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lostangel05
02-24-2011, 12:34 PM
Hoston, we have a problem. lol I had an awesome week last week. Went from 205 to 201! Stayed at 201 for like 3-4 days and then started gaining. So, I'm at 203 this morning. Sigh.

If this was you, would you add more exercise, cut a little more calories, or just wait?

I'm still at 1650 calories which has seemed to work for me. I lowered my workouts to 30 mins because it seemed 60-70 mins was making my weight loss really super slow.

I realize it hasn't been more than a week since I've lost, but I really wanted to get out of the 200s this month!!!! :p


gagalu
02-24-2011, 12:39 PM
wait, or maybe do 30 minutes extra excercise on one or two days if you want to try to get out this week.

is it possible that you've eaten a little more sodium than usual? you're probably just retaining water.

Initiative
02-24-2011, 12:39 PM
Cut out calories if you feel you don't need them, but it might be better to just wait. It might just be water fluctuating.


fattymcfatty
02-24-2011, 12:41 PM
I'm in your boat right now. Keep bouncing between 203 and 204 lbs, which for my height, is the line between "overweight" and "obese" on the old BMI. I have found myself thinking crazy thoughts and wondering what will work--I want to be in "onderland" so bad!!!

I've decided to keep plugging along, and not change anything I'm doing for the time being. I know with time, I will get there. I just need to stay the course. I get how you are feeling. Part of this comes from weighing daily, too. I always find myself up a bit on the scale a half pound or so and it fluctuates throughout the week. I have to not let those blips freak me out.

shellsbrood
02-24-2011, 12:50 PM
I feel your guy's pain! For some reason, those last 5 pounds in the 200s seem to take foooooreeeeveeeer to get through. :p

I'm in the keep chugging away at it camp. We'll get there! Eventually! :D

fattymcfatty
02-24-2011, 12:53 PM
Yeah, I keep thinking to myself "ok, it is fine if you plateau eventually, just NOT NOW!!! wait until your in the 190's."

Funny thing is, I know I'd end up complaining about it;)

luciddepths
02-24-2011, 01:12 PM
What I've always done is kept the the exact same, be consistent! It Looks like you've kind of just started. Your body is still adjusting to all your changes. Give it some time! If after a month of consistency nothing changes add 10 minutes to your work out 3 times a week or something.

niafabo
02-24-2011, 01:24 PM
Don't worry about it just keep doing what your doing and wait. My weight when crazy all over the place for the last two weeks before I dropped out of the 200s and I didn't losing anything for the last week and a half and then all the sudden I dropped three pounds this weekend. Things'll work out just be patient! It might take a week longer then you like but you will get there. I dunno what it is but something about the 200 mark seems difficult for everyone.

p.s. if your period is coming up you could just be retaining water.

lostangel05
02-24-2011, 02:21 PM
Yea, I am still kinda just starting out. It's been just a little over a month and half. I am pretty bad about using salt and watching my sodium level, but I could do without the salt for the sake of this. And my period should be coming any time now. I didn't see much difference during my last period but maybe this time is different. I've been telling my mom that the 200s are hanging on for dear life! Someone tell them its ok to let go!!! lol

Congrats on getting into Onderland, niafabo!

jomatho
02-24-2011, 03:21 PM
I'm right there with you! Stalled out at 205 for forever and I am also expecting TOM this week. Too many whammys all at once! I plan to keep with the program, but that doesn't make me any more patient!

carter
02-24-2011, 03:23 PM
I would do nothing and wait it out. Get used to this kind of fluctuation - it's part of weight loss. Your weight will not just melt off like clockwork a few ounces a day, marching cooperatively downwards. There will be fits and starts, whooshes and waits, bounces and rebounds.

Your body adjusting after a whoosh, starting or changing your exercise routine, eating sodium, drinking not enough or too much water, when you last pooped, your hormones - all of these can cause apparent gains that may last a few days or a week or two or three and mask real fat loss. Trust your plan and give it time. Success at weight loss is measured in months, not in days.

lucyford
02-24-2011, 04:10 PM
Either keep doing what you're doing and "wait it out." Or, if your like me...have fun for a night. Have a cheat dinner then get back on track the next day with lots of water. The following day is when I notice a boost in the weight loss.

Nola Celeste
02-24-2011, 04:31 PM
I am RIGHT there with you! 206 two days ago, 209 today with absolutely nothing different in my life including sodium (I'm eating exactly the same leftovers), water (six refills of my hamster bottle at a minimum), and exercise (half an hour of biking or walking, no lifting the past three days). "That Time" is nowhere in sight. I refuse to change my counter because I know for a fact that this literally could not be fat, but...argh!

I'm actually getting within sight of my weight beginning with a 1 for the first time in years and I do want to wring my hands at this sudden three-pound gain when there is zero reason for it.

There's a huge pressure to cut, cut, cut or to work out, work out, work out. Clearly I'm not doing enough, right? But I have learned from reading here that that isn't a healthy way to see a minor fluctuation. So I've decided I'll wait it out for a week, then step up my exercise intensity as I really don't want to cut down from my 1500 calories yet.

Good luck with your extra mystery pounds; I hope mine come off soon as well. :)

lostangel05
02-24-2011, 05:39 PM
I am RIGHT there with you! 206 two days ago, 209 today with absolutely nothing different in my life including sodium (I'm eating exactly the same leftovers), water (six refills of my hamster bottle at a minimum), and exercise (half an hour of biking or walking, no lifting the past three days). "That Time" is nowhere in sight. I refuse to change my counter because I know for a fact that this literally could not be fat, but...argh!

I'm actually getting within sight of my weight beginning with a 1 for the first time in years and I do want to wring my hands at this sudden three-pound gain when there is zero reason for it.

There's a huge pressure to cut, cut, cut or to work out, work out, work out. Clearly I'm not doing enough, right? But I have learned from reading here that that isn't a healthy way to see a minor fluctuation. So I've decided I'll wait it out for a week, then step up my exercise intensity as I really don't want to cut down from my 1500 calories yet.

Good luck with your extra mystery pounds; I hope mine come off soon as well. :)

Good luck to you too! I think I'm going to wait and see what happens. I feel alot better after hearing some opinions for people who are a little more experienced than me. Thanks everyone!! :hug:

QuilterInVA
02-24-2011, 08:06 PM
If you can't handle the fluctuations, which are a normal part of weight loss, don't get on the scale more than once a week. And for weight loss you need to exercise at least 60 minutes a day, 30 minutes keeps you healthy.

niafabo
02-24-2011, 08:29 PM
If you can't handle the fluctuations, which are a normal part of weight loss, don't get on the scale more than once a week. And for weight loss you need to exercise at least 60 minutes a day, 30 minutes keeps you healthy.

Once a week is worse imho for someone who can't handle fluctations. They could actually be losing weight through out the week and end up weighing in on a high day and weighing once a week does not teach someone to indentify fluctuations.

also 60 minutes a day is a good suggestion but you can still lose weight quite easily exercising less and working your way up. it's what you are doing not neccesarily how long you are doing it that matters. an hour of walking for example doesn't burn nearly as many calories as 30 minutes of circuit training for example. :/

4star
02-24-2011, 09:49 PM
Once a week is worse imho for someone who can't handle fluctations. They could actually be losing weight through out the week and end up weighing in on a high day and weighing once a week does not teach someone to indentify fluctuations.

also 60 minutes a day is a good suggestion but you can still lose weight quite easily exercising less and working your way up. it's what you are doing not neccesarily how long you are doing it that matters. an hour of walking for example doesn't burn nearly as many calories as 30 minutes of circuit training for example. :/

I think any exercise is better than none. Even a little burns a ton more calories than watching tv and every little bit helps. Besides, you gotta start somewhere.

lostangel05
02-24-2011, 10:56 PM
If you can't handle the fluctuations, which are a normal part of weight loss, don't get on the scale more than once a week. And for weight loss you need to exercise at least 60 minutes a day, 30 minutes keeps you healthy.

I hope none of this is taking badly but I have to say I disagree. Yes, I realize fluctuations are a part of this process. I am not freaking out, just had some concerns and was curious what other people do when this happens. I've actually read that people who weigh daily lose twice what the people who weigh weekly or monthly do. Helps a person stay accountable. I think as far as the exercise, it is based on the person. Some people seem to lose weight by just cutting calories with little exercise.

I may do an hour some days. Still just experimenting on what works.

luciddepths
02-26-2011, 09:49 AM
You could weigh in every OTHER day.

lostangel05
02-26-2011, 11:50 AM
Honestly, I don't think I could wait that long. Haha. Back up to 203 this morning, but it's officially TOM.

Laneyy
02-26-2011, 12:36 PM
I've been like this for the past 2 weeks. I think my body is still adjusting. I've been hopping between 214 and 211 for a while now. Hopefully I'll manage to get past that 211 mark soon.

Just keep at it, and you'll get past it soon enough. :)

lostangel05
02-27-2011, 09:48 PM
Hope you see some results soon, Laneyy. I got back down to 201.2 this morning. :)

ncuneo
02-28-2011, 12:13 AM
I'd do nothing. Patience is key here, you just have to stay the course. You're cals are low enough, and your exercise is ok, more may be better, but you said that wasn't helping you lose...so that's a toss up. There are SO many things that can cause fluctuations, too much sodium, TOM, not enough water, stress, I could go on and on. So just hang in there.

lostangel05
02-28-2011, 12:25 AM
Thank you, ncuneo. I've gone back down to 201.2 this morning. It is the TOM, but I'm hoping I'll at least stick to the 201s.