Weight Loss Support - I feel like punching holes in my wall!!!!!




stasiagurl91
04-05-2011, 08:09 AM
I'm back to not moving a bit on the scale again. Last month only thing that "helpped" me was when I was sick and lost 7lbs in a month. The scale has been stuck at 258lbs. I eat so much more less and I've been jogging, jogging, jogging and weight training. I'm so frustrated with this. I thought plateaus happen when you get closer to your goal weight, but I'm no where near it. I only lost 18 lbs since december 30. i'm working out vigoursly. I can't even talk when jogging and i'm sweating like rain drops. I was keeping track of my calories, but even when i was eating 2000 at the most (usually around 1800) my weight wasn't changing much so i stopped that. still cautious of what i eat. i'm so frustrated with this. at 258lbs the weifght should still be shredding off. is this a plateau?? and why would i hit one this early in the game? even if i change my exercise i', not convinced it would make a difference. soon my membership is going to run out at the gym anyway and jogging/running will all i have.


Iianae
04-05-2011, 08:19 AM
I can completely sympathize with you! I feel like my body will not LET me get much past 250! I am no where near my goal weight and the scale just stops! I am anxious to see what others have to say. I wish I had words of wisdom to offer you but alas, we are in this boat together...sink or swim? I'm gonna swim! You?

stasiagurl91
04-05-2011, 08:32 AM
I think I'm sinking. 18lbs isnt much and i never got this far with all the attempts i made before to lose weight ever. i want to be proud of myself for that but i dont have very much to show for it with my stupid weight being the same. i do interval training also and that doesnt make any difference to the scale.


runningfromfat
04-05-2011, 08:35 AM
I can relate. I haven't lost more than a pound in the last 5 weeks. I've even increased the amount of time and intensity in my exercises to no avail. Right now I'm working on my diet and trying out calorie counting for a week (previously I was doing intuitive eating+whole foods) so I'm going to see if that can break it. I'm really frustrated right now because there are a lot of emotional reasons why I want to lose the weight by this fall. If I were at least seeing SOME progress it would be one thing but there's nothing! The scale absolutely refuses to drop below 192lbs. :bomb:

fatmad
04-05-2011, 08:43 AM
what about measurements? Is your waist shrinking? If you get on a scale that calculates fat has that changed? I think you have been building up a LOT of muscle with your workouts. YOu aren't just getting a bit more aerobic exercise, you are really building yourself into an efficient strong "machine" of a woman, and it must be showing. I bet you can see muscles under the fat that you didn't know you had. Don't despair.

4star
04-05-2011, 08:52 AM
I am at my stuck number too. What has been helping me is measuring myself. I have only lost *maybe* 1.5 pounds in the last 2 weeks but have somehow managed to lose 5 inches still. On days the scale goes up or I have a bad weigh-in and feel demotivated, I break out that measuring tape! I am rounding out a 6 week phase and have only dropped 10#s but have lost 17.5 inches! If I had only been focused on weight, I'd probably be really bummed. I know my body is changing in good ways no matter what the scale says. I do find it strange that I can't just wrap my head around gaining muscle being the reason for not losing much although the definition is there. In my case, the measuring tape is a great tool. Now, if I could go to the sewing store and grab some patience, I'd be all set...:D

4star
04-05-2011, 09:02 AM
I think I'm sinking. 18lbs isnt much and i never got this far with all the attempts i made before to lose weight ever. i want to be proud of myself for that but i dont have very much to show for it with my stupid weight being the same. i do interval training also and that doesnt make any difference to the scale.

NO 18 POUNDS IS A LOT!!! Think of 18 pounds of butter! That is a LOT of butter! Isn't it? How can 18 NOT be a lot of anything? In weight loss, EVERY pound is a victory and you've already come a long way.

Should a person who wants to be a millionaire but only has $100,000 right now, give up b/c that million is so far away? Would you advise them that no matter how far they have come with their $100K they shouldn't even try to do any better? Of course not! Look how far they have already come! What would you say to them? Have faith in your plans. Look how much progress you've made. Why would you think you can't make farther if you've made it this far?

WebWoman
04-05-2011, 09:08 AM
I would encourage you to write down every single bite you put into your mouth, and either track them as points, calories, or whatever you choose. I know from experience that my perception of how much I was ingesting and the reality of it was really off. It's a PITA, but with all the work you're doing you owe it to yourself to track every bite and see what is happening.

stasiagurl91
04-05-2011, 09:14 AM
I'm losing inches and I know some people not to focus on the scale, but the scale is important to me so i can join the air force. i want to be at 180. i'm losing inches. am i just going to be stuck at my weight now or is it going to ever go down for me????? and thats it?

Brooklynn
04-05-2011, 09:23 AM
I'm losing inches and I know some people not to focus on the scale, but the scale is important to me so i can join the air force. i want to be at 180. i'm losing inches. am i just going to be stuck at my weight now or is it going to ever go down for me????? and thats it?

Oh no you will not be stuck here for ever if you are working out and eating right! Your sweating a lot you said, are you drinking enough water? Maybe its time for a new cal deficit? I know that in the military the scale is important so I do understand why you need to be at a certain weight. Just try changing your food for a week and drinking more water and see if that helps. And I agree with pp that you should write it all down it really helps to see if you did something on a day that maybe you should not do again. Have you ever figured out your BMR? Maybe try that and see where your cal intake should be with your activity level for fat loss. Soon the fat will come off it just may take more time to show it because right now you are making a lot of muscle with the work outs you do. Dont fret just keep you head up imagine what it would be like if you just gave up and gained those 18 lbs back!!

4star
04-05-2011, 09:43 AM
You must be gaining muscle. There just wouldn't be any reason you would be losing inches if you were not getting smaller. It doesn't always work out the same for everyone. Someone at my dh's work, worked out for the better part of a year and not much changed until after a lot of muscle got built up and then the fat started falling off at a crazy pace, revealing a fit body underneath. The waiting is just so hard, I know. :hug:

niafabo
04-05-2011, 09:45 AM
If you exercise every single day I suggest you take a day or two off a week because I usually drop after a day off. What is your sodium intake look like? Are you measuring your food properly? If you are losing inches then you are losing fat it just takes awhile for the scale to catch up sometimes. Last month I didn't lose anything for almost two weeks and I was very sore so I took three days off in a row and got extra sleep and bam five pounds dropped off. Are you doing the low carb thing? If so I hear doing a dry carb refeed helps.

winning the war
04-05-2011, 09:46 AM
I agree that you are definitely not stuck at that weight. I do think maybe a little less emphasis on the scale is in order. I understand your goal for getting into the Air Force and its motivating you to pay careful attention to the scale. But a watched pot never boils, and an obsessessed-over scale never moves. You might try taking a break from weighing yourself and continue on your hard work. Be proud of yourself! Even if the scale is stalled right now, you're still making HUGE gains in the health department, and the scale will catch up to you in time. Good luck!

zoodoo613
04-05-2011, 09:52 AM
You've been working your body really hard. If you're dropping inches, I'm sure you're dropping fat and building muscle. Sooner later the scale will start to reflect that.

I would suggest that you start tracking your food again, even if it's just for a few days, just to be sure you're on track. Exercise is HUGE, but you really need the calorie deficit from your food too lose weight.

niafabo
04-05-2011, 09:59 AM
Oh I almost forgot to tell you my sister didn't reach the weight requirements for the army but they did a body fat test and she passed that so she still got in. If you keep losing body fat and the scale doesn't budge there is still a chance you could get in. Talk to your advisor about it and don't stress.

indiblue
04-05-2011, 10:06 AM
I think you've posted a few threads about being frustrated with a stall, and I may have responded with similar comments on them, so I apologize if this is repetitive. As an earlier poster said are you COUNTING LITERALLY EVERYTHING you put in your mouth? If you are, down the the gram, ounce, and tablespoon, then I'm not sure what to tell you- perhaps others can give more helpful advice. But if you are estimating or eating intuitively, I'd suggest seriously calorie counting and measuring and weighing everything. I'm one of those people who eats WAY over what I should be eating when I eat intuitively and, even though it's all healthy, I end up gaining weight. I *have* to calorie count and am always shocked at how much I underestimated. Anyway just a thought, again please dismiss if this doesn't apply to you. Good luck! :hug:

4star
04-05-2011, 10:27 AM
Oh I almost forgot to tell you my sister didn't reach the weight requirements for the army but they did a body fat test and she passed that so she still got in. If you keep losing body fat and the scale doesn't budge there is still a chance you could get in. Talk to your advisor about it and don't stress.

My doctor told me they have to write letters for athletes all the time b/c they don't came anywhere near healthy on the BMI scale. She said "sure they are heavy but they are by no means fat!" Even people who monitor health and weight as part of their career don't take the number on the scale as proof of fitness.

One thing is for sure, no matter what that number does today or tomorrow, you still need to keep on keepin' on. Don't let slow progress cost you your victory! You are still in the game and succeeding is going to be a matter of staying in the game. If you want to be in the military, I know you have the heart to stay in the game. Even when things get hard, you'll keep fighting.

carter
04-05-2011, 01:21 PM
I think your expectations need adjusting. 18 pounds since December 30 is about 6 pounds a month. That's a very good, very healthy rate of loss. In fact it's a bit more than I have lost in the same amount of time. Except for my very first month on plan, I have never lost more than 5 pounds in a month. I hope that gives you some perspective on what you have accomplished.

You're doing fine. What's your rush? Stop insisting that you're a failure and look at what you have actually accomplished. The weight is coming off. Trust your plan, take a longer term view. "I haven't lost any weight this week!" is missing the point, because fluid fluctuations can readily mask a week or two or three of legitimate fat loss. Be patient. You're doing fine.

beerab
04-05-2011, 01:53 PM
I'd make sure you are dutifully tracking your eating- do you have a scale? Weighing food made a HUGE difference for me. I was underestimating things like protein and overestimating things like peanut butter and veggies (weighing veggies is much better than using measuring cups btw).

Mind posting what you eat? Maybe you are eating too many carbs?