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8/25/12 12:14 P

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are you tracking/weighing/measuring your food and drinking enough water? This was a big issue for me, come to find out my guessing on portion size was way off, I was eating way too much than what I was logging. I now have measuring spoons, a scale and everything easily accessible in my kitchen.

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8/25/12 10:55 A

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That's one of the other changes I have made in the last few months... I measure the serving and even bought a food scale to measure an ounce, etc. And this last week I tried to really stay on the lower end of calorie range rather than being at the top. And I did pretty good only going up to the higher end a day or so. I am going to try to get into the doctor this Thursday afternoon so I can talk to her about sleep apnea, weight loss, etc.


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8/24/12 3:55 P

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If you're working out regularly and not losing weight perhaps you have hit a plateau or need to move up to the next step, like another response said - shake it up.

My biggest suggestion for would be to measure your food if you're not already. Track everything and track it accurately. I honestly thought when I started that I could eyeball what 1 serving of cereal looked like. Then one day I decided to actually measure it out. What I thought was 1 serving, was actually 1 3/4 cups of cereal, and the serving size was 3/4 cups, so I was actually eating 2.7 servings! So much for how I was tracking my food before!

Really knowing what 1 serving is and measuring it out and knowing that what I'm tracking is accurate changed my weight loss totally. I went from pathetic weekly losses like 0.2 lbs to actually being able to drop 1-2lbs a week.

If you are already accurately tracking your food, bravo! It's a tough discipline to manage. And I would definitely recommend talking to your doctor, because it makes no sense to be reducing your calorie intake by 500-1000 calories a day and not lose weight. That much of a daily calorie deficit should be bringing that 1-2lb weekly weight loss. There could be some other health complication going on with your metabolism or other hormones (meaning not reproductive such as thyroid, or adrenals for example)

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8/24/12 12:54 P

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It might be the Metformin. I am/was on it for awhile and didn't see results like I did 10 years ago when I was trying to get pregnant with my daughter. So I stopped taking it. But to be fair, this was before I started doing SP and all of the changes. And I am not sure it is the right form of metformin... what form has everybody tried or had success with? I am on metformin 500 mg tablets. I know there is a time released one.

I'm not giving up because I can feel a difference - I have tons more energy (I cleaned the garage last Saturday and I have been wanting to do that for 3 years!), I feel a little thinner (I think I am more toned) and I just feel healthier. Plus I am looking at these changes as a new lifestyle not a "diet" so even if I am not losing weight, I am healthier. It's just frustrating that I'm not seeing the result I want there.

As far as the sleep apnea, I am pretty sure I have it but I don't know if I can get to the dr any sooner because it is difficult for me to take time off and it takes a long time to get an open appt for a physical at the dr. But I might be able to .... I will have to see.

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8/24/12 11:46 A

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Hi There!
I think you are doing a great job! I know how frustrating those plateaus can be. I am about 40, and have been diagnosed with PCOS going back to 18 years, when PCOS was first discovered! I think we all will have different stories, but I find that you have to "shake it up" a bit...the weight lost gets stagnant because our bodies are so "efficient" at adjusting to what ever we are doing.
My first question is are you on Glucophage? I know in the beginning, they only wanted to put PCOS'ers on Metformin when they were trying to conceive...but I think the hormones that help you have babies are also the hormones that run the gammut of your weight. Those darned ovaries really seem to run the show in my body.
My next question is...have you ever been tested for allergies? It could be that your sleeping is being affected by seasonal allegies? I was having issues, and no pill seemed to work with (I snore terribly during allergy season), it wasn't until I used Nasonex that it helped immensly.
The last thing is shaking up the food. If soda made some difference initially, maybe cutting back on sugar(carbs) would help? I'm not saying cut it all out, I'm saying cut some out, or only have it in the beginning of the day.
I know low sugar helps me lose weight. Combo with the metformin & allergy spray and I feel so much better rested. Maybe these would work for you? Best of LUCK!!!! (BTW. I recently gave up soda too, and I'm onto the Crystal Light Energy Wild Strawberry drink...I LOVE IT!)
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8/24/12 10:57 A

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Wow! More power to you! You seem to be doing everything you should be doing.

As for the sleep apnea, it's been proven that people who have it and leave it untreated generally gain weight and/or have a hard time losing weight. The sleep test is easy and only takes one night. Can you call your dr's office and talk to the nurse and explain all of this to him/her? Maybe you can move your appt up sooner?

My hubby has had SA for many years. He started just wearing the Breathe Right nose strips every night. Eventually, he bought a mouthpiece (kind of like a mouth guard) and wore that for a long time and it worked. But, he gained more weight and the dr. finally said that he needed the surgery for it (they remove your uvula and part of your palette in your mouth). It was awful. Worked for a while, he gained more weight, now he's on a CPAP machine. He sounds like Darth Vader while he sleeps, but he actually sleeps now and the snoring has decreased too! He was stopping breathing 122 xs a night! Now it's only about 4-5 xs. He's traveled and forgotten the machine at home for a night or two and he said that he wakes up all night and is miserable during the days, so it must work!

But, the first thing to do is talk to your dr. and see what he/she thinks about the idea. Hopefully he/she'll be open to different ideas or maybe even check your meds and see if any of those could be defeating you. It could be so many things!!!

I wish you lots of luck! Keep up the hard work!

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8/24/12 10:15 A

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I have been slowly changing things since I started here at the end of May.... I gave up drinking pop everyday (try not to drink it at all, but I will have a little maybe once every two weeks now) and going for a walk nearly everyday. Those were the first changes. Then I have been changing the things I eat... less red meat, some chicken and more beans and nuts and seeds. I drink at least 72 oz of water everyday, I have been eating the lower range of my calories range MOST days of the week and only go over the allotment maybe once every two weeks. I walk nearly everyday and have now started either going to the gym or doing Just Dance with my 9 yo dd and/or using the punching bag at home about twice a week. I don't "cheat" on junk food throughout the day..... and yet, I am not losing weight. AT ALL! I lost 7 lbs and then one more pound and that last lb keeps coming and going. I'm so frustrated I don't know what to do.... I'm not ready to give up but I just feel....deflated. I have even started taking Omega 3's, a multivitamin, chromium picolinate, and vitex plus I have added wheat germ, chia seeds, and hemp seeds to my diet... not in abundance but a little. And I watch a 2 month old and 14 month old everyday for 10 hours! What am I doing wrong??? I don't think it is that I am not getting enough food because if I feel like I need it, I eat more but I have noticed that my appetite is less in the last week or so. What else is there? I don't have a dr.'s appt until Nov 12th. I want to ask her to test me for sleep apnea because I think I have that. But could that really, really be hindering my weight loss this much?

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