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MINKY1111
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9/6/12 10:34 A

hiiii pat .. wow it is a lifestyle change isn t it??? when i get to a plateau.. im pretty sure ny body is going thru a metabolism adjust ment this is the time to try a new exercise... my gf recommmended that i increase my intensity during the work outs.. with 60 second bursts of faster action..... they are hard to maintain...but it surprises yur body...also make sure yu eat a bite of protein frequently even if yu dont crave it five times a day... keeps the metabolism fire burning....we alll have plateaus that is success in the making,,,,, s tick with it...we know what the reward is!!!!!!!!!!



BETHS60
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9/6/12 9:36 A

It sounds like you are depriving yourself. If that's the case, no wonder you feel like giving up. People don't like deprivation. Try working some of your favorite foods back into your eating plan. That's one of the nice things about the calorie tracker. You can see ahead of time how a food will affect your overall calorie count. Pretty much anything you like you can work some amount into a day. I'm not saying you can eat a whole pizza and drink a 2 liter soda, and everything will be fine, but with a little planning you can work in a slice or 2 here and there and nothing bad happens.

It looks like you've lost quite a bit of weight so far, particularly if that 17 pounds you were talking about is in addition to the 60 pounds you had lost previously. Either way, that's quite an accomplishment.

The closer you get to your goal weight, the harder the pounds are to lose. And for women like us who are of a certain age, it's even harder.



ARCHIMEDESII
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9/4/12 2:34 P

SKINNYPAT62,

Don't beat yourself up if you see a "gain" in the scale. That's actually not unusual. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. You're going to see many ups and downs on the scale as you lose.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale goes up now and then. it's going to happen and it's usually because of water retention.

Keep in mind that this is a journey. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. What I've learned from my own years of yo yo dieting is that the faster you take off the weight, the faster it packs back on. Take the weight off slowly and it will stay off.

You've made excellent progress ! Don't beat yourself up because the weight isn't coming off as fast as it does for the contestants on the Biggest Loser. those types of losses are just not typical.

You're doing fine !





JAGTALKING
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9/4/12 12:00 P

I know the feeling all to well, things have been slow moving for me. However, I made a promise to myself that I would do this for me and get HEALTHY!! I want my energy and mobility back.. SparksPeople.com truly helping me get there slow as it might be. We CAN do this! Don't give up.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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9/4/12 10:46 A

SKINNYPAT62,

What I have to keep reminding myself is that no matter how much weight I have lost, I am ALWAYS going to have to be mindful of what I eat and I am ALWAYS going to have to exercise. You are doing great. This is a life-long journey you are on. Totally giving up only means that you will find yourself where you once were. Hang in there and TRUST THE PROCESS...it may be time to let go of the scale for a while and focus on your healthy habits. Remember, weight loss is not a goal, but the results of all the healthy goals you set for yourself.

Coach Nancy



SKINNYPAT62
Posts: 7,618
9/4/12 10:38 A

Sometimes I wonder why I am doing this. I know I am doing it for my health so I can walk, dance, e tc. and my body will feel better but how much more can I not eat of the foods I like and not show results. I have lost aobut 17 lbs. and it is slow going. When I think I have had a good week, I have a gain and not a small one. I just can't figure it out. I won't give up because I don't want those few pounds back but I need to start losing again. Oh, well, such is life. I have to get over it and keep going. emoticon



 
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