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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (6,893)
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5/31/13 1:20 A

Suggestions I would try:
-cut out processed products
-add healthy fats
-be active at least 30 minutes everyday in some way

SCRAPPYDOO9 SparkPoints: (3,870)
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5/30/13 11:37 P

Same thing is happening to me (3 weeks with no change) and I am trying out what others have posted, which is to stop eating at 1200 cals and go up to 1400 for a week or two. It is frustrating especially when I was sailing along for 4 months with 2 lbs gone every week...but I am listening to the "old-timers" around here and trying to see it as a long-term commitment, and I am determined not to let it get me down. Ill repost if I see any positive changes at the end of my trial period this week. Hang in there!

LMG12112 SparkPoints: (1,546)
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5/30/13 8:27 P

I've had a free day to eat what I want in moderation since the beginning of my weight loss. It has been a little over a year I went from 265 to 188. I don't think my free day is the issue, however I suppose I could skip it for a couple weeks and see what happens! I know two weeks can be normal but I hit plateaus that last for 2 months even with diet and exercise. I do switch up my exercise every now and then too. I think I will try to eat 1200 calories for a couple days and then 1500 for a couple days and go back and forth and see if that will help! Thanls everyone for your inputs!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,014)
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5/30/13 12:04 P

Where do you usually tend to land in your range? From what you posted, I'm guessing you lean more towards the 1200 end of your calorie range.

Try eating more often at the top, and instead of having a "free day" where you eat whatever, keep tracking. Maybe instead of eating whatever, just aim for maintenance for a day. Overindulgence when you're close to your goal weight can really sabotage you more quickly than you think, when your calorie differential is only 250 for the day, one weekend of not tracking could actually undo a lot of your work.

When was the last time you changed up your workout? The more you do a given exercise, the more your body adapts to it, so that you're eventually not burning the same as you were. Think of it this way. If you walk one mile, on the same route, every day, eventually your body grows too strong for it, and adapts to it. If you don't challenge yourself, you stagnate, and eventually operate on cruise control!

With all of that said, 2 weeks is not a plateau. That's normal. :) Ever noticed how your weight tends to shift up during your period? Hormonal shifts, sodium overdoses, lack of sleep, all can affect the fluid levels in your body. Your weight isn't actually a static number, it's a vital sign.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/30/2013 (12:06)
LMG12112 SparkPoints: (1,546)
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5/30/13 11:56 A

Thank you everyone for your feedback! To answer your questions: I was doing cardio, like running minute intervals on my treadmill, doing as much of insanity as I could handle lol. I hit a plateau and quit both these things gave myself some time "off" and now the last month I am eating better and currently doing at LEAST 15 minutes of insanity or any cardio. I went from 194 to 188 in about 2 weeks and then back to 190 now back to 189! All these ups and downs are frustrating!! It's been about 2 weeks no more weight loss.


A typical day I eat like this:

Breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up after drinking 2 glasses of water.
Breakfast regulars: 2 scrambled eggs and a piece of wheat toast, or bowl of either Kix cereal or rice chex original cereal with fat free milk, or 2 packets of oatmeal and a glass of OJ. I typically balance all these to 300 calorie meals.

Lunch: One boiled egg minced up with 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese on 2 slices of wheat bread, or a can of tuna with wheat bread, or chicken and rice soup.

Dinner: light chicken terriyaki with brocoli, peas, carrots, green onions, and 1/2 cup cooked rice; or soy chorizo with eggs, or taco seasoned chicken salad with no dressing only salsa, fat free sour cream, corn and black beans; or chicken fajitas served with low carb wheat tortillas.





LILLIPUTIANNA Posts: 1,038
5/30/13 11:06 A

Jenstress is right! "Sometimes eating just different foods helps."

My meals had started getting far too repetitive. I switched it up a bit and lost a half a pound two days later. That might not sound like much to you...but in my battle to get these last ten pounds off, a half a pound is huge.

So, just keep moving. Push through it. If you can keep yourself together during a plateau you can do anything!

JENSTRESS Posts: 1,414
5/30/13 10:01 A

Sometimes UPPING calories actually works. I saw some other people say that they had some success with that.

I wish you the best, sometimes eating just different foods helps, and changing up your workout routine. Like try something new for a few weeks to a month.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,126
5/30/13 8:54 A

How long has it been since you lost any weight? Here's part 1 of a series of articles you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=516


Also, I've never seen research that shows a specific food (like cottage cheese) burns fat.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,828
5/30/13 8:50 A

Yes, several days of fewer carbohydrates and more protein works well...Daisy Cottage cheese as it has only 4 carbs....and 90 calories per cup serving for the low fat version and it has no preservatives, no additives....add some romaine and matchstick carrots as a breakfast.....or with onions and parsley with some black pepper...mix. chill and use as a snack.....Cottage cheese is an efficient fat burner


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5/30/13 1:55 A

hi,my name is gloria. i'm glad to know i am not alone. i eat and exercise pretty much like you do. but i haven't lost any weight in at least two months. i have to admit i am a bit frustrated. i've increased exercise no change, decreased calories no change. i wish i had an answer and, i like you' hope someone else does thank you for sharing . God bless your efforts

p.s. i haven't discussed how frustrated i really am. i'll wait till i hear
from someone about it . if you do please let me know.
hanging in there by a thread

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (6,893)
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5/30/13 1:47 A

What is your fitness routine?
What is an average day's menu?

LMG12112 SparkPoints: (1,546)
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5/30/13 1:17 A

I have reached a plateau and not sure how to get the scale to pick back up where it left and lower that number! LOL. I generally eat 1200-1500 calories a day. I drink water and unsweetened tea, no sodas. I eat pretty good too, I increased my veggie and fruit intake, I don't snack on junk food, I eat lean proteins (fat free cottage cheese, tuna, chicken etc). I also allow myself one day a week, usually Saturdays, to eat what I want, in moderation of course. It always seems like as soon as I lose 5-6lbs I plateau and don't see the scale drop anymore, or any inches being lost. Anybody have some tried and proved ways to get past this?! emoticon emoticon

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