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Carolyn look at the thread. There are a whole lot of people on here with the same trouble, although they may not have the same issues causing them. Jeannie is right on how many other things there are to being healthy besides the scale. On your fitness tracker there is a button at the top called fitness reports. Ignore the drop down list and click the button. It will show you a whole bunch of reports one of which is the Calorie differential report. It tells you how many calories you burned as opposed to how many calories you've eaten. And you all know you have to burn 3500 calories more than you eat to lose a pound of weight. The problem with it is that you having thyroid probs may make the number of calories your body burns daily less than what is figured there. Perhaps your Doctor can help you figure out the proper formula for that for you so you get a more accurate idea of the rate you burn calories at. I know how frustrating it is to be doing the exercise and the nutrition and not getting the results you expect. Be sure your expectations are realistic FOR YOU. If what you are doing will only burn you a half pound a week while normally people would burn 1 pound a week then its hard I know but see if you can accept that. It will relieve some of your stress about it if you can. emoticon but keep posting here emoticon All of us on this thread need others to encourage them through this pain in the *** problem.

Lynn you are right about strength training. You can use your own bodyweight to start or a soup can, and SP has a great upper body/arm workout on here it's:
9-Minute Seated Arm and Shoulder Workout with Coach Nicole
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The thing about strength calories is they don't burn as much as Cardio when you do them but they keep on burning calories for up to a day so you end up burning far more than you realize and it shrinks your fat replacing it with muscle that gives you a better body shape and health.
The fact that you didn't lose the pounds you expected may be because you are on a plateau or because something you missed is preventing your loss. SP has a great section call Plateaus and Pitfalls that will help you check that out and see if there is something to help.
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There isn't always an answer though. It can be medical or genetic or metabolic or a plateau. No matter what it is it's horribly frustrating to be dealing with. Don't give up though. Eventually the healthy eating and fitness will pay off in better health and weight loss or muscle replacement of fat. Muscle can weigh more than fat so you may be losing fat and not losing weight as well But feel free to come here and vent! Before Emmabe1 started this thread I felt like I was out there facing this all alone and the people posting here have given me so much support and encouragement. Its made a big difference to me not facing it alone.

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Keep it up! Your clothes fitting looser is a better way to tell if you are losing than the scale!

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6/22/13 5:18 P

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{oops put the wrong name}, Carolyn if I may offer one suggestion - start some strength training, something simple. I use a seated pilates routine with a resistance band but you could do something even simpler - bicep curls with a can of soup is one example (with all the cautions about checking with your doctor etc) Strength training may be the missing ingredient for you. I'm noticing since I started doing it, I'm not losing pounds as much as I'd like but I am losing inches. And there are actually muscles under the flab in my arms!

It's hard to find the right balance - I've been here 3 months and I still don't have it figured out as far as what works for me - according to my trackers I should have lost over 2 pounds this week but I'm still where I was 2 weeks ago, at least as far as the scale goes.

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emoticon You are Right to not accept the "You may not be able to Lose Weight" statement as Fact. Your Journey and your Weight Loss will be different than anyone else's. That is why it is So Imperative to Track Other Measures Of Success in addition to the Scale
emoticon Your energy level, your measurements, how your Clothes fit are more important than the Scale. And even More Important are your Lab Values. Things like Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and MANY Other Conditions are closely related to your Lifestyle.
emoticon Be sure to Celebrate and Congratulate yourself on those Achievements even more than you do when the Scale is moving down. Eventually it DOES respond to the Healthy Changes you are making!

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It looks like there haven't been many posts here lately but since this is the thread that caught my interest when I was deciding to join this team I decided I'll go ahead and post. I feel like "Doing it right but no weight loss" is exactly where I'm at and frustrated doesn't even come close to describing what I feel. I don't give up easily so I'm not considering quitting or anything but I am getting pretty discouraged.
I actually went back to SparkPeople in February after a January doctor visit where I was told, "With your family and medical history weight loss will be very difficult, if not impossible. As long as you continue to exercise and your blood pressure doesn't go up try not to worry about it so much." I went into early menopause after my first husband died in 1999 and had my thyroid removed in 2001. I have steadily gained about 3 pounds a year since and I was already about 20 pounds overweight when I started. I'm only 4' 11" and now weigh close to 200 pounds. I can't accept the, "You may not be able to loose weight" answer. Every day since February 4 (except while on vacation) I have tracked my calories and almost always they are between 1200 and 1300 a day. I exercise regularly but really feel that's where my problem is because I can only do low impact things and it takes a long time to burn many calories that way. I lost 4 pounds then gained 2 back but that much fluctuation could happen in one day anyway so I don't even know if I've actually made any progress. I don't know if there are even any suggestions out there that would help, maybe I just need some sympathetic ears, but I can't believe I'm the only one this is happening to so I thought it was worth it to make the post.

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emoticon So, it is good news about the Metformin. Just on to doing more Research for answers. The fact that Ann was able to let you in on that Knowledge is just one of the Beautys of this Site, in my opinion. So many People/Friends who are helping each other out!!
emoticon Good Luck with your Research!!

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That's interesting find about Metformin - good thing you researched it.

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Well as it turns out Ann put me on to researching about Metformin and the people saying that it prevents them from losing weight are making excuses. Metformin always cause weight loss. In fact some diabetic drs give it for the weight loss effect on their obese diabetic patients. So hmm Maybe there is something else keeping them from losing weight? But medicinal side effects definitely complicated things a lot of the time. I am so glad people are here to share going thru this with!

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emoticon This Journey is hard enough without having to deal with Medication and the Side Effects! It really is Just Not Fair!! But, then again, Nobody ever said it would be Fair, did they? I am just happy that we are not doing this alone and that we can learn from each other!!

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~Give Your Fears To God .... And Watch Him Step On Them.

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Sometimes we get so stuck in a lifestyle that even when it makes us miserable we stick to it. You know Better the Devil you know than the one you Don't thing. And your mind plays games with you to try to keep you in that zone you are stuck in. It takes time and a steady commitment to form a new habit. Could you commit to a measuring of yourself, or a trying on of clothes every two weeks and maybe be accountable to a friend or a SPfriend about it? The only way to get rid of bad habits is to replace them with healthy habits we retrain ourselves into.
Besides which larger clothes tend to have less choices in colors and styles and cost more. Maybe when you get down a size or two and give away the big clothes you could treat yourself to a new lower size top or outfit to reward yourself?

I learned from my Diabetestype2 over45+ group that one of the D2 meds I take, Metformin, is giving a whole lot of them hell about losing weight at all let alone doing it at a 1 pound a week pace. This makes me start to wonder if maybe the reason I'm doing it all right and not losing is a medicine based problem. You bet I'm checking out with my endocrinologist and my primary Dr about reducing my dose or changing to another med for it that may not have those side effects.
If you are doing it right and its still not happening reexamine things from different perspectives. Could it be some medicine you are taking causing weight gain or slow loss as a side effect? Are you remembering to measure so the calorie count is exact? And have you looked at the other nutrients in your food to see if calories are at a good level but everything else like saturated fats and cholesterol, carbohydrates, sugars and sodium and too high? That can set you back too. Also have you taken stock of how long you have been doing the same workout/videos and number of minutes and reps you have been doing all along? You may need some shake up to your routine to shake awake that fat burning machine in your body. Just some thoughts trying to help.

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it"

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Taking ACTION is the ultimate power of Motivation. Nothing beats it, period."
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"Some people quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that.......slow progress.....is progress."




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I need to measure more often. I don't know why I tend to avoid it. This morning was a bitter sweet NSV. I put on an outfit that I have only worn once or twice and it was too big so I guess I will have to give it away and unfortunately I have a couple more like that also. In the scheme of things there are far worse problems to have than having to give away good clothes. Besides the more big sizes I can get rid of the more room I will have in my closets. Yes, that is plural. Since I have a wide range of clothing sizes I take up 3 closets as well as plastic containers under one bed so losing weight is also a way for me to down size my wardrobe.

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Leslie the measurements are as important as the scale and weight. Often while the weight isn't going down you are losing fat and its redistributing and you are losing inches. Be sure to measure as well as weigh.

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it"

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"Taking ACTION is the ultimate power of Motivation. Nothing beats it, period."
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"Some people quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that.......slow progress.....is progress."




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emoticon Don't forget that your weight will vary several pounds throughout the day, usually higher after you have Eaten or Drank something.
emoticon Congratulations on the changes you are already seeing!! Those are Huge!!

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Today was a mixed day. I was running late this morning so I pulled on my clothes without weighing and while I brushed my hair I looked in the mirror and thought "wow!" I can really see the weight loss, but later when I got back home and weighted-in it was the same as 3 days ago. What a bummer! At least the visual let me deal with the scale without throwing in the towel.

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I really like that note Jeannie thanks for sharing.
Pat what you need right now is to listen to yourself. emoticon Never mind what advice you are getting be kind to yourself. Find out what makes you healthy, how you need to eat No one dietary plan fits all nor does one exercise plan.Be careful of expecting too much too fast and just really get in touch with yourself and what you're goals are and how you want to live. Remember this isn't over night. This is a whole life journey with out a final destination at which time you throw all your healthy lifestyle changes to the winds and return to where you were. In fact IMHO most people that begin seriously working on this journey will soon find they don't fit in the old shell anymore, they've out grown it. There is nothing wrong with maintaining where you are while you sort out how you need/want to go on. Remember its YOUR journey and no one can tell you how to do it but YOU
But oh boy it is frustrating when you are trying to do what everyone is telling you is right and that scale just doesn't cooperate! I know the feeling very well of being on the edge and wanting to throw in the towel. But then I stop and think of myself in my old unhealthy ways and I realize I can't live like that anymore. I've come too far in learning to eat healthy and find my healthy way of eating, I've gained too much in controlling my health conditions with nutrition and I've gotten to wear I feel lousy if I don't give my body a workout and I prize the new mobility I am earning back. I cannot go back to stuffing food in on emotions I have now learned to face instead of anaethetize and blindly fill my body with things that sicken me and fill me with disgust now that I know what they are filling my body with and what they are doing to my quality of life. So I sit down and think what I might do next and what I choose to keep doing because its my choice and my body, and if I don't have enough information I go looking for it and asking questions and reading articles until I do, and I keep on going because that is what there is for me. The old shell of blind ignorance and misery just doesn't fit anymore. No way to go but forward.

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emoticon "A Healthier, Happier You Is Happening!

Feeling great isn't really about shrinking; it's about rethinking! It's about making little good-for-you decisions that make a big difference. It's about looking in the mirror and seeing potential instead of problem areas.
Imagine your best self and she will appear!"


emoticon I saw this note in the June 3, 2013 Woman's World Magazine and I believe it is appropriate for this Thread.

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emoticon Maintaining is always a Good Goal. Healthy Lifestyle is all about moderation in everything. Maybe Modifying our Goals is something to look at?

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~Give Your Fears To God .... And Watch Him Step On Them.

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I have had this problem for awhile now. It seems no matter what I try, I lose and gain the same 3-5 pounds. At this point, I have given up on losing, and would just like to maintain a healthy weight. If I would lose, that would be an added benefit (if I didn't gain it back).

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emoticon It is times like these, Pat when it is SO Important to Focus on Your "Non Scale Goals. It is all too easy to become Frustrated when the Scale is not Moving!!

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~Give Your Fears To God .... And Watch Him Step On Them.

**APRIL 3 ~ NATIONAL WALKING DAY

~~Exercising 3 Times a Week can reduce a Young Woman's risk of Breast Cancer by 33%. After Menopause, the risk is reduced by 26%.


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I had my weigh in on Friday and was looking forward to a nice loss or at least a loss and got nothing. Last week I lost 1/4 lb., the week before 1 lb. It is very discouraging to try so hard (at least I think I am doing right) and then I get so many suggestion that I do appreciate but it is confusing. Nothing is working for me right now. One says I don't have enough calories; another too much protein. Not enough protein. I don't know where to turn. What should I be eating . I have looked at diet menus and I am eating what is recommended. I feel like giving up but I WILL NOT GIVE UP!!! Here I go again, seeing what I can change. emoticon

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emoticon It also helps to make the Behaviour your Goal, rather than Weight Loss or a Particular Number. Since our Body has a mind of it's own I don't Ever make Weight/Number Related Goals. Instead I choose a Behavour and I DO have control over that {most of the time!}

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~Give Your Fears To God .... And Watch Him Step On Them.

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Thats a major problem for me. Usually by the time I get upset enough to emotionally eat its mindless cramming to anaesthetize my feelings. I haven't develped a good system for counteracting that yet. Distraction definitely don't work, I have cravings going on and pictures of what I want to eat in my head the whole time. And I reach for the food to fast to reflect on how bad it feels until after I've eaten. I saw a Spark article suggestion about sometimes it could be that you are thirsty, and while I don't think thats it I think drinking a glass of water slowly and waiting 20 minutes to eat anything might help me get back to a mindful stage. If I can just teach myself to reach for a timer and water before I go for the food.

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"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Taking ACTION is the ultimate power of Motivation. Nothing beats it, period."
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"Some people quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that.......slow progress.....is progress."




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emoticon Sometimes I DO Eat out of Frustration. BUT then I feel Terrible - Bloated, Stuffed, Unable to Take A Deep Breath. I try to remember that feeling the next time I feel frustrated and/or Overwhelmed. That does make it a LITTLE easier to resist the Urge the next time.

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~Give Your Fears To God .... And Watch Him Step On Them.

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Lol I have to take a physical every time I do a surgery and that's been a lot this last two years. My thyroid is back to normal after going hyper on me, not slow but fast and you know what? I lost 0 lbs with a fast thyroid. I guess I have unrealistic expectations about if you do it right there should be some loss going on. I have a feeling if I can figure out stabilizing my bslevels and get thru this last surgery I will be calmer and back on track. Maybe my system is just all screwed up from the sugar levels jumping around like that. Thanks for taking the blogs Ann, I will miss it as I love reading them but perhaps my time just now is better spent trying to figure out what's happening to me.
I never realized so many others had this slow weight loss and plateau problem when they were doing things mostly right. How does everyone deal with the frustration so you don't eat from it?

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"Taking ACTION is the ultimate power of Motivation. Nothing beats it, period."
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Just saying Hi,

My weight gain was due to my elevated sugar levels, thyroid problems causes weight gain as well.. has everyone had their yearly physical..

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emoticon The wheel chair is No Excuse or Obstacle to Fitness. There are Dozens of Chair Exercises on Spark and even more on EMMAB1's Page. If you search them you will find many that you can do.
emoticon The Nutrition Tracker will help you choose an appropriate Calorie Range/Budget that will help you reach your Goals. If you need Ideas it will even provide a Suggested Menu.
emoticon Good Luck! Please let us know if you have Questions.

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Hang in there! You are in the right place! Chair exercise is great and there are some good videos here on SP!
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I was in the hospital for about 16 days during feb-mar and I weight 121,well at home i weight 140 after I came out of the hospital of being in there I weight 131 will someone help me help me mantain my weight to at least 121 or a plan to go by. Oh by the way I can't walk i'm in a wheelchair.

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When I first started out it was easy to spend a lot of time on the computer since I wasn't very active, but as I have tried to increase my activity I am having to cut back on computer time also. I have been really hunger the past couple of days for no apparent reason and have given in to chips and hummus one day and chips and salsa another. It would be so much easier if our bodies could explain why they react the way they do, but since I don't think that is going to happen, we will just have to continue muddling through.

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This has been me for the past 3 months! I'd fluctuate up and down 3 lbs., but basically the scales didn't budge over that 3-month period. I tracked everything I ate, did 20 minutes chair exercise daily and still nothing happened. Then I started looking back at my tracker. It was very rare for me to eat at the low end of my calorie range. A few times I went over just a bit--not a lot, but maybe 100-200 calories, and not often, but it did happen. Then I looked at WHAT I was eating. Just because it was within my calorie range, it still might not have been the very best choices I could have made. For instance, I wasn't having many salad meals lately, and even though I made a point to have at least 5 fruit and veggie choices daily, many days I ONLY had 5 of them--not more. So I tried having chef's salad for lunch one day and for dinner on another day. And I tried adding one or two extra veggies a few days. And I stayed on the low end of my calorie range several days in a row. And I did lose a pound--I broke through the plateau that had plagued me for 3 months! It's such a wonderful feeling! Now I have the hope to start losing again--I do lose slowly, but it's a start. I usually take 2-3 weeks to lose each pound, so I don't know for sure that I'll keep losing, but I do think I will. I believe my body had gotten used to the same calorie intake and the same exercise routine, so I figured in order to change the weight, I needed to change what I was doing. Maybe that would work for somebody else who is stuck.

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emoticon I gained about 15 pounds around Christmas and Thanksgiving, and to be honest I WASN'T eating as well as I should have been. But since February I HAVE been eating pretty good, staying within my Calories at least 80 -90% of the time at least, and Exercising 5 to 6 Days a week. But that 15 pounds is NOT Moving!!
emoticon But like so many of you have said, I CAN do a LOT of things I couldn't do 3 years ago. So I keep On Keeping On because No Matter what the Scale says I am BETTER than I was, and Going Back to that Is NOT AN OPTION!!
emoticon And Yes, I have checked my measurements and they Have NOT Changed either. Even though ALL the Articles SAY that they should have decreased with all the Weight Lifting that I am doing. Apparently My Body has Not Read those Articles!

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First let me say that this team is the reason my strength has improved and I feel I can do this - Ann, your treks have gotten me moving when I didn't think it was possible, thank you so much! I know I don't chat much, if I chat I find I spend too much time on the computer and not enough time moving and I'm still trying to read everything I can about diet and exercise so I can muddle my way through to a healthier life.

As far as doing it right...I haven't been here long but I'm already battling the same two pounds for the last month.

A couple of years ago I lost 40 pounds in about 4-5 months without doing anything other than eating less and exercising a little.

Now I'm really trying to track my calories, exercising more than I ever have in my entire life and I'm not dropping.

It is frustrating!!

I upped my calories for the past 2 weeks as seems to be recommended (eat what your BMR needs and exercise to burn for weight loss) I feel *so* full *all* the time, which I don't think is good. I'm cutting back to where I think I can be comfortable and if it means I have to exercise a little less, fine!

It's great to be able to talk about it without being judged.

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I was doing well down to 180 then my routines changed and I went on vacation and now I'm back up to over 200. I just started loosing again last week-1 lb lets hope I can keep it going.

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Yes this is me, I walk everywhere go to the gym and do aqua jog once a week but it is one big struggle, I am doing my best to keep on track but I get depressed and stressed and can turn to comfort food, I WILL DO IT just not sure how long it will take, I do not want to be 60 and fat so I have just over 4 years.

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It has been at times discouraging with plateaus... slower weight loss when I do. However, I went thru this 3 years ago ... from 2009 - 2010 I lost 32 lbs and then just gave up, gained all back. I came back to SP in 7/1/2012 determined to stay present for my self this time. It has made the difference doing the chair exercises, chair yoga, and two great teams (this one & the Over 60 group). With a stronger core, I've lost more this time around in the same amount of time.

I was on a 6 week mini-plateau, and then tried Spark Solution which jolted 2 lbs off the first week. It seems that we must find ingenious ways to keep on persevering and not lose heart, which is so easy. There are those of us who are caregivers, perhaps no families around, stress of income loss, etc.

I try to remember that the best of me is yet to be. Hmm, sounds like my new mantra.



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So many of us fall here so much of the time.

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I absolutely belong in this category ... I keep on slogging because the improvements I've made in my life are wonderful, but I'm still the same thirty pounds from my goal that I've been for the last two years. Talk about a plateau! It's intensely frustrating and I don't know at all what to do about it. Nothing I've tried has worked.

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Take a deep breath
and make a list of ALL the things you can do now that you couldn't do 6 months ago
Then duplicate it and stick it on your fridge!!
Leave room to add to it!!
Then take a few days off - I'll take the blogs over from tomorrow!!
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Both happened last surgery. I was going crazy trying to recover and get back to it, but my body had lost some of its toning and I couldn't start at the same level I left off at. And at first anyway, I found it so hard to push myself into exercising each day. The habit was no longer automatic. But I am determined to get it back again, it just seems like I'm running and running and not getting a step forward.

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Firstly - if you knock your calories slightly - maybe 150 - 200 a day - you shouldn't put weight on - but remember also that a healthy balanced diet is essential for fast recovery. Also know that the fitness you have to go into the op will help substantially in recovery!!
Also you will not be out of the habit of exercising after 3 weeks - you will be chomping at the bit to get back to it!! OK - I haven't gone out of my mind and if anyone had told me that before I experienced it for myself then I wouldn't believe them!! But its true - it happens because the habit is ingrained!!
Oh yes - Kacey - you have definitely grown, mentally - I can see it and I know I will continue to see changes. Why would you want to throw that in - yes life always gets in the way - often - and we have choices - but in the end we will make the right choice because in the long run the alternative is unthinkable!!
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Wow what you and Joan said Ann are so very true. Remember Alice through the Looking Glass how the queen had to run and run just to stay in one place? Thats how it feels. I watch my eating my sodium my fats and my fiber and carbs and sugars ad nauseum and I am exercising more time and more seriously than I ever have in my life before and yet my fitness tracker says I should have burned enough calories for one lousy pound and it don't stay off. Sometimes I feel like life is getting in the way of everything healthy that I am trying to do for myself. Now I have 3 weeks coming up where I won't be able to push my body to exercise and I'll get out of the habit of exercising and probably put back on all the weight I've lost so far. Which is only 19 lbs, of which this ongoing battle with low blood sugar attacks has caused me to put back on 5 lbs. I have 28 lbs to go to my first goal of 250 lbs and at this rate I feel like I'm headed in the wrong direction so why bother.
My answer is much like Joan and Anns. Because I choose to lead a healthy lifestyle now. Because I am doing this for other reasons than weight loss, though I sometimes wonder if that I don't care if I lose weight or not isn't a defense mechanism because I am so angry and bugged that I can't lose more. And I'm doing this because it feels better than the alternative and I want to recover my ability to move and eat in a healthy and normal way. And I am here for the companionship of other people going through the same struggles I am. I have grown to much in these past few months to fit back into that disabled vegetative state I was in before. But for all that wouldn't it be wonderful if I could just lose the weight?

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Thank you Joan – you managed to encompass all the reasons for keeping going – for living in a more healthy way in one go!!

I am in this position too – as most of you know I lost weight at the start of my program and inches too – but for the last 2 1/2 yrs I haven’t lost more weight – and I still have weight lo lose. I have more or less maintained the weight I had lost – except that recently I had a bad 3 weeks and put on 6lb – I have since lost 2 of those lb but the rest is going to be much longer coming off.

Why is it we can put weight on in a flash – but losing it is a long hard journey!!??

So why do I keep going? In my case for two reasons -
1 – its become a habit and if I changed I‘m not sure what else I would do and
2 – I am becoming stronger, more mobile and have better balance and my body likes that – I feel healthy.

Our bodies are all different, we all react to different things in different ways – just because you can’t get the scales to agree with you does NOT mean you are a failure. In some cases there may be a reason – but in most cases as Joan says – our body has the last say and our body will dictate to us when, and how often it will lose weight!!

I know this can be hard on us – on our thoughts and feelings and particularly when people ask – are you still losing?? You say “No” and they think at once – “she’s put weight on – I knew it wouldn’t last!!” Oh yes – I have had that said to me many times - even by my Doctor – who is forever telling me that people who lose weight invariably put it on again!! I tell him where to go!! I haven’t put on (well not much) and I have NO intention of so doing!!

However I accept that I might lot lose again either – but if I can live a healthy (relatively) life and do the things I want and need to then I am happy. If II threw it all in, stopped exercising and eating healthy and put weight on – I definitely could not do the things I want to!!


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emoticon I could definitely put in My 2 Cents here!

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yeah, I agree.......I have had so many ups and downs.......so many plateaus.......of course, there were times when I was basically following program but was not completely doing all that I could.......but still, there have been times when I was doing everything right and still did not lose. or at least it did not seem like that I was losing.....I could often tell that even though the scales said no.....there was some inches lost.....my face looked thinner.......my collar bone.......actually looked skinny...all the while , the scale kept saying 'no'.......at this point in time, I only weigh myself about every two weeks or so....and sometimes I lose and sometimes I don't.........but that is not the reason why I am on this journey this time..it is to become healthier and to be more able to live my life in a more reasonable manner. Of course, I want to lose weight, but at this point in time, I will not take on any challenge which ties my staying in the challenge to my weight loss. ...It's just too much pressure on me and that's just one more thing to frustrate me....one more aggravation to keep my bp up.......one more obstacle that I will beat myself up over if I don't lose. And Yes, even though we are not supposed to beat ourselves up over it..........it is very difficult to not do so.....even counting to ten sometimes does not work...
I think it is something we will all have to deal with at some point in time, but for now, it's just the best thing for me to concentrate on eating healthy.......doing my exercises and having fun with it all........and sooner or later,that weight will slip off a lb here, a half lb there.......but it does come off......maybe not the way that I would likeit to do, nor as quickly as I would like it to do, but it will come off.....in bits and pieces and before you know it, you will be surprised at how much you have lost. I don't deny that it is so frustrating at times....but I will never give up...never surrender.....and I will keep on keeping on .....as long as I have a breath......and I figure if I am trying to live healthy, I am going to live a lot longer and have a lot more breaths.......*grin* :)

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There are many of us in this team who are doing everything right - by that I mean keeping within their calorie targets, balancing their meals, drinking their water and exercising as much as they personally are capable yet they don't lose weight - and they get discouraged.
We hear often from those who do lose weight - well this thread is for those who do it all right but DON"T lose - or maybe - like me - lose 1lb but then on it goes again - and you get no-where.
Lets support each other - lets discuss this and help each other get through!!

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