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I want to give up.

I'm 5'3" and 127 pounds. The past month I've been good. I've worked out at the very least every other day with weights, increasing the strength and reps. The past three weeks I've added cardio, both steady state and interval training. I've gotten stronger and I've increased my endurance. I've eaten well (averaging 1300-1400 a day), at the very worst still much better than before I started. But the scale has NOT BUDGED AT ALL except to go UP. My clothes fit the same, if not tighter. I look the same, except now there are more fine wrinkles, especially on my stomach if I bend over. The fat has gone squishy.
Am I doing something wrong? I'm not lying to myself about my food, I write down EVERYTHING and account for every last damn calorie. It's just so annoying to be going through all of this and looking worse.


Thu. Apr 24, 6:15pm

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I am feeling the same way recently - but my story is a little different. I dropped 8 lbs quickly and since then I have been losing and gaining the same 3 lbs for 3 months. I am tired of having to think about my diet, pretty much obsess about it. But I have a group that is awesome and I would miss logging in with them every day. thanks gals :)

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 6:55 PM

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I'm 5' 2-1/2" and my goal weight is 127 lbs. I was this weight before, after having two children, and I looked hot. I have the pictures to prove it. So, my point is, are you at a healthy weight for your body? Are you not losing weight because you don't have any more weight to lose?

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 8:07 PM

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OP here
I definitely have more weight to lose. There are rolls of fat and jiggly arms and thighs. I don't wear the weight well at all and it's very noticeable.

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 8:13 PM

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The plan

Okay here is the deal...

1. You are simply eating too many calories to lose weight. That is undeniable from your results, no discussion - there it is.

2. You need to eat 200 less calories a day, yes you will be a little hungry but oh well tough. fight this by eating nutrient dense foods (little and often) and lots of veggies.

3. If you simply eat 1100-1200 per day you will begin to lose weight. Just do it.

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 10:52 PM

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I was frustrated when I wouldn't see anything on the scale after 6 weeks of really sticking with it and working hard. I wouldn't see a single movement on the scale -- and then one day --6 pounds. Sometimes it happens that way. You see nothing and then all the pounds fall off at once. Just keep at it. Don't get discouraged -- it will happen. Just concentrate on how you feel.

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 11:40 PM

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I want to give up

DON"T give up! The advice of 200 less calories and more veggies is right on the money. My diet plan is 12-1300 calories and I am 5'4". I am on my last 10 crazy painstaking pounds. I feel your pain!
You can do it.
If you feel hungry eat any veggie you can get your hands on. It will work for you...
Of course...I will be needing your support too, I am at the same point and need to take my own advice!

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 11:40 PM

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The less weight you have to lose the harder it is, but if you continue working at it, it probably will all drop off like PP said. When I get to those plateaus I change things up a bit, the last time I added an extra fruit and extra vegetable to my diet, lost 4 lbs that week. You may also want to do measurements because the scale is not always kind, you could be gaining muscle. I'm sure you don't look worse its all in your head.

Friday, April 25, 2008, 8:45 AM

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I'm 5'1", and started my journey at 127 lbs. The first 4 months I spent (all on Peertrainer), I gained 3lbs. Then I slowly started losing. It took me a year and 4 months to lose 15lbs. Now, I've been maintaining 113-115 lbs for the past year and a half, and I'm so happy with what I look like and feel like now.

When you're short, it's harder to lose weight, and takes more time, or more drastic measures (which aren't healthy). If you're noticing a change in the composition of your fat, then you probably are getting rid of some of the fat, and you're seeing more wrinkling because your skin hasn't caught up yet. Keep up with it - you'll see the changes soon!

And, in the meantime, check out your diet. Are you eating a lot of salt? Refined carbs that take up too many calories without being filling at all? When I was losing weight, I really had to cut out foods like Baked Lays and pretzels, because although they're low-cal, the calories weren't filling at all. I ate lots of bun-less burgers though, and still managed to lose. You just have to find what keeps you full and satisfied within a calorie allotment.

When I lost my weight, I was following (and still losely am) 300 calories for breakfast, 500 calories during work (including lunch), and 500 calories after work (including dinner). This way, if I was snacking, etc., then I had to take those calories away from the meal, and it allowed me some flexibility. If I wanted to, I could have a King Size Snickers bar for my lunch (and I did, twice, on two bad days - and they were so fatty that they made me feel sick enough to not even want more food until dinnertime!) But, I dislike being hungry, so for the most part, the budgeting of calories by time of day made it easier to make good, filling choices.

Good luck, you can do it!

Friday, April 25, 2008, 10:22 AM

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I think you've gotten great advise so far. My one thing I'd like to point out is your clearly not happy with yourself at 127lb, yet if you "give up" I can pretty much guarantee you will GAIN weight. Now if worst case scenario you can't lose any more weight would you rather look like you do now or gain 30, 40, 50 lbs and look like that?

Friday, April 25, 2008, 11:14 AM

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OP here.
The measurements haven't changed at all and in some parts it's gotten bigger. I'm definitely goign to be harder on myself about the calories from now on. The interesting thing is that when I lift I get much much hungrier than if I do cardio.

Thanks everyone!

Friday, April 25, 2008, 12:08 PM

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I hear you with "hungrier with weight lifting" Weird huh?

- do 75% cardio and only 25% weights and spread out your meals...

Friday, April 25, 2008, 2:23 PM

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