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5/26/13 7:11 P
To better answer your question, I haven't given up this time, but in the past I have :( This time I'm trying to focus less on weight loss (while stuck in this plateau) and more about the positive changes I've been making (i.e. feeding my body better quality food, exercising and all of the health benefits). I would be lying though if I said that seeing the same number on the scale day after day makes me happy; it's still frustrating! But the above thinking has helped a lot. Best of luck to all stuck in a plateau! Remember, it will come to end, it's just a matter of time! :)
Its hard coming from a family life where mother is STILL at 78 an anorexic to convince yourself to eat more. I would love to try but I don't know if I can. My plateau essentially started in November 2011 when I visited her house and started sneaking crackers (soda crackers) to eat at night because I was literally starving. I haven't lost a pound since despite a lot of exercise. It fluctuates some but not a lot.
....BUT this thread is NOT about me I am very tall (5'11") and my calorie range is low... but occasionally I miss logging an extra piece of fruit or a tiny bit more oil. I eat a lot...just more veggies and I avoid starches, so while my calorie count comes in low...it's a lot of food. At my age...I have a slow metabolism and aside from the little bit of exercise, my activity level is low. When I stop losing, it's usually because I start adding sugar to my tea or I sneak some ice cream...and my carb sensitive metabolism refuses to budge.
What I'm asking is..... WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN ON A PLATEAU FOR A WHILE... AND YOU START FEELING LIKE YOU WANT TO GIVE UP WHAT DO YOU DO TO SNAP OUT OF IT ???
Do you get mad at yourself and give up Do you try a different diet Do you completely change your exercise, equipment, routine Do you consider fasting, protein shakes, a new jumpstart.
Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 5/26/2013 (15:17)
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5/26/13 2:58 P
Don't focus on scales but exercises.
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5/26/13 2:39 P
I, too, am in a similar situation and, thus, am trying to educate myself re: my changing nutritional/caloric needs.
I was losing then maintaining (once I met goal) and now that I've started exercising, I've actually started to gain a bit of weight. I was eating more than 1200 calories/day Mon.-Fri., but not much more, then more on weekends and maintaining just fine. But now that I've started walking/hiking about 5x/week, and am still eating between 1200 and 1300 calories/day, I have gained about 3 pounds. I know that 3 pounds isn't really a big deal, but I still find it frustrating because I'm "working" much harder than I was before! And the scale won't budge... at all! (i.e. plateau)
So, that being said, I am going to take the advice of all the previous Sparkers in this thread and eat more, I guess the higher end of my range! I will be thrilled if I can drop these 3 lousy pounds and return to my maintenance goal weight. Good luck to you, too, with your plateau dilemma! Wouldn't that be nice if you find that you start losing more while also eating more! How cool! xo
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5/26/13 1:11 P
I look at pictures of the way I used to look at my heaviest and where I am now.
I agree with PP. You appear to not be eating enough. You are hitting well under 1200 calories a day. And if you're exercising, you really are not eating enough.
The lowest range SP has for women is 1200-1550 calories a day and that would basically include no exercise.
If add in your weekly calorie burn through exercise and you start eating more, you will start to lose again. Believe me, I had a similar problem when I initially lost weight. And when I started eating enough, I dropped about 10 pounds in a month.
Your comment piqued my curiosity so I checked your Nutrition Page. I think if you go there, and look at it with eyes wide open, you will see where a lot of your problem may stem from! You are barely eating 1000 calories, but doing about 350 calories worth of exercise. That is a serious UNDER-eating, and quite likely the route of your problem. Under-eating can cause all sorts of things, physical as well as energy/drive/commitment issues.
Odds are, if you increase your calories to a more realistic level - probably around the 1500-1600 mark, then you may just start to see some weight come off! I know it sounds counter-productive, but believe me, it works!! 1200 Calories is the minimum recommended calories for a woman of average weight who is sedentary. Factor in extra weight and/or exercise, and you need to eat more!
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 5/26/2013 (03:43)
5/25/13 11:52 P
Well, I think it's too early in the game for me to really answer this, since I've yet to experience either a plateau or a waning of commitment. Though it will inevitably happen at some point, I know... I'm only human! Soooooo I have actually put thought into this question, to try and identify-in-advance the "signs" that I should watch for, and maybe formulate an action plan of just what to do, when things go sideways.
Which they will. They always do. It's unrealistic to think that I will carry on diligently measuring and weighing and never-going-over and always-eating-healthy-choices and loving-being-so-good-to-me and seeing-a-loss-every-week, for infinity.
The plan I have in my head is.... to add a period of "scheduled maintenance" into my schedule. To be honest, I think it is probably a good idea physically as well as psychologically, to pause and rest ("plateau", if you will) at intervals, particularly when going on an extended journey to lose a LARGE amount of weight. It's just - I mean... HOW is a person supposed to Stick To the Reduction Plan 24/7/365 for 400 days in a row? Does ANYBODY ever see that sort of perfection? I am not going to hold myself to that standard!
I don't know just WHEN i'll embark on "scheduled maintenance" but i figure when I start seeing certain "signs" (like... starting to go over my calorie range regularly, or failing to track meals, or indulging in the junk-food that inhabits my work lunchroom on a daily basis), I'll know it's time to engage Plan Maintain. My idea is that I'll then calculate "maintenance calories" and follow THAT range for a month. And when time is up, drop back down to reduction-range.
No idea if this will work out for me. But. That's the plan.
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