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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I'm still struggling with the whole not losing any weight thing. I wouldn't say i'm concerned, but its definitely weird to me. Before I started being serious about losing weight I would just have a few days where i'd eat better than others and lose a few pounds. Now I've gone almost 3 weeks of measuring, planning and working out and I've been at 279 the entire time.

I asked my trainer today how soon she would be able to measure me or check my body fat or something, she said she does it every 4 weeks. That would be May 27th for me. I told her I feel better overall but i'd like to know if I've lost any inches because if I've stayed exactly the same everywhere then i'm obviously doing something very wrong.

I know everyone has been saying to hang in there (and I am!) and that sometimes its a slow process, etc. I'm not saying that can't be true, but I've been gaining and losing weight for awhile now, and every time I put my mind to it and do the amount of portioning & exercising i'm doing now I lose weight easily and steadily. So this is just weird. I've been using the NuvaRing for about three months now, and I've heard things about weight gain/problems using that, but i'm not sure if that has anything to do with it.

My trainer told me to text her pictures of a few days of my food diary so she could go over it and see if anything needs to be changed. I also conveniently have a gyno appointment tomorrow so I will bring it up to her as well. I am still motivated and looking forward to the blog I write called I LOST FIVE POUNDS!!!!
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    Keep your head up and keep on going! I have been stuck at the same weight for about three months now and it gets frustrating. Eventually it will come off, and will stay off!! Just keep up the good work and don't get discouraged!! emoticon
    1826 days ago
    Aw! We have all been there! I hope that your trainer and doc can give you some insight and help! Hang in there - even when you don't want to! Then that blog will be "I lost 10 pounds" instead of 5! :-) You're doing great!!!!!
    1833 days ago
    Building muscle mass does increase weight but those pounds are much better than fat. Keep the faith.
    1834 days ago
    Working out with a trainer builds muscle and the water retention causes weight gain. The body is stubborn, despite doing good things for it, time may be needed to see a loss. Hang in there, you are doing the right thing and it will pay off!
    1834 days ago
    i realized i was retaining a heck of a lot of water when I started exercising, to the point I thought I wasn't losing weight or worse, gaining it. So let your body get used to the exercise.

    Also, sometimes your body gets into a pattern of expecting your intake and hangs onto the weight - so I suggest you join the Calorie Cycling team here on sparkpeople - it's the best. It can get you out of a plateau and also prevent you from going into one - please try this, it has worked for me when I was stuck for 3 months, I hope it does for you too!
    1835 days ago
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    1835 days ago
  • JIMI520
    hey ,
    This blog might give you some thing to read ...may be some thing different.
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    Thank you.
    1836 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Please do not give up!! Before you know it you Will be writing I've lost 5 pounds (or more)!! Think instead about your now healthy lifestyle and all of its future benefits. The rest will follow. Good luck!
    1836 days ago
    Have you had your thyroid checked. When our hormones are not in balance we struggle as well. Being on any kind of contraception can have an effect on weight, and unfortunately that is something that makes things more complicated...I think that this is an important aspect to consider, and take the necessary steps to overcome these issues if they are a factor
    GOOD LUCK and keep going
    1836 days ago
    I'm in the same boat! I have been stuck at 264 forever! Or the last 2 weeks...but my clothes fit better and my fat percentage is down 2%. Sigh still super frustrating to not see the scale budge. We just gotta keep trying.
    1836 days ago
  • SHEL_V2
    Just keep going. It's sad and painful when the scale doesn't move. But replacing fat with muscle is super-helpful and often explains the stall. I'm going through that myself. Taking your measurements, checking the fit of close-fitting clothes, and noting your energy level are other good and motivating ways to confirm you're having an impact.

    I read a discussion recently that number of minutes of exercise per week doesn't always predict weight loss or calories burned. In studies where they take novice exercisers and get them working out regularly, it was how much of the rest of their time was sedentary that predicted weight loss. Oh geeze... stab me with a fork. Such a bummer that my hard hour on the elliptical is for naught if I'm sitting the rest of the day!

    I made an impulse purchase of an Omron Fat loss monitor (it was $30 on Amazon) for periodic feedback. There are scales (check the Ozeri one) for about $50. It would be interesting to correlate this to caliper measurements by your trainer.

    1836 days ago
    You might need to increase your cardio. Some exercises have very little calorie burn. Your body mass is most likely the culprit. You have converted the fat to muscle and that cause your weight to either increase of stay the same. You will see a difference in your measurements. If you retain a lot of fluid this will also affect your weight.

    I know how frustrating that can be, I have been through the same situation. Your weight will change. It's a slow and steady process. I don't look as closely as I did at first and now it happens more frequently. "A watched pot never boils!" Find something else to distract your attention but continue with the program.

    I wish you all the luck! Please be patient! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1836 days ago
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