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Holding a Pity Party

Monday, August 06, 2012

I have been living the low carb lifestyle for almost a year. However, I have not been very successful. I have had minimum success with a 23 pound loss, which is better than weighing in now at 240 or higher. I cannot imagine eating another way, due to the amount of energy I have now. I had many slips along the way, which has deterred my weight loss goals. So, I feel like now I have reached the fork in the road, because I have been faithful to the way of eating and have not lost a pound in 2 months. However, my waist has gone from a 40 to a 38 but this could be cause by walking 25 days last month an average hour a day. Even at my age, I feel that I should be losing at least 1 pound a week or more. However, my friends advise due to the extra walking I could be adding muscle. So today, I am having a pity party because I am frustrated. Can I really lose this weight? Am I always going to be stuck at 203? What do I have to do to lose this weight that I have not done? Do I continue on this Journey? emoticon
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    You will get there. Don't give up. Those setbacks are just that, setbacks. You haven't given up and that's what counts! I agree about the muscle weight. I think our legs carry the bulk of our muscle weight, or so it seems anyway. I'm sure you probably are adding leg muscles. And down a size! I can hardly wait to join you in that feat! WTG! :D

    Editing this to say: There is a fellow on youtube who has been on low-carb for several years now. His user name is Bowulf. He has lots of low-carb cooking videos to give people new ideas so they can stick with it. Some of his cooking ideas may keep things fresh for us.
    1948 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/15/2012 8:00:23 AM
    don't give up!! emoticon
    1956 days ago
    Feeling your frustration!! Was on track things were goin good lost 25lbs and then life got in the way. It is still in the way but I am trying to work around it. No lbs lost but you lost a pants size so that's a plus. keep going and maybe do what others suggest and switch up your work out a little bit, it will get better. you are an inspiration to me and the first person to welcome me to the spark nation. We will get through this lady. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1957 days ago
    1957 days ago
    Been there and done that! You're plateauing, and the only way to work through the plateau is just keep plugging along. However, what I would recommend (and what has worked for me) is to switch up your exercise - walking is great but now you need to boost it up a notch so that your body recognizes that you're still in weight loss mode. Have a look around for something else you can do to mix things up. Go to a dance class, maybe find a pool and swim once or twice a week, what about yoga, pilates, or you can even add a minute or two of running to your walking routine... anything to change up your movement to shock your body back to do what you want it to do!

    Something you could try with your diet, instead of concentrating strictly on low carb, what about low sugar? It's amazing the amount of sugars that are in foods when you're consciously looking for them. Google "glycemic index" and you'll find a list of the foods that have a high glycemic number and try avoid them... my goal is to eat those foods that are rated 55 or lower on that scale, when you regulate your blood sugar, you body seems to operate more efficiently and you have less cravings. If you need a better guideline, the south beach diet plan helped me immensely, I started back on June 4th and have lost 25lbs so far, before I started with that, I could only manage 9 lbs over 3 months.

    I hope this helps! Good Luck!

    1957 days ago
    No Pity no Party!!! Think of what you have gained. Confidence, and at one point the motivation to continue. It has been proven by some doctor or another that we may not see the numbers on the scale go down but inches will go first. And you are seeing those results!!! CONGRATULATIONS. Muscle definitely weighs more than fat so you may be gaining muscle and not seeing the scale moving but the plus side to that is that the muscle burns fat the more you build the more you burn. Keep it up because you are inspiring!!!! emoticon
    1957 days ago
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