Thank you all for your responses. I got caught up in a maelstrom of emotion and it gave me tunnel vision. I guess I just refused to look at this as an up and down cycle with occasional flat periods. I need to refocus and get back to why I started this journey in the first place. I am pleased that I have been able to lose as much weight as I have and I'm a lot more comfortable in my own skin. Eating every 3-4 hours sounds like something I can accomplish. Once again thanks for the encouraging advice, I really needed it and appreciate it.
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6/16/13 6:04 A
The reason your weight loss is slowing down isn't because you may be experiencing a plateau. The reason your weight loss is slowing down is because you're approaching a healthy weight for your height.
The closer a person gets to a healthy weight for their height, the weight loss will start to slow down. Someone who is morbidly obese could lose 1-2+ per week. However, when a person has less to lose, that loss does slow down. So don't beat yourself up because you're not losing weight as fast as you'd like.
The fact is, you're not morbidly obese anymore !! And that's wonderful !!!
Remember, this is NOT the Biggest Loser where people lose week after week. That's just not typical. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. You need to be more patient with yourself and your body.
And cutting your calories to 1,000 a day isn't going to speed up your weight loss either. Exercising too much and eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss. So, if Spark is recommending 1700-1800 calories per day, that's what you need to not only lose weight, but to keep your body properly nourished.
Now, if you find yourself binging, it could be because you're not eating enough during the day. If you have had days when you're only eating 1,000 calories may be craving more calories because 1,000 calories isn't enough to fuel an adult woman's active day. And if you've recently increased the amount of exercise you do as well as decreased the amount of food you eat in hopes of speeding up your weight loss, that too can cause cravings which in turn can cause a binge.
Women have been spoon fed the notion for years that they have to eat less in order to lose weight. No, they have to eat right and eating right isn't just about eating less. It's about BALANCE.
So, if you've been binging because you're stressed out, then you need to find ways to get your life balanced again. That means finding ways to vent your stress and anxiety that don't involve food. It also means eating enough during the day so that your body doesn't start having cravings.
You really need to give yourself more credit for already losing 43+ pounds. Like I said, you're not morbidly obese anymore. So the weight isn't going to come off as easily as it did at first. Your loss will slow down and that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.
Be patient with yourself and your body.
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5,120 6/16/13 1:09 A
Hey there.... You're ticker says you've already lost 43lbs since December!! Way to Go!! But I understand your frustration--just spent a week at my dad's and I, like you, had some days where the calories/timing/portions/food were just not in sync with what "I Know I Need To Do"!!
A quick question that *might* relate to your being hungry enough to binge....and yet frustrated that you can't keep below that magic180 mark....have you ever had Spark reset your suggested Calorie range now that you've lost 43lbs? Are you exercising more than you used to when your range was set?? Perhaps with those higher calorie days--especially if they followed really low cal ones--your body is talking to you!
One important piece to remember is that now you are at a lower weight, 2lbs a week might be somewhat optimistic. Try to aim for 1lb a week on your time-to-goal, and see what calorie range you get back....
Then take a deep breath, relax because you know You Can Do This--you've already shown yourself that much !--, and refocus on the basics. You've already identified one area that will help you keep from binging--your frequency of eating. Keep yourself from getting "too hungry" by eating something every 2-3 hours! Simply make that your only goal for the week....
Father's Day is only one day...so celebrate it...and then come back on track! You're not going to gain several pounds in a day anyway... (At most, its a little water weight from higher than normal sodium....) Just eat as healthy as you can, and Enjoy the Day!! Thinking of you, patti
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4,985 6/16/13 12:58 A
You have done so well. Think of these plateaus as maintenance practice. As a matter of fact, I just spent a month on 'maintenance practice' intentionally and am now back to losing.
If you want to lose this weight, hang in there. I have found that when I plateau, people seem to notice the weightloss more. Perhaps it is the body adjusting? I don't know, but I DO know that if we keep pushing, we can succeed. If we work the program, the program WILL work, but if you give up, you will not only stop losing, but regain everything (perhaps more) than you lost.
Revisit the 'whys'. Why did you embark on this journey? Are the reasons still valid? Then keep going.
6/16/13 12:12 A
181 that’s all I see. Here I am thinking I’m 178 and instead I’m 181. It’s been a slow slog to losing 2 lbs. a week. I can't believe that I’m plateauing at this weight all I want is for the scale to move below 180 at least . I’ve been eating whatever I want and losing the weight, but now and there are days where I will not eat over 1000 cals I know I have to eat better in terms of portion control and frequency but I really am not concentrating on that I also have to think about my SO and how he eats he can eat anything which ticks me off. I think the binge as stopped; I binge in spurts so I don't know if I’m just at a lull or what. I want to think that I can eat whatever I want and whenever I want and I’ll still be ok. it really is hard to accept that maybe there are certain things that I will probably never be able to eat safely again. Whenever I eat something really tasty I eat it as if I’ll never be able to eat it again or for a long time. I’d rather be drunk than binge and I don’t even touch alcohol anymore. I concentrate on the taste of food and not how many calories I’m eating I was fine before. the house was peaceful for once and I just tore into a flax and quinoa bread which was 130 calories a slice and that just bugged me , that I couldn't eat this bread because it 2 slices took up almost half of my calorie allotment for breakfast and then it became “enough about calories just eat the food and don't think about calories” and that kind of did it for me eat without thinking about calories about fat about carbs just enough with all that I just wanted to eat what I want when I want I also wanted to get rid of any ice cream in the house. The majority of what I ate was for the most part considered healthy- the flax bread, almonds, bananas, clam chowder, whole wheat bagel, and mango. I just ate all of it at the same time. I think I’m good for now, but for father’s day there will be things on the menu that probably won't fit into the food tracker. My calorie intake has averaged out to 1700-1800 calories with at least two days coming up to 2000 calories and I’m afraid I’m going to gain those pounds back. Sorry for rambling on but I’m not in the right mood to clean this up.