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Indulging in a little self pity.....

Friday, March 09, 2012

It appears I'm not going to lose any weight this week. My normal weigh-in day is Sunday, and I haven't lost any weight this week so far, so I doubt I will make any appreciable gains in the next two days, especially since it's my husband's birthday this weekend and I was hoping to have a steak dinner with him -- modified, in my case, of course, to be smaller in size and lower in calories.

I have done 60 minutes on the treadmill every day for the last 10 days. I've been averaging less than 1500 calories per day. I count my calories scrupulously, and sometimes I even add in more calories than I might have actually eaten, just in case I estimated low on one of the foods on which I had to guess. So I don't think I'm "cheating." What am I doing wrong?

By the way, Hi. I'm kind of new here. I've been visiting the Spark site a lot, but this is the first time I've ever posted more than a sentence or two.

It's not just that I didn't lose weight this week. I've been at about the same weight for the last 10 days. I did record a two-pound weight loss for last week, but haven't actually lost any weight for around 10 days.

Between my BMR and exercise, minus the calories I'm eating, I'm at about an 1100 calorie-per-day deficit. Someone please tell me it is not possible for a 5' 4" woman to exercise an hour a day and eat a 1450 calorie-per-day diet and remain at 250 pounds for the rest of her life. I mean, seriously.

I know I'm impatient, but this is a lot of work. I don't want to scrimp and save on calories and work out an hour a day if all it gets me is...... the same.

UPDATE 8/16/12:

Well here I am at 210 pounds, so obviously I did break through my plateau. I don't know why it came or why it went. The most frustrating thing is to do everything right and not lose any weight when you feel you should have. I eventually broke through the plateau and lost 8 pounds in the first week of April. Go figure.

In fact, I'm sort of at another plateau. I have been trying really, really hard for the last 3 weeks, being scrupulously honest on my food blog, exercising consistently, and doing everything right. But I've barely lost a pound and a half in three weeks. I would like weight loss to be orderly and consistent and have the results exactly correspond with the effort, but it just isn't like that. I've taken monthly cycles into account -- this should be my "lighter" two weeks. Just isn't happening.

The only thing I know to do is keep on keeping on. "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." I think that's in the Bible somewhere. My flesh is getting stronger, but when it falters, the mind has to summon the strength to push the body over the threshold. Time to rely on inner grit and determination. I refuse to be deterred from my goals, so onward and -- downward.

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  • KDRICH24
    The spirit is willing and the flesh is weak... that is from the Bible! I really believe that prayer has helped me in my diet and that prayer can help us over come the "flesh" YOu are doing so well keep your chin up! emoticon
    1714 days ago
    First, you have lost a considerable amount of weight so hooray for you as it is a tremendous feat.

    From what I have read, your body gets used to the same exercise day after day as you use the same muscles in the same way. The more efficient your body becomes, the less calories burned so you won't lose weight at the same rate if you don't change things up.

    There is a chance that you are not eating enough. If you consume too few calories your body will hoard them, worried when the next meal will come.

    1907 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/3/2013 2:48:57 PM
    Well, I am the Plateau Queen! I've messed with the same 3 pounds over the past 2 months! I decided to change things up a bit to see if that helps. I'm splitting my cardio to 20 min. in the morning, 10 or 20 after dinner. Also cut calories (not permanently, just for 3 or 4 days) and cutting carbs (again temporarily). Also, drinking green tea once or twice a day.

    So, those are what I'm doing. Don't take these as suggestions, but just as information that may or may not help you.
    2057 days ago
  • MIZINA730
    I just read your profile and updates! I am sick today and didn't realize you made it past your plateau, WAY past it. Congratulations!!! Please post how your plateau was resolved if you haven't already.

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    2079 days ago
  • MIZINA730
    Could it be your hormones? If you're in the second half of your cycle,that could do it. I'm not an expert at what could cause plateaus because exercise always got me out of them. You are already doing that. You could be building up some muscle. One thing I do is weight myself on Tuesday. That way, if I have a big weekend for food I have Monday to cut back and make up for it before I weigh myself. I wouldn't be surprised if you see the scale drop soon. Since you're doing the right things you will reap if you don't give up.

    2079 days ago
    I've read that strength training can make a huge difference. I hit plateaus a lot and find that only lots of exercise can get me through them. It's worse now that I am older than before (will be 47 this year). Once I am in my BMI range like I am now, it's harder and harder to lose the weight. So, I just bought a used home gym on Craigslist for $320 delivered and set-up! It's a $1400 gym. I'll start Monday on it and keep you posted!

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    2181 days ago
    I totally get you ...I have been there and there are still weeks that I feel that way. But we have to remember that the scale may be at a stand still but it isn't moving up!! That is really what we don't want to see!! Plus, we can not only base our progress on the numbers on the do you feel? how are your clothes fitting? do you have more energy?...all of these things make us realize and help us size up our actual progress. I weigh in on Sundays too and I will sneak in during the week and do a check-up, but I try not to let that disappoint's just a battle. One week is a battle, but I am here for the war, and it will be my victory!!
    On the other hand have you incorporated any other activities into your workouts? Some strength training? Just some thoughts...
    Happy Birthday to your husband...and enjoy your weekend!! Good luck with everything and keep up the good work!!
    2238 days ago
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