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glo
03-16-2003, 12:12 PM
I have been under a lot of stress in the last few weeks, but I have been very faithful to my 20 carbs in induction (Atkins) I have been drining 80+ oz. of water eachday, and I exercise. A typical exercise day includes 20 minutes of Abs work each morning. Then a two mile walk at lunch. Every other day, I do 30 minutes of weights. Added to that two or three times a week I go swimming for about 30 minutes.

Here is the kicker :(

In the last month, I have lost 2 pounds(and that was 2 weeks ago), and 1 inch :( I do not know what else to do to get the weight off :( :( I do not want to give up, but I am not seeing a difference in weight or inches. Seems that I am just not destined to loose the rest of this weight. I put on a bathing suit, and I almost cried, because I look like a mini whale :( :(

I use fitday, and I measure all my food. No cheating with anything...I do not get it :(

I am feel like I am outting in all this effort and going no where. Seems like the story f my life lately.

I just want to see some success :(

CrzyforPiglet
03-16-2003, 02:19 PM
You've probably got more willpower in your little finger than I have in my whole body. You should be soooooo incredibly proud of yourself that you've been able to stick with a diet and exercise program this long!! We are all destined to succeed so please don't give up the fight. While I'm not following it faithfully - I have been incorporating some of Suzanne Somer's principles in my daily eating habits and she claims that even if you follow her program to the letter that it may take some time before the "melt" happens but when it starts - you'll know it.

Please don't give up. The changes you're making in your diet and exercise will benefit you in the long run even if you didn't lose another pound - although I know you will and not just one! Hang in there Glo you can and will achieve your goals!

Luckymommyx2
03-16-2003, 02:57 PM
Oh Glo, I admire you and your willpower! I think you've just hit a plateau and if you just hang in there everything will pick up again. Just being able to stick with it when you're stressed and not seeing progress is better than I've done in the past. That is usually my breaking point~~don't let it be yours. You can do it! I am sure with the amount and type of exercise you are doing that you look nothing like a mini whale! You will get through this so just hang in there!!

perfectmatch300
03-16-2003, 03:23 PM
Glo, you are doing great! Remember as you get closer to your goal you will lose slower. Also, you're building muscle, & muscle does weigh more than fat. You are getting stronger & more healthy with every thing that you do!
What I would suggest is to do a daily affirmation of something positive about how you feel about yourself each day. I did not believe this would work when I first started doing it years ago, but it does! I was so used to saying & thinking all the bad things about myself that I didn't even think there were any positive affirmations to be found. I tried it anyway because it was suggested to me, and I found that my self esteem and self image improved immeasurably!
This is a good reminder to me to keep doing these positive self affirmations now beacuse the scale & tape measure are moving very slowly for me as well even though I'm being good about sticking to my plan. I'm trying to focus on enjoying the journey to better health - it DOES feel good to exercise - and not just be stuck with my eyes on the results or lack thereof. I know the weight will come off if I stick with it, it's just that I want it NOW and that's not how it's happening for me.
Stick with it Glo. You've done so well already I know you will reach your goal.

believe
03-16-2003, 03:48 PM
It took me a year to lose the last 10lbs, mostly because the eating I was on no longer fit for me to get the last 10 off. Most of the time I wasn't eating enough, especially since I upped my exercise.

You can do it, just be patient and it will come with time.

nativetxn
03-16-2003, 04:36 PM
Glo, I lost a total of 1/2 pound for the entire month of February. My husband hasn't lost anything in two weeks.

Have you checked to see if you are in ketosis? If you are, my guess is that you have just hit a plateau. Remember Dr. Atkins says that you can't even consider yourself on a plateau until it has been no less than 4 weeks with no weight loss or loss of inches.

You have two more weeks until you can even claim to be on a plateau.

You will <b>not</b> give up! You have come too far for that. Don't <b><i>make</i></b> me have to come all the way to Massachussetts to give you grief ;)

Hang in there, sweetie. The weight will come off, try to be patient. I know how frustrated you are feeling now but the weight <b>will</b> eventually come off.

{{{HUGS}}} sweetie.

Katholyn

TigH
03-17-2003, 07:07 AM
Hey, Glo!

I have been thinking about you alot, especially after reading your post about having the blues. I hope you are feeling better, sweetie.

Maybe the stress is a factor in this plateau? Maybe it's somehow causing you to retain water? I don't know anything about Atkins, so I can't help you out there. But I do know that living under stressful conditions sucks and that it's not healthy. It will take a toll on you mentally and physically.

You jump started the weight loss when you began to exercise again. Not only did you jump start the weight loss, but you felt a great sense of accomplishment and control when YOU made the decision to exercise. Your posts were sounding very gloomy before you began to exercise, but there was a remarkable change in your attitude when you decided to go for it. I wish you could go back in time and live through that feeling again. I am sure you felt alive and invincible and proud of yourself and very much in control of things.

I have no idea what is causing all the stress in your life. All I can say is that worrying about ANYTHING won't solve the problem. It will only makes things worse for you. Worry and guilt are useless emotions and should be tossed out the window at the first opportunity we get.

I am not in your shoes. I am not trying to make light of anything that is happening in your life. But I am telling you, as a friend, that you are the only person in your life who can control how YOU feel. If someone is behaving nasty with you, there is nothing you can do to change their behavior. What you can do is decide how much power they are going to have over your life. My mother lived in fear of my father's sister for over 30 years. This woman is a self centered stuck up you know what. She loves money and anything to do with money. My mother grew up poor and has never been able to shake that feeling, even though she lived a very decent lifestyle and she and my father worked hard to have nice things and provide us with a decent home. To this day my mother STILL let's this woman intimidate her and rattle her cage. I will not allow anyone to control how I feel. You can't either, Glo.

You HAVE to stick with you program or go to your doctor and find out what alternatives there are. Unfortunately, it seems like when you have a lot of weight to lose, the first 1/2 to 3/4 comes off pretty easy. It's the last part of the battle that is the most difficult. Just keep thinking of the sweet reward you will have when you reach your goal. This is your lifestyle change, not just a temporary solution to get to where you want to be. It may take another year to reach your goal. What is a year in the scheme of things? I am hoping you live to 100 and that you'll have that sexy body is great shape all the rest of the years of your life! :)

Glo, be gentle with yourself. Don't burden yourself with should haves or could haves. Take life a step at a time. Give yourself permission to day dream. Unless you absolutely have to, try not to live in "reality". Life is all about perspective. You could be 20, 30, 60, 80 100, 150 pounds heavier than you are now. You could be 10 15 20 25 pounds lighter than you are now. You could also be happier than you are now. Don't settle for less. Don't put yourself down.

I am not a religious person and I apologize if I offend anyone with this statement. We are all precious beings. We are all here to live a joyous life, filled with love and laughter and happiness. We are all in control of our destiny. We are all perfect in our own way. We are all made of the same matter. We are all connected in our hearts and souls. I am no better than anyone else around me. But I have to treat myself as the most important person in the world. You have to treat yourself that way too, Glo. Everyone does. Unless we take care of ourselves, we won't have the energy to take care of the people we love. And unless we truly love ourselves, we won't be able to give 100% of our love to the world.

Ok, off my soapbox now... ;) Um, can you tell I care? :p

glo
03-17-2003, 07:52 AM
I knew there was a reason for that "TAG" TigH...
Thank you all for the encouragement...I am hanging in there, but very discouraged...just 12.5 pounds to go and nothing seems to be budging...even a .5 pound would be a plus....

Thanks and hugs everyone...this board really is awesome

ead79
03-17-2003, 08:13 AM
glo, I think it is positively amazing how far you've come! You have truly done an incredible job with your weight loss, and you can't give up now when you're so close! I actually got discouraged when I was within 7 pounds of my goal weight, then I gained it all back plus a little. I am NOT doing that again, and believe me, you don't want to either. My old WW leader used to say that it's important when you get discouraged to focus on how far you've come. Go to the store and pick up a 1 pound sack of flour to see how much it weighs. Then just think about how many flour sacks you've lost. Wow! The weight will come off, it will just come off in its own time. You CAN do it!!!

ahutton
03-17-2003, 08:31 AM
Glo,
Thanks for being such an inspiration to all of us who have so far to go. One thing I read about recently to move from a plateau, even if it's not an official one, was to try to vary the amount of calories you eat from day to day - it is supposed to help jump start your metabolism. It was in a Valentines issue of Woman's Day, and talked about a WW program, but I would guess it could be adapted to any eating plan. You basically don't want your body to "expect" a set number of calories a day as your system will then metabolize that amount. By changing it - some days higher and alternate with some days lower - but keeping it "even" throughout the week it is supposed to jump start loss again. I have so far to go I haven't hit a stuck spot yet (expect for the monthly expected one) so I haven't tried this theory, but I found it interesting. Take care, we are all behind you 110%!

tiggerlover
03-17-2003, 09:25 AM
Glo, I have come to this post several times thinking of what I could post to help you and I really don't have any words of advice, but I wanted you to know that I was thinking of you.

You truly are an inspiration to many of us here. Hang in there. {{{HUGS}}}

:bounce::wave::bounce:

rbuzzotta
03-17-2003, 09:39 AM
I can't add any advice that wasn't already given, except to keep up the great work you have done!!! Just take out some pictures of you before and then look in the mirror!!!

Wishing you the best and hoping this "plauteau' will end soon and you will be back on your way to losing!!