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grace for the dieting girl

March 23, 2012: 165lbs – 22lbs lost (still.)

I’m stuck at 165. Positively stuck. I don’t mean like a week of no change and whatever, I mean a week of no change which lit a fire under me so it was followed by a week and a half of busting my butt, following my Medifast nursing mothers plan, making all the right choices and still no change.

That groan you heard this morning at 7:45 central time? That was me looking down at the scale to see the same exact number I’ve seen for 17 straight days.

They told me this would happen. I can’t pretend I wasn’t warned about the possibility of a plateau, but honestly, I had 2 and a half solid months of consistent success where I could do the actions and see the results, cause and effect, clear as day. And you guys, here’s the thing. I haven’t changed those habits. Sure, I’ve eaten some cookies, but I had those before, too, as long as they fit into my daily calories.

Wracking my brain, the only change I can see in my choices these last 2 weeks is perhaps poor water intake. Is that enough to stall what was very consistent results?

::kicks dirt::

It is such a frustrating reality, and it kind of reminds me of where I was mentally before December 27th when I started Medifast: I feel like I don’t understand the whole equation – food, calories, weight, exercise, body composition/percent body fat… I felt helpless to actually control it. Too many variables, I told myself. There’s nothing I can really do.

When I started tracking my choices, following a clear plan, eating Medifast meals, and actually seeing that what I chose to put in my body made a difference, it was so liberating. So empowering. So exciting.

(Except now it’s not making a difference. And it’s so frustrating.)

Don’t worry, friends. I’m sticking it out. I am. I will be on this plan until I hit my goal weight (25 more pounds to go!), so help me. I have rewards out in front of me, a supportive husband, an awesome Medifast nutritionist, an online community of other Medifast bloggers, and of course, you, friends and readers (who are friends I just haven’t met yet) all cheering me on.

Which I kind of need right now.

::sigh::

My Journey to Health:

March 23, 2012: 165lbs

March 8, 2012: 165lbs

February 29, 2012: 166lbs

January 30, 2012: 174lbs

December 30, 2011, 187 lbs

22 lbs lost!

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How am I losing that weight, you ask? Medifast!! If you use the coupon code, OFAMILY56, and sign up for Medifast Advantage, when you order $250+, you’ll receive 56 free Medifast Meals and free shipping! (More details at the bottom of this post.)

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Nursing Mothers Program. I will only ever tell you how I actually feel about this experience and the Medifast products. Pinky swearsies. I am supposed to tell you that the Medifast Program is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness and that any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs. K, you got that? Good. There will be a quiz later.

22 Responses to “grace for the dieting girl”

  1. MamaBear

    those darn numbers on the scale that can be so motivating can also be our worst enemy in the weight loss journey. When this happens to me i remind myself that it’s about health and FEELING better about my body every step even when the scale doesnt cooperate. It sounds like you have the right frame of mind Allison – keep up the great work! You have been an inspiration to me as i work off those last baby pounds – i have two stubborn pounds to go.

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  2. Tiffany @MomNom

    Don’t let it discourage you. Drink (even) more water. Cut out some foods that you are eating a lot of and replace them with something else. Change the times that you’re eating up. Try a new workout. Maybe even play with your calorie intake some….small changes can often trigger your body to let go of weight again.

    You are doing this!!!

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  3. Lisa

    I’ve learned that with plateaus, you have to shock your body with something different. Change your workout – and do it twice that day. I’ve been at a plateau since about October of last year – but within the last month, I’m finally starting to come down again after going to two workouts a day (hard with a 2 year old!) and adding foods that I haven’t eaten before – oatmeal! every! day! We’re at the same weight! My goal is 145 or a size 8 – which ever comes first! You can do it!

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  4. Elizabeth

    You can do it! I bet you are gaining muscle and losing fat. I read that 5 lb of fat looks like 3 grapefruits whereas 5 lb of muscle like 3 oranges. I agree with switching up your workout. Are you doing intervals? Rotate going 1 min really fast and 3 normal or something like that. And keep drinking water! You can do it!!

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  5. kati

    i’ve been working out and counting calories for 2 full months, and i’ve only lost a total of 3 lbs. the scale has been constantly fluctuating: this week – down a pound, next week – up 2 lbs., etc. i know how incredibly frustrating those numbers can be. i may have even cried over them once (or three times).

    are you seeing results in other areas? are you taking measurements of your body to track changes in it’s size? how are your clothes fitting? (i’m on my 4th belt loop – one more and i need a new belt!) the scale isn’t necessarily an accurate gauge of what’s going on in your body, even if it’s the easiest one to check and see results.

    keep going! you’re doing so great! follow the advice you’re getting here, and you’ll break through this plateau soon enough.

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  6. Candace

    This post was so perfectly timed! Last night I broke down after my workout/weighing myself. I too haven’t most a pond in a few weeks and it’s soo frustrating! I’m eating so healthy and doing the elliptical, and I’m at a stand-still. With 20lbs to go. It seems impossible sometimes that I’ll lose this weight. None of my pre-baby clothes fit and my baby is almost 9 months old! I’m so glad I’m not alone and that you’re in these trenches too. I know that it just takes time, and that it will happen, but sometimes I just get discouraged. Hang in there Mama!! I’m right here with ya!

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  7. Suzanne

    Oh mama, I was SO there at 22 lbs (and now I’m right back there at 29 lbs). It took FOREVER to get past that number and I’ll admit I let it get to me. Who cares if I eat these cookies, I can’t lose anymore. Who cares if I skip my workout, it’s not helping. And that made the plateau last even longer! But eventually my body remembered how to burn fat and the pounds started to sloooowly melt off. I think the closer we get to our “ideal” weight the harder it is to lose – your body (especially as a nursing mom) wants to make sure you’re not starving and is reluctant to let go of all its reserves. But you are working SO HARD and so good at sticking to the plan I know you’ll break through soon!

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  8. Katie Steiner

    Well OBVIOUSLY your scale must be broken! ;)

    But in all seriousness, I’ve been at that plateau before, and I remember how frustrating it was! Don’t lose hope, remember that your health is more important than the scale. Maybe your body needs to take a break from burning so much fat! If you lose weight too quickly, you can have complications like gall stones (that was me 3 years ago!). Focus on your long-term health, no matter what the scale says! You’ve done SO GREAT so far, keep it up!

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  9. Stephanie

    Aww… that’s so frustrating! I can totally relate. I’ve been counting calories since January and I’ve been losing about a pound a week, which is huge for me, HUGE. Except, I seem to have hit a plateau the last week or two. I haven’t seen any loss despite doing the same (right) things. Someone once told me that it often happens that your body plateaus if you hit a weight that you were at for a while in your life and that seems to be true in my experience. I’m pushing through and sticking with my plan. I’m super annoyed because I’m getting really close to my (first) goal, ~5lbs to go. I’m really hoping to see some loss next week!

    Hang in there and give yourself a big pat on the back for making healthy choices despite what the evil scale has to say about it. I hope you see some progress soon!

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  10. Susan

    I too am on Medifast – although I must admit I haven’t been completely religious about sticking to it. Something about working 14 hours a day right now make it difficult and I fall into “but I’m working so hard i deserve a treat” mode way to easily. I lost 5 pounds, then 2 more. Then I gain 1.8 back and then added 3 more. So now I’m just doing my best to not lose my patience at work and once tax season is over, I will try again.

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  11. the Blah Blah Blahger

    Gosh, this is a constant struggle and journey for so many women! The scale can really mess with our mojo!

    All I can say is when the dreaded plateau hits, I have to change things up. Usually, I’ll do something different with my exercise routine. Drinking water helps, as well as evaluating what time of the day I’m feeling most snacky.

    Hang in there!!!

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  12. Megan

    You shouldn’t be weighing yourself every day, girl. That can cause a lot of turmoil for you.

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  13. Amanda

    Have you been keeping track of wait/hip/arm measurements or working towards fitting into something in particular? I try not to make my goals 100% weight-based because the numbers can become very frustrating . . I’m sure you’ve been losing inches these past few weeks, so focus on that! :)

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  14. Antje

    I am by no means an expert, but on Biggest Loser they say that when you plateau it’s time to shock your body by changing up your workouts. Good luck! Don’t get discouraged, you’re doing amazing work taking good care of your body!

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  15. Marta

    Three years ago almost (god I can’t believe it was that long ago) I lost 25 lbs and got to my goal weight and went through 2 plateaus to get there. It sucks a lot. Especially because its losing the lbs that gives you the motivation. What I did to get past it is just do something completely different. I went from mostly cardio to almost entirely circuit training. It made a huge difference. Now (18 months post partum already) I just started dieting/exercising again. It’ll be one week tomorrow. I have more to lose than I did last time because to get back to my goal weight from 3 years ago I have 35 lbs to lose. I’m also trying to get to 140! I know we live pretty close to each other if you ever want to go for a run/brisk walk sometime I’d love to!

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  16. Marlies

    Plateaus SUCK!!!! I have learnt that adding a bit of protein powder to a shake or something usually helps get the ball rolling again :) Try it out… if you are allowed!! (Or else instead of a cookie)! Also try doing your exercise routine backwards!! Don’t always follow the same pattern because then your body gets accustomed to it :)

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  17. Kallysa Hollis

    The numbers on the scales might not be changing at the moment but just remember you are making exciting lifestyle changes that you will be reaping the benefits of in other ways too! Oh and don’t forget you’re probably still losing inches too!

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  18. Jessica

    Ugh, that darn scale! As difficult as it is, stay focused. You WILL bust through this plateau.

    Definitely add more water and try a new workout at a different time of the day. Perhaps trick your body and change the times you eat as well as the foods you are eating. See if it makes a difference. If you are eating your L&G for dinner, try switching it for breakfast or lunch.

    Also, keep focusing on the positive aspects of your journey. You are making healthy lifestyle changes, losing inches, most likely feeling great (despite the frustration of the scale) and making tremendous progress already. Keep your chin up, you’re doing awesome.

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  19. Andrew from LPN Training

    You can do it! 165lbs is just a plateau phase that will disappear sooner than later. All you need to do is give it one extra hard push to get things going again. Oh and my gym instructor always tells me to work out till I feel the “burn”, feel free to make your own interpretations on that.

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  20. ashley doner

    You should look at pictures of yourself at the beginning of this journey and where you are now when you feel discouraged. You can definitely see a difference, so even if you do plateau for a little bit, there’s much to smile about!

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  21. Lindsey

    I started reading your blog when I joined Medifast just 4 short weeks ago! I was so encouraged by your blog as you were showing such fantastic results and I was hopeful mine would be similar! (Plus I enjoyed hearing from a fellow Minnesotan!) Go back through and read some of your old posts and remember how great it felt to step on that scale or get your measurements. I think you’ll get a little motivation from that! You also might consider going to the actual weight loss clinic as it is a great way to hold yourself accountable (not sure if you’re doing that already).

    I’ve been on Medifast for 4 weeks and I’m down 13.2 lbs! To put it in perspective it took me 6 weeks to lose 7lbs on Weight Watchers and I lost double that in less time on Medifast. The program does work if you are super strict with it…since Feb 1st I’m down 20 lbs and my BMI is down 2 full points! I know that program is a little daunting and the food gets old at times but it is worth it! I’m trying to lose weight to have my first baby so I totally know how much of a struggle it can be! Keep up the great work and don’t beat yourself up too much!

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