Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hmmmm.

Still 199. What gives?

I think my body has gotten so used to the same old same old thing that it is just not responding like it used to.

It gets a little discouraging sometimes. I get fired up and work hard at something that I believe will help me shed the pounds... like when I started exercising again, or just staying on plan with my eating... and then when I go a week or two with no losses, I feel frustrated. I want to see some good coming of my efforts.

I am thinking about starting Transition before March 1. My whole reason for staying with the 5 & 1 Plan through February was to try and kick off a good chunk of weight before changing things again. But the scale is not budging.

Step 1 for Transition is just adding 2 extra veggie servings, but they can be starchy veggies that I have not been eating (like winter squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, green peas). Once I add those, my calories and carbs will be high enough to support a good amount of exercise.

Maybe it is pointless to wait until March 1. I am going to mull it over.

21 comments:

InWeighOverMyHead said...

I am sure they told you at Medifast that stalls are normal. I had my stomach cut out for craps sake and for FIVE weeks after surgery I didn't lose a pound. :) The body will try to hold on to the fat. You know what is best for you, but if you continue to eat right, at some point, the scale will go down. In the mean time, focus on celebrating your healthy habits and good choices. It really is about health right? Not the scale. The scale comes in time...

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I've been reading your blog lately as I am also on Medifast. How long have you been stalled at 199 with close-to-100% on plan? I ask because I know how hard Medifast is and how discouraging it can be.

Anonymous said...

Keep going! You have made many good choices. I know how discouraging the scale can be. I have stayed at the same weight for over six months. I have only few pounds to loose so it is not a big deal. Still I have tryed my best. But I keep thinking that every day with healthy choises is a big deal to my body.

Anonymous said...

Give it a week of being as OP as possible? You posted that you had a carb (toast) a few days ago, so maybe its water weight.

I'm in a similar boat in that I've been struggling lately, but I really just want to give it my all and achieve what I set out to achieve. We are rooting for you!

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

The first 2 weeks of January I was 100% on plan, no weight loss. The next 3 weeks I had some off plan food every couple of days. Not huge amounts but enough to screw things up. I find you really have to stay on plan without messing around to see the weight come off on Medifast, but when I have stayed on plan I generally was losing 7 pounds a month on average.

Melisa said...

Don't give up! Stick to it. Adding more calories, even if they are just starchy vegetables will likely not help the scale move down. Stay strong - you know sometimes these plateaus can happen, though they are frustrating!!

Lori said...

Oh my! I am so sorry. I have felt that frustration all too often myself.

Do what you need to do to avoid more mental gymnastics.

If you start the transition now and it doesn't work, you can always go back, right?
Lori

Diandra said...

That's just numbers. You are doing something to repair the damage all those past years of bad eating and excess weight have done to your body - every day, with every good choice you make. (I have been around my current weight for more than six months, despite exercise and pretty good eating... still not giving up.)

Lindsey said...

Hi Lyn,my coach told me that once you are 10 pounds away, it is good to start transition. You lose weight much slower the final 10 pounds to your goal. Your body is rebelling against reaching the end. I haven't lost in awhile either, but I starte weight training and I think that will take care of my thigh jiggle that still remains.

mk said...

There IS good coming from your efforts! You're STILL 199! That's wonderful! Be gentle with yourself, and count anything that isn't a gain a success. :)

Anonymous said...

Ha! I am on a liquid diet 600 cals a day and 5 weeks after starting.... stall!! Medifast, weight watchers, Atkins, whatever, this still seems to happen. I feel like you have dotted the "i"s and crossed the "t"s if your body is still telling you, no dice, listen to it. At my program they will take you off the VLCD if you don't lose after a certain period of time because their evidence shows that after a certain point, your body just will not lose unless you transition up to more calories, even if you go back down later.

Karen said...

Well, what ever you do, do it full force- don't be moderate.

Either stay on MF and stay as close to 100% as you can (might be good if you are on a weight plateau)- power past that plateau while you have the 2 weeks.

Or transition now. If you choose MF transistion, follow that to the T so you don't back track too far out of Onderland.

Weight plateaus happen- MF or no MF. It's the perseverance to stay on your plan and keep going- that's where you can achieve what it is you are looking for.

Good luck and I wish you the best. :) Karen P

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, transition! I guess I feel as though more fuel for exercise may help you build muscle mass to speed your metabolism? The medifast maintainence plan really does sound quite healthy. Do you think you may see strangeness on the scale in transition until your metabolism recalibrates?

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you haven't been sticking to diet lately, so not too surprising about no weight loss. Also, stress really prevents weight loss too. Also, have you been exercising? If not you can't expect the scale to change.

Sometimes it's not about the number either, it's about how you feel, being more energetic, and looking better in clothes.

Anyway, I do wish you good luck with your journey!

MizFit said...

our bodies fight us sometimes huh?
I find I so need to keep things changing now JUST TO KEEP THE BODY THE SAME.

lisa~sunshine said...

I think you should transition now but I agree with a lot of what is posted here..
If you do decide to do it.. make sure you transition 100% on plan.. Does Medifast tell you anything about what will happen with the scale while transitioning? I think the scale may go up a few pounds due to eating starchy carbs which will add water weight and glycogen to your muscles.. I think your body will adjust but it maybe a bit of a emotional time.. during this time don't feel like things aren't working.. which is why I think you need to stick to the plan 100% and believe in what you are doing.. I know you believe in the healthy eating plan you have layed out and shown us and so do I.. I also think the increased activity will be good for you..
Either way.. I'll be happy to see you move onto new things when your ready..

Erika said...

I guess maybe I don't have the same stalls as other people do? When I am 100% eating on plan (which for me is tons of veggies, moderate lean protein, moderate fruit, moderate whole grains, limited organic dairy, 1200 calories a day) and moderate-vigorous exercise I ALWAYS lose weight. Always, always, always, always. For 2 years. Whenever I don't it's because I cheat. I either go off plan or I don't workout. It's so predictable for me, maybe not so for others?

I do agree with the other poster who said whatever you do, do it 100%. Your body isn't going to change in 2 weeks and I know that is frustrating.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lyn, have you tried doing all shakes and/or creamy soups or cold drinks? I switched it up that way and have lost 4 pounds this week after nothing for a few weeks! You've got to be 100% on plan for it to work though, so if you aren't, and are adding things like cheese, peanut butter, etc, then it won't work.

-kb1968

Jennie DiLeo said...

I used Medifast to lose 45 pounds and I still use many of the products now that I've been in maintenance for many months. You need to do the 5-&-1 plan... the MEDIFAST 5-&-1 plan not the Lyn's Version Of The Medifast 5-&-1 plan. Be true to THE PLAN and it will be true to you. But truthfully, it just sounds to me like you want to do it your way and move on into Transition just so you can eat different foods. Let's be honest, that's not going to do a thing toward getting you down to your goal weight but you want change and that's that. Each time I read your entries I can clearly see that you're scrambling for something that'll work for you but you're not being honest with yourself and committing 100% to sticking with something long enough for it... or anything... to "work".

Find the commitment that got you down from 278. Find it and do that exact same committed routine again. Then and only then will you actually lose again.

But then again, you know all this.

Lyn said...

Jennie~

two years is long enough.

Jamie Mckay said...

I've been reading your blog posts and all the eating plans and arrangements and it all seems much too complicated. Personally, if I was worrying so much about my food, I would get discouraged when I wasn't perfect and then end up overeating. No matter how much we want to or tell ourselves it's possible... it is impossible to be perfect. That goes for eating too. I just accept that when it comes to food, there is something deep rooted inside my head that is damaged and the best I can do is eat healthy food and exercise a LOT. All the worrying about starchy vegetables and plans starting on this exact day would be too much for me handle because my LIFE gets in the way of all that stuff. Just my thoughts :) I love your blog and your progress and you are very motivating :)