Post # 1
So Ive been working on dropping some weight recently. (8-10 weeks) I started at 149lbs and have now been hovering between 140-141 for the past 2 weeks. I am getting frustrated and its hard to keep motivation going when the scale isnt moving. I have not been 100% hardcore with my diet because I know myself & If I feel deprived, I will give up completely. I have however, went from eating out 4-5x a week & having dessert 4-5x a week, to having it one time a week. Ive been eating a lot of grilled chicken & veggies for snacks, and avoided granola bars, chips, or any processed snacks.
The past 2 weeks were busy/stressful so instead of my normal 1 cheat day a week, I probably had more like 2-3 cheat days the past two weeks. Im dissapointed in myself for falling off but Im back at it again. Its just frustrating to see all these extremely thin women around or friends on facebook who have kids and are still thinner than me. I dont want to be stick thin, but must be nice to be naturally thin and not have to eat crazy healthty ALL THE TIME. It also sucks to watch FI order an XL Arbys combo meal & Im eating a salad with roasted turkey and dressing on the side.
ANyways bees, just venting. Im sure a lot of you can relate! Im praying I can get over this hump, because my goal weight is 130… Just seems like these last 11 lbs arent going to come off easy.:(
Post # 3
I understand the frustration. I have much more than 11lbs to lose but can share some advice: while it’s important to keep calories in mind, they type of calories you’re consuming contribute significantly to weight loss (as I’m sure you know.) Salads always seem like the best diet option, but anyone looking to “burn fat” should consider their calorie breakdown to be 50% protein, 30% carbs and 20% fat. There are a surprising amount of carbs in fruits and veggies (although they’re still a better option than tradtional junk food) but consider snacking on more lean proteins. Good luck shedding those last 11lbs!
Post # 4
@windyPhoebee: Thanks. Ive been trying to keep lean turkey meatballs in the fridge, grilled chicken, or lunch meat that I can quickly eat. I struggle with dinner the most. its hard for me to just have lean meat and veggies when my FI is having grilled cheese or tacos with cheese/sour cream. Ive tried to make small changes like we buy the leanest meat or ground turkey, low sodium taco seasoning, & I omit the taco shell with half the toppings. Im trying, I think its just gonna take a few more months to get the results. 🙁 Its so discouraging.
Post # 5
I know how you feel! Try making a slight change. Maybe change up meal times or jazz up your workout routine. After a while, you body gets used to what you’re doing and the weight won’t budge unless you do something differently.
Post # 6
@Barbiestylez: Good job on the weight loss so far! Don’t get down on yourself for a little slipping with the diet here and there. It happens.
Since you’ve been working out and eating well for a while now, maybe your body has gotten used to the routine? It might be time to switch it up a bit and bust through that plateau! If you’ve been doing spin class 3x a week, swap out one or two of those for some weightlifting or zumba. Throw in some high intensity intervals to rev up the metabolism.
Shake it up a bit, and you’ll find you will progress even more and you won’t get stuck in a rut 🙂
Post # 7
@Barbiestylez: the title of this made me think it was going to be a vent about being stuck at level 141 on candy crush!
with that said, i’ve been dieting as well and have lost about 6 pounds. technically i could still lose another 9 pounds and be at a healthy weight for my height and age, but my body is staying strong at my current weight (after losing 6 pounds). before going into this diet (weight watchers actually) i decided i would let my body tell me when i should stop losing weight. in order for me to lose more weight i would need to make pretty drastic changes, and i don’t think losing another 9 pounds would look good on my body, although it would be technically healthy.
i think its best to just let your body tell you what your ideal weight is, rather than statistics.
Post # 8
@Barbiestylez: It’s very natural and actually not a bad thing – though it might not feel great.
It’s a time for your body to remember your new weight. The good news is, your body is also remembering 140 as a new number that it won’t easily go higher than that – so this being stuck is really the way to make your body stay thin without trying too hard.
I am naturally thin and I don’t try too hard, which is great, but because of that, I can’t loose easily. I’ve been staying in basically the same weight +- 2lbs for 15 years. Because my body remembers, it’s hard to go up or down. I prefer slightly thinner, and I budgeted 2 months to loose 4 lbs because I know I can’t loose fast.
So remember that you’re on a good track. You know, positive feelings make it easy to eat healthy 🙂
Post # 9
Oh my gosh dinner is so hard for me too. DH can pig out all day everyday and gain nothing. I usually eat what he eats but I eat a smaller portion. I know exactly what it feels like to plateau. I list twenty pounds fairly quickly and then just stopped at 130. At that point I really ramped up my work outs and lost the five more pounds. I would ideally like to be at 120 but I eventually have that up and decided to be happy with my body. I decided I’d rather take days off from working out and occasionally cheat on my diet than have a completely flat stomach 🙂
What do you do for working out? If I stop working out and just watch what I easy I boomerang back to 130 pretty quickly. Don’t give up!!”
Post # 10
@Barbiestylez: Have you been keeping track of your measurements? What kind of workouts do you do?
I’m about 150 lbs right now and 5’6″, but because of the strength training I do, I have smaller measurements than when I was 140lbs. Inches and how your clothes fit are much more telling than pounds.
Also, if you’ve had a few cheat days, you may be retaining some water. Drink a lot of fluids and get back on the wagon 🙂
Post # 11
thanks bees! I really will not be happy at 140. I could compromise at 135, but I guess I just need to be patient. For reference here are photos of my weight flucuations:
My heaviest around 152 Lbs:
My middle weight around 146 lbs.:
My goal weight around 130-133lbs:
Post # 12
Honestly, I havent worked out much other than maybe some squats/lunges 2x a week. I run an ebay business, work weekends at a bar, take care of 4 dogs, & my mom just got over meningitis with surgery to remove brain fluid scheduled in mid October. Not excuses, just reasons why I didnt want to overwhelm myself and focus on my diet first. What workouts should I be doing? I am naturally curvy and blessed to never gain in my belly, but I HATE my arms, and I want to tone my legs/bum.
Post # 13
@Barbiestylez: By the sounds of this post, you make yourself sound as fat as one of your butterballs. I am a very honest person and I would just not comment on your thread if I thought you looked terrible or fat. Rather than be mean, I’d say nothing. However, in all seriousness and honesty you look great in every one of those pictures you posted.
I know there is a term for it but I can’t think of it right now…I don’t think you see yourself as other people do. It’s like you have a distorted image of yourself because trust me you do not have fat arms, legs, or anything else! I think there is nothing wrong with getting healthier and working out but please don’t think you look anything less than beautiful.
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: Thank you… I know I have issues. I always have. My family always says I will never be happy & think I have body dysmorphic disorder. I do know that my weight holds me back from living my life. I avoid pool parties, cookouts, concerts, going out… because I hate the way I look some days. I always feel like my hair/makeup has to be perfect… and I hate my flabby arms and my cellulite. I used to never worry about any of this when I was thin. Its changed who I am. & I dont know why I care so much, but Its just how ive always been. I have seen therapists for my issues but Ive not had health insurance for a few years now so I havent been. I really would love to talk to someone about all my fears & irrational feelings of having to be perfect. But i do want to tone up & just feel good about myself. I do feel decent most days now at 141, but I know I would be much more confident at my goal weight. Why must we all struggle so much with our looks?:( thanks panda, you made me smile.
Post # 15
Are you serious? I would love to have a body like yours. I am very thin, 5’2” and 100+ lbs. I am trying to gain weight so I can actually look like a woman LOL. Being super thin is NOT all it’s cracked up to be, I and I’m sure many would agree that you look good, at all stages! I get that you want to lose more, and that’s fine but I also think you should really not be so hard on yourself 🙂
Post # 16
@Barbiestylez: Try using something like My Fitness Pal to track your calories – you might be surprised at the results you have that way.