LA Weight Loss - Down 20 pounds not really seeing results - WHY?




loseitlaura
02-23-2006, 12:52 PM
I have been thinking about this...and why is it that I am down from 158 to 139 and am still wearing the same size clothes that are only a little loose? I would have thought that 20 pounds lost, I would be down a size or 2. Like I said in another thread, my waist/arms are noticeably smaller, but NOT my butt, hips or thighs, where I WANT to lose it. Someone cheer me up, please, I am discouraged once again. I have 20 pounds to go by March 31 (like THAT is gonna happen), I guess I am going to extend my WL to sometime in May, as this has been such a sloooooow process for me.


Repo girl
02-23-2006, 12:57 PM
Laura- Do you exercise? It may be time to start really toning the lower body. Also, remember that you will lose in order of how you gained it. When you gained weight, was it lower body first, then upper? If so, that would explain why the upper has thinned out first, now it is the lower body's turn. Don't worry, just keep with your plan and it will all work itself out, even if it is slow. I know, waiting it out is so hard, isn't it? Good luck!

stiesta
02-23-2006, 01:03 PM
Laura-

MY PROBLEM EXACTLY! It's super frustrating, but there's not much we can do to change the way in which we lose weight. I got the BL DVD (Katie's recommendation) and feel that I get a really good lower body workout. I think the only way I will lose it on the bottom is by increasing my muscle mass, and thereby toning my legs and butt and speeding up my metabolism. Resistance training (like weights) will make a huge difference. Don't get discouraged, though, it will eventually come off. Not as fast as we'd like it, but this plan works, but it doesn't work over night. The best thing you can do is not get discouraged and go off plan. That will only make you more unhappy!

Good luck!

Christie


PURPLEPIRATE99
02-23-2006, 01:13 PM
Laura - I totally agree with Katie and Christie - it is going to come off by the last that was gained. I always know I'm gaining if my waist gets to tight in my pants. That is where I always gain last and lose first. Be patient and it will come - trust me - I've been there - it took getting very small up top before starting to lose the lower part of my pear shaped body!! Toning and doing some exercise will definitely help!!! Good luck!

stiesta
02-23-2006, 01:20 PM
One question, Laura -- how tall are you? If you're at 139 and not happy, I'm guessing you're not too tall? I am 5'8" and currently weigh 156 and am a size 10-12. Are you wanting to be a size 0-2?

I also think sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. I have been really hard on myself lately, and I found some old pictures of me before I started to lose weight. It made me realize that I do actually look different, even if other people haven't noticed. I could see the difference myself in the pictures. I think perspective is everything. Change your perspective! Be so proud of yourself for losing 20 pounds and know that your heart and lungs are so much healthier. I think sometimes we all scale-obsess. True, that is a good way to measure our success, but I'm with Katie on throwing out the scale for a while. The scale isn't the only thing that measures our success or failures. We need to take a long look in the mirror and not be so hard on ourselves. Easier said than done, but you just have to hang in there! :hug:

shennie_97
02-23-2006, 01:20 PM
I started a little over 180 My first 15 pounds I saw no change at all, after the 20 pounds i had looser clothes and for some reason since december I have went down almost 2 sizes. However, many of my 180ish pants still fit, just not snuggly. I think it depends ont he way the clothes are made mostly. Go to the store and try on some new things you think you can't fit yet and you might be pleasantly surprised.

shennie_97
02-23-2006, 01:24 PM
One question, Laura -- how tall are you? If you're at 139 and not happy, I'm guessing you're not too tall? I am 5'8" and currently weigh 156 and am a size 10-12. Are you wanting to be a size 0-2?

I also think sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. I have been really hard on myself lately, and I found some old pictures of me before I started to lose weight. It made me realize that I do actually look different, even if other people haven't noticed. I could see the difference myself in the pictures. I think perspective is everything. Change your perspective! Be so proud of yourself for losing 20 pounds and know that your heart and lungs are so much healthier. I think sometimes we all scale-obsess. True, that is a good way to measure our success, but I'm with Katie on throwing out the scale for a while. The scale isn't the only thing that measures our success or failures. We need to take a long look in the mirror and not be so hard on ourselves. Easier said than done, but you just have to hang in there! :hug:

and again it is all about your body because I can fit the one pair od size 6 at NY and Co, but other places I can still have to wear a 13-15 because of my hips. I was wearing size 15-18 at 180. I am excited abotu my size 6 pants and were them proudly, but I don't think I will ever be able to universally be a size 6 at all stores. think about what you want and be realistic.

stiesta
02-23-2006, 01:27 PM
Shennie -- that is so awesome you've lost so much! :carrot:

Good for you -- I can't wait to be a 6 anywhere! I just got my butt into a pair of jeans that are a 10 and I want to wear them everyday inside out so I can shout out to the world that I'm finally a 10!!!!!

Good job!!!

stiesta
02-23-2006, 01:28 PM
Is NY&Co the old Lerner's? Do they still have Lerner's around?

loseitlaura
02-23-2006, 01:35 PM
I am 5'3" tall and 139 pounds. I wear an 8 or 10. I have been walking but my counselor told me that I can't exercise or break a sweat for more than 2 1/2 hours a week, so I have been limiting myself to some brisk walking a half hour a day. Does this make sense to anyone else? Thanks for all your support, girls.

Repo girl
02-23-2006, 01:52 PM
No, it sounds like a lazy counselor to me. Exercise is always good for you. They said that because if you exercise more than 5 hours a week, then they have to change your plan to add more food so that your body is getting enough calories to be able to lose fat.

dawn78
02-23-2006, 02:05 PM
I’m like the complete opposite when it comes to my chest. Out of the 14.5” I’ve lost, only 1” was in that area. I hate them and that was the first place I wanted to see go. After I had my son everyone said my chest would get smaller. That never happened. They didn’t even go back to their pre pregnancy size. I told DH, after we’re done having kids, I’m getting rid of MOST of them. That should be good for at least 10 lbs. lol

shennie_97
02-23-2006, 02:09 PM
Is NY&Co the old Lerner's? Do they still have Lerner's around?

I think they kind of combined or something like that. i use to go there because they have long pantas and being 5'7 i need long pants fo rthe winter when i wear boots, but know that i realized there sizes run big i am always there. they are pretty expensive, but have great sales and i signed up for coupons on the webiste, so I ussaly get about 50% everytime i go there.

Laura~ yes that is just laziness on the counselors part.

PURPLEPIRATE99
02-23-2006, 02:11 PM
Dawn - hey don't throw those away - you can send them to me!!! Mine did retreat back to pre pg - and I enjoyed mine!!!!

PURPLEPIRATE99
02-23-2006, 02:12 PM
Yes, I can't wait to go to NY & Co - haven't been in a while -but I did buy some nice fitting size 10 Tommy's while on vacation - I looked in the mirror and told myself "You go girl",..,...I was a happy camper

dawn78
02-23-2006, 02:14 PM
I think I posted in the wrong thread, sorry.

emmysmom
02-23-2006, 02:14 PM
Heather, how tall are you?

shennie_97
02-23-2006, 02:18 PM
Yes, I can't wait to go to NY & Co - haven't been in a while -but I did buy some nice fitting size 10 Tommy's while on vacation - I looked in the mirror and told myself "You go girl",..,...I was a happy camper

go to the webiste and sign up for the coupons and then use them when there is a sale goign on. I got my last 2 pair of pants with a spend $50 get $20 off coupon and plus all the pants were on sale for B1G1 50% off. and then they were also giving out citycash so I got $15 in city cash for the next time I go...like I said they are no walmart, but if you plan it right, you make out pretty good.

marbear
02-23-2006, 02:23 PM
Laura, I can still fit some clothes from when I was 246 and pregnant, and I weigh 176 now. You can't trust old clothes. They are all stretched and whatnot. I only go by how new clothes fit before I say I haven't gone down any.

heather314
02-23-2006, 04:08 PM
Hey Dawn i'm with ya on "them" lol... same problem here I don't think i'll ever be back to pre-pregnancy in that area. I really wish the nice weather would get here so I could take my son out for walks! I think that would really help me

stiesta
02-23-2006, 05:54 PM
Shennie, Just logged myself into NY&Co and printed me a 20% off coupon --
thanks for the heads up. I am happy to shop anywhere that sizes run big -- whatever it takes to keep me going!

sznn
02-23-2006, 08:17 PM
loseitlaura - I can commiserate with you on the frustrations you are experiencing.
It took over 25lbs for anyone to notice - or make comments on my weightloss.
My clothes from 29 lbs ago - still fit, albeit much looser and more comfortable.

I was getting so discouraged with the seemingly slow progess - but I have put it in to perspective and I am now happy with my accomplishments.
I've tried this gig many times before to no avail, and in 4 months I am almost where I want to be.

Hang in there, I'm sure your scale is going down...and that is definately the right direction.
Chin up,
-S

deetsmom
02-23-2006, 08:21 PM
the same reason why my gained pound and a half threw me out of my 2's and back into the 4's. Its not fair:(

hkychik
02-23-2006, 08:27 PM
Iím like the complete opposite when it comes to my chest. Out of the 14.5Ē Iíve lost, only 1Ē was in that area. I hate them and that was the first place I wanted to see go. After I had my son everyone said my chest would get smaller. That never happened. They didnít even go back to their pre pregnancy size. I told DH, after weíre done having kids, Iím getting rid of MOST of them. That should be good for at least 10 lbs. lol

AMEN! I think I could lose at least 10 pounds up there and not even miss it!!! I have to buy extra big shirts just so they don't pucker around them thangs!

Ilene
02-23-2006, 09:28 PM
I am 5'3" tall and 139 pounds. I wear an 8 or 10. I have been walking but my counselor told me that I can't exercise or break a sweat for more than 2 1/2 hours a week, so I have been limiting myself to some brisk walking a half hour a day. Does this make sense to anyone else? Thanks for all your support, girls.Laura, I am 5'3'' also, weigh 146 and wear a size 4-6, I weight train, run and swim... I think the weight training is what makes me smaller because muscle in denser and smaller than fat, check out my siggie pic of fat vs. muscle... Also, why does your counsellor say that you shouldn't break out a sweat for more than 2.5 hours/week? Is there a medical problem? If so listen to your counselor... if NOT, hey, break out a good sweat by doing intense cardio and start to weight train, you'll see bigger changes then... Good luck and keep us posted!

Tazzieone
02-23-2006, 10:58 PM
I lost more in inches and size than in pounds really, I lost 30 lbs went from really tight 20's to somewhere between 16 and 18 (I am 5'8") and lost 22 inches I exercise roughly 4 hours per week my goal is to get below 200 lbs and stay there which would put me comfortably into a size 14 and that would be totally cool with me :-)

slowlyshrinking
02-23-2006, 11:19 PM
I was irritated that I couldn't wear a smaller size after I lost 20 pounds, and then I thought about how tight my pants had been when I started LAWL! They really didn't fit, but I wouldn't buy the next size larger. So, then, with that realization, I tried on the smaller size, and realized they fit much better than the bigger size had fit. My point is, I really should have been wearing a bigger size at the start!

And, somebody mentioned people not noticing weight loss - it really took 40 pounds for people to notice I had lost weight - and I have one acquaintance who recently commented that I looked different, but she couldn't figure out why! I wanted to yell at her "BECAUSE I'VE LOST 65 POUNDS, AND YOU HAVE YET TO NOTICE!!!" But I didn't, I said "oh, it must be my new haircut", and she said - "oh, yeah, that's it!" I guess it takes all kinds!

busker
02-23-2006, 11:19 PM
Iím like the complete opposite when it comes to my chest. Out of the 14.5Ē Iíve lost, only 1Ē was in that area. I hate them and that was the first place I wanted to see go. After I had my son everyone said my chest would get smaller. That never happened. They didnít even go back to their pre pregnancy size. I told DH, after weíre done having kids, Iím getting rid of MOST of them. That should be good for at least 10 lbs. lol

Well, I'm rather well-endowed, and while I can't say they went away, they shrank proportionally. I went from a 42D to a 36D. I figure I've got what I've got, and my body is my body. All I could do is work with what I revealed once a lot of the fat had gone. I was told I had no butt, and I think my thighs were rather speedskater-like, and my chest was still too big, but overall, I was significantly smaller, if I looked at the tape measurements. I tried to do inclined dumbell flys and upper pec work to at least give them some more support and firm them a bit. But overall, I think I looked as good as I could look, and I was happy enough with that. I'll never be a super-model. I'll only be the best that >I< can be. :carrot:

--Janis