It's frustrating. My doctor got on my case this spring because I am overweight etc., but I work out 5 days a week (typically 5-8 hours a week), track my food most of the time, eat a healthy diet, watch my portions, etc. He insists that I must be doing something wrong because I have a "normal" metabolism but if I have a normal metabolism, eat about 1600 calories a day, and work out, I should be dropping at least a pound a week. The only time I saw any weight loss recently was when I lost nearly 3 lbs after being sick, barely eating, but still keeping up at least moderate activity... but then I gained it all back over the next 2 weeks when I was healthy again and eating more than 1000-1200 calories a day.
So happy you finally broke through. My longest plateau was 9.5 months. But i finally broke free. I think maybe I got comfortable and kinda scared because I had never made it below that weight before. Still struggle with the unknown but I keep pushing forward one step at a time. Good Luck. You'll do great. :) C.
current weight: 249.0
Fitness Minutes: (140) Posts: 70 5/8/11 5:46 P
This is the way to go , never give up and if you do , you'll have to start all over again. I know how you feel after that great Mother'sDay barbecue with generations getting together and throwing down cooked everything under the sun and I believe I ate everything under the sun.
Now feeling guilty I had to double up on my crunches and I will add some extra minutes today to my credit. First washing the car in and out and de-cluttering the bedroom.
Since April 2009. Every time I lose a pound or two, if I quit exercising when I get sick for instance, it comes right back and usually brings a friend or two. Even though that's discouraging, if I give up, I would just start gaining a whole bunch more weight!
ďThe only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.Ē Mark Twain
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Fitness Minutes: (64,648) Posts: 12,911 5/8/11 8:01 A
I've been stuck for over a year now, gaining or losing the same ten pounds over and over again. It's frustrating but I'll keep at it cause the alternative is not where I want to be, It's too easy just to quit and gain thirty pounds really fast. I have reshaped my body though and have a waistline back just got to get moving and get the pounds off my butt and hips
``BE NOT AFRAID OF GOING SLOWLY; BE AFRAID ONLY OF STANDING STILL``-CHINESE PROVERB
It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment." Naomi Williams
current weight: 303.0
Fitness Minutes: (74,964) Posts: 9,344 5/7/11 5:25 P
I think I 've been on this plateau for weight since last summer- but seem to be losing inches and cannot complain. I keep to my healthy choices and will be talking to my doctor about my health readings and if he feels I am at a healthy weight for ME not according to charts. If so, then I will read up on maintenance otherwise I just keep plugging away and look at my results in other areas of my life.
I have been going up and down since the holidays. Now that the weather is better I hope I will see some changes as I will be walking again. I am not a gym goer, and have tried and spent too much on memberships that went unused. Sue
A diamond was only made beautiful after millions of years as a lump of coal.
I've been fluctuating half a pound either side of a plateau weight for 11 days now, in spite of staying within (sometimes under, though not intentionally, just eating lots of fresh veggies) my calorie range and walking daily, up and down hills. Very frustrating but I guess eventually I will break through. Planning to increase my exercise now that the weather is good.
Last year I was on a plateau for 8 months - aaagghhh. I eventually decided to give myself some time off from tracking everything - big mistake. I gained back 8 pounds - acckkk. So now I have lost 4 of those, but am stuck for now at 4 pounds more than where I plateaed last year. Lesson learned! Just keep on tracking, watching what I eat, and exercising. Better to hold steady than to gain!
I'm really striving for a whole lifestyle change rather than a "diet," and my (skinny) husband has joined me on this. He does all the cooking at our house, and has become much more conscious of food labels, sodium and other stuff we con't want, and fresh alternatives.
Thanks for this thread - it's really helpful when facing a plateau despite conscientious efforts and hard work to know that other people also hit plateaus.
Pounds lost: 4.0
Fitness Minutes: (50,701) Posts: 1,150 5/7/11 12:54 P
Ive been here for 3 weeks or so. Ugg! But Im adding in the 30 day shred dvd and getting outside to get the ever needed yardwork done (never ending job!). I do think I need to cut my eating more though as I feel I am not being as fair on my estimates lately. Will continue on though as I know Im doing good for myself no matter what the scale says!
Assuming loosing & gaining the same 7 pounds over & over again counts as a plateau, I've been here almost a year and a half. I have to admit though, I haven't behaved all that well these last 18 months. There is Much room for improvement in both my foods and exercise routine. Guess I've just been complacent.
I keep trying to change it up and just when I think I've got it, I'm back to square one! I know I'm losing inches but it would be nice if I would stop gaining and losing the same 5 pounds. Oh well, I'll just keep plugging away.
Edited by: TAMMYTH64 at: 5/7/2011 (10:39)
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I'll keep working at it. I'm worth it. You're worth it too.
Every day is a new day. Gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter what!
Latest A1C = 5.6
Pounds lost: 55.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,225) Posts: 293 5/7/11 10:32 A
I've been in a plateau since April. I've increased my walking (cardio) to an hour a day from 30 min/day. I'm on an antidepressant which slows things down. I'm so tired of staying the same weight. The good thing is I haven't gained. So far this plateau has lasted 5 weeks. I strength train 3 X week. I'm still going through menopause I'm 52 yr old.
Edited by: MAGGIE165 at: 5/7/2011 (10:33)
Quote: It's not where you are today that counts. It's where you are headed. Arthur F. Lenehan
This is the team of plateaus. We have all sorts of reasons. Many of them are beyond our control. That fact doesnít make it any easier to be patient. Iím female. Iím over 60. I have thyroid disease, I take steroids for allergies and asthma. I live alone so itís hard to cook healthy meals. My joints are stiff and achy. NEVERTHELESS, after 13 months of consistency, tracking my food and exercising, I finally broke through my plateau!
How long has your plateau lasted? How did you finally break it? Or is it still holding you captive?
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