Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
KAYE2211 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (625)
Posts: 4
2/6/12 4:53 A

Hi, reading this is so what I'm going through, as of today I've cut the calories down to 1100, just hope this helps, my biggest problem is that I can't do very much exercise at present due to having hip replacement,!, I'm only 48, I really hate it as I've gained a stone during this period, I'm 12 wks post op, and not sure when I can start exercising, my walking is still very limited and a bit unsteady, I was wondering if there's more people on this site like me emoticon

RUFUSRIO Posts: 234
2/4/12 11:04 P

I would agree to trust the process. Truthfully, my weight will swing as wildly as the weather. I guess it all comes down to knowing and answering to yourself. If you have stayed within your limits and eaten correctly then all should be well regardless of what the scale says. This is hard journey, we have all experienced something similar. Plateaus can truly be the worst. But keep the long term in sight!

DAVIS8203 Posts: 33
2/3/12 5:55 P

I agree with the 6-8 weeks, I was definitely one of them that took some time to see any numbers move. I would just stay with it and I believe over time the numbers will start dropping.

PINKYGTILLY SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (545)
Posts: 5
2/3/12 10:59 A

MaineMom9, The most important thing is you are still going, still walking, still posting. Don't give up! I wish I has the magic sentence here that would figure it all out for you, but I don't. i will say though, that if you really aren't feeling well, maybe it's time to see your doctor, or a dietician. They will have some ideas for small changes the will make a big difference. The best part is, it is just for your body.
I wish you the very best of luck and hope that today is your sunniest day yet. Keep in touch :)

MAINEMOM9 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (1,628)
Posts: 28
2/3/12 9:09 A

Pinky you are NOT pathetic. You are just confused like I am. I have to be honest....I am walking 3 to 4 miles EVERY day. Eating 1100 to 1500 cals a day. I am just not feeling well at all. I don't feel healthier. I am lacking energy and I am very tired. And to top it all off I am NOT losing weight. Scales are not budging. Even my clothes feel tighter. I WILL NOT give up though. Gonna keep at it. I know that I could start cutting all carbs today and lose quite a bit of weight pretty fast. I have tried the Atkins before and it does work but that way of eating just does not fit my life style. We all need to keep in touch with each other and see if we can beat this!!

PINKYGTILLY SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (545)
Posts: 5
2/2/12 10:20 P

I came over to the panic button board just for this very topic! I was feeling so alone in the " I am working my butt off and nothing is happening" arena. I have been eating well, staying in range and going to boot camp class 2 days a week, now three this week. Maybe I just need to add another day next week. But dang it!

I was feeling really frustrated and defeated, but I am going to stick with it and keep going. I love the teacher and have made my first purchase at Max Muscle for protein powder for pre and post work outs.

I also think the pressure of an upcoming trip in a sunny location has got me a little wound up. I know we are gonig to be taking a lot of pictures and frankly, I am a little concerned about what I am going to think of them when I get home. Does that sounds pathetic?!

All in all, I want to say thanks MAINEMOM9 for posting this and everyone's replies, I have a sunnier outlook!

JILL1013 SparkPoints: (30,331)
Fitness Minutes: (39,504)
Posts: 2
2/1/12 9:57 A

Thanks! It works for me. I don't know how long it will take - maybe years? The scale in the end is not what matters as much as my health.

JETB133 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (5,226)
Posts: 148
2/1/12 9:49 A

Great info, I needed to read this as I have not lost this week even though I have increased my workouts. Thanks!

PENNASKYE SparkPoints: (5,432)
Fitness Minutes: (10,206)
Posts: 10
1/31/12 2:28 P

I love the whole idea of "You cannot fail if you never give up", Jill! So true!

Way to go with sticking with your goal of working out every day! You should be so proud of yourself!


JILL1013 SparkPoints: (30,331)
Fitness Minutes: (39,504)
Posts: 2
1/30/12 9:46 A

I'm there with you folks. I have been walking anywhere from 35 now up to 43 minutes EVERY day since August 1st. I won't deny that I feel better, look a little better and clothes look a little better - But is has been 6 months! I would have thought there would be more weight loss by now. I am losing a pound a month. But - with all of that said - I will.not.give.up. Nothing will stop me from my exercise program and I just need to more closely follow my Spark calorie intake level. It's very simple - you cannot fail if you never give up.
Have a great day everyone.

PENNASKYE SparkPoints: (5,432)
Fitness Minutes: (10,206)
Posts: 10
1/30/12 9:12 A

At least we're all in the same boat, Kathryn591! It really helped to read that other people are going through the same thing (frustrating though it is!). I guess that it's time to celebrate those non-scale victories (feeling great, clothes fitting better, etc).

I'm just going to trust the process and keep on working at it. I walked 3 miles this morning indoors and I'm getting ready to head out and walk outdoors for a couple of miles. Something's gotta give!


KATHRYN591 Posts: 30
1/30/12 8:13 A

I hate to hear of your frustration, BUT, I am facing the same thing!!!! I've never heard of the pounds being so stubborn! I joined an aerobics class last month ago and go every M-W-F, golfing and/or walking T-Th.
I joined Spark people 1 month ago and although not perfect, I have been doing GREAT!!.I wanted to cry when I got on the scale this morning. I actually discouraging.I was ready to quit when I read this post. Thanks for the encouragment. I'm going to stick with it a while longer and see what happens. I am 61 and I expect weight loss to be slower than when I was younger but this is ridiculous!!
I now have a little insight to what might be happening to my body..Thank you

MAINEMOM9 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (1,628)
Posts: 28
1/29/12 8:11 P

Thanks for the words of wisdom everyone. I am going to continue the workouts. I feel so great afterwards. I am a little frustrated with the NO weight loss but I am anxious to see what will happen in the next few weeks. All I have is time right? And for the first time I feel like I am doing this the right way. extra bonus, my 9 year old daughter looks so forward to doing some of the walk away the pounds workouts with me. Quality time! And she is learning good habits that she can carry with her forever. My weigh ins are Tuesdays. I am tempted to stay off the scales for a few weeks.

PENNASKYE SparkPoints: (5,432)
Fitness Minutes: (10,206)
Posts: 10
1/29/12 7:18 P

I am sooo happy to see this message (and all of the replies!) because the EXACT same thing is happening to me. I've been doing "Walk Away the Pounds" (3, 4, and 5 mile walks) plus making sure that every day I get in 10,000 steps. The scale is not budging (and going up!). MaineMom9, you are SOOOOO not alone with this!

The whole plateau thing is what made me join SparkPeople (just joined today!) so I'm thankful for that!


Edited by: PENNASKYE at: 1/29/2012 (19:18)
ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,010)
Fitness Minutes: (294,148)
Posts: 27,060
1/29/12 1:38 P


Don't worry ! What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

You mentioned that you recently increased the amount of exercise you do. If so, that's another reason your weight went up, but not because you gained muscle. It's because your muscle fibers soak up water like a sponge when they've been worked intensely. this is what they are supposed to do. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine.

How long does that take ? it could take a few days. so, don't worry. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day. once again, it's not a fat gain. it's nothing more than water retention. Water has weight. so does the food you eat. not get TMI, but if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of the food you ate from the day before is still in your body. So, it may seem like you gained weight even though you did everything right.

These kinds of ups and downs on the scale are perfectly normal. don't worry ! if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time. but you really do have to give your body time to change.

as the coaches all say,"trust the process".

DEBJAE Posts: 2,801
1/29/12 11:34 A

Hang in there, I know it's frustrating. Your body is going through changes and you are on the verge on something great! Is that the only exercise you do? The only reason I ask is because when I started out, I was doing a few different exercise videos-strength and cardio and it wasn't until I upped my calories (with good protein, carbs & fiber) that I started to lose. I allowed myself anywhere from 100-200 extra, depending on my activities and my nutrition I chose for the day. Please don't give up!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
Posts: 46,222
1/29/12 9:57 A


Do not despair. Just hang in there. It is times like this that separate those just looking to lose weight and those who are looking at transforming their lives. For many of us the process to lose weight and finally show up on the scale can take as long as 6-8 weeks, BUT that does not mean the changes are happening!

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

TRUST THE PROCESS that the changes are happening, it's just going to take a little longer.

I wish you well!
Coach Nancy

MAINEMOM9 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (1,628)
Posts: 28
1/29/12 9:49 A

For two weeks I have added in "walk away the pounds" EVERY day. Either 3 mile or 4 mile. Weekend 2 miles. I stay within my cal intake range. It seems since I started the excercise program I stopped losing AND I have actually gained a couple pounds. Today my clothes feel tight. Any thoughts?

Page: 1 of (1)  

Other Panic! Button for Immediate Help Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
I need some advice; it will be appreciated greatly 11/16/2015 10:58:48 PM
Fed up! 5/15/2016 5:10:04 PM
bloating and weight gain 12/21/2015 7:56:00 PM
bread 11/12/2015 10:15:41 PM
Why does this keep happening? 5/25/2015 10:43:36 AM