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2/5/18 3:53 A

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SWEETEMTB,
somewhere around 1800 to 2000 calories a day sounds about right for long term weight loss sounds about right. Not too high, not too restrictive.

As for being "perfect". In general striving for perfection, when nothing else will do, is the way to fail. I used to write software for IBM, and writing perfect software, ... so no bugs, providing all the features, and running really fast, took so much time and effort that by the time I would have had a few things done perfectly, others could achieve 10 times as much. Yes, not as beautiful as my code, not as fast, but their code was done and the product was ready for the eager customer who didn't want to wait 3 years for perfect code.

In the end I settled for good enough. It still goes against my inner daemons, but I know that striving for perfection is something that can freeze your progress.

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2/4/18 3:35 P

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I want to thank everyone for their encouragement and help. I went back and redid my calorie intake for Sparkpeople. I realized that I had been eating 1800 calories to lose 2 lbs a week at 350 lbs. I'm now eating 2200 calories for a 398 woman who wants to lose 2lbs a week. Ill see how this goes for a bit.

Honestly, the only thing that I eat that is processed is corn bread. I don't even like to eat that a long. Most of the stuff I eat is usually beans, cabbage, and other fibrous vegetables that I can afford.

I also noticed that I haven't been wathcing my salt intake.

So slow changes but this is a lifetime experience right. I need to learn not to be so hard on myself and a perfectionist. It's o.k. to pat myself on the back every once in a while.

Thank you again for all your wisdom, sharing, and encouragement.

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2/4/18 8:13 A

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SWEETEMTB,
you've lost 150 pounds, and that is a lot, and that takes a long time. A few weeks of standing still is OK.

Are you satisfied with what you are eating? Probably, or you wouldn't have lost 150 pounds (which takes a long time). Just stay on your path. Sometimes the body just takes a pause.

On a time scale, how long did it take to loose the 150? Probably a year or even two, so a few weeks of a stall is not much. Just keep on your new path, it is not failing you.



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Starting weight : 195.0 pounds (June 7, 2012)
Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)


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URBANREDNEK Posts: 1,779
2/3/18 11:52 P

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Kudos on all of the changes that you've already successfully made! It really is no wonder that you're frustrated when all of the things that you've done so well for so long are suddenly not doing what they used to...

I'm wondering - are you on any meds, for diabetes or thyroid or high blood pressure maybe? If so, have you been to the doc lately to get dosages adjusted for your current weight? It is possible that too high of dosage could be causing your body to not retain fluid and / or weight, and that an adjustment will get things back on track. If you haven't been to the doc for a while, then it might be a good idea to check in with them at this point for an overall health assessment, too. Your organs have to put in as much extra hard work as you do when you lose a lot of weight, and them needing a break or some attention can cause water retention, and the resulting stagnation on the scale.

Honestly, bodies are weird and don't like to follow straight lines in anything, so it is really not surprising that yours wants to pause every now and again and readjust to its "new normal"! Some healthy adjustments, such as some new exercises or adding in more vegetables and fruits, while retaining the calorie intake needed for your body to keep functioning at its best, might just be what is needed --- along with time and patience.

Kudos again on the long months of hard work and success - and on having the strength to come asking questions in your frustration and not giving up! You've come too far and worked too hard to let a wee little blip like this knock you off stride ;)

Sir Terry Pratchett:

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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2/3/18 9:44 P



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Rather than beating yourself up or pulling your hair out in frustration, how about giving yourself a BIG pat on the back? You have done a wonderful job of losing 150lb so far.

What you describe re stalling isn't uncommon. Most people go through periods like this.

Are some links to articles regarding plateaus:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=516


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1605


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=874


www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/calendar-chall
enge.asp?calendar=4


Hopefully there is something there which will be a big help to you.

As far as your calories are concerned, I wouldn't be inclined to go below the 1800 low end that SP has given you. Given your current weight your body WILL be needing those calories. When I started on this journey I was quite a bit lighter than you are now, but still quite overweight. My Registered Dietitian put me on 1400 calories (no range) but then I wasn't getting anywhere near the amount of recommended exercise, either re fatigue (as a result of an accident) and skeletal issues.

Good luck,
Kris

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2/3/18 5:37 P



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SWEETEMTB,

If you've lost 150 pounds, then yes, your calorie range will have changed. But keep in mind, you are still losing weight. You don't want to cut your calories too low because your body needs those calories to keep your vital organs functioning properly. Eat too low and your body will fight you.

How many calories do you think you will need to eat when you reach 150 pounds ? If you keep cutting your calories in an effort to speed up your loss, you may find yourself eating less than 1000 when you reach goal. And that's not healthy.

People assume they need to keep cutting their calories. While it's true that many Americans are eating too much, the problem is that they tend to eat too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food. If you concentrate on eating a wholesome nutrient dense diet you will continue to lose.

When I've found from my own experience with weight loss I've found that what I eat has more impact than how much. Yes, I had to watch how much I ate each day. BUT, I concentrated on making sure the foods I ate packed a nutrient dense punch. I eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies. I eat lean meat/fish/protein. I try to avoid highly processed foods. I home cook most of my meals. I still eat a piece of pizza each week. There was a time I could pack away a small cheese all by myself. Not anymore. It took time to learn how to change my eating habits.

The same is true for you. How you eat now will be different than how you eat when you reach 150 pounds or whatever your goal weight is. Your needs will change.

As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Focus on all the POSITIVE things that you have done for yourself these past few months. You've lost 150+ pounds, that IS pretty amazing.

What are you doing for exercise ? If you want to feel better about yourself, put aside the scale for a short time. Instead, focus on a fitness goal. What would be a good fitness goal ? Have you ever run a 5k ? Now, you don't have to run to be fit or lose weight. But if you've never tried a 5k charity run, why not sign up ? And you don't have to run !!! Many charity 5Ks have a combination of runners and walkers.

How would you feel about yourself if you could complete a 5k walk in under 45 minutes ? How would feel if you could run for a mile without stopping ? Which is my point. Why not select a fitness goal. Something you never thought you'd be able to do because you felt that you were overweight. Achieving a fitness goal would help boost your morale and your self esteem.

And when is the last time you bought yourself a new outfit ? You've lost 150 pounds. It's time to treat yourself to a new outfit. If you don't want a new outfit, how about a trip to the hairdresser for a new hairstyle or maybe a manicure ?

It's time to reward yourself for what you have achieved so far !


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2/3/18 5:04 P

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I'm eating at the low end of the range that Spark People has given me which is 1800 calories. But somewhere my instinct keeps telling to do my numbers again.

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This is from a slightly different perspective: when was the last time you had Spark recalculate your calorie range? Its entirely possible that with that much weight loss...and being able to be that much more active both just in your daily activities as well as exercise... you aren't actually eating an appropriate amount.

I agree with Archi though---you haven't any reason to become discouraged. What you have accomplished is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Savor it, take a deep breath, keep following your path. You have this whole new you to get used to! One month or even two or three isn't going to take that away.

As for weighing every day---some folks advise against it because it trips up your mind. Personally, I find it makes me more mindful: if I'm down, great--Keep It up! If I'm up a bit: hmmm ??Do I need to check myself? I only actually track by average weight for the week though!! The take home message is to remember that when you started this Journey, your day to day weight fluctuations probably didn't stand out as much compared to your overall weight. It was a much smaller percentage of the numbers. Don't panic--just recognize its part of the Life Cycle. Our bodies are not static...and weight loss is not linear. Especially once you are closing in on that healthier weight range.

Personally, I've been doing what I call the "Bouncing Plateau Game" lately. LOL Up a pound or two...down a pound or two...for several months. Interesting thing: exactly the same ups/downs as last winter!! However...I started this winter down 4 pounds. So that's a win in my book!! Would I love it if I steadily dropped from my current 139 to 130? Oh yeah!! (And I'd also love to win that lottery! Neither is going to happen though.) But I am still at a better place than I used to be!!

All the best... Keep up the great work on your Journey!!
patti

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SWEETEMTB,

If you've already lost 150 pounds, that is absolutely fantastic !!! Don't beat yourself up because you haven't lost anything for a few weeks. That really isn't unusual.

Think about it for a moment. Did you gain 200+ pounds in a year ? two years ? Like the rest of us, the weight probably creeped up on you over several years. Even though you are working hard to lose the weight, you can't expect the weight to come off every single week. At some point, your weight loss was going to start slowing down.

And it doesn't mean something is wrong. It could just be your body needs to ADAPT to having already lost 150+ pounds. You've lost an entire person !! That's a lot for a person's metabolism to handle. Your body is going through a lot of changes. So what to do ?

Stop beating yourself up because you haven't lost any weight in a few weeks. You've lost 150 pounds, that means you are doing something right. Keep doing what you've been doing. But be aware, there will be weeks you don't lose and that doesn't mean anything is wrong.

Now, one thing I will recommend is that if you have been doing the same exercise routine week after week, month after month, it's time to change up your routine. try a new DVD workout. if you're working on a treadmill, try increasing your speed or maybe add some hills. Some times when a person gets stuck in a rut, changing their routine helps get things moving again. the same with your meals, if you've been eating the same things day after day, change your menu. try new fruits and veggies. try new recipes.

In short, don't worry ! not losing is not a sign something is wrong. it's just your body needs time to adapt to the weight you've already lost. it's called a plateau and these are a normal part of the weight loss process.

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2/3/18 1:49 P

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How many calories are you eating daily?
Are you noticing non-scale changes?

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
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2/3/18 12:17 P

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I don't know what to do. I'm in tears as I'm writing this. I've done an amazing job of losing 150 lbs but for 4 weeks I've ran into a wall. I lose weight and then I go back up. I lose weight and then I go back up. I've now started to weigh myself every day now. I don't know what to try anymore.

I've tried eating on the low end of my program
I've tried cutting down to the lower end of my carbohydrate allowance
I've tried adding more exercise
I've tried drinking more water
I've cut out 99% of processed foods

I'm afraid of eating on the high end of my program because I'm just tired of going up and down on the scale. I don't want to do any more damage.

Help!

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