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Sunday, May 16, 2010

The scale is not my friend. I just don't understand why I'm not losing weight.

The last time I did this I steadily lost about a lb a week. Sometimes a little more sometimes a little less but almost always progress. Now, it's just not working.

I'm doing everything I did the last time. I'm tracking my food, getting in the exercise, following the same plan but without the same results. I haven't lost any weight this week.

I have been home from the Passover/Easter break for seven weeks. I gained about 7 lbs from those feasts and I still haven't lost them!! It has taken me 6 weeks to lose about 5 lbs. I'm still not where I was before I left town!! arghhhhh

I know this takes time but I really thought I would be much more ahead than I am. I don't get it.

I know, I know, I shouldn't be a slave to the scale. I know eventually it will come off but I can't help but feel frustrated.

The darn scale just ruined my day :(

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    These plateaus are a normal part of the process, too. I just broke one myself two days ago.

When they happen, instead of getting stressed, I take a few weeks off from "conferring" with the scale because all it does is stress me out. I stay on track with everything else, like you've done.

And look -- now we've both reached our mini-goals!


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CSDAYS 5/22/2010 5:15AM

    Try lower calories and more just 15 min. more exercise! You really have to work at it.

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MAIGREY1 5/20/2010 10:08AM

    so have things improved?

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BARCINTL 5/18/2010 6:11PM

    STOP looking at the scale. Stop it, stop it, stop it. Look in a month. You know that if you're doing the right things, you won't be gaining.

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DIANNEYME 5/16/2010 5:06PM

    I hear you, been there, done that. Can't add anything that the others haven't in the way of suggestions, but can only add my support and encouragement.

It WILL come off! Keep on keepin' on, girl!

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KANGABEAR 5/16/2010 3:51PM

    I have hit the same plateau as you have. I've been at the same weight for the past 3 weeks or so. I've actually gained about 3 pounds within those weeks even though I've upped my exercise routine and am only eating about half the calories that I usually do. I have, however, lost inches all over within this time. I actually just dropped a pant size this past week and a half so that has been my motivation. Have you measured yourself lately other than your weight? You may find that you're still losing inches! Hang in there and stay positive. Disappointment only brings on bad habits.

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EFFLER 5/16/2010 1:25PM

  Are you doing cardio? (Elliptical, treadmill, etc.)for at least 30 min per day? Cardio is a FAT burner, so if you aren't doing it, get started! Diet alone is not enough.

If you are doing cardio, try varying your intensity--increasing resistance level, speeding up for a minute every 5 minutes, etc.

Are you doing weight resistance training? This builds muscle, so if you are doing this, your scale could be showing you are building muscle, even though you are still losing fat. You should get a scale that shows body fat%. I value that number more than the pounds, because that reflects true body fat. You could be retaining water, be constipated, or gaining muscle, all of which would reflect on the "pounds" value of your scale.

Are you getting ENOUGH calories?? You should never be lower than 1200 calories per day or your body goes into starvation mode and holds onto the calories in a survival mechanism. If you are eating 1200 calories and doing heavy workouts with cardio, then you need to raise your calorie level to 1500, or that survival mechanism will kick in.

Finally, ruling out all the above, a plateau is normal and to be expected during weight loss--VERY frustrating, but VERY normal! Just patiently wait it out, knowing everyone goes through this and it WILL end!

Also, good advice above, get your thyroid checked out--this can often be the culprit.

Hang in there! You are not alone in this! emoticon

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SOFEDUPP 5/16/2010 12:24PM

    I have the same problem. The scale and I were friends for a while, but now, not so much. I don't know if it is because I changed up the exercises that I am doing or what. I know that I am going to go back to exercising the way I was and see if I the scale and I can become friends again.

I hope that you figure out what is going on.

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/16/2010 12:06PM

    I have had this feeling also but i find that i wes loosing inched. Are you close looser, watch any tighter, have you had to tighten you tennis shoes? How the rings fitting today. Good luck you can and will win on this journey.

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TAYLORLIV31 5/16/2010 11:53AM


I suggest that you get a scale that shows you your weight, body fat, water and bone density. Since I had my hysterectomy I had points where I was losing no weight for years, just packing it on. What I've learned this year is that I have to consume my food differently then what I use to. I try to have nothing but fruit blended in the blender in the mornings with a scoop of protein and skim milk. I freeze my fresh pineapple and cantaloupe along with my purchased frozen blueberries and I make a protein fruit smoothie int he mornings. I also noticed thaa tthe more potassium I get in my diet the better. I added the treadmill to my changed eating and I have lost ten pounds in a month and a half. I stick to good eating five days a week and watch what I eat but indulge in somethings that I miss during the week. Also, see your doctor and make sure that everything is in order. Having your thyroid checked could also be a factor. I get my results back hopefully this week. Also, post on the What did you do to get moving today thread, when you see a visual of what your doing it pumps you up to keep adding to it.

Also stay encouraged and positive, that's half the battle.

Here's to a great week. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNRISESUNSET 5/16/2010 11:49AM

    Your body gets used to things around 6-8 weeks in, so you need to try something different. Just because the plan worked then doesn't mean it'll work now. Your body isn't losing because it knows what you're going to throw its way. Today or tomorrow, do something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. It'll shock your body and the weight should come off again. Keep changing your plan every 4-8 weeks. I change mine every 4 weeks. It'll maintain your losses AND prevent plateaus.


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GIRLINMOTION 5/16/2010 11:49AM

    As long as it doesn't go up, it is a good thing!

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HEWIES 5/16/2010 11:43AM

    I've been there. I know that disappointment. Try to cultivate patience. It's hard but stressing out over the scale can sabotage all your good work. I wish you well.

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WINGS2DREAM 5/16/2010 11:43AM

    I'm so sorry to hear your discouragement, I can feel your pain, it has been the same for me. It's so frustrating, I figure if I'm consistent then so should my weight loss, but that isn't happening. I refuse to let this defeat me though, even it it takes a year, I will concur the scale! I am determined!! Keep pushing and never give up, you are making wise and healthy choices for your body and one day it will pay off in a big way. We are so worth it and we will defeat the scale! emoticon

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

I am a horrible sleeper. I have been for most of my adult life. I sometimes don't go to sleep until 1 or 2 am and am usually up by 6:15 to get my son off to school and leave for work by 7.

Thursday is almost always my day off. I have arranged for my son to stay at his dads on Wed. night so I can sleep late the next day. I have been getting more exercise this week (which I know helps me sleep at night) but had a hard time sleeping Wed. night. Unfortunately, on Thursday morning I was awakened early by a phone call. I just have been dragging since then.

Last night I went to bed at 11. I took my allergy meds and some Motrin because my hip was bothering me and I SLEPT!! I didn't get up until just after 9! For me, that amazing.

I feel a lot better today. I will try and walk later, after my sons game. I know the key is exercise so I am going to try and stick with that.

Hope everyone's weekend is just great. It's beautiful weather around here. Perfect for being outdoors!!

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CSDAYS 5/22/2010 5:17AM

    Good for you. Sleep is so important but I tell myself that my body gets the sleep it wants so stop worrying about it . Each person is different.


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BARCINTL 5/18/2010 6:12PM

    What kind of pathetic loser would call you on a Thursday morning and wake you up?? No excuse!

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TAYLORLIV31 5/15/2010 3:33PM

    I hope you get some sleep. Try to get some exercise in along with strength training and that should do the trick. Part of going through menopause is insomnia, so mention it to the doctor if the exercise doesn't help. You have to get some rest, we do not want you getting any luggage under those pretty eyes. I had to learn the hard way not to be packed, LOL!

Have a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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Less not necessarily better

Friday, May 14, 2010

I woke up this morning not feeling well. I was a little dizzy and felt exhausted. I thought, "Uh oh, something's not right." I came downstairs to make my coffee and realized I was starving. That's unusual for me because no matter how hard I try, I'm just not much of a morning eater.

After signing on to Spark People I looked at my tracker and realized that I had only eaten about 700 calories yesterday. OMG, that's not good. Somehow, I had forgotten to eat. Now, in my life I have forgotten to go to the bank, forgotten to pick up the dry cleaning but never, NEVER have I forgotten to eat!!

I grabbed some cottage cheese and afterward felt a bit better. I know enough to know that it isn't a good thing to starve oneself. It only makes weight loss slow up!!! I haven't gotten on the scale and might not until Sunday, my weigh in day.

It's so good to track what I eat. It really keeps me focused and on track.

Good luck to everyone this weekend. Here in NY it's going to be beautiful!!

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    It just seems backwards doesn't it? LOL Glad you figured out you needed to eat more!

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BAHIAGIRL 5/14/2010 2:38PM

    I love that sparkpeople teaches we have to eat (even more when we exercise). I'm so jealous you get to live in NY. Have a great weekend!

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BARCINTL 5/14/2010 1:00PM

    Eat! Eat!!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

I have been trying to get out and walk whenever possible. Today was such a beautiful day I knew that I just had to go.

I went over to the lake and decided to really push it. It's just a tad over 3 miles around. I have been doing this in about a 17 minute mile but that's not as good as last year.

Today I tried to kick it up just a notch. The last mile I would jog for about 10 seconds then walk really fast for about a minute, then jog then walk. When I got back around to my car I had done the lake in a 15 minute mile!!!

Hooray!!!!!! I really wanted to get back to doing the 15 minute mile. I feel so good about it and know that I have really revved up my metabolism.

I'm actually looking forward to doing that again!!!!!!!!

size 4/6 lookout, I'm coming back!!!!!!!!!!!

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BARCINTL 5/14/2010 12:59PM

    Yay you!

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TAYLORLIV31 5/14/2010 12:41AM

    You Go Girl! Good For You! So far I can only get my mile in 17 minutes, but I'm working on it.

Here's to great walks. emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 5/13/2010 10:41PM

    YES your are!!!

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A little more centered

Monday, May 10, 2010

The scale moved this week. Finally. Not a whole lot but hey, a pound is a pound. I am still a little frustrated as I haven't even lost the weight I had gained during the Passover holiday. I still have 3 more lbs to go and then the next 25!!

I have to admit that it is starting to get a little easier. I am able to track and stay on my plan a bit better. I have just a tad more energy and this is a very good thing. It spurs me on because I remember how much energy I had when I lost all the weight before.

Of course, this is a double edged sword. I still get angry at myself for gaining so much weight back but not as much as before. I keep telling myself what's done is done and there is nothing more than what I am doing now that can be done about it.

Hopefully, it is a lesson learned. I am not on track in terms of where I thought I would be at this date but oh well, I'm still going in the right direction.

Hope the moms had a really nice Mother's day!

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TAYLORLIV31 5/10/2010 9:41AM

    What's important is that you have the determination to beat your plateau. Stay active and also consider speaking with your doctor to make sure that everything is in order. I'm being checked for a possible underactive thyroid. The power of hormone inbalance is so underated. We haved to stay on top of what's really happening with our bodies.

Stay encouraged!


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K8NJKSMOM 5/10/2010 9:02AM

    Good for you! You can do it!

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GIRLINMOTION 5/10/2010 8:58AM

    WOOHOO!!! Way to go!!

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