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MICHCLEARY SparkPoints: (86,721)
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10/27/12 10:49 P

emoticon This is my favorite icon after 3 years on SP. Don't just measure your success with the scale. There is no way to keep a consistent number day in and day out, or drop weight on the schedule you hope it is dropped on.

emoticon It's a lifestyle so look at it with long term perspective glasses on. Each day try to do your best, learn more, and improve. It all adds up in the long run to a healthier life!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (254,201)
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10/27/12 8:53 P

I'm glad that you have come to this realization.

One thing I WILL suggest is that you get the gym to measure your body fat. This may help you with your over-all decision on where to be. It may be your mind telling you to be that lower weight so that is what you feel comfortable with, but however it goes, measuring your body fat with the calipers (in a number of places, not just one) might help to ease your mind.


ESTAVEZSI50 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/27/12 8:26 P

Hi everybody!

First of all, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR REPLIES. You have no idea how much you have helped me.

As far as my BMI concerns, I am at a healthy weight range right now. But I'm like 5' 1"/2" and I was slim before... I went down to 105 lb and I felt great (my doctor approved my weight and asked me not to be below that). But that's a good, healthy weight for me I think. I was perfectly healthy so that's my reference. Now I'm 32 and I'd be perfectly happy weighing 110 though. I have a very small body frame.

And yes, I'm around 119 lb right now. I know that seems like a very low weight for some. BUT I've realized I need to work out in order to lose the fat that's bothering me.

In any case, I'm TOM-ing right now so that's the gain I guess... I haven't weighed myself in these days. But ALL of your messages have made me see this is a lifetyle so I have no reason to give it up. This is my life now!

You have encouraged me MORE than you could ever imagine. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ONNALEE11 SparkPoints: (40)
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10/27/12 11:41 A

Start working on the physical activity. I don't "work out" either, but I have started walking a half mile two times a day, just to be moving.

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10/25/12 1:16 P


What is your current height ? As Coach Nancy noted, the reason you may have "stalled out" with your weight loss isn't because you're doing anything wrong. The reason you haven't lost may be because you're at a healthy weight for your height. Is your ticker correct ? Do you currently weigh 119 pounds ?

Depending on your height, these would be your BMI statistics at your ticker weight.

5ft = 23.2
5ft 1" = 22.5
5ft 2" = 21.8
5ft 3" = 21.2
5ft 4" = 20.4
5ft 5" = 19.8

If you're taller than 5ft 5" and weigh 119 pounds, that's the low end of healthy for a person of that height. If your BMI were to go lower, you're at risk for being under weight.

As a person gets closer to a healthy weight for their height, the harder it takes to lose any perceived excess. Ask any member trying to lose those last 5-10 pounds and they'll tell you it's slow going. So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving. Your body may be at a weight it considers healthy.

Also, even though you may want to lose another say 5-10, you have to ask yourself if you can sustain that weight. Many women have ambitious goals for losing weight. Losing the weight is one thing. Keeping it off is another. Because you may be at a very healthy weight for your height, consider maintaining that loss for a few weeks. Figure at least 3-4 months. I know that seems like a long time, but a person shouldn't be on a permanent diet.

Let your body adapt to the new weight. Maintain for a while. once some time has passed, you can consider trying to lose those last few pounds. But, once again, you do have to consider the possibility that 119 pounds may be the right weight for your height.

Congratulations on losing 18 pounds !! But don't beat yourself up because you're not still losing. You've made great progress and you can still make great progress by maintaining the weight you lost.


CHEMMIE12 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/25/12 12:14 P

I had a few weeks there where I didn't lose any weight, and I've had weeks where I've gained, after being so good and following my plan all week. It's like my body decided to take a break from weightloss even though i didn't. Just don't give up. It'll kick back in. Just try something new to change it up and maybe kick start things again. Something small, like going for a walk in the evening. Hang in there!

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,301
10/25/12 9:00 A

Personally, I'd really encourage you to start getting some exercise. Doesn't mean you have to join a gym or buy a lot of DVD's or fitness equipment, or sign up for a 5K. Start with just a 10 minute, brisk walk each day.

Left to my own devices, I am a slug. I'd rather "diet" off the weight, than rise up off the couch and get my butt moving. They say, losing weight is 80% what we eat, and 20% what we do (ie, exercise). Well, I want ALL my percents!!

Instead of rewarding myself for pounds lost (because my weight loss was soooo slooooow) I rewarded myself for staying within my calorie range, and exercising. It was my way of trusting the process, no matter what the scale said. Your "gain" could be as simple as water retention from salty food, or hormones. Not really a gain at all.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
10/25/12 8:56 A

Working out would definitely be a good thing. Cardio & strength training. However, be prepared to see a gain on the scale at first. No, it WILL NOT be muscle gain. It will be your muscles holding onto water as your body adjusts to the new routine. You will not gain a significant amount of new muscle mass unless you are trying. (Which means lifting HEAVY and HARD and eating at a surplus.) The scale may also move down slower because more of your loss will come from fat, whereas now, with only diet, your loss is likely muscle as well as fat. You will likely notice a difference in appearance and fit of your clothes and inches lost, though. Give any new program 4-6 weeks to take hold as well. Good luck!

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 10/25/2012 (08:57)
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10/25/12 8:46 A


What is your height? Are you currently at a healthy weight for your height? If that is the case, you may want to re-think your goal weight. Remember there is not a standard goal weight for any of us, which is why you will see a range of healthy weights for one's height. Remember weight loss does not equate to fat loss. Losing weight means loss of lean body mass (bone, muscle, connective and organ tissue) whereas fat loss, allows for shrinking of the fat cells. While one can't completely eliminate the loss of some lean body mass when restricting calories, the more slowly you do so, the more opportunity to shrink the fat cells while maintaining your lean body mass.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,731)
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10/25/12 8:19 A

Starting to work out would definately make a difference. But at that point, the "muscle weighs more than fat" would definately kick in so you will have to be patient as far as the number on the scale goes. Also remember that the closer to you ideal weight you get the slower the loss is. It could take 6 months to a year of good habits to lose the last 10. But that is OK if this is truly a new way of life for you. If it is only a "be good until I get where I want to be" then the weight will surely come back when you go back to old eating habits.

Hang in there. You are doing great!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (254,201)
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10/25/12 5:20 A

Why would you consider giving up when you are doing so well? If you were to give up, I could almost guarantee that the weight will go back on. This journey should be a life-long one. The only way you will know for sure whether the exercise will work is to try it - and make sure that you do it properly - start with baby steps, and as your fitness level improves, add a bit more and for longer periods of time. Make sure that you get brisk aerobic work-outs as well as strength training ones.

As far as your plateau is concerned, most people have these and a lot of those for a much longer time. It doesn't necessarily mean that there is anything you are doing wrong - it is just how some people's body works.

As far as motivation is concerned, have you noticed that even with the lack of exercise thus far, you have more energy with the lower weight? Are your clothes fitting you better? I am sure that you will have noticed a lot of pluses, and these should continue to motivate you, along with the fact that you have decreased potential health issues as a result of being overweight.

You CAN do this but you must have faith in yourself!


ARW04E Posts: 30
10/25/12 2:17 A

This has happened to me several times over the past few months and I know it's hard to not get discouraged when you are working so hard. Your weight varies from day to day. The 1.5 pound "gain" could just be water weight or something else, and not really a gain at all. I know it's frustrating when the scale doesn't go down. Try focusing on how you feel, your measurements, and how your clothes fit. Those are all a better indication that the number on the scale. I don't think it would hurt to start working out. Good job on the almost 20 pounds lost, that's a big accomplishment! If you give up now, you'll never lose those last 10. emoticon

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10/25/12 1:41 A

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing great emoticon

I'm writing to ask for HELP because I am overwhelmed by lack of motivation because I've been stuck in a plateau (?) for a few weeks now. The thing is, I started using SP around 4 months ago and I have lost ALMOST 18 pounds so far. I still need to lose another 10 lb to reach my goal weight but the scale hasn't moved - ok, that's not true... this morning I weighed in and I found I'd GAINED 1.5 lb! I've been all good that's why I can't understand what's going on and I'm so close to reaching my goal that I REALLY don't want to give up! =( DO YOU THINK I MIGHT BE GOING THROUGH SOME KIND OF A PLATEAU HERE?

I don't think it's a muscle-weighs-more-than-fat thing either because I have to be honest and say I've been focusing only on the nutrition aspect of my SP experience. In fact, my idea from the beginning was to focus on one aspect first and then on the fitness aspect since I get easily discouraged and/or overwhelmed when I try to do too much at the same time... so anyway, my idea was to start working out once I'd have a hang on the food side. I'm pretty sure I've acquired healthy eating habits since I do not find it hard to eat "the good stuff" and I actually enjoy it so maybe it is time to start a solid fitness routine.

So my question is, do you guys think that I'll be able to break this plateau and start losing weight again if I finally start working out? Does this make sense?

Thanks for taking the time to read and I'd really appreciate any answers you could share with me.

Edited by: ESTAVEZSI50 at: 10/25/2012 (01:51)
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