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2/13/12 5:18 A

thank you for the helpful hints, it gives me the motivation to get going again.

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2/11/12 2:14 P

Brandi, plateaus happen to us all ! Don't look at them as a negative. Turn your plateau into a positive. You haven't regained any of the weight you've lost so far !

Why do we hit plateaus ? It could be that you've been doing the same exercise routine over and over. While it is important to exercise regularly, the human body thrives on change and challenge. Mix things up. Variety, it's the spice of life.

Change not only should effect our exercise routine, but what we eat too. If you've been eating the same foods day in and day out, change up your menus. Are you eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies ? If not, add more servings of fresh veggies. I can assure you that eating more veggies CAN and will help you to lose weight and be healthy.

Also, are you doing any strength training ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to start. Add lean muscle. Muscle burns fat and the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat.

Let's say you don't lose any weight for four weeks. How would you feel if in that time you lost 1-2 clothing sizes ? With a good strength training program, you could drop a couple of clothing sizes without the scale budging. Would you consider that a success ? I sure would. Consider this, strength training can also help tighten you up. So, if you're not strength training, don't be afraid to challenge your body. You will not get bulky. that is a misconception. Women don't pack on muscle the same way men do, but we do both benefit from strength training.

If you want to change your body, strength train. It really will make a difference. Will it help you to lose weight ? In the long term, yes. but you might not see a change in the scale initially. change does take time. thus the need for patience.

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2/11/12 1:54 P

switch up or workouts and increase the intensity

2/11/12 1:01 P

Congrats on your losses so far! I definitely empathize - I've been hovering around 165 for months (although for me, a lot of the problem was flagging motivation over the holidays).

Here are some suggestions that seem to be helping me (the scale is finally moving again - I'm down to 162 as of this morning):

(1) Try a new workout, like Couch to 5K if you're not yet a runner. Or, add high intensity intervals to whatever you're doing (like on the elliptical - do 30 seconds as fast as possible, then 90 seconds at a normal pace for you).

(2) Reduce your carb intake - I'm a vegetarian, and I struggle to get mine under 50%. But, I've managed to get myself under 50% carbs in the last couple days, and it seems to have really helped.

(3) Drink LOTS of water (even if you're getting 8 glasses/day - try to increase by some amount. Maybe your body needs more than what you've been getting.)

Good luck!

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2/11/12 9:36 A

I've been at this weight for a couple weeks now. I know it is not a healthy weight for me. I weigh more now than when I was fully pregnant with my daughter, who is now 7. Before I got pregnant with her, I was only 130 lbs. When I was fully pregnant, I was only 150 lbs. I just do not feel comfortable at this weight.

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2/11/12 9:27 A

How long have you been at this weight? Is it possible that this is a more realistic goal than the one you've set?

If you're pretty sure you are not yet at your healthy weight, you might try taking a couple of days off, then trying something different for a week or two. If you've been counting calories, try South Beach. If you've been on South Beach, try counting calories or going vegetarian for a week or two.

If none of that seems appealing, I'd just keep doing what you are doing and get some emotional support. The closer you get to your ideal weight the harder it is to lose and the slower the weight loss gets. Hang in there! You've already succeeded in a major way--just keep going and don't beat yourself up.

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2/11/12 9:23 A

I cannot eat any less. I already eat only 1300-1400 a day usually. Sometimes I will eat 1500, maybe once every 2 weeks or so when I want a treat.
And I already work out as much as I can. Will I eventually get over this plateau?

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