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so i have 'velcro-fat' and i can't get it off...

so here's a question... how do you all keep things going? i have 6.5 pounds to my next goal, and i'd like to finally reach it (it's taken since August) do you all make sure you have a great weigh in?

I've been at this since May, so I know the 'weight loss basics' but I'm looking for a little boost that might help me keep moving. Ideas? Thank you!

Fri. Nov 10, 9:04am

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Make sure you're getting enough water (AT LEAST 64 oz. per day) - and if you are, increase your intake by 16 oz.
And - no eating after 6:00pm.

If you're already watching what you eat and exercising, those two things should give you a little boost! Good luck!!

Friday, November 10, 2006, 9:45 AM

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What motivates me changes from time to time. I had great motivation from Oct 2005 to March 2006 because I was getting ready for a family reunion. After meeting that goal, my motivation languished a bit until I saw a photo from the reunion and realized I had more work to do. My new goal became a lower weight to put on my driver's license renewal in August 2006. Once I met that goal, then my motivation languished again until I saw the headlines about Kirstie Alley being 145 pounds in a bikini. I cannot allow Kirstie Alley to beat me to that number, so I'm motivated again. To me, motivation seems highly personal and hard to predict.

Friday, November 10, 2006, 9:49 AM

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Mix up your routine. Cut sodium out of your diet.

About no eating after 6 PM - this may depend on your schedule. I personally don't get home until 6:30 some nights, and have a workout ahead of me, and I might not be in bed until midnight. A more reasonable idea might be "no eating three hours before bed, unless you are really starving for some reason."

Friday, November 10, 2006, 10:24 AM

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If you work out, switch it up, try new things.
Also, sometimes if I alternate weeks of eating light breakfast and a bigger breakfast it jump starts my weight loss. Weird, but it works for me!
Good luck to you!

Friday, November 10, 2006, 12:08 PM

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I seem to really go in spurts - I'll lose for awhile and then plateau, lose/plateau, and on and on......

For me to break out of my current plateau I often need to add a new challenge for my body. Very shortly it's going to be skiiing and maybe snowshoeing. Hiking make some big changes to my legs, biking really 'lifted' my behind and toned my thighs. When I added good posture my abs got much flatter, when I added elliptical I saw a lot of additional weight loss because I love to pump up the tunes go at it very intensely.

Cutting diet soda and adding more water helped my past one slump, cutting most refined carbs really got the ball rolling and oddly enough so did adding vitamins - not because vitamins magically caused weight loss, but because they made me more concious of the nutritional value of what I was eating and made me want to eat better (even more fruits & veggies). Adding a little 'good' fat back into my diet has helped me make steadier progress lately - I think in my zeal to lose weight I had cut too much. I'm getting so close now - only 8 pounds to go that it's hard to keep it slow and stead and not get too gung-ho or relax my routine.

Most importantly - keep logging! this way you can measure your progress again your actions and see how you can change things here and there. If you're really stuck you can make your logs public and we can give you feedback on them.

Congrats on your great progress - just a little bit more! (although I know it feels like a lot when it's stubbornly refusing to come off)

Friday, November 10, 2006, 12:22 PM

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Maybe change your eating habits for a week or two. I was in a complete slump, exercising and eating well and not seeing any results. I'd always wanted to try out being vegan so I gave it a go. It really helped me over my plateau. Maybe you could give up wheat or dairy or meat or eat raw foods for a week. You also might find some new favorite foods like I did!

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 12:36 PM

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