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STAYATHOME_JEN
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I was about to suggest that if none of the other things work for you you should go to your Dr. and have your thyroid levels tested. (skinnypup just mentioned thyroid, lol). I thought your calorie intake sounded a bit high for losing weight but if you're working out a lot, maybe not. I'm not working out very much(at least not in a gym or running) and i'm eating around 1200 cal. most days. I'm losing really fast and feel full because of the protein. I know that when I do start working out hard i'll have to up my calorie count some. You prob. don't have a slow metabolism though. I saw a study that tested a ton of people(a lot of them were obese and didn't even exercise at all) and they ALL had metabolisms in the normal range. It's very rare to have a slow metabolism and exercise speeds it up more. I took my measurements when I started about a month and a half ago and I was suprised today(after my first 10 lb. weight goal was met)to re-measure and find out i've lost 2.5 inches off my hips, .5 in. off my neck, and 8 in. off my waist. The waist one is crazy! So, you should definately take your measurements. It's never to late to start. A month from now they'll prob. be a lot less than they are now. Hang in there you can do it!

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Puresnow,

My two bits:

Relax. You said you are noticing change when you measure but no poundage. You have to let go of the scale issue. Slow progress leads to long term life changes. That should be your goal, not quick weight loss, right?

Trust me, I know how frustrating it is when you are doing everything right. I had blood work done (just a thought). Turned out I had a sluggish Thyroid. I corrected it and now see better results. But that was my issue.

Stressing over the scale isn't going to make you happier. You might start looking at yourself in the mirror, and letting go of the scale. Since I elimitated it, I feel empowered, more beautiful. I see a delicious me, not a fat me.

The scale can really get you down. I've blogged on it. Try to taper weigh ins. Try to love your body and the changes you see. Surely you feel better about yourself, right? I'm sure you do!

Focus on those things! The digits are just digits and muscle will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS weigh more than fat. It will never change.

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6/16/08 4:25 P

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SHANIHIB, Gotcha! I'll stop by 11pm.

I've had TONS more energy though. Aside from our reular workout my husband and I restained my parents deck for fathers day yesterday....the day before we spent time on making a 7' x 7' lasagne garden and added wet newspapers, and several layers of peet moss and fertile soil...FINALLY today we finished the garden where we now have 4 sweet 100 tomato plants which will get 7-10' high and produce about 2000 pieces of fruit for salads.....several types of lettuce, sweet peppers, cucumbers and my husband is planning on planting a few onions.

I also planted Rosemary and Thyme and will be in the upcoming week planting celantro and Italian Basil.

For my Tea Garden I'll have Chammomile, Pinapple Sage, mint and several others.

All this active work really makes me feel like I'm accomplishing good health while seeping in TONS of rewards during harvest season for pennys on the dollar than going to the store to purchase them!

Just thought I'd add how much energy I feel these days. Oh, and I have lost inches....I haven't been on the scale and will probably wait a few weeks before doing so because I'm getting too focused on the numbers and not the Big Picture when I focus on the scale.

Thanks everyone. Hope all is well with you all.




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JILLIAN40
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6/15/08 11:14 P

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Hey PURESNOWCHIC, haven't heard from you in awhile...howz that plateau? Any progress?

sarah
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"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"

October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"


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SHANIMCK
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6/15/08 10:32 P

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HISIRISHGEM, Stop eating by 11pm... just strive for 3 hours before bed. :)

I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.

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6/8/08 7:32 P

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I hear ya! I started out BEFORE my husband did, am doing much harder work and he's already losing. Granted I have the dumb sluggish metabolism from hypothyroidism. But common already!emoticon



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You guys have given me some pretty good ideas! Thanks for all the responses! =) It's very interesting to see what other people do and how easy OR hard it is for them!!! =) It's just SO frustrating to sit at the same weight for SO long...emoticon

Edited by: ANEWCARI at: 6/8/2008 (19:26)
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HISIRISHGEM
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Oh in response to the poster about your fruit intake. berries are lower on the Glycemic Index. Here's a tip for you...

Buy strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Wash thoroughly.

Cut strawberry stems (throw away) and cut strawberries in quarters. Throw the strawberries blueberries and raspberries in a bowl and combine them.

They should last throughout the week. You can put them in measured cups like the ones I have that can be found in the link below. OR you can measure them yourself. For a light treat...add fat free, sugar free whipped topping and a shake of cinnamon. Yummy!

www.fit-fresh.com/products/transportation/
smartportionchill.php


Another great treat:

1 cup of strawberries quartered
pinch of cinnamon
teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
sugar free, fat free whipped topping


Those are AWESOME ways to get your fruit intake in. You can make fruit cups like the above yourself and get more for your money. All you need is a portioned container like the one in the link I gave and your good to take it anywhere!



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I just wanted to add that my body works like yours...Every time I lose 10 pounds, I stay there for about 2-3 weeks and then I start losing again. Not sure why but it's always been that way. I have 6 kids so I have lost baby weight 5 times so far and each time it's been the same. Just keep doing everything right, eat 5 times a day and maybe try increasing protein a little to 30-40% calories. I wish you luck and I know exactly how frustrating it is! I am at 11 pounds lost and sitting for 2 weeks now. Hopefully soon! You will do it!!!

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6/8/08 12:58 P

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the one thing the really stood out when I looked at your food log...

hardly any fruit.. a starbucks fruit cup on some days and thats it.. what about trying some fruit and nuts together as a small snack?

I have started back here in Feb 2012 after putting some weight back on. I lost 114lbs here previously and I now know I need this community and the food tracker to keep me in check.

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HISIRISHGEM
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6/8/08 12:30 P

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Thanks so much. I was more concerned with the fact that I'd be eating before bed at night. When do you suppose I should stop eating if we got to bed around 2 or 3 am?

Thanks for the heads up. I'm definately in the market for a scale now.


Oh, we eat out. I only eat at restaurants that have healthy substitutions on the menu. I.E. Whole grain pasta in place of regular with Olive oil and veggies.

Soup and salad at Panera

grilled fish, steamed veggie and a salad at Red Lobster

6 inch Grilled chicken on Honey Oat bread with all veggies and no cheese or mayo at subway.

I order steak (rarely...I limit it) with steamed veggies and a salad at Texas Roadhouse and actually cut the portion in half and take it home.

Those are some tricks I do. I almost NEVER eat cheese anymore and will only have real mayo at home on occasions with only 1tbs.

Oh, speaking of eating out. One of my old favorite places to eat was Red Robyn. They add TWO thick slices of cheese. They don't have a caloric information on their site and SEVERAL people have asked for it over the years. I can just IMAGINE whats in the meal. Oh, and the unlimited fries. We now stay away from the old hangout and stick with places that have healthier options. We pass on the unlimited breads if they offer them. I'm so pleased with the choices we are making. We're actually more AWARE now of whats on menus and whats going in our mouths.

Thanks again everyone!



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SHANIMCK
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6/8/08 1:46 A

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I have odd hours too. I get up at 3:30am each morning... so it is a challenge to stretch the mornings and then it seems like the afternoons are condensed. What I've found works is to just eat every 3 hours or so. Our waking hours are generally about the same for most people... If you can, do that. I take my breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack to work with me.

I eat a very light snack about 15 minutes after getting up (right before working out) and then if I do any resistance training I have a protein shake after the workout. I then get ready, drive to work (1 hour) and then get a cup of coffee.

About 1/2 hour later (7:30), I have my breakfast.

2-2.5 hours later (9:30-10am) I have a snack.

2 hours later (11-11:15) I have my lunch.

3-4 hours later (2-3pm) I have my afternoon snack.

And then dinner is around 5 or 6pm.

It works. ;)

Shani



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JILLIAN40
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Further info on this relatively unsettling topic of measuring using cups and spoons vs. weight. One of the morning shows (I think) conducted a study where they determined the actual nutrition info and compared it with what the documentation said for a few chain restaurants. The result was rather depressing...sometimes the calories were ~ 50% higher than stated, and fat contents were doubled! (I don't remember the actual stats, but they were significantly off) If you eat out a fair amount, perhaps their nutrition is off and your calorie (fat, carbs, whatever) intake is actually higher than you think.

sarah
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Plato

"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"

October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"


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HISIRISHGEM
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SHANIHIB, AWESOME advice! I'm having a hard time because my husband and I are nightowls (he's an RN on 2nd and sometimes 3rd shift. So we don't get to bed until around 2 or 3am and wake up around 10 or 11am. Hence our eating schedule is ALL messed up. Figuring out how to eat 5 meals between those hours has been hard. Maybe thats exactly what my problem is. Any advice with those odd hours?


Also, I've been thinking about the scale. I measure like the post author does but the way you measure your ice cream in it's bowl and even how you caught the bread weighing more than the bag said is pretty scarey too.

Thanks for all this good advice everyone! Great post!



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JILLIAN40
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Hey, I don't know if you are a member of turbo jam team but I saw this post today by EMMABIZO who wrote how she has "busted her plateau" and I thought I would send it along to you.

"I hit a really frustrating plateau a while back and I got over it and was wondering if I'd stall again. I haven't so I'm going to put my advice/experience out there for anyone stuck at a plateau.

1. Vary your exercise -maybe do something other than TJ a few days/week. I found my body got way too used to it and needed to do something it was less efficient at. I even tried doing TJ extra intensely but it didn't make difference. I needed a different exercise.
2. Interval training -on anything! 5 min warm up and cool down and in between alternate between 1 minute of really high intensity and 2 minutes of really low intensity. I did this running, on a bike, washing the car, even hoeing the garden! I felt the fat just melt off of me. 35-45 minutes total is ideal. So, 25-35 min of intervals w/5 min warmup/cool down.
3. Eat lower carbs -in the evenings. When we're really active we need carbs but less so in the evening. I didn't go no-carb for my evening meal but I just ate less of the carbs and more of the veggies/protein for the meal, (this was a suggestion by my nutritionist)."

You've probably gotten too much advice now, but I just thought I would forward this along to you in case you aren't on this team.





Edited by: JILLIAN40 at: 6/7/2008 (17:34)
sarah
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Plato

"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"

October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"


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6/7/08 10:02 A

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It sounds like you are doing everything right!

And if you are using cups and spoons to measure, you should be pretty accurate. I just find that the supposed serving size on breads, ice cream, etc... are very much off of what they say it should be and the scale helps to adjust for that. For instance, yesterday I was going to have two slices of sourdough bread. It says 1 slice = 45g = 90 cal, but when I weighed one it was 64g which is 128 cal... and I was going to have two. So I would have had 76 more calories than I thought just in that. The same goes with the splurge of double churned no sugar added ice cream I have occasionally. If I measure 1/2 cup, most times it weighs considerably more than when I weigh it. Plus it is easier just to put the bowl on the scale, set it to zero, and spoon in enough to get to 60g (the serving size) rather than measure and then scoop it out of the measuring cup (less washing and mess!) LOL It is actually pretty convenient.

Go with what you trainer is recommending and see what happens. :)



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I was just about to suggest eating 5 small meals a day. It made my metabolism skyrocket and I am converting a few of my friends now too!



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I don't weigh my food, but I do measure with meas. cups/ spoons. I COULD be off, but overall I think it's fairly accurate... =)

I usually get two rest days a week, most times they end up being sat and sunday but if I am super tired I will take a day off and resume the next...

I pretty much ALWAYS drink at least 8 cups water and often times much more.

I just purchased an Omron body fat analyzer so hopefully that will be a better way to measure my progress than the gym. =)

I have a trainer from here helping me and she suggested to start with a few things...

1. 1800 cals per day.
2. 185 grams protein per day.
3. 40-30-30 ratio.
4. No sugar or junk food.
5. Five meals per day.

I thought I was doing good, but I guess not! Maybe I am just one of those people who lose so slowly that I have to do EVERYTHING right or it wont happen... =(



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Are you sure of your weights and measures when eating? Sometimes we eat more than we realize because our portion sizes are distorted. When I started to primarily weigh my food (to avoid problems with settling or varying densities of the same foods - I know this sounds insane LOL), I found that my eyeballing 1 Tbsp was way off, as was the cup size... I know pretty much weigh most things (especially the calorie dense ones). When I did that, I saw big results.

If that isn't it, are you getting enough rest days? How are you feeling energywise? Maybe you need one or two days off a week from exercise... When I really push it, I find that this helps tons.

You are eating clean (or cleaner) so that shouldn't be it, and sleep is good... so a few other things - enough water? (8+), eating before bed? (it is a no-no), staying too consistent with your calories? (mix up the range a bit, it helps), doing the same kind of exercise over and over? (the same exercise becomes less effective over time as your muscles become efficient at it). I'm sure that there is more, but it is all I can think of right now. ;)

Oh, the change in measurements is awesome. It is much more important than the scale ultimately as you are becoming more compact and I think that is your ultimate goal, right? It is just not as gratifying as the scale that measures the sum total of fat, muscle, water, connective tissue, etc... ;)

Shani

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I know where you are coming from, I had a plateau for 2 to 3 months, before it finaly started to move, although the tape measurer was moving so that is a good measure for you to go by more than the scale.
When you convert fat to muscle it is harder to move the scale, sometimes you need to adjust your calorie intake, and change around your cardio routines as well, the systems gets used to things very easily and sometimes it needs to be pushed into a different gear. Have you tried HIIT in your cardio routines?
Check your fat grams and your carbs as well because sometimes if you lower those just a bit that can do the trick as well.
If all else fails go to the Calorie Cycling Team and see if you can pick a number and they will get back to you asking you certain questions and according to your answer they can give you a routine and a calorie cycle that best suites you

I feel your pain believe me. Good luck and best wishes


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Ah man, I hope someone has a good suggestion for you to try. I agree completely, it sounds like you are doing everything right for a little bit more weight loss. I think I have a similar metabolism. I biked from Portland OR to San Francisco, CA - 15 days of biking every day without a day of rest, camping out along the way. I thought for sure that I would have lost some weight. When I came back I was the EXACT same weight....137. The scale hadn't moved at all (I was 137 when I left). But I did see a change in the measurements at least.

I have gone months of being very active, eating well and seeing no change in the scale. The only thing that made a difference for me was doing long, steady workouts. I started paddling long distance and the weight came off (earlier in the season I had done regatta paddling, much shorter workouts and races) Do you bike at all? For me a 3 hour bike ride (on the weekend) is enjoyable and easy to do since there is great weather most of the time here...does that sound like it would be fun? Or does that just sound horribly dull?

I haven't really been able to suggest anything that you don't already do, unfortunately. But I do empathize!

sarah
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"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"

October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"


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I was tested a few years ago, for all the "no weight loss" conditions, and everything came back normal... I guess I must just have a SUPER slow metabolism or something! =)

I do like cottage cheese and try to eat it or eggs every morning! I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat ANY mammal! =) Just fish and fowl for me. I think my ranges are pretty good, they are always in the range of what spark people sets. But I think I need to try to get more protein and see if that helps, it was also brought to my attention that I am getting to much sugar... But I would still think that I should be loosing...

I'd love a big weight drop! LoL wake up one morning and I'm 10 pounds lighter! LoL... J/k... but at this point I'd be happy with one or two! =)





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Hmmm...It does sound like you are doing everything right! I feel your pain, woman! Grrr... As I said before I didn't look closely at your nutrition tracker, but are you also falling within the other ranges, i.e., protein and carbs? I'm a vegetarian and it has been a real eye opener to me to see how much protein I actually get in a day. I have found that by eating "cleanly" and meeting my nutrition requirements I am not as hungry or crave sweets (my downfall) anymore. Maybe you can increase your protein in take and lower the calories a bit? If you like cottage cheese, I have found it to be a lifesaver! 13 g of protein and only 90 calories. Really helps me out.

But, you probably are staying within your nutrition ranges, it was just a thought.

It sounds to me like you are so due for a big weight drop. You know those days when after weeks of being in the same place, all of a sudden you are down a pound or so overnight.

Here is another suggestion...maybe you could see a doctor and get checked out. Maybe you have a thyroid condition or something? It's just a thought.

You've really been doing well, and you are doing a lot of good for your body. It is very commendable!

sarah
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Plato

"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"

October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"


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When I hit bad plateaus, I calorie cycle for a little while, one day high, one day low cals. I also try to watch my sodium/fat intake because I often retain massive amounts of water and will watch my weight do crazy things.

I also agree that you should do some other measurements, take stock of how you feel, how you look, how your clothes fit, etc.

I also a few times a month give my body a clean-out and jolt by spending one day drinking only 100% juice, and having nothing else (V8 Fusion is my favorite), that always makes the scale move even when nothing else does for me.

I know that when my body was at your weight, I would not lose unless I was under 1600 and exercising for ~60min daily, but I have PCOS and my metabolism is screwy.

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6/6/08 6:59 P

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Hi there, thanks for the reply... =) No not in Hawaii, I WISH! We just have L&L's here... =) Yum!

So I have just heard so many different things from different people I don't know what to believe or what works! I'm pretty frustrated right now...

I was at 1700 calories a day for a couple weeks and I was miserable! Tired, exhausted and hungry ALL the time. AND I didn't lose ANYTHING... So I bumped it back up to about 2000 calories a day (which is what I was SLOWLY losing on before)...

I currently have a very high amount of muscle, so I don't know but it is possible I'm gaining muscle. I HAVE taken my measurements, and they've gone down a little bit (slowly) over the last couple months... But nothing lately...

I went from being formerly active to a "couch potato" and stayed that way for about 2 years. Just since I've joined sparkpeople have I started getting out and exercising... I do many different cardio exercises each week to try and vary it up, I also JUST started jogging which is SUPER hard for me...

And yes, I do get enough sleep. I am the kind of person that needs a lot of sleep, and I usually get about 9 hours a night. =)

I was rotating my calories. I started at 2100 for a week, then went to 1900 for a week, then went to 1700, for a week and for the whole time I didn't lose a single pound. =(

I have calculated my BMR and it's approx 1680. So I figured at 1900 and 1700 I would have lost weight... Spark says I should eat 1400-1700 cals a day... Now I'm not sure if that's correct for MY body because I know at that few I would be EXHAUSTED and STARVING all the time...

I am trying to hang in here... It's just so frustrating when I thought the first 10-20 pounds was going to be the easiest! And it's not! I've been on Spark for maybe 3 months now- the first two I lost 10 pounds and the third month NOTHING! =(

I have been trying to incorporate running into my life as I have NEVER been a runner and I dislike it, but I WANT to like it, LoL! So I have been focusing more on that and my nutrition. But at the same time I am doing SO much and it seems like I am getting nowhere... =(





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6/6/08 6:41 P

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Hey, I was checking out your nutrition and fitness tracker and saw that it said L&L chicken for lunch...are you in Hawaii? (I live in Kaimuki).

Maybe you are converting more fat to muscle right now, and so the scale isn't reflecting a loss in overall weight. Have you any measurements you can compare your present measurements with? What about clothing? Are things getting loser?

I only briefly looked at your fitness tracker...it is too bad that we only can see one day at a time instead of a week or a month at a time (or maybe we can and I just don't know how to do that). But why not try a different cardio for a bit, again on the theory of shocking the system. Maybe what you are doing has gotten fairly easy for you.

And, are you getting enough sleep? That can also affect weight loss. Are you usually eating at the high send or the low end of your calorie range? I know that something that can help is to eat mid - low end for a few days and then have a high end one day (once or twice a week-depending on what works)

If you are interested, check out this web site:

http://www.ajdesigner.com/phpweightloss/weight_loss_equations_female_metabolic_rate_bmr_calorie_day.php

You can calculate your basal metabolism rate (BMR)and then depending on your activity level you can multiply your BMR by a factor provided for your activity level to see how many calories you can eat to maintain your present weight. Then subtract 500 from that and that is another way to see how many calories you can eat. (Spark People does all of this for us, but it might be interesting for you to know).

Hang in there, plateaus can be so discouraging. I try to concentrate on other factors when I'm on my plateau, finding an exercise I want to improve on - plank, pull-ups or chin-ups, whatever you want to get better doing.

Just a few thoughts. I'm sure others will have lots more advice to share.

sarah
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6/6/08 6:26 P

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don't know if this is true but you they say you gotta "trick" you metabolism from very high calories to very low calories. give it a try.


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ANEWCARI
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6/6/08 6:19 P

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I haven't lost ANY weight in about a month! I am very dedicated to my workouts and eating plan... I need help!!!

I've had people tell me a few different things- from eat more to eat less. I have tried a couple different things and nothing seems to be working! =(

Edited by: ANEWCARI at: 6/6/2008 (18:25)
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