(Closed) So frustrated with the scale (or lack of movement thereof)

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

are you keeping a food journal?  It’s possible that you’re taking in more calories than you realize

Post # 4
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Try something like myfitnesspal.  It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s possible that you aren’t comsuming ENOUGH calories.  Focus on protein at every meal and every snack, and avoiding refined carbs (like sugars & processed foods).  Drink A LOT of water. 

Change up your activities.  Once your body gets used to a certain activity or intensity level, it gets really good at adapting to it and using less energy to perfom that task.  Add in some weight lifting.  Lean mass/muscle burns more calories at rest.  Try some interval training.  Short but very intense bursts of activity, with less intense activity in between (like a sprint/walk, or run a lap around a track and do plyometrics for a minute, then run another lap… something like that).

Also, check out a trainer.  They can be a bit pricey, but if you have the extra money they can really help get you on track.

Best of luck!


ETA- I meant to suggest also taking measurements.  A 120 pound flabby person might wear a larger size than a 130 pound muscular person.  A pound is a pound, that’s true, but a pound of muscle takes up a lot less space than a pound of fat.

Post # 6
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

My Advice: 

1. Reevaluate your calorie goal and ensure you’re eating enough foods– many people cut their calories too far which tricks their body into think it’s starving so it retains fat to outlast the “famine”.  

2. Shake up your fitness routine– add in some weights work, try swimming instead of walking/running, do a few workout DVDs (YouTube is great for free ones!) instead of just the same movements all the time. This will help keep your muscles from becoming complacent, when you do the same thing all the time, you build up the needed muscles rather quickly, and then they stop expanding– if you’re not sore after your workouts, you’re not improving– I’m not talking about so sore you can’t walk, but you should be able to feel it the next day. 


I was in a similar position to you, I went from 135 when Fiance and I met to 175 over the first 3 years of our relationship mostly due to depression and a hormone imbalance.  About 2 1/2 years ago I started working to lose the weight, I dropped to 155-160 in the first few months mainly from cutting calories & eating healther, and then stalled… I added in cardio work at the gym and was able to get to 150 easily enough, and lowered my calories again, and briefly saw 142-145, but then we graduated college, moved 500 miles away, started new jobs, and bought a house… And I was back to 155.  That was August 2011– I found a new gym and started working on my eating habits again, and got to 150 but by the end of the year I was stuck again.  At the beginning of 2012 I decided I needed to change things us, so I started doing CrossFit, at first I did is 2x per week, now I’m up to about 4x, depending on my schedule.  

Since I started CrossFit at the end of March, I’ve only lost about 4 lbs– but I’ve dropped almost 2 dress sizes, and I’m a lot more toned all over, and honestly– if I look rockin’ in a bikini, I don’t really give a damn what the scale says! Laughing

Post # 8
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mrs_skydiver:  Steroids suck.  I am so sorry that you have had to go through this!  I have been on steroids a few times in the past few years and they are just horrible.  My first steroid mess was like 4 years ago and I gained about 45 lbs (up to 170).  It was TERRIBLE.  I lost most of it but have wavered back and forth and made it back up to 162.  The most recent, just a few months ago, I managed to gain less than 5, which is crazy but I was on them for a lot shorter period of time.  Right now I’m 155 and hopefully on my way down!

Good luck.  When did you go off of the steroids?  I feel like after I am on them it takes a while for my body to feel normal again.

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