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CAM1BEAR SparkPoints: (611)
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2/18/13 12:43 P

Thanks ARCHIMEDESII. I have about 30 more pounds to go to be at a healthy weight. I guess I just got used to seeing the numbers go down every week and when it doesn't I automatically feel like I have somehow failed that week. I can do much more now than I could before and I don't get winded doing a lot of the activities I had before.

Thanks to all for their input, it helps to know that I'm not the only one out there that feels this way either. You all are awesome!

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2/18/13 12:29 P

CAM1BEAR,

How tall are you ? What is your current weight ? Depending on your answers, you may be close to a healthy weight for your height. The closer a person gets to a healthy weight, the harder and longer it takes to remove any perceived excess. Ask any member down to the last 5-10 pounds and they'll tell you it's slow going. Even if you have 20-30 pounds to go, because you're no longer morbidly obese, your loss will slow down.

As Coach Nancy noted, even though the scale hasn't budged, that doesn't mean you're not making changes. Do you have a bit more energy ? Do your clothes fit better ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? Are you sleeping better ? Do you get fewer colds ? Can you do more push ups today than you could a month ago ?

The scale is only one way to measure success and it isn't always the best. That's why it's important to look for other subtle signs of change that we might not have noticed because we've been too fixated on the scale.

When will the scale move ? Hard to say. Plateaus are a normal part of the weight loss process. don't think of them as set backs. Think of them as the period of time your body needs to adjust to the weight you've already lost. This isn't the Biggest Loser. those types of dramatic losses week after week just aren't typical. Most people do have periods when they don't lose. And that doesn't mean anything is wrong.

Like I said, the human body does need time to adapt to the new weight. Once your body stabilizes, then you should see movement again.

Be patient with yourself and your body.



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2/18/13 11:21 A

I've been trying to look at pictures from2009 - 2011 and recent pics from 2012 just to see the difference, my mind has not completely accepted that I'm thinner so to look at the pictures is a bit shocking for me. It helps to know I'm headed in the right direction.

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2/18/13 11:18 A

Thanks SP_COACH_NANCY . I'm exercising 6 days a week right now, Saturdays off. I've been doing P90X, this is the beginning of week 5 for me. I'm going to try ad add the elliptical in for 2 or three days and see if that helps kick start the weight loss again. I'm struggling with eating the right amount of calories because I've struggled with weight and eating too much inthe past and I'm finding it hard to eat enough calories sometimes for fear of gaining weight. I know that is probably part of my problem as well. Losig weight is a big change not only physically but mentally for me.

I appreciate the input, I'm forcing myself to keep going at this point because I know where I've come from and where I want to go.

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2/18/13 11:08 A

Hi CAM1BEAR,

Remember the body's goal is to move toward a state of homeostasis or balance, therefore over time the body needs to expend less calories today than it did when you first started. This is why every 4-6 weeks, you may need to shake up your exercise routine just a smidgen.

And the four ways to do this are...FIT and recovery.

Frequency-adding more days for working out. For example if you work out 4 days a week try adding another day.

Intensity-going faster or at a greater incline in the same period of time that you have been doing your exercise.

Time-going for a little more than your body has adapted to...you don't have to do this at every workout, just a few more minutes twice a week if you don't want to add any more intensity to what you are currently doing.

Lastly, increasing your recovery time between your workouts-in other words walk on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, take Thursday off, walk Friday and Saturday take Sunday off.
And don't forget to change modalities. If you use the elliptical every week, try using the treadmill or going for a nice brisk walk.

Never underestimate the need for strength training, especially as we grow older. The body naturally loses lean body mass as we age, therefore if we are not building this all important tissue, over time our body will need fewer calories to function since lean body mass is the body's metabolically active tissue.

And make sure you are tracking your nutrition and that you are eating within your calorie range. Eating a lot less than the body requires will only cause the body to be forced to function on fewer calories. The goal in losing weight is to have a slight caloric deficit from our diets and a caloric expenditure from exercise. And know that you do not have to lose weight every week to be making those all-important positive changes to a healthier you.

Hang in there...you have come too far to turn back now!

Coach Nancy




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2/18/13 10:21 A

I'm feeling extremely frustrated and having a very hard time staying motivated. I've lost 58 pounds so far but I've been in limbo struggling with the same few pounds since December. I'm eating right and busting my butt exercising. It's like I've hit this plateau and I can't seem to break it.
I'm really struggling to stay positive and had my first breakdown yesterday ove the whole thing. I know I've come far but I want to break this and keep moving so I can hit my goal. :(

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