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Saturday, March 09, 2013

I'm just feeling a little discouraged; although, i'm not entirely sure why. I'm not sure what it is exactly but i'm just feeling down about my weight loss journey so far. Maybe I feel like it's not going as fast as I expected and i think its due to my worries about plateau-ing. I don't know =/
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    I plateau often and HARD. My weight loss chart looks plain silly. I go days..weeks even with no weight loss and then WHOOPS I'm losing a pound a day. It's very frustrating and you question yourself.

    BUT: this is not an overnight thing. I am so impatient so I repeat that to myself a LOT. And things like water retention from excess salt, hormone levels, even your body needing it to build muscle or flush out toxins make it SEEM like nothing's going on.

    Find your little victories where you can and keep pressing on.

    1809 days ago
    It can be very difficult to keep going when you aren't seeing the results you want to see. I really like a lot of the posts that others have already made about your blog, so I won't repeat their good ideas, but I will say that you should look at other ways that you are making progress and really reflect on all of the ways you are making positive steps towards your goal. For me, sometimes even when I'm not losing weight, my other measurements might be going down or I might be sleeping better. If nothing else, I can go into the reports section on Spark and literally see all of the good choices I've been making and tracking.

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    1809 days ago
    emoticon after 3 weeks, I started to become discouraged, thinking, what's the point in doing all this if I haven't lost any weight this week?!?! I changed my routine a little bit, some days I worked out in the morning, and sometimes in the afternoon, and dropped another 1.5lbs this week. But it's only because during my plateau I made more positive changes instead of going back to my old ways. Persistence is key! You want it to come off slower, I've been down the road of unrealistic eating that lead to fast and very short term weight's not fun and you end up working harder than you needed to had you just ate a little healthier (substituting, like getting Smart Ones desserts instead of restaurant desserts) and kept working out.

    It's tough, and if it we easy, we'd all be skinny monnnies and Sparkpeople wouldn't exist. I can't live without it!
    1809 days ago
    Check in with yourself; is there anything going on in your life that could be upsetting you or stressing you out but the feelings are being transferred to your weight loss journey? Have you been pushing yourself too hard and need to slow down a bit? If you try to change too quickly your body will actually physically reject the change and fight back with things like cravings and even depression. Your body needs time to adjust and adapt to a whole new way of living.

    You might consider trying some new ways of exercising that are fun and exciting. Not only will it be a new experience, but exercise releases endorphins which help you feel happier.

    Also, consider this: you don't have to change everything in the future, you only need to focus on making small changes today. Every journey beings with a small step so if it helps you to focus on each small step as you take it, you'll still get to your goal eventually. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the entire process.
    1809 days ago
    It won't happen overnight. Keep going!!
    1809 days ago
    Slow and steady wins the race! Hang in there!
    1809 days ago
    Someone reminded me today that it took years for me to get fat, so it only makes sense that it would also take a long time to learn new habbits and lose all the weight. The important thing is that you are being healthy and doing activities that make you happy and bring you confidence. Everyone has bad days. Keep on trying and eventually you will reach your goal!
    1809 days ago
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