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Friday, July 05, 2013

I'm feeling somewhat down and frustrated. Two months I've been at this - tracking what I eat, weighing and measuring, staying in a weight loss calorie range every week, and swimming 1.5-2 hours 4 to 7 times a week. I'm working hard at this. And, yes, I'm down two pant sizes - and I know that's not nothing. But the scale has moved only 12 pounds in those two months. And when I see someone else who eats in my calorie range and is losing literally 5 times faster than I am, I feel kind of defeated. I can't do any more exercise than I'm already doing. I'd have to be in the pool seven or eight hours a day to burn off a pound of fat a day! It's such a HUGE accomplishment for me that I've been able to make time in my schedule for 1.5-2 hours at the pool before going to work for a 10-12 hour day.

I don't have much more to say. I just feel sad.
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    You are making great progress. Are you getting enough sleep? Sleep is very important if you want your body to fire on all cylinders!
    1693 days ago
  • CAALAN23
    We are at the same problem. I've lost 13 pounds. 11 really if you consider the fluctuations I can get, but down two pant sizes. I am fitting into clothes I wore 2 to 3 years ago but am about 10 pounds heavier. In the long run, I think this is a very good thing. If you are swimming that much, you are fitter than most of the people losing that much more. are. I have a child who competes in swimming and he takes grief all the time about his "sport" until those other "athletes" get in the pool with him. You are doing hard work. Good work. And your body has shown that. Who cares really when that sissy scales catches on.

    You keep it up!
    1693 days ago
    You're doing amazing. You really are. Two pants sizes and 12 pounds in 2 months? That's amazing. You never know what someone else is doing in addition to the calories and cardio. They may have a diet pill of some sort that is accelerating their loss, they may be doing more weight lifting and accelerating their fat burning. Don't do this to yourself. You're doing a great job and the only person that you have to beat is YOU! Keep up the amazing work and you'll soon be where you want to be.

    1693 days ago
    I have dropped 15.5 in 3 weeks
    Sounds great. Right...
    I don't look like I lost a thing.
    Nothing loose with these pants.
    You have firmed up and pulled in
    Your body. You have much more
    muscle now. Be pleased that
    people can notice all the effort
    You gave put in.

    BE PROUD!!!!!
    1693 days ago
    Congrats on all that swimming. I love swimming but that is an amazing commitment you have put in.

    Two pant sizes and 12 pounds in two months is nothing to be sad about. In fact I would bet that is not what you are sad about. There must be something holding you back from enjoying life as it is now. If I had lost two pants sizes I would be out socializing, going for a walk in my favorite dress, and smiling at people on the street for no reason.

    I see your goal is to go to a waterpark with the grandkids. That is awesome and your grandkids are going to realize they have the best grandma ever! I am also a heavy girl who has to get over showing my body in a bathing suit all the time. Now that is nothing like the courage of my mum who has to show her over 60 yr old body with one breast missing from a mastectomy when I talk her into swimming laps at the local olympic sized pool. Why should she miss out just because some of the young people get a little shock? Yes, that is what age and ill health does to this mortal frame. She is awesome because even with what she has gone through with the big C (three times) she is dishing out laps like a boss.

    I am probably reading into your blog a lot from my own experience so I hope you don't take offense at me poking my nose in. I'm just reading random recent blogs. Once again congratulations on your amazingly fast progress!

    I found this story really useful. I had the exact same experience as this woman when I lost 35 lbs last time on Sparkpeople:
    1693 days ago

    Don't fret--you're making progress--just think if you would have GAINED 12# ???
    1693 days ago
    Wow - I would love to lose 12 lbs in two months. I have had plateaus that lasted months!! Hang in there, you're doing great!
    1693 days ago
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