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SIMPLELIFE2
Posts: 704
5/13/13 11:33 P

Fear should not be your motivation. If it is, you will fail in the long term. Negative emotions don't produce long-lasting results. And, guess what? It offers no protection from someone calling you names or belittling you. Haters gonna hate -- no matter what you do. You have to find the confidence within yourself to ignore the fears and self-doubt. Scales fluctuate. Life gets in the way. You can't let the number between your toes define you or rule your life.

The desire to live a full, healthy, happy life and reach you full potential should be what drives you and it is what will sustain you over the long haul. There is no magic in 125 -- only the power you have invested in it. Even if you hit that mark, it doesn't mean you will stay there. And just think of all the stress and frustration it is causing you. You *are* doing awesome and it's preventing you from even seeing it or celebrating it.

Losing weight can be the easy part. Changing your thinking patterns and they way you see yourself often is harder. You've lost the weight. Now work on shedding all those negative thoughts, self-doubts and fears. You got this!



UPTOWNGIRL7
Posts: 34
5/13/13 3:20 P

I guess 125 is a bit low, but I wanted to get there I guess a feeling that yes I could do it, that I would never have that fear of being told i'm overweight again so 125 is where I aimed myself, and that stress at 128lbs i kept feeling like that I couldn't reach 125 I had to reach 125 or I would just gain weight, so innately it was a fear, having someone kinda say hey Your fine and healthy makes you take a step back and think you know what your right I am doing quite well as it is.

for me looking back its more a mental thing more a, well if you can do this then you'll be at your peak, and no one can tell you your fat, hitting that low point hate a fake confidence that went along with it, but I guess if you are feeling horrible and umotivated even at 125 would it have kept going down, somehow. Alot of things to think about in truth, but I appreciate all the advice.



FITGLAMGIRL
Posts: 2,035
5/13/13 2:59 P

When you are so close to goal it is that much harder to get the last few pounds off. For me, I just started P90X and its finally working. I had been stuck for over a year. I had to get extreme. That weight seems a bit low though for how tall you are. I just moved off of 125, but I am only 5'3".



SIMPLELIFE2
Posts: 704
5/12/13 11:23 P

At 5' 8", being 125 would put you at the absolute lowest end of a healthy BMI. Even 1 more pound lower and you would be considered underweight. That is not healthy or desirable and opens you up to a whole host of issues.

How did you pick that number? Why is it so important to you? You are obviously at a healthy weight right now and able to perform at a high physical level. Why is that not enough?



UPTOWNGIRL7
Posts: 34
5/12/13 3:31 P

Thankyou, for all the advice its just frustrating at times is all with my increased excerciseI thought getting to 125 will be easy but its been more of a challenge with the increase in activity, and I am 5'8 as well. Sticking within the 5 pounds seems to be more productive and will probably help me not to be so very stressed about all of this, my waist is down to 24 inches and my hips at 35, but your right the number on the scale doesn't matter, the last few pounds just seem to be the worst, and I get nervous I'll begin to gain weight.



ARCHIMEDESII
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5/12/13 3:01 P

UPTOWNGIRL7,

Depending on what your current height is, you may be at a very healthy weight for your height. The closer a person gets to a healthy weight for their height, the harder and longer it takes to lose any perceived excess. Someone who is morbidly obese or overweight could safely lose 1-2 pounds per week. However, someone down to that last 5-7 pounds will find that they don't lose 1-2 pounds. If they are lucky, they might lose 1 pound per month !

So, don't assume something is wrong because the weight isn't magically dropping off. You also have to consider the possibility that you don't need to lose. Once again, it depends on what you're current BMI is. Women are really hard on their bodies, we think we need to lose when we really don't. We are our own worst critics.

My advice ? If you're engaging in some strength training as part of your exercise routine, continue your strength training. a good strength training program can help a person drop one to two clothing sizes without the scale budging. Strength training can help "tighten" you up. you won't get that when you lose five pounds. The problem with those last few pounds is that you don't get to choose where they come off. You may want to lose off your hips. You may end up losing off your boobs. Genetics decides where the pounds come off. Thus another reason to continue strength training or start strength training. When you strength train, you can increase muscle across your entire body.





LILLIPUTIANNA
Posts: 1,038
5/12/13 11:58 A

As was said before, your body composition might be changing. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Also, you have probably hit a healthy weight. I know at 5'1, my healthy BMI range starts at 132 pounds. I swear the minute I hit 132, my body started fighting me. The weight comes off VERY slowly now.

You body probably knows that it's healthy, and doesn't particularly feel the need to shed those last few vanity pounds.

Again, as was said before, you should focus on your health and fitness achievements and ignore the number on the scale. That number will only frustrate you and you will lose sight of the progress that your are obviously making.

Edited by: LILLIPUTIANNA at: 5/12/2013 (11:58)


SIMPLELIFE2
Posts: 704
5/12/13 11:01 A

Why are you so stuck on the number on the scale? Don't let that define you. Are you a better person, a better athlete if you are just a few pounds lighter? I really doubt it. Focus instead on your physical accomplishments as you build more strength, speed and endurance,

Chances are that with such an ambitious program, most of that "extra" is likely water weight. If you are constantly challenging your body at a high level, it adapts by storing more glycogen in your muscles so you have the energy to handle those challenges. I was really sick in March with bronchitis so I didn't exercise for a good week. I "lost" 5 pounds. Was that fat? No. As soon as I resumed my training, I "gained" that 5 pounds back. Was I any fatter? No.

What about your measurements? Have you had your body fat level assessed? When you are close to your goal, this is especially important. It will indicate if your goal weight is even realistic given your muscle to fat ratio. I weigh more now than I did at my lightest but I'm a full size smaller because I now have less body fat. I really don't worry to much about the scale and just try to stay in a 5-pound range.

Edited by: SIMPLELIFE2 at: 5/12/2013 (15:08)


UPTOWNGIRL7
Posts: 34
5/12/13 10:25 A

So Lately I have been in my 9 weeks of running, I run 5 days a week then excercise outside for about an hour with casual walking here and there, as the weeks have gone by I've built up my speed to 6mph-6.5, I strength train 2x a week as well.

In the begining I would get down to 125 over the weekends, on my rest days easy, ive been on diet a few days off but not off more like instead of 1550 calories I eat 17-1800, I burn about 2800 calories a week. All this activity and nothing, nadda Last two weeks i haven't dropped a pound and teetered back on 128-129,its sooooo frustrating, like I have to either have to increase my activity EVEN MORE, I dont know what to do and I am soooo frustrated!



 
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