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Confused about my lack of weight loss...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

OK, so I've been having trouble losing weight again, and it's been really getting me down. I have my Spark stuff set up right - amount of exercise time, weight goal, nutrition, etc. but I'm still not losing. Then, when I was reading the Spark Solution, I read that I shouldn't change my calorie range since I have a low thyroid. That made sense,, but to be sure, I e-mailed a SparkCoach. They say that the site is more correct, since it takes everything into account. Now I'm at a loss again.

To make sense of it all, I just sent an e-mail to my primary MD to see if she can refer me to a registered dietician or nutritionist or whatever to help me figure this all out. I've just been at a plateau for so long and then I've been gaining instead of losing, that I've decided to seek outside support this time. I just hope my insurance will cover the appointment.

I haven't been on Spark as much as usual, as I've been racking up fitness minutes instead. It's only May, and I've already surpassed my 10,000 fitness minutes for the year. It's easier to get more fitness minutes in when the warmer weather is here and I can walk, and hike, and bike. I will be getting some new sneakers in the next week or two,, and that will help too. You need good sneakers for fitness done right.

I thank all of my Spark friends that have kept by me even though I haven't been a great Spark friend lately. I appreciate it immensely. Keep on Sparkin'!!!
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    Anytime you can be working on your fitness rather than being on the computer is great IMO!
    1831 days ago
    Lots of good advice. Hope you find answers soon. emoticon
    1833 days ago
    Have you checked your measurements lately? I know a few people right now in the same position as you but are actually losing inches instead. That might be something to look at as well. Hopefully, your appointment will help too.

    Congrats on all your fitness minutes! That's AWESOME!
    1833 days ago
    I am always trying to figure out the magic formula, as I call it for my weight loss. The body is so complex and sometimes I think most people don't eat enough food when they exercise a lot. I always lose when I increase the calories, especially when biking. Your body will think you are starving if you don't and you won't lose. I am a SLOW loser and have come to except that, but do get impatient at times too. Now that I had my bike accident I am not allowed to ride for another couple weeks (see latest blog for details, if you want to)-so have reduced my calorie limits and plan to increase my walking more to compensate. I hope you can figure it all out. When we went to a nutritionist/dietitian awhile back, she told us the same thing, increase your calories if you exercise that much. SP knows what they are talking about, too. It is our bodies that are stubborn and when you get a thyroid condition or other medical issues, it is even more hard. So don't get discouraged! Just keep going! The weight loss will happen eventually- It has happened for me! Glad to hear you are feeling better and can do more exercise! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1834 days ago
  • KANOE10
    You are doing a great job on the fitness minutes. You are staying on track and you are not gaining. Have you tried changing your exercise? I know how frustrating a plateau can be. Hang in there. That scale will start moving. emoticon
    1834 days ago
    I hit a wall as well in February. I tried a number of things, including boosting my calories up for a week, hoping to reset my metabolism to a higher level. That did not work. I had hit that wall before on previous diets, and around the same weight too. That is where I failed in the past because I became discouraged and gave up, feeling I just could not lose it. This time has been different. I did what you did, called in the experts and went to see the dietician, who also called in the diabetes nurse and we had a great meeting. They gave me a new glucose meter, a resistance band and an exercise program to go with it to alternate with my days on my treadmill, gave me guidance on how many calories I should be eating, and a lot of encouragement. I see them regularly now, and I am glad my health insurance here in Canada covers it (because I am diabetic).

    My scale is slowly moving downward again, not as fast as I would like, 1 to 2 lbs. a week, but I am delighted it is going in the right direction.

    It sounds like you are doing all the right things, and reaching out for help is awesome! People cannot help you if you do not ask. Remember that the plateau has to give at some point. If it did not, then people would never starve to death, and sadly they do. What is likely happening is that with your increased fitness activity you have been losing fat, but putting on muscle, which weighs more than fat. Perhaps you should take your measurements. Your progress may show in inches lost rather than pounds lost.

    The good news is that if you have been putting on muscle, it is more metabolically active than fat, which means that you will burn more calories, which is what will make your scale move again.

    One other thing is to look to make sure there are no calories sneaking in that you are not tracking and tighten things up where you can. I made the move from full fat yogurt at breakfast (100 calories) to 0 fat (40 calories). I also was not tracking every cup of coffee I drank in a day, and I drink a lot and with cream. I went to black and cut the cream, and I think that was part of my problem.

    Hang in there! *Sending you a long distance hug.*
    1834 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2013 8:01:58 AM
    I understand your frustration, I have not lost any weight for over a year now and been yo yoing with 20 pounds, I trying new things to try to get things moving again. I have had some bad luck with my knee and I am getting that checked out next week. Don't give you things will turn around for you. You have done a great job.
    1835 days ago
    I am in a holding pattern myself, but I have only myself to blame. Now that I am having these teeth issues and somewhat limited on what is comfortable to eat, maybe some more pounds will come off. emoticon emoticon Hope you get the answers you want.
    1835 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2013 4:41:34 PM
    Having a wonky thyroid can make it difficult for a person to lose. I've read several posts from members with PCOS who say that losing isn't impossible, but it is really slow. So, don't beat yourself up because you haven't had much of a loss. Keep your exercise going. Engaging in regular exercise is a good way to stay healthy even if the scale isn't moving as fast as we'd like.

    Also, I think you're doing better than you give yourself credit for. While you might not have lost any weight these last few months, you haven't gained it either. that says you're doing something right.

    1835 days ago
  • J0ETTE
    Sounds like no matter what the scale says, you are doing amazing! You are staying active. Keep focused! :)
    1835 days ago
    I applaud you for your successes, especially all your fitness minutes, that is fantastic! I wish I could get myself moving, and I'm sure I will but it just hasn't happened yet. As for being at a standstill weight-wise, I understand that this happens to all of us at some point, and it sounds as though you are doing all you can to re-start the engine!
    So the best of luck to you, and I hope to read more of your blogs, I enjoyed this one.
    1835 days ago
    Great job on the fitness minutes!! I too love this time of year when it's easier and more fun to be out racking up fitness minutes.

    I hope you get the help you need to figure out what you need to do to get off the plateau you're one. I know how discouraging they can be!
    1835 days ago
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