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Thursday, April 16, 2020

I just feel like there is NO winning! I'm so frustrated right now!
NO, I'm not throwing in the towel. But, I DO feel like I've been working my tail off for NOTHING! Yes... I've lost 16lbs. in all... but I've been on this journey for 51 days now... that's nearly 2 months and I had expected to have lost more by now. Maybe, my expectations are too high?? I mean, I have basically lost a bit more than 2lbs per week... however... I've been STUCK at 215 for the LONGEST time! ANNNNND..... I've not lost any inches... which is crazy... because my clothes fit better, and I look better. (Of course it IS hard to take your measurements by yourself!) Maybe I should have my 17 year old daughter help me with it??

I don't know... maybe I'm "over reacting". That's NOT unlike me... LOL. I finally changed the settings on my trackers this morning. I've set them to go back to NOT figuring in my exercise to my nutrition tracker. I almost feel like that is where I went wrong (eventhough... I was maintaining a caloric intake of 1900 - 2000 per day - based on my activity level - and I might add that my caloric intake was supposed to be anywhere from 2400 - 3500... I just couldn't see eating that much & don't think I physically could eat that much to be honest). BUT... since I changed it (BEFORE TODAY) - that's where my weight loss STOPPED! I have been stuck at 215 since I changed it from NOT figuring in the activity TO figuring in the activity. So, CRAZY & IRRITATING! So... Like I said, I changed it back this morning to NOT figuring in the activity & I pray that this fixes it!

I've been told over and over again... don't worry about it, your probably just gaining muscle. Which is fine, but... I still would expect to see some loss (even a pound) in the past 2 to 3 weeks.

I've also been told it could be due to my going through menopause. Which I expected to have a little trouble losing, but NOT like this. Right before all this Covid-19 stuff started, I had gone to the doctor and had my labs done. Which showed that my "female" hormones were low... so my doctor referred me to the OB/GYN. I made my appointment and then everything went to CRAP! And I had to cancel my appointment, because this isn't a "necessary" type of thing. I feel like if maybe I was on some hormone replacements, that this journey would be going more smoothly. But... I don't know.

I feel like I just need SOMETHING to help me "Re-Set" or "Jump-Start" the whole thing. I am feeling completely frustrated! Which is making me extremely irritable (like, I need to be any more irritable than I am now - due to the menopause)! Part of me feels like just quitting (I'm NOT... but I feel that way). And the other part of me says "You can do this! Just keep going."

My 2nd to youngest son (19 year old) said that maybe I should "Fast". I don't even know how to do that... or for how long, or anything... and besides that... I'm not sure that is exactly "good for you". I just don't know.

If ANYONE has any help they can offer... PLEASE do! I need a solution. If you have a link to an article, a page, anything that will help me through this... please post it in the comments or on my page or even send it to me in an e-mail. I just NEED help! I'm going NUTS here!

Thanks, in advance. And everyone have a Blessed Day!
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    Hi Sis,
    I started going through menopause at age 28 because I had to have a total hysterectomy. I decided not to take primerian or any type of hormone therapy because a wise women had told me that any medication (even a baby aspirin) caused side effects that were sometime worse for you than what a medication did for you. I have never regretted that decision. So my metabolism is really off due to the hysterectomy.

    I say all that to say what is working for me is eating a very low carb and low calories (due to not exercising). Plus, I've been doing Intermittent Fast for over 125 days now. When I was doing just low carb Keto my blood sugar dropped drastically and I lost about 10 pounds then my weight stalled so that's when I started the Fasting.

    I was apple shape (I mean my belly started rounding out just under my breast, like I was pregnant) and within a week my upper and lower belly was flattening out so I could feel my ribs and that was all from the Fasting.

    Now, just to be clear, I don't know if it works that way for everybody but I would think it would be worth a try. Intermittent Fasting is actually good for you. If you care to go to my Sparkpage and look at a team I started called "Keto - Intermittent Fasting & Dr. Berg's Videos" and lessen to a video or two on the thread "METABOLISM & Intermittent Fasting ~ Key.." it will explain a lot better than I can. Also, I use an app called "ZERO" to help me keep track of my fasting.

    I hope this helps you.

    (((Hugs))) Bobbie
    PS. I did put this same basic information on your Sparkpage and I'm going to send this to you in you Sparkmail. emoticon
    110 days ago
    So you are saying that you are now operating under the caloric guidelines that basically disregard your activity level...correct? If so, I would say that is what you should do. I think calorie burn stats are overestimated, not to mention that our bodies get acclimated to increased activity levels and they don't burn as much doing the same activity because it is easier for your body.

    An average of a 2 lb weight loss is great ! Remember that you now weigh less. Thus your body does not require same amount of calories to function. It is possible you are building muscle and losing fat. Maybe go with a pinch test. There are calipers you can buy to measure body fat.

    I agree with destressing. I agree that age (lower metabolism) and lower female hormones have something to do with it and would make the process slower.
    112 days ago
    Your normal we all did this don't be to hard on yourself you will go down soon as for now stay safe
    112 days ago
  • 1BLAZER282005
    It's normal to stall, my doctor told me my body had to adjust to the lower weight. Just keep tracking food,water and exercise. Remember exercise calories burn aren't that accurate so stay on the low side of calorie intake. You got this 💪
    112 days ago
  • TZAPP22
    First thing you need to do is destress. Stress is counter productive to weight loss. I would recommend that you take a look at your food log and see if the food choices are the same or different between losing times and maintaining times. Calories are not all equal. There may be some foods that for you impede weight loss and others that assist. Or your body could just be readjusting. 2lbs a week is awesome.. if you are looking for a long lasting lifestyle change.. Huge drops in weight are consistent with a diet mentality. Give yourself a little grace, be patient and make small adjustments to see how they impact your journey.. You can do this and you will, but perhaps not in the time frame that your mind has come up with.. but the one that your body can live with! Have a wonderful day!
    112 days ago
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