Very frustrated and trying hard to not freak out here - on the verge of.. something..

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It is freaking incredible. I am doing everything I'm supposed to do. I track EVERYTHING I eat even if its not the right foods, even if it pushes me over my daily intake. I exercise like a fiend at least 5 days a week, sometimes 6 and this freaking scale bounces around so much makes me want to give up.
I have not lost a single pound more since my lowest weigh in two weeks ago. That makes absolutely NO SENSE AT ALL. How is this possible?

Okay, so I have to admit I see that my clothes are a LITTLE bit looser. But I did lose 13 lbs within the first two weeks. And then I'm merrily beebopping along and SCREEEECCCCHHH. I hit the proverbial wall. Two pound weight gain here, then I lose half a pound of that, then a pound, then a pound a half, then I gain half a pound. I mean give me a break!!! A little itty bitty one would so good for my morale.

This morning I woke up and could barely move my rings around my finger..I didn't even get on the scale. I knew I'd be on the verge of just saying "F(*& IT!!!! Okay so I had a can of Light Progresso soup at a whopping 180 calories for lunch yesterday. At the end of the day I didn't even eat enough calories...again. So what is it? I cannot believe that I water retention is the culprit when I sweat enough for 3 people when I work out. I drink plenty of fluids.


I'm starting to get depressed because my 10 lb weight loss goal for February is turning into a zero weight loss for the month of February. SO NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Instead of doing a prepackaged meal, try cooking one recipe on a weekend (or a day when you have more time) that makes multiple servings. Get small containers and make up 3 or 4 individual servings and put in your frigde or freezer. Then you have an instant meal that you can just throw right into the microwave. And less sodium!!
    4072 days ago
    Okay my dear sparkpeople friends. I've taken everybody's advice and have now set the nutrition page to track my sodium intake. Yesterday I was a 100mg over the max daily which isn't too bad, but good with the potassium. Today I was on mark for both. I also went in and manually inserted the amount of calories I burn when I work out. I do the treadstepper at the gym and that sucker is hard work. So an hours work at a good clip is about 1000 calories at my weight. Remember the more you weigh the more you burn exercising. anyways, so then I went in and had it change my nutrition. I have no idea how the heck I'm going to eat 2000 calories a day. I had gastric bypass 5 years ago and although I've gained weight I still can only eat a little at a time. For example, I can barely get through a grilled chicken breast..period. I can eat nothing else. I have to wait for my stomach to empty to allow anything else in. The reason I gained weight because you learn to graze ALL DAY LONG LOL. And I wasn't exercising either. And I was eating high fat food too. In any event, now I've got my sodium and potassium tracker going so hopefully I will be more aware of what I'm doing. I really try to eat everything fresh and cook most nights. I eat out probably once a week but make good choices (probably high in sodium though) and a healthy choice frozen dinner will be my companion maybe twice a week. I never worried about salt intake. My kids are all grown and gone and have no husband so its just me and the pets. I get home from the gym around 630 or 7 pm and after showering, doing personal stuff, sometimes the last thing I want to do at 730 or 8 at night is cook. So sometimes its just a can of tuna over a small microwaved potato. I must try harder LOL. Thanks guys for all the helpful tips and coming to the rescue of my sanity. You guys are the bestest emoticon
    4072 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2010 3:30:00 PM
    Hi JUANATERE, I am reading through your blog and I feel like I could have written the exact same thing! I am scanning through the comments you received looking for advise from other Spark members. I think I may be putting myself into the starvation mode because I frequently eat less than the recommended calories, but I am not trying too. I am just not hungry. I'm going to work harder to meet my goals as the slow progress at the scale in frustrating me too. Hang in there!!
    4072 days ago
    Just keep doing what you are doing. I've been eating healthy, exercising 5-6 days a week and have also not lost any weight. It's frustrating, but if you keep going, it will eventually come off. And if it doesn't, at least you are healthier!! Good luck to you!
    4072 days ago
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    I agree with most of what was say before, it is without a doubt the sodium, swollen finger that's sodium and not enough water. home cooked meals are best.

    the pre-package food are killers believe me do a little research on sodium to become more knowledgeable about it. try staying away from foods you have not prepared for yourself but if you must watch the sodium, eat from places with freshly prepared food, don't eat packaged.

    Also never eat below the recommended calorie for the day that stops your weightloss too if the body thinks it starving because it did not get its daily calories.

    good luck with next weeks weigh in emoticon emoticon
    4073 days ago
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    PERSEVERE!!!!!!!!!!! It will pass.
    4073 days ago
    I would guarantee it is sodium...you said you had a Light Progresso Soup the day before....you mentioned the calories but not the sodium content. Canned soup has A TON of sodium...even the light versions. I can tell you that too much sodium will definitely halt my weight loss....and no, I do not have high blood pressure...for some reason my body just retains salt more than others.

    If you are eating a lot of canned soups, frozen dinners (Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice included) you may be getting more than your daily allotment of sodium. Start having Sparkpeople track that for you as well as your other nutrients.

    It is not just about calories...it is ALL nutrients that come together to make us healthy and lose weight....I try to get to half my goals every day if possible (except for that elusive potassium goal which I seem to NEVER get to). Start watching all nutrients and not just calories and you will probably see better success.
    4073 days ago
    Been there, done that! And my full sympathies emoticon

    My weight loss all along has been really slow - I have lost about 10 pounds since 09/05/09, of course the setback during the holidays did not help. What matters though is that the trend is in the right direction, just taking longer.
    I recently have broken out of my plateau, and am now losing a pound a week for the last three weeks. What worked for me I think is a change in my workout - more strength training (I spoke to my trainer about it) and tracking food assiduously (the latter is something I had not been doing before).
    Be patient my friend, and keep plodding along, it will work in the end.
    I am happy to listen/share if it helps you.

    4073 days ago
    I freaks me out how much I am eating these days. I really try hard to reach my daily goals. Trust me I do. I track everything really carefully and if I'm not within the range I add a fruit or something. I eat carbs so much more than before and it is really hard because I've been so used to not eating them. But I am getting the RED NOTE: You have surpassed your exercise goal you should change your nutrition so that you eat enough. It doesn't feel right to eat more if I'm not dropping any weight with all the food I am eating now. I eat three meals a day and snacks. Maybe I'll ask the nutritionist to take a look at see what she finds. Thanks for the tip.
    4073 days ago
    you can check your sodium intake. that could be messing you up. also, you might not be getting in ENOUGH calories for what you're burning. there's people here that know much more than i, so maybe they'll chime in here. DON'T GIVE UP!!! you'll push through that wall soon. it might just need some minor tweaking to your diet. keep us posted. -Brad
    4073 days ago
    If you wake up and your fingers are swollen that means you're getting too much sodium and perhaps you need to drink a bit more water. Under eating your calorie range is the worst thing you can do. Don't give up, change up your cardio. Are you doing Strength Training?
    I read an article here that explains some stuff:


    Don't give up, you are worth it!
    4073 days ago
    I have been there. Actually just a few weeks ago been there. All of us are different on how our bodies react to weight loss. Take joy in the little weight losses and especially the clothes. My weight has been the same now for a few weeks, but I got into a pair of jeans that I thought would never fit.

    I would monitor your exercising. I find when I do a lot of exercise that is when I do not loose at all! I don't get it but yet that seems to happen to me every time.

    Don't give up. Just take one day at a time and remember each one is a new day.

    Good luck!

    4073 days ago
  • no profile photo DSQUARED3
    I read on someone's blog recently that they went through a frustrating time like that and after they really examined what they were eating and tweaked their diet to balance nutrients and actually increase calories a little, they began to loose again. This person was shocked. You may not be eating enough! Your body might be in shut down mode in fear of "starvation" so to speak. Not sure, just a thought.
    4073 days ago
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