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04-07-2011, 09:19 AM
:(I am getting so frustrated. Scales are up again this morning. Went from 278 down to 270...now back up to 275.5. Have not changed anything in my routine. Still walking 20-30 min per day. Plus 1 hr kickboxing class Monday and Saturday. I just dont know what I am doing wrong. I think maybe I am just supossed to be fat forever. Its very discouraging! :?::(

04-07-2011, 09:54 AM
Don't be discouraged... you have to stick it out...

you didn't gain 3 pounds of fat... it has to be water weight. Are you drinking the same amount of water everyday? Try to do that and you will see less water related fluctuations.

are you counting carbs and calories? On low carbs quite often we replace the carbs with fat which has 9 calories per gram. Protein has 4 calories per gram. Make sure you are eating some good protein.

Stick with it... you can do this!

04-07-2011, 10:06 AM
I don't know how long you've been doing your routine, but it could mean you have to up the intensity of your workouts. Try walking for 2 minutes then jogging for 1 and repeat

04-07-2011, 10:43 AM
Ive saw a 3 lb increase the last couple days and its frustrating! Im on plan--I DID up my water intake but its irritating to know you are doing everything you are suppose to do and the scale is going the opposite direction. Im trying to keep my mind straight and remind myself I should have a good whoosh of weight loss soon.

Im right there with you this morning. *sigh*

04-07-2011, 10:57 AM
I am ready to see a whoosh of weight loss. Finished my daily workout this am by trying a 25 min kickbox routine on Exercise on demand channel. Ate my usual breakfast of 2 eggs and 3 pieces turkey bacon. Already drank 32oz of water this am. Usually drink about 128oz per day. My lunch usually consists of a salad or some leftover chicken wrapped in lettuce. Dinner is usually a grilled chicken breast with some sort of vegetable. Snack is most always sugar free jello. I just dont get it.

Its just disappointing to know that I have been doing everything right and not seeing any results. Myhaloisintheshop have you lost 40lbs since March?? Wow...that is what I was hoping would happen for me. I am trying to keep my mind straight as well, but after a few weeks of watching that scale go nowhere or up I am getting depressed. If I could just see some kind of loss I think it would motivate me.

04-07-2011, 11:06 AM
I actually started losing in December. REALLY started dieting Feb 1st. I joined 3FC in March.

I don't lose super fast--I would probably do much better if I excercised!

04-07-2011, 11:43 AM
I gotcha...well. Good for you either way. That is awesome!

04-07-2011, 11:50 AM

04-07-2011, 12:10 PM
I 100% know how you feel. Throughout the last 8 months I have only lost 23 pounds- BUT.. I have also lost 30.5 inches from my self. Everyone is different and looses weight/inches differently. I know a gal who lost almost 30 pounds, but didnt really get any smaller.

Are you taking measurments? Or only weighing?

04-07-2011, 12:15 PM
Hi WendeeLou! I got measured by my trainer...on 3/28. So she will do again in 1 mth. Hoping to see SOMETHING there... I can't be the only one in the history of dieting that is unable to lose weight. LOL!

04-07-2011, 12:25 PM
Sunlover--what diet are you on? Atkins? Calorie counting?

I honestly don't feel like I am losing inches either...lol BUT my clothes say different. Ive only went down one size but when I look in the mirror I see very little difference.

I know I am on the verge of change though. I want to give up. I keep telling myself that I don't have that option. So I need to figure out a way to "step it up" I know exercise is the answer but I haven't found anything I LOVE or even like enough to want to be consistant.

04-07-2011, 12:57 PM
I am just doing my own thing with carb counting. I try to keep under 30g per day. Work out everyday but Sunday. I have a friend who is a personal trainer and has her own gym in her backyard where she teaches aerobics. I do her 1 hr kickboxing class on Mon and Saturday, and occasionally Tues. eve. I do a 20-30 minute walk with Leslie Sansone or something off of Exercise on demand the other days. I have not had any bread, rice, pasta etc for 1 mth today. I have not been able to quit the sugar in my coffee though in the am. I have 2 cups with about 1 tbs of sugar each...just cant stand any kind of sugar substitute in my coffee. I usually drink only water, with the occasional tea with splenda at dinner. Probably only once a week though. I am very motivated to do this once and for all, as I have been overweight pretty much my entire life. I am now starting to feel effects like joint pain now. I also have a heel spur. I just want to get healthier so that I dont feel like crap all the time.

I have noticed that my clothes feel a tad bit looser...not much though. I just SO want to see it in numbers!

04-07-2011, 01:19 PM
Okay, I completely hear you on this. I got down to 185 and then went back to 189 and then stayed between those 2 weights for several week even though I was doing 2 hrs of exercise each day and restricting my diet!
What I did wrong was I was working out way to much while eating to few calories (only about 900-1000 daily).
I then decided to lower exercise to 1hr a day and eat 1400 cals a day. The weight was coming off now, but super slow.
I then decided to try the Atkins diet because my sister & a friend had great success with it. So far so good! I am 1 1/2 week into it and I have lost 6 lbs already! From what I can tell, I have only had great success so far from eating 20g or less of carbs a day. I don't have to count calories and I'm not hungry all the time and have more energy.

04-07-2011, 01:30 PM
:(I am getting so frustrated. Scales are up again this morning. Went from 278 down to 270...now back up to 275.5. Have not changed anything in my routine. Still walking 20-30 min per day. Plus 1 hr kickboxing class Monday and Saturday. I just dont know what I am doing wrong. I think maybe I am just supossed to be fat forever. Its very discouraging! :?::(

You're not necessarily doing anything wrong - except expecting the scale to "reward" you when you expect it to (whether it's every day, week or however often) for doing nothing wrong.

Fluctuations happen, and some bodies fluctuate more than others. I'm convinced that if I ate absolutely nothing I would still gain at least 5 lbs during TOM (as long as I was drinking water to retain).

The myth that weight loss should be steadily progressive and routinely rewarding (at least on a weekly weigh-in schedule) is a dangerous one. I think it's one of the leading cause of diet frustration (which I also believe is the leading cause of diet abandonment. It's not the hard work involved - it's the not seeing the expected results of that work. Unfortunately it's not because the results aren't there - we're just no seeing them when and where and to the degree we're expecting them.

Sad News! Weight loss isn't steadily progressive. Not for most of us. It doesn't have to be frustrating, it really doesn't. Frustration comes in when we don't get what we expect.

Imagine that you've only ever gotten paid by the week, and you get a new job which pays monthly or quarterly - only you weren't aware of it. How many weeks are you going to work before you give up (because with weight loss there's no way to ask the boss "when do I get paid?"

If you expect a weekly or a daily pay-off, you're going to be severely disappointed, and as a result severely frustrated, "maybe I am just supossed to be fat forever" is a way of telling yourself "this isn't working the way I want it to, the way it's "supposed to" so why bother."

The problem is we're telling ourselves a very big and terrible lie. It's not "supposed to" be linear, but we want it to be anyway. We're encouraged to want it. We're encouraged to think it's right and normal and if we don't get it, we must be doing something wrong and must work harder to MAKE it work (and it still doesn't).

Change your expectations. Stick to your plan and change your internal "schedule." If you're weighing daily, that's fine but don't compare today to yesterday. Compare today's weight to last months.

Some people are on monthly "paydays." I've even met people on bi-monthly paydays - boy that must suck. To work hard and not see results for six or seven weeks.

If you still aren't losing weight after more than a month on plan, you'll have to make additional changes, but it doesn't mean you were doing anything "wrong" before. Maybe you're not cutting calories enough. Maybe you're cutting them so far that you're exhausted and aren't moving as much (except during your exercise sessions), or aren't sleeping as well, or a billion other things that can affect your metabolism. But you can't declare failure by comparing today's weight to yesterday's or last week's.

Women need at least a monthly cycle, so you have to be on plan at least three months to really even begin to understand your cycle patterns (some people experience one water weight gain week per month, some women experimence two, and some experience none).

Experimenting is the only strategy you've got, but you have to go in willing to look for patterns, not determine ahead of time what they're supposed to be and try to somehow force yourself into the pattern you want (I know it's the way most of us have been taught to diet, but it's also the way most of us have been taught to quit a diet too. Most diets fail, and it's not a stretch to suspect that false expectations are a major cause).

04-07-2011, 01:31 PM
Congrats Lainey...I had lost 6 lbs the 1st week too. How exciting. I am enjoying eating this way really. I have found lots of good recipes online. I do not count calories either. The only thing I know is I am bound to be eating less calories than before, and I know that I am eating less carbs. Before I started all of my meals revolved around carbs.

04-07-2011, 02:03 PM
Its so funny to me how we all react differently to diets. I didn't do well on Weight watchers or Atkins but now Im calorie counting and being aware of my carbs (I try to keep them below 100) and I am losing.

Sunlover--just keep going and your weight is sure to shift in the right direction.

04-07-2011, 02:25 PM
Thanks to you all for your advice and insight. I am just going to keep on keeping on and see where that gets me. If nothing else I already feel tons better than I did a few weeks ago, and that is what is important! =)

04-07-2011, 03:41 PM
I am by no means a fitness expert or guru, and I definitly dont know it all.. but...
My brother in law is a doctor, who for a while worked with obesity and did several studies to see what works.

That being said, as someone else mentioned, sometimes it can be a matter of routine. For me, I worked out everyday. I did Zumba 4 out of 6 days, and the other two were either Yoga and a strength training class. I saw very little results.. what really helped for me..?

Amping it up! I started a bootcamp on Febrary 15th 2011, and since have gone down two pant sizes and even bought a size "small" shirt from Maurices. How exciting is that!!?? But there is a catch- I started 3 weeks ago going to bootcamp twice a day- once at 6am before work, and once 6pm after work! I have also counted calories since July 2010. However, one of my new trainers put me on a diet: Mon-Sat No startchy carbs and low good carbs- aiming for about 100g a day! I may reward myself with a serving of starchy carbs on Wednesday night if I have attended bootcamp twice daily on Mon-Tue-Wed (thats my own personal rule!) Sunday is a cheat day, where I may eat carbs if I chose, but the last two, I havent had an urge to eat them!! This has totally flipped the switch. I have lost 7 pounds, which isnt a lot, but I dont have too much more to lose. And I can see the fat melting away!

I highly encourage seeking out either a trainer that you trust, or even an MD to help you determine your situation and what is best for you! What works for one, may not work for another! And I had to learn that the hard way!

No Matter what happens, as long as you stay motivated and driven, you will succeed! No matter what obsticles stand in the way- remember- you made a choice to make a change, and whatever the result of that is, is the best you can do! Just keep pushing and giving 100%, what really worked for me was to think about the end result and that end goal. Sometimes the "right now" doesnt seem like it is enough and thats normal. Just remember that you are always a step ahead of the game because you have made that choice! I so totally believe in you- keep your head in the game girl- you got this!!!:carrot:

04-07-2011, 04:10 PM
Awesome post, Kaplods!

04-10-2011, 10:01 AM
The only tweak that I see is the sugar in your coffee. And does that matter? For me it did. I had been slowly experiencing pound creep and didn't understand why until I saw the sugar grams in my Dunkin' coffee. After I switched to cream only, I dropped 5 pounds, without really changing anything else.

Have you tried stevia or its different forms? Some people prefer one more than another. Many like Sun Crystals or Truvia. I carried stevia packets with me for a while, but have transitioned to being able to drink my coffee "cream only".

The sugar may be jumping your insulin levels up, and insulin is what causes our bodies to store fat (Taubes).

12-02-2011, 03:27 PM
Hey Sunlover,

perhaps you are not eating as often? You mention breakfast, lunch and dinner, it does not sound like much I have tried and extremely low cal, low carb diet and learnt that it backfires! I changed to body trim and I think the biggest thing i learnt was to eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism up.
i always remember what, when and how
what-always protein, it fills you up and takes 30% of you bodys energy to burn as opposed to carbs at 3-4% and thus speeds your metab
when-every 3 hours to boost your metab and so your body doesnt go into starvation mode and hold to anything and everything it can e.g 7.30breakfast, 10.30 snack, 1.30 lunch, 4.30 snack, 7.30 dinner, extra snack option
how-how much your portions are. I used to over eat and saw that only eating till i was full or i.e palm sized serving of protein, made a huge difference.

also your exercise-you could benefit a lot from walking. I walk everywhere this made a huge difference as to sweating it out at the gym. I used to be a gym junkie actually had body builder bfs etc and i learnt that you lose more weight walking and having incidental exercise as opposed to high intensity.
this is also why i like the body trim one. 70% of losing weight is what you eat, 20% is walking and incidental exercise and 10% is high intensity and weigh training. a lot of the time people think they can get away with 'one gummy bear" cause they did an hour long cardio class. when i went to the gym all the time i became fatter which maked no sense to me i thought i was going crazy.. i thought i could get away with a bite here and there.... i am also glad i don HAVE to go to the gym. I have choices i can walk my dog at the beach or go for a walk and picnic with my bf i like having options and enjoying life. On the body trim i lost a kg a week, it was great

12-03-2011, 06:09 PM
That doesn't sound like much food to me, especially on a low carb plan, which is supposed to be high in fat. Maybe up the fat and calories for a bit?