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01-12-2014, 09:56 AM
I haven't been here in over 5 years, but this was the place I went to when I first started my weight loss journey (184 to 142). Although I've lost 180lbs since I've been here (Think divorce, LOL) I need to lose 15lbs and I've been stuck at 160 for 3 weeks now and it's depressing me. For two of those weeks I was doing 1200 calories and exercising 3 to 4 times a week at 50 minutes a time. (I would eat back those calories so I was taking in about 1400 calories on those days) Almost all my food is premeasured so the calories are really close and I added ANYTHING that would go into my mouth. This past week I tried upping the calories to 1500 and didn't exercise and I didn't gain or lose. I am so frustrated and I just need some support.

Thanks in advance,


01-12-2014, 01:38 PM
Welcome back Angela!

I'm just coming back myself after a long time away. I only lost 15 pounds (175-160), but I'm trying to lose the last 30 to get me to a healthy BMI.

The one thing I can say is - DON'T GIVE UP! Remember how many times the scale just seemed to stop for weeks at a time, and then all of a sudden - 2 or 3 pound drop? This happens with persistence.

I'm so glad you are back and you have a good group here to support you. I think upping the calories was a good idea. Maybe up the calories and teensy bit more, take a day or two off exercise and then go back at it. Your body might just need a rest. You can do it. :carrot::carrot:

01-12-2014, 05:57 PM
Thanks for the support!

01-13-2014, 02:56 AM
I'm back after a long absence and a twenty pound re gain. We can do it!

01-13-2014, 08:48 AM
Welcome back to you also!

01-13-2014, 10:59 AM
Welcome back ladies! I am also back from 3 years ago. Checking in here sure helps you keep focused on the goal. We CAN do it!

01-13-2014, 08:07 PM
Welcome back! I also am back after long hiatus, and too much weight gain. I'm at the highest I've ever been... and I'd like to get down to a healthier weight as we're trying to plan for tiny humans soon... I'd rather not be that mom that was fat to start, gained baby weight and then never lost it...

01-14-2014, 08:23 PM
Hey everyone. So the scale said I finally went down. 2 pounds (although since it's not digital, it could be more or less, but it's below that stubborn 160!!) Yay!

01-16-2014, 01:12 AM
That's excellent Angela! Doesn't it just drive you nuts when the scale won't go down? But then when it finally does, you are so proud of yourself for sticking with it.

I'm waiting to see what my final weigh-in is in a couple days after my period. If I can make it down to 159 by this Sunday, I'll be pleased as punch. The goal is 1 lb a week, down 30 by August.

01-16-2014, 02:43 AM
Welcome back! It's great that you're here early, better now than to let it snowball. Maybe with the added exercise you're building some muscle and retaining some fluid. Glad to hear the scale is moving in your favour now.

I tend to maintain on anything over 1500. My body is a bit broken!

01-16-2014, 08:47 AM
Sometimes I get so frustrated when the scale doesn't move that I just give up. It's like here I am "starving" myself and I have nothing to show for it. Grrr.

01-16-2014, 09:53 PM
Ladies - it sounds like we have a nice little group here. We have between 15-40ish lbs. How about we keep each other accountable over the next 15 lbs? I can't wait to see everybody's prove they can do it. And FYI - I'm always the last one to loose - you girls will love having me in your group lol.

01-16-2014, 10:05 PM
Sounds like a plan. I need accountabilty.

01-16-2014, 10:53 PM
I am somewhat of a serial weigher, but I am taking my weight every Sunday morning for my tracking tool. I need accountability too! That's why I so heart this forum.

01-18-2014, 07:55 AM
I weigh in on Mondays.

01-18-2014, 12:06 PM
I weigh in Sundays! Shooting for 159, but thinking I might come in at 158 since it's my first time restricting calories for some time. Yesterday was a bad day - 2K calories (1K from snacks as listed below). Usually I'm pretty spot on, but yesterday was not a good day lol :-P

Generic - Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt Black Forest Cake, 6 oz (170 g) 90 16 0 5 80 10
Quaker - Chewy Granola Bar Smores, 1 bar (24 g) 100 19 2 1 75 8
Milky Way - Fun Size Bar, 1 bars 80 12 3 1 28 10
Snickers Fun Size - Chocolate Candy Bar, 1 bars 80 11 4 2 43 9
Reese's - Peanut Butter Cup-15g, 1 piece 80 9 5 2 55 8
Kit Kat - Kit Kat (4 Finger Bar), 1 four piece bar 210 27 11 3 30 21
Torie & Howard - Blood Orange & Honey Organic Hard Candy, 12.5 pcs 150 38 0 0 0 35
Skinny Cow Low Fat - Ice Cream Sandwich Mint, 1 Sandwich 150 30 2 4 135 15
Skinny Cow (Canada - Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich, Chocolate, 1 Sandwich 150 30 2 2 125 14
Add Food Quick Tools 1,090 192 29 20 571 130

01-19-2014, 05:37 AM
I weigh on Mondays too. Last week I was up another pound but was having hormone issues. It should be gone tomorrow night when I get up.

01-19-2014, 10:49 AM
Hi toobig. Hormone issues are THE WORST. I gain 5-7 lbs in a matter of a day or two. I'll lose it just the same, but it's discouraging.

So weigh-in Sunday for me. Drumroll. 158!
First week back on the job so I expected good progress. I haven't been below 156 in about 8 years, so 155 is a magical # for me.

Hope all is well gang.

01-20-2014, 08:48 AM
YAY *\o/* great loss. My scale said 157, but it's not digital, I think I"m going to have to just get a digital scale. My fear is that my scale is so off that when I use the digital I'll be plus 5 or more pounds...

01-20-2014, 09:53 PM
I was down to 180.5 today! Yes!

01-21-2014, 06:52 AM
I was right, that scale was off. new scale say's I'm at 163.2 so I'm going with that. sigh... Oh well, I'm still saying I lost 11 lbs, I was just fatter when I started. Still in the overweight category...

01-22-2014, 10:27 AM
toobig and diamondgirl - WAY TO GO!!! I had 3 days of eating from ****, but I kept up with my exercises and feel thinner. I think this week I'll be 158 or 159, but I converted some fat to muscle (so I think). Eating 1500 calories again and I feel much better. 130, here I come!!

01-22-2014, 10:29 AM
diamondgirl - new scales are the worst, but this is just a temporary setback. You are so close, and when you get back down, you'll never have to doubt the scale again! No more living in fear lol :-)

01-22-2014, 10:01 PM
Just getting up and getting my day started. Today is going to be a perfectly on plan eating day. Hope everyone has a great day.

01-23-2014, 08:13 AM
Good Morning Everyone! I've been taking the stairs at work and also twice a day walking up to the 6th floor and back down to the first floor then back to my 3rd floor. I'm also doing arms every other day (stupid batwings, it sucks getting old) and I try to get on the treadmill to do at least 30 minutes every other day. (50 minutes on the weekend when I'm not doing the stairs)

The boys and I are going on a 5 day cruise in 67 days!! That's my motivator. I'd like to lose enough for what I'll gain. I'm hoping that by then I'll develop a liking to the treadmill and use the cruise facilities. Yeah, right.

01-23-2014, 08:35 AM
toobig - awesome! I had a great eating day yesterday.

diamond girl - 5 day cruise in what 68 days? oh 67 days, and no less ;-) I triple dog dare you to work out on vacation. I'll be incredibly impressed.

I've been doing the leslie sansone walk away the pounds videos with weights. they are so easy, but it I get in 30 minutes or an hour it is an extra 200-400 calories burned. plus, they are really helping me tone some of that fat into muscle. BIG LIKE>

01-23-2014, 08:19 PM
GoingForGold82 I'm just not a good follower of videos, I get bored real easy. I usually watch the TV while walking on the treadmill, then it doesn't feel like exercise.

And the "the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare."


01-23-2014, 10:06 PM
We are doing great!

01-23-2014, 10:08 PM
Hi all! Couldn't help but notice there's a lot here in the same boat as me! I'm back after a hiatus that lasted a little too long.
I like the idea of support each other for the next little bit!

01-24-2014, 07:11 AM
Welcome tdiprincess join the crew!

01-25-2014, 11:59 AM
I've been serial weighing, lol since I got the new scale I've been weighing every day. I'm so glad to see it moving down! Although now I wonder if I've was even heavier then my old scale said (OMG) I'm not moving my ticker because I still have two days until official weigh in (and it might creep up, although I hate that) but this am it said 161! Yay! here's to maybe losing another 1/2 lb by Monday!

01-25-2014, 07:35 PM
LMAO, because I was shoveling snow for almost three hours today my fitness pal gave me this: If every day were like today... You'd weigh 142.4 lbs in 5 weeks

OMG, if everyday were like today I'd fall over dead.

01-26-2014, 03:43 AM
I need your scale diamondgirl. Mie has jumped seen pounds in three days

01-26-2014, 10:48 AM
tdi princess - welcome welcome!! Come join the weight loss fun.

Diamond Girl - That's right, triple dog dare. I think I watched a Christmas Story one too many times over the holidays. See, u just bought that new scale and you're almost back done to where you were! Shoveling seems to have been a big calorie destroyer for you, but I don't want you to fall over dead. Employ child labor. Anyone over 2 is fair game :-P

toobig - hang on. my scale just jumped a couple weeks ago, but a week of water and vey careful calorie counting will usually yield results. My scale jumps around period time or when I'm eating too much salt. #waterweightsucks

OK, so my weight in today…158! Exactly like I thought, but I think I'll be 156 by next week if I stay on plan and here's why. I am also a serial weigher, and last night pre-thai, drinks, and going out I weighed 156.8! I haven't seen that number in a while. If I eat smart and continue to work out, I think 156 is a distinct possibility next week. Fingers crossed. FitPal daily recorder ready and waiting.

01-26-2014, 11:39 AM
Thai food... mmm. I didn't weigh my self this am (too cold to remove all my clothes, LOL) So tomorrow is my offical weigh in. good job on the loss GoindForGold, I believe you can reach 156 by next week! I didn't have the kids this weekend, so child labors couldn't be had.
TooBig - That scale can be a friend or foe, I agree with Gold, it's probably water weight. Here's to a loss for you this week.


01-27-2014, 07:23 AM
Official Monday am weigh in is... ta ta da.... 160.4 *\o/* yay me!

01-27-2014, 10:18 AM
Holy moly! Congrats diamondgirl. That's awesome. You are my inspiration to eat healthy for this week despite a cold.

And thanks for the encouragement. I needed that.

01-27-2014, 10:55 PM
Yall are doing great!!! My official Monday weigh n was 186. I know its water because my hands are painfully swollen but it still sucks to see it on the scale.

01-28-2014, 07:37 AM
How much water are you drinking toobig? It's my understanding that if you drink enough water you don't have that water retention problem as much. (I could be way off though) Keeping going, and take in less sodium. (((HUGS)))

01-29-2014, 11:30 AM
OK, eating healthy with the cold not so much. Stuff a cold, starve a flu? :-P

01-29-2014, 11:31 AM
toobig - I just read your post about coming back to the forum. So heart-wrenching. We are here for support! You rock!!!

01-29-2014, 09:42 PM
Thanks yall. I am still swollen. Off the salt and on to the water. Thanks for the hugs!

01-30-2014, 07:43 AM
How's your cold goingforgold? Are you feeling any better? Cold's suck!

toobig I hope your swelling recedes soon.

01-31-2014, 12:46 AM
Omg. This cold blows! I can't wait to feel "normal" again. Loose quotes lol. I did a 5 mile exercise video today when I should have been working. Now watching a documentary on beer and loving it!

01-31-2014, 11:26 PM
Hope everyone is having a good day.

02-01-2014, 12:22 PM
May I join? Looks like many of you are doing really well.
I have been counting calories off and on for many years. Have been a little off plan so am trying to get started back today. I am short (5'1") and old so I try to limit my calories to 1000 - 1200.
I have approx. 20# to lose to get to my goal. I lost around 40# a few years ago doing low carb but just quit working for me. I have a terrible problem with sodium so am really trying to watch that.
I exercise by walking approx. 1 hour a day.
I have been bouncing up and down a lot the past year and just can't seem to get going with getting to goal, so I will appreciate any support and encouragement.
Have a great day.

02-01-2014, 07:23 PM
toobig - thanks for the motivation!!

shabby - OF COURSE! I think we are doing well for the most part. p.s. - love your name and you can do it :-D

My last couple days have sounded like that Beastie Boys song Sabotage :-P Both in food and in work. Just the worst! But that is why we have this forum - to pick each other up when we start to slip. I am eating clean again starting tomorrow, and my new goal is 2 week2 under 1500 calories (w/ salads every day).

I have been more or less keeping up with exercise videos and hope to start running in mid-March so I can do a 5K by the end of April. Running (as much as I hate it) always sheds the pounds fast and makes my belly flatter.

I just joined MFP, so if any of you gals are on there I'm dropitlikeitshot3

02-02-2014, 01:23 AM
I am going to go buy healthy food in the morning. Whenever anyone asks me for diet tips I always say find some low calorie foods that you like and eat them. Time to take my own advice. I hope everyone has a great day!

02-02-2014, 10:45 AM
That's great toobig.

Official weigh in 157.8. Was sick all week (but not loss of appetite sick), and then partied on the weekend when I felt better. It could have been a lot worse. This week it's time to see 156. I'm not letting that # out of my sight.

02-03-2014, 06:42 AM
Welcome Shabby! Sorry I was AWOL, My son's 16th birthday this weekend. Official weigh in today 159.0. *\o/*
Glad your feeling better gold!
I too am very good at giving, but not following advice toobig!

Happy Monday!

02-03-2014, 06:46 AM
Its Monday again and when I get up tonight to go to work I will have the official weigh in. I'm feeling pretty good about it. And its going to be a good week.

02-03-2014, 06:42 PM
Hi all! Sorry I haven't posted in a bit. It looks like everyone is doing alright.
Congrats on the losses and such! As well as just trying to get back on track!!
Welcome new ones such as shabby!

I think I'm finally back on track. I've been working on gaining motivation and I'm tired of losing a little bit of weight and then gaining it back. Besides not fitting in a lot of my clothes! :( this month in focusing on making sure I keep good track of my calories. I seem to do good for a couple of days and then I stop. Plus I just started a little 30-day ab challenge with a friend, so that is helping too. :)

02-03-2014, 10:35 PM
182.5 this morning. Thankfully the water is draining back off. I plan to see 179 by the end of March. I WILL see 179 by the end of March.

02-04-2014, 12:45 AM
Toobig- I like your confidence!! I'm hoping to be around 175 at the beginning of March!!

02-04-2014, 07:13 AM
Welcome back tdiprincess.
Toobig: You WILL see the 170's!!

I'm having a problem with being tired all the time. Does anyone know of a high energy healthy food. I'm tired of being tired.

02-04-2014, 11:41 AM
I was tired all the time a few weeks ago. I started taking an iron supplement and in just a few days started feeling a lot better. Might be something to think about :)

02-04-2014, 08:21 PM
No, my iron is actually too high. I donate blood to regulate it. That's probably the issue not that I think about it, I missed my last donation. I bet my iron is through the roof.

I made a mistake before I was getting my blood work regularly of taking iron supplements. After I found out about my high Iron I was told you feel the same way as if you had low iron.

Time to schedule a donation.

02-04-2014, 10:11 PM
So, my iron is so low, i have been turned away from giving blood. they put a drop of blood in a solution, and it it sinks, you have enough iron. if it stays there or floats to the top, you get turned away. It's so sad to see my blood drop quiver only to go to the surface. :-P

Ok - so here's the deal all. I am ALWAYS hungry these last couple days. What is up? I need some days where I'm not hungry so I feel normal. I fell into despair for about a minute and then was like, no, need to lose weight. I want to get in shape and feel good. Maybe I should start taking baths to get my mind off my insatiable appetite!

02-05-2014, 05:00 PM
My iron is low but the supplements make my stomach hurt

02-05-2014, 10:05 PM
I can't take multivitamins I have to take individual of everything (one big huge handful) If I take the multivitamin I am on the floor writhing in pain. IDK what is in it that causes that, but I just don't do them anymore.

02-07-2014, 08:18 AM
I had a bag of "too small clothes" that I had removed from my closet last summer to go to goodwill but never made it. Today I'm wearing a pair of jeans from that bag!! And no muffin top! Yay

02-09-2014, 03:42 AM
I love fitting into a smaller size pants!

02-10-2014, 07:54 AM
I'm going with yesterday's weigh in since I obviously didn't get enough water and too much salt because today the scale jumped three pounds up! it had been steadily going down all week so I'm guessing the chips I had yesterday along with not enough water bounced it this am

so, 155.8 (not 158.8) I refused to believe I gained 3 pounds overnight)

02-10-2014, 08:51 PM
I'm changing my weigh in day to Sunday since this is the second week were I went up on Monday even though I had been losing all week previously.

02-11-2014, 10:44 AM
Monday was weigh in for me and I was back up to 184

02-16-2014, 09:16 AM
Okay, weigh in today was 155.2. half pound down. sigh... I'm so depressed I don't know what happened, I've done cardio everyday for at a minimum of 30 minutes can you gain muscle from cardio?? sigh, I hate the last 10 pounds.

02-16-2014, 12:13 PM
Toobig and diamond girl, hang in there!!

I have to say diamond girl, while the last 10 pounds is interesting, I still have 26 lbs to lose, and so many of us are happy for you / slightly jealous lol!!! (big kiss and big)

I weighed in today at 156. I'm waaaay behind my goal trajectory, but it has been one thing or another recently (2 colds have taken me out of my element for about a month). Happy to finally be near 155…can't wait to see the 140s.

Also - I had not been losing weight - was doing a half hour of cardio. I took some days off b/c I was sick and I dropped from 158/159 to 156. I think my body just needed a rest.

02-17-2014, 06:38 AM
My scale bit the dust so I have no idea where I am. Hubby is extremely sick. Life is hectic so maybe a scale break isn't such a bad thing. I hope everyone has a great week!

02-17-2014, 06:40 AM
PS I am crazy jealous of yall's lower scale numbers. I'm going to have to step up my efforts.

02-17-2014, 08:17 PM
Okay, so I've hid the scale (well out of sight) so that I only weigh in on Sunday. I hate seeing it go down down, then shoot back up so that it's only a small loss. grr, so frustrating. I wonder why it does that???

I'm afraid to stop the cardio I'm afraid that that is the only thing keeping me from gaining (even though I log everything I eat and I'm not even near my calories needed to maintain) Sigh, I guess age does slow that metabolism down...

02-23-2014, 07:01 AM
Still haven't bought a new scale. Almost afraid to at this point. :(

02-23-2014, 08:45 AM
Stupid scales said 154.8 that's only a .4lb loss. I've decided to increase my calories to 1500 a day to see if that helps.

02-23-2014, 11:49 AM
At 154.6!! Finally below the 155 mark.

I see everyone has been plugging away at their weight loss efforts - great job!

I need to step up my exercise, which will likely result in slower weight loss, but at least I'll look better.

Toobig - get a new scale and be done with it! It's scary, but we'll be here for support. And once you have a good scale, you never have to go through that pain again.

Diamondgirl - I think increasing calories is a good idea. I was doing 1300 calories the last time I was calorie counting, and while I lost weight, it was less sustainable than the 1500 I'm doing now. Especially if you are doing alot of exercise, feed your body! :-P My take only though.

02-25-2014, 02:50 PM
Hello! I'm back after a long absence too. I gained nearly 30lbs back (UGH!) but I'm catching myself now before more damage is done. This week is detox with lean protein, veggies, and protein smoothies. It's only day 3 and I'm feeling better already!

02-26-2014, 12:11 AM
Welcome back Kristi78!!!! I'm sure you'll do great, and we'll support you through the journey. Which detox are you doing?

I think I need to do a 3 day detox. I want to break through down to the 140s sooner rather than later, and I keep bouncing around the mid-150s.

02-26-2014, 05:12 PM
Thanks GoingForGold82! I'm following a plan from my naturopathic doctor. I drink a rice protein shake with berries, almonds milk and flax (it actually tastes super yummy) for 2 meals and the other is a lean protein, like chicken or fish, and a non starchy vegetable. No dairy, sugar, processed crap, and limited fruits. This is only for 4-7 days to get my body back in balance but I plan to cycle this once a month. The doc does this herself. This is day 4 for me and I've already lost 5lbs! Mind you that is mostly all fluid retention, but it feels good to get that off and be less puffy. It also sets me up for better food choices after my detox week :)

03-01-2014, 10:32 AM
I bought the new scale. :( Yikes

03-01-2014, 12:54 PM
Good morning. Hope all are doing well.

Sorry I have been missing. I joined the thread the first of Feb. and have been following a plan and yesterday morning (my weigh-in) day was at 139.4. I had been in the 140's for so long and was happy to get in the 30's. I am not going to weigh until next Friday because I usually do a lot of bouncing up and down and sometimes get discouraged with that. I had gained 10# from middle of December to first of Feb. Ughh. I guess you could say that I have always been a yo-yo dieter, but don't want to be that way anymore.

I try to keep my calories around 1000-1200 since I am 5'1" tall. I walk an hour a day but am going to start doing exercises with that, too.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

03-09-2014, 05:03 AM
Sorry I have been MIA. Just working lots of OT. Weigh in on Monday may not be too good. Too much stress eating.

Hope everyone is doing great.

03-12-2014, 01:57 AM
Kristi78 - Way to go on the detox!! 5 lbs is no joke, water weight or not. That's awesome stuff. I actually start mine this Friday (Friday-Friday and am SUPER nervous). But I just need to hit the reset button. REEEBBBOOOOOOOT.

I'm too lazy to write everybody's name out, but - I MISS YOU ALL. I definitely fell off the wagon. Goal is to recover by the end of the month. Doing a 7 day detox and then heavy exercising and watching my calories. Then I can go back to normal calorie counting. I need a push. :-D

03-16-2014, 07:04 AM
Hi everyone! Trying to kick my sweet habit that I have gotten in to. Still working lots of OT. Calories are getting better just need to start making them more nutritious.

03-23-2014, 08:23 AM
Hey all! I'm back after a one week cleanse. I did Hepatocleanse (ate only fruits / veggies for a week), and it helped me get back on track. I'm at 152, so only 3 lbs to go before I go on vacation. Back to calorie counting for the next 2 weeks.

toobig - you can do it. Look at how far you've come!

How's everyone else doing?

03-31-2014, 04:22 AM
goingforgold- hope you have a great vacation!

I'm hanging in here. Husband is sicker by the day and I have pms water weight gain so I am skipping the scale and sticking to my calorie counting.