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Old 06-20-2009, 02:12 PM   #1
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I have been debating posting about this but think that it will help. After 8 months of slow but steady loss, I have not only stalled but gained 2 pounds.
Four weeks ago I weighed 222 pounds. Then……

Weeks 1 and 3 – I was out of state taking care of my mil who has cancer and visiting other relatives. I really thought that I did well eating wise. Much of my calorie counting was estimating but I tried to stick to my calorie limit. I did not get in all my exercise but did some.

Week 3 – I got home and I had gained the 2 pounds. I did not worry because I always have water gain after a long car trip. I thought they would be gone in a couple of days but they must have been happy on my body because they decided to stay around. I had been home three days when my son had an emergency and was in the hospital for 4 days. Even though I was at the hospital most of that time, I was able to count calories. The hospital posted the nutritional information for all their food in the cafeteria and it was really easy to count calories. I could not exercise as normal but did take the stairs and got to go walking a couple of times.

Week 4 – Back home and stayed on plan 100%. After the entire week, I still have those two extra pounds and am getting frustrated.

My plan –

*1500 calories a day - I am weighing and/or measuring everything to be sure that I do not have portion creep.
*30 minutes of walking every day and working with my resistance bands 3 times a week.

Do you think it is time for me to drop my calorie limit? I would think that at 224, I would lose on 1500 calories. Should I give it another week as is? Any suggestions?
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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I would actually suggest that you up your calorie limit a hundred and mix up your exercise. At your weight, you may be able to lose on more calories.
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A body gets used to a routine and thus that routine becomes less effective.

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Old 06-20-2009, 03:18 PM   #3
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I'm no expert, but if it were me, I would keep my calories the same and DEFINITELY increase my exercise. I would do LOTS more cardio then 30 minutes a day.

Also just wondering what KINDS of calories you're consuming - I can't recall your plan, but if I remember correctly - it's fairly "clean", yes? If not, perhaps you can increase the protein and fiber.

Sounds like you've had a pretty challenging month. Your determination to stay on plan throughout it all is a true testament to making this a "lifestyle change". With a little tweaking and perseverance, you'll have that scale dropping again soon.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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Oh my, you've been under a fair bit of stress lately.

I don't know if there is a scientific basis for it--or it's just one of those things, but your body could be holding onto those few teeny tiny pounds just because of the stress. How's you sleep been? Not getting enough rest can also slow down your weight loss.

I hope everything calms down for you soon!
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:27 PM   #5
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hi,

im sorry for the stress in your life, and im thinking that might be the cause, also, there are good calories, and bad calories, and if you were eating clean, and having good calories before your trip to take care ove MIL, and then although you kept the same amount of calories, but were eating not so good food( i know the hospital food is not always that great, and can be high in fat), your body might be storing the fat from them.

my suggest would be stay at 1500 calories, maybe increase your walking to 30 minutes twice a day..the reason im saying to split the exersice is cause when we exersice it raises the fat burning for about 2 hrs after we finished. and make sure you are eatin g the good calories, drinking lots of water, and getting enough rest

and remebr we all have our ups and downs

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Old 06-22-2009, 10:16 PM   #6
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Thank you CountingDown, Robin, Alana and Ang

I have been reading through my food diary trying to figure this out. I have never been clear on exactly what "clean" eating is but have gone to pretty basic eating, a lot of chicken, vegetables, and fruit. I use the Daily Plate to help me balance my protein and carbs.

I do let myself have one "junk" item a day, within the calorie limit of course.

I think that I am going to take a deep breath and try to relax. I will stick to the 1500 maximum and increase the cardio to an hour a day. I am going to try to stay off the scale for a week and see what happens.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:10 AM   #7
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I agree with the other gals on your exercise habits - upping it may help - but I just wanted to extend a big cyber hug. That is a huge amount of stress, and cortisol levels absolutely impact both our eating habits and metabolism. Make sure you are taking care of yourself and being healthy, and if that is the case then leave the scale to itself for a little bit, and I think it will show progress in due time.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:28 AM   #8
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Sorry your time's been so stressful. You've lost so well and what you've been doing, it seems strange to me that one day it works, the next day it doesn't - but I'm no expert.

I think the stress might be a big factor and think stepping back, drawing breath and giving yourself a break from at least this anxiety will help. <<hugs>>
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:24 AM   #9
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I think that I am going to take a deep breath and try to relax. I will stick to the 1500 maximum and increase the cardio to an hour a day. I am going to try to stay off the scale for a week and see what happens.
That sounds like a very good plan. Hang in there!
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:32 AM   #10
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I know this sounds easy to say, but hang in there. In my experience, when I am under stress I hold onto my weight like nobody's business. Take a deep breath stay on plan, and it will come.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:45 AM   #11
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I know this sounds easy to say, but hang in there. In my experience, when I am under stress I hold onto my weight like nobody's business. Take a deep breath stay on plan, and it will come.
Amen, it seems that stress has its own ability to hold on to the fat and when you calm down it melts away.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:17 PM   #12
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I think everyone has given you some great advice here...
take care of yourself. It will come off. Change up your exercise. Have you tried running? I just started (I really really hate it, however) I walk one lap, run one lap etc. It really gets your heart rate going. You want to be sweating!!! Let us know how it goes.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:28 PM   #13
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Thanks Charbar,

I would love to run but my knees just could not take it. I am thinking about getting one of those rock and roll steppers. I think that it would change up my exercise but not be hard on the knees.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:46 PM   #14
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Agreeing with everyone who says that stress can negatively affect your metabolism. Be gentle with yourself.
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