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5/17/14 5:18 A

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I began eating right/tracking food Apr. 25th/26th. I started working out (cardio on treadmill 30min) Apr 28th/29th and started weight training May 5th (20/30 lbs.- 2/3 sets of 12-15 reps). I have lost NO weight and when I used a scale away from home, it read that I'd gained 2 lbs. I read the posts here and maybe the weight training is preventing it, but I'm not even seeing inches or loser fitting clothes. My stomach might have gone down a bit, it seems less bloated. I track my food here, and will post it if I can figure out how. I'm 42 and have always been dense/muscular even when I'm not fit. Any ideas? Beginning to get discouraged. Thanks ahead of time.

*** Ok, figured out how to share my food and fitness trackers****

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4/8/14 6:37 P

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Hi, age matters, if you're bellow 30 or up? I am now 30+ and it got really hard to lose a pound.



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The calorie burning meters on ellipticals and treadmills are not reliable. Additionally, water held in the muscles and 'in process' food in your digestive tract can cause your scale weight to fluctuate as much as 10 pounds from day to day (or even in the same day).

The best indicator that your are maintaining a negative energy balance is loss of inches around your waist. If you are not seeing that change, and you are already consistently and accurately tracking your food intake, then I suggest increasing the challenge and frequency of your strength training.

To build muscles and lean body mass, which will ultimately increase your bone, cognitive, and metabolic health, you need to keep the resistance fairly high and increase it as you get stronger. That means increasing the amount of weight you are lifting, or shifting from less challenging to more challenging bodyweight exercises. By doing this, you'll be able to spend less rather than more time 'exercising' and you will be building good primal motor patterns and mobility that will make everyday movement easier and more likely to happen.

As you gain mobility, you will find yourself more willing to move in general, and this added movement throughout the day will increase your energy needs (ie burn calories).

Also: if you are sitting to watch TV, try standing. If you stand while waiting in line, fidget a little bit (stretch, squeeze your butt, etc) and if you are going anywhere within reasonable walking distance, walk instead of driving there. Even if you're shopping for groceries: a good farmer's carry is a great way to build strength and increase your energy needs (ie burn calories).



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4/8/14 3:53 P

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KLSNIDER2 : It is quite possible to eat enough on the one cheat day to counterbalance the negative energy differential you've created on your "compliance" days. If you're truly tracking absolutely everything that you put in your mouth every day, you will be able to see if that is happening.

If it is, try having a cheat meal or even a small treat a couple times a week instead of doing a full cheat day, and see if that helps.



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4/8/14 12:15 P

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Im fairly new also. I am dealing with the exact same thing. Now from what I am understanding and through research, continue to do your exercise and activities a but eat to the upper calorie level. I am no expert by far but I lost 4 and gained 1. Study tells me that I am not eating enough so the body does fat storing mode. Im still learning.



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4/8/14 11:43 A

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I've been tracking my food and exercise for about a month - exercising about an hour a day (sometimes more) and eating within calories allotted (sometimes on the high side, sometimes on the low side of the range). I lost one pound, then gained it back. I haven't had a dessert in a month. I am definitely eating less, and healthier, and working out more. What gives?



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Hi, I'm new to Sparkpeople, just my second week. I lost 6 lbs. without even trying so I added in a little exercise, same dancing and a lot more activity. When I did my weekly weigh-in today I found that I gained 1 lb. back I feel great, less aches, and my clothes fit better than last week so I'm trying not to get discouraged. I'll try to change up my calories and take measurements so I know if I've at least lost inches but I'm open to any other suggestions you may have as well.

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3/7/14 3:57 P

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When this happened to me, I went to the top of my calorie range for a while (or even a little bit over) and the scale started moving down again.

What works to move you out of a plateau depends on what actually has got you 'stuck' there. What works for some may not work for others and what works for you NOW (or has worked in the past) may not work every time.



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1. Exercise more--and harder. 30 minutes here and there on the elliptical is not going to get you very far. I'm not a huge fan of the elliptical--it seems like it is mostly a waste of time for most people, most of the time. You would get a lot more out of jogging, dancing or lifting weights for the same amount of time.

2. Track everything...all of the time.

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Thank you! Needed to hear this this morning

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Smart thinking!



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Exercise is definitely important on your weight loss journey, but it is also important to remember that food is fuel for our bodies. I recently read a eye opening book, 'The 'Truth About Fat Burning Foods' from FatBurningFoodFacts dotcom that has really helped me to take some of the weight off - when exercise alone was not working. Good luck and stay motivated!

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10/13/13 1:33 A

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Yes. I'm hyperthyroid and have been gaining weight. Most people lose weight with this condition. But some people gain. Im one of the unlucky gainers. Even though I'm working with my doctor to balance thyroid it's very frustrating! It's a real condition and not our fault.

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10/12/13 10:48 A

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It´s about a month now that my weight goes up and down but never lower than what I had a month ago. Nothing has changed in my lifestyle, I am doing everything right. Some doctor told me I would have to lower my tyreoid hormones to really lose weight. Has anybody heard something like that?

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I've been at a plateau for a week or more now, also. I will continue doing what I'm doing because this is a 'life change' not just a diet.
It will work......
If I need to stay at the bottom 1200 calories I will figure it out.



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I have been at this for a looong time, and I've noticed a pattern. Often for about 3 weeks or so when I'm doing all the right things, I will lose at a reasonable rate. Then, no matter if I'm doing all the right things or not, for a few weeks nothing seems to happen, or worse, I go up a few pounds. But during that time, I will notice changes in my body and I'll also suddenly get more compliments on my progress. Then I'll repeat that cycle. I think our bodies just need some time to adjust to what we're doing. They key is not giving up. Changing things up can help, but isn't guaranteed. You can add new workouts, change up intensity, change up the calorie distribution, etc.. And it's true that it's possible to not be eating enough for your activity level. Try increasing your daily calorie intake by 100 calories for a few weeks and see what happens.



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yikes that sounds frustrating. Just keep at it!



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Slow and to go. I started Spark People about a month ago. I was only walking 10 minutes a day. I was loosing about a pound a week until I got on the scale this morning. My wife and I joined the gym this week. I been working hard the past few days lifting, treadmill, and the elliptical. Doing circuit training got on the scale and Wow 5 lbs. heavier since I started this workout. Can you gain 5 lbs. of muscle in 4 days? Otherwise I been following spark people change of life type program. I call it. Anyhow I'm afraid to gain any more weight. So I dropped 12lbs. and gained back 5 lbs since I increased exercise. Is this typical? Otherwise all I know is to continue and not get discouraged over set backs. Weight set-back. So I got my Spark People Tracker yesterday, and amazed on it's accuracy, takes the guess work out.



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10/9/13 7:30 A

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I am going through the same thing. After reading all of these great post, I will continue to follow routine to see the end results.



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6 months of 1200-1500 calories on Spark people and I didn't lose a pound despite "doing everything right". So I got tired of it and consulted a medical weight clinic and lost some weight. I plan to continue using spark to maintain, but it sure didn't help me lose anything. 1200 calories is about right for me to maintain. Not that I recommend my approach to anyone; I know it is a volatile subject but because of my back pain, I couldn't just wait around for the weight to never come off.



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Don't let others give you the idea your failing because your not losing weight like them!!! Not only could you be replacing fat with muscle like others have said which might be why your not budging, there are a few medical reasons as well as to why you might not budge. You could have diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or thyroid problems as well for example. You could keep crazy accurate records for a long period (a couple weeks at least) of time and take them to your doctor if your not gaining muscle (you can measure body parts to see if muscle is gaining or fat is coming off). If you aren't completely accurate the doctor WILL NOT take you seriously and get into checking for real reasons you aren't losing weight. I have EXTREME trouble losing weight through exercise. In fact, I used to just gain weight and fat when I exercised. The reason is the moment I engage in any exercise for a period of time it raises my heart rate for a few minutes I trigger a diabetic sugar low which requires me to eat. If I don't eat my body goes into convulsions and steals energy from my muscles by breaking them down. This means I burn less calories and get fat easier. On the other hand if I have a sugary snack to prevent muscle break down I tend to have more calories than I burn. The way I've learned to prevent all this is stick with low impact exercise. Which basicly means I never let my heart rate get that elevated to cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). I can do mild exercise like walking or low impact aerobics without triggering a low everytime. I can also keep myself busy around the house doing housework etc... and staying off the couch which is what really hurts calorie burn. It's amazing how many more calories one burns just folding laundry and doing dishes compared to laying on the couch and watching tv. But I'd never have found all this out if I hadn't told my doctor about getting shaky during exercise and had such good charts to watch my decline in health rather than the improvement I should have gotten. Even then she had trouble taking me seriously till my blood work came in. My kidney function, liver function, and ac1h scores were all bad. Which were common markers of a diabetic.

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DOCKER09,

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. it really could take 6-8 wekks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

I can assure you that if you do your best to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise, with time, you will definitely see results.

Be patient with yourself and yourself.



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Hello, I think I'm doing every thing right, but this week I'm deciding to track my food. I'm at 224 for about two weeks now . I had the same problem when I was 227. I was also kinda sad to today after I saw the number . emoticon



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sandra...you are doing everything right. dont stop. you are building muscle as you work out and muscle is heavier than fat. are your clothes getting looser? have you taken measurments to see if you are losing inches instead of pounds? dont let the scale me your judge and jury!
keep it up!

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Grrr. this is exactly the place I'm in. Starting 5k101 in Feb. Ran a 5k in April. Since I was not losing weight with that I decided to change it up and start tracking my food on SP. My current exercise routine is Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred and a 2.75 mile walk (with hills) every day. I'm eating about 1500 cal per day, exercising about 75 minutes and expected to start losing at least a pound a week doing that. It's been 2 weeks and my weigh in today was disappointing. I enjoying being fit and strong, but sure would like to get back to my usual weight. I'm at 155 now and normal for me is around 143. Or maybe this is the new normal, but at 5'4", I and my doc, think it's a little heavy. Age: 53

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Paula...thanks so much for the words of encouragement! i was in range yesterday and have already started tracking today so woohoo!!!

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Welcome back and don't give up! You can do it!

Hey-We all need help!


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your before and after pics are awesome! keep it up!

Wendi L. Yates

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Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.”

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hello everyone...i am back on sp. i have tried everything in the past and sp seems to work the best as long as i keep up with it. I lost 30 pounds before...gain back 20...sigh but i am ready to start again.

WHOS WITH ME????

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Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.”

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Sheila,

There's a team called "The Fast Diet." You might want to take a look at what's going on there. Seems to bring success to those who have been "stuck" in a plateau.

Best wishes for a happy journey!
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I'm in the same boat. While I figure that eating right and exercising is good for me regardless of my size, it is frustrating to see no results, or worse, slow weight gain. I'm doing the South Beach diet again, just to give my metabolism a kick and get it going. The first two weeks are pretty extreme low carb, but I lost a couple pounds and I'm feeling good. May not work for everybody but it works for me. The same principle applies to switching up your exercise. The body is amazing in adapting to a routine, keep it guessing :)

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@EJJ277 - I did take a peek at your trackers and I noticed 2 things;
1. You skip a lot of meals - a lot. It is one thing to eat low calories, but another to skip 1 and 2 meals daily. Your body needs some balance and you need to feed it if you want it to work for you.
2. I am seeing that your fitness tends to be activities like cleaning house. The calories burned counters for those tend to be inflated and also it's really not the same as doing cardio or strength training. I am not, at all, discounting housework as I had a housekeeping business for 20 years and I know how physical it is. What I am saying is that, while it does burn some calories, it is probably not going to help you achieve your goal.

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i am in the same boat i workout 4 to 5 days a week and I see no results do i need more food do i nee to eat less food please can someone help me and how do i join this group thank you



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WE ARE NOT ALONE! Many folks on the SP teams I'm on share these very same problems - not losing. Plateaus are everywhere.

I do MOST of the right stuff - eat right, measure food, stay within caloric limits, etc. Exercise is difficult for me due to rheumatoid arthritis, but I make a bit of an effort. I think my problems are directly related to my meds. I've read a couple of very interesting books about inability to lose weight recently, but it really helps to hear from others who are experiencing these same problems right here on SP.

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All: Please join the group "I don't add up." Here is a link:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=60121

I'm extremely frustrated that I cannot lose weight easily. I wish it was as simple as eat less, move more for me.

I'm on a journey to discover what it is that is not allowing my body to release weight. Despite adversity, I want to persevere and overcome whatever "it" is that is holding me back from being the best version of myself.

I know I'm not the only one out there who struggles the way I do. I hope people on Spark find this group with a sigh of relief and say, "Finally. Someone like me!"

This is a welcoming environment where people share their stories, their struggles, and their successes. We are not here to judge how you figure it out. We're only here to hold your hand through your process.

Best wishes, everyone.

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I'm going through the same thing!



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Thanks, Tiny, for your inspiration! It's important to know that others out there have similar challenges. Wow, those are HUGE meds. If your meds and my meds got into a fight, mine meds would turn tail and scram! emoticon

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Fantastic advice, Archimedesll- those will be my next steps: eat more fruits and veggies, and I'm going to buy a food scale. AND go back and remeasure those portions. It's funny, I'm a vegetarian so naturally some people might assume I munch on apples and carrots all day, but that is truly not the case! I have found many more foods I like better than apples and carrots.. ;)

Any special veg dishes you like, in particular?

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SAMMIECHAN,

You don't have your food diary posted, so I don't know what you've been eating or how much. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food. QUALITY of the food you eat has a huge impact not only on your health, but your waistline too.

If I were to go back in time and give myself one piece of advice that would help me lose weight, it would be to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. If you want to start with one simple change, start there. Eating more veggies really can help you to lose.

Also, I know this is going to sound strange, but you might not be eating enough. Eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. When a person drastically cuts their calories, it forces their body to conserve fat, not release fat. If you want to release fat, you need to eat. And that goes back to eating right as best you can.

So, my advice ? Start by increasing the number of servings of fresh fruit and veggies you're eating. And how do you know your portion sizes ? Are you measuring your food ? If not, you might get a food scale. If Americans suffer from anything, they suffer from portion distortion. I know that was a problem I had when I was over weight. I had no idea I was eating over sized portions. Do make sure your portions aren't bigger than you think. I use the rule of palm. a serving of meat is roughly the size of your palm. a serving of rice or pasta is roughly the size of your first.




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SAMMIECHAN, you've come to the right place! The support of other SparkPeople members is fantastic and very uplifting. I understand some of your problems as I am also short (5'0"), an "emotional eater" and I have an autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis) for which I take some REALLY HUGE medications (chemo and biologics) - so I know your struggle.

Please hang out on Sparks and you will find lots of answers to lots of your questions.

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I'm glad I found this blog as I'm not alone! I gained about 80
pounds on my pear-shaped 5'2" frame in the last two years due to a bad break-up (can you say emotional eater); a new diagnosis of knee pain that saw me go from a very active hiker/biker/tennis player, etc. to a slow walker; AND being put on a new psych drug who's main side effect is weight gain. Oh, and I take MEDS for low thyroid, and I'm peri menopausal.

Really I went from the best shape of my life to the worst in two years!!!
I am now 205 lbs.

I have not lost ANY weight.

So for many months, I've been going to water aerobics, swimming laps, and weight training. I've tried to keep the calories to 1500. Any less and I rebel.

I tear up, feel sorry for myself for a while, then rally my resources to continue to figure this out.

Any ideas?

Thanks to all who post here; someone understands my frustration. ~ Sammie

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5/3/13 6:05 P

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All-

I've decided to start a Spark Team: "We Don't Add Up"

It's for Sparkers who struggle losing weight with the traditional calories in, calories out approach.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=60121

Please join and share your stories!

"The unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates


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5/3/13 5:53 P

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Hi Mindy,

Unfortunately, no. I'm still on the hunt for a solution. I'm working with a doctor who specializes in women's weight management. She has helped many women who have metabolic disorders. I just happen to be the one patient for whom she can't quite crack the case.

Her most recent theory is insulin resistance. I just started taking Metformin yesterday. Fingers are crossed it works. There is another Sparker out there who is similar to us. She unfortunately did not have success with Metformin.

Don't get discouraged when people (with the kindest of intentions) say, "Drink more water." "Eat less and move more." "Get enough sleep." "Don't stress." They don't know better- they're not endocrinologists. They're just people who can only offer advice based on what they know worked for them.

Let me tell you- I drink 8+ glasses of water a day. My calorie deficit is right on point according to what my doctor has recommended. I sleep a solid 8 hours every night no exception. I'm not stressed- this was confirmed with the testing of my cortisol levels- spot on normal.

I really have tried everything under the sun. Two things have worked for me in the past- starvation and hCG (which is another quasi form of starvation). Can I do those things again? Yes. Will I? Not yet. I want to actually treat the problem instead of putting a band aid on it temporarily.

There are real people on this website who suffer from legitimate physiological disorders that can't be explained away with diet and exercise. Know that it's ok if you're one of them. Know that there are others out there like you.

I'll keep you updated on my journey.

Trust me, I'm a type-A control freak who is data crazed. I track everything diligently. I research obsessively (I'm a lawyer- if you couldn't tell by my determined demeanor).

Sparkpeople is a great place for many reasons. Unfortunately, you have to keep your head up and not let the "calories in calories out" argument get to you. It's the human body! It's incredibly complex.

Best of luck to you :)

Edited by: WANDERLUSTROUS at: 5/3/2013 (17:55)
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5/3/13 5:22 P

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I think i have the same problem, did you ever figure out how to fix it?

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From the post replies I read, I didn't see the suggestion "Drink more water". I had the same problem as you when I started out, and it was as simple as adding a few more glasses to my day. I suggest putting an alarm on your e-mail (if you work during the day) or on your cell phone to remind you to drink a glass of a water once an hour. If you are working out, you'll require more than the traditional 8 - 8 oz. glasses a day. Good luck :)



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2/18/13 8:29 P

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I have been going through much of the same for years. I would do everything right, finally give up, gain the weight back and start all over after 6 months or so.

The cycle is frustrating. My husband noticed most of the things I would eat were in moderation, healthy, and I'm not a soda or a tea drinker. I don't smoke, and hardly have a glass of wine.
I went to my gynecologist and found out I have two fairly large cysts. Which may have hindered the weight loss, not to mention birth control pills.

So, I think that watching your calories does not necessarily mean it will work for you.
Now I need to make an appointment to figure out what's the next step for me.



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What do you do when you are doing the right things and I only weight once a week and I didn't move an inch this last week. What do I do to change things? emoticon

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Want to recognize and encourage each of you for your very open and honest chat, on a subject that is difficult and frustrating. The human body is not made from a cookie-cutter pattern. Just as each person's DNA is different, so too, will be the way a particular body reacts to food changes and exercise changes. Praying revelation and success for you!

My strength is in the LORD, Maker of Heaven and Earth.

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Up until a month ago I could not get under 156 lbs (the weight I was when I hit puberty). I would eat the right things, drink enoughtoo water, exercise and I was even breastfeeding! For the last week I've stopped exercising and started The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas. I post about it daily on my blog tale-of-persistence.blogspot.com. The Plan is all about an individuals personal reaction to food, something that makes u gain weight may make me lose. Eight days, 4.4lbs are gone...ones that would never go unless I was starving or seriously ill! My headaches, insomnia moodand swings and pms symptoms have dissappeared! I'm hoping to see great results by the end of this and have an arsenal of foods and food combinations that I can eat and know that I will lose weight. I'm keeping the blog so that people can see it a day today Real recap of what goes on in this plan and if it's something that they can afford and can handle physically mentally and nutritionally.

We all have a mental picture of our ideal selves. If you are not a step closer to that picture by the time you go to sleep, you have wasted a day.

Stay motivated and continue the journey to your ideal self!

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Ditto, WANDERLUSTROUS!! emoticon emoticon Very well-said!

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Hi guys,

Whoever says this boils down to calories in and calories out is closed minded. This is the human body. It's not a simple calculation for everyone.

My entire life (and for the past 5 years more aggressively), I've battled with trying to understand my body. I've tried SparkPeople (and a host of other resources), dietitians, specialists (endocrinologists, gynecologists, etc), personal trainers, packaged weight-loss plans (Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Seattle Sutton), workout videos (Insanity, P90X, now TapOut), non-traditionalists (acupunture, chiropractors) you name it. Doctors are baffled. These professionals may not even believe me. Yada yada yada.

I've lost weight twice in my life- once, starving myself (stupid), and once doing the hCG diet (also stupid).

I had a good cry last night because within the last months of 2012, I gained half of my body weight! That's 60 pounds on a 5'2 frame. Insane, right?

My husband is in medical school, and he monitors all the food we eat. He's completed frustrated with my body. He finally reached out to a professor of his, who recommended, get this--- a low carb diet (focusing on understanding insulin resistance and carb sensitivity). That's right, people. A medical doctor who teaches medical students made this recommendation.

He recommended I read a book, "Why We Get Fat, and What We Can Do About It." I ordered it, and will read it when it arrives tomorrow (probably in one sitting). This professor also recommended seeing a colleague of his (a gynecologist who specializes in female weight management).

I also have an appointment to see a bariatric doctor (not for the surgery, but for the tests run to determine underlying conditions) and a bioidentical hormone doctor.

My point- calories in and calories out is not an equation that works for everyone. Be kind and empathetic to those around you who struggle with weight loss. Don't suggest measuring food to them (they do it). Don't suggest getting up and moving more often to them (they do it). Just offer caring words of encouragement.

Best of luck to all of those Sparkers out there who struggle with understanding why their body won't release the weight. Just know, you're not alone!

"The unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates


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