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MISSY0356 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/24/11 9:36 P

if someone can just tell me how to do it........... I'm about 8 lbs away and its not budging ugh

3/24/11 9:16 P

Argh... still working on the same thing... I'm stuck on the last 10 pounds, (not including the 5 that I still have to lose from a bad slip that "didn't happen" since I never corrected my current weight) :") ANYWAY, I just started to enter in my food intake (never went that far before) and I am going to see where that gets me. I didn't realize how many calories were adding up in the "good foods" that I was eating. Never junk food either... but calories are calories, and they sure sent me for a loop! BUT I am going all out to kill these pounds... then I will have to maintain. I promised myself NEVER to let myself get 5# or more over... if I do, I have to work it back down... RIGHT THEN AND THERE... no rationalizing the couple of pounds that aren't even really noticeable if I don't look at my huge thighs... lol :p

CHARLOTTE1947 SparkPoints: (44,675)
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3/24/11 9:07 P

Ugh! My weight has been see-sawing for 3 weeks now. I am religious about exercise at the gym, so that's not the problem. I have to admit that nibbling here and there every day is delaying my progress. I have to commit to the food structure if I ever hope to remove those last 10 pounds! Only time will tell how long it will take . . .

SLKURSZ Posts: 34
3/24/11 8:35 P

Still working on it from January. It's my own doing though. I'm on track during the week and then goof off on the weekends... I'm good with my journey though! Down about 9 lbs.....

GRICEMAN SparkPoints: (7,374)
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3/24/11 8:32 P

9.2lbs in the past 4 weeks! Was hoping for 10 this week...But I'll get it next Wed night. This will be my first 10...then 90 to go!

DPDAVIS Posts: 3,548
3/24/11 6:55 P

2 months

WAGN5784 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/24/11 6:43 P

I'm still working on it........have been at this weight since January, can't seem to shake it.

LULUVARGAS SparkPoints: (0)
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3/24/11 5:08 P

Its so hard to go past the 146lbs.

JCWATL SparkPoints: (43,592)
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3/24/11 3:06 P

I took 9 months to go from 170 to 150. Then I went from 150 to 140 in about a month. Then back to 150 for about 5 months now! I am not commited to taking it off SLOWLY so it stays gone!

140 here I come!

REBECCATKD SparkPoints: (55,081)
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3/24/11 3:03 P

I remember telling my neighbor last spring, "I am only seven pounds away from my pre-baby weight!" Only seven pounds...and yet, I did nothing except dream about it. I did not change any eating habits (yes, you, 8-o-clock-snacking) or bump up the exercise.

My logic was, It's only seven pounds. What's the big deal? But the big deal was that I wasn't happy with the way my clothes fit or that I got winded when I worked out. I wasn't too overweight, but I was not in the best shape.

Somehow, I kicked it into gear last fall and fought to lose those last pounds. Almost like a reward, I then found SparkPeople after Christmas. By using the Nutrition Tracker, I was able to lose an additional five pounds. Now I have a new goal: I'd like to match my weight from my mid-20's...and I'm only four pounds away!

It will be a challenge, but that's okay. I'm strong and fit enough to take it on!

LENKA763 Posts: 2,395
3/24/11 2:52 P

same here..I have still 20 lb to go..
I do workout quite a bit but I tend to eat more than I should.Portion control is still my big enemy.

BLONDIEGRRL Posts: 1,174
3/24/11 12:39 P

I'll let you know when I get there! It's been 6 months now and I've lost only 2-3 pounds.


It's frustrating, especially considering how fast that first 50 pounds came off. (I averaged 2 pounds a week.)

I'm not sure I've hit a plateau, though, because in the winter months I have a tendency to eat a little more and exercise a little less. As we get into spring, we'll see if I start losing again. At least I haven't gained any weight, so I'm grateful for that!

Edited by: BLONDIEGRRL at: 3/24/2011 (12:40)
CJSIMPSON135 Posts: 51
3/24/11 12:33 P

I just up'd my cardio and it is making a real difference, more protein more cardio...I still got a ways to go but when I see that I am not losing up'n my cardio seems to do the trick

CSMARTIE Posts: 378
3/24/11 12:32 P

thanks everyone for the great advice!

CRAZYG-MA Posts: 18
3/24/11 12:18 P

let me know if you get any good answers on the extra flab from losing weight - - my upper thighs and my stomach just are not attractive becuase of the extra skin

ANGELFACES_102 Posts: 771
3/24/11 12:00 P

Still working on it... emoticon

SHARALEV Posts: 115
3/24/11 11:53 A

Im now loosing my last 10 and so far i've lost 7 in about 6 weeks. I've been stepping up the strength training. I work different muscles everyday and I push hard, instead of curling 5's or 8 i now curl 15's. That has helped tremendously. I squat and do lunges and I cycle and run on alternate days. I keep my cal's low during the week, but on the weekends I eat more, it keeps my body guessing.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
3/24/11 11:48 A

The last 10 are very hard for me. I have been at the same weight since Jan. I can easily maintain, but to lose it is so much harder. My average was about a pound a month, but then just stopped.

I think you need to change it up and keep your body guessing. I was able to drop 2 pounds this past week, but I changed things up. I started really tracking food and eating way less than I normally would. Almost like about 1200 calories a day. I was eating more like 1500-1800. I also changed up my exercises and started working out in the afternoon too. I also stopped my fat burner too.

I have 5 pounds to go now. Yeah! Keep it up! I think eventually you can get there.

Edited by: FITGLAMGIRL at: 3/24/2011 (11:48)
MHANSHAW SparkPoints: (0)
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3/24/11 11:46 A

I'm struggling with this last 10lbs as well. The first 50 were cake. I just made small changes eliminated alcohol lost the first 20! eliminated fast foods and high fats lost another 20! Got really diligent with my workouts _ I was in the gym daily for an hour a day running or weight lifting. I lost most of my weight in 6 months. Now I've been stuck with the last 10 fluctuating between 8-12 more lbs to go for the past year. I keep my calories below 1500, I'm in the gym or working out 5 - 6 days a week. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. So I'm really curious to see answers to this question because I feel like I'm putting in maximum effort.

INTERNETALLY SparkPoints: (1)
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3/24/11 11:40 A

I've really enjoyed the suggestions in this thread. I'm close to my goal too and the weight loss has slowed. I'm in a size 4, but after four big babies, I still have what is, in my opinion, quite a bit of fat on my midsection and cellulite, despite exercising 6+ hours a week (cross training, running, strength 3x a week, etc.) which I've done for my whole life. Any suggestions on how to further diminish this area--get rid of the cellulite? I'm on a low carb food plan, btw.

SLENDERELLA61 Posts: 10,145
3/24/11 11:15 A

I lost my first 50 pounds at 1.75 pounds per week average. When I hit the top of the healthy BMI chart I added a little food to my program and purposely slowed down the weight loss, increasing my activity and improving my nutrition. My last 30 pounds, including the last 10, averaged about half a pound a week.

GETIT2GETHER SparkPoints: (35,282)
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3/24/11 11:10 A

In process.

WDWCHICK Posts: 875
3/24/11 10:51 A

Seven weeks so, far. I have one more to go for Goal. I'm guessing it will be 8 or 9 weeks? The last 10 are the HARDEST!

CAMPOSN SparkPoints: (0)
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3/24/11 10:22 A

Are you exercising?

NICKI15N2 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/24/11 9:52 A

I love the last line "why be skinny when we can be strong?" i feel the same way!

STARGLADE SparkPoints: (0)
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3/24/11 9:14 A

I joined here nearly a year ago (next month!) and had 11 lbs to go to "goal." I'd hoped to reach it by my wedding day, but that didn't happen. Didn't matter, either. I knew I'd get there eventually.

It took me until August to hit that number I'd chosen. Four months. After having taken years--literally, YEARS--to get there, that was "small potatoes." I've managed to stay within my personal "okay range" of +/- 3lbs since then. Time is the enemy--and also the friend.


THENOAN Posts: 44
3/24/11 9:13 A

The first five came fairly quickly, once I upped my exercise and got very diligent in tracking what I ate. The next three or so have come at a rate of about one per week. I would like to lose 3-5 more and am willing to do it at 1/2 pd to 1 pound per week. I might try switching my calories--lower one day, then higher, then lower. My nutritionist says that can help.

3/23/11 11:52 P

I am working on it right now. It took about 3 weeks to lose the first 5, and now I am working on the next five. I haven't lost any pounds for a week. I have really started to get strict on my diet, and I have been trying to switch up my workout instead of just mostly running. We will see what happens this week...

3/23/11 6:44 P

It depends on how many pounds lost per week. I'm working toward losing the last 10 lbs too. It took 10 weeks to lose the 14 lbs prior to this point. I figure that's a good rate to lose so I'm more apt to keep it off.

AMYGIBSON123 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/11 6:30 P

Still working on it!

MAGGIEROSEBOWL SparkPoints: (42,467)
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3/23/11 4:40 P

I'm interested to read the replies to this question. I am 4 pounds from my goal now, after losing 164! For the first 12 months of my weight loss journey, I lost at a rate of about 10 pounds per month. But since the first of the year, that rate has slowed down somewhat. Since Jan. 1, I have only lost about 20 lbs. I know it's going to continue to be pretty slow, so I have stepped up the exercise, walking twice a day instead of once, and trying to go faster and faster each day. I have also been trying to cut back on my calories, because this time I want to get to my goal. I have never reached a weight loss goal before, and since I want to maintain this time, I think I should start that process by actually reaching the goal I set for myself a very long time ago!

ELISOS SparkPoints: (82,688)
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3/23/11 4:08 P

It takes like 6 weeks.

3/23/11 4:06 P

If you are planning on eating clean, I would start now. You will definitely lose weight. I have been on the Clean Program, which is technically a detox, for 17 days, and I've lost about 6 pounds. Same thing with my husband. You don't have to do the full detox, which involves having a liquid breakfast and dinner, no food after dinner until breakfast, taking certain supplements (probiotics, antimicrobials, etc).

Check out You can print out the Elimination Diet which shows all the foods you can eat (the ones you can't include sugar, wheat, bananas, tomatoes, peanuts, etc.). You can just follow the Elimination Diet, eating regular meals that include these foods only. There's also a great support system there, just like here on sparkpeople.

I have to say I am feeling great, have more energy, my skin looks better, etc. I will probably gain a pound or two back when I finish the detox but I think I've picked up some healthy habits that I will continue.

EBUNNY1 Posts: 968
3/23/11 4:03 P

I read every post here and agree with the last poster about keeping your body guessing, but not only with exercise, with food, too. I'm a fitness instructor and every year I gain 8-10 pounds over the winter, and every spring I have to take it off. The first 5 or so are the easy ones because my body is going through a change of additional exercise and different types and amounts of food. The second I plateau, I begin changing everything up- switching out exercise as much as possible, changing my food daily to hit low cals one day and then higher cals the next, low carb one day higher the next, and YES when I plateau, I begin eating "clean". I plateaued this past week, so I cut out all processed food items as of yesterday (let go of my Fiber one bars, my Special K crackers, etc)-this usually kick starts my fat burning again. I'm in the last stubborn 2 pounds and once I get there, I can ease up to maintain.

MIAH29 Posts: 1
3/23/11 3:50 P

The same thing has happened to me in the past, but it helps that my husband is a fitness junkie. What he told me was that my body simply got used to the exercise, and the calorie limit, and that I should keep my body guessing by alternating the exercises I do each day. Work different muscles at different times, to keep your body working. Once you fall in a routine, your body does too, and it will be hard for you to see any more weight loss. Hope this helps.


COOKI3123 Posts: 2,762
3/23/11 3:29 P

Once I get to only 10#s to go, it will probably take about 12-15 weeks but I still have a ways to go before I reach the last 10 lb marker.

CTINNEY56 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/11 2:37 P


Edited by: CTINNEY56 at: 3/23/2011 (14:37)
WILLME7 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/11 2:33 P

I am losing about .5-1 lb every 2 weeks, so I guess that would mean a few months of losing to get the last 10 pounds!

CATHM26 Posts: 568
3/23/11 2:33 P

I think it's a combination of consistency, changing it up exercise wise, finding the right food combinations and being stubborn. If that's what you want - don't give up!

ALCYON SparkPoints: (12,048)
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3/23/11 2:32 P

I would like to get to about 18% body fat. Really, I only have 6-8 lbs. to go. Eating clean has been one of the goals I have set for myself for after I lose the weight. Would eating clean help me lose weight? I was under the impression it came down to calories, but if completely eliminating preservatives, additives, etc. will help me get there, I'll start now!

Edited by: ALCYON at: 3/23/2011 (14:39)
B8WOOD SparkPoints: (37,789)
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3/23/11 2:28 P

I have been here a couple times and my only fear, is that every time I get this close I tend to start gaining back. I lose motivation and will. I hit the wall and get frustrated. At this point it is a mental game with me. Have to get over it!

ALISHACARR88 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/11 2:23 P

I believe that it depends on how much you have to loose. For example, when I weighed in November, 1st 2010, I weighed 265.3lbs. First month I lost 30lbs, the second 28lbs and then January I lost 23, and February I lost 17lbs, (Total lost of 98lbs so far).
Some people are not able to loose the weight as easily as others. I hired a nutritionist because my weight got out of control.
If you don't believe my weight-loss, check out my blogs, they have pictures of before and now :)

LRGROVE13 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/11 2:12 P

I didn't! I have realized that I set my goal too low for my lifestyle. To lose "my last 10 lbs" I would have to lose a lot of muscle and I'm not willing to do that. I have so much fun mountain biking, rock climbing, and what not.

Why be skinny when we can be strong?

SAREYMAL SparkPoints: (23,928)
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3/23/11 1:12 P

I'm struggling with the last 10 (or, rather 8) as well. It doesn't concern me as much as it once did. I am now wearing a size 6. something I never thought would happen again. I am also running again, and have the same pace as I did 15 years ago. My level of fitness and overall well-being has convinced me that maybe they are not important pounds to lose. and if they are meant to come off, they will.

I am enjoying life and worrying less about the scale.

SAMPOWELL1 Posts: 14
3/23/11 12:35 P

I don't really know because I still have around 20 or so to lose. But when I get there I will let you guys know about it. Woohoo! emoticon

SMASH637 Posts: 392
3/23/11 12:24 P

I'm with ya! My weight loss slowed considerably almost as soon as I hit that "last 10" mark. According to the scale, I've been on a plateau for 2 months now, which is frustrating. But, in the meantime, I started strength training, and Archimedes is right. I haven't lost an ounce, but my "skinny jeans" are loose, which means I'm losing inches. In addition, strength training will build more metabolically active tissue, which will make fat-burning more efficient, so keep it up and you'll get there! :)

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
3/23/11 12:23 P

Still trying

RWALTON730 Posts: 1,077
3/23/11 12:09 P

I'm still working on them. I hit a plateau and although the measurments have decreased, the scale isn't moving.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,741)
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3/23/11 11:41 A

The closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the harder it is to lose any perceived excess. That's because you may not need to lose that last 5-10.

As a woman, you are supposed to carry a certain amount of fat to be healthy. It's called essential fat and if that percentage goes to low below 18%, you're at risk for many different medical issues.

A better option instead of worrying about being a certain number on the scale would be to concentrate on increasing lean muscle. You could lose 1-2 clothing sizes without losing an ounce of weight. Muscle is dense and takes up less space on the body. So, yes, you could be smaller without losing weight IF you continue to strength train.

Will you see results overnight ? 30 days ? longer ? Hard to say. At this point, because you are already at a healthy weight, any change will be small and will take time. You won't see miraculous results. BUT, if you are patient, you will eventually see results.

Don't buy into the hype of the late night infomercials or workout DVDs, change takes time.

So, keep strength training, adding lean muscle really is your best option. Forget about trying to lose the last 5-10 UNLESS you're prepared to watch every single morsel you eat. That means totally clean eating and not one deviation. Eating perfect is the only way to lose that last 5-10 if you really want it gone.

Mind you, taking it off is one thing, keeping it off is another if you can't maintain that clean eating.

You do have to cut yourself some slack.

ALCYON SparkPoints: (12,048)
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3/23/11 11:17 A

I've recently lost 15 lbs. and am now ready to get rid of the last 10 and get serious about toning up. I knew that once I hit 125 lbs. losing weight was going to get a lot harder (I've never been able to get below 124-125 lbs. any time I have tried in the past, but this was without working out).

I've been working pretty hard for about a week and half already... 3 days a week I do an intense cardio workout on the elliptical for 20 minutes, followed by 40-60 minutes of strength training. I also do a 50 minute spin class twice a week and "shred" (Jillian Michaels) 4 days a week, as well as walking to and from work every day. Overall, I am burning a little over 2,000 calories a week and following Sparkpeople's nutrition guidelines (1310-1660 calories/day)...

I HAVEN'T LOST AN OUNCE. I know, I know, muscles retain water and weigh more than fat (but I've also been told it takes a month on average for women to gain a pound of muscle), and I AM seeing some definition in my arms and abs, but I want to lose some fat too!

Any of you have this problem? As I have said, I reached this point knowing my weight loss would slow, but I didn't think it would stop altogether. How long have all of you been working to lose those last couple of pounds?

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