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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'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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    Glad you figured things out!
    1692 days ago
    So glad you figured the problem out. Now you can feel more in control! Way to go! emoticon
    1694 days ago
    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 !
    1694 days ago
  • 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
    1694 days ago
    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
    1694 days ago
    Who knew? I haven't checked out the reports yet either, so next time I plateau, I'll know what to do! Thanks!
    1694 days ago
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    1694 days ago
  • 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
    1695 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    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!
    1695 days ago
  • 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.
    1695 days ago
    That's great you figured it out! Wow, interesting! Good luck with your new knowledge and emoticon !!!

    1695 days ago
    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
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    1695 days ago
    That's where I am too, thanks for blogging. Good luck to you and keep blogging about your progress!
    1695 days ago
    emoticon I'm so happy for you! Onward and downward!!! YOU are sooooo going to do this!!
    1695 days ago
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