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So what am I missing?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What's the big secret? I'm going on 10 months with SP and there's no weight loss. I'm exercising 5-6 days a week, walking 1.5 miles on the treadmill at 2.2 mph. I'm drinking 8-14 glasses of water a day. I've made changes in my dietary habits. I get 8.5 hours of sleep. I'm doing hypnosis. I track my food daily. I try not to cheat. I eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating out is nil. Despite all this I'm not losing weight. Sooooooo, what am I missing????

  
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MOXIEGAL67 7/29/2011 2:57PM

    Talking to your doctor sounds like an excellent idea! If your track your food and exercise on SP, you could print out the information and take it in for his/her review. Without enough calories one can experience hypoglycemia and for a diabetic this could lead to disastrous effects! See http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/di
abetic-hypoglycemia/DS01166

My own experience with weight loss came after talking to my doctor, and reviewing whether my food, exercise routine and current diabetes medications were all working well together.

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LOVESTYPOS 7/26/2011 1:09PM

    First, I would make an appointment with your doctor. Make sure there is nothing stopping you from losing weight. I know that problems with your thyroid gland makes it extremely difficult to lose weight. There are other conditions as well.

Next, I would change up my exercise routine. Sometimes the body gets used to the same thing and changing it up can often get it going again.

Do you share your food and fitness trackers? Maybe sharing them could help. Letting other people see what you're eating and how you're exercising might give some clues. Are you eating at least 3 meals a day? Do you eat breakfast? Eating breakfast starts your metabolism going.

I just read one of your previous blogs and I'm kind of surprised at your doctor. Was there no mention of thyroid at all from her? You very well could be in starvation mode. I know that happened to me. Once I realized I wasn't eating enough calories, I changed my diet and the weight started coming off. I have my calorie range set to 1300-1600 which is down from the 1500-1900 the tracker said I needed. I would suggest redoing your nutrition tracker making sure you are getting enough calories for the exercise you are doing.

Here's an article that might help: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/fitness_articles.asp?id=676

That's all that I can think of at the moment. I hope this helps. I know it's frustrating when you're doing everything right and still not seeing an improvement.

Deb



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CHEETARA79 7/26/2011 12:37PM

    How many calories are you consuming every day? Do your workouts still get your heart rate into the cardio zone? Have you considered adding strength training to your routine?

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AAEEFDCA 7/26/2011 12:25PM

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Have you seen your doctor for a complete? This would be the first thing I'd suggest you do.
The first thing at the beginning of my journey was have a serious conversation with my doctor. This was an adventure, we reviewed my history, my habits and had a complete exam with blood work and Mammogram (just because it was due)etc.

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Today is about me!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

That's right. Today I am loving myself. It is my rest day from exercise. I turned the alarm off and slept in. I got up at 9 and enjoyed breakfast. I only ate 3/4's of it, found myself full before finishing. Because today is about me I am not giving myself permission to go off my healthy eating. That will be enforced. But just for once I am I am allowing myself to be free of the worries of the week past and week to come. I am indulging myself in my own mind, thinking of good things, feeling good about the progress I have made, not the failures. Maybe the scale isn't going in the direction I want but there are other things going right in my life. I have a great husband, who loves me despite everything, and treats me kindly. I have a loving, if dysfunctional, family. I have wonderful pets who love me like family and are treated as such. Finances may be rough, but I am working on a plan. I've never in my life, that I can remember said I loved myself, but today that changes. Today I love myself. Maybe if I take time to "believe" that, it will carry through to another day, and then another day. But, for today, it is all about me!

  
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I.M.MAGIC 7/24/2011 8:19PM

    About time, sweet lady! emoticon emoticon

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NURSNANA 7/24/2011 1:49PM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan for your day Susan!! I have my 4 year old twin grandsons visiting for 3 days! We have a pool from Walmart up for them, they love the water! They are down for their naps now. You are welcome to come over and cool off in the pool!! :)

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DSBRIDE 7/24/2011 1:47PM

    I just love your blog today and the fact that you are so positive about life in general. This eliminates a lot of stress and in turn helps you in the long run. I hope you have a great "me" day!

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MENNOLY 7/24/2011 1:07PM

    Way to go. You can't love others if yoiu don't love yourself. emoticon

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Turtling along!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I'm on the Slowest Losers Team and I feel like a turtle. My weight loss is non-existent. I gained a pound instead of losing. I am trying a bunch of different stuff. Hypnosis, low carb, veggies and cutting calories. Nothing seems to be working. I walk 1.5 miles each day,5-6 days a week and that tones my belly a little, but nothing else. Where am I going wrong? I see other blogs and read how long it has taken some people to lose, but this is ridiculous! Nothing to show for my efforts. I would have thought that by now I would have lost at least 10 pounds. NO!!!!!! I am stuck at 237. There is now way I'll ever met a goal of losing 50 pounds in a year. Of course I need to lose more than that, but that is what I set my initial goal for. I thought it was doable. Joke! It can't be muscle weight. I have made progress in little things along the way and am proud of that. I am eating healthier, drinking water and exercising. I almost like the exercise...mind you I said almost. I still have days where I dread getting on the treadmill. Like today. I didn't want to walk and went to my husband to complain. I told him I needed encouragement. He gave me some and encouraged me to walk just a little. I figured I would give it 10 minutes. Once I got to the 10 minutes I said just 10 more and managed to walk my whole 41 minutes. I felt good about it when I was done. I just don't feel good about not losing any weight.

  
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I.M.MAGIC 7/24/2011 2:18AM

    Seems like everyone is feeling that way today--maybe its' the weather! LOL

You know, making lifestyle changes is like planting a garden. You have to work at it, and a lot of the changes that take place are not ones that you can see or measure--if you yank a plant out of the ground to see if there are roots, you destroy it! If you let discouragement expose the roots of your lifestyle changes to doubt and disbelief in the goal, you destroy them.

Let it go, m'dear. Each step has its season, and this is about SO much more than the weight loss, and when the time is right that will come too! emoticon

Be well!
Kathy emoticon emoticon

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CJEANNEM 7/23/2011 9:04PM

    Hello, My son, Craig (civpro1), lost 182 lbs. He says that when he stopped losing weight, He upped his calories quite a bit for a day or two. You might gain a pound or two, but then the weight starts to come off again. He is on my Sparkpage in the Friends list. Take a look. I think he has his email for any one who had questions for him. He just got back from Afghanistan and is looking for a new job so keep him in your prayers. I live in a rest home (no proper food for a diet or a diabetic)and get around in a wheel chair. Don't give up. Keep trying. I am. God Bless You, Cheryl emoticon

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ROCHELLE62 7/23/2011 9:03PM

    I'm losing, but slowly. I'm so sorry that you aren't seeing the results you want. Check the tape measures, see how your clothes are fitting, and don't quit. When I started, I made a deal with myself that even if I didn't lose a pound, I would consider this a success if I didn't gain, and if I didn't lose mobility. Sometimes I just need to tell myself that even if I remain huge, I can accept that if I can have the energy to do the things that are most important to me. Check with your doctor about your concerns. There may be medical answers.

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Odds and Ends

Friday, July 22, 2011

Just some Friday ramblings. I have come up with a nice salsa for my roasted chicken and steak. I use a slice or two of fresh garden tomato, some fresh garden green pepper, onion, diced jalapeno, and garlic. It is delicious. I used jarred jalapeno, Mt Olive sliced jalapenos to be exact.

I am trying soem glucomannan as recommended by Dr. Oz. It is for weight loss and blood sugar control. Can also be used for lowering cholesterol. I got some from the Vitamin Shoppe. I started taking it at lunch today. You have to take 3 capsules before each meal. I'll see.

I am doing a little better on my exercise bike. I did half a mile today. I rode for 2.5 minutes and am going to go for 5 minutes in the next few days. I am doing this in addition to my 1.5 mile treadmill walk.

I am eating more veggies lately. Limiting my carbs. I don't find myself craving the carbs as I used to. Not sure why this is happening. Of course when the garden is done my fresh veggies will be gone too. Boo Hoo!!!!!!!

All in all despite the scale not moving I am doing well and making progress in other areas. I'll just keep doing my own thing.

  
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BESTMEPOSSIBLE 7/22/2011 8:30PM

    Keep on working at it - the scale will eventually have to reflect the changes. WTG on the veggies!

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Two Weeks of Hypnosis

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I am at day 15 of my hypnosis. I weighed myself at the two week mark as directed. Surprise, no loss!!!!!! What does it take to lose a pound or two?? I've been here on SP for 9 months with no significant weight loss. BUT...I am NOT giving up. I will continue with the hypnosis as the skills I am learning are great. If the doctor can't come up with a reason why I dont' lose weight I don't expect my addled brain to come up with one!!! I bought the Atkins diet book. Not sure I can do that diet. Low carbs. I do not meet my carb allotment as it is, so it shouldn't be a problem, but I like milk, cheese, and bread with my eggs. They advocate getting only 20 net carbs during the first phase of the diet with those carbs coming from veggies. As the diet continues you add in more foods. I do use their snacks because they are low sugar and low carb and fit well in my diabetic diet. they taste great too, especially the peanut caramel cluster bar, almost like a PayDay. I did bring in my exercise bike but I am having trouble using it. I have limited range of motion in my right knee and I have a hard time doing the pumping motion with it. I do a little on it a day to try and work out the range of motion. I wanted to add it to my walking routine. Like I said, I'm not giving up!!!!!!

  
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I.M.MAGIC 7/21/2011 11:00AM

    I don't know if your bike can be adjusted but sometimes, if you can change the angle and height of the seat, you can make the range of motion necessary for use a little less stressful on your knee joints--that's what they do at the physical therapy clinics, they start you out far enough from the pedals that you extend your leg a bit farther but can still reach with your foot flat on the pedals--that way you don't have to lift your knees quite as high--it takes some of the stress away from the joint without reducing the workout benefits. As you improve they change the angle again and again, until it's at a normal setting... of course, their bikes are made specifically for that, but maybe you can come up with an idea for the same sort of thing with yours?... maybe a pillow on the seat...Hm LOL

Good luck with it!
Kathy emoticon emoticon

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LOVESTYPOS 7/20/2011 7:03PM

    You have a plan and you're working that plan. Congrats on that. For some reason, I believe that some bodies just hold on to the weight no matter what we do to try to change that. If your doctor has done blood tests for thyroid and other conditions, and has found nothing, then at least you know you're healthy in that respect.

Keep on doing what you're doing. You'll get there. emoticon

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CJSARGENT1 7/20/2011 7:00PM

    Hang in there.....do not give up..........this is your life we are saving.

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BENTONHEALTHY 7/20/2011 6:47PM

    You have a great attitude. Just keep learning and practicing and you will lose some weight. I agree you need something that works for you. Checklist: move a little more each day, eat 5 times a day and include a little protein with each, it's hard to get fat on vegetables, watch additives to what you eat, use SP and post any time you like. I think it will all kick in and you will have success! Hypnotism is interesting.

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