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SCOTTRELL139 SparkPoints: (4,732)
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7/2/13 11:26 P

Thanks for posting. This encourages me too. I have been exercising at least 3 hours of cardio per week and 10 to 20 min on the other days whenI don't go to the gym. I've been tracking my calories and haven't lost anything for 2 weeks. However, I don't have that much to lose and I never thought about that being a factor. You've encourged me to keep on sticking with it too. Good luck. It sounds like you really are doing well. Slow and steady wins the race :)

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,211
7/2/13 5:46 P

welcome to my life. after 45 had a hard time losing, then I turned 50 and was diagnosed with low thyroid. losing now seems to require an act of God. :)

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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7/2/13 2:27 P

I am definitely weight loss resistant these days! I told my doctor yesterday that I was going to give up trying to loose weight, I am now concentrating on getting taller!!! I figured that I am too short for my weight.


MIZTERY Posts: 902
7/2/13 1:24 P

That's an awesome point about losing size or girth. I should check it as well.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/2/13 1:14 P

As everyone else has said, you're doing great. I'm stuck right now and the scale is pretty much staying in the same place and I've a lot more weight to lose than you do.

I do, however, know that I'm losing a noticeable amount of size. Even my husband comments on it and today I had to wear a belt with my pants or not wear them at all because they kept falling down. Yet the scale hasn't moved. I believe it will eventually, but even at my size, it's very difficult to come close to averaging 2 lbs a week and I've got about 100 pounds to lose.

MIZTERY Posts: 902
7/2/13 1:01 P

I had mentioned that I average 1500 calories a day. If I'm not dead tired from my 2 jobs I'll run some stairs here at my office but its not consistent. The 2nd job will end this week, thank GOOD NESS. Then I'll hit the weights along with cardio 5x week. There is another variable that I have to confront and did not think about it until reading the forums this week (for some reason I had not been reading in here, probably because of working all the time) and that is my cheat day. I am going to change that into a "maintenance day" and allow for about 2200 calories. I had let that cheat day go into a hog wild day and probably hit 3500 calories (once a week). This should maintain or better the weight loss and get me more in balance mentally I think. I have been a binge-purge person in earlier years and so I still tend to want to diet diet diet and then, one day a week eat a pizza, chips and ice cream. I am getting further and further from this out of whack thinking and having a treat here and there and then a smaller version of a "splurge" day (like having a muffin with breakfast, a bag of chips with lunch and whipped cream on my coffee) will contribute further to a healthier attitude and body.

Edited by: MIZTERY at: 7/2/2013 (13:08)
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7/1/13 9:28 P

It is hard to comment on this since you do not share your food or fitness trackers. Without being able to see what you are actually doing, any advice is going to be a bit empty.

For me, it's more like I can't out-diet a lack of exercise. If I don't exercise 6 days a week, I will gain weight. Walking really doesn't cut it for me--I need much greater intensity.

Have you tried reducing your calories or carbs?

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/1/13 7:39 P

Have to agree with Anarie. The idea that others are more efficient at weight loss, tends to make us want to lose fatser, and when we don't lose fast enough, we get depressed and quit. There isn't this group of super-losers out there who are what we should strive to be. Most people who are losing 2 lbs a week are just starting, or doing something drastic. Losing weight steadily over time is much harder. When you factor in losses, and gains, people average a lot less.

I am at 223, down from 361, and some weeks I lose 3 lbs, but others, I lose .6. I have had several times over the 3 years, where I have lost really fast, and then felt horrible, and gained back weight, as well as some health problems that were a factor. As a guy I tend to lose faster, but in 3 years ( 156 weeks ), I am down 138 lbs.. less than 1 lb a week. Also, I still have 50 to lose, so I haven't slowed down yet.

Your goals are unreasonable. Half a pound a week is 26 lbs a year, so in a year the health benefits will be incredible. Other may lose 15 lbs in 2 months, but will gain back 10, and start a new diet. Overall, no one is averaging 2 lbs a week. Be proud of your accomplishments, and patient, and great things will happen.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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7/1/13 7:24 P

I went to the gym faithfully every day - cardio 5 days a week, strength 3 days a week, at no time did I eat more than 1500 calories on any day, and managed to gain 5 pounds in one month. At the end of the 6 week mark, I managed to gain 6 pounds, but only because I lost 1 pound. I had gained seven pounds by week 5, but managed to lose a pound of water weight. I didn't give up and you shouldn't either. I went a different route eventually, but I never gave up.

The closer you get to your "normal" range, the harder it is to lose. Who knows, you may drop 3 pounds next week, then not lose anything for another month. If it truly concerns you, visit your doctor and have them do testing for hormones, and thyroid.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
7/1/13 6:50 P

No, anyone else would NOT be losing more. You're losing 2% of your excess weight per week. That's faster than normal for a woman in her 40s, and it's PHENOMENAL for someone who's not exercising much. There's nothing wrong; you're perfectly normal. It just takes a long time.

It would be abnormal to lose 2 pounds a week with only 25 pounds left to lose. That's like someone who has a hundred pounds to lose thinking they'll lose 8 pounds every week. It just doesn't work that way.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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7/1/13 5:48 P

I think DC is referring to 'bad' as in the too many calorie sense rather than the unhealthy food sense. Eating healthy has the benefits of ensuring that you're getting the nutrients that your body needs. Without proper nutrients, your body doesn't perform all of its functions as efficiently and your health can suffer (i.e. lack of iron can lead to low energy, etc).

As for your last paragraph, the calories you need are actually a bit of a moving target. As your weight changes, your metabolic rate changes and you burn a different amount of calories compared to where your body started. So while a 3500 calorie deficit/week equals 1 pound lost/week, the amount your body actually burns that week is not the same as a week where you weighed 10 pounds heavier. Does that make sense?

PRC1919 Posts: 8
7/1/13 5:38 P

"you can't out exercise a bad diet." is an interesting idea but for me it raises more questions that I hadn't thought of before. I have been operating on the assumption that a calorie is a calorie and if I go on a really long walk every day and limit my caloric intake, physiologically, there is no way I will not lose weight. We count calories because it is a numbers game: Calories Burned - Calories eaten = calories saved. When calories saved = 3500, I lose a pound.

Your statement about a bad diet, if it is true, changes things for me because my calories are way down and my hours of walking burn a lot of calories but my diet is still 'bad' in the sense that the food I eat is not particularly healthy or good for me. Pizza is pizza even if it is one piece instead of four.

How does diet fit into it? Is the basic calorie equation wrong? If a person burns 3500 calories more than he/she takes in each week for ten weeks doesn't he lose ten pounds, more or less with the only variables being sodium/water weight?

How could it be any other way?


DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/1/13 5:07 P

NOt crazy at all. :) Weight loss is about the food we eat... not the exercise we do. Exercise helps the process, and is absolutely complementary (and makes it so we can eat more and still lose) but we adjust our diet to the amount of exercise we do... not the other way around. A phrase you'll hear a lot around here is "you can't out exercise a bad diet."

And a "bad" diet isn't necessarily an unhealthy one; it's possibile to make smart selections and still be eating too much at the end of the day.

I agree that 1/2 pound is great progress; the less you have to lose, the slower it will come off. However, if you want to see more consistent results, break out the kitchen scales, and start weighing and measuring everything. Accurate tracking (or the lack thereof) is one of the biggest factors when it comes to whether or not a program is successful.

MIZTERY Posts: 902
7/1/13 1:47 P

You worked out for a month and didn't lose? Crazy.

MIZTERY Posts: 902
7/1/13 1:46 P

These responses are not at all what I was expecting. I'm really encouraged by this community. I thought, now I'm laughing, someone would say, "get hormone therapy" or maybe tell me to exercise more. Ok I just had my tuna on toast and I'm staying with it.

7/1/13 1:35 P

Look up pictures of what a pound of fat looks like. I know it helps me feel better when weight loss is slow! Weight loss is easy in theory, but for some people, it just works differently. Adding in exercise would probably help a little, but I understand that time constraints make that difficult sometimes (I'm a full-time college student with a job, and time is really tight when classes are in session!). Like others have said though, 1/2 a pound a week is still progress, and any progress is better than nothing. There's a quote I love that really helps motivate me. I don't remember the exact wording, but it's something like "Don't ever choose not to do something based on the time it will take. The time will pass anyway." No matter how slowly, you are losing the weight and changing your lifestyle! You will get there. emoticon

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
7/1/13 1:09 P

I wouldn't complain! A half pound a week is not bad at all. I know we would all like more but any is better then none and going slower, you will more likely keep it off.

Edited by: FP4HLOSER at: 7/1/2013 (13:11)
MAIM138 Posts: 961
7/1/13 1:09 P

Do. Not. Quit.

I was diligent with my tracking, started running, and worked my booty off for a month and didn't lose an ounce.

But I know my body is much healthier than it would be if I'd been sitting on the couch eating ice cream and chips.

...and after a month, the scale is finally starting to move.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/1/13 1:07 P

I'm about your same height and yeah, we just don't have enough weight to lose 1-2 lbs a week! I took a "break" (ok I got lazy) at 184, and since really trying again I have averaged about .5 loss a week, so that is completely realistic for our height/weight.

You're doing great!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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7/1/13 1:05 P

Another vote for .5lbs being pretty good. You're not fat enough to lose 2lbs a week. I only lost 1lb a week ON AVERAGE over the course of year! Some weeks I lost a bit more, especially at the beginning, other weeks I didn't lose anything, so it all averaged out. But, I'm only 31 (29/30 at the time of the losing). It just goes slower the older you go. My mom is in her 60s and when she tries to lose weight, she maybe gets a pound a month off, tops.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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7/1/13 1:01 P

People generally only lose 2lbs a week if they have 50+ pounds to lose. The rest of use lose at a much slower rate. Based on my experiences (5'8", started at 180, aiming for 150), 0.5 lbs/ week is great progress!

EXNOLA Posts: 320
7/1/13 12:56 P

You are still losing .5 pound a week. That is progress even if it isn't as fast as you would
Iike. That would still be roughly 24 pounds in a year if you continue at the current pace. So, would you rather be 24 pounds lighter this time next year or give up and probably gain back all you have already lost?
Sometimes you will lose more, some less, some weeks there will be no loss at all. It is all normal and if you keep going you should continue to see results. Also remember that as you get closer to you goal, weight loss will slow even more but it is still happening.

MIZTERY Posts: 902
7/1/13 12:37 P

Wow, I eat my fruits and veggies, log my calories on Spark to make sure I am getting enough protein. I work two jobs right now so not exercising as much as I'd like but I lost .5 lbs. this week? This is how it has been for the 6 or so months that I have been logging my food and weight. I'm 5'9" and 188. I should weigh 150 to 160. I'm 46 years old and I know it has something to do with it but what do I do? I'm not ready to quit! I think I average about 1500 calories a day and it is difficult to do with being on the go. Anyone else would be losing 1-2 lbs a week, at least!

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