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Okay, so it's not a plateau...

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Just when I think I know all the answers...well, you know how THAT ends.

For the past 2 months, I've been stuck, and couldn't seem to figure out what I was doing wrong. I've kept plodding along within a pound of the same weight, mystified, until I finally asked for help. (I know, imagine that!) One of the wonderful friends here suggested that I investigate my calorie deficit. Since "Reports" was part of the site I'd never used, it took me a while to find it, but what an eye opener!

So, it's not a plateau...it's just that the weight I've lost has changed my BMR enough to make a "nice" (read "nasty, frustrating, but perfectly logical") balance between what I'm eating and what I'm burning. So I stopped losing. Of COURSE I stopped losing!

Okay, so it's not a plateau. The GOOD news is two fold. 1. I can maintain! 2. I know what to do now. (Big sigh of relief.) Now I have a target number of calories to burn instead of minutes to exercise - more than I'd been including - and I'm excited about the next 8 weeks. All I can say is WOOHOO, and thank you SPs for the tips!
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  • v MARTYLYNN1
    Glad you figured things out!
    1063 days ago
  • v KIRSTENLYNN62
    So glad you figured the problem out. Now you can feel more in control! Way to go! emoticon
    1065 days ago
  • v AUTUMNHOPE
    Don't know how I missed your blog !? Well, I'm glad to hear you got some good advice & have seemed to figure it out. Keep us posted !

    emoticon seeking help !
    1065 days ago
  • v SISSIE21
    Yeay! So glad you figured it out! I ended up increasing my walking significantly when I hit a plateau and voila, the weight started coming off again. Good luck with your new numbers! I know you can do this! emoticon emoticon
    1065 days ago
  • v 1BEACHWALKER
    I am still trying to figure it all out, a big mystery to me. Now that I have the fitbit, maybe that will help. All that calories in vs out is confusing! I guess I will look at my reports too. I know I am really great at Maintaining, now I want to lose and the sooner the better!!! emoticon emoticon
    1065 days ago
  • v MATTEROFHEART
    Who knew? I haven't checked out the reports yet either, so next time I plateau, I'll know what to do! Thanks!
    1065 days ago
  • v ADAPTOR
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    1066 days ago
  • v KENWANNE2013
    That's great. I haven't thought about exercising to meet a 'target burn' thank you. Looking forward to hearing about the next 8 weeks of your journey, so please do blog and share. Learn something every time you do, and you are an inspiration! emoticon
    1066 days ago
  • v AUTHENTICALLYME
    Oh yes - BMR...

    Which is why I am creeping along ever so slowly as opposed to earlier... even I had to ramp up how many times a week I move it.

    On the plus side of this "plateau-like" experience comes the fact that it is "experience" at maintaining - so I'll take it all as a positive!
    1066 days ago
  • v MSHEL7
    That's great, I had not heard of that report either, I am going to take a look at that. Thanks for sharing and hope you start reaching your goals again soon.
    1066 days ago
  • v SNOOPYMOMMA72
    That's great you figured it out! Wow, interesting! Good luck with your new knowledge and emoticon !!!

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    1066 days ago
  • v AWESOMECHELZ
    I find your new knowledge interesting! I am not in that stage yet but it is helpful to know, when it happens to me, that there is a reason why I may not be losing weight. THANKS and the best to you in the next 8 weeks. emoticon IS RIGHT! emoticon
    Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1066 days ago
  • v KESTRYLL
    That's where I am too, thanks for blogging. Good luck to you and keep blogging about your progress!
    1066 days ago
  • v BUTTERFLYGRACE
    emoticon I'm so happy for you! Onward and downward!!! YOU are sooooo going to do this!!
    1066 days ago
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