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3/23/13 2:08 A

There's no secret. It's about faith and patience and persistence. A food plan and exercise alone won't work for all of us. Some of us need support groups...keep an open mind and keep trying. Sending you well wishes.

TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (55,983)
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3/23/13 12:34 A

Hi Drathke,

You're not alone! Same thing with me. Clothes fit the same, scale is the same. Sigh. Fortunately I just like being active and eating as many veggies as I can stuff down my gullet. If my weight ever starts to budge for the better, I will make a big deal in the WooHoo message board forum. And if I learn any secrets, I will be sure to share them.

STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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3/22/13 8:12 P


You mention on your SparkPage about "health issues with my thyroid".
Have you talked to your Doctor about how this will affect your goals?

Edited by: STDWYNWEN at: 3/22/2013 (20:12)
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3/22/13 7:17 P

Sounds like you are stronger and fitter now than you were, and you've probably improved your cholesterol and your triglycerides and your insulin status and a bunch of other things that are completely invisible, but life-or-death important.

Hang tough!

And maybe focus on some specific fitness goals for a while to distract yourself from the scale.

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3/21/13 4:04 P

The other thing I forgot to mention is that you seem to be beating yourself up for not reaching your goal of a certain weight by a certain time. What you are forgetting is that you ARE succeeding - you have lost a considerable amount of weight already. I believe it is a big mistake to put time-frames or a certain amount of weight lost as the goal. For me, It doesn't matter how long it takes - so long as you get there. AND what happens if you lost 30lb but didn't reach your goal? Do you think that is a reason to admonish yourself??? I don't - I think it is a reason to celebrate, but not with food - LOL! You would be 30lb lighter than you were at the beginning of your journey, and that alone would make you a LOT healthier. It would more than likely benefit your BP if you have BP issues; it would more than likely improve your Blood Sugars if you have issues with these; it would more than likely improve your cholesterol if you have issues with that, too! If you have problems with sleep (apnea etc.) then odds are it would improve that, too! So you see, there are tons of positives regardless of that (to you) seemingly elusive number on the scales :-)


3/21/13 2:53 P

I wish your nutrition tracker was public. Often there are really obvious things on our trackers that point to solutions to these sorts of situations.

Also, if you are burning 250-550 calories, and eating 1500-1900 calories, you are potentially only REALLY eating somewhere between 950-1650 calories. On the low end of that scale, you might not be getting enough to eat. That would lead to the much talked about "starvation mode."

Make sure you are accounting for your exercise when you plan out how many calories you take in during your day!

Edited by: LILLIPUTIANNA at: 3/21/2013 (14:54)
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3/21/13 1:22 P

Hang in there! You are absolutely doing everything right, and it's absolutely understandable that you're frustrated at not seeing the changes you expect. I think it might be time for you to get some professionals working with you to help figure it out.

As others have said, I would say that the first thing is to get yourself in to your doc and see if you need some tweaks on thyroid meds. It's really common to have to change meds / levels occasionally in order to keep things working. A full work-up with a vitamin/mineral panel wouldn't hurt either, to see if there is anything there that needs to be worked on.

Dietitians are fabulous resources for tweaking things on the nutrition side, and I'd also see about maybe spending a bit of time with a trainer to make sure that you're accomplishing as much as possible during your workouts. It's hard to sit back and look at our own nutrition and workouts objectively to see if they are all that they could be. You are being so dedicated about spending a good amount of time on both, and you might find it really helpful to get professional assistance in maximizing the effect.

Major kudos to you for being so dedicated and sticking with it this far! I hope you can find the help you need to get past this plateau and keep moving forward.

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3/21/13 12:07 P

Keep on going with sparkpeople! Try to look at other things besides size. I look at my skin (looks clearer and brighter) and I feel fresher when I am eating correctly. I also think taking a look at your nutrition tracker is a good idea- I had to tweak mine because I was not eating enough protein. I actually look at it once a month to see what I can do to make my nutrition even better (I am not the type of person that can change too many things at once or I get overwhelmed). I also think you might want to see a doctor or nutritionally if you can, I had a friend that was gaining and a nutritionally helped her see where she needed to change things. Good luck!

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3/21/13 6:43 A

I also vote for the "Don't Give Up" Team!!! You CAN do this but you MAY need a little qualified help if things don't start to shift soon.

As ARCHIMEDESII said, it is possible that your blood pressure is better than previously. Maybe even if you had a high Cholesterol or Blood Sugars, THEY may be more normal.

Have you had a medical to see if there is anything going on? Things like Hypothyroidism could be at play and isn't uncommon. If everything comes back o.k. there, then ask for a referral to a Dietitian, and take some random printouts from your Nutritional Daily Feedback Report for her to see. I had been on SP for over a year but didn't have any results, and because I have a number of other issues, I was referred to one. I took my printouts which showed exactly what and how much I ate. My Dietitian told me that it was what they normally suggested people eat like to lose weight. She also was able to diagnose within a couple minutes of my giving it to her, what the problem was. I started to lose weight after she tweaked things for me, and the rest is now history. It was a very steady reduction most months, and I am now at my goal and have been over over 2 years. I still weigh all of my food and enter it into the tracker to ensure that I don't go back up! I appear to be more sensitive to calories than the average Joe Blog :-(

Good luck,

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (196,969)
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3/21/13 4:51 A


Don't give up !! It really does sound like you ARE doing everything right. Why isn't the weight coming off ? While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. It really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that's perfectly normal.

So, don't assume you're doing something wrong because the weight isn't coming off just yet. If you lost an inch off your waist, that is a sign of change. Why haven't you seen other changes ? As I said, change can be slower in some people for a variety of different reasons.

However, I can assure you that if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise, you will see change with time. And let me ask you this, when you do your strength training, are you challenging your muscles to fatigue ? Strength training isn't just about lifting weights. I know women who strength train and ask me why they aren't seeing results. It's because they are using lighter weights that don't challenge their muscles.

So, could you tell me a bit more about what type of exercises you do when you strength train. Do you just use the 30 Day Shred ? Seeing results (inches lost) could just be a small matter of tweaking your strength training routine.

Mostly, it really just sounds like you need to be more patient with your body. Change can take time. Remember, there are changes happening to our bodies we can't see. Do you know your blood pressure ? If your blood pressure has dropped over the last two months, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't move. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge sign of success.

Hang in there !!

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3/20/13 10:38 P

Hey guys so I'm really on the verge of just giving up and dealing with being fat for the rest of my life. Seriously, I will just learn to love my body the way it is. Maybe I'm supposed to look this way?
I have been working out for a solid 2 months even more so 3 months and nothing has changed!
Weight is the same.
Clothes fit exactly the same.
Body looks the same and measurements tell me they are the same except 1 inch off my stomach and 1 inch off my arm.
Energy and all that jazz is the same.
I work out at least 5 days a week. Between 30-60 mins a day doing either cardio or strength training. I also don't have a car anymore so I walk A LOT more then I used to!
I switch between the biggest loser cardio max dvd and the biggest loser power sculpt dvd. I also have days where I will throw in the 30 day shred or switch off with the biggest loser last chance workout. Between these dvds I burn between 250-550 calories.
I follow my goals strictly in my nutrition tracker. My goals are between 1500-1900 calories.
I don't eat fast food.
I cook all of my meals and eat fruits and vegetables.
I've cut back on carbs and don't eat red meat.
No soda, only drink water or tea with stevia.

I just don't understand how nothing has changed? I drastically changed my lifestyle from just 3 months ago and although I do feel like I have changed my lifestyle eating wise, exercising is still hard. I still do it when I'm supposed to but the fact that nothing is happening while I'm drenched in sweat, makes me just want to quit.

I was just looking for advice and maybe someone who has been in a similar situation. If it helps I'm 24yr old female 5'9" and 215. My first goal 3 months ago was just to be under 200 lbs by april 1st, obviously that isn't going to happen! :(

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