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Plateau rant

Thursday, March 21, 2013

OK so I am now at the point where I no longer lose weight. Last year when I started I can take off the first 10-15lbs and then that's it. I stop. I worked out 8 months and lost 15lbs and the 15 was lost in the first 2 months. Now I started over Jan 1st. Same problem I am down 14lbs and I have stopped. Why does my body stop after 15lbs. According to all my Body media tracking my calorie deficits day I am eating and burning enough to lose 2-3 lbs a week and yes it is healthy eating. There is nothing I am doing wrong. I even had my best fitness week EVER last week and didnt lose an ounce. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ok I feel better now!
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    Sometimes it helps to rant; makes you feel better. I know it's a few months since your blog, but i hope your past your plateau now. You have some pretty good advice from friends in this blog.

    All the best in falling off your plateau! emoticon
    1721 days ago
    I tried to send you an email, but it seems you don't accept them.
    I have been where you are, and it is the most frustrating feeling.
    I know you are counting calories, but are you following any kind of plan? I think you might benefit from a Paleo/Primal plan just to change things up. If you consistently hit the same blocks in your weight loss journey, it probably is because your body has issues with breaking down refined carbohydrates and stores it.
    Just a thought. emoticon

    1863 days ago
    OMG!!! Finally someone that feels my pain emoticon Well not that I was wishing this on anyone else but you seem to be facing the same thing I'm going through. I've been at this almost a year and I've only loss 15-20#s and I did that in the beginning months. I've bounced up and down the same 5-10 pounds. Mostly 1-5#s since the big loss I had back in September was after surgery and it came right back. I workout anywhere from 1-2 hours 5-6 days a week. My goal is not so much the weight loss but focusing on being consisent with getting healthier and exercising. My goal is one year and I'm about 95 days from meeting that goal. I've increased, decreased calories. I've changed my workkouts, added weights, drank more water, and still I gain and lose the same 1-5#s. We can't give up and you can push pass this 15# mark. That should be your main focus/goal. To reach the next 5#s. One thing I can say is that I had to honestly look at some things I've been doing. One that I blogged about last week was my official weigh-in is on Thursday. I usually use that day or Friday as my cheat day or not so strict day. I realized that those days turned into 4 (Sat and Sun). I say 4 because I wasn't eating my 5 mini meals (usually 1-2), I wasn't drinking my water. So on average I was only dieting or working my plan 3 days a week Monday-Wednesday. Now I'm focusing on a 7 day eating regimen and drinking my water even on the weekends. I have an agressive sweet tooth so I've weaned myself down to 1-2 days a week instead of everyday. Still working on this.

    So I've left this long response on your blog to say - carefully evaluate your plan and make changes. One of my favorite sparkers reminded me that it's going to take a full month before you may see that your new changes are working. Don't give up on them so quickly. We shall over come these hurdles.
    1889 days ago
    1) How many weeks has it been? If it's just one or two, it may be that your body is just readjusting. You could also be losing inches and building some muscle, but just not seeing it on the scale just yet. I usually see a big weight drop the week AFTER I have a huge fitness week, once my new muscle starts burning away the fat. I would suggest keeping up with measurements as well as the scale.

    2) Usually when you drop about 10-15 pounds, you need to readjust your calorie limit to compensate for the lower weight. I'm assuming your BodyFit device does that, but it doesn't hurt to check.

    3) If it's been longer than a few weeks, then maybe you should try changing something up. A new exercise? Your body can adjust to an exercise routine very quickly, so it's important to add or change up something every 6-8 weeks. You could also drop your calories by a few hundred or add a little to see if that helps. I'd suggest pick one thing to change, give it a few weeks, and see if it makes a difference. It requires some patience, but at least your trying something.

    I'm a pretty athletic gal by nature, and my body adapts quickly to any changes I make. I have to constantly change up exercises to keep my body guessing. I do not do the same workout 2 times in a row. I try to alternate strength and cardio, and even with each type I vary the workout. It stinks to have to keep challenging myself like that, but I know it's necessary because my body is rather efficient at burning calories. And even then, even when I watch my calories, it doesn't always show on the scale. But I FEEL a difference in my clothes and see it in my measurements, so I have to have faith that at some point the scale will start to creep back down.

    Good luck! It can be frustrating, but you can push past this! Know that you are getting healthier each and every day you work out or make healthy eating choices. Think about how much better you feel physically because of it.
    1889 days ago
    You might be undereating. 2-3 lbs a week is a lot to try to take off. Try lowering to 1 lb for a little while and eat a bit more while maintaining your exercise. You'll still be eating at a deficit but your body might need some extra fuel. emoticon
    1889 days ago
    You haven't stopped so much as "paused." Sometimes your body needs to take a breather and "Catch up", so to speak, to the new weight. So, I hear. It is also possible that with your new, lower base metabolic rate, you need to lower calories and/or up exercise to see the scale move again. Either way, don't despair too much. You will ultimately prevail! emoticon
    1889 days ago
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