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Monday, August 12, 2013

More than 3 months into tracking and sticking to the SP plan I can clearly see I am not on track reaching my weight-loss goal. Granted, having to take steroids caused a sudden and substantial gain early June. Still, I am making slower progress than anticipated.

Looking back at my trackers tells me I have consistently reached or gone over my fitness targets while my calories are within range and consistently dropping. So, things should be moving in the right direction by now, right? (And well, I guess they are, just not at the pace I had set out.)

My measuring-tape and scale tells a story of little or no progress since I started out late April. The mirror, thankfully, reports some improvements; I am firmer and have more definition in my legs, arms, back and shoulders now.
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Still, I am thorn.. I am satisfied with my efforts, yet acknowledge I am not seeing very significant results in terms of weight-loss. (Shouldn't I at this point?) Last time I made efforts to lose weight I steadily lost 20% of my body-weight during 18 months. I have been pretty much stuck maintaining around 63 kg since then. Ugh, will I bust this 2 year plateau?

Lately I have started toying with the idea that maybe, just maybe, staying at this weight is acceptable for me. It could be I would be better off measuring my progress differently in order to stay motivated? Perhaps in improved energy levels, strength, flexibility, balance and stamina. Hmm..
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    MFABER3; Welcome aboard! Yes, I am seeing improvements. (I am young but still familiar with joint pains.) I am not giving up on the program, just thinking about changing my focal-point away from loosing weight at this point.
    1650 days ago
    I'm in the same boat you are in... and what is keeping me going is the fact that I can do so much more than I did before - at least things that "I" notice... Running up and down stairs and not being winded, less aches and pains in joints (I'm a bit older emoticon ) and just generally feeling better and healthier and wanting to do these things. Keep up the good work.
    1652 days ago
    Thank you both. I am not that frustrated, but a bit puzzled. (And, I am in my early thirties, so probably not menopausal yet.)

    I too will choose strong over thin any day!
    1655 days ago
    The older we get, the more times we lose and regain, the harder it gets. I will tell you that my mother, who always - always - maintained her weight in the normal range even during pregnancies complained about how hard it was to remain in the normal range once she hit menopause. And that's from a woman who walked six miles a day every day of her adult life and ate pretty much a Primarian diet. So for me - and maybe for you - it's going to be even harder. Just keep doing what you do and see what happens. What would you change if you stopped focusing on your scale and tape measure?

    And BTW, if I had to choose between being strong and being thin, I would choose strong every time!!

    My thoughts are with you!!
    1657 days ago
    I can understand how frustrated you feel. Maybe you should regard your present weight as maintenance level for a while, then give it another burst. I bet it would go quickly if you did. Others might have other views, though. Interesting to see what they say.

    1657 days ago
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