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DIANELEW Posts: 14
7/13/13 9:19 A

Eating too low can slow things down. I should know that. I will keep it in mind. thank you very much for your advise.

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7/13/13 9:11 A

If you get stuck for at least a couple of weeks, you may have hit a plateau. If it hasn't been that long, keep doing what you're doing. If it has, change up your workout routine (increase intensity, change type, etc.) and try varying how many calories you eat. Sometimes, staying too low can slow things down.

DIANELEW Posts: 14
7/13/13 7:46 A

Thank you for your encouragement , and I know I should not weigh myself every day. I'm going to pick a day per week and weigh myself then. That's the first thing.

Other than that, I'm almost 72 years old, which I think makes it harder to lose the weigh. I've exercised all my life but I recently breathe in some very toxic fumes and had to forego ALL exercise for some 7 weeks. Obviously, I gained weight. And now, it's hard to get it off.

I weigh 143.6 right now and need to get back down to 128. I've been at it for only three weeks. I went down to 142.2 pretty quickly (from my high of 145.6), but now I'm going back up and it's frustrating.

Now that I am allowed to exercise, I am doing more and more and know what to do since I've always been active, but I'm still on lots of medication (corticosteroids, a bronchodilator, Ventolin...), so I have to be careful not to overdo.

Frustration is plaguing me right now. I need help to get motivated. I just came back from a half hour walk at about 2.7 mph, but I used to power walk an hour at 3.5/4 miles per hour.

I need to learn patience.

Thank you for any help or advice you can give me.

Edited by: DIANELEW at: 7/13/2013 (07:48)
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7/12/13 4:33 P


You need to give us more information. If you're weighing yourself every day, then YES, you are going to see these types of fluctuations. Depending on how much weight you need to lose, you could see a fluctuation as high as 3-4 pounds in a day.

How much do you currently weigh ? How much weight are you trying to lose ? How long have you been trying ?

This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. So, the more you tell us about yourself, the better we can help.

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7/12/13 4:19 P

You could be eating too little for the amount of exercise you're doing. You could also fall into the starvation mode by eating 1200 calories, and working out a lot.

Also keep in mind that this weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to stick to this long term, and you will see results.

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7/12/13 4:11 P

Do you mean you're losing it and regaining it? It isn't clear what's going on from your message. If your weight is fluctuating wildly you should stop measuring it every day. Look at the trend over a long period of time, like 6 weeks. Weight loss near goal can be as slow as 1/4 - 1/2 pound per WEEK. That means to really see a difference and be sure it's not water weight fluctuation you have to stick with the program for many weeks and THEN weigh in.

DIANELEW Posts: 14
7/12/13 4:09 P

Lost 3 pounds, 4 pounds, 3 pounds, 4 pounds. What the heck? I know I shouldn't weigh myself every day but I do. I can't exercise more than I do and I certainly can't eat less than I do.

So, what do I do? Just stick it out and keep going?

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