Hi again. This response may not be for Libby directly. If nothing else, I am reminding myself about what to do with (life's) plateaux.
Take a look at your meds again. While a few surgeries (and a lack of mobility) brought on their own plateaux, and it's somewhat normal for me to plateau for several weeks,and then start losing again, I HAVE been tripped up by my meds. Even though I "know" this, I allowed it to happen to me several times.
Gabapentin and amitryptylene (sp?) were the worst offenders. Getting off of them (these were separate incidents) netted an immediate multi-pound weight loss within only a couple of weeks each time.
Also, it's not just about the numbers on the scale. If your clothes are getting bigger, it's a GOOD thing.
We're all different. And I know (again from personal experience) it's hard to accept a zero weight loss as the payoff for "doing everything right." It's hard to remember a zero pound weight gain is a "win."
Do yourself a favor (or do it for me) and look at your old trends... how much were you gaining per year before you dedicated yourself to your Spark program? How powerful, how grateful, can you feel for having put the brakes on? Tap into THAT feeling. I have an 81 year old friend who's been on her program for two years. She's netted a ZERO pound TOTAL weight loss. And she is (now) very happy that she hasn't continued to gain her "normal" 10-12 pounds per year. She continues to follow her program and ride her exercise bike. She has tapped into "the power of zero."
Wishing everyone (another) successful day!
Pounds lost: 55.0
Fitness Minutes: (40,111) Posts: 25,377 6/19/11 7:50 P
a 1200 calorie diet other than a very short term isn't the best idea. You run the risk of not getting enough essential nutrients that our body needs. As you are exercising regularly, I agree that perhaps look at increasing your calories a little.
As far as NON-weight-loss but your clothes getting bigger is concerned, CELEBRATE! Odds are that with the exercise you are doing, you are losing fat but gaining muscle. That is a healthy state to be in. Be guided more by your clothes than by the scales!!!
Just DON'T let happen what happened to me - I had lost about 13kg (approx. 28lb) and was at my Dietitian's appointment. I stood up for her to measure my waist, and without any help from either of us, my trou fell to the ground. They were FITTED, TAILORED trou, NOT elasticized! I had to go out and buy new clothes - LOL!
Good luck and take care, AND remember: Patience is a virtue :-)
I hope you count this as a big success! The scale is not the only thing to celebrate. Sometimes when I hit a plateau (and I am the queen of plateaus......if I do say so myself) ......I have to remember to not to let others perceptions define my successes. So......stay focused on what you are doing right and keep going no matter what! Ring size is a great success!
If you think you can, You Will!
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Fitness Minutes: (110) Posts: 13,166 6/19/11 12:32 P
I lost 15 pounds and then hit a plateau. It's hard to tell whether or not my clothes are getting looser because I only wear loose work clothes these days. (I'm just NOT going to guy any m ore "fat clothes," so I wear my scrubs pretty much everwhere I go.) The way that I can tell lately that I'm making at least a little bit of progress is that my rings are getting looser. I have a lot of them and I don't always need to wear size 10s these days, which is a big deal for me. (When I got married I could wear a size 8.)
Praises for losing inches and it is time to move down to a smaller size of clothes!! Muscle outweighs fat and yet you are losing pounds and inches up til now. Now to see if you need to eat a few more calories a day to help your body accept the weight loss and to let go of more weight. I do not think you are eating enough and your body does not either. I would add 300 calories of healthy foods a day and keep doing what you are doing. Congrats!!
Edited by: SMILINEYESBLUE at: 6/19/2011 (09:15)
current weight: 177.0
Fitness Minutes: (12,351) Posts: 1,763 6/19/11 9:07 A
Good morning & Happy Father's Day to all you dads!!!
I'm in a bit of a dilemma. After having lost 27 lbs., I've reached a plateau. I've tweaked my already healthy diet by staying (more or less) within 1200 calories a day; I'm counting calories and keeping a journal; I'm much more mindful about carbs; I've upped my level of exercise = only a little due to chronic pain and constantly swollen joints and sore muscles. I'm trying to drink more water..........
My clothes keep getting bigger and baggier on me.....but the scale isn't moving.
Does anyone have any advice for me?? I'd love to see the scale go down a couple of pounds over the next couple of weeks!
Thanks, and have a great day. Libby
"Finish each day, and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can." Emerson
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