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Friday, October 05, 2012

Some people are fortunate; when trying to lose weight, they steadily drop pounds and reach goal right on schedule. Well, for reasons I don't completely understand, I'm not one of them. My weight drops in dribbles, spurts and sputters, then stops and then starts up again.

Right now, I'm enduring my second plateau this year. In May, I experienced one that lasted a month. Now, I haven't lost a single pound since September 15th. Just frustrating.

I've read every article under the sun about stuff I can do to shake things up. I'm varying my exercise--jogging instead of walking, switching up on strength training exercises, getting more sleep, eating less processed foods, keeping my food diary as accurate as I can, drinking more water. Result? This week, I regained the one pound I lost in September. Arrgh!

I'm ready to try something different. I am going to EAT more today, Saturday, and Sunday, then get back on program on Monday. I'm taking a chance that I might regain some weight, but sometimes you have to take a step back before you move forward. Ninety percent of the time, I've been eating 1,200 to 1, 600 calories a day. This weekend, I'm doing what Jillian Michaels suggested on her website; I'm going to eat 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day. The premise is that my metabolism has slowed and my body is fighting weight loss. I will track everything and keep up the exercise. We'll see what happens.

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    Be sure to let us know how it works---I generally gain anytime I add calories.
    1993 days ago
    I'd certainly do the same thing. Sounds like a plan to me...
    emoticon wishes!
    1994 days ago
    I am in the same situation. I lose then for some reason the scale creeps up again. Don't have any advice but please let me know how this works out. emoticon
    1995 days ago
    Sounds like a plan. Taking a few days to eat more then going back can work. May it work for you!
    1995 days ago
    You got to keep making changes until something works for you. So go for it and see what happens. I know how you feel - I went through the entire month of July without losing anything. Recently I 've figured that it's the medication I was taking. The first time I stopped it for a week at doctors request. That week I loss 6#s! Now that I had the surgery for the condition I was taking the medication for and within 2 weeks I dropped 12.5 pounds. Not sure if you're taking any medicines but .... you just never know. Hope the new calorie range strikes a spark of weight loss for you.
    1995 days ago
  • ELAYNE39
    It's worth a try! I have used that strategy in the past and it can work. My weight loss too comes in spurts. Very frustrating and you really have to get yourself together mentally to handle it. Hang in there. Eventually the weight does come off. If you find the secret to plateau busting, share it please.
    1995 days ago
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