Group Forum: Weight won't budge

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Zara17

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Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 16:11
Hi, all. I am new to this group and am looking for support, ideas, encouragement as I try to find my way (permanently) back to the slim body I had for a good chunk of my earlier life.

Two years ago, I managed to (finally) lose 25 pounds- pretty much my net gain from pregnancy and menopause. It was a period of great anxiety for me so the weight loss was not intentional, but came from depression and simply not feeling like eating. Coming out of depression, I had the body I lost years ago and was thrilled with the weight loss which I could never achieve any other way except by starvation. My weight tends to be very stubbornly fixed- I don't tend to gain a lot, but also cannot seem to lose under any circumstances except by not eating- which I do not recommend as it is not a healthy way to do it. I started sincerely trying to lose weight back in Oct. when I joined Fat Secret, but after several weeks of adhering strictly to a 1700 cal a day diet and not even seeing one pound lost, I became discouraged and gave up. It is just REALLY tough for me to lose.

We are now well past the holiday season and it's time for me to get serious again. I guess I would like to know, from those who can identify with me, HOW you manage to keep up your motivation when the scale refuses to provide any kind of positive reinforcement.
Ky Mimi

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Posted: 08 Feb 2013, 13:26
The only thing that is making this attempt different for me is committing to physical activity. I try to do something, even if it is just walk for a hour at least 3-4 times a week. I joined the YMCA and have found a couple of classes that I really enjoy. Menopause really changed my ability to lose weight. I also give myself a reward meal one day a week - whatever I want, especially if I have been active. It keeps the horizon from looking so bleak and is motivating when working out. Good luck to you this time. Make sure you are eating lean protein in your 1700 calories. Two egg beaters in the morning keep me from getting hungry until lunch. You can do it!!!
Seeking...

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Posted: 01 Mar 2013, 12:29
Wow, certainly know the feeling. I have tried all kinds of diets and eating plans, finally doing the Primal Blueprint and hoping it will change my life. Menopause is not joke, finally got the hormones under control, now if I can just start losing weight. We can do it. Keep going forward.
1200...

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Posted: 02 Mar 2013, 13:53
I too am getting discouraged about the scale not showing much loss. I started counting calories about 3 weeks ago and have been trying to stay close to 1200. I did initially lose 2 lbs but now I am back up 1 of those pounds.

My sister is a big fan of Jenny Craig and she has lost two times a good amount of weight with that. She did tell me that it took a few weeks before the weight started to drop though. She is 50, 2 years younger than me and doesn't seem to see any menopausal effects yet.

I did lost 15 lbs about 6 years ago by eating more veggies, less carbs and exercising more. I am hoping if I increase my activity with watching my calories I can see some more weight loss now.

It has just been hard to put aside time for focused exercise. I am keeping busy with work and chores but would like some more focused aerobic and strength training.

I took a look at the Primal Blueprint and thinking I will incorporate some of those principles into my eating. Thanks for introducing.

God is good. He wants us to take care of our bodies, mind and spirit and I have faith he will help me in my journey.

Looking forward to getting healthy with you all. Razz
Ladonnabella

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Posted: 03 Mar 2013, 05:59
I have been so dedicated to working out and my weight loss since the beginning of February is only 2.5 pounds. Don't let it discourage you. I must up the dedication to my diet. But for once in my life I know this is a process. So, I will not get discouraged. God is on our sized.
tlgrossman

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Posted: 14 Mar 2013, 12:51
I know how hard it is to lose weight, even though I exercise and eat less, I barely see the needle budge on the scale. I am also in menopause, and my body doesn't burn calories as fast as it used to.
I lost about 10 lbs last year and one thing that helped me was eating a hand full of unsalted mixed nuts every day. I also was eating a mostly vegetarian diet, with very little carbs. That also seem to help me lose weight. The problem I have is staying with the program, it seems I get side tracked and start eating sweets and snacks too much and it takes away all the progress I made.
Teresa Grossman
mkeeney1317

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Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 08:14
Right. Eating sweets and snacks only makes me crave more. I've been exercising regularly, (walking the dogs) and once a week with a friend who is also trying to lose weight. We're encouraging one another. Carb free has repeatedly proven impossible for me. The end result is always that I gain back more weight than when I started. So now I'm asking myself these questions before I eat: Am I stuffed? Am I full? Am I comfortable? Or am I hungry? If I am not hungry then I try to find something else to focus on, like helping someone in need or cleaning something, or painting something and I am trying to only eat when I am hungry. Also, going gluten free and watching that I don't eat empty carbs, but energy-type carbs like beans or veggies or if I crave pasta, I make it gluten-free pasta. It's working. And I'm not perfect so I do not accept the critical judgements from the committee in my head when I fail. Show mercy & kindness to all, especially to those who struggle, and especially to yourself. Smile
lnr156

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Posted: 01 Apr 2013, 19:05
I think you might need to drop your daily calories. When i let this site calculate my RDI it was 1700 also. However, I know that if I eat 1700, I'd be lucky not to gain weight. At 1000 per day, I'm barely losing. Something that helps as many of the diets recommend is eating something every 3 hours, it helps you from feeling hungry all the time. Good luck to you
tlgrossman

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Posted: 02 Apr 2013, 09:09
Thanks for the advice...I really have a hard time not eating carbs, but for me even if I eat them whole grain, or like brown rice, I still can't lose weight..it's like a train that can't stop...
I think you're right Inr156, I probably need to drop my daily calories, to something like 1200 or 1300.
Teresa Grossman
lnr156

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Posted: 02 Apr 2013, 22:27
i cant give up carbs either. tried atkins at one point and lost a bunch of weight quick, but the second i started eating carbs again i gained every pound back and then some. i have one of the biggest loser cookbooks and it says to lose weight multipy your current weight by 7 and that's how may calories you should eat to lose weight.
Seeking...

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Posted: 03 Apr 2013, 14:32
Wow, thank you Inr156. I dropped my calorie intake so I will have to make sure I stay within the limits.
thanks a bunch