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Weekends let me down

Im good all week and then the weekend comes and I cannot be as strict with myself. Im exercising 3-4 times a week but am not losing anything. Im 132lbs and want to be 125lbs. Im 5'4'' so im not overweight but im not completely happy. Any really good advise other then the usual,obvious stuff?

Sun. May 18, 12:44pm

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everything I've read and heard is that those last 5 - 10 lbs are the HARDEST and require the strictest adherence to your plan to lose! If you are not strict, two days a week, it seems that for your body that's enough to create maintenance. How long have you been stuck here? (I'm assuming of course that 125 is not underweight for your height.)

I go to Weight Watcher's meetings and all the advice about plateau's, over and over again, is that you need to shake up your routine somehow - change what you are doing for exercise ... how many calories you intaking should vary somewhat from day to day ... even changing up the time of day you exercise ... anything to get your body out of it's routine .

also there was a woman at meetings who was significantly more over-weight than you describe yourself to be, who said that she never tracked what she ate, ONE day a week, her weigh in day ... that worked for her for along time and then she hit a wall. I guess for her body, the #'s just didn't work out for a loss with only 1 day a week of not being really strict. She said she didn't binge that day, just had one day that she was free of thinking about it.

Even at my weight - and I'm a lot bigger than you - I can undo my whole weeks work if I let myself go on a weekend.

Good Luck and share if you find what clicks for you b/c when I get there I'll be needing the info too!!! :)

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 3:40 PM

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I don't know what the "usual, obvious stuff" is for you. But, there is no other advice than the obvious, I guess.

If you aren't losing, you have to eat less and burn more. If 3-4 times a week isn't enough, than you have to exercise 5-6 times. If not being strict on the weekend isn't enough, than log everything you eat on the weekend and count the calories like it's any other day.

Work out harder. Lift weights. Try a different activity. Go for an extra 25 min walk every day. Eat more vegetables.

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 6:26 PM

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Agree, the 'obvious stuff' usually does the trick!

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 7:00 PM

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about the weekends start refering to the end of theweek as STRONG END..just because its the end of teh weak doesntmean it gives us teh right to go nuts and eat whatever we want and undo all we have worked for within the week..

think to yourself .. doI really need that, al I really hungry.. treat yourself now and than but do it in moderation.. ifyou want pizza have it buthave a slice with ahuge salad.. we dont have to eat four slices of pizza.. same with cake a sliver will satisfy that swet tooth. you dont need a huge piece of cake to enjoy the taste.

just remember why your doing this.. what makes teh weekend any different than all week? do your goals chnage over the weekend? do you still want to do what you need to do to achieve your goal.. these are things I think tohelp me keep myself in check..

not judging anyone. yoru choices are just that yours.. so make wise healthy ones..remember this is a lifestyle chnage.. not just a quick fix dfiet.

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 9:51 PM

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By obvious stuff I think I meant what I dont want to hear. Lol. I guess the miracle solution isnt going to appear and its just hard work. o be honest the heaviest ive ever been is 145 and the least is 115 and to lose that I became single. Ha. Now im living with someone again and as you can see its crept up a bit. Im just going to have to be tough on myself and maybe even leave the room when my other half and son are eating something that I really shouldnt.

Its so hard when food tastes so good. And you know its true, the best tasting food is the worst for you.

Monday, May 19, 2008, 5:36 AM

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Question...shouldnt we be upping our caloric intakes on some days to "fool" our bodies so our metabolism doesnt get used to a certain amount? Im not advocating total weekend binges, but how horrible is 1 or 2 days going above our "normal" calories?

Monday, May 19, 2008, 8:37 AM

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Yes, by 200-300 calories. But I could easily eat 700-800 calories extra with a couple desserts on the weekends. And two days of that basically erases any loss during the week.

Monday, May 19, 2008, 8:42 AM

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If your reason for eating like you do on the weekends is because your bored and have nothing better to do, then go out with your significant other and son and go to the park, enjoy yourself. Plan your weekends to keep you occupied and away from the kitchen and when you want to settle down and relax just remember eating a bag of cookies is not worth it. Good luck. I have the same problem but when I am away home I have no trouble saying no to the food.

Monday, May 19, 2008, 8:50 AM

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something that works for me is to make sure that I get in a workout first thing on both mornings of the weekend. I find it helps curb my appetite, and since I've set the tone of the day to be healthy, I'm less likely to eat a bunch of crap. Also, it makes it harder to eat or drink a lot of junk on Friday and Saturday nights if I've committed to a hard workout Saturday and Sunday mornings.

I have more time for being active on the weekends, so I use it! That way, when I eat too much dessert, I've already made up for it in my workout.

Monday, May 19, 2008, 9:26 AM

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OP this is such a good question !

That is a huge tough problem - I would say that to help, focus on getting some healthy meals that you are going to eat on the weekends ready in advace so that you have a plan - you have to have a PLAN for the weekend meals and stick to it!
For me it is eating a small healthy breakfast to get off on the right foot (1/2 cup shredded wheat n' bran with skim milk and sliced strawberries and then for lunch and dinner try to stick to 600 calories and NO SNACKING AT ALL !
(If you plan and stay focused you won't fail)

Monday, May 19, 2008, 10:38 AM

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