25lbs to go but I'm losing momentum.

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25lbs to go but I'm losing momentum.
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Wed, 04-30-2014 - 10:40am

Hi everyone. I hope you don't mind me jumping in. I haven't been around in a few years, life has been busy. I was 300lbs at my heaviest, but now I'm down to 200lbs. It's taken me 2 years to lose that weight.  I have 25lbs to go to my goal but after all this time I just don't feel up to it to keep going. I know it's possible, but I feel like I've hit a plateau. And weight loss is not easy for me. I gain weight just looking at food, so it's an every day battle and I'm getting tired of it. 

Just sort of hoping to get some BTDT advice or something. 

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Wed, 04-30-2014 - 3:26pm

Welcome! You've been given some great advice and there really isn't anything I'd add! 100lbs is awesome! You should be so proud of that! The last few are always the toughest which is always a downer — but you're in the final stretch!!

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Wed, 04-30-2014 - 4:12pm

First of all, CONGRATS on your 100 lb loss ! It's an excellent achievement ! Now you are at a point where you can almost see the finish line. It's quite natural to hit a plateau at this stage. I myself are a very slow loser and I hit walls every now and than. But trust me, you can break this bar. There are a few tricks that usually work --

1. Calculate your daily caloric need for  your current weight and adjust your diet accordingly.

2. If you're eating too less, up the calories for a week or two, that helps a lot.

3. Change your exercise routine. Your body gets accustomed to a routine when you do it for a long time. It then burns fewer calories even you do the same amount of work . So if you run, switch to swimming, or biking or some thing else.

4. Do you weight train at all? The more muscles you put on, the faster your metabolism will be. If you do a cardio only routine, it's high time to start weight trainig (2-3 times a week). If you already weight train, change the plan and do new movements. Or switch form machine to free weights, or cables.

5. Take a break for a week. Give your body a little time to think that it's off the hook, and then start a new work out plan. That will shock your body and make it burn more calories. 

6. Stay stress free. Don't worry too much about not losing it fast enough. You have come a long way, and you can do the rest of it too. Don't get impatient at this stage. Stay positive and your motivation will come back. Just remind yourself that  today or tomrrow, you're gonna get there.

Hope this helps a bit.

And I love your profile picture Smile

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Registered: 07-04-2006
Thu, 05-01-2014 - 12:58pm
Congratulations on your AMAZING accomplisgment! When I hit a plateau I step away from th scale for a bit. Sometimes it plays tricks on us and do not underestimate the impact stress and mood can have on your weight loss journey. Also really zone in on what you are eating and if it is enough. Unfurtunately people have gotten into the mindset that you can't go above 1200 calories to lose weight. False! Your body needs fuel (food) to break down fat and build muscle. So eat clean (stay away from procesed and artificial foods) and eat enough. Also, use a fitness tracker throughout the day to know what your body is burning. You may be surprised! The BodyBugg is awesome for this. Take a breath and trust the process. You have come this far and you will go further! :)
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Registered: 01-25-2013
Thu, 05-01-2014 - 1:18pm

Amazing!! You have come so far-congrats to you. Are you exercising? If so, shake up your exercise a little by trying something new like a new class at your gym or jogging. It may help motivate you again.