Weight Loss Support - No idea what's up with my body- advice?

12-17-2008, 01:45 AM
I like to think that I've learned a lot about losing weight over the past few months, but there are times when my body does things that I just don't understand. Like the past few weeks.

I was 236 on December 4, and almost two weeks later, I'm still the same weight. I've been fluctuating between 237 and 234, but I think that's just your average water/etc fluxes.

I really have no idea what's wrong. For the last four months, I have steadily lost 2 pounds or more each week (with the exception of the week before TOM, during which I'm stable, then lose double during TOM).

I'm a calorie counter, and nothing has changed at all about my diet. I'm still calorie cycling, and eating anywhere from 1300-1700, depending on the day.

Exercise isn't really in my vocab yet- I try to move around a bit more, but not enough to really burn significant calories or anything. Nothings really changed.

I even tried taking caffeine, to see if the problem was just long-lasting stubborn water weight. If so, it's not going anywhere with a diuretic- made no difference.

Oh, and my scale's working fine, I weighed myself elsewhere today.

Please, anyone have any advice? I'm so tired of seeing the number 236, I could kill my scale.

12-17-2008, 01:50 AM
WOW~HAVE NO CLUE. Seems like you are doing everything right.Maybe you should kill the scale and buy a new one! http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/tulip-bar/slider-but5/lb/259/150/246/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

12-17-2008, 01:53 AM
I wish I could kill my scale...slowly and painfully. I actually bought a new one earlier (last week), but it said the same thing as my old one, so I figured it was still good for a while and returned the new one.

You know, I'd say to heck with the whole thing- how I feel is better than what the scale says, but my measurements aren't changing either. :(

12-17-2008, 01:53 AM
Oh ok you said the scale was working fine hmmmm. IM LOST!
Walk 20 mintues 3 times a day in you house/apartment/It helps.I hate excercise But this is a beginner one I am doing SUCKS THOUGH LOL!.

12-17-2008, 01:57 AM
Here's the thing...and I'm thinking you're not going to like it.

Two weeks is nothing. That's a mere blip on the timeline of weight loss. Sure, most weeks we can count on losing something, but a two week break isn't even a stall or a plateau...it's just a blip.

Keep going at the same rate for another 2 weeks. Still no loss? Try dropping your calories by 100-200 a day. If nothing happens after 2 weeks of that, we can try other plateau-busting strategies...but even if this IS the start of a brutal plateau, you just have to keep going until it breaks.

So keep doing what you're doing, wait another two weeks, and see what happens, then consider re-evaluating your calorie level.

Quiet Ballerina
12-17-2008, 01:58 AM
mandalinn82 said it best.

12-17-2008, 02:01 AM
I had the exact thing happen to me about a week ago. I was stuck between 135 and 137 for about three weeks straight, despite the fact that I'd been extremely conscious about counting calories, drinking water, etc. In the end I just stuck it out, as frustrating as it was...until one day I suddenly realized I felt a bit thinner. When I stepped on the scale, it said "132.4".

Go figure...I had completely bypassed about 3 pounds, which was amazing to see. The next day I weighed in at 131.8!

I think this is just one of those things where you have to stay dedicated and tough it out, because you definitely aren't a freak of nature. Cutting calories WILL garuntee weight loss, I promise you that. Who knows what the heck our bodies are thinking. Maybe our cells are airing our thoughts on some short of bodily MTV channel, laughing their little mitochondrea into obvlivion as our brains get PUNKED.

Hey, you never know.


12-17-2008, 02:01 AM
Kelly - a few things ...

One is that in some ways it's unfortunate that your weight loss has been so regular and consistent, because when you hit a stall, it can be the thing that throws you over the edge and makes you quit. :)

Two: You've lost a little over 50 lbs and that's a LOT. It's entirely possible that your body needs a little bit to adjust to that. Many of us have hit sort of set points after a significant amount of weight and at that point our bodies kind of take a break from losing for a bit. Sometimes just taking a couple of weeks to "maintain" and then kicking back into gear really helps break that stall.

Three: You might be at a stage where you need to mix up your calories more. I know cycling is supposed to keep your body from adapting to the routine, but after a while your body does get used to a reduced amoutn of calories. This kind of links back to #2 above ... mix things up a bit more. Do a little maintenance for a while. Look at WHAT you're eating ... maybe add more protein or swap around your carbs or something.

Four: Exercise *will* make a difference for you. I know a lot of people will say you can lose w/out exercise and I'm sure there are people who can. I personally CANNOT. My metabolism is so screwed up from years of dieting, that if I don't exercise, I just don't lose. And I lose faster and more efficiently when I'm good about working out.

Honestly if it were me, I'd add in some regular exercise - even brisk walking every day - and contine with your current eating plan.

And allow yourself a few weeks before you freak out too much. If your body needs time to adjust to being a new weight, a few weeks in the grand scheme of things is not the end of the world! :)


12-17-2008, 02:01 AM
Two weeks is nothing. That's a mere blip on the timeline of weight loss. Sure, most weeks we can count on losing something, but a two week break isn't even a stall or a plateau...it's just a blip.

I know you're right, and I'm making a mountain out of a molehill. I think I need distractions from my weight loss, because the time is seeming to drag, especially with the scale staying the same. I'm on vacation from school right now, and being bored and restless doesn't help.

12-17-2008, 02:03 AM
Oh, and what Manda said. :) Which goes back to my #1. Sometimes your body just does what it's going to do and there's no reason for it.


12-17-2008, 02:05 AM
Thank all of you for your responses! It's been very helpful, and I feel like your perspectives have lessened my frustration a bit.

And don't worry- I'm not going to give up! (Not in this lifetime!)

12-17-2008, 02:07 AM
photochick and mandalinn- I'm so glad you both responded to this. Every time I see posts from you around the sight they are always detailed, well thought-out, and insightful. I'm so glad you're here to help us!

12-17-2008, 02:34 AM

12-17-2008, 07:45 AM
Oh no Kelly. You're not making a mountain out of a molehill. If this concerns you, then it's a real worry. This is the kind of thing that does send you for a loop. But you did the right thing by coming here and posting.
I've got no new advice. All I wanted to say was that you did exactly right by asking for support.

12-17-2008, 08:01 AM
I am agree whit the exercise , I think you should star doing i little exercise maybe 30 min 2 times a week . That is helping me ....

12-17-2008, 12:14 PM

Sorry about the momentary stall in your weight loss. I know how frustrating this can be when you're working hard and not seeing those immediate results- it makes it seem like there's nothing you can do and you're working yourself silly for nothing. But, I agree with PhotoChick and mandalinn, it's not a permanent situation.

If you don't like cardio exercise, I'd get some 5-10lb. hand weights (heavy enough so that it's actually work to lift them during your third set and you feel the weight during your first set, but it's not "hard" to do it during the first). Adding a pound of muscle to your body allows you to burn something like 50 additional calories a day because of the amount of energy it takes to maintain that muscle. Pretty cool, I think!! You can do it while you're watching your favorite tv show and that should rev up your weight loss. Just pick like three or four exercises and do three sets of each exercise (12-15 reps each set)-- one for the biceps, one for your triceps, one for your deltoids and one for your pecs. You wouldn't have to cut your calories, which might slow your metabolism and lead to further frustration.

That's just my two cents! Good luck and let us know when you get over this hump!

12-17-2008, 12:41 PM
Can I ask How long it took to lose the 50 some lbs you have lost? I am amazed with your amount you have lost.And was it all from calorie counting?Thanks! http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/tulip-bar/slider-but5/lb/259/150/246/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

12-17-2008, 02:33 PM

The same thing was happening to me. I was staying between 225-222 for almost 3 weeks now. It's frustrating, I know, and I was losing so steadily. But I knew at some point I was going to hit a plateau. Well this past week, I tried not focusing on 1,600 calories and just ate a little bit more (probably 2000ish). It's like PhotoChick said, try just to maintain for a bit. I'm finally hovering around 218-219, consistently.

12-17-2008, 03:27 PM
Kelly, I too think it may be time to add in some exercise. IMO, longterm weight loss just can't occur without it. I think you will be astounded at the difference in your journey.

You don't have to start out with anything fancy. Take a 15 minute walk, 2X a day, if you can't do 30 mins at a pop.

Another great thing to begin with is Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds 1,2 & 3 mile express DVD. You can find them on line. It comes with a stretchie (resistance) band and is a great way to begin doing strength training. The dvd is very easy to follow and very doable.

Just like you can't imagine how you changed up your eating (yay!), I think one day you won't be able to imagine how you did without exercise for so long.

And of course you're not giving up young lady!!! You've come too far and there is NO turning back. With a little tweaking here, a little experimentation there, you'll be having that scale move downward once again. Oh, and some patience will be required as well. ;)

12-17-2008, 03:58 PM
Thank all of you who added more comments- I agree with a lot of you that it's time to add in a little exercise- yesterday and today I went to the gym and did 15 minutes at 110ish watts of recumbent bike work. It's a start. I'm the kind of person that usually takes on way more than they can handle, so I'm just trying to take it slow for now.

12-18-2008, 10:47 AM

I find that nowadays rather than a steady loss I lose in fits and starts. I've been bouncing between 205-208 for about two weeks. This morning suddenly the scale showed a big loss, and I'm expecting that Monday's ticker will be down!

I'm just coming to appreciate how erratic that scale measurement is. The most important thing is the long run...and in the long run it will move if you do the right things!