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Is this a plateau?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I'm confused by plateaus. The when and the how I guess. I think I assume that they don't happen to me really because I never stay on track long enough. I yo-yo so much between on the wagon and off the wagon, that I think it keeps my metabolism guessing. But I've been lots more on the wagon than odd the wagon lately- for the last 2 or 3 months I guess. I've had meals here and there that were high calorie but not any days long or weeks long binges and I've had way way more days where my calories were in range and even on the low end of the range. My exercise hasn't been all that consistent. I never seem to go more than a couple weeks where I'm exercising regularly, never everyday. I've been consistent the last 2 weeks though getting cardio in 4 days each week and only one strength training session each week. This is actually pretty good for me, considering I'm back to work full time. Last year, when I started back I really struggled with having the energy or desire to exercise.
But in that whole year, I've only lost about 14 pounds which is really frustrating but I know I also didn't put the effort in a lot of the time.

But I am putting the work in now- at least I think so, and I've only lost about 1lb since the beginning of September. And when I weighed in this morning, I was up a pound...but I think that's just fluctuating. I don't think it's a real pound gained. Still right now I'm at 0 loss for the entire month.

What am I doing wrong here? Is this a plateau? Even though I'm pretty inconsistent? I still have 60lbs to lose. I've only lost 40. Should it be this hard? Do I have to kill myself for hours a day, everyday to see any progress? What am I doing wrong here? This is driving me crazy!!!
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    14 pounds is great!! Keep up the good work. emoticon
    2036 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Consistency is key but so is variety.

    Mix up your workouts. Use the muscle confusion which will help you burn more fat. Find something that you can stick with and do it!

    Track all of your food. Some people leave things out and then have "hidden calories". Stay on the tracking and track more than just calories. A 300 calorie sandwich may sound great but if it has 30 grams of fat, its not good.

    Stay positive. Stay with it!

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    2037 days ago
    I agree with the other posters. Consistency is key, but even more so understanding your body. My guess is you're going through what I am now. I've been working out consistently (a few not so great food items but working on it) and the scale hasn't moved. In fact, it went up by 4 pounds.... now it's creeping back down. I know that - for me - when I start exercising and such, my weight stays the same for a bit, increases a bit due to water, soreness, and muscle gain. Once you push through that part, that's when the magic happens: boom = weight loss. It's happened for me before when I first hopped on Spark, so I know what to expect. Tracking is another key. I know exactly where I need to fall calorie and carb wise for me to either maintain or lose weight. A lot of it is sticking to it and learning your body. Then it will make those times when you plateau out easier. Also, if you're doing the same routine - shake it up. That can do wonders. And make sure you're getting enough calories - that has been a culprit for stalling weight loss for me in the past.
    2037 days ago
    Keep tracking and exercising, be consistant and I am sure you will begin to drop the weight. Try something new. Meanwhile 14 pounds lost is 14 pounds gone and you have done well keeping it off! emoticon emoticon
    2037 days ago
    i do not know how close you are keeping track of everything but from my experience it will be a year in October since i lost weight , i bounce up and down with the same 4 lbs and i do not sweat it because i am seeing changes in my body shape and my ability to do alot more things that i was not able to do before i lost the weight i think i have 40 more pounds to go but for now i will keep doing what i am doing and start going over everything i was doing when i was losing the lbs , if i didn't see changes i would be in a state of panic but the scale is just one of the tools i use get the tape measure out and see if your strength and cardio are improving, if so maybe change up the routine emoticon emoticon
    2037 days ago
  • JR0124
    I also think it is time for.something new. Add in some strength training or a new cardio option and see what happens. The best and worst advice I received is that everyone is different. What works may for you. It's the worst because it really isn't helpful: ) best of luck!
    2037 days ago
    I understand your frustration. I gained last week after having done what I thought was an excellent week. Sometimes I think my body is just behind. One of the things that helps is to try to remember that the scale is just one small part of the picture. Clothes fitting differently, energy level, increased ability to perform cardio....all of those are part of the picture too and may not be in exact sync with the scale. I know that is hard to keep in mind and I have a hard time not picking up the scale and throwing it out the window. I have found that giving it a good cussing as loud as possible often helps me and has to burn some calories.

    I have tried to put away clothes that no longer fit to give away but I like to keep a pair of pants from each size so that when I get discouraged, I can put them on and see how far I have come. While the scale said I gained .2 lbs last week, I can't even hold up the pants that I was wearing a year and a half ago.

    I also created one of those paper chains that kids do to count down to holidays and such. I did it for 100 lbs that at one point I needed to lose. As I lose, I replace the original white link with a bright orange and every tenth one I have printed out some motivations quotes that are on the link. This helps that in a quick glance I can see how far I have come and how far I have to go.

    Taking your measurements may be helpful and show you a more accurate picture than the scale since weight will fluctuate even during the course of the day.

    I have to remind myself of these things all of the time.

    You are doing great! If I can ever help, please let me know. emoticon
    2037 days ago
    I will tell you that your not doing anything wrong. It sounds like a plateau but I'm not positive. I walk/jog everyday and I haven't loss any weight either. As for getting the scale to start going down again, I'm not sure. My only suggestion is to try something new. Maybe a new type of exercise, maybe some different foods. I'm not sure. But I'm sure someone else will have a good suggestion. But hold your head up and emoticon We are here for you.
    2037 days ago
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