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Sunday, December 02, 2012

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It wasn't this hard before.
And I wasn't even as healthy then as I am now.

I rejoined Spark on 11/18. Two days later, the scale was 2.5 pounds down. Since 11/20, though - 12 days in a ROW - the scale hasn't BUDGED. Not even a tiny bit. I was really sure that 5 days in a row of hydrating my body with 8 cups of water and 2 days of walk/jogs would make the number drop a tiny bit. Nope. It IS frustrating. I'm eating an almost 100% natural diet (no processed foods), I'm drinking my water, I'm meeting my nutrition ranges. I'm not going to give up or quit, because I'd rather stay the same than gain, but I have 36 more pounds to lose to reach my goal weight, and I'd rather not stall for 2 week periods THIS early into it.

I want to make a vision collage, but the only magazine I subscribe to is Cat Fancy. I'm thinking of making a digital one. Or something. I don't know.

I'm going to walk to Trader Joe's, which is about a mile loop. I may even jog there and walk back. I'm also going to look on MapMyRun.com and find other people's routes nearby and find one to walk tomorrow after work.
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    Hi, keep doing what you are doing? I have come across some great articles here on being stuck or at least thinking we are stuck! You are doing fine, keep logging your items and check to make sure that your new weight meets your caloric intake and that you are not going on what your old weight caloric intake had you at.

    I look forward to hearing all your successes.

    1907 days ago
    You might be losing smaller amounts than register on the scale. I recently saw a post to the fitness board of a woman who lost only 10 pounds since March of this year. You don't have a lot to lose so your weight loss is probably going to be excruciatingly slow. As long as you're not gaining you're doing something right.
    1907 days ago
    You can do it. As long as your not gaining were doing good. Sometimes it takes time for the body to lose the weight. But it will come off i promise. emoticon
    1907 days ago
    The scale is very frustrating. Are you doing tape measurements too? One three week period, I had zero weight loss, yet my waist was 2" smaller!
    1907 days ago
    The scale, it is evil. I supposedly gained 3.5 lbs in one day...which helped remind me that success or failure isn't in the numbers. It's in feeling better, being stronger, and, yes, in wearing skinnier jeans. :)

    Don't get down on yourself. I know insomnia effects my weight, so maybe when you start to get that problem squared away you'll see some of the scale victories you are looking for. Right now, you are still on a winning streak since you are still building the healthy habits for the healthy life you want.

    1907 days ago

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    1907 days ago
    Way to go on your natural diet and walking. You'll be at your goal before you know it!
    1907 days ago
    I normally lose weight every three weeks, and even then, my weight goes up and down about three pounds. I strength train two to three times a week and do cardio about five times a week and watch what I eat (most of the time), but alas, my body moves at its own pace. Sadly, there is no dramatic weight loss. I even try to alternate my food intake; lately, it just happens because I'm busy. Sometimes, I find that I drop when I eat more. I guess the point is that there is no magic bullet. You just keep going at it. Besides, I can tell you I don't notice much weight loss, but my clothes are loose, and more notches are needed on my belt, and people comment on how good I look. So, don't be so hard on yourself. Keep at it. Better yet, ditch the scale. It's not always a good, reliable friend.
    1907 days ago
    You may have gained muscle which weighs more than fat. You may notice a significant loss over the next few weeks..........keep up the good work...
    1907 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Keep going! emoticon
    1907 days ago
    Don't worry ! It's only been two weeks !! While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you've done anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

    What you're experiencing really is normal. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. I know we'd all love for the weight to be gone asap, but you really do have to be patient with yourself and your body.

    Remember, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. Look for NON scale victories ! Over time, you're going to notice that your energy increases, your clothes fit better, that your strength and endurance increase, that you sleep better, that you get fewer colds, etc. Keep an eye out for those changes. Because those are all signs of a POSITIVE change to your health !

    1907 days ago
    It's frustrating but hang in there and keep doing what you're doing. This is a marathon not a sprint
    1907 days ago
  • PAG2809
    Oh yes, I know the feeling. You can do this!
    1907 days ago
  • MIRFA71
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  • ANNE1123
    Don't give up, it could be hormones or you may find in a week or so you will see greater weight loss after not seeing any for the short time you mention here. With everything you are doing that is right on track, you will reach your goals. Stick with you, you are a champion!!
    1907 days ago
    You're on the right track. I'm glad you're not giving up. The weight will come off. Good luck.
    1907 days ago
    Well the good news is maybe you're getting rid of the plateau right away and it will be all downhill from here!?? One can only hope!!!

    1907 days ago
    I have been gaining a little weight since my effort started to lose the last few pounds. Toss the scales and measure inches and how your clothes fit. If you are gaining muscle and losing fat you are still much better off. Also if you haven't tried this, try a low-carb, high-fat diet. It is the fastest and healthiest way to lose and helped me lose the last 15 lbs. I don't miss grains one bit if I can eat all the veggies, meat and dairy I want. emoticon
    1907 days ago
    Toss the scale - don't let it ruin your motivation. There are so many things at play in your body. You may be gaining muscle, or retaining water, the scale can't measure those types of things. You know in your mind that if you do the right things, the weight will go. So forget about that darned scale - you are on the right path.

    1907 days ago
    You are not alone! I think it gets more difficult the fitter you are which seems wrong. That's just my opinion :)

    I found a quote that helps me find patience with my slow changing body: Forget about getting skinny. Eat well and exercise, the weight will take care of itself.

    1907 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
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    1907 days ago
    Is it possible you are losing inches?
    1907 days ago
  • ELLIE09
    I found the same thing when I started training again this fall (I'm supposed to be doing a 1/2 marathon in Feb, but may have a stress fracture, so we'll see...) I added jogging and strength training and drink 2-3 liters of water a day. And what do you know, but the scale has only gone down 7 pounds for me since September. I know it's frustrating, but I figure it's better than going in the opposite direction. Just keep at it! emoticon
    1907 days ago
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