i track my deficits just so i don't get discouraged and stop my healthy habits! this is the longest plateau i've had but i've built up an almost 6 lb deficit that is yet to show on the scale (but i know it will... eventually!) so i don't reset my goals if i don't see the loss i targeted!
keep it up and you'll get there!
Current goal: -8 pounds (32 total) by October
Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!
First of all, congratulations on making and staying committed to your lifestyle changes! Slow and steady will win this race. I've watched my sister lose weight steadily and then hit a plateau.When she hit it and the number on the scale just wouldn't seem to budge for her, she did something I found interesting. She started to track the things that she could, like how far she walked that day, how many laps around the track she could walk before getting tired, how many times she ate a complete breakfast. She set additional goals that she could track while her body decided what it wanted to do about losing more weight. In the meantime, she also continued to reward herself for achieving her additional goals. It might be an idea to still reward yourself for what you are achieving in other areas (because you deserve it!) and tweak the weight loss goals.
One last thing. My cardio instructor at my gym, who has trained a ton of people over the years, was showing us before and after pictures of some of his personal training clients (with their permission of course). He was telling us that men will "drop weight like crazy" however, with women, the number on the scale stays about the same but women "shrink right down." They lose inches faster than weight! I wish everyone had a trainer like him to talk to. :)
Yes, you can make it IF YOU DON'T CHEAT. If the scale doesn't move just stay on your food plan anyway. A quart of water weighs TWO POUNDS, so it is easy to retain fluid. Just stay on your food plan and don't quit or start eating a lot of junk food.
The way I see it.... if you set a goal of 2 pounds per week.... there are factors in there that you can NOT control. Water retention due to hormones, for example. That water weight isn't fat, and it WILL go away. But it can look like you haven't lost any weight... or even gained a little weight, on the scale. Losing weight isn't an exact science. It's not like, well if I do this and this and this, I'll lose 2 pounds a week, every week. Some weeks you might lose 2. Some, you might lose 1 or just a 1/2. And then the week after that, 2-1/2 all at one go. One memorable week (for me) I did everything "right" and lost a whopping 1/10 pound.
That's when I decided to set goals such as, stick to my calorie range. Track all my food, weigh and measure my portions. Exercise x number of minutes so many times a week. I don't think it's a bad idea to have an idea of how much weight you want to lose by a certain date.... but it's not going to be a straight-ahead, same amount of progress every week, type thing.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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Practical thinking in my opinion allows some flexibility, in the situation you describe, it would seem that making a goal of 1 - 2 pounds per week would be more practical. In my experience I did lose 2 pounds some weeks, 1 pound some weeks and some weeks nothing. The important thing is that you are making changes in your lifestyle that include nutrient rich food choices in proper proportions and focus on ingraining those improved choices to serve you in the long run. It would be great if doing all the recommended options guaranteed a specific results but we are all unique and have metabolisms and other factors that need to be allowed for in this process. Of course you do not throw out your goals completely but tweaking them to match the trends you see does makes some sense. If you reach your goal a month later than you had set as a goal, you are still successful. Stay strong!
Edited by: REBCCA at: 11/15/2013 (19:04)
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How long have you been doing this? I have been on the healthy streak for years. My weight fluctuates constantly. sometimes there is a gain, sometimes a loss, however i have more losses than gains. I never felt right putting a number of pounds I would lose as long as I was down at the end of the month even if only one pound.
Even if you have been at this quite a while, you need to give your body time. I don't focus on weightloss and haven't in the last two years or so. I focus on my BIG WHY. There is so much more involved in that then just what the scale or measuring tape says.
If you throw out your goals because you are not making them, then I am afraid that you will not succeed. Maybe you need to realign them.
For some reason, I don't believe the scales are going to change this week. I am trying and doing everything right, but I just don't see it happening. In that case, do you throw out all of your goals? My first goal is set for 2 lbs a week, to reach a certain number by December 25th.But if your off just one week, is it possible to make it up?
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