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04-07-2008, 01:56 PM
I started a new diet 2 weeks ago. I was 129.5 lbs when I started it. The same week I was down to 127lbs. And now I'm back to 128.5 lbs.
I usually eat very healthy and I don't pass 1200 calories a day.
For breakfast:
I have a 3/4 cup of flaxseed cereal, with skim milk. and one cup of coffee with fat free half/half

Snack: a fruit

Lunch: salad with chicken breast

Snack: a fruit

Dinner: Chicken breast/or fish with 1/2 cup of rice/mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables

If I get hungry at night I drink a cup of skim milk, or have some baked chips.

I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.


I do 30-40 minutes on my exercise bike and 30-40 minutes of TAE BO.


04-07-2008, 02:04 PM
You don't mention your height, but you're exercising quite a bit. It could be that you actually aren't getting in enough calories.

04-07-2008, 02:08 PM
I'm with Faerie...1200 a day should be your MINIMUM calorie level, not your maximum (at least not over a long period). Your body will stop losing if it doesn't get enough calories to sustain basic operations...it's how the body prevents itself from starving to death.

Also, depending on your height, your goal might not be reasonable. Do you know what BMI you're aiming for?

I'd recommend upping your calories to 1200-1400 a day and seeing if your weight starts to drop a bit. Also keep in mind that, at your current weight, you don't have very far to get to goal...losses slow down a LOT as we approach our goal weights, so you may just have to be patient.

04-07-2008, 02:09 PM
Thanks for the replies.

I'm 5.4 "


I tried to consume more calories during the day, but I usually end up gaining more weight.

04-07-2008, 02:12 PM
Here's some info on why the scale fluctuates:


It could be you're doing nothing "wrong". It could just be a normal fluctuation. I think you need to give it some time.

Also wondering, just how many calories were you eating PRIOR to this?

04-07-2008, 02:16 PM
I was at least eating 1500 calories previous to my diet.

04-07-2008, 02:24 PM
I'd keep at the 1200 for a few more weeks. I know it's hard, but you don't have all that much to lose and it's just not going to melt quickly away. I think you need a bit of patience. Try to eat as clean as possible, which it surely looks like you're doing. Hang tough, you'll get there.

Mrs Snark
04-07-2008, 02:40 PM
I agree with rockinrobin. Your weight loss will be much slower as close as you are to your ideal weight!

04-07-2008, 03:13 PM
And I'd just like to add... maybe you don't need to lose another 7 pounds? ;)

According to the BMI scale, you're normal weight now. 120 would also be in the normal weight range... So, why do you want to be 120? Just curious.

I'd say that you need to eat a little more (I'd say 1400) and exercise a little bit less... It sounds like you're exercising that much every day. Try cutting back to 5 days a week; in other words, give your body time to rest and rebuild. Don't worry about what the scale says--weigh only once a week. See how it goes for a month.


04-07-2008, 03:55 PM
I want to stay between 118-120 pounds. I carry most of my weight on my upper body and I look bigger than I weigh. My butt /hips are small and my breasts and stomach is big. My sides are bigger than my hips. I want to be able to wear a bikini comfortably.
Here's a picture of me. http://bp3.blogger.com/_djX28R1oYSU/R05p8sMNyuI/AAAAAAAAABg/Qyb2UY4XWfg/s1600-h/resim1.jpg

04-07-2008, 04:22 PM
In your picture you look just fine. The advice you have been given is great advice try some of it out and if works great if not than you may be at the weight your body just wants to be.

04-07-2008, 05:08 PM
Have you done any weight lifting? That's a pretty nice slim looking body. Maybe if you felt stronger and firmer ... 128 lbs would be just fine.

There's lots of great reading in this forum

04-07-2008, 08:01 PM
Say, you're lookin' good! :broc: And I agree with SusanB that doing some resistance training, aka weights and weight machines, would really help you change your shape. It would tighten your waistline and give your arms some definition--but don't worry, you won't look too muscle-y.

A side benefit is that toned muscle burns fat, so you might just drop those pounds, too.

Do you have a YMCA or a gym that you could join? Of course, there are lots of muscle toning exercises you can do on your own, also.


04-08-2008, 03:36 PM
I'm still 128 :(

I will try to do more weight training. I have a resistance band and I work my arms with that.

Oh, I'm losing my patience :(

Mrs Snark
04-08-2008, 03:57 PM
You really do look good, try to enjoy that fact and don't let your impatience get the best of you!

04-08-2008, 08:13 PM
I went from your current weight to your goal weight. It took me almost a year to lose the weight properly. That was about 3 years ago.

Also, your weight can flucuate by about 5 lbs each day due to what you are drinking or wearing.

You have to give it a LOT more time. Also, you are not eating much at all. Add some resistence training and a protein shake.

If losing that weight was easy, everyone would be thin and healthy. It takes patience, work, and an acknowledgement that nutricious eating is the ONLY thing that leads to permanent weight loss. That's the difference betweern us maintainers and yo-yo'ers that are never happy.

04-08-2008, 09:53 PM
Thank you all for taking time and giving me advices.

Sacha, I've been in the 123-128 range for the last 2 years :( Its my fault that I didn't keep up with working out and my diet.
I had school for an excuse before, now I'm without any excuses.
Hopefully, I can wear a bikini this summer :)

04-09-2008, 11:36 AM
Well, I think you look great! How tall are you ? It just might be that you are at your ideal weight, now. Enjoy it !

04-09-2008, 12:20 PM
I would say rather than focusing on losing 5-ish lbs, you focus on getting in shape. A lot of what you think is excess weight is probably mostly just needing to tighten up muscles, stand up straight (you're a little slouchy in your photo! :) ), and define yourself a little.

Is there a gym you can join? Or can you get a few workout DVDs and use them? Just working with resistance bands isn't going to do much in the long run.

Seems to me that weight is not the issue here - the issue for you is looking out of shape and (sorry ... not trying ot be offensive here) flabby.

So fix that ... and you may find that as you get stronger and more fit, you will lose those last 5lbs (or not, but you'll still look better).


04-09-2008, 12:53 PM
I have to echo the sentiments of everyone else. Never drop below 1200 in your calories to avoid slowing down your metabolism. It doesn't seem like you're eating enough. Have you calculated your BMR? I'd up your calories by 10% (of 1200) so around 1300-1350 to start to avoid any sudden weight gains from the calorie increase. If you're still not losing anything after two weeks, up it by 10% again. When you don't have a lot of weight to lose your body tends to hold onto your fat in case you go into a period of starvation or something. You can't starve the last few pounds off your body.

I also think resistance training would be great for you. In your picture you look just find and it seems like you feel more disproportioned than anything else. Weight training would help balance out your shape a little better so maybe you won't feel like you need to drop that much weight. What if you swapped one of your cardio sessions for weight training 2 or 3 times a week and see how that went? Resistance bands sound great :)

04-10-2008, 08:51 AM
I also agree that maybe instead of focusing on pounds, that you should focus instead on fitness.

What I have found, is that you will get better results if you switch up your exercises and branch out. Walking for instance, works different muscles than playing tennis. Strength training works the muscles differently than Tae Bo.

Also, it seems by looking at your photo, that you are simply larger framed on the top. Losing weight will not change that. You are sort of like an inverted triangle-with broad shoulders and narrow hips. Losing weight will not change your bone structure. However, getting more fit will firm you up and make your shape look better.

Also, you might find that wearing certain types of clothing will make you look better. Due to your body type, I would suggest a tankini bathing suit. It would provide more coverage to your upper body, and show off your small hips and legs.

04-10-2008, 09:13 PM
I agree with all the other posters...
Instead of focusing on weight-loss, focus on core body workout and total fitness.

Also, I think you would look awesome in a bikini just the way you are... enjoy the summer :)

04-11-2008, 03:09 PM
I appreciate all the comments. Thank you .

I'm probably going to a fitness center this weekend. I only have a month to get in a shape . After that I'll be out of the country for 3-4 months.

One more thing, this morning I weighed myself (128.4) again. I tried one of my jeans that I couldn't button up no matter what but, this morning I was able to button them :) It's still a little tight around the waist but still I must have lost something.