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Help! I'm stuck!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I wasn't going to do a blog today, but I can't hold back any longer.

I need help and I'm in need of it desperately.

I am stuck in maintenance! I have not reached my goals yet. I need to drop another 30 - 35 pounds to reach my goal. I am constantly hungry now, but when I was doing the 1000 calories a day plan, I was never hungry. That, apparently is starvation mode for me so I'm now at 1600 calories a day. I have a hard time getting there sometimes and sometimes I go over, but hey, I'm still on maintenance. I want to lose. What do I need to do (short of taking a knife to myself) to lose this weight that refuses to go away. I've been stuck here for months and I'm getting real jealous of those that are losing their weight in bunches of more than 1 pound a day. Even that would be alright!

Anyone that can help - please throw me a line! I don't need encouragment by way of pep talks. I need real help in getting off maintence in the wrong place on my journey.

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NVPAPERGIRL 9/11/2011 10:08PM

    Hi Ghost,
I agree with SRBROWN2. You might want to change up your exercise routine.

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LOSER05 9/11/2011 9:19AM

    Hello, try 1200 calorie intake and I know you just (DON'T) want to hear this. but you might have to add on some more emoticon and see if that works.

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    Most people reach a plateau at some time and the closer you get to a normal goal weight the harder it gets to lose. It sounds like you are eating something to trigger yourself - indicated by the constant hunger. That usually is some kind of carb. You need to assess your food intake and identify what is causing the problem and eliminate it. You also need to change your exercise plan. Carb and calorie cycling, by going high and low in your ranges, can also help. 1600 calories may be too much for you to lose. I don't lose at that. Try 1200 to 1400 calories and exercise and hour minimum every day. The scale should move.

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XANADUREALM 9/9/2011 7:54AM

    Just my opinion, but when you get the carbs sufficiently "out of your system" you are never hungry. I don't feel that is "starvation mode" It means what you are doing is right. Most low carb plans don't recommend counting calories.

I fully understand the starvation mode, I understand about eating more food. I lose best when I eat a three big low carb meals.

If you feel better getting 1600 calories a day then keep doing that but look at what you are eating. Too much of certain foods will cause you to stall. Here are some: too much cheese; too much artificial sweetners; too many bars and shakes.

I would suggest making a menu and sticking with it for a week. Lots of fresh meats, eggs and veggies. Hold off on the fruits and grains for a week. Then if you start losing add your favorite item back in. (just one that equals 5 grams of carbs). If you are still losing then the third week add you next favorite food (still 5 grams of carb). Just continue with this plan until you stop losing. Remove the food that caused you to stop losing for one week. If you are still losing then add a different food in.

Be sure to test your glucose levels everyday!

I hope this helps.


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LINDAINOHIO 9/8/2011 11:46PM

    I can say I understand since I have been stuck for awhile also but keep telling myself that I'm still down 15 pounds for the year even though it has not been a lot lately.
I keep saying Never,never,never,never,give up emoticon

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    Wish I had more than "pep" to offer- but I sure did appreciate the suggestions from other sparkers-

But hey, back to pep- which is what I am good at- I encourage you to love your body and rejoice for the weight not going back up!

take care, my sparkling friend!

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MIRAGE727 9/8/2011 7:18PM

    Hi Pat,
I think everyone has made good recommendations. (That Dssecrets knows what she talking about ;)) I would just check with your doctor and see what he says. Keep in mind when I came out of the hospital in May, I had to fool around with my nutrition and exercise plans to see what would work for me. You might have to do the same thing. Don't get hung up on the maintenance thing. This sounds like a plateau. When you do hit your goal weight, then you can start looking at that. Remember it's a journey. All the best and see you soon.

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DSSECRETS 9/8/2011 7:09PM

    My hairdresser, who recently lost 50 pounds, told me that when she plateaued, she talked to her doctor who suggested a 1-day caloriefest. She ate as much as she wanted of everything she wanted (that was healthy, of course) for 1 day. It didn't make her feel good (you know that feeling when you overeat), but it got the scale moving again.

For me, I seem to start dropping again when I cut back on my exercise for a few days (even up to a week). Sounds weird, but I think it shocks my body. I've even lost weight when I haven't exercised for a few days, and then the scale really starts moving when I start up again.

You just have to try different things until you find what works for you. It's just another challenge on our journey.

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JDUBLANKO 9/8/2011 6:48PM

    I wrote back if the forum...but I was wondering about how many carbs your eating and where there coming from? Also maybe you took your calories up to much at once...it's a big jump from 1000 to 1600...my calorie range varies in between 1250 and 1650...but I usually don't watch them at all...only my carb intake...

Also do you do a cheat day...once I incorporated a cheat day my weight would go up for a day but then it was gone the next and would keep moving down for the rest of the week...


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CRAZYWOMAN10 9/8/2011 5:39PM

    I'm no wheres near an expert...but the only thing I can recommend is to change your DIET completely! Change all the types of foods you eat. When I was on JC, I wouldnt lose anything b/c my body was sooo used to the food.

Also measure everything exactly to make sure you arent going over or under.

If you still dont lose..maybe visit a doc to see if your thyroid is ok...

Hope this helps..And I know how you feel...had the same feelings when i started and worked my a$$ off literally and lost nothing.

Once I changed foods..its started to come off.
Even if maybe taking a week off completely of everything and eat kind of anything you want...then shock your system with good eats...IF you can control that...its hard to do.
Good luck FG..stay focused...we are here for you

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CHANGINGSAM 9/8/2011 4:42PM

    I am not really sure what your diet looks like, so if you are already going by this, then disregard. While it's important to watch calories, it's also important to make sure you are eating right. This website has given me 1200-1500 calories, and sometimes, it's not enough. I still feel hungry. So, I have been doing some research lately, and here is a good article that I have really taken to: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
By incorporating beans (1x/day), grains (at least 5x), fruits (2-3x), and vegetables (3x), I feel fuller. For curbing your hunger in a healthy way, try looking at the above article as well as doing more research on Spark People. They have some really great articles.

As for exercise, try some new things. If you continue to do the same routine, your body gets bored, and it no longer burns as many calories. Try group fitness classes, running, swimming, water aerobics, strength training, etc. Also, stay within your heart rate range (there is an article on this website about it as well as a calculator). Lastly, try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). I hear this is fantastic. It is supposed to burn calories anywhere from 12-24 hours AFTER your workout. There are lots of free videos on BodyRock.tv

Good luck! I hope this helps!

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Labor Day Weekend is done! Back to life!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Another summer is done (well officially) and while summer will continue here for the rest of the year, I'll be getting back to my life and reality tomorrow morning. In some ways, I look forward to it, in other ways, I don't but isn't that life?

So on with life doing one day at a time and learning something new and practicing things I have learned and making things more of a routine so I don't forget them. All in all, a good day ahead!

Have a sparkling one! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDYPAINTS 9/7/2011 9:33AM

    Hope you have a wonderful Autumn... as we head into Spring here in Oz... at least it means I can get into my pool soon ( as well as continuing my Aqua Zumba classes! ) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSER05 9/6/2011 9:30AM

    Im GLAD summer is GONE!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 9/6/2011 12:56AM

    I am going to get back to a more Sparkly life tomorrow too.
Have a great day at it!

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    I always mourn the end of summer but hope for a nice long warm Fall and very little winter.

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Happy Labor Day, All!

Sunday, September 04, 2011


Happy Labor Day to all my SparkFriends!


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    Happy Labor Day!!

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ALLIGATORKATE 9/5/2011 12:27PM

    And to you as well- I plan to do as little labor as possible this day! emoticon

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KKKAREN 9/5/2011 8:56AM

    Happy Labor Day to you too!

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TEXASFILLY 9/5/2011 8:02AM

    Hey PK~ *hugs* Happy Labor Day weekend to you 'n yours. Make it a safe 'n fun one. *hugs* BB~

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MAHEDAGO 9/5/2011 6:46AM

    emoticonhope you had a good weekend too emoticon

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SCREWIE 9/5/2011 12:59AM

    Have a great day!

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ARNETTELEE 9/4/2011 6:19PM

  Everyone, have a nice "labor" day .... and a day off too. It's Sunday, but it feels like a Saturday, cause we had a bbq yesterday with family. Was very nice to spend time, being that we have an extra day off from work this week!! Yay

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9/3/11 for Ghost!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Getting more excited about SparkFlorida Rally coming up in October. Theres a thread on the team page about it. Everyone from SparkFlorida is invited. Of course if you aren't a member of SparkFlorida and you are in the area, please join us. It's a potluck and you'll have to bring your own spoon, plate, drink, Healthy food dish to share with others, chair, sun block, sun glasses, jogging shoes, beach ball, beach blanket, you get the picture. Nothing is supplied, you bring all your own toys.

Hope to see all the team there. I know it won't happen that way, but I can dream! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSER05 9/4/2011 9:46AM

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TEXASFILLY 9/4/2011 7:12AM

    Hope y'all have a safe and fun time! *hugs* BB~

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    Sounds wonderful. I wish I lived closer.

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Pool is open again!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


The Health Department has ok'd our swimming pool and I was back in this morning. Not too bad considering. Apparently the management knew there was a problem over a month ago and someone called the Health Department as it was apparent that nothing was going to get done without a shove. It's amazing what a uniform can do to people!

Anyway, it was cleanup and put back to gether in perfect operational order and passed in flying colors (you couldn't get any lower than it was) and back open for us within 24 hours.

I got up and went for a walk at 6am because I was sure I was not going to get to swim today. Yesterday I walked my dining room during my favorite TV show (I could see the TV from there and still get some walking in). My DH thought I was nuts, but I got over a quarter mile in that way. Beats the standing in place marching stuff. I mean, BORING in Diamonds!

Ever onward! Ghost! emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/2/2011 11:45PM

    I walk like that in my house with Wii Fit Plus program! Marching in place kills my knees and I agree-boring! But, I will do it if it calls for it on my DVD's, etc. Glad your pool is back up and running. emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/2/2011 5:32PM

    Yay! Glad to hear you can go back to the pool! Very innovative of you to do your "walk." D & I are always doing strength training or Wii Fit in the house. As long as we are all doing something, we're still on the journey!

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WETPTARMIGAN 9/1/2011 5:40PM

    You're not the only one with pool closure problems! And you've got some inventive alternatives. Check the new Water Aerobics Team thread and tell us about it!

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    I can't imagine why they didn't do this sooner instead of being forced.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 8/31/2011 10:11PM

    I'm jealous, wish I had access to a pool!

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JUSTBIRDY 8/31/2011 2:43PM

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TEXASFILLY 8/31/2011 12:53PM

    Good to hear you're back in the "swim" of things (pardon the pun). Keep up the great work. *hugs* BB~

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