20-Somethings - Those last freakin pounds!!!!!!!!!!!




J Diddy
05-20-2009, 05:07 PM
So I have been on this lovely journey for about 7 or 8 months and am soo close to my goal. I just cannot get there. I have been playing with the same three pounds since March. Every week I am either up or down the same amount so I just yo yo back and forth. I have been lucky so far as this weight loss has been relatively easy and have done it with little exercise. I walk 3X a day on all my breaks at work but besides that not too much. Is it possible that my body is at a comfortable weight and I should readjust my goal (I am already in the "healthy" BMI range) or should I kick up the exercise and see what happens? Help! Any tips would be greatly appreciated. :D


Arthwen1985
05-20-2009, 05:52 PM
You are already below the goal that I had set for myself (which is supposedly my ideal weight) and I am 3 inches shorter than you. I think you should just call it good... that's my opinion.

*Second thought*

You could do both.

leighish
05-20-2009, 06:01 PM
you know what? You and I are in the same boat. I am having a **** of a time getting rid of these last 10 lbs. Perseverance! I busted my plateau, you can do it too! In the grand scheme I've only lost about 2 lbs since early march as well. And those 2 lbs have been within the last 3 weeks. I'm told that this is normal the closer you get to your goal weight. This just means this leg of the journey is almost over! We can do it!! :kickbutt:


freedomreins
05-20-2009, 07:44 PM
J Diddy, I think there are points where your body just feels comfortable. I've been between 149-151 since this time last year and I've had some horrendous months as far as eating goes. I have been on and off the wagon countless times since then but haven't really gained much. Your body might just know where it's happiest and is fighting to remain there, and it could also be the point where your body burns only enough calories to maintain since our metabolic rates drop a bit as we lose weight because it no longer needs to struggle so much to keep our bodies going (or so I hear). I have about 10 lbs left to lose but it feels like it's just never going to happen!! I have never seen a number below 149 and it's a bit discouraging! Hang in there... I intend to give it my best shot and I'm sure both you and I can succeed if we just keep going! Eventually our bodies will respond to something and we'll start losing again. :)

Thighs Be Gone
05-20-2009, 08:19 PM
I would so love to lose 5 more and just stay there. The thing is, I don't know if I want to decrease my calories any further longterm and I don't know if I want to increase my exercise longterm. It seems like my body seems happy here.

jahjah1223
05-21-2009, 12:23 AM
The last few pounds have been SOOOOOOOOOO hard! but they are the ones that show most lol!

vixjean
05-21-2009, 12:42 AM
You can do it, change up your fitness routine.
Great job so far!

Star2Be
05-21-2009, 02:49 AM
The last few pounds have been SOOOOOOOOOO hard! but they are the ones that show most lol!
Y'know, I'm really starting to sense that, too--I feel like 3-5 lbs makes SUCH a bigger difference now than it ever did before... Right now even at ~156 lbs I already feel like my body has changed since when I was stalling around 161-162 lbs a few weeks ago, whereas in the past it took at least 10 lbs for me to notice any kind of difference... It's so interesting how the smaller we get, the fewer places there are for the weight to come off of, heh! :chin:

kswood87
05-21-2009, 12:09 PM
Y'know, I'm really starting to sense that, too--I feel like 3-5 lbs makes SUCH a bigger difference now than it ever did before... Right now even at ~156 lbs I already feel like my body has changed since when I was stalling around 161-162 lbs a few weeks ago, whereas in the past it took at least 10 lbs for me to notice any kind of difference... It's so interesting how the smaller we get, the fewer places there are for the weight to come off of, heh! :chin:

Well this is something I'm really looking forward to because I've lost nearly 30 pounds so far and I'm barely BARElY going down a size now and it can be rather frustrating when you're losing so much weight and not really seeing the results.

J Diddy
05-21-2009, 12:27 PM
Thanks ladies for all the great advice. I did go weigh in last night at WW and I was down 1.6!! Reading this and having that happen last night was the motivation I needed. I decided although I may be happy where I am now that is no reason to see if I can't lose those last few stinkin pounds. I have recommitted to tracking and weighing religiously and no more diet soda and we will see how it goes!! Thanks again for the support. You will see me here a lot more also as this site is a great help!

angelanicole23
05-21-2009, 07:51 PM
Stick with everything that you're doing and those last few lbs WILL come off. I was about 155 and 150 ( my original goal) for the longest time and I just started to focus on exercising and toning and not so much on the lbs lost..eventually I started to go down to 140. Even though I've been in the 138-142 lb range ( I think of it as maintaining) since Oct 2008 I still have people asking me if I've 'lost more weight' I just say nope..just toned and workin my butt off :-). Even though the scale might not change drastically you're physical shape may change and people will notice! I hope some of this makes sense..lol

Good Luck!!!

Star2Be
05-22-2009, 12:36 AM
Well this is something I'm really looking forward to because I've lost nearly 30 pounds so far and I'm barely BARElY going down a size now and it can be rather frustrating when you're losing so much weight and not really seeing the results.
OMG yes, I hear ya, sister! I always think that I was very lucky to have access to a scale in those first few months, so I could actually see the cold, hard numbers and have some *proof* that I was actually losing--if I'd had to wait until I could SEE the difference, I probably would have given up out of frustration! I specifically remember that not a single person seemed to notice until I'd already lost about 40 lbs... It very frustrating, because I felt like I wanted to be able to take pride in this great thing that I had done--but I couldn't, because no one else could see it yet! :p

Thin4Good
05-22-2009, 12:58 AM
So I have been on this lovely journey for about 7 or 8 months and am soo close to my goal. I just cannot get there. I have been playing with the same three pounds since March. Every week I am either up or down the same amount so I just yo yo back and forth. I have been lucky so far as this weight loss has been relatively easy and have done it with little exercise. I walk 3X a day on all my breaks at work but besides that not too much. Is it possible that my body is at a comfortable weight and I should readjust my goal (I am already in the "healthy" BMI range) or should I kick up the exercise and see what happens? Help! Any tips would be greatly appreciated. :D


I swear I could have written this myself! My weight has only changed a few lbs since the end of March. :( Sorry I don't have advice, but I can relate!

jahjah1223
05-22-2009, 12:28 PM
ive been stuck on 132 for about 4 months so i feel your pain but i took a little break and started again and that really boosted my metabolism and im finally losing again .. So my advice is to never give up.

Extasee58865
05-22-2009, 12:47 PM
I'm there too! I think it happens the closer to get to a normal ideal weight. I had been hovering @ 150 lbs for like 3 weeks, it finally broke yesterday when I was -2 lbs. I think the lower your number gets the harder it is to lose a pound. I know the last 15 lbs or so, just have not wanted to come off! In the beginning the lbs just came off, without much work or effort, now, I have to work for everyone that falls off! I was hoping to be at my goal for the summer but that isn't going to happen. I won't give up though and neither should you! Keep doing right & they will come off :)

Star2Be
05-23-2009, 01:35 PM
I think the lower your number gets the harder it is to lose a pound. I know the last 15 lbs or so, just have not wanted to come off! In the beginning the lbs just came off, without much work or effort, now, I have to work for everyone that falls off!
I absolutely 100% agree with this! In my experiences, weight definitely comes off much more quickly when you have more to lose! In the days where I was first losing, I could lose as much as 8 lbs in one week and think nothing of it--now, I'd consider myself lucky if I were able to lose that amount in a month, heh! Even just going by the dates that I reached my mini-goals, you can see that each 20-lb increment took juuust a little bit longer than the last one, especially the most recent one, which seemed to take forever... And it makes sense, because those 20 lbs had a huge effect on my body--like I said earlier, I lost my first 40 lbs(/met my first 2 mini-goals) without anyone even noticing, but the change from 183 lbs to 163 lbs was waaay more drastic! So it's almost like the rate at which your body changes stays pretty constant, but the actual amount of weight you lose slows down because as you get smaller, it takes less weight to make a difference. (I hope I'm making sense here, haha.)

I always thought it was crazy when I'd hear women talking about wanting/needing to lose 2-3 lbs cuz I was like, Either you need to lose a *significant* amount of weight, or you don't need to lose weight at all--what the crap kind of a difference is 3 lbs going to make?? :rolleyes: But now I totally see what they meant. Those seemingly itty-bitty amounts really CAN make a huge difference!