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You have to be freakin' kiddin' me! (March results)

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Well, let me go to the bank so I can mail out a bunch of 25 cent checks. Apparently my mouth wrote a check -- but my ass couldn't deliver. I challenged myself (and the entire Spark Nation) that I'd lose 5 pounds in March. Only five. I know, I know, I should expect some plateaus, muscle weighs more than fat. Blah, blah, blah. No it doesn't. A pound. Is a pound. Is a freaking pound. PERIOD. That's what people say to make other folks feel better. I know, it's still a pound. I would NEVER say to anyone reading this, "You ONLY lost a pound? Wow, what a slacker!" But hey, I'm human, that's how I feel. I'll get over it, but seriously - I'm beyond pissed.

I have HONESTLY tracked every morsel of my food, including when I've eaten poorly, which by the way is very seldom. I weigh and measure everything despite knowing how to "eyeball" certain things. (Trust me, go check my food tracker.) On days I do have more calories than usual, I work out more to compensate. I've added jogging to my routine. I'm getting in all my water. I don't do sodas. I eat more fiber to feed a small country, prepare most of my meals and don't rely on fast food.

Less calories in, more calories out. Frankly, I believe it's BS. My body does what the hell it wants to do. And right now, it wants to say "You've tried, you've been patient, persistent, diligent, maybe this is where you're supposed to be weight-wise." Then the other part of my brain thinks. "This is why I'm in this place now. Keep pushing. Many other success stories have had their share of plateaus. Don't stop. You'll get to where you want to...eventually."

Trust me, I don't WANT easy. I just want POSSIBLE. My efforts are seriously NOT reflecting the results I want. I'm not asking for 2 or 3 pounds a week. Hell, I'd settle for 3 or 4 pounds a month. That's not that much to ask, is it?

Why on earth was I able to shed 30 pounds in a matter of months and now I can't get rid of a single pound? It just doesn't make any sense. I've adjusted my calories from 1250-1700 to 1200-1500. Should I be eating more or less? Am I working out too much? (5-6 days a week, burning a MINIMUM of 3500 calories) Please. I need advise, help, patience. Something so that all my hard work isn't in vain. What would you do?

Signed,

Ticked off in Virginia

I openly welcome your constructive criticism and support. Bring it. I'm a big girl, I can take it.
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  • JUSTFOXXY
    Showing up late to add my two cents. Since I seem to live on Plant Pissedtivity I would recommend you go for losing inches. I think I fell into a Law of Attraction because this weight remains attracted to me. However, if I lift weights then my shape changes. Don't get me wrong, I'm still pissed about the pounds, but at least I have something to look forward to.

    Good luck!
    3725 days ago
  • ALESHABEE
    I hear ya on this one. This means that you need to revamp your plan. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results. First thing I would do is to swap some of the cardio for strength training and up the protein. Also, eat as clean as possible...drink at least 1 gallon of water a day. This will get the scale moving for sure...and you need to up your calories too. If your plan is not working then you need to change your plan :-)
    3751 days ago
  • VW_STEPH
    Hehe i know you're ranting here and i'm sorry but you still make me smile!!

    By now i think you're out of your hissy fit... emoticon and i hope April is going great for you - now that you've stuck to it and kept pushing and enduring.

    You said it yourself midway in your blog.
    ""This is why I'm in this place now. Keep pushing. Many other success stories have had their share of plateaus. Don't stop. You'll get to where you want to...eventually.""
    And there ya have it. You know that now though, don't you? Of course you do. emoticon

    I think when people or companies or blogs or whatever talk about weightloss or give advice on it, a major thing of it turns out to be PATIENCE. We all need to have a little patience. Sometimes it's really hard, but i'd at least like to know my patience would be tried before i started so that i could tell myself to shut up when i'm losing it and being all "Grrrr" hehe. xx
    3751 days ago
  • SOLONGSUE
    Hey...just coming up for air before my trip and catching up on your page.

    I'm no longer convinced this is all about less calories in and more out. I have found over the last year that increased exercise causes me to eat more, with no weight loss results. I have also found that if I keep my calories low and exercise a lot, I do not lose. My shape is much improved, so I will tell you, you must accept that something is happening even if it is not registering on the scale. I know we all get sick and tired of hearing it, but it's true. Interestingly, what I have found lately is that there seems to be boundary with my exercise. If I cross it (too much), I do not lose weight despite how I do with my food. I'm sure there is some logic somewhere, but I'm now aiming my calorie burn for the week around 2500 and nothing higher. Not sure where you are, but you might want to look at that aspect. I have used calorie cycling (zig zag) to break a plateau. This site will complete the daily calc for you if you want to give it a try: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/ca
    lorie_calculator.htm#

    Oh
    ...and that dress with the faux lace is AWESOME!
    3764 days ago
  • ESTEPHENSON2
    You may not be eating ENOUGH! I, obviously, am no dietician. Maybe try talking to one. I lucked up and found a personal trainer who is also a certified nutritionist. Look into the trainers at your gym - maybe they have someone who is certified. I'm sure he or she would be willing to review your workouts and food trackers and make some suggestions! I've found on this journey that, for the most part, when you ASK for help - you get it!

    Good luck girl, I know you can break this plateau!!!!
    3767 days ago
  • CORDIA72
    Have you tried changing up your workouts? It might help to work out harder and with more intensity for SHORTER periods of time rather than for longer periods of time.
    3768 days ago
  • TRUCKER21465
    Hello ticked off in Virginia,I'm know doctor but I'm sure you feel better than you did 30lbs ago.Do not let anything have mastery over you. emoticon
    3768 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1002161
    Hang in there hun! I know something will change. It can be tough when you hit plateaus. Maybe up your workout a little more...Good luck I hope you are to figure it out. Sounds like you are getting good advice... :)
    3769 days ago
  • FITNESSVIXENN
    HEY SIS I FEEL YOU ON THAT .THE LAST FEW POUNDS ARE STICKING TO ME...LOL...IT'S OK BECAUSE I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE UP....AND NEITHER ARE YOU.TRY ADDING MORE GREEN VEGGIES IN YOUR DIET SNACK MORE ON FIBER FOODS.YES DEF SWITCH UP YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINES.ADD SOME HEAVIER WEIGHTS IN THERE NOT TO HEAVY THO. PEOPLE THINK THAT IT WILL MAKE YOU MANLY AND BUFF BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT IT IS THE OPPOSITE.I HAVE BEEN DONG THE P90X AND MY ARMS LOOK SO MUCH SMALLER..I CAN'T WAIT TILL DAY 90.SIS DON' GIVE UP...I HAVE BEEN 158LBS FOR A MIN NOW.I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT I WEIGHT NOW,BECAUSE I AM GOING TO WEIGHT MYSELF ON DAY 30 OF THE P90X.SWITCH UP YOU WORKOUT ROUTINES AND YOUR DIET.YOU WILL BE FINE. emoticon
    3769 days ago
  • COOLCUKE
    i TOTALLY hear you on this one, lea. i am so in that same waiting place. it is very frustrating! but i whip out the tape measure every weekend. usually, i see a half inch one way or another. sometimes its just my body fat percentage dropping a fraction of a point... but i swear if i dont bust out of this plateau soon im gonna lose it!!! for me, i am pretty sure that once i exercise (as in real cardio for at least 20 mins, not the bogus stuff i usually try to pass off as exercise, lol) once or twice more per week, consistently, i will see improvement. i KNOW that is the key for me. maybe for you its something else? how about sleep? i have been working on that one, too.

    in any case, keep on truckin' and dont give up! living healthier is still the fountain of youth!

    emoticon
    3769 days ago
  • BELLEFAITH42
    grrr - I hear ya! Found this blog - might be stuff you already know but may have a tip or two -- Good Luck!

    http://www.burnthefatb
    log.com/archives/2011/01/unexpl
    ainable-fat-loss-plateaus-expla
    ined.php


    3769 days ago
  • GRANLUND
    Try increasing your protein intake with the amount of exercise you are doing. I've found this to be a big help. I also exercise 5-6 times per week and burn 3500-4000 calories per week and I take in 100 grams of protein PER DAY. I also try to base my feelings on how the clothes fit rather than what the scale says. I don't measure myself, but the clothes are a good measure for me.

    I feel your pain!!!!! Stick with it.
    3769 days ago
  • RADARLYNN
    I hit a mega plateau this time last year. After 6 months of no movement on the scale I said screw it and didn't pay attention to what I was eating, became less OCD about tracking every crumb that went in my mouth and after a while, I saw movement on the scale again. At first I went up a pound, then started going back down when I upped my exercise again. Maybe your body is telling you its time for a short break. Mine did and I finally listed and saw results again. By no means am I telling you to go out and blow everything and eat cake and ice cream just because you're not tracking. I continued to eat reasonably healthy, just took the stress of waiting for a magic number on the scale out of the equation for a month or so
    3769 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Did you measure yourself? Sometimes when the scale pisses us off, you can resort to the handy dandy tape measure to tell us the truth. (This coming from someone who hasn't measured herself, but I have heard it's a great tool LOL) You're fabulous, no matter what that darn scale says!! Keep at it girl! emoticon
    3769 days ago
  • MIDNIGHTMOCHA
    Ah, the infamous plateau. You already know that means you need to change things up. But the difficult question is... what to change? The best thing, if you're able to do it, is tune into your body. What is it telling you it needs? If you're feeling hungry and/or tired all the time, you need more food. If you're not, maybe you can get away with a bit less, or simply switch up your exercise routine. Also, eating a bit more than your calorie targets once in a while is good for both your body and your soul. Just don't overdo it and let it go on for days/weeks on end.

    Most of all, remember to be good to yourself. That's the only real rule I'm following this time around and I have never had an easier time staying on track. Eat good food (and enough of it), experience the thrill of moving your body, sleep well, do things you enjoy, and tell yourself that whatever the results are, it's ok. You're on the right track, even it's slow going. You're not going to get there any faster by pulling out and heading the other direction.
    3769 days ago
  • MANDABEAR11
    Scary as it seems, definitely up your calories especially with a burn like that, I'd say make 1500 your minimum up to about 1800-1900. It will definitely break through that plateau! :D
    3769 days ago
  • MAKALANI22
    I hear you, sister. Sometimes our bodies just literally need time to adjust to what's happening, and it sounds like this is your body readjusting.

    What kind of workouts have you been doing? It might be that your body is turning into muscle (yay!). Are you seeing any non-scale victories right now (able to run farther, smaller waist)? If so, focus on those!

    I SO know how frustrating it is, but keep with it! Your hard work will pay off! After I hit my 50 lbs lost weight, my good friend/trainer had me up my cals for two weeks to "reset" my metabolism. That might be something you could think about.

    The biggest help for me has been to look at my calorie DEFICIT each day, rather than cals in and cals out. I notice that, for MY body, a daily deficit of about 600 yields results. (If you want more info on that, just let me know, I'll get you what I use :).

    Other than that, have you been putting in the work to lose the weight emotionally? I know it sounds crazy, but when I journal the pounds shed much easier. It's all connected.

    Most of all, don't lose faith in yourself. It took years to gain the weight, we've got to patient with letting it come off. It's a PROCESS, but we're all here for you!
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    3769 days ago
  • FITBOD2021
    Don't give up or lose sight of your goals. Your body is adjusting to the new habits and weight. Mix up your exercise a little and add a few more healthy calories to fuel up. You are taking care of your body so it is all worth it in the end... best of luck to you in April!
    3769 days ago
  • LULULUCY
    Burning that many calories and only eating between 1200-1500 is probably putting a stall on your losses! Gotta fuel that bod so it can melt away the fat.
    3769 days ago
  • _COSMOPAULATAN_
    I've been there. Sometimes all you can say is "this sucks". Big hugs to you.
    3769 days ago
  • LIGHTLOVEJOY
    There is no definite answer, I'm afraid. Every single body out there is different, and you'll just have to try different things until you find what works for you. I used to joke that a plateau was just my body's way of pausing for dramatic effect. Teeny Bikini calls it her FDP or fabulousity development period. They happen, but you can do it! Just keep trying new things until you bust right through it!
    3769 days ago
  • RUNJEWELRUN
    You have hit a plateau, you need to change up your workout and increase your weights :)
    3769 days ago
  • TEENY_BIKINI

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    3769 days ago
  • ABSOLUTZER0
    I want my check! LOL! You do realize that your body wants you to fail, right? It is so much easier for it to not have to deal with you putting it through all of this change or living right by it. With that, screw what your body wants to do. Sometimes it takes longer than we want to for it to change. You have hit a plateau! That doesn't mean it's over....does it? Of course not! You continue to do what you are doing and do not give up! I'm sure you feel better this month, right? As others have said, you can be the same weight, but have obvious changes to your body. Now, I need you to get un-ticked and continue to DO THIS!
    3770 days ago
  • SUPERS0NIC
    Maybe "weighs more" is the wrong way to say it. It TAKES UP LESS SPACE therefore you look smaller, even at the same weight.

    Make sense?
    3770 days ago
  • SUPERS0NIC
    I feel ya.

    Our bodies are confusing as hell. I gained a pound last week and stayed in all my ranges (under 2,000 cals). I lost 1.4 pounds this week and I ate approx 3,000 calories 4 out of the last 7 days. Go figure.

    I would definitely say you need more fuel, especially with the calorie burn you have going.

    AND

    Don't let it be about the scale. Do you feel good? Are your clothes fitting better? Muscle DOES weigh more than fat.* A 250 pound bodybuilder looks TOTALLY DIFFERENT than a 250 pound lard ass. Remember that.

    Love you. Chin up beautiful.

    *see my comment above
    3770 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/3/2011 3:15:25 PM
  • NEENSTER1
    I am seriously feeling your pain girl for real!!

    It's very frustrating! emoticon Be Encouraged, ok. emoticon
    3770 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    Hang in there. Your body really will begin to kick into high gear again. I'm speaking from experience. Are you very conscience of your sodium? Maybe it is close to time for Mr. Monthly? There are lots of reasons we may be holding a little water. January was not a good month for me and I was working my tootie off. March, different story and I did nothing different. The body just has a mind of its own.

    Stay strong and stay encouraged. Do you only weigh once a month? If you weight weekly maybe you can make small changes for that week and see how it impacts your loss. Are you spreading your calories out through out the day? Keeping fuel in the tank keeps the motor running.

    emoticon Praying this is a much better month for you.
    3770 days ago
  • HEATHER409
    First things first...I think you're absolutely gorgeous! As for the plateau I can only imagine what you're feeling right now. I'm sure it sucks. BUT....before u saw your weight results, how did you *feel*? Do you feel like you're doin gthe right things? Eating the right things? Exercising enough? The answer is yes. Then why worry so much about what the scale says? You have entered the healthy lifestyle part of your journey. Whether or not that scale shows it, you know it. You are doing what is right for you & your body. If you are doing all of this simply to lose weight without planning on sticking with your new lifestyle you may be in for heartache down the road. You have to keep up this routine & this lifestyle to keep the weight off. I know we are all our own worst critic and I can relate. But I'm not your critic, I'm part of your massive support system & I'm just here to remind you that you are beautiful & what all you have accomplished already. Don't let this plateau be your excuse. Keep pushing forward & you'll do great. Remember you have people that care about you & to lean on them whenever you need to. I'm here to talk if you ever need someone to rescue you from your own pity party emoticon

    Keep up the good work & don't give up chickie! emoticon
    3770 days ago
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