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Not sure what to call it, but not "Giving Up."

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Maybe it's a hiatus? I don't know, but I'm losing some oomph.

When I started on SP in August of 2010, I had already lost a few pounds after meeting with a nutritionist, and I *have* lost weight, but it has been a long, slow slog while reading many stories of people losing 3 pounds a week. I have "officially" lost 15 pounds since August. My cousin just posted on FB that she's lost 15 pounds *this month*! Aaarggghhh.

I swear that I have been "good." I have been exercising and eating right and drinking my water, and still the weight doesn't come off. I know I'm supposed to be excited about fitting into my "skinny" jeans, and I am, but it's hard to stare at the d@mn weight tracker line and not see it moving in any meaningful way.

So, I have stopped obsessively racking up the Spark Points and tracking my eating. I still check in here, to gorge on the stories of all the amazing people and their progress [FREETHEGODDESS, I'm talking to you] but it's just not working for me. I have tried the low end of the calorie range, the high end, and everything in between. Maybe this is just what I'm going to be, and I'm never going to see the scale break that 140 like I have been hoping and working for. I just don't know what I feel about that.

In the past, after a "hiatus" in dieting, I would gain everything back, but now, I'm realizing that to do that would be a conscious choice, while in the past it wasn't. I *know* how many calories are in the foods I'm eating; I know how many fruits and vegetables I need to eat in a day, whereas in the past I just put food in my mouth and chewed. In addition, I have come to love exercising and see it as my time for "me," and that's not going away, either. I know I'm not going to wake up and mysteriously drop the last 15 pounds, but I'm just not sure what to do, and afraid of burning out.

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  • LYANNA75
    I hear ya. I'm going through that right now too. I have friends who started Spark over the summer and they're all telling me how happy they are because they lose between 2-5lbs a week (one actually just lost 7...). I've NEVER lost weight that fast. I was the girl who averaged .5 a week back when I was actually LOSING. But like you, I feel like I'm losing steam because Ive been stuck at the same weight since like January. I'm DYING to see the scale hit 149 and yet it's been stuck at 150 for over a month! Guess we'll just have to keep on trying and believe that we'll get to wear we want to be, just not as soon as we want to be there!
    2205 days ago
    I know how you feel! I have had to take breaks after a long period of little results despite my best efforts. I now have very small weightloss goals (2 pounds in a month), but my overall approach is simply a healthier lifestyle which, is after all, the most important part. I am making sure to eat better and exercise and I stay off the scale. I weigh in when I start to feel a change in my cloths and I am curious as to my progress.
    Now that I do not obsess over calories (I still try to stay within my range but i don't RUSH to the computer to log food) and I don't beat myself up if I don't meet my mileage goal for the week I feel better about myself and am proud of the choices I make. I am a slow and steady loser as well, but as long you are giving your body what it needs you are doing right by yourself!
    2206 days ago
  • RHILL4455
    Big hugs!! We all go though this!! You have done an amazing job!! Don't lose hope! You can do it!!
    2206 days ago
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