SparkPeople Plateau Busters!!!!!!!!!!! Team Messageboard Help!!!!! For those who are at immovable plateaus, WE SHALL OVERCOME!!! SparkPeople Plateau Busters!!!!!!!!!!! Team Messageboard Eat more? I lost 60 lbs in 2010-2011, and maintained that loss fairly well for the first 3 years. Then, in 2014, I had to go on steroids twice for my MS (multiple sclerosis) and I gained 7 lbs each time. <BR> <BR> I wasn't successful at taking it off until now; I'm just beginning to take it off again. It's coming off slowly. I lost 3.5 lbs in the past 5 weeks. Last week, I lost nothing -- even gained a couple back even though I was doing everything the same. <BR> <BR> So, for two days, I ate a li... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:12:54 EST Some humor for today: <BR> I read this on the internet -- <BR> "Their love burned with the intensity of a urinary tract infection." Fri, 15 May 2015 16:06:28 EST New and Stuck. Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Krys and i've been stuck for two weeks now. After the first week without a loss I redoubled my efforts and increased my exercise minutes. Physically, I can not push myself any harder, yet I didn't see a loss this week either. I can't shake the feeling I must be missing some key element, i'm here to either figure out what that might be or find that there is nothing I can do about it so I can stop being as annoyed. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:28:42 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 55 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I am currently doing three official SP challenges. <BR> <BR> SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge (in week THREE), SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge (in week THREE), SP <BR> Official Stress Busting Challenge (in week ONE), and SP Official Better Sleep Challenge (in week ONE) <BR> <BR> Here are the changes I have made so far: <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:22:32 EST Nobody has posted in awhile, hope I'm not alone I have hit a weird plateau. I have lost right about 100 pounds. At 5'7", and 128-133, I am technically at my "ideal" weight. And I am happy to have come this far. I seriously am. However, my body seems to have a twisted sense of humor(must have gotten it from me, ha!). While my upper body is scrawny(I am talking my ribs show), my thighs(just my thighs, I have a pancake booty) are huge. Like really big, make me have to buy jeans several sizes larger than my waist because my thighs won't ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:58:24 EST Approaching Holidays I know; I know. We don't want to hear that WalMart will be putting out Christmas decorations anytime soon, but, we all know that is likely! <BR> <em>446</em> <BR> If you are currently in a plateau now, take some time to read our Stickies and experiment with ways to bust that plateau, so you'll be able to go into the holiday season with a few less pounds, and some motivation to maintain weight, rather than gain weight, during the Thanksgiving through New Year's time when so many of us ten... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:50:29 EST How is your weight loss going? Just checking. It is not unusual to experience occasional plateaus. I tend to define a plateau as lasting 6 weeks or longer. It is also not unusual to just experience what I call "stalls", that are shorter in duration. Stalls just seemed to be a regular part of my weight loss cycle. I just tried to look at them as "the time before my next weight loss". <BR> <BR> ~ Faith Fri, 5 Jul 2013 11:44:11 EST Hi- is anyone still out here? I foudn this team when i was looking for a group that deals with platau-ing or half way to goal weight... I have lost and kept off about 60 lbs (10 of them recently) and plateaued right away... Trying to focus on the positives but would like to get going. <BR> <BR> I'm starting some calorie cycling and hope to have good things to report!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm Tara, by the way! Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:26:01 EST Hi Ravishing72 It looks like we have a new leader. Welcome! I'm your co-leader. Hope that's OK. <BR> <BR> This has usually been a fairly inactive team. Seems like people join for a little while, as they are attempting to get out of a plateau. Then, they kinda disappear after that's been achieved. <BR> <BR> ~ Faith Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:09:29 EST calorie counting we need to count our calories all day everyday.also our drinks,which some call empty calories.if you don't you will be doing yourself in.because you are not eating those calories,you think you have them to spare and you don' please count and include all of your calories. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:57:55 EST Excited about joining you! New to all of this but can't help being excited! Look forward to reaching new goals, meeting new friends and taking my body to the next level! Wed, 4 Jul 2012 16:10:22 EST Plyometrics I must confess that, due to disability (mostly stamina and fatigue) issues, I am not an exerciser. <BR> <BR> However, for those of you who are, this article recommends plyometrics as a way to bust plateaus: <BR> <link><BR>htloss-workout-1?cm_mmc=Newsletter-_-7<BR>45020-_-12012011-_-ReadMore </link> <BR> <BR> ~ Faith Thu, 1 Dec 2011 16:15:33 EST Frustrated and seeking commiseration Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I just posted a long blog about my current month-plus plateau, so I won't make it so long here. I'm just hoping to find some people who have been at this point and have found a way through it. <BR> <BR> Just this week I've decided to lay off a bit on my exercise and increase my calories for a week to see if the scale changes at all, up OR down at this point, I just want to see a change, see that what I do actually has an affect! <BR> <BR> I just feel like I've been ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 21:18:25 EST hello! My name is Nicole, I am a mom of two very active boys (4 yo, & 2 yo). I work as a part time teacher, and since I am home this summer I have been trying to get my lifestyle back on plan for my fitness and nutrition goals. <BR> <BR> Goal #1: Get back down to high school weight <BR> <BR> I was a successful weight watchers participant, getting back down to my high school weight before my second kiddo. I joined SP to keep me accountable for calories (still getting away from points!) and to los... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:52:28 EST Newbie and a bit depressed :( SO...i used to do weight watchers and lost 15 pounds, i recently put 10 back on and am now 15 pounds away from my goal weight. i am having so much trouble staying motivated and staying with an exercise program. the things that seemed to work on WW aren't as effective for some reason and i'm at a loss. any ideas? does anyone want a weight loss/ workout buddy?? <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:55:56 EST "Change It Up": thread moved. Thread moved to:<BR>ssageboard_thread.asp?board=24877x1157<BR>8x50919710 <BR> <BR> ~ Faith Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:04:28 EST If you post, ... This is often a fairly silent thread. But, if you post, I'll reply. Best wishes in breaking your plateau. <BR> <BR> ~ Faith Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:49:34 EST New to the team Hello to a new team <BR> I have been stuck with the same or nearly the same weight for a while now. I need to talk to people who are battling the same issue. I think I need new routines and challenges to get me going again and this team might be it. <BR> Margo Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:33:05 EST Hi. I'm Faith. I'm not currently in a plateau. But, wow. They seem to happen fairly often, and I'd love ideas to break them, when they do occur. <BR> <BR> Here's a question regarding plateaus: <BR> <BR> Is there a "norm" for how frequently weight loss plateaus occur? <BR> <BR> I seem to have one about once a month. In the past, they last anywhere from 1-3 weeks. <BR> - The good part is that, following a plateau, I seem to lose weight a little more quickly, initially. <BR> - The bad part is that, I ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 14:03:24 EST Hi I'm new and am going to bust this plateau! I've lost inches but not a lot of weight in the last year and 1/2 I need some ideas to get to my goal weight. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 21:28:48 EST Newbie!!! So okay...I'm new here! Hoping to get lots of info to really help me break through!! I've been at this plateau/maintain for oh...EVER!!! Seriously, this is where I get stuck every time!!! Been here for a couple of months. <BR> <BR> I honestly DO know that I'm still sitting here because I'm not eating the way I need to to lose weight. I'm where I need to maintain. I need to drop my calories/portions and MOVE more!!! <BR> <BR> Now, is there someone here that can help kick my butt in... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:08:40 EST New to team and ready to break on through! Hello everyone.My name is Terri and I am new on this team. I am having a hard time getting out of 170ville. I seem to keep gaining and losing the same three pounds over and over. I am not even excited when I see the scale drop to 169 anymore. I can't wait to learn a few things from this team and BUST THIS PLATEAU!!!! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:56:24 EST Just Joined Hi everyone! I've been on a plateau for several weeks (gaaa!) and figured there must be a team for plateau busters - and here it is! I recently moved from coastal N.C. to Reno, NV, and figured the walking the hills instead of the flat beaches would shake me loose, but so far not so much. I've been reading the suggestions here and so for the past 2 days I've been... <BR> - walking twice a day, morning & evening, up & down some pretty good hills <BR> - riding my bike about half and hour <BR> - ... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 23:46:20 EST new hi i'm seeanume good to be here Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:32:18 EST How did you break through your plateau? Share your tips and tricks here! Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:10:33 EST Hello, I'm Carol I have been here since December and plateau is a mild way of saying I haven't lost nearly any weight, just a few pounds. My lifestyle dictates eating out a lot, even though I choose wisely. When I stumbled onto IWANNASHRINK's post about eaitng 2000 calories a day and finally losing, <em>189</em> went off. Maybe this is for me. My body needs more than 1200 to 1500 calories, thus not being able to stick to that amount. THat has always been a problem for me. I felt like I could never eat... Fri, 21 May 2010 09:22:54 EST Hello, I'm Lauren! :D Hello, I'm Lauren. I'm 22 years old and I joined SP on March 9th of this year. I also quit smoking on February 15th. Up until I joined SP, I had continually gained weight (at an astonishing rate of 20 pounds a year) for the past 4 years. I overate to the point that I was wayyy too full and drank way too much alcohol (I was in college). After realizing how my weight was getting in my way of living life, I finally decided it was time to do something about it. I have given SP my all (most weeks ... Mon, 10 May 2010 16:43:12 EST Hi my name Hi my name is Gina and I new to Plateau Busters but have been on a plateau for about a year now! I am hoping to bust through it soon! Sun, 25 Apr 2010 17:05:48 EST 30 Day Shred Has anyone done this exercise video by Jillian Michaels called the 30 Day Shred? I just bought it and wondered if anyone had any success with it, what did you think of it? <BR> Thanks <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 7 Mar 2010 08:09:58 EST Copyrighted Material I know the team hasn't posted anything in the discussions lately that has been copyrighted. Just to pass this on in case we see an article in the future it may be wiser to post a link. <BR> <BR> Thank you all. <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have been contacting us, asking that their work be removed, or properly cited, or in some instances they want to be paid for the fact that... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 20:30:53 EST Help! Need some answers about carbs!!! Hi everyone. <BR> I have hit the dreaded plateau! I am about 12 pounds away from my goal, and I really want to lose the rest! <BR> i have been reading a book called Breaking the Code, basically about eliminating most carbs for about a week to make your body eat up your fat stores, instead of the glycogen in your muscles. After that week (in which you eat only 20 grams of carbs or under, per day) You start eating the carbs again, somedays you load carbs (eat alot) and other days you limit carb... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 22:15:13 EST Hi! Hi, I am so glad that I found this team! I have been on a plateau for so long! I'm battling with the last 10 lbs! It's so frustrating! But I am determined to lose this weight! <BR> <BR> Hannah Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:15:28 EST 2 week challenge There are a few of us here now so let's have a challenge. <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> Everyday for the next 2 weeks check-in here at the end of the day and rate yourself. Everyone fitness and diet goals are different. So, set goals for yourself and on a scale of 1-10 rate how you did for that day. <BR> <BR> Diet - did I follow my plan for the day? If it was a cheat day did I eat more than I wanted in 'cheat' calories? <BR> <BR> 10 - I ate exactly what I wanted and the calorie breakdown was... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 21:25:42 EST A few ideas 1. Cardio twice a day. 40-60 minutes. <BR> Mix up your cardio so that you don't over work your muscles. <BR> Be sure to lift three times a week. <BR> <BR> 2. Calorie rolling. For two days eat 200 calories less than what you should. Then the third day eat the normal amount of calories. <BR> Be sure to never eat below your BMR. If you run a search for BMR calculator you can get an average bmr for you age and activity level. Eat every 3-4 hours. <BR> Create a calorie defect with exercise. ... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 20:13:11 EST Frustrated!!! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I cannot get off of this platuea!! I've been stuck on it for over a year. I have gained weight and then lost weight and always seem to be stuck on at this weight. I would like to lose 75 more pounds, I have lost 30 on my own so far but it's taken 3 years. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Angiedw <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 18:06:14 EST Newbie with a question... For the past 2 weeks, I've been busting my butt at the gym; watching my calories; and I'm gaining weight? Could it be the fitness routine that I've added that could make me gain weight? Like muscle maybe? Or is this just a plateau? WHAT DO I DO? I'm so discouraged... <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 14:50:04 EST New Member, Longtime Inhabitant of Plateau My serious weight loss journey began two years ago, in an effort to look nice at my son's wedding. <BR> <BR> Guess what? After all my efforts, I managed to lose just 12 pounds - in two years!!! - and the wedding is in 7 weeks. Gee, only 78 pounds to go. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> At least on the Spark I feel as though I can do this for better health and fitness, and not feel like a total jerk for not losing the weight. I spent most of the two years on another (paid) site, so what I ... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 06:31:32 EST Muscle Mass and Weight Loss I am wondering if anyone has any advice on the ratio of muscle gain to weight loss? I have been very active in the gym and watching my diet and am not seeing the drastic losses that I would expect with the effort that I am doing. <BR> <BR> 1) I am in the gym 3-4 times a week for 60 minutes each time and also doing cardio at home. <BR> <BR> 2) I am keeping my calories to less than 2200 a day (often only 1900-2000). <BR> <BR> Yet. I can not seem to break the 200 barrier. I dropped 15 righ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 01:27:41 EST plateau long time busted, i keep losing weight ladies, i am hear to proclaim that not only can you bust through your plateau, you can keep losing...the last time i weighed myself was 36 days ago...i was so happy to see i weighed 121lbs after being at 124lbs for what seemed like 3 months.....a big victory... <BR> <BR> now 36 days later, i weigh 119 i thought i was overeating at some moments (like all last week when PMS 'owned' only did i bust through the plateau, i am still losing... <BR> <BR> what's wor... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 16:52:59 EST I finally broke it! After almost 3 months! I broke the plateau! I have been sitting at 60.3-61kg for the past 2 1/2 months - i have just got down to my first goal of 60kg!. This is what i did: <BR> <BR> 1. Added back strength training 2-3x a week <BR> 2. Upped my protein to within what spark recommends <BR> 3. Eating more fruit <BR> 4. Eating different things <BR> 5. Upped my calories - I calculated my BMR and at rest while not moving at all i burn 1430 calories, then with walking and running errands and every day things, i burn 1700... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 16:30:48 EST Weight vs. Measurements When considering the weight that refuses to come off, do you look for measurement changes? If your measurements change, is this a sign that the plateau will break? Fri, 9 Oct 2009 15:03:33 EST finally, a break through..... i was just reading melinda's posts about her frustrations with doing all the right things, and not losing weight....i briefly commented on her spark page, but i wanted to share this with you ladies because i think i might have busted through my 124lbs plateau.... <BR> <BR> i just went 34 days with NO SCALE...i was getting to the point where i was getting on everyday, and i allowed every reading to ruin my day....and it was not even that i was gaining weight, rather i was maintaining 124lbs f... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 13:25:13 EST Still on the plateau... This has been going on since August, and it's really getting on my nerves! I haven't been able to drop weight. <BR> <BR> I run every other day, I lift every other day, do Pilates once or twice a week, and walk on days when I'm not running. I get one day off a week. <BR> <BR> I did do twice daily cardio for awhile, with morning and evening runs. My body refused to budge an ounce. I did it for a couple of weeks, burned out, and upped my calories. Then when I stopped being so demanding on my... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:09:04 EST Hopping off that Plateau! Hi, I'm new from Ohio. <BR> <BR> My ticket actually went the WRONG direction. I got a new scale, and I'm going with the new scale's weight from now on. Even so, the old scale registered a gain for this month. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> The people on one of the main forums told me to switch up my exercise, be better with my diet, and keep my sodium down, all of which I've done to try to break the plateau. <BR> <BR> I did lose an inch in the waist, but my other measurements remain the same. ... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:00:46 EST Not losing weight even with a 3500 calorie deficit I have had a 3500 calorie deficit every week with calorie cycling for the past 4 weeks and have only lost maybe .5lb if that. How is this possible? Shouldnt i have lost at least 2lbs? <BR> <BR> I have an HRM and track everything i eat so why havent i lost weight? Sat, 26 Sep 2009 04:51:10 EST Not giving up Hi, <BR> I'm not giving up. Still the same weight. I did beat my pr on my last half marathon. I ran it in under 2 hours. 1:58:45. A 9:03 minute mile. This was the reason for dropping the last 10 lbs. Now ,of course, I want to drop the mile to a sustainable 8 something! LOL I did get frustrated and gave up on the weight for a while. <BR> <BR> I will get back to it Monday. It has been a nice break. I stepped on the scale this morning and I have no change. Counting, not counting, no change. H... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:28:03 EST Are you kidding me? I blogged this very same thing, but wanted to post here as well. <BR> <BR> So I met with a nutritionist to help me lose 5 lbs. A week later and I now have 12 lbs to lose. That's a gain of 7 lbs! (It's all in one week so it has to be some water weight. Plus my feet are swollen so I'm reacting badly to something.) She says I am not eating enough calories so my body is hanging on to the ones I do eat. I sent her an email that I was going back to my old diet in the hope that I will lose some by ... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:32:12 EST I met with the nutritionist!!! Yea!!! I met with my nutritionist. She looked at <BR>my blood, body, and oxidizer type. She<BR> recommended the foods I am currently <BR>eating, but when I eat them is complet<BR>ely different! A light breakfast, whic<BR>h I love because the larger breakfast <BR>always bugged me. Also although I have<BR> light complex carbs spread through ou<BR>t the day the bulk of the carbs are at<BR> night. I've also tried to eat my frui<BR>t in the morning, but she has it with <BR>dinner. I meet with her again i... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 14:34:17 EST New Here I've only began my health routine (don't want to call it diet and exercise)about a month ago and already it seems as though I've hit a plateau. I've been losing 2 pounds a week until now. I'm hoping that it's just because of my menstral cycle approaching. What else can I do? Wed, 9 Sep 2009 14:15:28 EST Middle of the week already?! Is it Wednesday already? The week has been going well. A couple of long lazy bike rides with hubby and a friend! Love that. Got tagged by a hit and run, lost a bumper. I will be with-out a car for a week in a couple of weeks when the parts come in. I told the mechanic I didn't need a rental. I will ride my bike wherever I want to go! 4 years ago that would never have happened! So, broken car, able body. Hmmmm <BR> <BR> I was at Starbucks with a friend trying to decide what to eat for lunch. ... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 18:01:54 EST Tuesday weigh-in I had a good week, but the scale did not reflect that! Stuck, stuck, stuck! Katie the nutritionist I'm going to meet with called and we are set up for next tuesday. So one more week on my own and then she will analyze my diet. I have to write everything down, even the tic tacs! Tue, 1 Sep 2009 14:31:01 EST The weekend Focus on what you can eat and not what you can. <BR> <BR> Pick an activity to do outside and take friends with you. <BR> <BR> The weekends are the hardest. There is always something to sabotage your diet on the weekends. We have a birthday party and of course cake and candy. Me - I'm not eating that cake. I've done really well this week and can't wait till weigh-in on Tuesday. Hopefully it will be chocolate, I'm allergic! :) Sat, 29 Aug 2009 08:48:08 EST It's Friday!!! I think it has been a very good week! Hopefully on Monday the scale will reflect that. If it does I'm treating myself to a new music! I have a few songs picked out already. <BR> <BR> lady gaga poker face <BR> Darkest side of the sun <BR> Leader of men - nickelback <BR> From the G I Joe movie - I'm a cowboy <BR> If u leave <BR> <BR> How do you reward yourself? Thu, 27 Aug 2009 23:19:16 EST It's Monday! Good morning everyone! How was your weekend? It was the last weekend before school started and the boys and I spent both days at the water park. Saturday I ran out of food for them and bought junk. Which they shared! Sunday I was sure to pack enough, but felt sluggish from sharing on Saturday! Ugh. This morning I'm good to go. After dropping off the kids I'm going to stop by the gym and get all my errands done. By myself!!!!! <BR> <BR> Hope your day goes well! Mon, 24 Aug 2009 08:50:35 EST Diet / Lifestyle Some questions: <BR> <BR> What are your favorite complex carbs? <BR> <BR> What do you carry with you in case you get stuck away from home and hungry? <BR> <BR> My favorites are uncle ben's long grain rice. I can microwave it and 1/2 the packet is one serving. I also love yams, plain. <BR> <BR> When I'm out longer than I plan and find myself starving is a tuff one. Most of the protein snack I have need to stay cold. I don't want to wind up so hungry that I eat a bunch when I get home, but ... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 08:46:45 EST I've got some ideas. I can't wait to see the nutritionist. I have been working with her and filling out questionnaires! I do have some tips. I can't follow all of these right now. My schedule is to hectic. When I was watching my calories and keeping up with cardio twice a day I saw my lowest weight. Since then I have gained 2 lbs and I want to loose 7 more. I have learned of two other ways to ramp up the weight loss. Hopefully when the boys go back to school I can put some of these in effect. They go to school Mo... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 21:08:12 EST How is everyone doing? I just wondered how everyone was doing? Has anyone had any breakthroughs? I think I have gotten to my HAPPY WEIGHT. I'm at 151 pounds. I don't look too flabby. I should be thrilled. When i started I was over 200 pounds and ALL I WANTED was to get back down under 160 pounds. So, here I am. I wonder why I'm NOT thrilled. It seems that all I want know is to be under 150 pounds. <em>24</em> <BR> Anyhow, it just goes to show there is no pleasing some of us! LOL! <BR> Anyhow, just thought I would... Sat, 4 Jul 2009 12:30:31 EST Still cant lose weight! Okay, i have been stuck between 138-139 for 6 weeks now and i have tried everything! I have tried eating more, eating less, adding new exercise, not exercising, eating new food, eating more protein, calorie cycling, lifting weights (Chalean Extreme), doing more cardio etc i have tried almost everything and the scale wont budge!! <BR> <BR> The only time it dropped is when i was calorie cycling between 1300-2000 calories over a week and not exercising.. and then as soon as i started exercisin... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 18:13:16 EST Plateau!! Well i have recently started lifting weights 3x week(Chalean Extreme) and cardio around 4x week.. I cant seem to budge the weight.. i am currently eating around 1350 calories a day, but i am unsure if i should be eating more or less since my metabolism is speeding up with weights..? I was losing weight for the first 2 weeks of Chalean Extreme but nows its stopped!! Help!! Any ideas? Sun, 15 Mar 2009 16:41:16 EST Checking In... I thought I would check in and see how everyone was doing? <BR> Right now, I'm not really at a plateau... I've just been eating like a PIG! I quit smoking 8 days ago... <BR> So, I GUESS I've got some kind of an excuse! LOL! <BR> But, seriously... I'm back into BOOTCAMP mode. No more eating all day (and all evening) long. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 18:56:40 EST WOO HOO! TWO pounds to go! I got the scale moving! All I have to do is burn 600 calories doing CARDIO every day! <em>198</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 07:49:45 EST Progress? I just wonder if any previous posters here have had any breakthroughs? <BR> I have not. I really have everything I can think of. So, I have reverted back to a lower calorie range (I figure if my body had gone into STARVE mode before, it certainly shouldn't be starving now! LOL!) And I've upped my cardio... so as to burn 600 calories a day. Today I have done almost 95 minutes of cardio plus almost another hour of strength training. <BR> I HOPE THIS works!!! Wed, 11 Feb 2009 18:25:53 EST Has anyone tried a cleanse? I seemed to have hit a wall in my weight loss. The scale has literally been STUCK! So I'm thinking about trying a complete body cleanse. It's an 'all natural' cleanse from Whole Foods. Basically a fiber, psyllium and milk thistle combo for 2 weeks. What do you think? Has anyone tried this? Results? Thoughts? Tue, 3 Feb 2009 00:44:06 EST How is this possible? Hi, I am new and in need of help. I have been plateaued for 6 months. 6 LOUSY MONTHS! <BR> I have tried cal cycling, alt day diet, stopped eating, stopped exercising (for a short time), more calories, more proteins, less carbs, more fiber, even pills. <BR> I don't know what to do so I thought I would stop by and look for some helpful hints. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 01:14:27 EST Completely STALLED! I have been at a stand still for about NINE MONTHS! I've changed it up, charged it up, removed calories, added calories, tried new routines (cardio & strength training); REALLY PUSHED myself. Now I'm trying fewer carbs, and doing the P90X program. I'm a week and a half into it, and STILL NOTHING! <BR> WHAT to do next... I have no idea. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 20:50:43 EST new to team I am looking for a jump start, I have been working out 5-6 days a week for 11 months, I lost 71 pounds in 08 but the scale has not moved in two months. Any ideas? Mon, 12 Jan 2009 09:24:56 EST My battle plan for decimating the plateau! Okay, starting this New Year, I am doing everything I know of to break through my plateau and get under 130. Let me know if there's anything else I should do. <BR> <BR> 1) Lower average daily calories to 1500 (~700 deficit) <BR> 2) Eat different amounts different days (calorie cycling) to keep my metabolism guessing. <BR> 3) Mix up workout. I've been emphasizing strength training for a long time now. I'm going to do more aerobics, mix up the type of aerobics I do, and do at least 3 high i... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 05:39:15 EST new & stuck & needing help! Looking back over my weight log I noticed that I am the same weight I was 3 months ago. I'm a couple pounds more than 4 months ago. and over these past few months have fluctuated but still haven't lost overall. <BR> <BR> I'm getting frustrated and I know that won't help things. <BR> <BR> I was definitely not exercising like I should have been the past couple months but the last 2 weeks I have been totally back on track - going for runs, to the gym, doing weights, doing workout shows, and ... Thu, 27 Nov 2008 13:04:23 EST Well... It's not going away... I've got 7 more pounds until I reach my goal weight. I've only lost 2 lbs in the last 9 months! <BR> I'm training like a bloody athlete... so, today I made the decision to slack off. I will keep doing my workouts (because I enjoy them) but I am allowing myself more calories everyday. Up to around 1800 (I think) <BR> I just can't keep working out like this and NOT EAT!!! <em>192</em> <em>190</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:28:21 EST The last ten! Been stuck with ten lbs to go for months, now... I can't work out any more than I already do. So, I thought rather than doing a different aerobics video every day, I would try elliptical trainer. I tried it today... whew! <BR> I'm still doing my strength traing too, every other day (abs, everyday) <BR> Although, I'm not really unhappy with my progress, this has become a battle of the wills... me against the final bulge. I'm determined to win. Dammit! <BR> OK. All for now, <BR> <em>23</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2008 13:01:10 EST HOWDY ALL! Hey, everyone. I thought I would join your team & see if I can work with other people that might be having the same stalemate problem I am. <BR> <BR> I managed to drop my first 40 lbs, but the last 20 are going NOWHERE! I have changed up my routine, added strength training, done everything I can to switch it up & have been stuck for about 9 months now. <BR> <BR> I'm beginning to wonder if this is my ideal weight & I should be happy with it?? Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:43:37 EST New and Frustrated Hi all!!! <BR> I just found this team. I am hoping that by being here I can get some help. I have been a Sparks member since the end of Dec. I have lost a total of 47 pounds (or 44 pounds). My weight is floating up and down by 3 pounds and I can't seem to break out of the 150's!!!! <BR> <BR> Any and all suggestions would greatly be appreciated!! <BR> <BR> Kristie <em>303</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2008 13:01:56 EST Teetering on the edge of a Plateau (AGAIN!) Hi all. I have been successful in altering my food choices and seem to have made the lifestyle change, adding exercise and water. I am over 55 and it has gotten harder and harder over the years to take the weight off. I am not giving up, but this time things have really slowed down. I have tried all the "tricks", adding calories, subtracting calories, alternating 20 minute workouts 6 nights a week, religiously drinking water and yet have been stuck at one weight for the last 5 weeks. I h... Mon, 21 Jul 2008 09:20:23 EST Two Great Ebooks to check out Leigh Peele has written 2 books about this very subject, but titled them in very different ways... the first is "Fat Loss Trouble Shoot", this book talks about what it is we are doing wrong in the world of weight loss and exercise. Aside from setting our calories way to low for our activity level, we tend to over do it with exercise or underestimate the amount of food we are really eating. There is a quiz (if I find time, I'll type it out and post it to my blog) to find your actual activity... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 08:49:59 EST Hi there!! Hi All!! I am new to this team today, I found in it my search to find something to bring my motivation back to me!! I lost 51 pounds in 5 months and now have been plateaud for 1 YEAR this month...I've been completely off the wagon for the past month due to being so disappointed...and now I'm back and more ready than ever to burst through this horrible time!! I'm hoping to find some wonderful support and friends here! Thanks for having me! <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:40:48 EST What we thought we knew.... I totally feel that this is the biggest plateau buster of all time... ready? <BR> <BR> Weigh your food... <BR> <BR> Ok, so you are thinking, why is this going to work when everything else I have done isn't changing a thing. I bet that you are all in the same trap that I have been in for over a year, eating little, exercising a lot and NOT losing. Your doing that, what gives? And, why me? I also bet that you have searched the pages of spark to get calorie ranges on people to see what th... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 13:45:01 EST New Plateau Member Hi all! I just joined SP and I have begun to read through some of the team pages and message boards. Looks like I'm in good company in that I too am struggling with breaking through my plateau. In May 2007 I was 305 and today (6-2-08) I am 177. I have been hovering around the 177 to 179 mark for about a month now. It is very frustrating when you become used to X number of lbs. being shed per month and and then it starts to dwindle or come to a virtual screeching halt. Well, gotta go to ... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 17:22:18 EST Been reading but not writing OK ,so I've actually lost 86 lbs. 239 to 153 and find my weight has slowed down. I have changed from working 4 - 10-12 hr week days to 10-9 hr nights. My sleep has been disturbed and I am confused about when I should eat and when I shouldn't. I don't want to do anything to start back to my old ways , darn I will not, but help me . Any advise to keep things moving?. I usually do 3 meals a day , and exercised 4-6 times a week. Please , ideas to get me off this plateau and jump started again? Fri, 18 Apr 2008 18:42:15 EST Using Spark Teams for the First Time Hi! I've just started using SP again and this is the first time I've tried the spark teams. I am getting desperate so I thought I'd try to find out I wasn't the only one! I've lost about 55lbs so far and have 20 more to go. The problem is, I can't get out of the seventies!!!!! I've been at 173 for a month now and don't know what to do. I bought a HRM and am traking calories, about 2500-3500/week. Cardio 5-6 days, strength 4 days. I've been doing this regimen only about 2 weeks, so maybe I'... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 09:37:39 EST Hello, Ladies! (and gents...) Hi. Just wanted to introduce myself. Since joining sparkpeople I've lost about 5 lbs, but I had already lost some weight, previously. I started out at 202 lbs. The absolute heaviest I've ever been! <BR> I had a bad time last year. I won't go into it, but I was stuck living in a SMALL motel room for about 3 months, and I gained about 50 lbs! No kidding. <BR> Anyhow, I've never been a skinny minny, but breaking 200 lbs almost gave me a nervous breakdown! <BR> I've always worked out a lot, and s... Sat, 26 Jan 2008 02:49:34 EST Let's Get Back Into It!!!!! Hi Plateau Busters! My name is Elaine, I started this team quite a while ago, got discouraged and fell off the wagon. I've gained 7-8 pounds and have decided to jump back into Spark People with both feet and get that scale to start going down instead of up. <BR> <BR> Any words of encouragement to get me really psyched up will help, the clothes are getting snugger and my scale is protesting. <em>193</em> <em>246</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2008 12:22:05 EST Finally! I got on the scale last Friday and weighed in at 139.5. I thought it was a figment of my imagination after having been stuck at 142 for weeks. However, I got on again this morning after breakfast and weighed up a little....but still breaking through that plateau. One very happy girl on this side of the computer. Now just 20 more lbs. to go. Woo hoo! <em>9</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2007 13:00:47 EST How to break through the wall??? I am surprised this group isn't filled with people! I have been working to get past the 140 barrier for what seems like months now...i think it has been about 1 month. I just started really working out, and I am hoping that push will help. I also have cut out all drinks except for my coffee in the morning. Then I only drink water...but i don't think I drank that many other drinks before anyway...any tips or ideas on how to get past this hurdle? Wed, 24 Oct 2007 12:49:05 EST New to Spark People and this team Hi all! I'm new to Spark People and to the Plataeu busters team. Here's my problem... I am constantly up and down between 145-150ish.. My goal on this website is to once and for all BREAK the 145 mark and continue to lose till I get to my goal (the 130s). <BR> <BR> Any tips ?? Mon, 16 Jul 2007 12:17:21 EST Any Suggestions... I am stuck! Hi all, I am fairly new to the whole Spark Team thing and I noticed this team for plateaus. I am having a heck of a time overcoming my plateaus and I am starting to get extremely irritated. I am exactly 10 pounds away from my goal, which I am extremely happy about. The problem is my scale tends to get stuck quite often and I don't know what to do... <em>39</em> I joined SP in Jan and had already lost 20 pounds then I was literally stuck for about 2 months which in my genious I figured o... Mon, 2 Jul 2007 00:07:31 EST Starting to have success Good morning ladies. Haven't heard from anyone in a while. How are you doing? <BR> <BR> As you can see by my ticker, I've lost a pound (as of yesterday). But today I got on the scales and see another one is gone!!!! It took over two weeks to get anything off, but maybe my body is starting to get with the program. I am so happy to see the scales going down!! <em>104</em> <BR> Have a good day. Hope to hear from you soon. Thu, 28 Jun 2007 10:29:24 EST getting back on the horse hello everyone. i'm new to this, so i thought i'd say hi. i'm not sure how to change my pic or add that counter thingie to the bottom yet, but i'll try to figure it out. <BR> <BR> i find weight really frustrating. i exercise a lot and generally eat healthy, but i've been at the same weight (more or less) for months and i'm not sure how to change it. so i'm hoping talking to you guys will help me stay motivated but staying the same weight is really really really frustrating. <BR> <BR... Mon, 25 Jun 2007 00:16:50 EST Plateau Help!!!! I have been at a plateau in this journey since Christmas, 2006. I'm eating within my calorie range, <em>4</em> drinking 7-10 glasses of water <em>194</em> and exercising (dancing and tennis) 5 days a week <em>132</em> . What gives????? I cannot get to 135????? Have been waffling between 141 and 137. I SAW 136.8 on Christmas Eve, haven't seen 136 since. <em>192</em> Anybody have suggestions to get my weight loss going again? My goal is actually 130, but if I could get between 130 and 1... Wed, 23 May 2007 18:00:40 EST