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05-13-2010, 02:42 PM
Newbie - 1st thread :) Hello to all...

My vent for today: I've been stuck at 193 for two weeks (fluctuating from 193-194) and I can't seem to make the scale go down. It's very frustrating and de-motivating.

I'm eating very healthy (i.e., lots of veggies, whole grains, lean protiens, nuts, low-fat dairy and LOTS of water) and am doing a workout video almost every day. Doesn't seem to help much right now ::sigh::

Any tips? TIA ;)

05-13-2010, 02:52 PM
I hate when this happens! But trust me, it will move!! I have gotten discouraged many times, but if you stick with it and keep doing things right, the weight WILL come off! Hang in there! Good luck :)

05-13-2010, 03:04 PM
Maybe if it's the same workout dvd everyday, your body could be use to the exercise now...maybe try a new dvd or doing it once through and then do the first half again right after, to add more time to your workout.

05-13-2010, 03:17 PM
Hang in there, the scale goddess will be good to you soon...Just keep up the good work..You are doing fantastic!

05-13-2010, 03:17 PM
Trust me, I know exactly your feeling as I'm going through the frustration at the moment too. My weight has been stuck for what feels like forever.
I figure that if it's that stuck, then there must be some variable I'll have to change to kickstart it. btw, this is something that will happen over and over in all likelihood and you have to look inside to see what is different each time. Sometimes it's self-induced, sometimes not.

As of yesterday I have bumped *up* my calories to 1400 as I am apparently not feeding my body enough to lose weight. I will also be diving back into weight lifting as well.

05-13-2010, 03:34 PM
Wow, thanks ladies! I needed a few virtual *hugs* today.

I've been super stressed between work, school and personal stuff, so my weight loss journey (# 2 - kick started it again in March after a long hiatus/plateau at 210lbs) was keeping me excited and motivated. But to not see the scale move for over two weeks has been infuriating! :tantrum:

I suppose it's possible that I may not be eating enough. I'm not tracking my calories per se, but I definitely have an estimate. Trying to stay under 1500, for sure.

As far as working out, I've been doing the 30 Day Shred. It's pretty intense, right now anyway. I do intend to turn it up a notch after I finish the 30 days (Day 9 today) and do some extra cardio like running.

I was so happy to get under 200lbs, but it's almost insignificant because now the 190's are annoying the **** out of me! 180s are much more appealing imo. lol

Will try to keep some perspective. Thank you ladies, again. :)

Liliann: Love 'scale goddess' lol!

05-13-2010, 03:41 PM
You can do it!!! :hug:

Since you're doing the 30 day shred, maybe add in a little extra exercise somewhere to see if that shakes things up a bit? I guess it depends on when you do it, but maybe go for a walk or a jo in the morning and do the DVD in the evening, or vice-versa? Just something to wake your body up. It seems to be sleeping through what should be weight loss! ;)

05-13-2010, 03:43 PM
I am currently going thru the same thing... i am new to this site but i can relate to so many of the posts on here and it makes me feel better that i am not going thru the same things... i have actually gained a few pounds since dieting in the past couple weeks and now i am stuck where my body gained weight 2 it makes me so sad : ( i just do not know where to go or what to do so that i can lose weight.. my biggest problem is that i am always in a rush so i just want it to fall off without waiting... but i hope soon enough that the scale will start moving

05-13-2010, 04:18 PM
THE 190s ARE SO ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!! They just will not sod off!

So I'm with you :p I'm determined to stay on track and get OUT OF HERE soon!! :broc:

05-13-2010, 04:26 PM
I have experienced this also. What worked for me was to actually *up* my calories via a scoop of protein powder in the morning. I exercise fairly intensly (running 3-4mi) so I guess I needed the fuel. This combined with watching my sodium intake helped bust through the plateau.

05-13-2010, 04:27 PM
Have a high calorie day - that might kickstart things for you again. That is what I always do - throw in a 2000 or so calorie day.

05-13-2010, 04:55 PM
Did you measure yourself prior to working out?

I have been stuck at 167-168 for 3 weeks. I am frustrated as ****. The only thing right now that keeps me from giving up is that I measured myself prior to starting my workout program. When I didn't lose again last week, I re-measured myself and was down 1/2 inch on each arm, each thigh, and my waist.

05-13-2010, 07:03 PM
Stalled! I feel your pain! I'm going through this right now and I am SO frustrated. I ate more calories yesterday and am in the process of eating more smart calories today (throwing in some higher protein foods) to hopefully jump start it (per advice I have seen on these threads). 266/265, back and forth, is what keeps showing on the scale for me. I have been keeping up with my time on the elliptical and treadmill, even by shaking it up a bit by doing interval training on both, trying to provoke some muscle confusion - blah blah blah. I'm sure some of it is muscle gain too, but I imagine by knowing how my body loses, I should be about 260/261 by now. I don't know. =\

My body, by sight/feel/clothing is still shrinking a little (I really need to buy a measuring tape!) - but the dang scale!! lol

No where near giving up, this just makes me even more mad to get it my way! Good luck to you, I'm sure for both of us it will start moving down again soon. Keep up with your good work!

05-13-2010, 07:12 PM
I was stuck at 217 for two months! Now that I've started losing again, I'm losing more quickly than I ever have. I'm becoming a big believer in the set point theory!

I changed from a diet of my own design to the DASH diet, tweaked a bit. In the process, I started measuring my afternoon snack of chocolate chips and nuts and I'm probably eating half of what I was before I started measuring. I also swapped a snack -- it was something starchy and now its homemade frozen yogurt. My vegetable and fruit intake is up, my starch servings are fewer, fat and protein were already pretty low but now they are more varied.

I don't think any of those details are likely to help anyone else, but I thought it might help to see the kinds of changes that can make a difference.

05-13-2010, 08:03 PM
the 170s are my nemesis. I am not looking at the scale for approval or for direction for my day anymore. I am cutting out unhealthy eating and habits and enjoying the weight loss journey that I am sure will come.

05-13-2010, 08:07 PM
The scale will move :) It's a mini-plateau. I had the same thing happen the past 2 weeks where it kept fluctuationg. Finally it's been going downward since Monday and now I have lost 2lbs. I think the body just needs to adjust.

It also helps to do something you don't usually do -eat a few less calories, or a few more. And if you do the gym try a different machine or differen intensity. I did both of those things and I don't know if that is what helped or it just started working on its own.

05-13-2010, 08:09 PM
you know what, when I was just eating healthy food and not worrying about eating less or more, and doing a fast occasionally... i dropped weight so quickly i didn't even know I was dropping as fast as I was.

I think it is best for me to be minimally in control of my weight loss.

05-14-2010, 09:08 AM
I hear you, big time! I've been stuck at 196-198 for about a month now. The first 20 pounds came off so easily and now...grrr. I've just made up my mind that my body will submit to more weight loss sooner or later and I just need to wait it out and keep doing what I'm doing. Do you hear that, body? I'm in charge!

05-14-2010, 11:41 AM
I have been stuck at 178/179 for well over a month. I am frustrated but I keep telling myself that the number doesn't matter because I feel better and have much more energy. I think I need to tweak my diet a bit and really commit to keeping a food journal. Stay strong and determined, we can do this!

05-14-2010, 12:07 PM
Ughhhhh, this morning 194.4! So annoying :mad:

I do not know what I'm doing wrong. I almost want to fast for a few days just to drop a few pounds already.

::sigh:: sorry everyone, NOT having a good day.

Thanks for the support though, it definitely helps :hug:

05-15-2010, 03:40 PM
Sorry to hear that Kali, it will move very soon! Don't let it discourage you!! Although I still haven't bought my measuring tape and keep forgetting to (duh on me) I was still losing in inches per my clothes and by feel.

After a 6 day mini stall with only 1lb lost in between it, I got mine moving again by increasing calories by about 500, drank warmer/hot water w/ lemon juice (instead of the ice cold water I normally do) and did interval training on the elliptical in form that I usually don't do (hard/fast for 15 secs, slow pace 15 secs, repeated for 30 mins til I was dripping wet and exhausted).

I'm going to do all that above again on my next plateau, hoping that my body will just keep responding to that change thrown into the mix. I was scared the increase of calories would hurt me (and I was afraid to at first), but it didn't at all.

05-15-2010, 03:46 PM
Amen ladies, i'm in the boat right now... 207-206 for 2 weeks :(
I gotta re-evaluate what i'm eating and up my calories, sometimes when i get comfortable i just dont eat as much...

I figured it out... I went over my Fitday.. and turns out i was eating 15-1700 cal's that month, thats when the weight was coming off.. now im lucky if i make it to 1500!!!

05-15-2010, 05:27 PM
Amen ladies, i'm in the boat right now... 207-206 for 2 weeks :(
I gotta re-evaluate what i'm eating and up my calories, sometimes when i get comfortable i just dont eat as much...

I figured it out... I went over my Fitday.. and turns out i was eating 15-1700 cal's that month, thats when the weight was coming off.. now im lucky if i make it to 1500!!!

That's what happens to me, the "comfy" part. You know how it is, you get into an eating routine and I suppose, just take it for granted. Before I came to this site, I hit a plateau in March but just waited it out, not even thinking how to kick it back into gear.

Prior to February when I started this weight loss journey, I tried the eat good one day (like I am now), the next day was a water fast, (repeat). That way failed terribly for me and I ended up on a stall, gave up and gained it back. I am really happy to see that just by playing with extra calories helps out.

I hit 45lbs loss today, but jeez, I am just so ready to say bye to the 260's already! I'm a little impatient about it. :D

Let us know what you do to kick yourself out of the stall. ;)

05-16-2010, 08:19 PM
ugh. 180 was my nightmare weight. i was stuck there for six weeks with minimal fluctuation. id see 179.8 one week, then 180.8 the next week. i knew i was on a good plan so i just kept at it. maybe try calorie cycling like a few girls have suggested. after six weeks of frustration the scale finally moved and didnt stop like that again at any other weight. sometimes our bodies just dont cooperate!!

05-17-2010, 10:53 AM
yah i'm still stuck, but im just going to keep doing what i'm doing.. i mean 2 weeks at one weight isnt bad :P

05-17-2010, 11:09 AM
i hear you! i'm stuck at the 189-188 lbs for what feels forever, (it's been maybe a week). but I think what's helped me is to not focus and NOT GIVE UP. failure is not an option this time and i just know that if i keep doing what i'm doing, it will eventually move.

05-17-2010, 11:16 AM
I suppose it's possible that I may not be eating enough. I'm not tracking my calories per se, but I definitely have an estimate. Trying to stay under 1500, for sure.

As far as working out, I've been doing the 30 Day Shred. It's pretty intense, right now anyway. I do intend to turn it up a notch after I finish the 30 days (Day 9 today) and do some extra cardio like running.

Well it looks like a lot of people are advocating the "try a few more calories" approach. Hey, I actually think this can be a great idea, truly. When I see someone post that they do an hour of cardio and eat 1200 calories, it would be my first piece of advice. But, the part I bolded above gives me pause.

"Having an estimate" is exactly what prevented me from losing weight for 3 years. Incidentally, I was in the 190's as well. But yeah, I knew a lot about calories, checked a lot of labels, but there was a lot I was guessing at. Portion size, and things I didn't have strict stats for. It is SO EASY to over eat this way, even when sticking with lean meats, low fat dairy and fruits and veggies. Lean meats and dairy, especially, can add up. In fact, it's almost easier to overeat with them, because you think (sub-consciously or otherwise) that they are "guilt-free."

Don't get me wrong, calories are always going to have a degree of estimation to them. But the degree to which you are doing so can greatly alter the actual number.

Whether you are overeating or undereating, I'd take a closer look at the calories. You may be surprised, one way or the other.

05-18-2010, 10:59 AM
Wow - thank you ladies for all the great responses (and wonderful advice!). I am feeling much better. I actually managed to drop a pound (kind of lol).

I am going to try to be better about monitoring my caloric intake. I'm not really snacking or anything but I have noticed my dinners are often heavier than they should be - mostly because I'm just ravenous by the time I work out and settle in for the evening. I'm hoping I can manage to be a little bit more strict about writing down what I'm eating, especially since this weekend is graduation and next week we have the long weekend. June 1st, listen up! It's 189 or else!


How are the rest of you all doing??? Any movement on those darn scales?!

05-18-2010, 05:51 PM
Great Kali! Yay you! 1 lb lost is better than 1lb increased! I bet if you cut some cals I bet you will make your 189! I'm rooting for you!!My 6 day stall (with one pound lost in between it) ended on May 13. I added calories into my breakfast & lunch and increased my exercise a little bit. Now that the scale is moving again, I have decreased my calories but still exercising the same. No idea what I am doing really (seriously don't, just winging it as I go along learning what my body responds to), but it seems to have worked. I just saw a post here mentioning to increase cals and I was like.....Okie Dokie! LOL

Also, stopped eating past 5:30-6pm. This is new for me in the diet, I used to do that when I was skinny, so I figure I should start re-training my body now. I've had crazy hunger pains the past few nights around 11pm, but I've popped a couple Chitosan and drank a huge glass of water and it went away in a few mins.

And!! I tossed all of my 22's and 24's and all of my 1x and 2x stretch waist band lounge pants and tops into a garbage bag today and drove them to Good Will! They're GONE!!! I fit comfortably now in 20 to where they have a little looseness to them and not tight, whew! I almost tinkled myself when I tried the 20's in my closet on this morning. :carrot:

Hope talking about my stall ending doesn't jinx me into another one now! :yikes:

06-01-2010, 02:51 PM
Just wanted to let you all know I was FINALLY able to get over that 193-194lb hump. Today I weighed in at 188.4, so I'm feeling pretty good. Not too, too far from my goal weight. Thank you LORD!!!!!!!!

How are you all doing???

(btw: thanks a million for all the support - it made a huge difference!)

06-01-2010, 07:18 PM
There's this thing we do on the diet I'm on called a "steak day"
People do it when they hit a stall and they usually loose 1-3 pounds. You go all day just drinking water and tea (no sugar) and then for dinner you have a big juicy steak and an apple. You can google it and see others results.