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1/29/13 10:06 A

i have about 10 pounds to lose and it has been a seesaw. i have done very well keeping within my caloric boundaries and pretty good with exercising (3-4 times a week for 45 minutes). it seems the day after i go below a plateau, my weight will shoot up. the other day it went up 3 pounds over night. I continue to maintain a 1200-1300 calorie a day diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. i only eat lean protein. i know it will take a few months to get the weight off, but it's hard to not get frustrated by weight gain.

HARTINGL52 Posts: 2,312
1/28/13 9:19 P

Sometimes you may not lose if you are not drinking enough water or not getting enough sleep. This will affect your body and go against you and your body will fight you and you will not lose. You need your water and your sleep to lose weight.

1/27/13 1:30 P

It's funny Jamie stated the "eating over the limit" thing because of frustration. I was having the same issue. I was not losing weight, even though I was working out, eating within my range, and watching my sodium intake. I was so angry, I ate 2000 calories. The next day...I lost two pounds. Those pounds have stayed off too. So, the lesson I have learned is that occasionally, it's okay to slip up. In fact, my body seems to LIKE it when I slip up!

Edited by: LILLIPUTIANNA at: 1/27/2013 (13:31)
1/26/13 6:18 P

This explains a lot for me, as well. My calorie range is 1200-1550 as well. I'm not an elite runner, but I do stay active. And my weight loss has been very slow. But the good news is that the scale is not going up - - even though the holidays. Thank you for bringing this up, RUN_MOM_RUN!

JAMIE78 Posts: 211
1/26/13 6:10 P

I would second the idea of adjusting your caloric intake for your activity level. Make sure you adjust your fitness tracker to reflect your activity and Sparkpeople will give you an appropriate calorie range. I'd hit a plateau for a long time and despite people suggesting I eat more, I couldn't bring myself to do it. It scared me and went against the ideas I'd help on to for so long. Well, eventually I got frustrated and lazy and started eating over my calorie limit and suddenly, I started losing weight! If you don't fuel you body, it will hold on to its reserves.

The other thing I've found is that when you're around 10lbs or less away from your goal weight, it is slow to move. It's frustrating but I've learned to manage my expectations.

Keep up the good work and you will get there!

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1/26/13 1:58 P


It's only been two weeks. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

So, don't assume you're doing something wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. The closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the harder and longer it takes to lose any perceived excess. Ask any member trying to lose that last 5-10 pounds and they'll tell you it's slow going.

Also, women are supposed to have jiggly areas. Remember, Raquel Welch ? She was famous for that jiggle !! These days, society expects women to have the bodies of adolescent boys with boobs. The fact is, most women have fat and cellulite. And that's okay.

So, don't beat yourself up because your post baby body doesn't look the way celebrities do after they give birth. The fact is, most women don't look like that. Good health really does come in many different shapes and sizes.

Be patient with yourself and your body.

RUN_MOM_RUN Posts: 11
1/26/13 11:01 A

Thank you! I so desparately want to be back in the 120's. It's insane...but I just want to be there so badly. I know I have fat to lose because I've still got "jiggly" areas. But, I guess it will just take time. thank you for your encouragement. It means a lot!

It's funny because I just started back with Spark People 2 weeks ago when I started tracking my cals on my smartphone...this is my first time logging on through the computer. I had this account after I had my first daughter and was trying to get back to my "pre-baby" weight then...and finally settled at 125 because I just couldn't get any lower. Now, I'm looking at that ticker that I put up so long ago and wishing to be at the "starting" weight! Crazy!

ETA: I went in to change my ticker so it would be current and then found measurements I took in April 2010...nearly 3 years ago. I'm only 1/2-1" above each measurement I took then. I'm already more encouraged, because that was "pre-baby" so if I can get back to those measurements, I'll know, no matter what my weight is, that I am still the same size. And that makes me feel a ton better!

Edited by: RUN_MOM_RUN at: 1/26/2013 (11:09)
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1/26/13 9:52 A


There could be many reasons and one could be that you are currently at a healthy weight for the activity that you are doing, therefore body comp trumps the number on the scale. It could be that your body fat percentage is where it needs to, therefore losing weight would mean you would have to lose lean body mass (muscle, bone, connective and organ tissue) in order to get to your pre-baby weight.

Also 1200-1550 generally is reserved for those individuals who are not very active. Remember food is fuel for your body. If your body does not get the calories it needs for basic biological functions (growing new cells, fighting off illness, regulating your blood pressure, body temp, heart rate, etc) in addition to your active daily living activities (shopping, cleaning, working, etc) on top of your formal activity, your body may actually begin to conserve the calories you are eating in response to not eating enough.

Also know that when one is within the normal BMI range, the weight loss may slow down quite a bit which is why body comp trumps the number on the scale. And lastly, while it's always nice to get back a number we are familiar seeing on the scale, note that it is just a number. It cannot and will not tell you how fit and healthy you are.

You are doing an awesome job. Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

RUN_MOM_RUN Posts: 11
1/26/13 9:41 A

I've been struggling to lose weight for a year now. This time last year, I was 144lbs. I'm currently at 138lbs, with a goal weight of 125lbs. I'm 5'3". I exercise 4-5 times per week, either long distance running or insanity workout. Last year, I trained for and ran a half marathon...planning to start training for another one when the weather gets a little better. I follow my calorie plan and stay between 1200-1500 calories. I just started tracking calories 2 weeks ago...and have not lost weight at all. I have stayed in my calorie range the whole time. No cheating...but I have had sweets, just within that range. I don't understand how I can exercise so vigoriously, eat so few calories and still not lose weight. What could that be the problem? I just want to get back to my pre-baby weight so badly. My baby is 17 months old!

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