My fire has begun to dwindle :(

Sunday, March 20, 2011

If you are anything like me, you probably dread weigh-in days. You can’t sleep the night before because you are analyzing your every workout and meal over the past week. You often find yourself saying “In retrospect that small cookie probably wasn’t something I should have eaten” or maybe “I was as sore as you-know-what but did I really push myself as far/hard as I could go?” For me, weigh ins on Saturday mornings can either make or break my day.

For the past 3 Saturdays I have stepped on the scale and seen the exact same number. 195.4 . That stupid number haunts me day in and day out. I don’t know what’s wrong. I work my butt off at the gym, I practically eat like a rabbit, but yet I’m still not seeing results on the scale or in my clothing. I feel like I’ve tried everything. I refuse to give up because I know I’m better than that even on my worst day. It’s just incredibly frustrating to work so hard at something and not see any results.

For some reason I feel like my fire has dwindled. I can’t seem to get motivated even though I’ve tried everything. I’ve bought new clothes that are smaller sizes to motivate myself to work out so I will one day fit into them. I’ve made a list of things (that are not food) that I will treat myself too once I’ve hit a certain weight (usually in 5 pound increments). I’ve taken before pictures and have even started a weight loss scrap book. I just don’t know how to get motivated again. I’ve been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember and nothing is working. I’ve been checked medically and the doctors have reported nothing. I’m not going to give up but I’m afraid that if I don’t start to see results soon that I’ll just fall off the band wagon for good. They say the definition of insane is doing something over and over again and expecting different results. I work out hard and eat healthy day in and day out. I don’t see results but yet I still continue. Am I insane?
Has anyone else ever had this problem? If so I would LOVE to know how you solved it :)

God Bless
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    It can be so frustrating when that silly scale doesn't tell us what we want to hear. So many of us have been there. And, it can be really hard to stay motivated. But, KNOW that you can do it!

    Maybe you should try to switch things up... if you usually run on a treadmill, take your workout outside for a hike, or try a new sport. Once your body gets used to a routine, your exercise won't be quite as effective when it comes to weight loss. I try to vary my workouts all the time, that way I always keep my body guessing. Plus, trying something new CAN BE really fun!

    I also want to encourage you to look at a few other indicators of progress. Have you taken your measurements? Sometimes when your body is building muscle while you lose weight, the number on the scale may stay the same, but you can lose INCHES! Notice how your clothes fit. Notice things that you are capable of... things you may not have been able to do before. There are so many ways to gauge success... so many more than JUST the number on the scale.

    Don't lose hope. Continue to reach out when you need help. We are all here for you, and you can do this!

    3742 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7362713
    I totally feel your pain. I was just there! I was at that same plateau for 5, yes 5 weigh ins. And yes, like you, I threatened to quit. But something I noticed over those 5 weeks, I was getting smaller, and my clothes looser.

    If you truly are working out hard, keep in mind that muscle really does weigh more than fat. Sometimes your body just has to catch up.

    Good luck!
    3742 days ago
    I am with the others. Are you eating enough?
    3742 days ago
  • SBEAR5
    Well, like the previous two posters, I wonder if you're eating enough. sounds crazy, but if you're not eating enough and working out so hard, your body is going to hang on to that fat because it thinks it's starving. HOWEVER... if you are eating well, then you've hit a plateau... it's frustrating. And if that is the case, it's time to change things up. Change one of your cardio routines for something different. Our bodies get used to the same motions, and so those certain exercises will be less effective overtime. More info here:

    Hope this helps!
    3742 days ago
    Make sure you are eating enough calories a day. This can stop you weight loss. I stayed at 163 for almost a month before it finally changed. Don't give up. It will happen. Focus more on yourself and not so much on the scale. I know you can do it.
    3743 days ago
    Hi there! I'm so sorry you are frustrated with your progress. Define "eating like a rabbit". Are you at least meeting the minimum level of your recommended range of calories and fat? Sometimes not eating enough can cause the scale to stand still. If you're not eating enough, don't be afraid of food. Food=fuel!
    3743 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.