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BETHS60 Posts: 547
2/25/13 1:37 P

I am sorry you are frustrated. You did really well to take off the 50 pounds though. Very impressive.

If you are craving sugar, I wonder if your metabolism is changing. How are your blood sugar numbers? Does your doctor have any suggestions? Have you had your thyroid tested recently?

Can you increase what you are doing with the resistance bands? There are a lot of suggestions here: wfl.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercise_demo
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2/25/13 1:27 P

AKITTYMOMMA,

I know this is going to sound strange, but eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss. Because you still have weight to lose, you don't want to cut your calories too drastically. That's because your body needs those extra calories to function properly.

Being 58 doesn't make it impossible to lose weight, but it doesn't make it any easier. As we age, we lose lean muscle if we aren't active. that lean muscle helps our bodies burn fat more efficiently. If you find you can't stand for long periods of time because of your knee, then why not do some upper body exercises ? sit in a chair and continue your upper body muscles with resistance bands or some hand weights. That may not seem like much, but it is a start. Just think about what a wheelchair athlete can do with their upper bodies. pretty amazing stuff.

Are you working with a dietitian ? Because of your weight, your age and your diabetes, you might want to ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian. A good dietitian can help you create a nutrition plan that won't leave you feeling deprived and will help you lose weight.

While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food. Quality of the food you eat has a big impact. Because of your diabetes, you do have to be mindful of what foods you eat.

If you find yourself stuck, I would have a dietitian look at what sorts of foods you've been eating. it really could be that you're not eating enough even though that 1900-2300 seems like too much. 1500-1750 is the amount of calories someone roughly 200 pounds should eat to lose weight.

Who crafted your plan ? if your doctor or dietitian created that plan, you should stick with it. but talk to them about the fact that you seem to be stuck on a plateau. How long have you been roughly the same weight ?




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2/25/13 12:50 P

Archimedesi -----
I am currently at 315 wt - Not at a healthy weight that's for sure - especially by the doctors. Am 5'6", 58 years old and would love to drop at least another 50-75 pounds. My plan called for me to eat 1900-2350 calories per day - found I really couldn't ingest that many in a healhy way so lowered it to 1500-1750 per day. Trying to get my protein in me. Sometimes lots of fresh veggies - no lettuce tho' it tears up my tummy - and chicken for meat is my preference. Hubby likes lots of beef so am finding alot of times I'm cooking to meals just to make sure he has what he wants. Then there are the few times that I am just craving sugar and more sugar - I am a diabetic. Also - dealing with a torn miniscus from 10 months ago that hasn't healed - doctors say I am not a good candidate for surgery and with a knee injury from 25 years ago that had me medically retiring. I'm not saying I can't do some exercise - just saying I need to be careful with what I chose to do - hence the resistance bands and low impact type.

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2/25/13 12:15 P

I feel your pain, I lost 20 lbs, but have continued to lose and gain the same 5 lbs since august. My only saving grace is seeing the results other places then the scale. Not being winded when going up a couple flights of stairs, seeing leaner muscles in the mirror. Trying measuring your success by other markers. Maybe being able to go a little farther, or push a little harder. Believe me I know exactly how you feel. But I believe if we stay positive we will get there!! emoticon

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2/25/13 12:12 P

AKITTYMOMMA,

Welcome to Spark People ! Congratulations on losing that 50 pounds and keeping it off. That's splendid !

Now, I have a couple of questions. What is your current weight and height ? Depending on your current statistics, the reason you might not be able to get below a certain weight is because you may already be at a healthy weight for your height.

Could you tell us a bit more about yourself ? The more you can tell us, the better we can answer your question. How much do you weigh ? How tall are you ? how old are you ? How much are you trying to lose ? How many calories do you eat per day ? What types of foods have you been eating ?

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2/25/13 12:07 P

Did Weight Watcher's for 3 years. Lost 50 pounds. Have kept it off for the last 3 years. Would like to lose more - lots more! Get to a certain weight and can't seem to go below. Keep bouncing back and forth between about 5 pounds. Am discouraged to say the least. Have medical problems so exercise is resistance bands and very low stress on joints for work outs. I hate this! ! ! !

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