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The Scale Should be Moving, But it's Not...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Weight loss has never been easy for me. Not that it is easy for anyone. But as with everything in life, when you put in the work, you expect to see results. And when you don't see results, it's time to reevaluate the plan. I have been diligently tracking every morsel for one month. I have been sticking to my plan and keeping within my range of calories. I have stepped up my workouts. I added weight training, 3 times per week. I have changed the type of food I am eating. I'm avoiding sugar and processed food. I haven't had a can of diet soda in 30 days. I have been drinking 8-10 glasses of water every single day. And this morning when I stepped on the scale I realized that I have only lost 1 measly pound. A month of work and change for one pound. So it's time to reevaluate the plan. Perhaps I need to focus on eating earlier in the day? Or maybe my metabolism just isn't up to par and I need to cut my calories even more? I looked at the Calorie Differential Over Time Report and according to that, I should be losing weight. But I am not. Despite the disappointing number on the scale, I am still motivated to continue this journey. I am not ready to go back to my old ways. I just need to reevaluate and find the change that moves the scale.
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    If you upped your workout, maybe it's time to up your calorie intake, while staying within range. For example, if you're doing both cardio and strength training on day, try to eat on the high end of your calorie range. On your rest days, eat toward the low end. This is called calorie zig zagging. You may not be eating enough. You could be in starvation mode. Also, you may want to try 5-6 small meals and eat within a 2 or 3 hour timeframe per day. This may help to break your plateau! Just a suggestion! I'm definitely no expert, but this helped me bust my plateau along with changing my workout every 30 days. This is why I love Beachbody workouts, because they typically change workouts, which challenges your body!

    But much success to you during your weight loss journey! Keep pushing and make the necessary changes. Before you know it, that scale will move in the right direction!
    1876 days ago
    Congratulations on the wardrobe win! I used to love it when that happened - hasn't happened to me in a while, but you have inspired me to work towards it! ;) That, and I want to fit back into my wedding ring that I had to give up wearing towards the end of my pregnancy and can't quite get back into . . . !
    1877 days ago
    Thanks for your comments! I tried on some clothing in my closet this weekend that I haven't been able to wear since last spring. I was delighted to find that it fit great. I am not at the weight I was last spring, but clearly by body shape is changing. I guess there are other ways to evaluate progress!
    1877 days ago
    I wish I could help you, but I'm exactly in the same boat... 1 perfect month, but nothing change on the scale... and the measurements! I probably do something wrong or I'm on a plateau, but it's hard mentally! emoticon
    1879 days ago
    First of all, kudos to you for not giving up and just asking questions and re-evaluating! :) I like the idea of taking measurements - I put more stock in that than in weight, and I'd rather lose inches than pounds anyway! :) Sometimes it takes time for the body to adjust to changes, but then the numbers change. So I would encourage you to stay strong and journey on and feel good about all you are accomplishing, i.e. the work you are putting in, not the results you think you SHOULD see but don't. :)
    1879 days ago
    It's frustrating when it doesn't come off as quickly as we think it should. If you haven't done so, I would highly recommend taking your measurements - sometimes when the scale is moving slowly, the inches may be coming off instead! Hang in there, you can do it!!
    1880 days ago
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