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I guess I can't complain...

Friday, October 12, 2012

I've been on this journey for 29 months... I thought I 'd be done by now... I've been at the same weight since March...

I started looking back through all the trackers. Food, exercise, weight loss, trying to find SOMETHING to help me progress. I didn't lose an ounce this week. Food was good.. True, I missed 2 workouts, but 5 out of 7 isn't bad. But I would think I'd get some kind of loss out of it.

Of course when you start, you lose TONS of weight right away. It wasn't abnormal for me to lose 3-4 pounds a week. Now, I go an entire month without losing 3-4 pounds. Do I eat more, do I eat less, do I workout more or less... It's all a guessing game. I don't care what the numbers are. According to my numbers this week, I should have lost 1.3 pounds. Last week, I should have lost 2.2... You can't predict anything.

After being crabby about it for about 35 seconds, and looking over everything, I jut know I need to be consistent with food and exercise. That's the only thing that's going to help me continue to lose weight. As much as it sucks for not losing any, I know I have to be consistent.

If you look at the big picture though.. I realized that over the last 29 months, I've lost an average of 1.17 pounds per week. I guess I can't complain... It's enough to keep me going anyhow.
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  • v HLTHYRNRMOM
    Holly! You rock, period end of sentence! I completely get it! I only lose 1-2 lbs occasionally a week, I feel like it should just fall off faster. Two things that have stuck with me posted by other sparkers is....


    SLIMKATIE-" I don't do anything I'm not willing to do the rest of my life"

    FITFOODIE806-"Not all calories are created equal" "when I focused on real food and not processed stuff, is when I started losing consistently"

    YOU CLEARLY know what to do, I just thought I would put my 2 sense in, LOL

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    1309 days ago
  • v GOPINTOS
    I've also started zig-zagging my calories. I changed my macros and include some starches again (according to Perfect Health Diet for weight loss) and the scale is moving a little faster again! emoticon
    1309 days ago
  • v TINAJANE76
    I know it stinks to not be losing as quickly as you did when you first started out, but averaging more than a pound a week is fantastic! Unless you have a medical issue that's holding you back, your slowing progress could come down to the fact that now that you weigh less, your body requires fewer calories to function. If you do Weight Watchers, for example, you get fewer points the less you weigh. Scaling back your calories could be an option but you might be happier keeping them at your current levels and losing more slowly. Another thing to consider could be making some changes to shake things up. Do you eat the same things all the time and do you follow the same exercise routine every week? Sometimes a change can be the shock our systems need to reboot and restart the weight loss process after a period of plateauing. You're in the homestretch now, so stay patient with yourself and try experimenting with some different things. You'll be at goal before you know it!
    1309 days ago
  • v RECREATING_ME
    I wish I had some words of advice for you, Holly. Given that I am not even remotely close to where you are, I don't. But I keep looking at the pictures of where you were when you started and where you are now and am blown away by your transformation! You are a rockstar in my book :)
    1318 days ago
  • v SAINTBETH
    Another Sparker said she tried zig-zagging within her calorie range: one day eat the max, next day eat the minimum. It's working for her and I'm just beginning to try it.
    We can do this!
    1318 days ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    Urgh its the consistency thats getting me.

    I can be wonderfully perfect all week and insanely blow it at the weekends... Its swings and roundabouts.
    1320 days ago
  • v CLPURNELL
    You know I am in the same boat we have to keep chugging along!!! This is a LIFESTYLE change there is no real finish line we just keep doing the good habits and we will get healthier!
    1320 days ago
  • v KIBAISREADY
    OH HOLLY, GIRL I COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS PRENATAL. I WAS LIKE THAT EATING RIGHT AND EXERCISING, BUT THE WEIGHT WASN'T COMING OFF. THE GUESS GAME WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO TRY DIFFERENTLY, ETC. I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO FIGURE IT OUT, BUT I TRULY THING IT WAS HORMONAL WELL AT LEAST FOR ME. YOU SEE WHEN I LOOK BACK AT THAT TIME I WAS PREGNANT AND DIDN'T KNOW IT YES SO EARLY STAGE THE BODY KNEW THOUGH LOL. SO MAYBE SOMETHING IN YOUR BODY IS GOING ON MAYBE IT'S HORMONAL AS WELL OR SOMETHING ELSE (NOT SAYING YOU ARE PREGGERS LOL JUST SAYING THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON)

    WISHING YOU THE BEST AND FINDING WHAT WORKS AGAIN.

    1322 days ago
  • v POOKASLUAGH
    I know exactly how you feel!!! This wall is KILLING me! It's gotten even worse over the last few months, until I have stopped losing no matter what I try. I"m so frustrated. Nothing helps. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. Sometimes I think we lose so long that our bodies force us to stop. :/
    1323 days ago
  • v YOUCANDOITPAULA
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    keep pushing , you have come so far and have inspired me a lot.
    1324 days ago
  • v FUSIONFITNESS3
    You can complain because it is frustrating when the numbers don't budge and you work so hard but don't let the number on the scale control your mood for the day, or the week. It isn't worth it. You're doing the right thing putting it into perspective. Look at the big picture. You have accomplished so much over the longer period of time and you are an inspiration to me and others. That's something to be proud of.
    You may not be loosing but you are maintaining your weight and that's the greatest challenge. Keep it all in perspective and keep up your positive attitude.
    You're amazing.
    1324 days ago
  • v NUOVAELLE
    Think positive! You're not losing but you're actually maintaining!!! And believe me, that's so much more difficult than losing! After all, we all know that the closer we get to our goal weight, the harder it is to lose.
    You're doing great, Holly. You're here, you're trying and you're a wonderful, supportive Sparkfriend. You've changed your life and your views on food and exercise. That's really the most important thing of all!
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    1325 days ago
  • v NANAGO1204
    ...nah...go ahead and complain...just a little...it gives the rest of us an opportunity to delight in your progress and be a little more patient with our own...while also appreciating the success so far! emoticon
    It is all worth it! Look at you...keep up the awesome work as your body slowly approaches the goal line and is prepared to stay strong after the victory dance! emoticon
    1325 days ago
  • v MOJIMAK
    It's been really hard for me to lose weight the past couple of months too. It seemed like the scale would never budge. It finally did and by 3 or 4 pounds. It will get harder to lose weight as you have less to lose. You just have to follow your plan and not get discouraged. You have done a fantastic job :-)
    1325 days ago
  • v MOONBIRD
    I haven't lost much since spring myself, and I think when you don't have a ton left to lose it's just harder. My body is not allowing me to lose like I was either. Sometimes I know I have eaten too many calories here and there, and other times I can't figure it out. I know this: I am only getting fitter, and I know you are too! A month or so ago I tried on a dress from a wedding I was in back in May, and even though I'd only lost like 8 pounds, the dress was much looser! I think as this journey goes on, being able to maintain your weight within a few pounds is a HUGE accomplishment. Think of how many people lose it super fast and gain it back rapidly. I too thought I'd be done losing weight by now, but I'm not. You are right that we just need to keep eating well and working out, and eventually the weight will come off. Lately I seem to go weeks without losing a thing or bouncing up and down the same 2 pounds, and then in a week I suddenly lose 3-4 pounds and then this pattern repeats itself. Weight loss is not an exact thing for most people I think. Think of how much our bodies have gone through in the last couple years. I think sometimes they just decide to take a break and so we end up maintaining. I know recently I am starving all the time from the half training and I end up snacking too much, but you'd think me running 6-10 miles and several other 3 and 4 mile runs that I'd still lose. It's nuts. This time of year is hard too. There is food everywhere and last year I didn't lose much between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Anyway, I totally understand how you feel and I think you've done amazingly well and accomplished so much. We may not be at our ultimate goal weights yet, but we've met SO many goals and our lives are so much better now. Hang in there. We'll do this together!! emoticon
    1325 days ago
  • v 2BEABETTERME
    I think, despite the frustration of not losing like you'd like, you are succeeding. You've contained to keep exercise, health and weight loss a priority. You have not given up or gained it back.

    As much as we would like results on our timeline, things happen at the pace they were meant to happen.

    Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

    1325 days ago
  • v CHRISKENANDKIDS
    Girl, I am WITH you! Except I haven't lost any weight for over a year. Since July 2011. Oh sure, I lost about 5 pounds at the beginning of the year but that's back on now. Very frustrating, but at the same time the fact that I AM still at the same weight is so much better than gaining it all back. Hang in there! Who knows what's in store - but here's to NOT gaining. Hugs!
    1325 days ago
  • v ILOVEMALI
    What an accomplishment!
    1325 days ago
  • v WILLPARKINSON
    Our bodies are amazing, but very frustrating, things. Continue as you are and let your body guide you. Encourage it, but listen to it at the same time. :)
    1325 days ago
  • v KELLY19770
    Keep on truckin'! You've done so well, hopefully this plateau will end for you soon.
    1325 days ago
  • v KARENDEE4
    I have not lost much since March/April Either. It sucks cause I was also at 3-4 pounds a week. I would love 4 pounds a month right now.

    I have to hope for both of us it will happen eventually.

    You have done great and you are still trying! That is success.
    1325 days ago
  • v JSKIPPY11
    At least you have a positive outlook on it, showing what you have lost over all.. That is what is hardest for me, is finding the positive in the situation. Thanks for an inspiring blog!

    1325 days ago
  • v CAGEDBIRDSONG
    Beautiful Holly, you are where you are supposed to be. Focus on the lifestyle and non-scale victories instead of that scale. Watch your skin tighten and become more taut as it is conforming to your healthy, lean muscles. Track your time as you run and watch the numbers shrink as you increase your strength and stamina. Focus on your health and vitality and the scale will do what it will. I don't know what your "perfect" weight is, but at some point I think that number becomes mythology and we have to switch to a different tool of measurement to gauge our success. I wish I were where you are now. I'm not. I still have a long way to go. But I'm watching and listening and trying to figure out 1) Where exactly it is I want to ultimately go and 2) How the heck I'm going to get there. (Silly me, I think I really want the taut hardbody of a 20 year old with my 43 year old brain).
    1325 days ago
  • v YESCURLYCAN
    Oh yea do I know how you are feeling right now. I am much bigger and have been doing it "for real" for the past year and a half. This morning I realized I have only lost 30 pounds this year. Shouldn't I have lost more I ask myself? Especially considering I am still 300lbs. I know that food is the focus for me (I have a suspicion it is for you as well). Sure the exercise helps and is wonderful; I love being able to hit new fitness feats. I just know when I am consistent with food, on track with sodium, calories, etc. then my numbers are good. Mind you though, sleep and water are absolutely essential (for me) as well. If I have a great week of rest, ooh wee my numbers are awesome. Real talk.

    All of this is to say, that maybe you have to look at all aspect of your journey (battle for me ;-) Are you sleeping enough, drinking your water and being mindful of sodium levels? Just a thought. emoticon emoticon
    1325 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/12/2012 3:34:34 PM
  • v FORMYDARLINGS


    Lovew to see you accepting the stubborn scale numbers, knowing that it is ALL part of the process. You will always be a winner in my books. Whoo Hoo for you. No weight gain means you are doing it right. WOnderful!!!!


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    1325 days ago
  • v SAMBIDEXTROUS
    I remember this feeling when I lost the 150lbs the first time.

    I started looking at weighted vests and such because the scale seemed to be stuck (it wasn't....I checked....)

    I have to say that one of the main reasons that I gained all the weight back was complacency. And all that came with it.

    I wish I had read "Half-Assed" before I gain all the weight back. She talks about the frustrations of having lost most of the weight and now what??

    Also, she talks about the people the constantly ask what you did and when you tell them the boring way they ignore all your advice....until the next week. When they ask you again.


    1325 days ago
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