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Looking forward to that myself!! I'd guess tracking everything and changing up your exercise regime to give your body a curveball. Good luck.

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4/29/14 3:41 P

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I really didn't have this so much. When I reached my initial goal I added calories and kept walking and weight kept coming off. When I thought I was just fine I had a heart attack (just fine!) and started eating even healthier and soon started in on cardiac rehab and I've continued the 3 times/week cardio + weights. That jump started my weight loss again. Combined with daily walking and a gradual increase in calories I'm not about 20 pounds lower than my new goal of 162.
Don't starve and keep moving!



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The few times I've done it, I semi starved, didn't feel good, and didn't really look good either, but dang it, I hit goal for about 4 days, lol. Real issue was, my goal was not a good goal for me, was too low of a weight, could never keep such a low weight and have time to live life. No point in spending hours a day exercising, you are not an actress or tv starlet. Give yourself a break. Think how hard you are working now, just to keep the weight you are now, good grief!!! Reality.

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Need to up my exercise and maybe I will lose



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4/29/14 9:30 A

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I am 42 years old and I struggle with dropping the 15-20 lbs. I weigh 141, but I struggle with 146. I want to drop to 125. It seems harder when your 42!! I do the Jillian Michaels dvd's and I like to walk outside. I want to get a virtual workout buddy that like to track their food on Spark People and fitness.

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Hi everyone

I am a member of sparkpeople for about 6 years. When i first join, i needed to lose about 75 pounds. I struggle, lose a little and gain back some, but it's been an amazing journey since last year i lost about 60 pounds. I am 15 pounds away from my ultimate goal. My highschool weight! I am turning 30 soon and i want to be in the best shape of my life for that new decade. So here I am working on that goal like you guys. So we can probably help each other do it ;)

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So glad I found this thread! I have been cycling within these last 15 pounds for way too long. I had once been even lighter but somehow fell off track. Getting back on has been inconsistent, and so, inconsistent results. I restarted today with logging and paying attention.

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Hi, SUNNYARIZONA, I am also an RN with an MSN in Case Management. Currently retired after 25 years of nursing. From my reading over time, I believe your remarks are correct concerning the SETPOINT concept. I haven't heard that term in awhile; but, I think it is a credible term. The body works to maintain homeostasis or balance in the body. When there is plenty of nutritious foods with adequate exercise, the body keeps burning it for energy, repair of injury, building muscle and bone, removing toxins and waste, etc. The body's metabolic functions are an amazing miracle of life, truly! With that said, I also agree, that the wisest choice for me, is choosing a path that leads to a healthy weight and allows me to maintain an active and enjoyable life with my husband, family and friends. I track my calorie intake daily and wear the SparkTracker for exercise. I also read some good comments in this thread, mentioned success with sufficient protein intake and low glycemic fruits and vegetables which keep the blood sugar "swings" under control and alternating exercise routines so the body doesn't get complacent. I follow that line of thought as well. When it is all said and done; I believe in listening to my body; do I feel healthy and strong? Do I look better in my clothes? Do I have energy I need to live a healthy and purposeful life? Frankly, I would like to "throw the scale out the window" on some weigh-in days; but, "weighing in" creates a good benchmark for weight management when I don't let the scale manage me and the way I feel about myself. I invested into a Taylor Precision Scale that measures weight, body fat, muscle mass, hydration, bone mass and % weight lost or gained. emoticon

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Good comments, ONLINEASLLOU, I can relate to the struggles I read in this thread. Wanted to let you know I have read in medical journals that decreasing the sugar intake will decrease the abdominal fat. That is also an ADA, American Diabetic Association, recommendation. Sugars include white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, honey, agave, white flours, any starchy foods that rapidly break down into "sugars" in the blood stream. It is about eating predominantly low glycemic foods that reduce the abdomen girth. I hope this helps with your journey to your goal. emoticon

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12/5/13 1:52 P

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12/5/13 12:31 A

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12/4/13 2:35 P

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That is under articles and video tab. Ana

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Ana - try sparkrecipes.com. I think that's what you're looking for. :)

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I lost the 30 pounds in about 3 months.

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How long did it take you to lose the 30 pounds?

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Ana you might check under the Articles and Video tab for the recipes.

I am within 4 of my Goal I have been eating the Fast Metabolism Diet and I was able to drop 30 pounds. You don't eat per the calorie limit you eat per the type of food and you vary the foods. I have been wearing a Fitbit and I see how much calorie burn I have with everything I do and it helps motivate me. I have noticed that some times the scale would not move but the measurements would.

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NGSMART1, don't know your age, but I have been around a long time, and what you describe about the body fight....well years ago it was all about the SETPOINT. When the body is happy with your weight, it wants to stay there. Not sure how to defeat it at this point as I seem to be fighting that issue myself. However, hope springs eternal, and I DO hope to see the results I want in the future....when is a good question!

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"If you want to do something, you'll find a way, if you don't, you'll find an excuse."


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12/2/13 2:37 P

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For some of you, it may be that you have already reached the weight your body is the most healthy and comfortable at. Your body will fight you if you try to lose more.

I have been in a healthy weight range for years (ever since I lost 30 pounds in college), but I always wanted to drop down to the very low end of my weight range. I wanted to have a body fat of 18%, still considered to be healthy if you are a non-athlete. Part of the reason why is because I wanted to run races semi-competitively (but no longer).

I've noticed that when I try to get my body below 21% BMI, it fights me every inch of the way. I can briefly get the weight down and I even was able to get my body fat down to 18% at one period of time. Then, the starvation mode kicks in. I find I am hungry all the time. I have to dramatically increase exercise time (which I don't have time for) to see any further difference or maintain that weight. I gain the few pounds back and my body fat goes back to around 21-22%.

Currently, I am again at that uncomfortable low point (through exercise increase and cutting out most of the sugar from my diet). Over the last couple of weeks I have been at this weight, I find that my calorie intake is gradually increasing and yet I remain hungry. I know I'm going from 20% body fat back up to 22%.

Eventually, it gets to be too much work to fight your body. Being healthy is going to be enough for me from now on. (plus I pulled a muscle in my back from trying to exercise too hard -ouch).



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12/2/13 1:54 P

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To me losing the last 15 pounds is hard. I am going to change my exercises by doing different exercises so my muscles won't "know" what I'm going to do! I will watch my food intake and make sure I'm eating enough protein because that's an area that suffers in my eating. And be patient!



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12/1/13 11:31 P

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I am trying to find the recipes tab they used to have on hre do they nolonger have it

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Curious Denna why WW should be more successful for you than Sparkpeople. I wonder if it is all about how YOU work the program you are in. Seems that you could STILL do WW here....there ARE WW teams to join. I would look into that and save your money!

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Wow! So many of us in the same boat. I've been trying to take off the last 15 pounds for 2 years. It's down a little, up a little but never down to that elusive goal. I appreciate everyone's replies and will re-read and see if I can figure out a plan. I'm one of those older women too and wonder if my exercise is counter productive as someone said earlier.

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Great topic! This blog caught my eye because like many others, I was having difficulty losing a few pounds. I discovered that the pounds were slowly creeping up and I wanted to take control before it got out of hand. I am sure menopause doesn't help.

Has anyone tried using the Spark Coach as a motivator? I tried it for the first week for free and I discovered that I needed to increase the intensity of my exercise. Interval training and tracking my calories accurately as much as possible helped me lose 4 pounds in the second week of my new focus. I am feeling a lot better physically and I have more energy. I am hoping the weight loss will continue.

Keep up the good work all you Spark Peeps! Never give up just forgive yourself and keep moving. emoticon



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What a great topic. I have been struggling after my initial large weight loss I was doing weight watchers from Oct 2012 through June 2013 and had tremendous success, but I had to stop due to financial reasons so I joined Sparks. I was thinking that I should be able to loose the 20 pounds that I wanted to from June through my goal date of yesterday and I only lost like 9 pounds. It is so frustrating that I am thinking about finding the way back to weight watchers since I have had very little success here.



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This thread is right up my alley! I lost an intal 50, and have pretty much kept it off for several years. I know that by the fact, my clothes size has not changed in years. However, I too would like to get to my goal weight. I think therefore I CAN! The funny thing is how you can just stick to it year after year, expecting better things and not seeing any results as you would like. However, I LIKE not having to shop for larger clothes.

One thing that worked for me to finally lose that 50, was waking up and realizing I am NOT A KID anymore, and I really can NOT eat like a kid.

SO, I use the sparkpeople tracker, which really has helped alot. I stay in better control when I know what I am eating calorie wise. If I just eat without logging, I can easily eat over 2,000 calories a day! EEEKKK.

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11/29/13 8:38 A

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I am trying diligently to lose the 13-15 pounds but I think menopause is interferring and I will just have to work a little harder. I just can't seem to get it off right now but will not give up and will not give in. I know I can do this.

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11/27/13 12:32 P

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Bithoo, you spoke my mind. My problem with the last 15 is whether I really want to put all that effort in, given my other priorities. Maybe being healthy, looking pretty good, excising regularly and eating sensibly is enough for now. So for me it is the decision that is needed, more than the how to knowledge.



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Interestingly enough, it was only when I stopped thinking about it tht the last fewpounds started dropping away. But then I moved to India, where it's not so easy to get hold of chocolate.... that mighta had something to do with it!

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1200 - 1550. I also calorie cycle.

I've learned it really does matter what you eat, not just the number of calories. I do best on higher protein, less fat and carbs. But I need the "good" fat and the "good" carbs to keep me feeling full and to fuel my body and brain.

A bigger breakfast, high in protein, a snack or two during the day so I'm not ravenous, a smaller lunch and and even smaller dinner really works well for me. With that schedule, you can't help but wake up ravenous for breakfast and ready to start the day!

Exercise is also important, but I think it's 95% what / how much I eat.

For exercise, I picked up biking, which really helped me burn though calories. I love it! Adding that to my strength training as my cardio exercise of choice during the summer months is what really helped me.



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I think everyone has to find what works for them - what works for one person might not work for another. I normally workout 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day, with intense training. I tried for years to get to my goal weight but losing didn't happen or very, very slowly.

I had a foot injury and stopped exercising and something happened that I noticed has happened in the past : I started losing weight faster, so I went with it. The weight has been coming off ever since. I eat at my BMR: 1250 calories a day, don't formally exercise (sometimes I will do my stationary bike for a half hour on a low intensity). I'm probably lightly to moderately active in my everyday life. I have lost 15 lbs of fat since that point, dropped to a size 2, have 6 lbs to go and it won't be a problem to lose those at all. I'm so motivated that nothing will stop me - Thanksgiving included...



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I've lost nothing in several months. I know it is because I feel pretty good where I am. Still, I also know I would be happier with another ten pounds gone. So, like others here, I need to find some new motivation to move forward.
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Tell me about it.... This last 12 pounds is a bitch & a whole week has gone by and I weigh the same every day.

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I'll look up calorie cycling. I do the 2.5 "fast" - maybe it's the same thing. It's the only thing that keeps me on the straight & narrow. Also, I feel much more energetic the day after the 500 cal fast. This month I've ranged up & down the same 3 pounds - the diet cha cha cha.

I agree with so many of you. This team is the best. Thanks to all of you. I too have 15 lbs to go, but feel so much better than I have in ages. So wonderful to be out of that obese range.

Let the good times increase as the weight shrinks.


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I have great difficulty losing the last 10 pounds! I think it has something to do with being satisfied with my current weight, so I am not motivated to be very strict with my food tracking. I lost over 50 pounds from July, 2010 to December 2011, and have maintained the weight very well. However, If I am to lose the last 10 pounds, I will need to be determined, that is all it is, I think.

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Thanks for sharing and while I may not go to the gym, I will change up my exercise routine and see what happens.

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I too have been struggling with the last 15 or so pounds. Since the end of July when I dipped down to 146 pounds I've been stalled. I even gained back 4 pounds. So after reading lots of stuff about changing your exercise routine to be more successful I joined the community fitness center on October 1 and have lost the 4 pounds I gained plus 2 more pounds.

I still don't have an absolute number for the scale in mind for my weight. I probably need to lose another 10 to 15 pounds. I am now in the 'normal' range for BMI and Body Fat %. My ultimate goal is to reach a body fat percentage of 25%. The more 'lean' tissue you have the more calories you can burn at rest and therefore the more calories you can eat. I lost 2 percentage points of fat in one month at the fitness center and only 5 points in the proceeding 7 months when I had more 'fat' to lose. If you haven't already my advice to anyone struggling with those last 10 to 15 pounds is to seek out a reputable fitness center. One run by your local community might be a really good option as generally they really care about the health of the members of their community.

At the fitness center I was able to get an individualized program which I complete 2 times a week as well as doing my old routine at home on Sundays with my husband. I've also increased my aerobic workouts as walking alone wasn't getting my heart rate up as much as it used too. (the perils of getting fit). In December I will get a new program as it should be changed up at least every 8 weeks. I feel really lucky as none of this has cost me anything other than the monthly membership fee which is really reasonable as I'm over 55. Perhaps for some of you this might be an option it certainly is working for me.

Good luck all!


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If you are "exercising like mad" and just eating 1200 calories, try this: Up your calories to 1500-1700 on the days you exercise. I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but I bet it works! If you are hitting a wall anyway, what do you have to lose by trying? I think you are not eating enough, and I speak from experience!

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I'm fighting as well to get the last 15 lb off is not easy, it seem like no matter what you do, you stop dropping lbs. hoping to find some energy from some of you to help me keep going thanks

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Been working on the last 15 for a long time! Sometimes its not about weight though and more about how you feel!



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I agree with exercising and it has so many other benefits as well.

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Thanks for all the suggestions! I did reach goal but regained 10 lbs. with broken foot. Still have 9 to lose, but it sure is hard to do!


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Fingers crossed that that works, Onlineaslou. Maybe little tweaks will still do the trick? I'm quite certain that what I'm doing now is what I'll be doing forever (counting, measuring, staying low, staying active) -- but I am equally certain that an ultra-low, super-exercise routine is NOT something I can maintain!



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Good question, BITHOO. At what point do you just say, "Enough," and declare yourself ready to focus on maintenance rather than continued weight loss. I'm now sure where that spot will be for me. A "healthy" BMI is still 15 pounds away for me, but I am not sure if I can get that low and stay there. I just know that I still have enough fat in my abdomen to keep trying to lose a bit more.

My hope is that by building more muscle, my metabolic rate will increase enough to make it possible for me to maintain a healthy weight while still living a reasonble lifestyle. So I have increased my strength training and not just done cardio.



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My question is this: let's say you exercise like mad and count every bit of your 1200 calories in order to drop that last bit of weight. But you know perfectly well you won't be able to maintain that sort of lifestyle because it's just too demanding given all of your other priorities.

Is it worth doing the short term work to take off those last pounds? will they stay off for any period of time? is it worth it just for the psychological "yay" of reaching goal, even if it's only for a couple of weeks?

Am struggling with this question, as 'moderate' diet and exercise don't really budge weight very much when you're not hugely overweight!



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I lost 37 pounds and was stuck for months (like seven) and started jogging in the hopes of losing ten more pounds (and then ten more). Then I got a really bad ankle injury, right when I was getting my groove on and got stuck in a damn wheel chair for 2 months. I started eating more whole foods, usually 80% of the time, while I was in the chair. Now, I'm recovering from pneumonia, but hope to get back to the gym this week. (I know; it's been whacky.) I have been walking for almost two weeks and going to the gym, and finally, lost 2 pounds after months and months and months of hitting a wall. I am making an effort to move more during the day and eat a little less too. Oh also, I found out I am vitamin D deficient which supposedly messes with weight loss efforts, so I'm supposed to take cod liver oil every day and these super packed Vitamin D pills. But, right now, I am not very hungry, but even so, I am trying to eat whole foods. We will see if I lose these nine pounds by February in a way that is no related to sickness.

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lol... I just got off of TOM (time of month) and I usually gain 6 pounds of water during the TOM. I have to usually wait 3 days after it ends to be back to my normal weight again.....

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My calorie range changes as I add exercise and steps (Fitbit) throughout the day. It starts with the minimum and usually is 2000+ by the end of the day. I am hesitant to eat all the calories that the website says I should. I just try to keep the proteins, fats, and carbs in line and drink plenty of water. I read somewhere that I should try to burn at least 500 to 1,000 calories a day and I've been doing at least that. My weight is stuck though, hovering 1 to 3 pounds above my goal.

I've been hoping that the SP experts would write some articles addressing the differences between using the old calorie range nutrition tracker and the new exercise based system. I can't help feeling like I'm missing some important information that would help me (and you) get to goal.

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The last 10 lbs usually does "stick" more than before...I exercised harder, longer, faster & DAILY. Then I really really really tracked what I ate--which I had started to slack off on. I tried a few days where I really cut calories just to surprise my body.

Then I got super-lucky--my kids brought home a stomach virus from school...and boom--I was sick & miserable & lost 10 lbs in ONE WEEK. Gotta love it! Then I just had to work hard not to gain it back. A healthy way to lose?!? Absolutely NOT. But it worked--and sometimes that's all you can do--just go with it!

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All I know is my menstrual cycle is getting on my damn nerves.
I was at 158 lbs. only 4 lbs from my goal just before then during I was up to 161. Today first day off and I up to 165! Yes I have less than 15 lbs to lose to get to goal but this is freaking annoying!
Whew, I will be patient I am a woman with a health female reproductive system woo shhh taking deep breathes but no weigh in until next Saturday.

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This has been one of the more informative topics that I have come across on here. I have 15 pounds to loose to get to the mid range of the normal weight on the bmi scale, but am doing nothing but struggling. I have went from running to walking to switch things up as far as my exercise minutes are concerned, increased my water to 80oz a day, and stopped treating myself twice a week so hopefully something will click with my body. Good luck to everyone!



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My calorie range was 1250-1650. I made sure I got sleep, drank 8+ cups of water every day, got my fruits & veggies in, lean protein, and lots of exercise. I also found participating in some of the SP bootcamp challenges and challenge teams very helpful.


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I still haven't lost my last 15. Well I did, then gained it back. I noticed I have to eat between 1200 and 1300 calories a day in order to lose at this point.



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Oh my gosh! You are doing so great if your tracker is accurate :). You must be SOOO happy. Stick with it. Though I do have to say where you are at is really good. I started Monday at 150# and my goal is 129, because it seems so much better than 130. If I can get to 125, great. But I will be so happy at 129. I was searching for inspiration posts because this is my first weekend and I know I am going to undo all of my hard work if I cave this weekend. I REALLY want a glass of wine, but I know that glass will only be begging for a 2nd or 3rd pour. Drinking water and hoping to get through this craving. I am at 145# right now and if I can get to 144 or 143 by Monday, I will be on my way. Any weekend advice?



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I have lost 15 and have 15 to go...good info here.

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Concentrate on mental focus, knowing that a little bite of this or that WILL sabotage the day. Learning how to say NO to certain foods that aren't my friend. When the urge to eat more happens, I fix a cup of hot tea and walk out of the kitchen. Also, trying to drink more water helps to keep me full.

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Keep doing what you've been doing, and don't dip beneath 1,200 calories. Expect tiny increments of weight to come off, but they absolutely will!



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I am working on losing 10 pounds and decided to cut back and not deprive, I will let you know how that works over the next week.

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There's so much good stuff here. I've gotten lazy with my eating care. Must do better or will be in trouble come January.



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I think I have it worse than you, triathlete girl, because the scale stops whether I cheat or not lol. My body gets super stubborn at this point; no longer melting off like it did at higher rates. I see a big struggle ahead for myself.

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I'm at my last 10 pounds to lose, but I keep cheating so I don't lost anything.



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I'm in the same boat as so many of you! My friends on SP are either already at a maintaining level or they are closer to the beginning of their journey. I have been letting myself cheat so much because I only have 5 more pounds to lose and I'm pretty happy where I am now. I feel so much better about my struggles after reading this! emoticon emoticon



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I am finally on my last 10 pounds..... I am 5'5" and weigh 145 just hoping the last 15 doesn't take to long! In the beginning, my loss was super slow but I am currently dropping about 1 pound a week now. In the beginning the loss was very sporadic which may have also been my type one diabetes....

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I totally agree with LOISELOISE. I'm 5'6" and when I was at 150-155lbs my body was, well, happy. I felt good, energetic, confident. At 155 my BMI is in the "overweight" range according to all the charts but I was a dress size 6/8... so I think I'm just one of those people that carries my weight well.

I'm 6 pounds away from getting back to 155 at present. Here's hoping that it's off by valentines day :)



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I've been in the last 15 - 20 range for a while now. Like others, there is some slipping and sliding going on. I can see that I eat mostly okay now, but that I still need a cattle prod to exercise. I'm just working on that. Oh, and I bought enough bras and underwear that fit. Yes I'll likely need new ones when I've lost another 15 lbs, but this way I'm comfortable now!



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I want to say this very carefully, and obviously everyone's experience is different, but sometimes it's worth it to really examine your goal. If you're 5-15 lbs. over your goal, but within your healthy range, even at the high end of it, it *could* be your body telling you that's the point your body likes best. I've found my body works best at around 150, which is something like 24% BMI for me. I've often put my "goal" at around 130-135, and while that's certainly not impossible- I've gotten there by basically starving myself at different points, it's harder on my body and really isn't as healthy overall for me, than being at 150. Again, ymmv, but it is important to listen to your body, not just the scale.

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Hi, I'm new to this discussion group. I am in the 70's group since I am over that.( LOL) But I find they are all near or at their weight, so thought this group may be better. I just posted on that site something new I'm going to try. (this past year on WW lost-gained it back) So now here I am at about 157 as of today. This summer I was 149-150. So see why I;m frustrated. My new plan-I just read this. At least to get the 8 lbs back off. Now with this new plan I still am going to track. Here it is- breakfast-my usual toast+ bowl of cereal with skim milk. Before the other 2 meals-at least 20 minutes before-eat this appetizer. 1 cup yogurt-1 glass of ice water-1 side salad with vinaigrette. That's it. My feeling on this is I won't want as much to eat. Although told calories don't count.(does not mean eat cake!) I need to go buy more yogurt.oh, low fat or fat free yogurt. I will let you know what happens Betty

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I've been stuck on the "last 20 lbs" for almost 2 years now! Oh my goodness, I can't believe I jsut typed that. The important thing is that I got out of the Obese BMI range and in to the Overweight BMI range and have maintained for about a year and a half. I'm really not sure how to get the last few pounds off, but I tell you what- if I keep trying, then it is still only 20 lbs that I need to lose. If I give up, I risk gaining back the weight I worked so hard to get off and keep off, and I risk the yo-yo effect. Just KEEP AT IT, no matter how long it takes.

That being said, I am trying to get back in to my routine following the "SparkDiet" plan. I am currently in my Fast Break weeks, so I am hoping that will help. You got this. =)

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I am new to Spark & haven't really posted anything yet, but was just browsing the boards. I loved your post. What a great paradigm shift. Thanks so much for writing that. I shared it with friends of mine as well.

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This is my first time posting, but the title caught my eye. I am working on the last 10 pounds myself and had someone say to me, well, how long have you had those last 10 pounds? For me I've had these 10 pounds for 10+ years. Realizing that I've had those pounds for that long made me understand that I can't expect to lose them in 2 months! Nor would I want to just to avoid "finding" them again. So, I'm more comfortable not seeing the scale go down weekly even though I'm working hard. I know I'm stronger, leaner and feel better. And I will keep working and eventually the measurements will show.

And thanks to SparkPeople for the Start Page, I log in several times a day and love the new layout! It's quick and easy to keep me motivated.



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The last five pounds seems impossible but I know I can do it so I am now trying to make some adjustments in the diet to see if that will help.

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Charity 1973 Thanks so much for your informative post.

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I have been stuch due to ill health, but I will do it!

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I make smaller goals that are more atainable to me. Like I need to lose 5 lbs. Do that and move forward. I stepped up my walking to add some jogging for more intensity. Also incorporate drinking water and eat my veggies and fruits with also nuts. Also get at least 8 hours of sleep .. that is so vital. The body needs to rest and recharge. Good luck.

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I had some ideas about how to feel good about where we are like , pretend you need to lose 20 lbs. instead of 5 , easy right ? but Carol F said it best , Look at the glass half full. great emoticon emoticon emoticon

I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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I've read this thread a few times now. I am also in this boat. It looks like my Christmas weight in 2013 will be the same as 2012. I might be 2-3lbs down but not 15lbs down as I had planned! And I have spent the year wondering why these pounds are so much harder than the first 30lbs which only took 4-5 months to lose.

But as I have read this thread I had this little 'ah ha' moment. There is an idea called 'structural dynamics' that explains the difficulty of achieving a goal the closer you get towards it. Because there is tension between where we are and where we want to be at the beginning of goal setting there is lots of momentum to propel us towards our goal. As we get closer and closer to our goal the momentum reduces. Partially because the tension is constantly being reduced by getting closer and closer to what we want (our goal) and because we create complaisantly.

Complaisance is generally because we create goals based on what we don't want as much as what we actual want. As we get closer to our goal the pressure of the 'undesirable' lessens. - Example: I want to be thin. I don't want my clothes to be tight. - As we get thinner our clothes fit looser and we feel we are achieving our goal. The pressure of fitting into our clothes is reduced. The loss of the pressure reduces the momentum. The goal isn't pursued with as much focus.

And the sad part of this structure is that it's not just losing the momentum to reach our goal, the tension gets stronger to revert to the old behaviour as the driving of the original tension (feeling yuck, tight clothes, ill health) cease to exist. Hence the return to old behaviour and eventual weight gain. And this is referred to as an 'oscillating structure'. Back and forth - unhappy, reach rock bottom, create goal to change these unpleasant feelings, make changes, feel better, get complaisant, slip back, return to original state. Rinse and repeat.

But there is hope for us all! The best way to break this cycle is to focus on what we want, not what we don't want. So I have reminded myself that I need to stop focusing on the 'muffin' of fat over my jeans and remind myself that I seek a healthy weight first and foremost. Not a specific weight or dress size. I want the benefits of a healthy body. I focus on better sleep, better digestion, more energy, faster running, longer running, enjoyment of foods that are healthy, the strength of more muscle tone, etc. And I try (when I remember) to not focus my goals on what I don't want. There is an expression that it's a goal eat goal world and this is what I aim to try to do. Create a goal, figure out how to achieve it, work to achieve it, achieve it, create another further goal and repeat.

For myself (and I see plenty of people who seem to be able to focus on what they want) I need to keep the focus on my desires, not my undesirables. That may seem obvious but it can be hard for me. I feel this is where I will get the momentum to keep losing from. Focusing on what I want and focusing on how losing a bit more weight/gaining muscle will help me achieve these things.

And I'm impressed with your running! You are really dedicated. I hope to keep my running up like you have.

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Many of us are in the same boat.

I weigh exactly, to the ounce, what I weighed a year ago. My doctor thought that was great, like it was some sort of Zen harmony thing. I thought it was horrible. I know I've gained muscle mass because my focus has been losing by sweating. I've been faithful about going to the gym, even though I only post to my tracker from time to time. I love to exercise because it feels great and makes my mood improve. But I now know that working out 7.5 hours a week isn't enough to lose the fat.

I went to a registered dietician for a consultation. She recommended that I eat fewer carbs and more lean protein. (Does this sound familiar?) More veggies; fewer fruits. More beans. More grilled fish. I have given up bread and flour to force myself to find ways around the carbs I crave. She also raised the ceiling on my caloric intake since I burn so many calories at the gym. It isn't easy to do any of this, but I have to admit that working out isn't enough to lose the weight.

I have to eat fewer calories. I'm on a DIET! I'll check back in a year and let you know if I've done enough. ;)

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I am 5 pounds to goal and have been adding strength training to tone and build muscle. I am concentrating on eating more protein and less carbohydrates (bread, sweets, pasta), to lose body fat.

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