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4/29/10 7:01 P

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Excellent responses here by everyone. Nothing left to be said.
Good luck to you!



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4/29/10 6:05 P

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have you been weighing and measuring your portions? You might not be eating enough food for all your exercising. Have you taken your measurements, you might be losing inches and not pounds. The two don't always go together. If you are doing all of that you can always have your tyroid checked by your doc if you want to be sure it is not physical. If you are doing all that then just hang in there, it will come off.

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THEARCHOUSE's Photo THEARCHOUSE Posts: 106
4/29/10 4:46 P

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Hi,
Just to add to the wonderful suggestions already put forward. You could try to add in some strength training 2-3 days a week (20-30mins). Research shows that you lose muscle as you lose weight and that building your lean tissue will help maintain a higher metabolism so that weight loss will be easier without having to drop your calories.

By the way, do you feel that you are eating less than you used to? Because if you don't, you may be maintaining your weight because you are simply meeting your requirements for energy.


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4/29/10 11:16 A

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Dont get frustrated! U can do this.. ! Now.. depending on how much and what kind of exercise and how much you burn depends on how much you should eat each day.. when you dont lose then you need to change up exercise.. do something different and challange yourself to go longer and harder so you can get heart rate up.. but also find something you like to do.. like bike riding.. i love treadmill and that works for me.. i run now and go on incline too! so read a lot on the site.. info gives you power! keep going and i know you will lose.. cause if i can YOU can.. hugs Geri

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4/29/10 10:41 A

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I am in the sme boat. I have been stuck at the same weight for about a month. I agree with what everyone else has said. My only additional advice would be to start measuring what you are eating (getting the one cup measure for a one cup serving, etc). I have started doing that and I discovered that I was slightly over estimating what serving and portion sizes I was actually eating. Hang in there, it looks like you have a good action plan and it will start to come off again if you stay with it. emoticon

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4/29/10 10:06 A

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There are a lot of us in that boat with you.

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LOVESLILACS1's Photo LOVESLILACS1 Posts: 1,442
4/29/10 9:33 A

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I think it's hard for us to be patient when the scale doesn't move. Maybe you should measure your waist, and track other things, such as water intake and vegetable/fruit consumption. If you see an improvement, you'll know you're improving your health, and that will help you wait until the scale shows progress as well. Just don't give up! You're worth it.

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4/29/10 9:30 A

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Thanks again everybody! I really needed to hear all these ideas and nice words emoticon
I am definitely going to try a few things differently to see if I can break this.



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4/29/10 9:25 A

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Plateaus can be maddening. I'm trying to lose another 10-15 lbs after staying the same weight for nearly 8 months now. I can't complain too much because my body is still changing for the better.

I began calorie cycling/zig zag dieting (mentioned below), trying to eat clean 3 days a week, and have upped my cardio/strength training with a new routine (The firm transfirmer).

There are several reasons why your weight loss could have stalled...
1) Your body is rebelling. Staying true to your plan will help with that.
2) With a loss of ~40 lbs it might be time to lower your calorie intake or increase your activity. Keeping an accurate food (every single bite and nibble) and activity journal should make things clear.

You can look up breaking a plateau here and on other sites as well...good luck !

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4/29/10 8:48 A

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I think everyone has some great ideas! I like the one about eating the high end of your calorie intake one week and the lower end the next week. I have heard that can speed up your metabolism doing that. I have been going through the same problem. I pulled out a dvd I haven't done in a while to change it up, but I can't afford to go the gym so I do my workouts off of cable television on the exercise channel. It seems to give me a variety of workouts that get my heart rate up and I burn tons of calories! I do get frustrated when the scale doesn't move, but I just keep telling myself I am worth it and don't give up! I know eventually those lbs will start coming off again!
Have a great day everyone and stay motivated! emoticon

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4/29/10 8:29 A

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Hey sorry your having such a hard time. Keep on going girlie! You will make it. Have a good day!
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4/29/10 8:29 A

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I'm so glad you posted this because I am having the same problem. It was good to read everyone's comments and it helped me too!

If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you are not hungry. -Michael Pollan, Food Rules
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change up what you do for your workout. One day instaed of walking, ride a stationary bike, or a real bike, or do the elliptical or dance or just one or two days a week switch it up a little to keep your body guessing. I found much success when I used calorie cycling. I would eat at the high end of my calories 2 days a week, the low end 2 days a week and then the rest I would eat somehwere in the middle. I lost most of my 60 lbs that way. I averaged 2 lbs a week doing that. good luck you can do this.

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4/29/10 7:33 A

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You should get your thyroid checked just to be sure and have a physical. I went through the same thing and was diagnosed with "sub-clinical hypothyroidism." I'm managing with a supplement and diet. I know it can be discouraging but hang in there!!! Also watch the late night eating and drinking. It adds up much quicker than you think and then just sits there all night. I used to have 1-2 glasses of wine after the kids went to bed at 8:30. Then I'd get the munchies. Once I quit doing that I lost 5 lbs. in 6 days. I drink hot tea instead and it does the trick. Just stick with it and keep posting -- your SP buddies will help keep you on track and motivated!! emoticon

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MZPUNKBETTIE's Photo MZPUNKBETTIE Posts: 111
4/29/10 7:22 A

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Thank you all for your words of encouragement!
I do keep track of my calories and my fitness. SP tells me to eat between 1600-2000. I tend to do about 1800. I am thinking maybe to aim for the lower end of my calories just to get a little jump. I don't work or have any kids so my activity level is pretty low, maybe I don't need to be consuming as much as I do. I work out for an hour (30 minute walk/jog then JM 30 Day Shred which I just started on Monday. I started out only doing WATP 4 Mile Super Challenge so I have changed my routine like they advise you to do) five days a week, then most of my day is spent either playing with my dogs or reading.
I measured myself on March 23rd when I started the SP program, then again on April 24th. The only place I lost was in my waist, which was 3 inches, but I am still wearing the same size jeans and think it may have just been bloat...I don't know.
I have a bad habit of eating and drinking after 9 pm, so that may be a hinder as well.
Thank you all again for your ideas
emoticon I am going to try and change things up a bit and see how it goes. Its nice to hear (even tho it sucks!) that I am not the only one who has a "dysfunctional scale" HAHA!
emoticon all of you who are stuck like me!

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4/29/10 7:10 A

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I also went through this. I lose some weight , get stuck, and want to throw in the towel. Thanks to all of the support of my Spark friends, I am hanging in there. I am changing the way I think. Now I tell myself to...." stick with the plan a little longer and let's see what happens". I get frustrated with myself because I have been a yoyo dieter for years and I feel like I've always been on a diet but never got anywhere. Now I am making lifestyle changes... one change at a time, and if I stay with it long enough I may get the results that I want. The trick is to stay the course! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/29/10 7:02 A

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This has been happening to me as well. I have noticed however, that when I cut my calories a little bit, the scale will go down.

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4/29/10 7:00 A

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I would have that checked by a doctor. Did you put in the number of calories you mburn i a week. If you do that the systerm will tell you the number of calories you should eat.

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4/29/10 6:35 A

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I've been 'playing' with the same 4lbs for months. But I haven't been keeping track of my nutrition and my exercise has been less than regular, so I do know why.

I guess you just have to keep at it and not give up. Have you measured yourself, sometimes it even though the scale is not moving you are losing inches. emoticon

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4/29/10 6:26 A

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Oh, I am SO with you. I've lost and gained the same 2 pounds for the last 2 months! Every day I go to the gym I end up going over on calories. Every day I can't make it to the gym I stay on target with my calories so the end result is 0.

I'm feeling the frustration right with you but I refuse to give up this time.

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emoticon to the team. SP is a emoticon website with a lot of information and so many people who are supportive, encouraging and motivational. Keep logging in, posting and tracking nutrition and fitness.

Take it one day at a time and enjoy the friends and people you will meet.

Good Luck. God Bless.
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4/29/10 3:46 A

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My weight has been yo-yo'ing between 248 and 244. It seems that once I hit 244 I just stop losing weight! I don't know what I am doing wrong...I stay within my goals, exercise five days a week and drink plenty of water. My last weigh-in I finally hit 242.8 but this week I am back to 244 again! When I went on a diet back in January, the same thing happened...I got to 244 and then got stuck. I thought it was because I needed to work out more so instead of 30 minutes a day, I started doing an hour a day. I usually eat no more than 1800 calories...is that too much? Is that why I get stuck after losing that four pounds??? I am so frustrated! I do everything I am supposed to do but I am seeing very little results. I feel like I am just losing the same "bloat weight" over and over again!!!! Could I have hypothyroidism??? ARRRGGGHHH! Please...any ideas would help. :( I would think after 3 months I would have lost more than just four pounds!!!!!

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