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alexandraT
04-27-2010, 06:48 AM
I'm curious - for all those who reached goal weight or is close to it, when did it start slowing down for you? I've reached I believe a plateau at 145 (15 lbs from goal) and I'm SUPER frustrated. I've been here for the past month. Granted, the first few weekends of that month, I didn't do well. I gained the natural water weight. That didn't make me freak out - it's how long it took me to lose that water weight. And - in the past - even if i had a bad weekend, by Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest I'd be back to my previous weight, and then by Friday I'd be down another 2-3 lbs!

Now, for example, two weekends ago, my parents were in town, andddd it wasn't the ideal wknd diet wise. But it wasn't the worst either. Anyway, by Tuesday morning (they left monday night after dinner) I was up 152 (!!) from 145. Not trying to worry too much, I just went back on track, very strictly, even stayed on the low end of calories. Well, I expected by Thursday to be back to normal, but I was still at 147. I didnt' reach 145 again until Saturday morning, stayed on track this weekend and yesterday, and expected a loss this morning, but nope, STILL STUCK at 145. This is so frustrating! I had a wedding May 22 that I wanted to be in the 130s for.. will I make it!?! This is beyond frustrating!


motivated chickie
04-27-2010, 07:39 AM
I got down from 175 to 150 in about 5 months, but I stayed at 150 (with ups and downs) for over a year. Then I stepped up my efforts again and have been losing quickly. For me, I went through a long maintenance period before I started up again. I don't have plateaus, really. I sometimes need breaks and stay even for a while. I heard that plateaus are normal and part of the body's adjustment period.

I know you want to lose weight by a certain date, but the body has it's own timetable. I think you are being hard on yourself. You are losing weight, but stepping on the scale and expecting a certain number might set yourself up for disappointment.

Fat Pants
04-27-2010, 07:51 AM
Right at 50 lbs lost (163) for me. I still had another 25 to lose so it was painstakingly frustrating. Finally I just surrendered to whatever my body wanted to do and eventually it all came off.


Eliana
04-27-2010, 08:17 AM
I lost rapidly for the first three months and then slowed to about 4 lbs per month as soon as I hit 200 lbs. I feel like I have an awfully long way to go to be losing 4 lbs a month! :rofl: But I'm losing inches like crazy, so it's all good. ;)

Cally Callahan
04-27-2010, 09:16 AM
I lost my first 30 lbs reasonably quick. But after that I hit a rut with easter and family visits and since then my loss has slowed down, even though I am back on the same plan I was before I got off track.

rockinrobin
04-27-2010, 09:25 AM
I'm curious - for all those who reached goal weight or is close to it, when did it start slowing down for you? I've reached I believe a plateau at 145 (15 lbs from goal) and I'm SUPER frustrated. I've been here for the past month. Granted, the first few weekends of that month, I didn't do well. I gained the natural water weight. That didn't make me freak out - it's how long it took me to lose that water weight. And - in the past - even if i had a bad weekend, by Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest I'd be back to my previous weight, and then by Friday I'd be down another 2-3 lbs!

Now, for example, two weekends ago, my parents were in town, andddd it wasn't the ideal wknd diet wise. But it wasn't the worst either. Anyway, by Tuesday morning (they left monday night after dinner) I was up 152 (!!) from 145. Not trying to worry too much, I just went back on track, very strictly, even stayed on the low end of calories. Well, I expected by Thursday to be back to normal, but I was still at 147. I didnt' reach 145 again until Saturday morning, stayed on track this weekend and yesterday, and expected a loss this morning, but nope, STILL STUCK at 145. This is so frustrating! I had a wedding May 22 that I wanted to be in the 130s for.. will I make it!?! This is beyond frustrating!

It seems to me as if your *plateau* is of the self-induced variety. You can't expect to eat *off plan* even one day a week AND have a weight loss. It just can't happen. One *off* day, can wipe out any deficit you've created the other 6 days.

As you get smaller (& you are!!!) it's going to take more consistency to keep on getting you that calorie deficit that's needed in order to have steady weight loss. If you're okay with the up and down thing, than that consistency is not as vital.

You've got to stick with your plan through the weekends. Treat them as any other day of the week, if not more so. Map out your food schedule in advance - each meal and snack. Consistency. 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 days in a row.... Do that and watch that *plateau* disappear.

Oh and you haven't mentioned exercise. You can increase that as well to help you along in the calorie deficit department.

beerab
04-27-2010, 10:26 AM
I agree with RR- the closer you are to your goal- the less leeway you have to have a bad weekend. You have to really be OP to see the results. Maybe kick up a workout or two during the week also.

stargzr
04-27-2010, 10:35 AM
Rockinrobin has it...

When did it slow down? Right now, lol. Everyone said it would slow down the closer to goal you got, but the only time my losses slowed on my way to my original goal of 161 was when I messed up. However, now that I'm in a "healthy" weight range (bmi-wise) it's slowed me up quite a bit and can get discouraging. I have to pay attention to EVERY thing that I eat now. I want to get to where I feel great about my body and not just ok... so I keep on truckin'.

mom4life
04-27-2010, 10:39 AM
For me it was when I lost 15 lbs. I was on the calories counting diet and I tried zig-zagging but it didn't work. I then started looking deeper into the foods I was eating and that's when it hit me that I was consuming way too many carbs. From there I went on to the Atkin's diet and it jump started my weight loss again....slowly but at least I was losing again.

Meg
04-27-2010, 10:50 AM
It's quite normal for weight loss to slow down when we get close to goal. Smaller bodies need fewer calories, so it's harder and harder to create a calorie deficit.

I agree with the others than there isn't any room for off-plan eating when we're close to goal, unless we're willing to accept a stall. Treat meals on weekends works for maintenance, but not for those stubborn last few pounds! Definitely kick up your exercise if you can! And be patient -- it will come off!

catherinef
04-27-2010, 11:19 AM
It's slowed down, definitely, but I'm still losing pretty steadily. Up until about last Christmas, I could reliably lose about 7-10 pounds per month, and it was much higher than that for the first hundred. But now, I just have no room for error, if I want to get these last 12 pounds off in the next couple of months. There are no cheat days, there are no extra treats. I'll be able to work the occasional indulgence in once I get to maintenance, and I stress "occasional."

Cheat days and off-plan days just really don't work for me, I've found. I've set things up so that it's pretty easy for me to stay on plan; going OFF plan usually requires I deliberately set out to do so, and that's exactly the way I want it, because I hate exercising will power. If I indulge in one of the things where I KNOW I'm weak, even if it's worked right into my calorie budget, I then have to exercise will power, because eating a little of it makes me want to eat a lot, and there are times when that's OK, but I'd just as soon avoid testing my will power as much as possible, so it really does work when I need it. And right now, any indulgence could easily delay my getting to goal.

I really don't mind, to be honest. I've lost nearly six pounds this month, which is pretty good for somebody who's as close to goal as I am, but it comes off in short bursts, meaning I can go a week or two with nothing but bouncing around over a range of a pound or two, with a small swing higher right before my cycle begins, and then over a few days, I will lose something like 2-4 pounds. So I get my share of time glaring at the scale, wondering why it seems to be going so slowly, knowing I truly have been absolutely on plan, but just having to remain patient until the weight shifts. And then I get to the end of the month, check my stats on FitDay, and see that while most of the month it felt like I was going nowhere, at the end, there's a nice, reliable, not-too-shabby loss recorded.

mom4life
04-27-2010, 11:31 AM
It's slowed down, definitely, but I'm still losing pretty steadily. Up until about last Christmas, I could reliably lose about 7-10 pounds per month, and it was much higher than that for the first hundred. But now, I just have no room for error, if I want to get these last 12 pounds off in the next couple of months. There are no cheat days, there are no extra treats. I'll be able to work the occasional indulgence in once I get to maintenance, and I stress "occasional."


exactly, this became my mind set. I would rather sacrifice my sweet tooth to get to my goal. I could experiment with eating sweets when I reached maintenance mode but at the moment....I was on a mission to lose.

Smiling_Sara
04-27-2010, 11:46 AM
I got down to about 198 last June. Since June, I've lost a total of 8 pounds. I work out 5 days a week, and watch my food intake. It's been one hellva plateau

rockinrobin
04-27-2010, 12:20 PM
I got down to about 198 last June. Since June, I've lost a total of 8 pounds. I work out 5 days a week, and watch my food intake. It's been one hellva plateau

Just wondering what *watch* your food intake means.

I know for me, watching was never enough. I need to be more stringent than just watching. I need to actually count my calories or else they just *have a way* of sneaking in there and adding up. ;)

Though if you've been strictly on plan for those 10 months, it may be time to change up that plan.

alexandraT
04-27-2010, 12:27 PM
Thanks so much everyone for your responses!! You've made me feel like I'm not alone and not going crazy - esp. the part about as you are getting closer to goal, not having one off day if you expect to see a loss. That's going to be tough, but at least I realize what I def. have to do now. It's esp going to be tough as the next few weeks include my birthday and multiple other celebrations.

And about the gym - I have stepped up my routine. I recently, in the past couple of weeks, have picked up running... I recently ran my longest EVER, in my whole entire life: 1 hr (6 miles!)

kuhrisuh
04-27-2010, 06:18 PM
I'm really glad you posted this! Our situations are reallyyyy similar

My weight loss stalled out at 180 lbs. I did see178-179 a few times, but I've been at 180 all month. It's really frustrating to be trying so hard and doing everything you can and STILL not lose. So it's motivating to see that others have been through this and still reached their goals. :)

I also had the same kind of eat-gain-lose quickly pattern that you mentioned in the OP, but now even when I do overeat I stay around 180. Usually I have at least one day over the wknd where I'm off plan... and this month was the first month that I'd made it through 2 ENTIRE weeks without overeating. Still, no loss. So that was very discouraging.

I've changed things around now and am trying out calorie cycling... I've been working out intensely for quite some time now, but I'm trying to step it up there too. Other than that, I guess we just have to be patient and let our bodies work their magic... stay strong! we'll get there :)

MrsLovett
04-27-2010, 06:31 PM
Hi! For me, the weight came off quickly at first as well. I lost 50 lbs in the first 5 months. The last 15 pounds have come off ever so slowly!!! I was stuck at 125 for a month or so... it's taken me 7 months to lose those 15 pounds. I've been at this for a year (this time!) and I'm still not done:)

MrsLovett

ElanaRose
04-27-2010, 10:19 PM
I'm stuck right now at about 143-144 after losing 14 lbs. It's so irritating, but my mom and I came to an executive conclusion that I wasn't getting enough calories, and my metabolism had slowed, so I upped my intake just a little and we're watching and seeing. Don't let it get you down! :D

mkendrick
04-27-2010, 10:26 PM
I lost steadily 1-2.5lbs every single week. Then I reached 150lbs and stalled completely for a month. I didn't change my plan at all, it just quit. I was NOT cheating, wasn't doing anything differently. I finally had to actually start exercising (I know, lame that I hadn't been before) and actually recording calories. It's been a little over a month, and I've lost 9lbs, my best month so far.

Strangely though, my weight loss has changed though. I was losing the 1-2.5lbs weekly, then I stalled at 150 for a month. Now I lose 2-3lbs over just a few days, then I won't lose any for a week or two, then I drop again. Not sure why.

Eliana
04-28-2010, 08:05 AM
Strangely though, my weight loss has changed though. I was losing the 1-2.5lbs weekly, then I stalled at 150 for a month. Now I lose 2-3lbs over just a few days, then I won't lose any for a week or two, then I drop again. Not sure why.

Because you're exercising. :rofl: That's what I do! I swear I'd weigh a whole lot less if I wasn't exercising, but I wouldn't look as good. ;) (Or FEEL as good!!!)

rockinrobin
04-28-2010, 08:45 AM
. I finally had to actually start exercising (I know, lame that I hadn't been before) and actually recording calories. It's been a little over a month, and I've lost 9lbs, my best month so far.
.

Because you're exercising. :rofl: That's what I do! I swear I'd weigh a whole lot less if I wasn't exercising, but I wouldn't look as good. ;) (Or FEEL as good!!!)

I could be misinterpreting it (wouldn't be the first or the 100th time ;)), but I don't think mkendrick was saying that exercising is causing her weight gain. I think she means just the opposite. She says that since she has started, she's had her best month yet - just that it comes off differently - in spurts.

alexandraT
04-28-2010, 09:02 AM
Again, very relieving to hear of others going through the same thing! I weighed in again this morning (I tend to be a daily weigher when I feel I've been on plan b/c it makes me excited haha) and nothing. still no loss. I keep getting on expecting to see some kind of whoosh. I've been really stepping up my exercising these past few weeks, to the point where I've been a little sore, and I've noticed in the past when I work out intensely for a couple weeks I won't lose, but then right after I stop I see a drop of a couple pounds. Hopefully it's my body readjusting to the new intense routine???

Also, perhaps I'll try upping my calories a bit. Like most others, when I get frustrated and want to lose I'll try and see how many calories I can cut, but perhaps I've cut too much? I'm currently trying to take in 1400 and work out for about 2 hours a day (cardio, usually running, for an hour, and pilates for an hour), and I've also started recently walking to and from work (2.5 miles each way).

mkendrick
04-28-2010, 09:19 AM
I could be misinterpreting it (wouldn't be the first or the 100th time ;)), but I don't think mkendrick was saying that exercising is causing her weight gain. I think she means just the opposite. She says that since she has started, she's had her best month yet - just that it comes off differently - in spurts.

This is correct. I was actually surprised when I averaged out each month's loss, something I hadn't done before. It has felt frustrating the last month because it HAS changed now that I've been exercising. I'm not sure why that is, I guess it just changed my water retention/fat burn pattern. So it does seem more frustrating sometimes, I literally won't lose a fraction of a pound for 10 days, but then I'll drop 1-1.5lbs for three days in a row. I used to see a .2lb loss practically everyday.

mkendrick
04-28-2010, 09:25 AM
I could be misinterpreting it (wouldn't be the first or the 100th time ;)), but I don't think mkendrick was saying that exercising is causing her weight gain. I think she means just the opposite. She says that since she has started, she's had her best month yet - just that it comes off differently - in spurts.

This is correct. I was actually surprised when I averaged out each month's loss, something I hadn't done before. It has felt frustrating the last month because it HAS changed now that I've been exercising. I'm not sure why that is, I guess it just changed my water retention/fat burn pattern. So it does seem more frustrating sometimes, I literally won't lose a fraction of a pound for 10 days, but then I'll drop 1-1.5lbs for three days in a row. I used to see a .2lb loss practically everyday.

Eliana
04-28-2010, 09:27 AM
I guess what I meant is that I am envious of people who lose a steady 1-2 pounds every single week. I am not one of those people. My weight loss is very random with whooshes and stalls all over the place.

Pre-exercise, Megan lost steadily, almost daily.
After beginning exercise, Megan started in on the same pattern I am on...losing in whooshes and then holding steady for weeks.

I honestly think it's the exercise. I've reached a point where I'm now ok with that, but it took me a long, long time to realize that. I think this is actually normal or at the very least, not ABnormal.

Cali Doll
04-28-2010, 07:54 PM
My loss was steady from 226 to about 165. Then it took me a couple of months to lose that last 5 pounds. I was starting to think that my body was in its happy place at 165. Then the last 5 came off steadily after a few months.

alexandraT
04-29-2010, 06:38 AM
I'm curious: do you think it could be b/c i've been stepping up my exercise routine? I went from not running at all to running for an hour, 6 miles, three days a week, so it's def. been a shock to my system, and have been adding on some intense ab classes, and I just feel bloated. I drink a lot of water, but I always know I'm bloated when I feel like I can't suck in my stomach (sounds weird, I know) and thats the feeling I've had constantly for the past two-three weeks. It's really annoying. I found this article online, and seems to describe my situation pretty well - not too mention, while I have had those splurges on the weekends, during the week I drastically count my calories and eat mostly veggies, giving even more of a shock to my body. Is it possible this is causing my plateau? I weighed in at 145 this morning - AGAIN - I almost broke down in tears it's so frustrating.

http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/bloating-after-your-exercise-routine-and-new-diet-749230.html

Eliana
04-29-2010, 08:32 AM
Alexandra, I'm no expert, but it sure sounds like it. You could potentially be bloated and/or constipated from your dietary changes, especially if you are eating a lot more veggies than you had been. It's taken my body a good five months to accept a lot of fiber. I was getting quite constipated, despite the fact that fiber is supposed to help with that. :dizzy: That in combination with new and increased intense exercise may be throwing you for loop.

My gut just tells me that you are doing everything right and therefore the scale is just behind your game. I urge you to keep it up and wait for the scale to catch up with you. You're leaving it in the dust! :D

Six miles running!! I am impressed! I ran one mile today for the first time since high school and was pretty proud of myself. :D

alexandraT
04-29-2010, 11:44 AM
Thanks Eliana! I guess all I can do is wait it out. I look at what I've been eating - and its a lot of fiber - salad, lots of beans, apples...I also think I'm going to not weigh myself for a few days, it's too discouraging!

alexandraT
04-30-2010, 06:39 AM
Because I got so many responses and so much advice, just had to post... on a whim this morning I weighed myself (I wasn't going to but for whatever reason just felt lighter this morning) and there it was! 142.5, down 2.5 lbs!! The whoosh I was looking for!

rockinrobin
04-30-2010, 07:31 AM
Because I got so many responses and so much advice, just had to post... on a whim this morning I weighed myself (I wasn't going to but for whatever reason just felt lighter this morning) and there it was! 142.5, down 2.5 lbs!! The whoosh I was looking for!

Oh my gosh, this is WONDERFUL!!! I'm so happy for you. What a nice (not so) little wosh!!

Just keep at it. Keep on tweaking it. Keep on working it. Keep on top of it. Keep up the ever so beneficial hard work and those pounds WILL come off.

:bravo::cp::cp::bravo: