Plateaus, anyone?

Is anyone currently or have you been in the past, just STUCK in your weight loss efforts, where the scale won't budge down even though you're still trying hard with food and exercise?


If so, post for encouragement or if you successfully broke your plateau, share your tips!


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For me, in the past when I've wrestled with this, mixing up my exercise and drinking more water helped.   


My trainer told me that your body gets used to the same exercises over and over again, so you have to shake things up a bit to keep it on its toes!

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 11:13 am
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ohhh.. thanks. I'll def have to switch things up

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm
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i've definitely been there... when i first got serious about working out, i started with just two days a week at the gym (along with a much healthier diet) and lost 10 lbs pretty quickly. after about a month, i got stuck. then i started fluctuating within a 5lb margin - would gain a few then lose a few, then gain, then lose... but i couldn't get past that 10lbs.... so i added another day to my workout routine and upped my cardio from 30mins to 60mins. that did the trick, and i started losing again, but after another month, i was stuck again. so i went back to 30 min cardio sessions, but i did more intense intervals. i also started doing the 30 day shred in addition to my gym workouts. basically, i try to change things up every month.


also, the thing i had to realize was that, even tho the scale was not moving that much, all that work actually WAS making a difference. i'd been tracking my measurements the whole time, and even tho i didn't see lbs being lost according to the scale, i was losing 1/2" from my waist and hips every week, my arms and shoulders were getting super toned, my clothes were fitting better, and i was *feeling great*!!!! so i guess my tip would be, don't live and die by that number on the scale!

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm
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this where I am now.... with in he same 4lbs! It makes me so frustrated that I quit... then eventually I go back.... but its just frustrating. 

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 11:36 pm
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I have a variety of workout "schedules" that lay out a plan for working out for a week - they all involve some type of cardio at least four days a week, strength training three days a week, abs and yoga twice a week. However, the strength training routines are different and the cardio is different. So at the beginning of each week I look at one of my weekly schedules and decide which one works for the following week and go to it! That keeps my body guessing and by having pre-made schedules like that it keeps me from having to make a new plan from scratch every week or two.

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 4:49 am
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here are some helpful articles from sparkpeople! these really helped me when i was stuck:


http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=516


http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=522


http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=534

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 5:50 am
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jamichael, those are some great articles, thank you for sharing!


 


Erindira, I love your idea of variable workout schedules.  I *kind* of do that now b/c two workouts a week, I approach the weight training area with nothing but a body section in mind and just meander around the gym getting on whatever machine calls to me, like for upper or lower body.  I feel like I'm "doing what I want to" when I approach it that way as opposed to having a "boring routine".

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm
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i've definitely hit a plateau...i'm pretty much just staying at 140...as much as i would love to hit the 135 mark!  i think my body is just comfortable here.

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 7:48 am
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I wanted to write to tell everyone that I totally hit a plateau for the past 5 weeks. I am on weight watchers, and was stuck in the 157 to 155 range that whole time.


I can say that today, I am down to 151!! I finally broke through. And I think what worked is that I didn't lose focus. I kept with my workouts and eating right. I already have a varaible schedule because I like to do classes so during any given week i'll cycle, or kickbox, or run on a treadmill.. etc For some reason, I just think my body wanted to keep me around 156 because like wildfire said... it was "comfortable".


So my advice would be to keep on going! Pay attention to what you eat, and push yourself becuase once you break through it is the best feeling in the world!

Posted on August 28, 2009 at 2:51 am
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I was 189 and I lost 17 pounds... then at 172.


Now I'm 178 and keep going back and forth up and down.. ugh. Thanks for all the tips ladies I'm going to try those out!


 


 

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 12:21 am
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I've been at 162-165 since last winter and HAVE NOT BUDGED I eat healthy and work out a lot but the scale wiil not move. I have a Dr. appt. tomorrow and I'm going to ask about chagning bc I think it's making my weight stick there I used to hover between 137-143 and not lng after I got on bc I gained almost 20lbs quickly.

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm
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I am there right now.  I have been doing weight watchers and running/walking at varying inclines and speeds everyday for the last two months or so.  I have lost 14 lbs but now I am stuck.  It is soooo frustrating!


I had been feeling really good because I was fitting into jeans that I hadn't worn in quite a while, but then I saw a picture of myself that my FMIL had taken within the past week and I thought YUCK-I need to keep working at it!!!  But it is really hard to when you are trying your hardest and you don't lose anything.

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 8:42 am

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