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beatlelovr

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 09:50
Is anyone NOT losing weight and sticking strictly to a diet and exercise program?

I have been on my current plan since 6/1. I am averaging 1350 calories per day and working out for 30 minutes, 3 times per week. Peri-menopause is over for me and I am 51 years old.

Frankly, I don't buy the argument that you aren't eating enough but even still I am eating 27 WW points per day which should provide a weight loss of at least 1-2 pounds per week. I lost 7 pounds in the first 10 days but have now dropped to ZERO in the last two weeks.

I am so frustrated I could cry.
k8yk

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 10:03
The older you are, the more difficult it is to lose weight. Sad but true.

Without knowing your weight, it is difficult to know if you're eating the right amount. If you're 300 pounds, it probably isn't enough. If you're less than 200, it's probably okay. 7 pounds in 10 days is A LOT. Now your body could be taking a rest. We never lose weight completely steadily. I've had a month at a time with no loss, even 2 months one time! And I'm 32. This was much easier when I was 20. And for that reason this will be the last time! I'm definitely not doing this again Smile
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beatlelovr

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 10:09
Thanks for responding. I am 234.4 lbs. I hate looking at the number so I pulled it off my profile.

I don't plan going off plan but I still have that feeling of frustration. Yes, I realize age is a real problem but the numbers should still add up, even a little, each and every week. I feel like a freak.

k8yk, you've done a great job. thanks for your words.
Rnbwgrl

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 10:12
The numbers do add up, but it is usually in the long run that you can see it - 3 - 6 months long run. I know it's kind of a bitch, but there it is.

i didnt lose any for a couple of weeks in june, and then in one week it just dropped off...

Don't give up, you are doing great! 7 lbs in 3 weeks is right on track for the 1-2 lbs of weight loss you should be shooting for =)
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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 10:16
I think after that initial water loss, you get some off that water back. So, you could still be losing a little fat, but your water levels have leveled off.

But, yeah, I stayed within my calorie limits for weeks and lost nothing. And, I haven't lost that initial water weight, even. It is hard. Chin up!
DISCLAIMER: I expect to lose this weight over the next 6 months to 5 years. I'm not going to feel like a failure if it takes an entire month to lose 1 pound. I'm going to feel like a success when that happens! I may offer advice that I'm currently not taking myself. Feel free to call me on that!
k8yk

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 10:18
Also think about what you are eating and when. Are you getting too many empty calories? Are you eating breakfast? Are you drinking water? It all matters!
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justbreathe

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 10:18
Yes, weight loss does get more difficult as you age. The reasons are varied, from hormonal changes to decreased muscle mass. But here's my experience--for what it's worth. I used to be an athlete, and owned a health club. Gained current weight because of a sedentary job and medical problem--now resolved. For almost every person trained at my club: when you increase muscle mass, do aerobic (hiit) conditioning, and eat pure, clean food, the weight will fall off. When we listen to what the "experts" tell us, we get turned around because it changes every few months. Also, the body holds onto weight just before it releases it--that's why it might even look as if you've gained. Those are the times to be diligent. Do not give up--see it as a tug of wills. You can do this, and it's so easy if you eat just plain pure foods. Boring? You bet! But for me, now that I can do the things I love to do, knowing what I know to get it off, it's like melting butter in the oven. Don't starve yourself, get your furnace burning efficiently, and move. It will all come together.
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DeeChick

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 10:54
Ugh I have the same problem - I've been really trying - working out 5 times a week,recording everything I eat, staying within my allocated calories etc, and guess what? In week one I lost just over 2 pounds, but in week two I gained 0.25 pounds... ARGH! Its frustrating isn't it?
And yes, I did think 'what's the point, I could have been having a food party on my couch all week instead of making an effort to be healthy' but I somehow couldn't bring myself to give up (I have to say, I did go and buy two other sets of scales to see if mine were broken - they are not.)
So I'm hoping perhaps next weigh-in shows a little loss. It would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath.
I totally understand your frustration, but stick with it. It WILL happen. Also - do you not feel better for it? Generally more energetic and motivated? I do. And I think that's why I'm not going to give up Smile
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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 11:10
I too am near your age. I am 49. I too take in 1350 cal a day. I also lost about 7lbs in the first week and a half then stopped for about 2 and a half weeks or so. The third week I saw the weight loss returning. I lose about a 1.5 lbs a week. I am very close to my goal weight though. DON'T give up. This is just a blip in the big screen of great success. I had to focus on other goals such as health and feeling good and doing what I knew was right for my body. It kept me going.
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4theking

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 11:13
The scale is one tool of many to track progress. In my opinion the tape measure and mirror are much better at telling the truth. When your body burns fat, fat comes out of the fat cell but the cell remains and fills with water for a short time. I believe this is what justbreathe is referring to. You could go five or six weeks and lose nothing and then drop six or seven overnight. Weightloss rarely is linear. Keep doing what you are doing. You will see progress.
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beatlelovr

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Posted: 30 Jun 2010, 11:43
Thanks everyone for your guidance, wisdom, and personal experiences. I do feel better reading your posts. I plan to stick to the plan until this bear gets off my back.

The positives: my tire in my middle no longer is as big and impedes my breathing and movement; my clothes feel better and my pants no longer bind me and make me want to strip naked; my bra is no longer cutting into my ribs and rubbing me raw; I have more energy; my self-esteem is up and I look forward to doing little things for myself; my face isn't an orb and my 2nd chin has receded; I can do squats again; and finally, I am actually exercising again.

This weight gain was the result of bad economic times and a severe bout of depression. I got off the Prozac in April, and it took me another month to feel committed to weight loss and exercise.

Oh, I drink all my water and only eat healthy snacks. I do drink a couple of light beers but that is my vice in the evening instead of food. I am keeping my fat intake to about 18% per day, protein about 38%, and carbs about 44%.
Runesinger

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 16:43
I am older, but I found that I need to actually increase my calories, not reduce them. The conventional wisdom is that if you go below 1200 calories, your metabolism will stall out. But I find that I need to keep my intake above 1400 or even 1500 calories or my weight loss slows down or stalls. Maybe you're looking at this the wrong direction.
obakemono

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 17:11
beatleovr - The body and brain goes a little haywire after going off medications like Prozac. The fact that you're still working at it and reaping wonderful results like improved self esteem and energyy...not to mention the positive physical changes - is incredible.

You've also been working at this since June 1st, so the body will also need some time to get 'into the groove', as it were. Increasing calories a little bit might also pleasantly surprise you, as many on here have been shocked to find that a few extra calories works wonders.

I'm totally proud of what you've accomplished, ie., dealing with med withdrawal (I've been there, and it's a tough one to conquer), and sticking to a plan even when it feels like the fates are playing nasty tricks. With your determination, you just need a little more patience and you'll be feeling (and looking) fan-ta-bu-lous!

Runesinger - is that a new picture you're using for your bio and posts? If so - your skin looks absolutely radiant!

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Runesinger

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 20:17
Obakemono - Yes, it is a new picture to mark my 180 lb goal. Thanks for the compliment. I have been making a focused effort to get more fruits and vegetables into my diet - all kinds. I think the micro-nutrients in them really make a difference. Actually, I think it was Caesar Augustus who said that eating fruit was good for the skin. He ate fruit everyday - and he was one of the longest-living Caesars (those that weren't poisoned).
obakemono

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 20:32
You're positively glowing, Runesinger!!

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Hybrig

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 20:36
Don't forget that muscle weighs more than fat! Keep up the awesome work! You can do this!!
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