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No Wind Beneath My Wings

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Here it is, the dreaded unchanging scale. That sinking feeling as I realize that although I've faithfully measured, weighed and recorded all my food and kept to my calorie range, the scale is stuck at one spot.

I wouldn't be as discouraged if this happened to me after I'd already seen a big number drop. But (as usual) I seem to only lose a few pounds, and then....stasis. No change. Status quo.

No matter the diet or plan I try, this is uniformly the result for me. When I did Weight Watchers, other people would drop 5 lbs or more their first week. And I lost 1 lb. It's so very frustrating!

So, I'm struggling with trying not to feel defeated and punished. I put in the effort, I honestly tracked every single day and every single thing. I wore my pedometer and strove to increase my steps. What is going ON with me???

My body seems determined to stay at or close to whatever weight I'm at, regardless of what number that is, or making changes to my diet. How is that even possible? I mean, I understand the basic math of it all...less calories in should equal a drop in weight, right?

The one thing that I'm clinging to as I grit my teeth and soldier on is that my clothes do seem to be fitting better. More room in the waist and seat and thighs when I button my jeans. Got into a pair of capris that I couldn't zip earlier in the summer. But, still! No nice lower number on the scale!

I recall even decades ago (in high school) when I found I'd gained a few pounds and wanted to get back to my (then) goal of 120 lbs.; in order to lose anything at all, I had to eat 1,000 calories a day. No more than that or I wouldn't lose. I must have the metabolism of a snail at rest! Because in high school, I WALKED to school and back every day, a distance of at least a mile round trip, plus I was active during school running from class to class (with a 4 minute "pass" time and three floors of a spread-out school, often literally running was the only way to make it), and having gym class 2 or 3 times a week, etc. And even with all that, and being younger and having more muscle mass and less body was HARD to lose any weight. me out here, Spark friends. Give me some hope. Tell me this too will pass. I'm open to suggestions! Be the wind beneath my wings!


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SOAPSTRESS1 8/27/2013 1:23PM

    It can get discouraging I know but you are doing everything right. Now it is time to rev up the metabolism. Have you thought about weight lifting or doing some sort of circuit training. I am not talking major weights just enough to get you start with strength training. It might just be what your body needs. Weight lifting burns calories for 48 hours unlike cardio which just burns for about 8 hours. Get some 5 pound weights and start doing some simple exercises. Spark exercise has a lot of ones ot get you started. Go ahead and get some resistant weights and wrap them around your ankles or wrist and do your normal walking.

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AUNTB63 8/27/2013 11:51AM

    First of all you need to accept the fact that you are a slow loser. That's what I had to average weight loss was 1/2 - 1 pound a week. I stopped looking at what other people were doing and started to own my plan. Every body is different so there is no "one size fits all" plan to losing weight. I look at what SP has to offer and use that as a guide to what I need to do. None of us are just a number on the scale. In three years of being on SP I have lost 60 pounds and have reached my goal. All those times when I did everything right, but saw no "scale" results I looked at this as a "rehearsal" for maintenance. I have changed a number of unhealthy habits to healthy ones, but there still are days when the "demons" pop up and take hold. I do the best I can and than move forward from there....YOU can do step/day at a time. I did a lot of positive self talks along the way and still do on those days when staying healthy is just hard. Best of luck to you on your journey. Let's make healthy choices together today. emoticon

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DIETER27 8/27/2013 10:18AM

  I am going through a similar situation like yours. My metabolism is slowing down. i heard the same thing when doing weight watchers . others lost 5 lbs a week and i lost 1 lb. I decided to consult with a dietitian/. she suggested i change up my activity and add in the walking which i see you already do. Yes, our bodies change as we get older and going through memopause does not help much with weight loss. Drinking water with lemon in it helps flush out the toxins and helps t with weight loss. best of luck to you. Don't give up you have come this far and one step at a time you will get there. Believe in yourself!

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