Wednesday, October 03, 2012

For 3 weeks now I have watched what I ate, track it, work out at least an hour 6 days a week walking 5 miles a day. I drink at least 8 glasses of water, usually more, eat at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies. I have stayed within the limits sparkpeople has suggested. I have little to no stress (except for weight loss efforts), I get great sleep so I don't understand why I have lost only .2 lbs. Don't get me wrong I'm glad I lost but .2 seems pretty small for all the work that I have done. Plus I gained an inch on my stomach. Geez! This is frustrating. I am constantly thinking about food, when I will eat, what I will eat, preparing food and meals, working out, tracking all my info, measuring, weighing everything, monitoring my water intake. It seems like trying has taken over my life. I want this, I do, but the disappointment I feel is drowning. I don't know what other changes I could possibly do. When I wasn't trying to lose weight I basically stayed the same weight and that weight was less than what I weigh now.
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  • CATDUG19
    I have been there. Maybe you are eatting enought I have done that in an effort to lose weigh faster. Also I find I was obsessing about my weighloss journey and that is not always a good thing. What i do every month is I pick something new and exciting to try. This helps keeping you on track but still pushing yourself forward. This month is kickboxing!!
    1993 days ago
    that always happens to me too! i dont know why i lose weight at approx the same speed that mountains are formed but i do and it sucks. but i do know that as long as i keep at it, it does come off and usually when i ramp up my efforts my weight stays the same for a little while and then comes off.
    1996 days ago
    I've been there (many times) and I know how frustrating that is. For me, hiding the scale for a few months really helped - I focused more on exercise and eating right, and measured my progress based on how I felt and how my clothes fit. At the end of that time my weight hadn't changed much, but my outlook certainly did. I no longer obsess over the scale - if it's up, I shrug it off, and if it's down, I try not to go crazy excited. Ultimately the scale is just one number, and it's much more important that you're getting healthy and making positive changes in your life.

    I would also suggest (and I may be in the minority here) that you cut back on your tracking and measuring, since you said it's taking over your life. Healthy habits should fit into your life, not the other way around. If you give up too much, your body is naturally going to want to push back and try to get into it's old habits. Incorporate new habits slowly, and make them part of your lifestyle before adding the next new thing.
    1996 days ago
  • RFJSJ50
    Sometimes we seem to taking this journey in a hamster's wheel - around and around in circles, never reaching where we want to be and with no end in sight. I know the feeling! No sage advice for you - just support, encouragement, and friendship. Keep on doing what you're doing because, although the weight is coming off slowly, what you are doing is making you healthier in many ways.
    Check the nutrients, especially the sodium, in what you're eating. Sodium can result in water retention and that might be part of the problem. Sometimes cutting back just a little on carbs and adding more protein helps me.
    Stay focused on your goals, determined to reach them, and positive that you will!
    1996 days ago
    This journey is REALLY hard, I know. But try not to get too frustrated, that will only add to the stress. You lost .2 pounds. LOST! As for "gaining" inches, we're human, maybe you measured in a slightly different spot, or held the tape tighter last time, do worry about that. It sounds like you're doing everything you need to do. Just keep at it. *HUGS*
    1996 days ago
    Losing weight can be difficult. It can seem impossible when you are doing everything right and nothing is happening. I agree with others who suggested seeing a doctor. I have always had a difficult time losing weight. I suggest getting tested for Hypothyroidism. I also suggest looking into PCOS. PCOS is Polycystic Ovarian syndrome. Both conditions makes it difficult to drop the weight.

    Also, give it some more time. Some people can drop weight weekly but for others, it takes longer. Maybe your body just needs more time to adjust.

    Healthy habits do pay off even if the scale doesn't register a loss but I know it's still incredibly frustrating.

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    1996 days ago
    Hang in there! I promise, if you keep up the exercise and healthy eating that one day soon that scale is going to make you smile! I kind of go through this every month, about a week prior to my period. I bloat up and usually gain a pound or two, but have noticed this is usually short lived. Another thing that helps me when I get down about the weight is to think about how much better I feel physically and that makes me realize that it is all worth it. Stay strong, you can do this!!
    1996 days ago
    I agree, it can be very frustrating. I know this from my own experience. I have increased my exercise limit quite a lot in September, started counting calories for a first time in my life. And after 3 weeks of this - nothing. I was so annoyed! Last Friday i had one one those binge days. Again, first time for me. I had enough and I ate more that day, had few glasses of wine, crisps, nuts... Funny thing - next day my scale moved! I lost 2 pounds.

    May be you are not eating enough? Also - what is your scale saying with regards to muscle weight? Every time i go for a long run my weigh increases by 2 pounds next day ( annoying again)

    1996 days ago
    I agree with the a few of the comments already posted. This journey is worth it and moments like these are usually the ones we learn the most from afterwards so don't give up. I would think about changing up your exercise routine a little bit. maybe a couple days a.week do some SP videos and shorten your walk? Or try a new DVD to follow? Also are u eating the same calories each day maybe.try eating.into the lower end if you are usually in the higher or vice versa. if things are not moving more after a couple more weeks I would also schedule a doctors appointment just to have things checked out. stay.strong!!!
    1996 days ago
    It does sound like you're making on the right choices to aid you in reaching your goals... perhaps you need to make an appointment with your physician to see if there are any medical reasons you're NOT losing. I can imagine your frustration with your seeming lack of progress, but keep in mind you are getting healthier even if the weight is showing on the scale. Are you following a specific eating plan? Please don't give up on yourself... you are worth all your hardwork and efforts... .Keep searching for answers.... Keep on keeping on!!!

    1996 days ago
    It can be very upsetting when you are losing the pounds you want to. When you feel like you are doing everything you should and nothing happens, but just hold on it will all catch up to you and you will be like wow. Give it another 3 weeks if you haven't had any progress you may need to change up your workout routine. Sometimes our bodies get used to one thing and it refuses to change. Good Luck don't lose hope.
    1996 days ago
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