Frustrated - Not Losing Weight, No Extra Energy

nbrooksApril 30, 2008


I hope someone can give me some advice. I turn 40 in July and have committed to start taking better care of myself through regular exercise and a healthier diet.

I started off great in January and walked on my treadmill daily and watched what I ate. I took off my holiday weight fairly quickly, and dropped about 10 lbs to 150. The winter flu/cold season was a hurdle with the entire family getting sick for what seemed like weeks and I slid back into bad habits.

I started back up again 7 weeks ago and have seen very little results - only 2 lbs. (I would like to lose 20 more lbs.) I have become more strict in my diet, limiting caloric intake to between 1200 - 1500 calories and my daily exercise (running, walking, biking, free weights, pilates) is estimated to burn between 1900 - 2200 calories.

In the past when I have undertaken a healthy lifestyle regime, I have lost approximately 2 lbs. a week! This is SO frustrating - 8 weeks and only 2 lbs. What gives?

To top it off, I really don't feel invigorated with my lifestyle changes. I am still exhausted by the end of the day and ready for bed by 8 pm. I had my physical in January and the doc gave me a great bill of health. My thyroid and blood work all came back OK.

Should I be doing something differently? Thanks for any and all advice!


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Wow, except for the age, you could be writing about me! I'm 60, doing Weight Watchers and working out, and I'm averaging maybe a 1 lb. loss weekly.

Try to remember that you didn't put on the excess weight in one week, but a pound or 2 at a time, and expect the weight loss to be around that. Your metabolism definitely cranks down around 40, so don't expect to be the "you" you were before.

Your calorie count sounds good; just make sure that you're getting plenty of healthy grains, veggies, fruit, and dairy in your diet along with lean protein. If you want a good support group, join us at the SS support daily thread which usually hovers around the top on this forum. We're a friendly group of people working on losing weight different ways, but with the same goal in mind.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 2:34PM
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Hi Nancy,
I hear ya girl! I'm 45 and like you, it's a very slow process this year. Ditto what Milkdud says about joining our gang - we're here for you - all the way!
I've averaged 0.5 lbs a week, concentrated on portions, better meals, taking better care of my health both mentally and physically. Not quite 10 pounds since mid-Feb but I am happy all the same with each ounce lost. My gain is looking ahead to doing my best and not just wishing I would start.

You are doing the right things but maybe you have hit a 'plateau'. They are the most frustrating thing to hit you. Your body adjusts to your new routine and settles down. During this time nothing happens on those scales. Fat is moving, muscles are forming and things are changing inside, slowly. Are you losing any inches? Sometimes you need to take a week and eat wisely, but more calories, change your physical activity - maybe the time of day, the type of activity and the volume. Your body sounds like it needs a shake up.
Also, when do you eat? How often? Never skip breakfast - ever. It turns up your metabolism to burn more calories - no breakfast and your body stays in 'sleep mode' until you eat, burning very few calories, even with exercise.
Do a google search on 'weight plateaus'. It might explain a few things. If I can find one of my articles I'll post it for you here.
Keep talking to us - we're here to help you.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 2:46PM
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15 Tips for Breaking through a Plateau (by Weight Watcher Leader Elizabeth):

1. JOURNAL, JOURNAL, JOURNAL -- This is one of the most powerful tools to help you stay on track or get back on track. Your journal can help you see where you are perhaps going over or under on your number of points for the day, or aren't getting in the Guidelines for Healthy Living requirements. Use your journal as a detective tool: Had a good week? Look over it at the end of the week and try and see what you think contributed to that success. Had a not so good week? Again, look over your journal to see what may have contributed to you playing a little looser with the program. Look at last week's journal for clues too, sometimes it takes a full week before the effects of a blown week show up.

2. EATING BY THE NUMBERS (Or are you getting in too many carbs? Protein? Not enough fat?) -- Look at your food choices, are you really getting a wide variety of foods in? Remember, your body needs nutrients from lots of different sources and if you're eating the same things all the time or too much of one type of food, you're probably not getting the proper nutrition your body needs. How is your protein to carb ratio? Look at the Eating by the Numbers chart on page 8 of your Week 1 booklet for suggested guidelines of how to most nutritiously spend your points during the day. These are suggested ranges for someone under 200 pounds, for over 200 take most of your extra points from complex carbohydrates and protein. There's a helpful Excel spreadsheet on Rea's homepage: that is called something like the Points Food Groups Journal that she's got set up for 28-35 points per day, but all you've got to do is input your points range and the suggested guidelines from the Eating by the Numbers chart for the various food groups. This can help too if you're one of those old WW selection plan people who just don't like the Points system. You can use this to follow the points, but use it for the selections of the various food groups so that you keep a healthy balance in your points. Take a look at your food choices as sometimes we have the attitude that as long as our points balance at the end of the day we're okay, but if we keep in mind the Guidelines for Healthy Living on pages 5-7 of the Week 1 booklet, we'll see that we still are asked to do a few steps to ensure we're spending our points in a way that keeps our bodies healthy.

3. WEIGH AND MEASURE PORTIONS -- Too many times our portions have gotten bigger without us realizing it, using measuring cups and spoons and weighing out our portions can give us a better idea if our portions have suddenly grown bigger than we're counting. Remember, portion size does matter.

4. READ LABELS CAREFULLY -- Are you counting your points right for the product that you're eating. I remind everyone of my jumbo dinner frank story where the serving size was half a frank! Who eats half a frank? I was counting 4 points when I should have been counting 8 points. If you're eating a bigger serving size than the one listed on the label you're probably eating more points than you calculated.

5. REMEMBER, ZERO MULTIPLIED IS NOT ALWAYS ZERO (okay, not when it comes to food points) -- If you're eating one serving of fat free sugar free gelatin for 10 calories, okay, that's zero points, but if you're now eating 4 servings plus 2 tbsp of fat free whipped topping, you've got yourself one point! Beware of those hidden extras where we multiply portions, and beware of BLT's: Bites, Licks, and Tastes that never seem to get counted on any journal. These add up.

6. TOO MANY REFINED CARBS? -- Are you eating too many sources of simple and refined carbohydrates, the stuff that's heavily processed and no longer looks like its natural food source. Think of it as the difference between whole grain bread and processed white bread, brown rice vs. white rice, popcorn cakes vs. corn on the cob. Try to include more of the natural sources of carbohydrates in your diet stuff like beans, yams, potatoes, brown rice, and whole wheat anything rather than so many crackers, pretzels, and chips (even low fat chips). This is not to say you can't have any refined carbs, just try to limit the amount of them if you're having trouble

7. NOT ENOUGH FAT? -- Okay, this sounds counterintuitive, but according to the Eating by the Numbers chart and for good nutrition you should be actively adding in about 2-3 points of fat per day. This is stuff like vegetable oils, margarine, butter, regular or reduced fat (not fat free) salad dressing, avocados, regular or reduced fat (not fat free) mayonnaise, olives, and peanut or soy butter. I have personally met a number of people now who weren't losing and when I suggested they start actively adding in 2-3 points of fat per day they started losing again. Our bodies need enough fat in order to properly function. You think there's enough fat in my food already, right? Not when you're limiting your number of points in order to lose weight. We are often making much lower fat choices than we normally would have, and as a consequence our consumption of fat falls far below the recommended guidelines according to lots of nutrition experts of 30% of your total calories in fat per day. If you are limiting your fat intake to only the fat that's naturally in food and even then you're probably taking the skin off the chicken and drinking skim or 1% milk, then you might only be getting around 10% of your calories in fat per day, not enough for your body. So, the reason our bodies need enough fat in our diets each day as opposed to just feeding off of our body's fat stores is because fat contains an essential fatty acid: linoleic acid, that our body can't produce on its own. That fat is needed for proper metabolic and digestive function. Fat provides essential nutrients our bodies need, it transports fat soluble vitamins that our bodies need, it is needed for proper digestion and metabolic function, it helps us keep fuller longer, keeps our hair and skin nice, and is crucial for proper gallbladder function. If you're on a super low fat diet you can develop gallstones that are no fun and super painful.

8. DRINK HALF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN WATER EACH DAY. -- According to Barbara Levine, R.D., Ph.D., the Director of the Nutrition Information Center at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and reported in the June issue of Weight Watchers magazine, she says that overweight people need more water than the typical 8 cups a day rule. "Overweight people tend to need more water, because fat cells hold more water than other fat cells in the body. To determine the number of ounces of water you need per day, divide your weight by two. For example, a person who weighs 140 pounds should consume 70 ounces, or about 9 cups. Of course, this is an estimate. The best way to gauge whether you are getting enough water is to monitor the color of your urine. If you're drinking enough, it should be the color of pale straw. If it is a deeper yellow, you're not getting enough fluids" (page 16, June 1999). Lots of times we misinterpret thirst for hunger, try water first, wait 20 minutes, real hunger will not go away.

9. MAKE SURE YOU'RE GETTING FIVE SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PER DAY. -- Eating the zero point veggies can often help us to fill up so that we're not eating the other higher points foods instead. If you're hungry, try non-starchy veggies first. Lots of members make the Garden Vegetable Soup recipe in the Week 1 booklet and eat a bowl of that before dinner to fill up a bit so that you can get full on the smaller portions you'll be serving yourself. Try a glass of V8 juice before a meal during the summer when soup sounds too hot. Variety is good here too, try a new fruit or veggie each month to expand your repertoire.

  1. INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OR INTENSITY OF YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. -- Are you exercising? If not, know that you'll be much more successful at losing the weight and keeping it off if you are also physically active. Find something that you enjoy doing and just do it! Start with a five minute walk out of your door, look at your watch after five minutes start heading back, just like that you've done 10 minutes! Next week start adding in a couple of extra minutes, try walking for 7 minutes out of your door, and 7 minutes back, you've now done 14 minutes. Keep adding until you're up to at least 10 minutes out and 10 minutes back. If you're already active, are you exercising at enough intensity? If you can easily carry on a conversation while exercising (you should be able to speak, but it should take a bit of effort) you're not challenging your body enough. Your body becomes really efficient at adjusting to the amount of physical activity you're doing, so you regularly have to adjust either the intensity of your workouts or the frequency in order to continue to reap the maximum benefit from physical activity. Try strength training in order to build lean muscle tissue. As we get older we lose lean muscle tissue which depresses your metabolism in addition severely restrictive diets where we eat too few calories can cause us to lose weight but lots of it is lean muscle which also depresses our metabolism. If we build muscle tissue this can help us to reverse that process and to make us trimmer and stronger.

  2. MOVE THE FURNITURE AROUND. -- Do you always have your biggest meal at dinner? Try eating your biggest meal for lunch or even for breakfast, with smaller meals for the remaining meals. If you regularly eat most of your points at one meal your body converts the rest of the food into stored that if you balance your points out throughout the day better you can actually give your metabolism a boost by keeping it revving throughout the day instead of only one spike at dinner. Food actually helps to boost our metabolism, that's why it's important never to skip meals. There's a saying that you could help losing weight. to lose weight by eating breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. This gives us the majority of our points early in the day when our bodies can use them because we're active instead of right before bed if we eat them at dinner.

  3. TRY VARYING YOUR NUMBER OF POINTS. -- Do you always eat at a certain number of points per day? Your body gets very efficient at predicting its intake and adjusts itself accordingly. Keep it guessing. Try mixing up the number of points you have...low one day, middle the next, back to low, then high end of your points. Special note: If you're very active never eat at the low end of your points, your body may think it's starving, always eat middle to high end of your points and take those extra exercise points if you need them...let your hunger be your guide.

  4. TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS AND LOOK FOR OTHER NON-SCALE SIGNS OF PROGRESS. -- Often even when the scale isn't moving, we're still improving our health and our bodies which will show up in other ways other than the scale. Have your measurements gone down? How are your clothes fitting? Can you climb a flight of stairs without being winded? Has your cholesterol gone down? Can you walk now for 20 minutes when before you were huffing and puffing at 5 minutes? How do you feel?

  5. ARE YOU ON AN ATTITUDE PLATEAU? -- Are you just tired of feeling like you're going to be doing this forever? Does that translate into that right now your desire to lose weight is equal to your desire for freedom from counting and having to think about points and healthy food choices? If so, then that mental attitude might be the culprit in that you're following a more relaxed adherence to the program but you think you're still doing it to the letter. Remind yourself of why you started this process, look at how far you've come. Is your goal still the same? Is it that you're scared of success, are okay with how you look right now, have you become complacent? Ask yourself these kind of questions honestly. If you're tired of the weight loss routine or have become complacent, try spicing up your food plan by trying more interesting meals and snacks, adding new foods, trying new recipes or new restaurants. Set new goals, setting a new goal can continue to challenge yourself.

  6. CONSIDER MAINTENANCE. -- A plateau that lasts a long time can be the practice to show you that you can maintain your weight. Sustaining weight loss is a challenge in itself. Consider doing the maintenance process so as to take a break from weight loss. Taking a break from weight loss and focusing on keeping the weight off can be the best thing to do, especially if a vacation or stressful situation is what is keeping you from continuing on your weight loss journey. It's better to gain some ground, then hold it, then go back and gain more ground than to give up because then you lose all of the ground you've gained (lost!).

WHEN YOUR WEIGHT PLATEAUS - Bob Greene (Make the Connection)

A plateau occurs when your weight remains the same for a period of time. This can last weeks or even a couple of months. With nearly every successful weight-loss program, you can expect your weight to plateau--probably many times. Plateaus occur for a variety of reasons, and are quite normal.

One of the most common reasons for a plateau is a natural adjustment to weight loss. Your body needs to make many adjustments when you lose weight, and it will release the weight only when its ready. Realize that it is virtually impossible to lose more than three pounds of fat in a week. If you lose more than three pounds in a given week, you are losing either water weight or muscle/lean weightÂwhich, as you know, is not what we want.

Go to the local butcher counter and ask to see three pounds of fat. You will see that it takes up a lot of space, and your body must make physical adjustments for this loss. At this time, physiologists donÂt know all there is to know about these adjustments, but we can be sure that they serve a purpose. Plateaus caused by these natural adjustments normally last two or three weeks, but could go on for a month or two. So be patient and stay on your program!

Another cause of plateaus is water fluctuation. As I discussed earlier, water can be retained for a variety of reasons. This extra water weight can create the illusion that you are gaining weight or have reached a plateau  even when youÂre losing FAT. Plateaus caused by these water fluctuations typically last from three days to one week. Again, just realize that these are temporary fluctuations in your weight, and donÂt be alarmed.

Cheating on your program can also cause plateaus. LetÂs say youÂve been good about following the program, and youÂve had consistent weight loss. Now you have a bad eating and/or exercise week. This may or may not make you gain weight, but it could easily result in a prolonged plateau. This type of plateau can last as long as you are cheating on your program. My advice is to take this attitude: "Yes, I went of my program, but everyone slips up from time to time. IÂm going to get right back to work and pay the price for that week."

And keep in mind, a bad day or week might not show up right away on the scale. But you shouldnÂt think youÂve gotten away with something, because it will show up at some point. This is why itÂs important to get right back on the program as soon as you stray from it. DonÂt give it up.

A Positive Spin On Those Frustrating Weight Loss Plateaus ediet newsletter - April 13, 2000 by Cyndi Thomas, N.D.

We live in a society that wants instant gratification. We want our health and weight loss... and we want it now! True health and permanent weight loss takes time. I have so many clients that have the attitude, "Well, I've followed your advice for a month now, why don't I feel better yet?" I have to remind them, "You didn't get sick overnight and it will take time to see the desired results." Now, onto weight loss...Just as the body was formed and operates on a priority basis, so it heals on a priority basis. This means that the most important parts of the body get the healing attention before the less vital tissues. We can't force the body to place its healing priority on weight loss when in fact the liver is about to die, for example. The liver is more important to your body than the extra pounds. So all the energies of the body go to heal the liver and weight loss will stop. The body will not compromise what health and vitality it does have in one part of the body to bring about healing in another. In other words, the body will not "rob Peter to pay Paul." So you may be eating nutritionally and exercising and you start out losing some weight. But then all of a sudden, you become stuck at a certain weight -- the needle on the scale won't budge anymore. The body is rejoicing on the inside and saying things like, "You know, we have all this extra energy now because Mr. Doughnut here has decided to start eating right and exercising -- let's take some of our new available energy and start the healing process on his congested liver!" So the body will take all the available energy and channel it into the liver. As a result the weight loss stops. The body will NOT take away any energy needed for daily activities and maintenance. It will only take what is left over to start the healing process. It's my belief that the body does not completely heal one part before moving on to the next item on its priority list. Rather, it heals a part to the degree that it is no longer a priority. At that point the healing attention is shifted to the part of the body that is now in most need of repair. In the above example, once the liver has been cleansed somewhat, the body will refocus its attention on other areas... perhaps back to weight loss. During my weight loss period, I would hit plateaus where it seemed like I'd never lose another pound. I lost 10 pounds and then nothing for 3 weeks. During that time I woke up one morning and my arthritis was gone and my blood sugar had stabilized somewhat. If you keep on your diet and exercise program, you will eventually lose all the weight you want. A healthy body is not overweight. Remember, "Always strive for health and the weight loss will happen!"

Weight-Loss Plateau is a Good Sign
By Loni Calie Reed

The 1st week of a calorie-controlled weight loss diet is easy. The 2nd and 3rd weeks are not too hard either. But around the 4th or 5th week it seems that the scale will not budge. You have reached your first weight loss plateau. Plateaus, the times when your weight stubbornly stays put, are normal. Of course, plateaus are frustrating  so much so that many people abandon their weight loss efforts. But surprisingly, a plateau is a positive sign. It is a signal from your body that you have lost body fat, but unfortunately, not body weight. This last statement may sound contradictory. How can someone lose body fat and not lose body weight? Basically, the answer is that in place of the fat you lost, your body now holds water. Until the water is lost, the scale will not register your achievement. Scales cannot tell the difference between weight that is fat and weight that is water. Unfortunately, you cannot see inside yourself either. But you can learn what is going on and why. The human body, like the food we eat is composed of nutrients  protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. If you were a trim 150 pounds, your body would contain about 90 pounds of water, 30 pounds of fat and 30 pounds of all the other nutrients. As you can see, you (and everyone else) are mostly "all wet". Water is not just blood. Much of the bodyÂs water is part of the chemical configuration of cells, tissues and organs. For example, muscle hold considerable water within its structure. Generally, 1 pound of muscle tissue in the body is associated with 4 pounds of water. Even fat tissue is about 15% water. So for example, 7 pounds of body fat contains about 1 pound of water. When you are eating fewer calories than you are burning up, your body must get the energy it needs from somewhere. That somewhere is you. When you lose weight, you are in fact consuming your own fat and protein to get the energy (calories) that you need. In effect, you "eat" yourself. During the first few weeks of any weight loss program, your body tends to use up more body protein in the form of muscle and organ tissue than in later weeks of dieting. As time goes on, your body becomes more selective and relies mostly on fat stored for energy, and less on the protein tissues essential to body functioning. When body protein and fat tissues are used for energy, the water associated with these tissues generally hangs around for awhile. In other words, you remain "water logged." This is what accounts for the plateau periods. It is like the body is resting before it goes down to the next lower weight. To see the pounds disappear, you may want to assist your body to lose its excess water weight. You can do so safely by reducing your sodium intake. Try to keep from adding much salt in cooking, and do not put a salt shaker on the table. Cut down on condiments like pickles, mustard, catsup, and soy sauce. Instead of salty condiments, try applesauce, spiced peaches and other fruits to perk up meats and fish dishes. Use lemon, spices and herbs for flavor in cooking, but avoid monosodium glutamate. Avoid canned foods with salt. Buy fresh or frozen foods without added salt. For normal water loss, diuretics are not necessary, nor even advisable. Also saunas and steam baths provide only momentary dehydration, not lasting effects. Because one pint of fluid perspired away in a hot sauna equals 1 pound less of water, dramatic weight changes are possible in record time. However, as soon as you drink again, and you should drink, your water weight returns.
While water weight fluctuations are frustrating, they are temporary. The true test of dieting success is the pinch test, not the scaleÂs numbers game. ItÂs how much real fat you lose, not how much protein and water, that makes for a leaner and healthier you.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 2:49PM
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McPeg, that's a great list! Please copy and paste it over to the SS thread so everyone else can benefit from it.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 3:02PM
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NBrooks~I'm 10 years older than you & know what you are going through. I'm not clear on whether you lost 2# in 8 weeks or are losing 2# a week for 8 weeks? Either way, please don't get discouraged. I know, easier said than done. Every year that we get older, it gets harder to keep off the weight. I guess that it has something to do with our hormones or something, who knows for sure? I know that men seem to lose weight so much easier than women for the most part.

Please think about joining us for support at the SS thread as Milkdud suggested. There we can talk about everything. Weight gain can be about so many things in our lives. This is a fantastic group of people.

I hope that you are able to get that weight off like you would like. I find that the closer we get to our goal, the slower & harder it is to get off. Have you tried to lose many times before? I know that you mentioned the one time before. Hang in there. That turtle did beat the hare! Patti :-)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 3:09PM
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NBrooks~I posted this at the SS thread & thought that I would post it here for you. Sometimes we can eat more salt that we realize that we are eating. I would not have believed that these dishes could have had so much sodium in them. It is still hard for me to take in. But, it will stop a weight loss. Look at this & see if you might see anything that "clicks".

This is from MSN & iVillage was a sponsor.
Don't be fooled...

The 20 saltiest foods in America

  1. Saltiest Side Dish-Denny's Honey Smoked Ham*1700 mg sodium-85 calories

  2. Saltiest Dessert-Atlanta Bread Company Raspberry Scone*1750 mg sodium-360 calories

  3. Saltiest Soup-Baja Fresh Chicken Tortilla Soup*2760 mg sodium-320 calories

  4. Saltiest Burger-Hardee's 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger*2770 mg sodium-1420 calories-108 g fat

  5. Saltiest "Healthy" Food-Chili's Guiltless Grill Chicken Platter*2780 mg sodium-590 calories-85 carbs

  6. Saltiest Pasta-Fazoli's Rigatoni Rano*3180 mg sodium-1090 calories-54 g fat-101 g carbs

  7. Saltiest Chinese Entree-PF Chang's Beef W/Broccoli*3752 mg sodium-1120 calories-65 g fat (fried rice has up to 2700 mg sodium by itself!)

  8. Saltiest Breakfast-Arby's Sausage Gravy Biscuit*3754 mg sodium-961 calories

  9. Saltiest Beef Entree-Bob Evans Steak Tips & Noodles*4131 mg sodium-822 calories-43 g fat

  10. Saltiest Frozen Dinner-Swanson Hungry-Man XXL Roasted Carved Turkey*4480 mg sodium-1360 calories-70 g fat

  11. Saltiest Bread-Dunkin' Donuts Salt Bagel*4520 mg sodium-320 calories-62 g carbs

9. Saltiest Sandwich-Quizno's Turkey Bacon Guacamole Large Sub With Cheese & Reduced Fat Ranch Dressing*4670 mg sodium-1120 calories-49 g fat-116 g carbs

8. Saltiest Pizza-Pizza Hut Meat Lover's Stuffed Crust Pizza (3 slices of the 14" large)*5070 mg sodium-1560 calories-87 g fat-114 g carbs

7. Saltiest Comfort Food-Denny's Meat Loaf Dinner (With Mashed Potatoes & Corn)-5080 mg sodium-1210 calories-69 g fat-97 g carbs

6. Saltiest Salad-Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Florentine*5460 mg sodium-840 calories-53 g fat

5. Saltiest Mexican Entree-Chili's Buffalo Chicken Fajitas*5690 mg sodium-1730 calories-107 g fat-143 g carbs

4. Saltiest Kids' Meal-Cosi Kids' Pepperoni Pizza-6405 mg sodium-1901 calories-93 g fat-190 g carbs

3. Saltiest Seafood Entree-Romano's Macaroni Grill Grilled Teriyaki Salmon*6590 mg sodium-1230 calories-74 g fat-79 g carbs

2. Saltiest Appetizer-Papa John's Cheesesticks With Buffalo Sauce*6700 mg sodium-2605 calories-113 g fat-296 g carbs

1. Saltiest Dish in America-Romano Grill's Macaroni Grill Chicken Portobello*7300 mg sodium-1020 calories-66 g fat

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 11:54AM
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Thanks for all the positive feedback and great information! If only I could lose 1/2 lb. a week! In eight weeks, I'm averaging 1/4 lb. a week! As I stated earlier, it has been very difficult for me to accept that the weight is not coming off as easily as it has in the past.

I do think journaling has helped in some ways. I came across a great website that has been very helpful. (See link below.) Although it has been time consuming looking up the different foods to log, it is a sober reminder of what I need to do to get and stay healthy.

I do have a question about protein, though. I think my intake may be low. Would this affect my weight loss? How much protein should I be consuming in a 1200 - 1500 daily caloric intake diet? What about sodium? According to my journaling, that is low too.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 12:34PM
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Good afternoon all,

Patti and Nancy, I am pleased to say that I have never eaten at one of the places listed on that list nor have I eaten one of those frozen entrees. I am not surprised at those sodium numbers either....processed food equals bad health!

Nancy, I don't know how you are calculating your exercise/calories burned totals but they seem pretty high to me. Burning 2000 calories exercising a day seems extremely high. I have attached a link that will give you an good idea at what is realistic. That may be why your scale isn't moving like you want it to. Check it out. I think we have all had your frustrations - I know I have.

Peg thanks for sharing your tips.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 4:19PM
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Hi Suzanne,

Re-reading my posting, I realize it was misleading. According to the online website I've been using, I am burning a daily total of 1900 - 2200. That includes daily activities plus exercising.

But I am very encouraged (and baffled) this morning! I stepped on the scale...and what the ?#@!...I've lost 2.5 lbs! On Wednesday when I first posted in desperation, I had lost 2 lbs. in 8 weeks, and within 2 days I lose 2.5? It looks like the info mcpeg shared was right on!

I know that I shouldn't get on the scale every morning, it can really dictate my attitude for the whole day. But today....I feel energized, committed, and even a little sexy!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 8:17AM
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Nancy~I used to hit a plateau & then all of the sudden I would drop 10#. Then another plateau & 10#. It went like that for I don't know, #70 or so. It was nice when I would finally see the pounds off. Hang in there.

WTG on your weight loss. I'm so glad that you finally saw a loss. You can do it & you are worth it. Patti

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 9:39AM
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Hi Nbrooks!
Thought I'd pop round and see how you are doing. We'd love to hear from you - good,bad or even ugly - we're still here for you and sharing our journeys together.
Are things getting better? I just joined the Sparkpeople - it has a lot of free online tools, support and FREE membership. It will give you a free weekly diet with a special amount of calories so that your body will drop the weight. The ideas and moral support in their articles is worth signing up for - even if you are doing your own diet (I am).
Check in gal - we'd love to hear from you!
Have a fantastic day today and don't forget to do something nice for yourself - you deserve it!


    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 8:49AM
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