(Closed) Discouraged

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
Bee
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

Don’t forget muscle mass – I noticed my weight increased when I started increasing my exercise. This is a GOOD thing though, because you’ll definitely notice you’re fitter and more toned as the weeks go. Keep plugging away – just watch your portion sizes, is my main word of advice!

Post # 4
Member
1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Remember that the only way that you are guaranteed to gain the weight back is to stop. They say it all the time in weight watchers, but it’s a good example: setbacks happen. If you were travelling cross-country from Nashville to San Diego and your car broke down in Oklahoma, would you say to yourself, “Oh drat. Now I guess I must live in Oklahoma”? No, you’d get the car fixed and keep going. Part of the successful weight loss is learning how to handle gains because they will happen–and what do you think happens once you get to your ideal weight? It’s going to be a constant balancing act between you and the scale, so consider this training in how to get there.

Google “why the scale lies.” Then commit to only weighing yourself weekly, same time, same scale.

 

Post # 5
Member
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would suggest getting a body fat measurment.  It is the best overal measurement – your scale tells you lies.   Fat takes up more space than muscle but muscle weights more.  If you find your pants are getting a little looser but your weight has not changed then you are heading in the right direction.  Don’t worry, it took me months to really notice a difference in my weight, but I noticed it in my jeans within the first month.

Post # 6
Member
2867 posts
Sugar bee

I’d ask the doctor to do a thyroid panel blood test.  I have hypothyroidism, I kept gaining/couldn’t lose weight and couldn’t firgure what was wrong despite eating less/working out more.  Look into it.

Post # 8
Member
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yup that is what my trainer did.  We took measurements and also tracked how many of each exercises we did.  I started by only able to do 30 reps in ab exercises, and three months later I was up to almost 300.  You might ask your doctor about vitamin b.  I get a shot every few months and it really helps with my stamina and energy, also I would ask about vitamin levels in general.  When women limit their diets we have a tendency to lose some of the vitamins that our bodies need.  I would definiately talk this over with your doctor before taking anything, my sister overdosed on vitamins and it almost killed her.

I know how much trying to lose weight can suck, I was the same size from high school until two years ago.  I have gone up 4 sizes in two years and have had a b*&%h of a time getting it back off and am only down one size (damn hostess snowballs).  I keep working at it.

Another good tip – soda, cut it out completely if you drink it.  The sugars and salts hold onto weight.

Post # 10
Member
1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Your jeans fitting smaller is a better sign than the scale. When I weight train, I hardly lose anything according to the scale, but I do lose inches. This is more likely because of the water that your muscles retain when weight training than the actual weight of your muscle versus fat (although muscle does take up less space than fat, pound for pound). So buy yourself a soft tape measurer and go by the measurements–bustline, waist, hips, upper arms, calves. If the inches go down, that’s even better In My Humble Opinion than pounds–it’s literal evidence you are getting smaller.

I know you’re discouraged, but you are doing great if the jeans are looser. Look, losing weight is SLOW. THe truth is, for most people, losing the maximum (for healthy loss) of 2 pounds per week really does take herculean effort–I mean, overhaul diet and a lot of exercise. You have to burn 7000 calories a week to loose 2 pounds–that’s 1000 calories cut from your diet or burned via exercise PER DAY. In order for me to do that, it’s 500 calories from my diet (really really hard) and a good hour-long run every day. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. And that’s for 2 measly pounds. It’s more common to do 1 pound/week or even .5 pounds. On average, to go down a size it’s somewhere around 7 pounds. So at 1 pound/week it will take you roughly two months to lose a size. So don’t lose heart. Just take your time. Change is slow–but you will make it. Baby steps all the way.

(PS–it should go as understood, but the above numbers are general and average–every body is different)

Post # 11
Member
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I so sympathize with you. Doing the right thing and not seeing results is so frustrating. That said, you mentioned eating “probably” 1500 calories a day. Are you tracking your calories? I have found that unless I am really vigilant about measuring and tracking my food, it is so easy to go over. Especially at the beginning of any weight-loss effort, eyeballing and estimating my food doesn’t work–I have to buckle down and pull out the measuring cups. Eating out at restaurants is challenging too–I looked at some nutritional figures at an Italian restaurant I have been to, and it was horrendous! An entree of spaghetti and marinara sauce was over 1500 calories!! But good for you for sticking with it and figuring out where to go from here. Good luck!

The topic ‘Discouraged’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors