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DAVENPLK Posts: 47,026
8/4/07 8:15 P

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Norah,

I have been struggling with plateauing, and there are several things that I have done that have helped. First of all, make sure that you have adjusted your calorie limits for your new weight. If you haven't moved the calorie range, it may be too high for your current weight. Second, I found that if I really push the water, it tends to help.
Third, the zigzagging of the calories has helped.
4th - I have changed some of the exercises that I do. Instead of swimming, I have tried biking or walking. I am trying to mix it up, so my body doesn't get used to the same routine. Step number 4 has helped me to break through several plateaus. Hang in there!!! You are doing great.

Linda

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8/3/07 7:35 A

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Norah,

I completely understand what you are talking about! I am currently at a plateau myself! What I am going to do this month is zig zag my calories. I am going to do the following schedule:

Sunday: 1200 calories
Monday: 1800 calories
Tuesday: 1500 calories
Wednesday: 1800 calories
Thursday: 1200 calories
Friday: 1500 calories
Saturday: 1500 calories

I did something like this in March and lost 6 pounds, despite my calorie range being 1340-1690. So, I am going to do it again, while working on getting at least 35 grams of fiber in my diet.

I don't think it's your workouts. I think it's your eating habits. Maybe, it's time to shock your body! Of course, like you said none of are nutritionists, but I think eating maybe the problem, especially if you are diligent in your workouts! Maybe zig zagging is your answer! Once more, this is my humbled opinion!

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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Great works are performed not by strength but by perserverance. - Samuel Johnson


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8/1/07 9:33 P

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Hi Ladies - I'm where you are right now, NORAHD - the frustration because I'm not seeing any changes. But to be fair, I need to do what LEWIS018 suggests and start to mix it up. Hang in there - we are not quitters! emoticon

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7/30/07 10:11 A

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You know, it's funny. This was the topic in my WW meeting a couple of weeks ago. I have been sitting at the same weight for the past month. Last week, i got it moving. I changed my pattern. I replaced some exercise classes with line dancing and took it up a level in the others. I also changed up my eating patterns. It took 2 weeks to get it moving, but it kicked in this week.

My advice....take it up and mix it up.



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7/30/07 9:55 A

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I know ya'll aren't nutritionists or personal trainers, but I'm getting frustated, and need support/advice.

I hit 199 at the end of May, and have been having problems since then. I go down 2 lbs, then up 1. Down 3, up 4. I'm currently only 2.5lbs ahead of where I was 2 months ago. I'm working out pretty religiously, and agressively- this past week was the first time I missed any of my M/W/F workouts, and one of the few times I missed any of my other 3 days of cardio. Even on Sunday (my "Day off"), I typically mow the lawn, which is definitely cardio. So I don't think it's due to lack of exercise.

Thing is, I didn't think my eating was all that bad, either. With the exception of this past Thurs - Sun, I've been within my calorie range probably 14 out of every 15 days (& not very much above when I wasn't). It's currently 1200 - 1550. I tend to be at the top of the range all the time, but still within it- I could try cutting back, but I don't think I really have that much to cut out- most everything I'm eating is for a reason, and pretty nutritious- for ex., Kashi is the highest cal. part of my breakfast, but it has a lot of fiber I need. I could skip my hot chocolate, but I need the milk for calcium (I'm always a bit low there), and the ovaltine I use has iron & other minerals I need to get from that. I could cut out the marshmallows, but you get the idea- there's not really that much "crap" in my diet right now. I'm also kind of scared to do it- with the amount I workout (400cal cardio + strength training M/W/F, 1hr. racquetball T/Th/S), I'm concerned I would be "starvng" my body doing less cals, making it even less willing to shed weight for me. But I scared to start eating MORE, 'cause that might cause me to gain more weight too....

I just expected to be another 10-20lbs further along that I am by now, and- while not thinking of quiting- I'm getting very frustrated. Which explains my "long weekend" binge (along w/ PMS, lack of sleep, and traveling...)

Anyone have any thoughts?

Norah

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