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TEALLEN04 SparkPoints: (11,579)
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9/25/13 11:09 A

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Congrats! And thank you for sharing. That gives me hope that I can move past my "plateau".

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9/25/13 10:22 A

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Congrats! And thank you for sharing. That gives me hope that I can move past my "plateau".

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JUNKDRAWER Posts: 1,070
9/25/13 7:08 A

Thanks all. I finally broke through today and actually didn't just hit the goal I had been craving so long, but went a bit past it!

Teallen04- I feel like I've tried a bit of everything at different times over the past few week. Pulling back on calories, trying to push my excercise (until my bad knee really revolted), doing better at my food and calorie log. I'm not sure what really broke it this week as my knee has sidlelined me. I had a couple of really bad over eating days and then went back to strict food log, so who knows??

I guess I'm just most proud of the fact that I haven't given up completely when I get discouraged (or injured). Just got to keep pressing on and do what I can to keep moving forward. This is by far the longest I have persevered and the most I've ever lost.

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9/24/13 4:36 P

Some questions for you: when you hit this plateau, what have you tried to do differently to get past it? Things to try might include: changing to a different form of measurement instead of the scale for a month, increasing your activity level or mixing it up by trying a different activity or increasing the amount of strength training you do. Or just focusing on eating within your caloric and nutrient ranges each day, measuring your foods and beverages for a while to make sure your portions aren't getting exaggerated.

Maybe you have already tried all of the above, in which case, let me know how it goes because I am facing a similar issue: up a little, down a little, repeatedly. I think I'm going to 1) stop weighing myself for a month, 2) try eating enough protein (fish) and vegetables for a while, and 3) try some simple strength training moves and gradually build from there into a 3 times a week routine.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

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DIANNEMTARPY SparkPoints: (10,151)
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9/21/13 7:20 A

Hi

Very simply: one step backwards, two steps forward. Experiencing a weight gain, even if only one pound when you are doing all the right things is frustrating. I know. Been there, done that! Keep the faith...it is a process. And, we will get there. Have a great day.

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9/20/13 10:10 A

JUNKDRAWER,

What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. There really will be weeks you stay stable and that too is perfectly normal.

Remember, your body doesn't like being on a schedule. You may want to make a certain goal by X time, your body has other ideas. Let your body lose when it's ready to lose.

Instead of looking at these slow times as a set back, let's put a positive spin on this instead. Think of it this way, you haven't regained the weight you've lost. That says you are doing something right. Why aren't you losing every single week ? That's not the way the human body works. The fact is, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. If it took years to pack it on, it's going to take longer than a few weeks or months to take it off.

Be patient with yourself and your body.





JUNKDRAWER Posts: 1,070
9/19/13 10:43 P

I feel like I've been stuck the last two months. I can't seem to break through the barrier to keep going down. I'll go down a little, a few days later I'm back up to what I was, then I might get back down a little, and then go back up to where I was. I have a goal weight I have REALLY wanted to reach since I began this process in May and I'm 6 weeks behind pace to reach it and have to keep re-setting my goal. It gets close and then I jump back up again. I have been at least 1-2 lbs away for at least 3 weeks.

I know the rapid losses I had in the beginning were because my weight was soooo bad, but I feel like I'm just kind of stuck in a holding pattern now and my body doesn't want to let go. I am trying not to give up, but it feels like what I'm doing isn't working and I'm not sure what else I'm supposed to do. I can't stay here I gotta keep this going down. Just fighting off the bad thoughts and habits that are wanting to creep back in during my discouragement.

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