Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sometimes I feel like I don't know why I am trying to lose weight, because I have been working out and eating better and I have only lost 4 pounds. I know I have lost four inches off my waist and 1 in. off my hips, but I would have thought I would have lost more weight then I have. Everybody is telling me not to give up and it will take a little bit for me to lose the weight, but I get frustrated when I can't see any results physically. My clothes are still fitting the same and I have a pair of shorts that I can't even get on and I know that I have to lose the weight for my health, but I just wished that I could see a difference. Can you share with me some of the your ways to deal with the frustrations of losing weight?
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    Hey, I just noticed you're in Lakeland, which is where my mom and her husband live and I get to visit once in awhile. We might get to meet someday!

    Well, four inches off your waist is AWESOME!!!

    I'd say to track ALL your food and try to exercise 10 minutes or more a day. Then check the daily calorie differential and see what you're doing daily. If it's -500 differential a day, approximately, that should add up to one pound a week. You may be taking in too much sodium or holding too much water or gaining a lot of muscle if you're exercising a lot.
    Even slowly, weight loss is better than not losing any, right? You only joined us at the beginning of March, so that's in two months.. Well, also you could have your thyroid checked. That can cause difficulty losing weight if you're thyroid is not fully functional.

    I go through plateaus even when I'm doing everything right. It's very discouraging, but you have to make it a lifestyle and something you can live with. You don't have to cut out everything you like to eat, but you have to portion control it and fit it into the calories or only allow one splurge day at the high end or a few hundred extra calories over that per week. Then do one or two days at the low end of the calorie range. Calorie cycling is more effective for weight loss than having every day mid range, I have read and experienced this.

    Honey, you are DOING this! You are amazing! You deserve to be happy and healthy! You CAN DO IT!!! Sticking with it is what's going to make it work for you!

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    I joined the one pound a week team because I would get frustrated. We all want to lose instantly and I have to remind myself it took a long time to gain it. Also, one pound at a time or week is 52 a year.

    I keep a weight loss bucket list. I concentrate on the things like fit in a seatbelt better or wear my wedding rings again or tie my shoes easier. If you haven't seen progress spend time making lists of things that will motivate you.

    Like things you want to do when you get healthier. Or the weight loss bucket list. Stay busy and you won't fall back. remember if you fall back you will be even more frustrated.

    Good luck
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  • LORIA63
    I know it's hard keeping your motivation...I'm not one to give advice. I've started and stopped more times than I can count! I started again this week for what I hope is the last time. This time I'm going to make sure I am more active, both physically and on Sparkpeople. Everyone is so encouraging here, I hope that when I get frustrated I will think to go to the message boards for help.

    I have seen lots of people say they may not be losing weight but they are losing inches and are becoming stronger, have more endurance, and just plain feel better. So remember even if the scale isn't moving as fast as you would like, you are still getting healthier!!
    2151 days ago
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