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Saturday, September 21, 2013

I could have been to my goal weight a year ago if I kept going with my logging, but I stopped and tend to maintain right around 180 with about a 5 pound range. I've been at this range for about the last year now and it seems that I just can't lose the weight without logging every bite.

Don't get me wrong, I like that I know I can maintain and have been able to for the last year, but this is not the weight I want to be at. I still look pregnant and still can't fit into a bra off the rack and it's actually even harder to get one on the internet too. This mid-section belly weight is bothering me, but who knows if I can get past the 170 range and see the 160 range. I'm so close I can taste it, but the energy to log everything just wanes frequently. I'm great at logging for a week or so, but then go back to not logging again.

Obviously I can keep at it and lose the weight or I wouldn't still be 50 pounds down from my original weight, but it's this last little bit that seems so hard. I got tired of logging everything.

I have gained some great habits that don't need logging. I take daily walks and get movement where I can, I'll even be pulling up the garden today. I eat much better than I did two years ago. I don't eat as much when I start to munch late at night. I have a great breakfast every morning. I try to get more fruits and vegetables every day and feel sad and tired when I can't have them.

I want to see the rest of my goals checked off that are still hanging there on my front page for everyone to see. It's kind of depressing that it's taking so long to check them off, but I know I can do it.

Perhaps talking to my husband to get a diet bet going may help? I know he wants to lose the weight, but just isn't doing much to get there. I guess I feel alone in this battle and would feel more like finishing if he were helping by losing his excess weight too. It's harder when there's little help around the house to get it going. I know I can't base my weight loss on his help, he hasn't been helpful at all this whole time, but it would feel more like a group effort if he were more on board. We'll see when I discuss it with him later today.

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    I'm new to this blog so you may have heard this suggestion many times before and may have tried it a time or two. But I feel for your quandry so I have to put my two cents worth in anyway.
    Have you tried PRE-TRACKING? Where you plan your meals in advance ( the morning of, or the day before, or whatever works for your lifestyle), enter it all into the correct meals, get your totals, and if you are smart (as you sound) you leave a little wiggle room (no that doesn't count as exercise!) for last minute changes or can't beat cravings. Using pretracking, 90-95% of your tracking is done before the day even starts.
    If you are a creature of habit, use that "grouping" tab, it saves a lot of work. I build a "basic salad" as a grouping with my regular veg and dressing. Then when I want to change it up I just push the basic salad button, add whatever protein I feel like and whatever crunchy toppings I can afford calorie wise. I keep all these options in a well stocked "favorites" so I can just scroll and push the buttons I want.
    You've come so far and lost so much using tracking as one of your tools you might want to stop and examine whether it's a reason or an emotion getting in your way at this point. emoticon
    1576 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/24/2013 11:00:25 PM
    Absence of support on the home front does wear us down, doesn't it? My family laughs at me and publicly ridicules me regarding juicing. Oh well. This is the time that we need to reach inside and get the support that is not conditional, doesn't wane, and never goes away. emoticon emoticon
    1578 days ago
    You've made such great changes and I'm sure you will break the plateau soon.
    I totally understand about the lack of help from hubby. Mine will come for a walk at the weekend with me but as he doesn't think there is anything wrong with how I look (which is nice), it does mean that he is not totally understanding about why I am doing all of this! He can also be away all week with work.
    Perhaps that side bet may work for you.
    1579 days ago
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    emoticon You're doing so well. emoticon
    1580 days ago
  • HEIDI777
    Congrats on all the lifestyle changes that you have made to make it possible to maintain your weight without yo-yoing!! I wish I could tell you a magic trick to get you motivated! I think you should do some reading off the list of motivation articles in the sites library. I know that it helps me and refreshes me with inspiration. I also daily read a success story. Also, remember you are not alone in this quest!!! We are all here for you! I also think if your husband is around the new you enough he will come around. My husband has been making small changes in his eating habits because he sees me making them. I think they are just a little afraid of changes....remember we were ready for the change!

    Remember each small step will get you there!!
    1580 days ago
  • BRENDA_G50
    The only time I don't track is when I'm out of town and can't get to a computer. When I'm home, I track everything. But even when I'm out of town, I use moderation most of the time and try to eat healthy...just like today when we were coming home from the Lake of the Ozarks, I chose a bottle of water instead of a diet coke when my husband asked me if I wanted something to drink when we stopped at a gas station. emoticon

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    1580 days ago
    It seemed, like I would mover reach my goal, so I changed it a week or so ago. Now today I am at ,y original goal, with 3 pounds to go to get to my new final goal by November 13 emoticon I can do it, you can too. emoticon emoticon
    1580 days ago
  • GRAMMY7070
    I also am slow at losing ,but am managing to maintain. I need to track everything to really see the truth. I have a large Favorite list I go to which helps making tracking faster. I have set a goal for myself or a challenge to lose 10 lbs. by Thanksgiving. Maybe setting a goal would help you. Have a good day emoticon
    1580 days ago
    It is definitely a great sign that you have been able to maintain! I'm told that can be harder than losing it to begin with, so good on you! I'm sure not losing any is frustrating, though. Well, I know it is. It's enough to make a person insane!

    Hope you have a great day!

    1580 days ago
    I totally understand. I've been bouncing around the same weight for more than a year. I REALLY want to see my goal weight, but i have no idea what it's going to take to get there. I'm really happy that I've been able to maintain, but enough is enoug. We can do it, we will meet our goals!
    1580 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Those last few pounds are frustrating, there is no doubt about it. Maybe you should try intermittent jog/walks since you are out every morning. It is a great way to boost your metabolism and burn a few more calories.
    Tracking is hard but I found it was the only way that I could get all the weight off that I wanted. Sometimes it is just hard determination that will get you to where you want to be. You know you can do it, just think of it as your homework, just like your kids have to do theirs. Force yourself to do it regardless of how you feel about it.
    Just a suggestion, you have done great and I know you can do it!
    Best of luck to you!
    1580 days ago
    Great blog! Keep on keeping on track!
    1580 days ago
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