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6/24/15 10:32 A

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Stay the course- it's early.......

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QUES2HEALTH's Photo QUES2HEALTH Posts: 2,569
6/19/15 12:49 A

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I agree that it sounds like you are combining the right efforts with exercise and food. One thought would be if you haven't done it run your trackers for the past 5 months and see if there is a trend of some kind that might give you insight into food/nutrition - too drastic of a change etc. so your body goes into a protective mode and slows down your metabolism.

The other would be since you mentioned depression in the past, I am wondering if you are taking an anti depressant, steroids etc. - medications have some side effects that can impact weight loss.

Wondered if you have access to any of the coaches with SP that you could email to see if they have insights or with your MD is there a dietician to see if they can pick up any insights that the rest of us might not see.

Even if changes are slow don't stop working at getting healthier - your hard work is paying off in that you have been able to up your cardio - that's great!

Please keep posting and let us know if there is any way we can support your efforts.

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6/17/15 2:02 P

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That does sound super frustrating! Give yourself a few more weeks. Your body may be in shock! It sounds like you're doing great!

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6/17/15 1:37 P

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Thanks. I have had my thyroid checked, which came back normal (although I am not convinced and am planning to be retested) and had an overall blood check in the past several months....all came back normal. I eat a pretty good variety of foods and get plenty of carbs and proteins and fruits/veggies, and fats. I eat pretty clean, too. I have been doing 30-45 minutes of cardio at a time 4-5 days in the past several weeks (I was doing 20 or so before then). Some days I've been getting in 90+ in a couple intervals...one indoor and then a walk outside. I just feel so frustrated.

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SHELLYGON321's Photo SHELLYGON321 Posts: 1,480
6/17/15 1:26 P

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Hi!! There are a TON of different factors that go into weight loss. Have you seen a dr for a check up? I had my thyroid checked a few times because I was concerned I had a thyroid issue. You may want to meet with a coach or nutritionalist for a little jump start. Are you eating enough? Are you eating the right stuff (carbs, protein, ect)? Are you getting some cardio in? I start off slowly. Right now I'm working out hard, but I haven't touched my food yet. Once I get my workouts down, then I'll look at my food. It's a process. Keep at it, and you'll see results. Friend me if you'd like! We can stay in touch!

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6/17/15 10:14 A

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I see this is an old thread, but am in the same place as the OP. I have restarted my weight loss journey since having my second child. No, it wasn't the pregnancy which piled weight on....I actually left the hospital lighter than I was before I became pregnant that time, but when he was 10 months old, I experienced an ectopic pgcy rupture and surgery and depression followed and I started gaining....then my grandpa passed away just when I was starting to feel better, and depression returned (I'm not in my home country, to make matters more difficult). Long story short, I have gained back all I had lost....but I had stopped gaining about a year ago. I started working out. I was growing and doing the 30 day shred until I injured myself. Over a couple month as, I had managed about a 3-4lb loss. I was working so hard and felt like I was getting nowhere, so I have up. Fast forward to this February and in my first few weeks of eating healthy, within my nutritional range, as well as beginning to exercise again, I gained 15 pounds. 15 pounds. This made my heaviest weight ever...even more than before I joined spark in 2007, even more than either of my beyond 41 week pregnancies with 9lb babies! I had been doing really well tracking my food and stuck with exercising as much as I could at once. I am not what, 5 months in? I am still 7lbs up from my starting weight and I am just so disheartened by that. I have really increased my activity level this month....I've already surpassed 500 minutes and feel good about that...but I am really getting angry that my weight is not even trying to go down. I'm pretty sure the few pounds I 'lost' was water weight from my body getting used to the exercising. There are no inches lost. I don't really feel any different yet either, and I just....well....like the title say. I feel like I want to cry! What gives? I'm working so hard and having very little result and don't know what else to do.

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JEWEL_FG's Photo JEWEL_FG SparkPoints: (490)
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5/1/13 1:04 P

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There is a lot of good advice here, some that I think I will try for myself. I understand how frustrating it is.. I bought a treadmill two months ago and started walking every single day, 2 - 3 times a day while watching my carbs. I only lost 4lbs. FOUR! :(

Recently (3 days ago) I decided to add the 30 Day Shred AND join Spark. I am still doing the treadmill (but just twice now) plus tracking everything I eat, drinking a lot of water and staying within the guidelines.. I have GAINED 3lbs.. not only that but it seems I gained an inch around my hips!! Very unsettling..

While I pray that it is just water retention I refuse to give up and that eventually what I am doing now will turn into positive changes for my body. So don't you give up either!! Giving up is what got me into this mess.

Worst case scenario? I work my butt off (literally would be nice) but I don't lose any weight. However, my overall health is still improved with regular physical activity and healthy eating. Some positive changes are not seen with the naked eye, but felt very deeply.

Stick with it, it's worth it.

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CHUBBYNOMORE3's Photo CHUBBYNOMORE3 Posts: 3,273
4/19/13 6:56 P

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I started losing when I started meeting all of the goals SP had set for me and not before. I am tracking sodium and fiber as well as the carbs, fat, protein, and calories. I have been on the nose for the upper limit for fiber every day and in the mid to low range on everything else. Today I was barely over the minimum for the fiber....will see how that does.

If you are building muscle, remember that muscle weighs more than fat....you could be losing fat and building muscle. Are you measuring yourself? How is that going? Just a thought.

This site has a wealth of information and tips for this sort of thing that I haven't read yet.....but remember:

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At 144 I will be within my acceptable weight range.


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"I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be." Albert Einstein

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3/17/13 8:22 P

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I haven't been on this site for very long, but I do find that is very motivating. I think cutting down your calorie intake some may help. I also read somewhere on this site that when you switch up workouts and do something new you gain, but the gain is only temporary. Stick to the exercise and calorie count, but maybe intensify the workouts or try intervals. Interval workouts are supposed to work very well! You also have to remember that you are gaining muscle as well as losing fat. You can do it! ^_^ I have been discouraged because of the numbers on the scale in the past and had just given up, but as long as we all stay determined and envision our goal we can do anything!

"The difference between 'try' and 'triumph' is a little 'UMPH'!" -Marvin Phillips said this.


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KLAROCHE1515's Photo KLAROCHE1515 Posts: 366
3/11/13 7:04 P

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I was on a platau as well and it was driving me crazy but now I have started losing again. We just have to keep going and know that as long as we are excercising and eating at or below our calories we are doing something. Everybody keeps telling me that it does not always show up on the scale but I am losing inches.
Well that's all well and good but I really would like to see it on the scale. I did lose 2 lbs. this week so I am very encouraged right now.



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3/5/13 12:23 P

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I'm a big proponent of using the scientific method here. There are TONS of methods, plans, advice, etc everywhere - but not all of it will work or be ideal for every individual. I totally hear and relate to the frustration of a plateau. I myself have just recently started back onto a healthy program, so have not yet hit one - but I fully imagine I will at least once during this process (so this is as much advice for myself for when I do hit that... :)

Keep trying new things - try cutting out all processed foods and artificial sweeteners; try playing with your calorie ranges - one thing I've heard can work is really shaking them up day to day, going high one day and very low the next; try cutting back on the exercise or shaking it up - with intervals adding strength, etc.; try something like a juice fast for a day (doing it for longer requires preparation and proper support); try one of the calorie burn supplements like green coffee or green tea; try having a day when you just eat a lot of "bad" stuff - take an "everything goes" day -- just one; try a fast day - just one; etc etc

nothing huge or long-term, just try shaking things up a bit and see what happens. the main thing is - remember that while it may suck that the pounds are not coming off, you're on the right path. remember why you're doing this, the bigger picture. and take heart. little by little, step by step, your body will adapt.

Trust the body's wisdom - don't fight it; see what it has to tell you.

Good luck, and keep us posted, let us know how it goes for you!

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3/25/12 2:42 P

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I have begun to slowly lose weight again and why? I have no idea.I do eat small amounts but I always have. emoticon

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SHERYLDS's Photo SHERYLDS Posts: 18,398
3/22/12 7:07 P

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I was on a plateau that could have been entered in the Guinness World Book of Records. I am 5'11" and my calories were at or below 1400. I finally got myself TOTALLY OFF processed carbs (whole wheat or otherwise), and TOTALLY OFF refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. My cravings are gone. And I am losing.

Not everyone can do that extreme... but read the literature.
Starchy Carbs generate cravings...
which lead to eating more carbs...
which generate more cravings.
Veggies, fruits, lean meat, skinless chicken, and fish
and you have your MAGIC Potion.

don't give up...if something isn't working ... try something different or
put in more effort on the exercise and watch those calories.

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3/22/12 1:39 P

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I am having the same problem~ I am also getting very discouraged. All I keep telling myself is STICK TO IT! So I hope you can stick to it too! Maybe decrease your calorie intake a little.

Julius Erving: If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.


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2/28/12 6:09 A

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I am in a similar situation, I also workout daily and eat healthy, We need to "hang in there" and be patient. Think about it, we didn't put all this weight on our bodys in a couple of months, for many of us we gained pounds over the years. it will take a while for it to come off. Let's just keep trying, we can do it. emoticon

Nothing will work unless you do.-Maya Angelou-


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SHERYLDS's Photo SHERYLDS Posts: 18,398
2/23/12 9:52 P

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Please check the TIPS DIRECTORY in the link below
It has a lot of great info from Medical Experts
I'm sure you'll find some topics that can help
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please don't beat yourself up when you fail! Instead, congratulate yourself for trying. Then try something different.

“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” ~Thomas Edison

“Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.” ~Zig Ziglar


Sheryl, New Jersey EST, 5% Challenge-TEDDY BEARS


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LOVEMETHEWAYIAM's Photo LOVEMETHEWAYIAM Posts: 335
2/23/12 12:32 P

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so for 4 weeks iv been eating between 1500 and 1800 calories and excersising for an hour a day switching between long walks, workout dvds and jogging but yet every week i stand on the scale its gone up indtead of down! :/ i have no idea whats going on but iv about had it with life at the moment. iv gained 13 lbs in 4 weeks somebody please help me!

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