Another thing to think about is that muscle weighs more than fat, if you have been working out more / differently than you may be losing fat and gaining muscle.
Something that motivates me when I realize that the scale isn't telling me good news is to do a mental checklist. How do you feel physically? Are you feeling more energized? Have you noticed that the bike that used to kick your butt is being just a little easier? Is your hair shinier because of those extra veggies? Are your fingernails growing longer? I remember cheering so loud my fiance came running when I realized one of the fat wrinkles in my back was gone.
If you try looking for other signs that you're getting healthier in other ways then just the lbs it will help - and it will help you have a stronger self image to be picking good things out on your body.
Don't get discouraged! Life always has ups and downs!
Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate all the motivation people have been giving me. I am no longer breastfeeding, so do not have that to worry about. I have been able to really look at my diet and choose better, healthier options for calories and have also changed up my exercise routine. I am happy to say I have lost 2.5 lbs in the past 2 weeks, so hopefully I can keep this up. thanks agin everyone!
Hey TLBOARDMAN23! Sorry I'm so late to respond to your original post. Life has kept me away from SP lately but this team is my #1 priority on SP so I try to check in as often as possible.
One thing you didn't mention...are you breastfeeding? If so, you most definitely could be starving yourself. If you're BFing your baby, you should try to get AT LEAST 1800 calories a day. Also, you didn't mention what kind of food you're eating but you definitely want to stick with quality vs. quantity. A good guideline is to eat "clean" at least 80% of the time. That way you don't feel like you're depriving yourself of the foods that you absolutely LOVE but aren't exactly the healthiest. When you know that you can cheat every now and then, it makes eating healthier a little bit easier. When I reach for something I "shouldn't" have, I think to myself, "Hmm, how have I have been doing lately? Have I been keeping at 80% today?" If I haven't, I find it a LOT easier to pull my hand back instead of grabbing that treat!
Hang in there, you are a strong, beautiful, WONDERFUL mommy and you can do anything! I have faith in you and I know you can do it!
Edited by: MJA716 at: 9/19/2009 (17:10)
** Mary Jane **
"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought." ~ Peace Pilgrim
current weight: 166.6
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Thanks so much!!!! I normally do curves 3-5 times a week. I have started doing it a bit different each day (focusing circuit one day and cardio the next, instead of both at the same intensity) plus looking into a new workout, like a dance class or something, I'm not real good with videos. I am still drinking my 8 glasses of water and started taking a vitamin with a metabolism boost in it. I have also started focusing more on protein. Hopefully the combination will shock my system out of this funk it's in. I appreciate the idea of mixing up the calories a bit, I think I will give that a try too. I really do appreciate your support!!! Thanks!
current weight: 167.0
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Hi! I know the feeling. I'm averaging about 1/2 pound lost a week, and it's not fun. Here are some of the suggestions given to me:
1. Look at what you are eating. Some people do better if they up the protein and cut back on carbs.
2. Change your workout. Try a new video, change the intensity of what you're doing now, or try intervals or circuit training.
3. Try mixing up the daily calories so you have high and low days. Instead of eating 1500 every day, have some days at 1200-1300, and then some at 1700-1800. Have one day at 2000. This is supposed to be especially good at breaking plateaus.
First and foremost! Congrats on what you have accomplished so far, 30 lbs is awesome! I know after I had both of my kids, the most I lost was like 10! Especially after gaining about 30 with both! Anyways, having a baby is one of the hardest things and trying to get back into shape is hard. You have a lot on your plate. You probably don't get enough sleep either, which is hard too. Anyways, I would try to think of something you like to do, take a walk with the baby before you go to sleep for the day, when you get home from work. Make sure the 1500 cals your getting is giving you the most for your buck. My mom, does weight watchers, and felt like pulling her hair out about not getting enough to eat, and then she discovered, popcorn! Also, sometimes your body just holds onto the weight. With my first it was a good 6 months before anything was happening and with my son, over a year! Its not easy, but it does get better with time. Ok, to summarize. 1. Try something new, I love Jillian Micheal's , she has the 30 day shred video's that are short (20 min) and are a great workout and they are online via youtube. or any other exercise. 2. Get more sleep if possible, sleeping is the thing that helps you recover. 3. drink as much water as possible.
Good Luck! Keep us all posted! We are here for you!!!
It took me a while to get motivated after having my first baby......I'm down 30 pounds since having her (20# lost 2 weeks after having her, 10 # more recent) I finally felt motivated....I started exercising well and watching what I was eating. I had lost 6 lbs and 20 inches in the first 2 months back at it. I wanted to kick it into high gear, so I resorted back to this website. I have been staying in my calorie range at approx 1500 cals for the past 3 weeks. I had not stepped on the scale during these 3 weeks because I wanted to give it some time to work and I was finally motivated and excited about the diet plan, I didn't want to get frustrated if I wasn't losing. Well, I stepped on the scale last thursday............I lost 1 lb and 1 inch!!!!!!! Seriously???? 3 hard weeks of diet and exercise and I lost 1 lb? I could have gone to the bathroom(#2 probably, sorry gross I know) and lost 1 lb!!!! I don't get it. Some friends I have been talking to think that I am starving myself and my body is going into starvation mode????? seriously I am 174 lbs, my body is not starving for fat and even if that is the case than why do anorexic people actually get so skinny??? I am so frustrated and don't really know where to go from here because the calorie range spark gave me obviously isn't working for me. any ideas??? Please help!!!
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