Wow, you guys are going to make me cry, lol! I am so happy right now. I kept hearing myself say "celebrate", but a part of me just wouldn't let go of the need to be perfect about this or have perfect results. Last I check I nor my body have ever been perfect, so I will take you lovely ladies advice, and chill out!
I am so thankful for the responses, that it is helping another, and well I just feel wonderful all over, lol! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart because I do feel better, my clothes are looser, I am running faster and longer, and I am so happy to be 40 pounds lighter! Thanks again ;)
Your body is not a calcualator. How true. Brilliantly said. One would like to think that 3500 calories equals a pound. All the time. But other factors can take over. That doesn't mean that you're still not losing, still not increasing your fitness, still not getting healthy.
I have found that in the past few weeks I've shifted my focus from what the scale says to other fitness goals. What would you like to accomplish? If you were at your ideal weight what would you like to be able to do (physically)? Start reaching towards those goals.
I want to be a runner. So I've focused from "running to lose weight" to "training for a race." I want to be able to hold a plank for 3 minutes. I'm at 30 seconds. Guess I'll have to work on that!
Bunnykicks is right...celebrate your success! While I'm still not crazy at looking at my naked body (all 209 pounds), I am really happy with the way I'm looking in some of my clothes. No, I don't want to stay 209 pounds, but I'm finding things about my body that I do like. I like feeling muscles in my legs. When I turn so that I can't see my belly in the mirror, I like the way my back looks. I'm enjoying the complements that I'm receiving. I may have 50+ pounds to go, but I'm also 50+ pounds down.
"In my personal experience, I am noticing that I am not getting the results I should be getting for the amount of work and dedication I am putting in. "
WAIT UP HERE! You have lost 40 pounds since December?! And the "worst" week you've had was a 0.8# LOSS?
You are doing as well as can be done! Don't be so hard on yourself - Celebrate!!!! And just keep on going!!! Your results are FANTASTIC!!!
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This is a great topic - thanks for posting it. I, too, would urge you to be patient. You've lost a lot of weight since December! Your body will get back on track soon if you're being as careful as it sounds like you are. I appreciate everyone else's comments; I know this day (a plateau) is coming for me, and I hope to remember this advice.
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"I guess when all the dust settles I just can't figure out if you eat what you are suppose in a healthy range suggested to you by a healthy range based calculator, exercise your heart out, drink water, avoid salt like the plague that something, anything would move?!
In my personal experience, I am noticing that I am not getting the results I should be getting for the amount of work and dedication I am putting in. That can be so discouraging, so just trying to figure it out."
Your body isn't a calculator. Sometimes, even when all the numbers add up, the results aren't what we expect! That's because there are SO many other variables that we *can't* account for in play. Individual differences, sleep patterns, hormonal shifts, stress levels, even where you live can all play a role in how weight loss happens for you. Ever notice there's usually an upward shift right around your period? That can happen even at a calorie deficit.
I guarantee you that if you're doing something right, there are changes in your body. It's time to shift your focus away from those numbers on the scale, because while they're a good tool for tracking progress, that's all they are, and they're not even the best tool. Non-scale victories are important for keeping up motivation and realizing that even when you aren't losing steadily week by week, you're still making progress.
1) How do you feel? Are you more energetic? Stronger? Fitter? 2) How do your clothes fit? Often, we can see inches drop when the scale doesn't move. 3) You are definitely progressing physically. You're doing more, running farther, being more active.
Celebrate the victories, and don't obsess when the numbers aren't cooperative. Your weight isn't static, anyway, it's not a single number, and it never has been! Most of us have a range of normal, and we can see shifts of up to 5-10 lbs in a single 24 hour period!
Thanks everyone! I am well aware I am neurotic about my weight loss ;) When I try really, really hard at something, I want results! It makes me wince when a week goes by, and I've done the math and looked at the charts, and oh, lo, and behold, I did not get what was promised "scientifically". Not fun :(
My only goal at this point is to understand. Thank you sunshine! Love that concrete advice. I want to better understand the chemistry of my body, your suggestions are so helpful! Thank you Dragon, you always give great advice, yes, I suppose I could be retaining water in my muscles, I hadn't thought of that because I did go from exercising 2 to 4 times a week at a very low intensity for oh, about 12 minutes to jogging up to 2 miles straight twice a week along side the low intensity work outs. So that might've done it say versus normal salt retention.
I guess when all the dust settles I just can't figure out if you eat what you are suppose in a healthy range suggested to you by a healthy range based calculator, exercise your heart out, drink water, avoid salt like the plague that something, anything would move?!
In my personal experience, I am noticing that I am not getting the results I should be getting for the amount of work and dedication I am putting in. That can be so discouraging, so just trying to figure it out.
I will not quit, but man this stuff ain't for babies! Alright thanks again, guys! Appreciate you all thinking of me, and trying to push me along. Have a great Tuesday!
Possibly you are retaining fluids, check the sodium and sugar in the foods you are eating and also several days of fewer carbohydrates and more protein can help push you off a plateau.
Skip all breads and pasta for a few days.... eat veggie soup....eat berries which have the least impact on blood sugar and veggies as they can also hydrate you...when you dont drink enough water your body tends to compensate and will try to retain fluids.
Have 3 ounces of protein at every meal, eat some raw veggies,I also found that moving every 20 minutes all day long helps break a plateau too.
Also try Asparagus, cucumber, celery, spinach, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, watercress, cabbage, onion, even carrots, collard greens, turnips, kale & other leafy greens...oranges, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and tangerines...they all help reduce fluid retention.
Even wiggling your toes or figeting has a cumulative effect on body weight... Good Luck
This is not intended as medical advice, just how I personally get off a plateau which might help you too
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9,661 4/15/13 8:54 A
If you changed your exercise routine, that would be enough to trigger water retention in your muscles, which would be enough to mask any fat loss you may be having.
Relax, it's only been a week. ;) Start freaking out if you have no change over 6-8 weeks... THAT is a plateau. What you're experiencing is normal shifts in weight. There will be weeks you lose, weeks you gain, and weeks nothing happens. It's all normal. Weight loss is not a linear process.
I know that I have not really plateaued because I've read all the material and since I lost .8 pounds last week, I'm assuming it can't be so, BUT I worked really, really hard, changed my exercise routine up (as many sites suggest), decreased my caloric intake over a week now by more than 300 a day, and still no luck.
Is it possible that my body just needs a break? I've lost over 40 pounds since the tail end of December. I've had steady losses each week around 1 to 3 pounds. I have oh, about 80 pounds more to lose to get in a healthy range. I guess I'm wondering if someone who has been where I am experienced something similar. Like a time period when your body called it quits, even though you were doing everything you knew to do.
If that's you, please share with me how you kept yourself motivated, what you did different, and the success or lack of success you had by trying your methods. I am really looking for a length of time on this problem. If someone offered concrete examples there, I'd be so happy!
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