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CMCOLE
Posts: 2,667
3/28/13 8:27 A

I, likewise was stuck through the fall (August to just recently).
While my weight waffled about three or four pounds through the whole process, there was no real movement on the scale. It always seemed to go up and down around the same focal point.

I used the time to evaluate my menu, and work at learning about maintenance strategies - in case that was going to be it for a while, as my body adjusted to the weight loss.

I was also going through a lot of stressful situations, and was grateful that I didn't turn to food as a stress relief.

Take it easy on yourself. It is a lifetime journey; not a quick sprint. Things will adjust and get going again.



CALLMECARRIE
Posts: 1,598
3/28/13 7:29 A

I am similarly stuck. I've lost about 100 pounds since my high of 285 in 2010, and I'd like to lose 20 more, but I have been hovering around 180-184 for a month. In my situation, though, I know I have been sneaking little handfuls of jelly beans at work and little handfuls of caramel corn and things like that. Bowls of snacks at work are killing me.

In the past, when I've been on real plateaus where I know I haven't been cheating on my calories, the only way I've been able to fix it is to go off my diet for two weeks and up my calorie intake. It seems counter-intuitive, but it's worked for me. Then re-start the calorie restriction, and it seems to shock my body a little.

In the end, busting plateaus is kind of mysterious. Sometimes they go away seemingly by themselves and all you can do is hang in there and keep trying, and eventually the scale will catch up. Good luck, I know how frustrating it can be.




PIPERCHICKAB
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3/28/13 6:19 A

Thanks!



PIPERCHICKAB
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3/28/13 6:18 A

Hi Everyone!

I started my weight loss journey on September 1st, 2012 at 240lbs. I have reached a weight range of 208.5-211 lb and have been here for about a month and a half. I cannot seem to move past it no matter what I am doing.

I eat between 1600-1900 calories per day and workout at high intensity 6 days a week. Currently I am completing the Insanity program and just started Month 2. I have seen a slight difference in my measurements but have been stuck in the range.

I usually rest on Sundays, and limit myself to low intensity exercising that day (I usually bike while I watch TV).

I am really getting discouraged because I feel like I have been doing everything I am supposed to be doing yet I am still not getting any results. I don't want to give up, but this is extremely frustrating. I've already read the article about plateau busters, but I feel like I've been doing that.

Help! What to do!



 
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