when I take Synthroid and my numbers are where they are supposed to be. So on my next trip to the doctor I will be talking to him and see what he suggests. I am trying to get the weight off so that I can get off my other meds. The doctor took me off my cholestrol med when I did lose but now the weight is back so I'm afraid that I will be back on them. This yo-yoing is not good. I was surprised to see so many in the same boat. - 2/14/2012   10:21:24 PM
  • DEBBIEDMAR
    582
    Your story sounds like my husband's. He is at a place where he has almost stopped trying. I hope to share this with him and see if "we" can work together to overcome our weight issues. thank you! - 2/14/2012   8:21:34 AM
  • 581
    I am SOO in this club!!! I had a miscarraige back in 2001--prior to that I was losing weight with Weight Watchers on an pretty steady clip and ever since have had the HARDEST time losing weight..no matter what I did. up one week..then down the next...I excercise & eat right..but the scale never goes the right direction...It is soo frustrating. - 2/8/2012   1:08:11 PM
  • 580
    I'm in that club. If i follow faithfully, i maintain. If I slip up, I gain. I simply can't lose weight. I've wondered if it was thyroid because my temp is like 96.7 in the late afternoon Dr. visit yesterday. I was wearing my winter coat indoors at the time. - 1/25/2012   12:05:52 AM
  • JULIA1154
    579
    I've only just stumbled on this post but am glad to see it. I struggled mightily with my weight for about 10 years, feeling as though an alien had taken over my body. After a health crisis I learned that my levels of both Vit. D and iron were extremely low. Addressing both issues has made a world of difference to me. Cutting way back on carbs has helped continue and cement the weight loss.

    I know there are many, many women (and men) who despair of ever losing weight. I was one of them - and thank God daily that I've been released from that particular hell. Thank you for addressing their plight. - 1/24/2012   3:56:27 PM
  • 578
    Ditto. I eat healthier than most people I know and yet still have a very hard time losing weight. I stay within my calorie range, strength train and bust my rear on the cardio machines at the gym to no avail. I have hypothryroidism and take synthroid so I'm sure that's part of the problem. However, it is still very frustrating. I hate when people make condescending comments. My one neighbor, although normally very sweet, was encouraging me to walk the other day (as if I never get any exercise). I do advanced step aerobics and cardio machines all the time, she just never sees me because I'm at home or in the gym. Taking a walk is really a "walk in the park" for me. My doctors always seem very surprised that I have great blood pressure, great glucose and great cholesterol levels. That's because I eat right and exercise!!!!! However, they see a fat patient and don't really believe that I'm not stuffing myself with McDonalds and chocolate cake every day. AHHHH! - 1/18/2012   12:17:52 PM
  • 577
    Bless you for putting this information out there! I have a dear friend who is dealing with a chronic disease and has been taking prednisone and similar drugs. She eats well and exercises regularly yet she cannot lose weight. Thanks for providing a community so people in this boat can find support and validation. - 11/4/2011   6:19:38 PM
  • 576
    I empathise with you all. I am at a stage of utter fed-upness with this whole trip.
    I am grateful I have learned to run, I am excited that I can run nearly 10 km.
    I am pissed that I have lost NO weight in 3 years.
    I eat healthy, drink loads of water, etc, etc.
    Weight loss industry LOVES people like us. My next step is see a naturopathic dietician and I liked the suggestion of Spirulina & sea vegetables for speeding thyroid. Ihave got some of that! - 5/31/2011   8:59:25 PM
  • 575
    It felt so good to read this... I thought I was going a little crazy! I argued with various doctors for 3.5 years before they would believe something was wrong... I had thyroid cancer. I had breast cancer last year, and following mastectomy, chemo and rads I joined SparkPeople to try to lose weight. I was losing steadily from Sept-Dec, then started taking Tamoxifen. Back up 9.5 lbs in a week! It's been steadily in that same range since then. It's very difficult to get any tangible support in the medical community when your blood levels are "normal", and I just hear that same 'calories in/calories out' song. I even had one dietician tell me I'd have to chose between losing weight and addressing the hypoglycemia. Another told me the answer was quitting my job. Fruitless running around and paying out money for what? No help whatsover. I am so thankful I have found SparkPeople!!! - 4/7/2011   1:00:47 PM
  • YOOVIE
    574
    for four months I rode a plateau for all it was worth. I did ST every morning, I did cardio every chance I could and my eating was clean. I did everything right every day, but my body just wasn't ready. I'm not going to stop beliving in my body though. - 4/1/2011   9:32:00 AM
  • GALAMEA
    573
    Thank you. I looked at the date and realized it's old, but I have a thyroid issue as well. It's very difficult to deal with losing 20 pounds in three months, having to switch meds and jumping ten pounds in a week. Half my hard work gone. It does get very frustrating. So, thank you for reminding me I'm not alone. - 1/25/2011   11:26:58 PM
  • KERI103
    572
    Thanks to you guys for all the inspirational blogs. Before seeing these comments I was about to quit because I have been frustrated with the lack of weight loss over the past 5 years. After reading all of your stories it has given me the motivation to get back and fight to lose the weight. - 12/28/2010   2:58:47 PM
  • 571
    OMG...thank you so much for this blog! I thought I was the only one...I've felt like such a failure because I've done challenges with groups of ladies and although, I'm the most consistent and the one that works out the hardest ( I weighttrain and do cardio 5-6 days a week plus have a strict nutritional diet that is also gluten-free due to celiac disease), yet in a 12 week challenge I only lost 3 pounds compared to the minimum of 8 pounds that the others had lost....I am now in my 20th week of this lifestyle and have not lost anything! It makes me very depressed because I'm on a cpap machine and my goal was to at least be at 215 pounds by the end of this year (starting at 237 at the beginning of 2010, meaning I was hoping to have lost in a year 22 pounds, a very reasonable amount in that time frame)...yet, I only got down to 233 pounds and have to continue with my breathing machine. It's frustrating when others are losing way more than you and put in the least amount of effort. At the same time it's disheartening when people around you , like family and your own doctor, tell you that "you must be doing something wrong, are cheating, or lying about what you're doing because there's no possible way if you were doing it the way you say you are that you wouldn't have lost by now." Sometimes I get so depressed and just want to throw in the towel, today is one of those days because when I review everything and still the fat girl in the mirror it makes me very upset and depressed. But then I look for inspiration from others and from my own successes: I mean I exercise almost every day and eat clean and I feel great, my body doesn't ache, my skin is clear, I haven't gotten sick in six months when before I was getting sick every few weeks, I'm finally committed to exercise and it makes me feel like I can do anything. I would definitely to join a group like this; we need to have a place where people that are hard losers can support each other....no one knows how frustrating it is unless they've lived this....much success to all!! - 12/28/2010   2:29:11 PM
  • 570
    Wow-this article bummed me out. This is me. I am in a plateau that just will not break--same weight for 12 weeks. I am eating the right amount of calories and I started interval training. The scale will not budge. I am 54-definitely early menopause. After reading these comments, I just feel like giving up. - 12/9/2010   6:52:17 PM
  • 569
    THANK YOU!!! People see me busting my ass in the gym, and lose only a quarter or half a pound. It is so frustrating. I too, have PCOS and have been eating as I should. Ahhh good times. I go to the gym 4-6 times a week, do Zumba & aquasize and body pump, yet the scale doesn't budge. At least I haven't gained anything, and my pants are a wee bit loose. - 9/26/2010   6:52:17 PM
  • LETSTALK
    568
    i cant lose any weight but i dont gain it either - 9/22/2010   5:06:49 PM
  • SUGARSMOM2
    567
    YES I HEAR YOU . SEEMS TO BE THE WAY IT WORKS .MAKE YOU GO NUTS . - 9/22/2010   2:12:05 PM
  • 566
    Here I am, aged 62 years, andI am so happy to have read your blog. This is the story of my past three years!
    • From February 2007 to around November 2007 I lost 35 pounds. Wasn’t that nice! I felt so good and I bought all new clothes.
    • By the following May I had put on about three pounds, but no worry. I could take that off, surely. Well, much to my dismay, over the next year, 6 more pounds crept on. Then a couple more, and so on, until I was up about 14 pounds.
    • I went back to Weight Watchers in June of 2009, only to spend six months and a ton of money to lose six pounds. I gained back four pounds, and then started with SparksPeople in May of 2010.
    Now, I have been tracking my food intake for close to 20 years, so that’s easy. And as for the exercise, that had in the past been sporadic, and the “bare minimum.” In May I started with Curves, going three days a week, in addition to 6 times per month with 90 minute line dancing sessions and then walking or dancing, or other aerobic activity the other days of the week. I’m actually almost addicted to being able to move/exercise! LOL
    This “progress” is so s l o w! I am still 8-10 pounds above my goal weight! My weight keeps fluctuating up and down by a couple of pounds…. Just about staying the same. The only things positive are that my cholesterol levels are better, my blood pressure is down, and I have tons of energy!
    - 8/20/2010   8:16:12 PM
  • 565
    I was on soy for awhile, but later realized the soy was making my weight loss efforts pointless. I've had to quit taking it. Had been on synthroid when a weight loss doctor prescribed it as a way to help my weight loss, but then he had me stop it when I got pregnant. Later I learned he was in trouble with the state board of healing arts as using thyroid meds for an unethical weight loss treatment, and he died a few weeks before his hearing. In the meantime, I've been doing a lot of reading and discovering that boosting my intake of sea vegetables like kelp, spirulina etc brings up a natural iodine levels and does seem to boost my thyroid, making my exercise etc. more productive. I'm still a long ways from where I need to be, so will have to see how this all works out. - 7/22/2010   11:48:01 AM
  • RANGERRUNNER
    564
    I think most people can relate to this in some way or another. I know I certainly do. Thank you for a very informative article. - 7/11/2010   6:24:34 PM
  • NACNIC2
    563
    I have the same problem. Please create a team to share the experiences that members bring. - 7/11/2010   7:19:44 AM

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