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jessica2231
06-02-2011, 02:11 PM
ok i weigh myself every morning. if i didnt i would freak.

but i think i am on a plataeu and i dont know what to do.

firday weigh in: 243.2
saturday:244.2
sunday:244.2
Monday: 244.2
Tuesday: 244.2
Wednesday:244.4
Thursday: 244.4

I have been excercising and eating right all except for sunday for bbq on memorial. but still didnt go over my calories.

some one please help. i have only been on this journey for about a month. is it possible my body could plataeu this quickly?

thank you.
:(:shrug::stress:


zoodoo613
06-02-2011, 02:19 PM
One week with no change isn't a plateau, it's totally normal. Weight loss isn't as linear as we'd like it to be. If I'm reading you right, you've lost 12 lbs in the past month? You're right on track. Your body is adjusting to its new weight, rehydrating, getting ready for TOM, building muscle, easing out some soreness etc., etc. etc. Really there's no way we can know what your body is doing, but if you're eating on plan and exercising, you're doing fine. The weight loss will eventually follow.

mandalinn82
06-02-2011, 02:28 PM
What she said :P

Seriously, a week is just a blip, not a plateau. No one loses in a linear fashion. I usually started to think about changing things after no weight change in 4-6 weeks. Otherwise, you're right on target, blip or not.


ShanIAm
06-02-2011, 02:40 PM
Oh girl, I know! And it feels like a plateau because a week of "dieting" feels like a month sometimes. I agree with zoodoo so I can't add much but I know that last weekend I was at a bbq and I ate more salty foods than normal and because of all the sun I got, I was retaining water like mad. Still am. And TOM is coming soon as well.

Congrats on your weight loss so far!! You are well on your way! :D

jessica2231
06-02-2011, 03:30 PM
One week with no change isn't a plateau, it's totally normal. Weight loss isn't as linear as we'd like it to be. If I'm reading you right, you've lost 12 lbs in the past month? You're right on track. Your body is adjusting to its new weight, rehydrating, getting ready for TOM, building muscle, easing out some soreness etc., etc. etc. Really there's no way we can know what your body is doing, but if you're eating on plan and exercising, you're doing fine. The weight loss will eventually follow.


ok thank you! how will i know when i hit a plataeu. and if nothing changes in a week or two what should i do?:hug:


What she said :P

Seriously, a week is just a blip, not a plateau. No one loses in a linear fashion. I usually started to think about changing things after no weight change in 4-6 weeks. Otherwise, you're right on target, blip or not.

If only it were linear. oh wow that seems long. but its probly cuz im just starting out. thank you. :hug:

Oh girl, I know! And it feels like a plateau because a week of "dieting" feels like a month sometimes. I agree with zoodoo so I can't add much but I know that last weekend I was at a bbq and I ate more salty foods than normal and because of all the sun I got, I was retaining water like mad. Still am. And TOM is coming soon as well.

Congrats on your weight loss so far!! You are well on your way! :D

It does! It feels like I have done nothing this whole week! even though I've worked really hard.

I just ended TOM though shouldnt i be losing excess water? sometimes all this is so confusing.

thank you for the encouragement. :hug:

gardenerjoy
06-03-2011, 01:03 AM
You're doing great. It takes awhile to figure out our patterns on this. And then as soon as you figure it out, it will probably change! Some women lose for three weeks out of every month. Other women lose a lot one week of the month and not much at all the other three weeks. Try to think of your daily weight as data. It's just information. Are you graphing it? Sometimes it can be very helpful to step back and see the trend over time, because the daily fluctuations can drive us a little nuts.

carter
06-03-2011, 08:26 AM
ok thank you! how will i know when i hit a plataeu. and if nothing changes in a week or two what should i do?:hug:


If you see no change over a week or two, I would recommend doing nothing except sticking to your plan. A week or two is not enough time to tell if a change is needed.

If you see no change over 4-6 weeks of really sticking to your plan, that is when it is time to make changes.

You are doing the right thing to weigh yourself often and watch the patterns that develop. I, and many other women here, follow a whoosh-bounce-hold pattern. I tend to lose in a quick burst, a "whoosh", of several pounds over a few days. Then I bounce back a pound or two, and then hold (or fluctuate up and down about a pound) for a couple of weeks. Lather, Rinse, Repeat.


If only it were linear. oh wow that seems long. but its probly cuz im just starting out. thank you. :hug:


:) This is a good insight. I've been at this for almost two years, so 2 weeks doesn't seem like very long to me. But I am sure you are right, that in the beginning, it would have seemed like an eternity to see no loss for 2 weeks.

Try to be patient and take a longer term view - I know it's hard. Think "What matters is not that I weigh less than I did yesterday or even a week ago; what matters is that I weigh less than I did a month or two ago."


It does! It feels like I have done nothing this whole week! even though I've worked really hard.


Then what you have accomplished is that you've worked really hard and stayed on plan. Be proud of that! Trust your plan and give it time.


I just ended TOM though shouldnt i be losing excess water? sometimes all this is so confusing.


Everyone's patterns are different, and you have to do the science experiment to detect your own patterns. My own whooshes are not that tightly correlated with the end of my period - maybe they come a week or two later, maybe they come the week before. Also if you are anything like me, your period doesn't really end abruptly so much as peters out over a few days, so maybe that whoosh is still coming.

Hang in there. Trust your plan. Take a longer term view.

Kendrab1223
06-03-2011, 09:50 AM
I've kept track of my daily weight for almost the last year. Recently I went back and actually looked at everything and I realized that every 4-6 weeks I would have a week of the scale not moving (which would ALWAYS result in a binge night from me being bummed) and then it would keep going down for another 4-6 weeks or so.

Don't stress! Our bodies are so weird. Just keep going strong and the scale will move! Even if the scale doesn't move, inches could! I'm kind of neurotic (lol) and keep track of everything for progress. There were weeks I lost a pound but more inches and weeks I lost 3 and no inches. Those times I lost the higher weight and less inches- my calories were too low so it wasn't even fat loss.

Don't let the scale be the only judge of your progress or you'll go nuts! :)

Congrats on sticking on plan for the last month and your 12 pound loss!!!

Esofia
06-03-2011, 10:06 AM
Out of curiosity, Kendra, did this plateau week tie in with your menstrual cycle by any chance?

bitetoobreakkskin
06-03-2011, 10:25 AM
just keep going-it will work out and one day you'll step on the scale and be SHOCKED :) dont give up!

dragonlady1978
06-03-2011, 10:39 AM
I never lose the week of my period. You'd think that I'd atleast see a change when the water retention is over, but nope. Always right back to the weight I was 2 days before I started.

It sure feels like a stall when you put forth effort (especially during TOM when my cravings are monstrous) and get no reward, but you just have to look at the bigger picture...as in how much weight you lost this month as opposed to how much you lose this week.

I seem to gain very easily that week, so I can't just say screw it and eat more because I know I'm not going to lose. Life is not fair :( Just gotta keep plugging along anyway.

Kendrab1223
06-03-2011, 11:29 AM
It was always the week AFTER tom. I lose great before and during but the week after almost always sucks for me scale wise. It's like my body is backwards :)

jessica2231
06-06-2011, 06:28 PM
You're doing great. It takes awhile to figure out our patterns on this. And then as soon as you figure it out, it will probably change! .
thank you. the scale makes me go crazy when its not goin down. and makes me feel defeated.


If you see no change over a week or two, I would recommend doing nothing except sticking to your plan. A week or two is not enough time to tell if a change is needed.

If you see no change over 4-6 weeks of really sticking to your plan, that is when it is time to make changes.
Try to be patient and take a longer term view - I know it's hard.
Then what you have accomplished is that you've worked really hard and stayed on plan. Be proud of that! Trust your plan and give it time.
Everyone's patterns are different, and you have to do the science experiment to detect your own patterns. Hang in there. Trust your plan. Take a longer term view.
first of all thank you for taking the time to sit and breakdown all my questions and concerns. It is now mon 6-6-11 and i still am at the same weight. The difference is I now have some more knowledge and insight. i screwed up a bit over the weekend but am still at the same weight. haha i was actually ok with it this weekend after cheating myself. but i am now today and as long as possible sticking to plan and then will have cheat in a couple weeks. thank you . :hug:

I've kept track of my daily weight for almost the last year. Recently I went back and actually looked at everything and I realized that every 4-6 weeks I would have a week of the scale not moving (which would ALWAYS result in a binge night from me being bummed) and then it would keep going down for another 4-6 weeks or so.

Don't stress! Our bodies are so weird. Just keep going strong and the scale will move! Even if the scale doesn't move, inches could! I'm kind of neurotic (lol) and keep track of everything for progress. There were weeks I lost a pound but more inches and weeks I lost 3 and no inches. Those times I lost the higher weight and less inches- my calories were too low so it wasn't even fat loss.

Don't let the scale be the only judge of your progress or you'll go nuts! :)

Congrats on sticking on plan for the last month and your 12 pound loss!!!

wow i am so going to start graphing it!:hug: thank you!

jessica2231
06-06-2011, 06:31 PM
just keep going-it will work out and one day you'll step on the scale and be SHOCKED :) dont give up!
i cant wait! :hug:

I never lose the week of my period. You'd think that I'd atleast see a change when the water retention is over, but nope. Always right back to the weight I was 2 days before I started.

It sure feels like a stall when you put forth effort (especially during TOM when my cravings are monstrous) and get no reward, but you just have to look at the bigger picture...as in how much weight you lost this month as opposed to how much you lose this week.

I seem to gain very easily that week, so I can't just say screw it and eat more because I know I'm not going to lose. Life is not fair :( Just gotta keep plugging along anyway.

thank you, i know exactly how that feels.

It was always the week AFTER tom. I lose great before and during but the week after almost always sucks for me scale wise. It's like my body is backwards :)

oh how weird! yesterday marked a full week after my TOM maybe i am the same way!

Chubbykins
06-07-2011, 07:58 AM
I always gain a pound the week before TOM and the lose it ofc course all once TOM starts.
My weight loss isn't linear either. I excersize daily and never eat unhealthily and yet I stay the same for five days and then lose one pound over night.
I do not think it can really be predicted what your body will do.
It has to do with so many things...

blueheron777
06-07-2011, 09:32 AM
The thing we all forget is that when we were doing our uncontrolled eating, we didn't gain steadily either--I know I would stay at the same weight and was thankful about that--UNTIL I would gain a sudden bunch of pounds and be dismayed. That was the pattern then. So when I've been losing, I saw the same pattern; as others have said here, it isn't linear up or down.

The main thing to remember is that you are eating healthier, and sooner or later the weight will come off. You are in control, and that is something to be proud and happy about. You WILL get your reward one of these days when you get on the scale and you weigh less.

Riestrella
06-07-2011, 09:51 AM
I know how you feel - I was stuck at 184 lbs for a MONTH! It was awful, but you do break through it if you really try.

Are you drinking water? Keeping hydrated is amazing for the body, because your innards might be holding onto water that's so scarce! I'm terrible at drinking water, but I really need to!

jessica2231
06-07-2011, 02:24 PM
I always gain a pound the week before TOM and the lose it ofc course all once TOM starts.
My weight loss isn't linear either. I excersize daily and never eat unhealthily and yet I stay the same for five days and then lose one pound over night.
I do not think it can really be predicted what your body will do.
It has to do with so many things...

Weird. oh our wonderful bodies. thank you for the info.

The thing we all forget is that when we were doing our uncontrolled eating, we didn't gain steadily either--I know I would stay at the same weight and was thankful about that--UNTIL I would gain a sudden bunch of pounds and be dismayed. That was the pattern then. So when I've been losing, I saw the same pattern; as others have said here, it isn't linear up or down.
The main thing to remember is that you are eating healthier, and sooner or later the weight will come off. You are in control, and that is something to be proud and happy about. You WILL get your reward one of these days when you get on the scale and you weigh less.

ya i know but that scale is so annoying when its not going down. but i have noticed that my clothes is looser even though i am not losing weight. 244.2 today btw. lol .2 down haha never thought i would be so happy.

I know how you feel - I was stuck at 184 lbs for a MONTH! It was awful, but you do break through it if you really try.

Are you drinking water? Keeping hydrated is amazing for the body, because your innards might be holding onto water that's so scarce! I'm terrible at drinking water, but I really need to!

I drink water like crazy! 6-8 bottles a day. i match my water with any liquid i drink as well. let me tell you i pee haha. i have been doing really good with everything for the first time in my life. is it possible my body is in shock?

runningfromfat
06-07-2011, 02:30 PM
I didn't read all the responses but just in case no one has mentioned this yet:

-Take measurements, take measurements, take measurements! I went through a seriously long plateau that last something like 2 months but I was losing inches like crazy. I've started to lose again but S-L-O-W-L-Y. However, the inches are still going. Apparently my body needed that time to change it's composition a bit.

-Like others said, daily weighing is great (I do it too) but you need to get used to your own body's fluctuations. I just never lose during TOM or when I'm ovulating. I also weigh more the day after lifting. I now know to expect those things

-Stick to your plan like glue. If you were having a real plateau I'd give other advice but like others said that would be more in the 1-2 months range.

Good luck!

jessica2231
06-07-2011, 04:14 PM
I didn't read all the responses but just in case no one has mentioned this yet:

-Take measurements, take measurements, take measurements! I went through a seriously long plateau that last something like 2 months but I was losing inches like crazy. I've started to lose again but S-L-O-W-L-Y. However, the inches are still going. Apparently my body needed that time to change it's composition a bit.

-Like others said, daily weighing is great (I do it too) but you need to get used to your own body's fluctuations. I just never lose during TOM or when I'm ovulating. I also weigh more the day after lifting. I now know to expect those things

-Stick to your plan like glue. If you were having a real plateau I'd give other advice but like others said that would be more in the 1-2 months range.

Good luck!

thank you i am sticking like glue and i just noticed this morning i threw on a pair of 16's! i usually wear 18-22! i didnt even mean to throw them on and didnt notice till i was at work! so i suppose your all right lol!!!! :carrot::hug:
my weight is now at 244.2 wich is only .2 off from the last week but i im in a 16!!! so time to start measuring!:hug::D

runningfromfat
06-07-2011, 04:17 PM
thank you i am sticking like glue and i just noticed this morning i threw on a pair of 16's! i usually wear 18-22! i didnt even mean to throw them on and didnt notice till i was at work! so i suppose your all right lol!!!! :carrot::hug:
my weight is now at 244.2 wich is only .2 off from the last week but i im in a 16!!! so time to start measuring!:hug::D

Good for you! I've found measuring on a regular basis to be a real confidence booster for me. For whatever reason my body rather lose inches than pounds. I'd definitely choose it that way given the choice. ;)

jessica2231
06-07-2011, 04:43 PM
Good for you! I've found measuring on a regular basis to be a real confidence booster for me. For whatever reason my body rather lose inches than pounds. I'd definitely choose it that way given the choice. ;)

now i just need a measuring tape lol. time to goto CVS! thank you!:hug:

Strawbryrain
06-07-2011, 04:54 PM
Hang in there! It's easy to get frustrated, but you're doing so well, by the sounds of things. Slow periods are bound to happen. Just keep fighting the good fight! :D

jessica2231
06-07-2011, 05:40 PM
Hang in there! It's easy to get frustrated, but you're doing so well, by the sounds of things. Slow periods are bound to happen. Just keep fighting the good fight! :D

thank you! :hug:

jessica2231
06-09-2011, 03:24 PM
this might just be a flook but,...


243.6 this morning!!! woo hoo hoo!!!!

jessica2231
06-20-2011, 07:53 PM
woo hoo update 241 this morning thank you all for keeping me going while in doubt!

belmagick
06-21-2011, 04:07 AM
now i just need a measuring tape lol. time to goto CVS! thank you!:hug:

Piece of string and a ruler until you get one. ;) Congratulations on your loss.

jessica2231
06-21-2011, 01:20 PM
Piece of string and a ruler until you get one. ;) Congratulations on your loss.

great idea! thank you!