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Is This Normal?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

OK, I'm so close to my goal weight that I can almost taste it - lol! For some reason I just can't get there. I've been hovering in the low 140s for months - I got up and down constantly. My goal weight is 136. Since I'm still not working, and I'm out of school at the moment, I've been exercising more. Shouldn't that be helping me lose weight? Am I doing something wrong? Is this a normal thing?

Looking for answers - and I know that my fellow Sparkers can help.


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  • BOBBYD31
    once you get with in 10 lbs of your goal you have to be exact on you calories in vs calories out. it also takes longer the closer you get, sometimes you body will settle in where it is the most comfortable and it may be something you have to accept however before you accept that.....CHANGE!!!!!!!!!

    nge everything you do:
    type of food you eat
    time of day you exercise
    duration and intensity of workouts
    when you eat your meals and how much you eat, make your breakfast your largest meal
    have 4 meals instead of 3 or 3 instead of 4
    you get where i am going with this ....CHANGE EVERYTHING!

    1930 days ago
    IF you are working out more, are you also eating more? You have to give your body the extra energy to burn those extra calories otherwise your body could go into starvation mode & store what you do eat.

    1938 days ago
    Does muscle weigh more than your weight since you have been exercising more.
    1938 days ago
    The closer a person gets to a healthy weight for their height, the harder and longer it takes to lose any perceived excess. Someone who is obese could safely lose 1-2 pounds per week. However, someone down to that last 5-10 pounds will find it slow going. You won't lose 1-2 per week. If you're lucky, you "might" lose 1 pound a month.

    So, one thing to consider is that because you ARE soooo close to goal, you might consider going into maintenance. No one should be on a permanent diet. At some point, you have to decide when is the right time to KEEP the weight off. This might be that time. Don't worry about that last few pounds for the time being. Instead, concentrate on keeping the weight off. Because I'll tell you, keeping the weight off is a bigger challenge than taking it off.

    Why not try maintenance for a few months ? Once your weight is stable, then you might consider losing that last few.

    1938 days ago
    I have heard it gets really harder once you are within 10 pounds of your goal weight. You really have to fine tune everything, watch every bite, measure food, track it, switch the type of exercise you do every 4-6 weeks. Do you do ST? I hear that helps boost the losing...when I started to do it, It did it for me. Now I am on a plateau and it is hard to find that magic formula to get it to going again and to keep it going! Every pound is taking about 2 weeks with me. I am still trying to figure it all out! Congrats though for getting down that low! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1938 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2013 2:11:44 AM
    Glad to see you so close. Sounds like your getting great advice. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    1940 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You will get there.......keep doing the right things as you have been.
    1940 days ago
  • MISSM66
    it do get harder when you are close to your goal weight,I am in the same Rut here, you are not alone so don't give up, and I would like to reach my goal before the summer,so good luck to you and keep doing what you are doing you will get there. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1941 days ago
    There are lots of Spark articles about getting close to your goal weight - if I remember correctly, it gets harder and harder to lose as you approach goal, due to metabolism and your body wanting to maintain and all that stuff.

    So - play with changing your calories and exercise. Maybe a little more. Maybe a little less. But change up what you're doing to see if you can fool your body into losing those last few lbs.

    And congrats to being so close to your goal!!!!
    1941 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Hang in there!
    1941 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Are you tracking your nutrition and water every day? Have you adjusted the calories you're taking in to reflect your current BMR (basal metabolic rate)?

    I like to check out the BMR Calculator here: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-c

    And then use the Daily Calorie Needs link underneath. Basically your multiplying your BMR by your activity level.

    If you subtract 500 calories from that final figure, that should give you a caloric goal to roughly lose 1 pound per week (7 X 500 = 3500 - 1 pound). Or you could subtract 250 calories per day for a half-pound weight loss...

    Weight loss is usually 70 - 80% calories and 20-30% exercise...

    Hope this helps!

    I wish you much success!

    1941 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/24/2013 6:26:29 PM
    Just keep doing what you're doing and hang in there. It will come! Congrats on getting as far as you have!
    1941 days ago
    Sometimes you can be at the same weight forever even when you mix up your food and exercise plan

    Do not look at it as an obstacle or an unattainable goal look where you were and where you are now

    It will come in time

    CONGRATS of your success thus far
    1941 days ago
    when I've been close to my goal weight I've had the same problems. So close! You'll get there - sometimes people platau for a bit or maybe you just need to shake things up. you'll get there!
    1941 days ago
    You'll get there soon....
    1941 days ago
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