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10-15-2009, 09:10 AM

I'm a wimp. I seem to need constant reinforcement...


I just posted my first no loss week... in fact, this am I was actually up a pound, (though I suspect that's a daily fluctuation, not a true gain...)

The only other thing I noticed is that I haven't been too hungry either-- I seem to lose more when I'm hungry...

Ok... vent over.

10-15-2009, 09:22 AM
You lost 50 pounds! That's a huge accomplishment... look how far you've come!

Unfortunately, weight loss does tend to slow down as we go further on our journey so we get plenty of opportunities to practice patience. I'm sure you know that fluctuations are normal and I am often up, but over the long run more often down.

Just keep plugging away and you will reach your goal!

10-15-2009, 09:34 AM
You've lost 50 pounds and this is your first no loss week? Hey, you are doing great! You will probably have a whoosh next week to make up for this week.

10-15-2009, 09:41 AM
Consider yourself reinforced.

Darling, it was bound to happen. These things ARE going to happen from time to time. Weight loss is not linear and does not happen in exact increments. If only ;).

Besides, think of it as a practice run for maintenance. Staying on plan and not losing.

Anyway, STICK with that plan. And there is no way that you can not NOT lose. Maybe you'll get one of those wooshes next week. Or maybe not. No difference. This is your lifestyle now. It's what you do and who you are. Adhere to that plan of yours and there will be many, many, MANY more losing weeks ahead of you.

Oh and I've heard some folks say that they do find they have losses when they are hungrier. That has never, ever been my experience though. I may have mentioned this (oh I don't know, maybe a trillion times), but I have rarely been hungry throughout my journey. But please don't use that as a reason to get/stay hungry. Okay?

I look forward to hearing of your continued success. I KNOW FOR CERTAIN that it's coming.

10-15-2009, 10:27 AM
You are doing great, look how far you have come!!

The scale is not the only place to see the changes, and neither is a tape measure or even clothes.. sometimes we need to look inside ourselves and see how much we have grown as a person and know how much we are doing for ourselves in our new lives.

10-15-2009, 10:31 AM
Keep on keepin' on, girl!!! You're doing GREAT!!! Sometimes I think our bodies need a moment to adjust to the losses that have happened. The scale will move again for you! :carrot:

10-15-2009, 10:55 AM
The first thing I noticed about your post was the little picture that says you lost 50 pounds....WOW, you've done well so far. Hang in there - trust yourself - and know that your body is okay. Move forward and keep doing what you've been doing - because you're making progress.

There will be little bumps in the road - but nothing to panic about. You've all ready learned to make the right choices, so you can keep moving forward. You can do this, and one little bump on the scale is not going to slow you down...right?

Your body is fluctuating - that's normal. It's okay :)

10-15-2009, 11:18 AM
congrats on the 50 lbs, how awesome! do you maybe need to adjust your calories? I was told I'm not eating enough calories and I noticed when I upped them I was HUNGRY all the time! I was told that's because my metabolism was picking up. wondering if maybe you dropped a little too low on the calories and/or picked up your activity which may call for an increase in calories as well. just a thought!

Lori Bell
10-15-2009, 11:20 AM
I remember my first "no loss" week. It was kind of depressing, especially knowing how hard I worked to see the exact same number on the scale. My advice is to keep on trucking, keep working it, and the scale will catch up with you! But yea, I know how bad it sucks. :hug:

Interesting you mention losing more when feeling hunger. Like Robin, I rarely feel hunger because I bulk up on lots of veggies and lean protein, BUT I do experience anxiety. I've had anxiety disorder for many years now, and back in the old days I would self medicate with carbs and alcohol. Since giving up my vices, for some strange reason the weeks I feel very anxious, or have panic issues, I usually have much bigger losses, even though my calories are consistent. I also think that for many years I had mistaken anxiety for hunger.

Judy Lynn
10-15-2009, 11:25 AM
Hang in there!

10-15-2009, 12:33 PM
You've lost 50 pounds and it hasn't even taken you very long. I bet it took you longer to put them on. The scale isn't everything. I am sure that you are healthier this week than last. Every week that we chicks stick to our plans is one week closer to our overall HEALTH goals. Health is so much more important than weight. Just because you did not lose weight does not mean you did not lose any fat and it certainly does not mean that you did not move closer to your health goal. I bet if you think about it you probably saw some other positive changes in the last week - inches lost, a new muscle popping out, decreased cravings, increased cravings for the good stuff, improvements in your sin or hair or nails, increased skill at a certain exercise, more confidence - look for that stuff and focus on it instead. Just tell your scale it's a jerk, maybe even give it a little kick to get back at it (don't break any toes though, or the scale since you'll be needing it next week) and keep on keepin on.

salsa chip
10-15-2009, 12:35 PM
I've had a couple of these - even weeks when I've gone up - and no matter how often I repeat the reasonable explanations why it's happened, there's a part of me that's disappointed. That's when I try to fall back onto the "fake it til you make it" maxim we all (including you!) repeat so often here. Don't be disappointed, and eventually you won't be anymore :)

Keep on chugging! That's what we're all doing. Stick to your good food and exercise, and let us know when (not if!) you drop the next few pounds so we can all celebrate together :D

10-15-2009, 01:05 PM
I am completely knackered today... so sign my name to Robin's post ;)

10-15-2009, 01:22 PM
You are still doing great!! During my 50 lbs lost I have had a few weeks of no loss - it is frustrating but I just work harder the next week. I am sure next week will make up for it!

10-15-2009, 02:17 PM
I have come oh so close to not losing for a week and it is sucky, but the next week was always better. Hang in there! You are doing an amazing job don't let one little weigh in break your spirit...

10-15-2009, 03:39 PM
I haven't lost in a month. I know how frustrating it is to be on plan and not see a loss. but I dont' care as much as I once did, I think the longer we're at it the easier it is to deal with no loss weeks because as opposed to before when I was on a diet I felt like if I wasn't seeing a loss there was no POINT and i"d QUIT, but now, this is just how I eat, like it or not. Don't give up, you're doing great. :)

10-15-2009, 04:55 PM
Well done on the 50lb weight loss :)

I find the weeks I lose nothing are always when I'm comign up to a big milestone - like now 1lb from being 15 stone, 3lb from 100lb weight loss and approaching Onderland and what happens - no loss all week despite being so good all week (two days left until official weigh in day hoping the scales will move by then).

It's normal to have weeks with no loss and there are lots of possible explanations but the chances are if you were on plan sometime in the next few weeks you will lose a little extra. TOM, salty food, eatign more refined carbs, not eating enough, exercising more, not drinking enough water, etc. are all possible explanations.

10-16-2009, 10:10 AM
Wow, you're down 50lb without going up once! That's astonishing! I go up at least once a month, more if I eat salt or forget to drink water.

Drink lots of water and I'm sure it'll be gone by next week. If not, give it a couple of weeks, and if there's still nothing, start looking into plateau busting techniques. You are exercising, right?

Do not, I repeat, do not use this as a reason to give up. It's a tiny blip, and going and eating everything in the refrigerator will just make you feel worse.

10-16-2009, 10:19 AM
This is your lifestyle now. It's what you do and who you are.

This is so true. We focus so much on losing the weight and what the scale says that sometimes we lose site of the fact that we have to change how we live every day.

You have done awesome so far!! Keep it up!

10-16-2009, 02:30 PM
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU everybody for all your reinforcement and support.

I read through all the comments yesterday even though I didn't have a chance to answer....

Of course, you're all right, but it really helps me to hear it!

It's true that the losing 50 so fast has been kind of giddy... it seemed like almost every day, something was too big, or someone noticed the change...

But it really helps me to keep in mind that whether I can see a change or not this week, I KNOW that I'm healthier. I feel it every day, in every single thing I do.

And yesterday, a co-worker told me that she said she noticed I seem more energetic now at work, and that was high praise indeed.

So, yes, I'm in it for the long haul-- but obviously not yet immune to the momentary panic.

(and no, scale still not down this morning...)

10-16-2009, 03:27 PM
50 LBS. You have come so far. That is so very great ! Your scale can be your best friend when the number goes down... but it can turn on you just like that, so don't let it be the only meaningfull measure of your success.

10-16-2009, 03:40 PM
I am so glad to see you are in a better mood now. Not to worry, that dern scale does not stand a chance in the long run, and the long run is what counts.

KaCee J
10-16-2009, 04:06 PM
50 lbs off is GREAT! There will be weeks when you stall, but just remember that's part of the whole process, reflect on how far you have come, how much better you feel, and that fact that your progress is keeping newbies like me motivated and inspired! Even if you didn't move the scale, you are moving us!

Alana in Canada
10-16-2009, 04:32 PM
I know how you feel. I weight myself once a week and last Monday the scale showed exactly the same number the thrird week in a row.

It is ver discouraging.

So, this week, with lots of yummy turkey and gravy leftovers in the fridge, I gave up. Every day my choices have got progressively poorer--I haven't gone hog-wild and eaten a pint of ice cream--but I did have three bowls of cereal before bed last night.

This morning, I was up two pounds.

And that's worse than staying the same--even if I "get" to have hot chocolate--or whatever I think is "better" than my peace of mind.

Robin said something once which I lam learning again this wek, "Staying on plan is loving yourself." She is so, so right. Staying on plan is the best you can do for yourself--even if there's no evidence.

I hope that helps you stay on plan. It's really hard without reenforcement--but that's what 3chicks is for!

10-16-2009, 04:38 PM
50 pounds is great! Congrats on that. There's all sorts of reasons for no loss...just retaining water, drinking too much the day before, etc. Just keep on trucking and it will get goin'.

10-16-2009, 05:27 PM
It's hard for the scale to not show what you think you think it deserves to say. I think, sometimes, the body 'rests' from losing. The weight will come down. Hang in there - you are doing great.

10-16-2009, 05:34 PM
50lbs is huge I can only wait til I reach that mile stone, pat yourself on the back you have done great!!!