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I'm Stuck! Any Suggestions???

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

So, I am getting really, really tired of these dad gum 180's! I've been about 180 for over 2 months now and I think it is time to move on! I just can't figure out how. My body seems to enjoy this particular weight, but I am not quite ready to settle in yet, so me and my body need to come to some kind of understanding!
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I am totally open to any suggestions on how to get past this plateau. Have you successfully moved past a plateau on your journey yet? I guess I've been fortunate that this is the first time in 10 months that I've been really stuck.

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Dachelle
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KICKINGKILOS 9/9/2013 9:24PM

    I am on the same boat. I lose slow and I have been on the exact same weight for months.
In the last month I have gained and dropped the same 3pounds.
I was in tears yesterday.
So what I am planning to do may help.
I have joined the Blc-23 team. It should push me with my wprmouts and maybe that is the push I need.

With my food I do not belive in starving and eating juat brocolli and fish. So I am still eating what I like just adding more fruits.
I wish I knew why some of us lose weight like crazy and some do not.
Take care

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SKATER787 9/9/2013 8:05PM

    It's not you. It's the current popular beliefs that low cal plus more exercise will make you lose weight. It's only true with 5% of the people with 95% failure rates. The body will just hang on to the weight by becoming more efficient since it senses starvation approach. To lose body fat (not weight) you have to be more subtle than that. You have to teach your body that there are plenty of foods and that it should source the energy from excess body fat. If you can, check out the book, TurboCharged. I'm sold on their approaches because it works 100% for people who adopted it even if they are 50, 60 years old. Elite exercisers who never could drop their weight in decades were able to reach new low in a very short time. Forget losing weight slowly nonsense. These people will teach you how to lose 'body fat', forget the weight, in a hurry. Good luck.

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PRETTYGMA6 9/9/2013 4:19PM

    You've come so far. Try some new exercises for fun. Then cut out all diet drinks and no beef after lunch. I am on my first plateau after losing ten pounds. You have encouraged me with your endurance. Lord help her to loses inches and pounds. In Jesus Mame i pray. emoticon

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KCSMOM9 9/9/2013 1:38PM

    I feel for you. I lost and gained the same 10 lbs. for a year(guess my body felt good there). I am finally busted thru. I think by adding some different cardio like my stationary bike(in garage for 5 years) and a Rookie Running Program helped. I also vary my calories from low end to high end of the range every few days. Where before I always ate low end. Good luck and just stick with it and something will work.

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HONDURASDONNA 9/4/2013 7:50PM

    Dachellle,

I really feel for you and wish I could give you advice...other than take a couple of deep breaths and do what you know is right for your body. I've only lost 2 pounds in the past year, despite being really faithful and concentrating on eating right, so most days for me, the only thing that keeps me going back for more exercise is that I know it's good for my body! Some of the suggestions other posters have made seem to make sense, so maybe worth trying. emoticon

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SLEEPERELLA 9/4/2013 5:34PM

    I hear you! I was so stuck before our 5% challenge. I made small changes. Added a protein shake for my breakfast. I increased my exercise (Thanks, Starfish!!) and also switch up types of exercise to include running 3 days a week.
I wish you the best of luck!! emoticon

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STAY39 9/4/2013 3:47PM

    Well I say try to be patient and practice maintenance but I can understand your frustration. Maybe try switching up your foods. Sometimes we stick to the same stuff because we know it works, it's healthy, we know the #s and we like it (ie. your veggie/bean soup) but sometimes our body needs a shock to the system. Try to find new things, get creative and maybe that will be enough to get that scale moving again! Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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ZUMBAOBSESSED 9/4/2013 1:27PM

    I've been there. I was in a 6 month plateau. Likely I joined spark and realized I was eating too many calories. Hopefully you are using the food tracker. Counting everything. If you are, try eating more for a couple days. Indulge and enjoy. Then go back to the low range of your calories. You may need to just jump start your metabolism. I find that when the scale is not moving, it's not exercise that is the problem. It's the food. Good luck!

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SIMONEKP 9/4/2013 1:18PM

    Been there, kind of still there. Keep working out and tracking food. I recently started calorie cycling which seems to have work, it was the first week since June that I lost more than a fraction of a pound.

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TIGER_LILY_613 9/4/2013 12:49PM

    Plateaus emoticon

What worked for me was:

- Identifying what I could do better (in my case, it was cutting down on the treats, even though they were healthy, and drinking more water).

- varying my cardio: instead of doing the Stair Master twice a day as I usually do, now it's only stairmaster once in the morning, and C25K training in the evening.

- adding 2 extra days of strength training to the last week of my plateau. I really wanted to push past it. Did that only once. Now I'm back to my regular 3x/week strength training.

I hope this helps !

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ROCKPORT9 9/4/2013 9:39AM

    Changing exercise around and allowing some rest time Is a good surprise for the body. You are awesome! Just breathe! emoticon hugs, Laurel

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KANOE10 9/4/2013 7:05AM

    You have lots to good advice. I would try eating lower fat and lower carb foods.

Hang in there. Plateaus are very frustrating..but you are staying on track and eating well. That scale has got to start moving.

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SUCCESSN2014 9/4/2013 12:24AM

    I understand being stuck in the 180s. I hit the 180s a few days before Christmas last year and I'm a mere 3 pounds away from being out of them. The only suggestion I can think of (I haven't read the other responses) is track your food (if your not already) and possibly change up your workout routine.

For me I had to start tracking again (I hadn't done it in months) and taking the medication that I had been neglecting for months. In a mere 4 days I lost 3.4 pounds this past week. This was an awesome feeling after being stuck at the same weight pretty much all year.


Good luck! Here's to both of us busting out of the 180s soon!



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TRINIITY1 9/4/2013 12:24AM

    I would definately take CANDIK48's advice! I am following the same type of diet approach. I am only doing carb refeeds when I meet a mini goal weight, like every 2 to 3 lbs, as I do a slower carb approach as well. Coffee is my breakfast!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 9/3/2013 11:08PM

    I have no suggestions I just know for me I have to log every bite I put in my mouth. You are doing great emoticon

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 9/3/2013 10:28PM

    I knew you would get lots of suggestions. I bet KAMINEKO & CANDIK48 have something that I wouldn't mind trying. Give it a try, there I nothing to lose (but weight). I was also thinking that you might need more calories with your exercise regiment. You could always check with one of the SP Coaches to see what they have to say.
Good Luck.

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KML410 9/3/2013 9:59PM

    Dachelle, I cannot help you out since I am fairly new to this journey, but don't get discouraged this too will pass. It might be that you are gaining muscle. Keep moving and don't give up you are a champion emoticon emoticon

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MSHEL7 9/3/2013 9:18PM

    I can not give you any advice on this one at all. I haven't budged in a long time. I can't even tell you when the last time I saw a loss was. Guess I can, after thinking about it it was right after my surgery. I have been up and up and stuck since then. Only thing I can say is do not give up, do not give in to any cravings, you can win this plateau. Keep working, I am sure that your body will give in sometime soon and the weight will start coming off. You may double up your cardio and set aside the weights for a short time and see what that does. See, I am not good at this. You have probably gotten a lot better suggestions than that.

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FANNISHMOM 9/3/2013 9:12PM

    Have you tried changing your workout routine? Bike instead of run? Try out something new like Zumba or a conditioning class? Just something to work different parts of you or to work them differently. Good luck.

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CIRANDELLA 9/3/2013 8:52PM

    Just stay consistent, weigh yourself a little less often (seems counterintuitive, but it works like a charm), and give yourself a good month of regular, no-exceptions tracking within your caloric limits or range and you will break that plateau. If that fails, let us know...

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GAILANN48 9/3/2013 8:43PM

    You've sure been given some wonderful ideas, here, and I think I'm going to save YOUR blog for MY next plateau!

Okay, seriously, just as everyone else said, I'm not sure I'm the person to be giving advice on this...I've had more than a couple of plateaus and one LONG one, but we're all different. So I just have a question. What's your stress level been like for the duration of the plateau? (...I think I already know the answer.) What I read validates my own experience with that issue - when I'm stressed, I either maintain or gain, pretty much no matter what sensible exercise or eating I'm doing. Just a thought. The other thing that seems to make a huge difference to me is sleep. When I don't get enough, I don't lose.

I know how frustrating this is, and you've got a lot of other things going on right now. You'll likely figure it out, Dachelle, but even if you don't, it'll pass if you just keep doing what you're doing. Make believe you're in maintenance! :) (You can punch me later, I promise.)

emoticon emoticon :) Gail

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AUTUMNHOPE 9/3/2013 8:31PM

    Okay, i'm not the one to comment on this one. i'm still at the beginning 20 lbs., but there's a Spark Article called, 3 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight that may help you.

Don't get TOO discouraged, you'll figure it out. Remember how far you've come & every workout still is helping that heart that was unhealthy.

GOOD LUCK ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDIK48 9/3/2013 8:26PM

    I spent more time on a plateau than I have in a losing mode for the last 3 months. It was so frustrating! I was consistent with my diet, exercise and sleep but no real progress at all. I tried tweaking things but losing fractions of a pound every 2 or 3 weeks wasn't the progress I wanted to make. Something had to give. I spent hours researching on the web and this is the solution I came up with. Now keep in mind, every one is different and this isn't necessarily the right answer for you but it worked for me.

Intermittent Fasting. I'm not talking about days on end with no food in my tummy or nothing to drink other than coffee, tea or water. It doesn't have to be that way. There are several approaches to fasting.

I do a slow carb eating plan 6 days out of the week with a carb reset/no accountability on the 7th day. I decided to do a full (at least) 24 hour fast the day after my carb reset day. So... on Sunday Funday I did my usual carb reset "feasting" and on Monday I drank only my morning coffee and then water for the rest of the day. Because I had "feasted" on carbs the day before, my system was loaded and eating wasn't really a high priority or even a want for me. I didn't feel hungry at all. My fast ended up lasting over 30 hours. The end result? I dropped all the carb bloat weight I picked up on funday feasting and enough beyond that to say I broke my plateau.

The other tweak I introduced was deciding not to force myself to eat breakfast. This was a very easy thing for me to do. I'm not a breakfast person. Eating first thing in the morning has never sat well in my tummy. As a result, I also ended up doing some smaller fasts (16 hours or so) during the week just by listening to my body and eating only when I was hungry. Still staying with the slower carb food stuffs but no more of that eating 3 to 6 meals a day. By the end of the week, I had more energy, my tummy was happier, I was sleeping better and had officially dropped over 4 pounds on the scale. From 171.8 to 167.4. At one point during the week, it had even dropped to 166.8.

There are all kinds of arguments for and against fasting. When someone hears I haven't eaten for 16 or so hours it kind of startles them. But when I explain that for about half of that time, I'm asleep and the rest of the hours are spread between two days (evening and morning), it doesn't sounds so drastic. I know it certainly doesn't feel that drastic. It actually feels more normal to me. Per the information I read, fasting gives the body a chance to burn the glucogen in the system and to begin making that ghb hormone that aids in weight loss. I can't attest to that, but I can attest to the fact it's the only thing that worked to break my plateau.

Some people do a full day fast once a week, some once a month, some just a few times a year to kick things into gear again. I'm super carb sensitive so I'll probably keep the post feast full day fast at least for a few weeks until I get a better grasp on how it works with my body. Gotta give experiments a chance to work or not right?

Again, we are all different people and there is no "one size fits all". If you're interested in the information I read, I'll be happy to send you the link to the article that made the most sense to me.

Best of luck!

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TMRGRANNY 9/3/2013 8:19PM

    I am sending you my love and encouragement because the only idea I had for you was to maybe try eating more for a little while and everyone else seems to have the same idea. Soon you will be looking at the 180's from your rear view mirror. Don't give up. You can do this!
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KAMINEKO 9/3/2013 7:51PM

    It could be that, with your running, you've increased the amount of calories your body needs. If you've been staying at 1200/day like you were doing there for a while, it's possible your body is in "starvation mode" and holding onto everything you put in your body for dear life. I recommend that, if you are still doing really well with the running, that you try upping your calorie intake by a couple-few hundred and see if that triggers loss. I know it sounds counterintuitive but it works. Other than that I recommend maybe switching up your activity and trying/adding something new for cardio? I honestly don't feel too qualified to advise much...I'm hitting a plateau myself, even though it hasn't been two months and has only been a few weeks for me. I know that when I lost weight a couple of years ago, I stalled between 185-190 for a couple of months and then lost hope and gave up. Don't do it! You've come too far. It stinks that you're putting in all this effort but the scale isn't budging. Your body will eventually catch up to you. Also take into account all that muscle you've been building up!

From what I gather, these things happen and success is due to persistence. *big hug* Wish I could offer more guidance and encouragement!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 9/3/2013 7:32PM

    I just read this article a couple of days ago - maybe something in it will help

http://www.coachcalorie
.com/how-to-break-a-weight-loss
-plateau/


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NILLAPEPSI 9/3/2013 7:19PM

    I've been stuck for a bit, too. It's a drag. Make sure you tracking all your food & fitness minutes accurately. If you've been eating at the low end of your range, try eating for a few days from the middle & a few days from the upper & then go back to the low end.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 9/3/2013 7:04PM

    Dachelle, I feel like you. I have been stuck around 166# forever, it seems. I have increased my exercise level, but nothing happens. I was told that letting your body guess, helps. Eat regular meals one day, then a very low-calorie day, then, again, a normal food day. I haven't tried it yet, because I am visiting and taking care of my grandkids, and this is not the place to try something new. I found in the past that if I stay away from starches/carbs and increase my protein, I could shed a few pounds, You just have to do something different food wise, because you seem to be exercising, daily.
Good luck. I hope you can get some additional suggestions.

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