Same weight for 3 weeks! Ugh!

Friday, March 04, 2011

I'm getting a little bit frustrated, but not enough to stop. In the first 6 weeks, I dropped 12 pounds, and in the past 3 weeks, I've dropped 2 pounds total. This is frustrating to me because I have been eating so much better than ever before and doing tons more exercise than ever before.

I guess I will need to step it up even more. You see, I used to eat cheeseburgers, fries, and pasta a lot. So now I'm eating healthier but still eating 1800 calories a day. I know most of you probably eat 1200 calories a day and can't imagine eating 1800, but having been used to eating 3000 for the past 20 years, going to 1800 is quite a shock for me.

I also haven't exercised in years, so I started small. I walked up and down the stairs a few times and have moved up to 18 flights per day. Plus some strength exercises. Total of 15-20 minutes of good exercise per day. I know some of you do 60-120 minutes per day and think 20 is nothing, but for someone who is used to doing nothing, this is a big effort for me.

I also haven't had any beer since 2010 (coming from 3-4 PER DAY this is a big deal!), but I have had a few glasses of red wine, but not much.

So I've radically changed my lifestyle and I'm not seeing the results I would like. The lifestyle has gone through a big change FOR ME, although it's nowhere near what some other folks do (1200 calories and 120 minutes of exercise per day).

So why am I not seeing results? My sister said my body is probably in shock and I should eat and drink more, but I don't know. I'm just hoping that if I stick to it, eventually the weight will start coming off.....

What do you think?

PS. I have gained a lot of muscles in my calves and arms, and my pants are a little looser. So I know there is some muscle gain.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • STIPER23
    Stick with it, you'll get there!
    3527 days ago
    Keep working! I think you will see results before too long!
    3547 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1266486
    I saw your blog title and wanted to send you encouragement because I know how hard it is to continue when the scales are slow to move. Then I read your blog! You have made good, healthful choices and would expect more changes.

    You very well might have that drastic change on the scales soon, but you are definitely seeing improvements in your exercising. There are surely more changes going on that you've just not noticed.

    Keep up the good work. Don't falter! emoticon
    3548 days ago
    The scales can be my best friend or my worst enemy! Just keep it up, girl. Rejoice in the changes you have made and know that it's all going to pay off in due time!!
    3549 days ago
    don't always go by the scale. rejoice in looser pants. i'm going to sound like a broken record but its worth mentioning.

    muscle weighs MORE than fat AND takes less room than fat...

    the fact that your pants are looser is a huge testament to your physical progress...also if you're not..i'd recommend taking your measurements. when the scale doesn't move...seeing the inches coming off is better than any number on the scale. keep kickin it sis...you're doing GREAT!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3551 days ago
    Sometimes it takes what seems like FOREVER!!! But then you'll see a result. Don't give up! You're doing emoticon
    3552 days ago
    You didn't put on the weight overnight, you're not going to lose it overnight either.

    I totally know how you feel. I thought I was doing great and losing 5 lbs per month. Then I did a reality check and I have lost 15 pounds since September! My attitude is that as long as I'm not gaining, I am winning this race.
    3552 days ago
    I think you have to learn to just go with it. Now you could just up your exercise or lower the calorie intake a bit, but if you are happy at your calorie intake just realize that there will be weeks and maybe a couple of months when the scale doesnt budge.
    Dont weigh everyday. Weigh once a week or once a month. Look at what you are eating. You could be taking in more calories that you realize.
    Good luck and dont worry, if you are determined you will succeed. Remember when you reach your goal the scale isnt going to budge, right! emoticon
    3553 days ago
    Scales is just a tool. Don't let that get to you. You are lucky that you didn't gain weight. Go by the clothes. Are they loose or tight? Did you have to get a new size? I have been the same weight for four months now. The longest ever for me. Do what you are doing and maybe next week will be it for you.
    3553 days ago
    You had your old habits for 20 years. It is hard to change everything in 9 weeks. Change takes time. Your first few weeks, you lost more because your body wasn't used to this lifestyle. Now, it is becoming normal and it adjusted. It is so nice to lose weight fast. I am with you on that one.

    I am a good example. I have been careful and exercising 6, sometimes 7 days a week and I lost just over 4 pounds in the last 8 weeks. But I lost 3 inches at my waist and 1 at my hips. And I went down one pant size. Measure your success with other tools than the scale. It is motivating.
    3553 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by JULIENMM