SO Discouraged...HELP!?

Monday, April 11, 2011

This picture says it all. I have been really working hard for about 4 weeks now and have hardly lost a thing! I have a doctors appt. coming up this week and I was so excited to share with her how I have been doing. But I was hoping for more to show. I don't know what I am doing wrong. I am staying in my calorie/fat/carb ranges. I am slow at exercising, but I am doing more than I was (about 15 minutes on the treadmill a few times a week). This week has been crazy - eating at fast food places with no other options - but I have made good choices. Didn't enjoy them..but I made them and I was so proud of myself. Until today when I stepped on the scale. I guess I should be thankful for the little things. I have lost about 4 pounds or so. It is also the week before my period, so I may be a bit bloated. I DO have a thyroid problem that the docs are working on getting regulated. I know that slows down weight loss -but my sister is doing great and she has a thyroid problem too! I am not discouraged to the point of giving up - I know I need to do this for my health. I am just bummed about it. Sad.. disheartened. It feels like you try and try and get no where. I LIKE to see results. I am doing well in my blood sugar area..so I know that is a big deal. I would just like to see some other results. This is too much work to not see it. I am wondering if it is the fact that this is like the hundredth time I have started a program of being healthy and my body is like..whoa.. really? Again?? Let's see if its for real. I usually lose a lot the first week or so, but this time.. its like I have swallowed a sloth and he is holding onto my weight!!! Can someone give me some words to keep me focused??? I would really appreciate it!!
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  • MOMS100
    4 pounds in for weeks is fine! At least you're LOSING and not gaining! Studies have shown that people who lose slowly are more apt to keep the weight off. I know it can be frustrating, but you're really doing fine! emoticon
    2529 days ago
    I think you are doing great. The scale doesn't say it all. You should take measurements of your body, if you haven't all ready. Like you stated, you are not going to give up, so don't. You are taking and making positive changes which will eventually pay off. Every step you are taking is one more towards progress. I have been reading a lot of great articles in the wellness part and motivational areas of SP and I have never been so commited. Maybe you can read some that appeal to you too.... I know it gets upsetting, (losing weight and keeping it off) you work so so so hard and make better choices in your food intake, and where you think the scale will go down a lot, it doesn't. But think of it as a lifestyle change, you are eating better not necessarily for the loss, but for the better health, and that my dear should give you a better feeling, that you are taking all the right steps to live a healthier life.... you can do this, just don't give up.... no matter what the scale says you are making better choices and that will set you free... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2534 days ago
    I know how frustrating it can be to work so hard and seem to get nowhere...That being said, I will also say emoticon , you lost 4 pounds. It doesn't seem like much when we work so hard, but four pounds is four pounds ( a bag of sugar).
    Are you checking how your clothes fit? That's another great measurement for how you're doing. The weight loss doesn't always show up first on the scale, but clothes usually do show it after about 4 weeks worth of work.
    How are you feeling physically? Stronger? Do you have more stamina...able to do a little more, more easily than you used to...that's another great measurement of success.

    I know the first thing we usually want to see is that scale number move, but everyone's progress is different and shows up differently. Make sure that you don't use the scale as your only measurement. You're doing great. Keep it up!

    P.S. Be sure to drink your water...it actually helps.
    2535 days ago
    You should be proud of the lifestyle changes that you are making each day. That is something to celebrate! 4lbs is awesome! Just keep doing what you are doing (eating healthy and exercising) and eventually you will reach your goals. Persistence is key!

    2535 days ago
    You didn't gain the weight overnight, why do you think you can lose it overnight ??

    Weight Loss is one of the few situations where Slow & Steady Wins the Race.

    4lbs is a great accomplishment Celebrate that and focus on the Postive

    Good Luck emoticon
    2535 days ago
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