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The good news and the bad news....

Monday, July 01, 2013

Yeah, let's meet there to talk about this --

I have good news and not-so-good news: After embarking upon a conscious program (once again) of portion control, watching the types of foods consumed, tracking food, and exercising to begin getting rid of the 15 pounds that have crept up on me from about two years of careless eating, the good news is that I have maintained a month-long streak of daily exercise.

The not-so-good news is that after the first of June official weekly weigh-in that showed a decrease to 142 pounds, the scale popped back up to 145-ish and has been hovering there ALL MONTH, today included. Nor are my clothes even ONE SPECK looser. And I do NOT want to change the weight ticker back up to 145 -- NO! The major point I'm making here is that in 30 days I didn't drop an ounce! That just doesn't happen when I'm focused on losing...I've always lost an average of one, up to two, pound(s) per week, which should result in me being a minimum of four, maximum of eight, pounds down at the end of June.

Have I not been precise enough in entering food each day? That's the first thing that came to mind. I'm purdy obsessive about it but it's still possible that I'm under-estimating or forgetting here-and-there...but NOT.ONE.POUND in the entire month, with daily exercise to boot???

I'm drinking eight-ten cups of liquid per day. I'm generally doing a fairly decent job of portioning out carbs, proteins, and fats by SparkPeople standards, though my diet is not as protein dense as classic meat diets, nor do I feel we need the level of protein often recommended. I generally tend to be high in carbs, because I consume a high level of complex carbs -- yesterday is fairly representative, i.e. blackberries, apple, plum, cantaloupe, sprouted whole grain bread, toasted oats, yogurt, tofu, etc. My protein sources yesterday included yogurt (Greek), tofu, the bread, peanut butter, walnuts. My distribution yesterday was 48.5% carbs, 22% proteins, 29.4% fats, very close to recommended values.

I'm not losing.

This is NOT typical when I get up-close-and-personal with eating, exercise, and tracking.

I'm stumped and confused and not sure what to do.

Ok, ok! so that's not the answer.

I guess this is a good place to begin (again).

We're on top of this one!

Yeah, yeah.

Naw, this couldn't possibly have *anything* to do with it, uh uh.

I will not let a temporary set-back deter me...I will NOT give up.
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  • _VALEO_
    How have you being doing since this blog?
    1778 days ago
    It's a challenge to feel good about something that doesn't make one feel good! The only comment I can add is that sometimes when I exercise, I don't eat enough....more burned.needs more fuel.....or I don't eat the right balance..and that gets in the way.
    1798 days ago
    I agree with the other posts. You are most likely building muscle and your body is adjusting. Keep up the hard work. The results will come and reward you. What is the alternative? Giving up?nah..that's not you!
    1805 days ago
    Sounds like building muscle mass to me - could be a good thing?
    1808 days ago
    Love the Cookie Monster.

    I feel your pain. I sucked it up put my weight in the tracker. I avoided the scale for 10months.
    Gained 15 pounds since last summer
    1810 days ago
    The other posters have said it all, really.

    It sounds as if you are doing everything right with food and exercise.

    Enjoy yourself, have fun.

    (And maybe you want to get a new scale. LOL)

    1812 days ago
    emoticon You Know You Can!! I have faith in you. Have faith in yourself. emoticon You know sometimes it just happens that way.

    Love you dear friend! emoticon
    1813 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/3/2013 1:34:00 PM
    maybe it's just the universe reminding you that you are a badass, no matter what the scale says! i'd imagine just DOING RIGHT feels pretty good, get by on those vibes for a while and the rest will fall into place! keep that streak going! so proud of you!
    1813 days ago
    3 pounds could mean muscle, sodium, not enough water, stress... but I'm blaming everything on Mercury being Retrograde. Hang on, we're coming out of it.
    1813 days ago
    My two cents: Life has cycles. I believe that includes our weight. We are talking about three pounds not thirty. Hang in there and keeep fighting the GOOD fight!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are beautiful!
    1813 days ago
    I understand completely. This is where I am, too. I have determined to be persistent. Even if I do not win the weight battle, I KNOW I have done the right things for my better health and well-being. In past years (before SP), I always gave up and gave in. I couldn't live with constantly being hungry and feeling deprived and that was the only way I could find to be thin. I refuse to return to that. I also will not make exercise such a priority that I do not live doing anything else than that! My strong points are not in that area. So. I. will. do. my. best. and. if. that. means. I. do. not. lose. the. weight. I. will. not. let. it. stop. me. from. living!
    1814 days ago
    The only thing that I think keeps most people from losing weight is that we tend to work out more and more while eating less and less. You've got to fuel that body for the increase in exercise. I usually eat about 100 calories less than my BMR and add in 300 calories worth of exercising each day. Some days I eat less, some days I eat more and some days I work out less and some I work out more. But I'm no expert otherwise wouldn't I be at my goal weight now instead of being on a two year plateau?
    1814 days ago
    Been struggling here as well so I'm without much in the way of suggestions, except I still maintain that food choices are the critical piece for weight loss...not exercise.

    Exercise is the critical piece, IMHO, for toning our bodies and INCHES lost...among other great things like lowering blood pressure and overall health.

    1814 days ago
    I find my weight is affected by heat and humidity. Might the weather yore having cause some fluid retention Eric that might be having even a little impact? Great streak though. Hang in there your body will find its groove.
    1814 days ago
    Are you drinking plenty of water? Remember you are 80% 80%??? water and you need plenty to metabolize what you are eating. Especially kicking up the exercise you probably lose a lot of it.

    I don't do well with tons of carbs no matter how good they are. I read once that the old blood line Type O...reverts back to the caveman days when a good amount of their food was meat based. Unfortunately it wasn't the hormone pumped meats that we get I try to limit my meat intake to once a week. But too many carbs seem to throw me under the bus...over OVER the bus...scrambling for my next meal...carbs stoke my hunger train.

    I know your weight will stabilize and I think your weight is pretty darn stellar...I wouldn't worry my pretty little head dear long as you feel energetic and healthy...who cares about that stupid scale?

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    1814 days ago
    Thank you for the links and quotes Maha.
    Sorry to hear that you haven't lost but it is
    great to think you didn't gain any weight.
    One day you will see the loss as you are
    doing everything right. Maybe ease up on
    the exercise, don't really know, but I know
    you will be where you want to be in a short
    time. emoticon emoticon
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    1814 days ago
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    1814 days ago
    I'm sorry, but sounds like you caught it in time, but I can't help, but wish I was already were your at, but in time And thank you for the links! And emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1814 days ago
  • BILL60
    Just keep going and you'll see those results come your way real soon.
    1814 days ago
    I know where you're coming from! Everything everyone else said is true.

    But here's an idea I've been exploring with some success. Consider the possibility that something you're eating, something you eat regularly, something "healthy" actually causes you to have an anti-inflammatory response: swelling, water retention, etc. It's not that you're allergic, but you may have a sensitivity. So, for me, so far I'm finding that I don't do so well when I eat pasta (we're talking whole grain here) and also that some foods need to be cooked. Basically, I'm cutting back on soy, gluten, diary, and added sugar.

    So far I've lost 10 lbs.

    Here's how it works for me: I weigh myself everyday. It's really interesting because sometimes the amount of food/calories is low and I actually gain 5 or more pounds weight the next day. Other times, my calorie intake is much higher and I lose several pounds. So, I evaluate what I ate at those different times and try to notice a trend. I have a feeling it would work better if I were more disciplined i.e. starting with something of a cleanse and gradually adding things back in. But who has that much disipline?

    Another theory out there is that too much exercise can also cause an anti-inflammatory response. So if you're really pushing yourself, maybe cut back a bit. I have noticed that my most significant weight loss occurs when I'm not going crazy with the exercise...

    So, who knows, maybe next week, I'll say what craziness, but for now it seems to be working.
    1814 days ago
    you're eating healthy, you're riding your bicycle 10+ miles a day, you're doing yoga and strength training. Who cares about how much you weigh? Celebrate! You are healthier than most people half your age.

    1814 days ago
    Having the same problem here. I seem leaner (I use the "jump test" -- stand in front of the mirror in your undies and jump, then see how much you bounce!) but none of my clothes are fitting better and the scale isn't moving.

    It can be frustrating, but our bodies are amazing machines. Spend a moment rejoicing that you can ask it to do something active every day!
    1815 days ago
    Always love your quotes! With all the exercise it's probably that you are building muscle and it is heavier. Keep on with what you are doing and look for other signs of improvement like looser clothes. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1815 days ago
    Have your measurements decreased? it's possible you are gaining muscle and losing fat. And you didn't gain, so be proud of that and don't stop now!
    1815 days ago
    Out there in that field -- we're not going to be talking about what you're doing right (everything) OR what you're doing wrong (nothing at all).

    You're eating in a very healthy way.

    You're exercising in a very healthy way.

    You didn't GAIN any weight in the last month: yay!! If weight has been creeping up, that in itself is an achievement.

    You get to meet yourself there as a healthy woman who's patiently waiting for the ol' metabolism to adjust and help the weight shift direction . . . . yeah!! And in the meantime, you've gotta be feeling great with all that optimal nutrition and movement!!
    1815 days ago
    And (on top of what other posters said) you are probably gaining muscle, which weighs more. That happens to me when I ramp up exercise, even when I've cut down on calories. Definitely recommend using measurements as another gauge.


    1815 days ago
  • KAT321123
    It sounds like you're really doing everything right. We all lose weight differently and it sure can be frustrating. I tend to plateau for several weeks (and get annoyed in the process) and then suddenly drop several pounds without really changing anything (or sometimes when I've overeaten, actually...totally annoying).

    As long as you're working on a healthy lifestyle and don't have any serious medical issues, your body will catch on eventually =) Good luck!
    1815 days ago
    Unfortunately, this kinda maddening stuff happens. We have our best intentions, and we act on them, and the losses still don't come because ...

    I have no idea.

    I blame sun spots.
    1815 days ago
    OK, so we're in the field beyond, and we're talking ... The first thing I would say:

    Patience, grasshopper!! :-)

    Your body is probably just adjusting to your new routine of DAILY exercise!!! Plus, our bodies fluctuate by as much as 5 pounds daily. Because of that fluctuation, I never count a loss as a loss until I've held that weight for 3 days. I know, I'm weird!!!

    Do you measure and weigh your food? I've found that especially with fruits, which are higher in calories than veggies, it's more important. I don't worry so much about measuring veggies (although I still do), but fruits, breads (definitely weigh those), proteins, I try to be pretty meticulous.

    Or ... it could simply be your body saying to you ... "Uh huh, sure. You're trying to tell me that you're going to work me EVERY day, and I'm not sure that I believe you, but just in case, let me hold out and see what happens." I'm convinced that the body could do something exactly like this ... ROFLOL

    Do NOT give up!!! You're doing the right thing. Think about OTHER ways of measuring your efforts ... are you measuring your body so you can see inches go bye bye? Are your clothes feeling looser? Do you not get winded as quickly, or are you able to go further now ... stuff like that!!

    1815 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/1/2013 1:20:57 PM
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