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Plateau time?

Friday, May 17, 2013

My weight is essentially the same as it was a month ago. It went down briefly, then back up again and now is a pound higher than it was a month ago! This is extremely discouraging. I have been following my program without fail, eating at the bottom of my calorie allowance and getting more and more active each day in doing yard and garden work. I'm spending hours outside planting, hoeing, weeding, going up and down the hill to the garden several times a day.

I'm not sure if I should just accept that 1200 calories a day is maintenance for me and give up trying to lose weight or try something else. I think I may try going to the local exercise center two or three days a week as I am running out of things to do in the garden which is growing beautifully! I hate to do that because I don't want to spend the rest of my life having to "work out". At 67 I would not expect to have to do that. I get plenty of cardio with my outside activities so I think I'll try some of the machines. I was down to my goal weight a year ago at this time and it seems like I ought to be able to get there again. At that time I wasn't on any exercise program at all, just keeping track of my nutrition. Now my body is a lot healthier so I at least should be able to tolerate the exercise better!
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    I couldn't believe it; I did my weekly weigh in this morning and I had lost a pound. I'm afraid though that I am just dehydrated as I had one of my spinning vertigo attacks yesterday which lasted all afternoon and I was too nauseated to drink or eat anything all afternoon or evening. Time will tell but it was still nice to see the scale go down!
    1827 days ago
    Getting older isn't for sissies! We should enjoy every day we can!
    1828 days ago
    It sounds like you need to keep on with what your doing, perhaps check the times of calories your consuming... but you are on the right path!

    Keep on keeping on!!!
    1828 days ago
    Add some strength training and increase your calorie intake a bit. emoticon
    1828 days ago
    I've been in a two-month long plateau. The scale is finally inching down. Just keep at it.
    1829 days ago
    Don't give up...

    Are you keeping in the right ranges for not only calories, but carbs, fat and protein?

    Perhaps you are underestimating your calories and not eating enough, actually below your range...that tends to keep weight least for me....

    I wish I had the answer, but do not give up...plateau's happen to all of us...I have gone through 2-3 month plateau spurts in the past....

    1829 days ago
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    1829 days ago
    oh ain't that the truth.

    I've been yo-yo-ing for so long, like about two years now. down 50 lbs, then up and down within a 20-lb range. just can't break that 75kg wall.

    what are the plateau busters?

    first of all, time. bodies don't appreciate too much change too fast, it seems.

    second of all, keep your brain guessing, change your meals and exercise routines, but not your schedule.

    third, be happy, not frustrated. inner calm always gets me on a losing spree.

    and there is lots of material on this subject here on spark... check out the articles if you haven't already.
    1829 days ago
    Keep on keeping on!

    I was on a plateau once for three months - tracking my food and exercise - changing up my exercise, ect. Keep doing healthy things for your body and you will feel it!

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    1829 days ago
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