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DIANESMILES
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5/5/11 8:14 P

Indeed, take out the tape measure, cos your body may just be tightening up.



SVETLANA08
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5/5/11 7:26 P

I know EXACTLY how you feel. I am 5 feet tall and have been trying to lose the same last 10 pounds forever. I was stuck on a plateau for 6 months where I tried all the plateau breaking ideas. I finally just took a break for about 3 months and gained 5 pounds. I have started tracking and working out again and the weight is slowly dropping. What works for me is eating as clean as possible and working out like crazy. I am so exhausted from my circuit training today but I will continue until I reach my goal. I will be vacationing in July and I will be wearing the bikini I bought last year. That has been motivating me this time. Good luck.



SCOTTGARAN
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5/2/11 11:43 P

Magpie, I posted earlier. Have you given any thought about switching up your routine?
Scott



MAGPIEWITCH
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5/2/11 11:41 P

i know.. that's why in the original post I made it clear that a body type is what I'm after, not really a number on the scale. The point is that my weight AND body composition (measurements/body type) have stayed the same.





SONI51
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5/1/11 5:55 P

This is the time to take out the tape measure. The scales won't help during a plateau...



MAGPIEWITCH
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4/29/11 3:10 P

Thanks so much for all the good advice!

I think changing up my exercise habits and experimenting with my calorie intake is a good idea. I'm going to work out two more times a week, but smaller "demi" workouts than the other three, and I'm going to up my daily intake to 1500 steadily instead of 1200. Maybe my body is going in starvation mode?

The only thing is, I know I can't maintain working out 5x a week forever, so I'm concerned the same ten pounds will just come back even if I lose them....

UGH, plateaus are SO frustrating! Especially when you're so close!

And Skateskier, oh man, I really feel you! Being short really makes it harder too, because ten pounds on someone five feet tall (or 5'3) looks like a lot more extra weight than on someone who is six feet tall!!!

Edited by: MAGPIEWITCH at: 4/29/2011 (15:12)


CANDACEMM
Posts: 972
4/28/11 7:31 P

Look at your fitness goals and re-evaluate and changed based on current workouts that you're doing .... Maybe this will help and it could also potentially change your calorie intake levels.



FITGLAMGIRL
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4/28/11 5:13 P

The last 10 pounds is really the hardest. Try switching up your routine. Eating very lean and clean. HIIT is what broke my plateau.



SKATESKIER
Posts: 2
4/28/11 12:13 P

We are in the same boat! I am going through what you are going through and it is very depressing. I've tried changing things up... eating more, eating less, more exercise, yadda yadda yadda, nothing is working. I gained 10 pounds this past year when menopause set in, so this is not my normal weight. I'm 5'3" and have always been between 110-115 pounds. After the initial 3 pounds I lost in the first couple of days with SP I am hovering around 121. I was hoping to drop a few pounds to be able to fit into my summer clothes, but it's not looking so good right now. I keep telling myself that one day that scale will eventually go down, but how freak'n long does it take! emoticon



5ZT9Q0
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4/28/11 8:06 A

Have you tried scaling back your carbohydrate intake? I'm not saying if it is good or bad, but rather that it seems to work for a lot of people. If you seem to be stuck it may be something you could try just to see if it works.



CHARMIAN2
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4/28/11 5:33 A

I hate plateus



CHARMIAN2
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4/28/11 5:33 A

good ideas on here-follow them and should help



CATHERINEH1978
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4/28/11 3:54 A

i have had amost the same thing so my plan is to exercise more often and in different ways and adjust my calorie range accordingly! Hopefully this will work!!



MAGICKZZL
Posts: 31
4/27/11 9:24 P

This happened to me the last time i was that close to my goal aswell. The last few lbs are the toughest and you have to raise the stakes. i had to intesify my workouts and stay super vigilant. Good luck!



BECCAJ98
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4/27/11 7:53 P

Try upping calories to 1500-1600 and changing routine. Add intervals and some new exercises to shake your body up. Should help. Good luck!



DDSMITH66
Posts: 201
4/27/11 3:11 P

you have probably replaced fat with muscle. Maybe change your diet up for a day, either eat less or more. Weirdly enough sometimes after being stuck at a certain weight after strict dieting, a day of eating a little more than I should moves the scale in the downward direction. Why, I don't know.



SCOTTGARAN
Posts: 2,014
4/27/11 2:57 P

You could be at a weight where your body wants to remain. That said, depending on how long you have been training, it may just be time to switch things up. Intensity and motivation are hard to keep up if you have been doing the same routine for months on end. Look into new routines that will break the monotony and keep things interesting.
Scott



MAGPIEWITCH
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4/27/11 2:53 P

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I am around ten pounds above my goal weight. (Though my goal has more to do with body shape/fat than numbers... but ten pounds gives you an idea of how far away I am from my goal). Not too too far, but especially being only 5 feet tall, it would make a big difference.

Here is the trouble: NOTHING is happening. NO weight lost, NO difference in appearance, other than tighter thighs - but they are no smaller, and my arms still wobble and my lower tummy still sticks out.

I have been eating really well (1200-1500 calories a day, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, small amounts of healthy carbs and fats), staying hydrated, working out with cardio and strength 3x a week, tracking my calories etc with sparkpeople, keeping an exercise diary, the whole nine yards - for two months!!!

I don't get it. Before I started dieting/being healthier, I still ate pretty well, but with a lot more allowance for chocolate and sweets, and I only worked out about once a week. And I was the same exact weight/body composition!!!

It's really hard to stay motivated and positive when I don't see any results. It's starting to make me really depressed, and I'm dreading summer/bikinis/tank tops, and wishing there was something that could help. I'm even considering diet pills or supplements... I'm desperate!

Anyone have any advice? What can I do? Where are my results?

I just feel like it's so unfair emoticon and I worry that maybe this is the only weight I can be.. like my body won't go beyond this point no matter what I do. Is that possible?

PS - my tracker is wrong in this post for some reason? I am 120-122 pounds (it fluctuates) and I'd like to be around 110 - 108 pounds. I am 5 feet tall and 20 years old.

Edited by: MAGPIEWITCH at: 4/27/2011 (14:57)


 
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