I'm starting to get frustrated!

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2011-03-12 17:20:30 -0600
Started 2011-03-07 21:00:06 -0600

I follow my diet very specifically and I exercise 4-5 times a week yet my weight isn't going down AT ALL! I've been stuck where I am forever and I'm getting so frustrated. I do all the right things and my BG's are great (most of the time) but that number on the scale isn't changing.

I'm not letting it discourage me. I'm just at a stand still right now and it'll all be worth it eventually, but that doesn't make the frustrations go away!

27 replies

bellamimi 2011-03-12 17:20:30 -0600 Report

Ohh, I so hear you! I also exercise 4-5 times/week. I either walk for 90 minutes or do an hour exercise video (which includes cardio and strength training) and my scale does not budge. No, maybe it does by 2-3 lbs which I'm sure is just water! Of course, all the exercise results in excellent blood sugars but I am a brittle type 1 and still have an H1Ac. Frustration does not cover how I feel! LOL

whitetigress 2011-03-10 20:57:03 -0600 Report

Your body is doing a lot of changing internally and so a "pause" in weight loss is fine and to be expected.

On the topic of high glycemic foods: when you eat a high glycemic food and you are also eating low glycemic foods at the same meal, the impact of the high glycemic food is reduced… by not spiking your sugar as much as it would have if you ate it by itself.

When you exercise, are you doing the same things for the same length of time? If you do this long enough, your body gets used to that level of exercise and doesn't have the same impact as it did when you first started. It might be time to increase either the length of time you are exercising or the level of intensity.

It doesn't have to be a big change to make a difference. :)

Lakeland 2011-03-10 17:00:28 -0600 Report

I hit a plateau too. I lost 40 lbs but I think for me I'm more comfortable with my diabetes & I just dont' watch so closely anymore.

They did tell me there is 3500 calories in a pound, so I need to cut that much to lose 1 pound either by exercising or by what I eat, so when I start seeing good looking veggies, I know I can eat alot with out many calories. I watch the sauces and even dressings. The classes gave me a book on calories at restaurants, my husband likes salad works salads but some of those are extremely high.

I couldn't believe how unhealthy a salad could be

good Luck

melissa5786 2011-03-10 19:52:45 -0600 Report

My dietitian told me that people think because it's a veggie they can have as much as they want when in reality it's the same as a bag of chips. If you keep eating too much in a portion you're going to gain weight. I never thought a salad could be so unhealthy, either!

Lakeland 2011-03-10 20:02:08 -0600 Report

I need to check that bag of chips, I don't agree with her, but I do know there are different kinds, I'm better off with zucchini than corn or potatoes. I do eat baby carrots for my snacks.

jayabee52 2011-03-10 20:45:43 -0600 Report

Yes, It most certainly does matter what kind of veggie is eaten. Corn is a high glycemic index veg, so are potatoes. peas and carrots too. I've heard some people eat cucumbers to bring their numbers down (unfortunately, I gag when I even smell them) And Zucchini will be a good choice too if you don't fry it in oil.

Moderation is the key!

ZOWLUCY 2011-03-09 18:55:33 -0600 Report

the one thing that did work for me to get my levels down was to only eat approx 45 grams at a meal and to watch the total carbs on the packages I hope this helps you melissa

melissa5786 2011-03-09 19:38:56 -0600 Report

Thank you. My BG's are really well, though. I do appreciate the advice. I don't go over 45 grams of carbs at a meal, either. I follow my nutritionists guidelines very precisely.

ZOWLUCY 2011-03-09 18:53:12 -0600 Report

ok Im managing bg pretty well I think and I have alot of health issue to go along with this. Gabby you should be proud of yourself I know the doggie love you for it too does anyone have any ideas for a person who has RA extreme foot problems and knee and hips problem I looking at surgery in the next couple of months and I have loss about 15 lbs I need to have my feet reconstructed which mean 6-8 weeks of non weight baring and then who know what after that once I get the one done then they'll do the other People dont understand it is not easy for me to get up and just move I've been dealing with this for a very large number of yrs and attitudes from some of my co workers are cold and very insenitve any body got any ideas on some very simple very low impact excersise????

GabbyPA 2011-03-09 21:21:46 -0600 Report

Find a pool. Water exercise is the best for low impact. There are also things you can do seated in your chair. Look those up on line and find something that looks fun. You might also try some tia chi...it is slow movement and if you can't do the leg moves, try just the upper body moves in a chair.

WendyFR 2011-03-08 19:52:06 -0600 Report

Hi meliss5786, I'm the same way, I eat right and exercise 5 to 6 times a week. My endocronoligist tells me the type of insulin I use makes it harder for me to lose weight. Plus, I don't look at my weight, I usually look at how many inches I'm losing, cause I'm actually gaining muscle and muscle burns the fat. So my pants are actually falling off of me and I'm down to a size medium again. I started exercising in July/2010 and it's a gradually thing for me. I hope this helps.

Dr. Kuethe
Dr. Kuethe 2011-03-08 13:14:16 -0600 Report

If you are just starting out on the weight loss trail, you have to keep in mind that your liver stores excess glycogen, and you have to break down some excess glycogen. Weight lifting uses a lot of energy in a short period of time, and can sometimes get you over the hump in kicking off your weight loss. That way you are restoring your liver reserves with the carbs you eat first and burn off any of the excess fat cells. Hope this helps!

melissa5786 2011-03-08 13:57:05 -0600 Report

I've already lost over 150 pounds since 2009. I just can't get over this hurtle. I do 45 minutes of cardio and weight lifting (different muscles on certain days.)

GabbyPA 2011-03-08 21:28:31 -0600 Report

That is a great accomplishment!! You should be so proud of that.

Something that I am doing now is some interval training. I have been walking the doggie...and that was good, but now my body is used to it. So what I do is walk her and jog with her, then walk with her and jog with her. I want to get the jogging up to a few minutes. Right now I am just glad I can do it at all. LOL. It really seems to be helping my numbers...and as I said. Better numbers means weight loss.

WendyFR 2011-03-08 19:57:00 -0600 Report

Have you tried combining resistant and cardio. a workout video that alternates cardio and resistant bands. A good 30 minute one is the bootcamp with Billy Banks.

Dr. Kuethe
Dr. Kuethe 2011-03-08 15:50:17 -0600 Report

Your body may be getting used to this exercise regime. Try to incorporate your cardio into weight lifting like a squat matrix / lunge matrix. Circuit training is also another great way to incorporate cardio and weight training. Often this can use different combinations of muscles to help overcome hurdles. Since I am a chiropractor, I also recommend chiropractic care! Stay well.

MewElla 2011-03-08 12:53:51 -0600 Report

I totally relate to this discussion. I watch my food intake carefully, walk 5-6 miles per day, have lost a lot of weight this past year and now for about 2 months I am stuck and I can't make the scale budge…It is most frusterating, my bg's are real good. It sure helps to not discourage but…

nancylouin2002 2011-03-08 08:45:38 -0600 Report

I had the same problem. First, actos prevents weight loss so if you are on it ask your PA orDr about a change. Second, ask about your thyroid. My PA discovered that my thyroid was a little low and now I take thyroid supplements. Since I got off actos and started synthroid I have lost 50 lbs. I workout several times a week and sweat. I am going through a period of adjusting my meds due to the changes bit I feel great.

sNerTs1 2011-03-07 22:52:47 -0600 Report

Oh I'm so with you!! Everything, anything, oh Lord just give me a half pound already!! I have said that to my scale a bajillion times and then decided it has to be my scale LOL OK not, but it was fun at that second and then reality hits.

Seriously and this may sound silly but its me so it doesn't matter … when I get to that point, I do something for myself. I cannot tell you how getting a manicure or pedi just takes that frustration away and I find myself not worrying about it and magically a pound melts off. You WILL get there, I'm sure of it.

Take care of you and try not to let this stress you, stress isn't good at all, as you probably know.

Hugs ~ Cheryl

ps… Gabby Im really not following you LOL! We just keep picking the same topics all the sudden!

melissa5786 2011-03-08 07:43:34 -0600 Report

Maybe I will do something like that. I;'m not the type to get my nails done, but maybe I'll go out and get the one thing I've been wanting for awhile, but keep talking myself out of getting. I deserve something for all my hard work! :p

GabbyPA 2011-03-07 22:22:57 -0600 Report

I totally get that. I am there too and while I can't say I do everything I should, I am doing a lot and it does get frustrating. As long as we don't let that frustration turn into a defeated attitude, we will make it to the next level. Kind of like playing a video game and you get to that level where you just don't think you will make it. You try and try and try, but then you try just one thing new or different and you make a little advancement. That little nudge will get you excited for the next one. So keep on plugging at it. It WILL pay off in the end.

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