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02-15-2008, 12:11 PM
Dear body,

This is concerning our discussion last week re weight loss. I need to know what is going on. I have spent 2 weeks eating between 1200-1400 calories with a day at 2000 each week. I have done moderate exercise at least 5 times a week, with longer running and resistance training in between. In addition, you have been getting between a gallon and a gallon and a half of water a day, a multi-vitamin, 30-40 g of fiber, and clean, healthy food the entire time. The most fake thing I have put in you has been a protein shake and a Twix fun size bar.

My problem is that had I done this a year ago, you would have been losing weight faster than my husband loses his panties at a Marc Anthony concert. Even the alcohol on my birthday, you have never been sensitive to it. Remember? You decided to lose about 50 pounds and still have your beers on Friday?

Now, I'm not putting any blame on anyone. You did a fantastic job getting back to ticker weight after Spain. I can say that now my ticker accurately reflects what the scale says when I'm naked after pee in the morning. But would it kill you to show a 172???

I'm sorry, that was uncalled for.

What I mean is that I need to know what is going on. What is happening? Do I need to change something? Do I just need patience? As Tom Cruise said "Help me help you". Help me help you. I know that I am steering you in a direction that is unusual for you, but that's why we need each other. Do you want more protein? Less protein? More calories? Tell me.

Yes, I know I abused you by over training last week. But it was only the butt, and you know that it can be pain. I promised it would never happen again, and so far it hasn't. See, I'm willing to work through this. Just let me know how.

Okay, I know this conversation has been a bit of a shock to you, so I'll let it sink in. If you have any ideas, please let me know, if not I'll give us a week of the same plan, and if we are still having some difficulties, we'll see what we do.


My brain.

02-15-2008, 12:17 PM
OMG sooo funny!

02-15-2008, 12:17 PM
Archy - Your sense of humor is wonderful! :lol:

:hug: Keep at it.

02-15-2008, 12:26 PM
LOL! :lol: :rofl:
I think that is a good idea... I bet some of us could benifit from writing a letter to our bodies... Hmmm.. A blog topic, perhaps...

02-15-2008, 12:28 PM
:D that's great, I'm having trouble reading my body right now too, you hit how I feel, dead on :dizzy:

02-15-2008, 02:10 PM

So funny!

I think that our bodies are like children. We can consistently offer guidance and discipline and we think or expect they will respond a certain way and then they go and do something that leaves us banging our heads on the concrete floor and thinking what in the world?? Does that child who did that thing really belong to me? After all my care and guidance? Say it ain't so!

Obey, body, obey!

Hang tough, Archy. Your body will reward you. Even the most errant child can make it into Harvard. So too will your body make you proud.

02-15-2008, 04:58 PM
Love it, lol!!!!

02-15-2008, 05:10 PM
does anyone else make sure they go pee BEFORE they read an Archy thread?

02-15-2008, 05:50 PM
O my...thank goodness i went before reading this. I do just love archy's sense of humor!! I look forward to always reading her messages. lol.

I agree with what she writes. Do give it another week. I was stuck at 134 for like 3 weeks and all of a sudden...2.5 pounds went away. It was amazing and just what i needed to boost my self confidence that i wasn't totally being a bad host to my body. Finally, my body rewarded me. Maybe it appreciated the fries and burger from micky d's....who knows. Hang in there Archy. you can do this!!!

02-15-2008, 06:20 PM
:lol: I really needed that. Thanks!!!

02-15-2008, 06:34 PM
Oh Archy, you're funny - and clever. I like that!!! If you ever get tired digging for bones and stuff, I'm pretty confident you could make a living being a journalist. Or maybe a stand up comic. Or both.

Anyway, maybe, just maybe, you'd like to ditch that 2000 calorie day, cut it back a tad - to maybe 1500 or so? Shake things up a bit if you're getting impatient. Regardless, your body is going to answer you back with a big old, (or perhaps I should say a LITTLE old) 172 - eventually. Hang tough, tough lady. :)

02-15-2008, 07:45 PM
Very funny Archy. :)

I had the same thought as Robin: it might be time to rethink that 2000 calorie day. You could tinker with your macros too. How long have you been stuck at this weight?

02-15-2008, 08:21 PM
omg archy...you always have a way of making light of craziness...now don't we all feel that way sometimes. hang in there girl. Maybe your body will read your letter and promptly respond (my fingers are crossed for you)

02-15-2008, 09:09 PM
Lol! Great post!

02-16-2008, 01:37 AM
does anyone else make sure they go pee BEFORE they read an Archy thread?


02-18-2008, 04:46 PM
Sorry everyone, I had an emergency with a friend and ended up spending the weekend in St. Louis without internet. And there's the run in with veggie pizza, which I refuse to feel guilty about.

I think that this is my first time dealing with a plateau. I've only been stuck here for two weeks, but this has never happened when I have been fully on plan. Eugh!

My only hope is that the pizza reminded my body of how bad I can be.

I am going to stick with this one more week, but then I'll try something else. I would really hate to cut out more calories since I work out just about every day but we'll see. The cutting down the off day is a good idea, Robin. Hopefully this week my body decided that it should get rid of the fat.

And for those that asked, the Marc Anthony line. Sad but true :le sigh:

02-18-2008, 05:09 PM
Great, funny letter, Archy. I regularly go 2-4 weeks without a loss, and then there is a whoosh. But then, there are times that the scale will creep down little by little every week. It happens just enough to make me wonder if I will never lose weight again during one of my 2-4 week no loss periods. It's maddening.

I just came off of a 7 week plateau. I really wondered if it was over for me and I would be stuck forever at that weight.

Sometimes it's hard to see others lose quickly and steadily, but our bodies will do what they do.

I hope you see a loss soon.

02-20-2008, 09:43 PM