Slow but steady

I was too frustrated to post a loss of 100 g last week. It hardly seemed worth it. This week has seen a further drop of 700 g, bringing me to the grand total of 20 kg lost since I started on this journey in Jan 2015. I know I really should celebrate that, but I'm finding it tough going at the moment and had hoped I would be further down the road at this point in 2016. I have finally, finally worked off what I put on during a holiday in November and over Christmas. So now making inroads into my blubber again. And guess what - this time next week I'm off on holiday again. And experience says the last weeks' work will go straight back on again.

On the other hand I now have a normal BMI and that makes it difficult to lose. My body has obviously got used to all the exercise I am subjecting it to, I need to shake it up a bit. But I'm at a bit of a loss what to do. Whatever it is it needs to fit in with my routine. Swimming takes too long. Fitness studios are damned expensive in Germany and I don't like the thought much anyway (bit of a loner). Having just completed the C25k programme I would like to concentrate on running. But I fear that will not be enough.

So a bit of a quandary at the moment. 😈


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  • Have you considered a change of paradigm? "I'm so enjoying what I'm doing and eating at the moment, and as an added bonus I've lost a little weight too". If that isn't the case, then change something.

  • I think that might be the way to go! There's enough evidence around to show that the more "mature" lady is actually at her most healthy when her BMI is slightly above the normal level.

    I would like to be the lean and mean girl I was until the age of 30, but that probably aint gonna happen!

    Thanks for the support!

  • I was recently reading, can't remember where but generally read from reliable sources, that though people who do moderate exercise burn more calories than those who do little or none, those who do a lot don't burn any more than the moderate people. I agree with Concerned you have done really well to lose the 20 kg and you will be so much fitter and healthier. It must be very frustrating to be stuck at this point, and I can't talk as I'm quite a way off that point myself but I'm impressed with your achievements β˜€οΈ

  • Thanks. The loss was based on calorie-counting, increased exercise (mostly just walking), carb reduction (but nothing too serious!) and after about 6 months I tossed in a fasting day once a week.

    I suppose it's normal to plateau otherwise we'd all fade away to nothing (we wish!). And I'm not really plateauing, things are still moving downwards. But it's so slow!

  • Hi JaySeeSkinny,

    I really think you've done so well, you've achieved a healthy BMI, you've lost 20kg since January 2015, and you're enjoying your exercise. I also love walking. I am really looking forward to the Spring months blossoming - and to the clock's changing so we can enjoy lighter evenings.

    The birds seem to be singing more this morning, unless it's just that I am noticing them - but I think they are excited about Spring too.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend. I don't really have any suggestions to make to you, as I think you're doing really well. I can't think of anything to add to what great replies you've already had.

    Lowcal :-)

  • Thanks Lowcal! Kind words from you lot help and I really have nothing to complain about. There are so many inspirational stories on here, it's all I need really.

  • When I was away (and over Christmas) I was really nervous of gaining weight as my losses are slow πŸ˜• 4lbs on could be 4-6 weeks to lose πŸ˜• Luckily we were self catering, and the fruit and salads very good 😊 But I still had pizza and steaks and dessert if it looked really good, and drinks too. However, I really enjoyed my holiday without it being centred around food , MASSIVE breakthrough for me 😊 At Christmas I stayed the same but on holiday I lost another lb!! (We did walk MILES! (And it was very hilly)

    Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is have faith in your self and your ability to judge when you have eaten enough 😊 From reading your posts you are a very experienced weight-loser, with lots of nutritional info in your head. I feel sure you will have a fabulous holiday and come back re-energised 😊😊😊

  • Yes, lots of information in my head - but it all goes out of the window when I'm on holiday with family and friends. But don't worry I will enjoy myself and then get back to normal. I will try and be sensible, partly to be accountable on this forum!

    Thanks for your encouraging words😎

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