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Am I Serious?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

While the discussion debates continue online whether Obesity being a disease or not, I am also having discussions with myself on whether the reason I seem to lose 3-4 pounds, and then nothing for 4 - 6 weeks is due to a set point issue. It’s been 4 weeks since I last dropped 1 pound despite my efforts with tracking, measuring, and movement. And while I’ve had some really nice NSV … I seem to be so focused on the scale and want to reach 50 lbs lost by July 2 – this would be one year since I came back to SP.

I don't think SP adheres to this (set point) theory, but my pattern has been going on and when I keep hitting these weight loss stalls - I am tempted to leave the program, and it takes a lot of will to stay the course. Yes, losing weight when older is harder to do. For me, I cannot stop or take a holiday because that will lead into the weight gain oblivion.

Set Point is this according to some fitness sites:

Most people reach a set point (aka weight plateau) when they lose around 10% -20% increments of their current weight. The idea is that if you wish to re-set your set point, you need to maintain your new weight for at least 6 months. (YIKES!) Increase your calorie intake to your maintenance number or high end of your range (for me it is about 1600 - 1700 calories) while maintaining your current level of exercise and sleeping for 8 hours a night. After 6 months of maintenance (or longer), you can encourage weight loss again by decreasing your intake or by keeping your calorie intake constant and increasing your output via physical activity. Losing weight by this method may take longer, but it is more likely to produce permanent results.

With a set point, it's like my body hunkers down into a waiting/debating contest with me, thinking "is she serious about losing this time? I think I'll just stay where I am till I know whether she really means business this time. “ Can’t blame my ego/body, as I've lost and regained enough over the years to feed a village.

So, I will continue with my tracking, weighing and movement and announce to my ego (or anyone else who cares to listen) - Darn Right I am Serious!

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    Thanks for raising this issue. I have not been losing in the last month . . . I have lost the same 1 lb over and over. Your blog is so helpful as are the comments and thoughts shared by others. It is more difficult to stay on course without the motivation of pounds lost (or in my case tiny increments lost) and I have to fight with myself to stick to the tracking. I am going to look into the set point, because I experienced this a few months ago after I cracked one-derland.
    The set point theory is interesting and maybe that is where our bodies are at right now. I'm glad you're not letting it get you down and you continue to stay strong! As for me, I think I need to review the benefits I've experienced in the last couple of months.
    2643 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Jackie, It's also very hot here and even with our AC on it's still hot to me. . .I I do like the sunshine but it's too hot recently for m emoticon
    I can't imagine being happy with my weight and try to maintain it for 6 months without expecting to lose a few pounds every couple of weeks. I've been Sparking for 3 1/2 years and I've never seriously thought about quitting as I know myself well enough that that would spell Disaster for me. Even though it's taken me years to do what you've been able to do in a year. I still feel like I'll get to my healthy weight even if I'm 102 by then--LOL! I've learned nothing quick sticks with me as much as plodding away and remembering how far I've come and the many NSS victories I've enjoyed. Today at my Dr's office I thought of how I used to dread getting up on the exam table as it's kind of a stretch for me and I'm always afraid of losing my balance. Well, another NSV as I had no fear or problem getting myself up there and down again. . .it's these small non-scale victories that keep me motivated to continue on. You have to be so proud of all you've accomplished getting healthier and moving better plus a breath away from the 50# Goal. Recently I've been losing the internet and my son and I share a wireless connection via a Router. I need to call Verizon and find out how much it would cost to replace it. So, until I get paid which hopefully is tomorrow we just have to be on when we can. I am very Proud of You and so happy your looking and feeling Good. You are Awesome in my book! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2645 days ago
    I see where you're coming from. Definitely makes sense.

    But I think you have made so much progress, you've come so far, your NSVs have been terrific. Smaller sizes. Better mobility.

    Yes, I know you're serious about losing the weight, getting healthier and feeling better.

    It's so hard. I've also been told that when you hit these 'set points' or 'plateaus' your body thinks you're starving it.

    Keep up the good work.
    2646 days ago
    Believe you can and you're halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt

    OK Jackie...let's stop any negative thoughts right now! You know you can lose this weight. You've proven it to yourself and everyone else!

    Now...let's think positively! I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE!
    2647 days ago
    It kind of makes sense. I lost about 30 pounds 2 years ago and then stalled... more due to my lack of dedication. Now that I'm re-motivated, I am losing again.
    2647 days ago
    Jackie O'akley, who are you kidding? You know as well as I do that there is no way that you would quit after coming so far. You're not a quitter and I'm sure you have never been in any capacity of your life. It will move, believe me. You have no idea how long it has been for me. So, I would say in the next week the scale will move and you will be down the 50# by the 2nd. ((hugs)) Noel
    2647 days ago
    Sounds about right Jackie--But I don't want to stay at this weight so I will keep fighting no matter how long it takes. So will you!

    Hugs, Gail
    2647 days ago
  • NEWME1027
    I belonged to Weight Watcher some time back. Our leader would suggest when the plateaus happen to change something. Possibly eat a few more calories. I know I know sounds crazy. Change what foods you are eating or type of exercise. Our bodies are smarter than we are so she would say we have to be tricky to get it moving again! Best of health to you.
    2647 days ago
    Each and everyone of us is different.

    You have to do what works for you.

    Take what you weigh right now and multiply that by 12 and that is the top range of your calories to maintain your current weight and anything under that will cause you to lose.

    You have to try different eating patterns and food patterns and activity patterns and levels and never forget how good you feel with exercising and eating more healthy.

    You should be able to figure out what works for you and what does not work.

    Keep on experimenting but just don't give up or quit because the feeling of good health is too good to throw away. emoticon
    2647 days ago
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