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#1 andthethreebears

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:00 AM

Just a bit of a whinge really and sorry in advance for it being so long-winded . . .

To set the scene: I am carrying a LOT of extra weight (50kg over a normal BMI) and I'm also hypothyroid (take 200mg of Thyroxine daily, so severely compromised thyroid function).

Almost two weeks ago, I had somewhat of an epiphany and finally actually forgave myself for my marriage breaking up FIVE-AND-A-HALF years ago  wacko.gif

Anyway, from that point, I resolved to get back to low carb (the ONLY way I can ever shift weight), stop drinking (was becoming far too much of a crutch) and get back to exercising (half hour each morning on spin bike to begin with).

I was amazed and delighted that this is how my first week's weight loss went (day-by-day): 1kg, 1kg, 0.9kg, 1.1kg, 0.5kg, 0.5kg, 0.4kg so a total of 5.4kg in one week!!

Yes, I know this is phenomenal and I attributed it to the power of the mind - I'd gained a lot of weight post marriage breakdown and knew it was all about guilt and 'protection'. I swear, prior to said epiphany, if I didn't eat a thing for a week, there's no way in hell I'd lose 5.4kg, so was delighted with this and convinced that as my mind was finally willing to release the weight, my body was agreeing to the deal  biggrin.gif

So, this week, I continue with:
  • ultra low carb (but by no means starving myself, just eating really well),
  • 30mins (covering 15km) on spin bike every morning
  • have now added 20mins on a newly hired rowing machine at night
  • still no alcohol
  • lots of water and
  • lots of great sleep!


The resulting loss for the past five days = ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! In fact, it went up a bit and has now come back down to where it was five days ago  sad.gif

I have absolutely NO intention of losing heart and giving up, I'm loving how alive I finally feel but sheesh, isn't week two a bit early for a plateau?!  tongue.gif Yes, I realise week one was an out-of-this-world result but I had hoped for at least a couple of kg down this week (given how much I've got to lose).

So, there's my whinge, not really asking for advice as I obviously just have to keep at it and let my body do as it will (and I'm going to start weekly weigh ins as daily will obviously do my head in!).

Having said that, all advice will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much for listening  original.gif

Edited by andthethreebears, 06 April 2012 - 08:02 AM.


#2 missy78

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:08 AM

The first week after radically changing your diet always results in a major loss. After that, your body starts to slow down the loss.

You are going all the right things- keep it up! The weight will come off soon enough. It might also be hormonal factorss- are you due for your period?

#3 Literary Lemur

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:14 AM

Scales are evil.  Step away from them and continue on your journey.  You have done amazingly well!

Hydration levels, muscle building, hormones etc will all impact as I am sure you already know.  Obviously your plan is working so you just need to keep going.

OT  I am impressed with your bike performance.   You must be pretty fit.  (are spin bikes easier or harder than conventional stationary ones?)



#4 andthethreebears

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:17 AM

Ha, ha, Missy78, can't believe I forgot to mention that bit - last week when I lost the 5.4kg, I was pre-menstrual (Aunt Flo arrived last Saturday), making the phenomenal loss all that more amazing!! Normally there is no way in hell I'd budge any weight in that week in my cycle and I must say, it made me excited to think how much would melt off this week post-AF.

Gee, wasn't I wrong  tongue.gif

Thanks so much for the words of encouragement - yes, I know all the theory all too well (unfortunately) but just thought week two was remarkably early for a plateau (especially given where I am in my monthly cycle).

Ah well, best stop whingeing here and literally get 'back on my bike'  wink.gif

Happy Easter everyone (and no, no chocolate will be passing these lips  biggrin.gif )

#5 andthethreebears

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:23 AM


Thanks Amoral Lemur, I thought spin bike was just the new name for stationary bikes  blush.gif - if not, it's just a regular old exercise bike I'm using (just that spin was quicker to type than exercise  tongue.gif )

Must say, I've been pleased (and surprised) with my results on the bike too. Day one was 13.4km in 30 mins and by the end of the week, I'd built up to 15km plus (reached 15.4 yesterday). I didn't think prior to starting this I was fit at all but always knew I was essentially strong (if that makes sense).

Thanks for the words of encouragement!

#6 KT1978

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:30 AM

Just keep going!

I lost a kilo and a half in the first week, gained a kilo in the third week, then plateaued for four weeks. But I can see my legs toning and waist shrinking.

You might need a month to start losing real weight and to be realistic you need a year to lose 50kg so plan a few cheat meals to keep yourself from sliding.



#7 cardamom

Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:01 PM

andthethreebears, WOW, that is an incredible loss so far! Congratulations! I daresay, as PPs have said, it was bound to be a bit slower this week as your body adjusts.

I just wanted to say well done on your decision to change your lifestyle, and suggest that, if you want someone to chat to, pop into the Lots to Lose support group (in the Diet and Fitness forum) - there are some lovely ladies in there, all going through the same thing. I've got about the same amount of weight to lose as you, and their support has been invaluable. Best of luck to you! original.gif

#8 catmeow82

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:29 PM

have you heard of the book sweet poison? id highly recommend it. i'd highly recommend adding more fat to your diet. switch to full fat milk, no sugar full fat yogurt (greek or natural) etc and see what happens. you will feel fuller and the weight will come off.

#9 PrincessPeach

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:37 PM

Ditch the scales & grab a tape measure!

DH has only lost 1kg of weight in the past 2 months, but has lost 4 cm off his waist and 1 cm from his neck.

Have to add - congrats on the diet & exercise plan - sounds like it works for you.

#10 PatG

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

My suggestion is to hide those scales!  Try to cut down on how often you weigh yourself and plan other short term goals (e.g. do x minutes of exercise this week, have at least 3 days where you don't exceed y calories intake, anything achievable).   Then only weigh yourself every 2 weeks or so.  As a PP said, you should be looking at about a year to ditch the 50kg, I think with weight loss slow and steady wins the race.  I can easily vary by almost 1kg up or down day to day even if I weigh myself at the same time etc, short term changes don't mean much, it's sticking it out to see the big picture - I know I've lost weight as I now fit into things again!

#11 **Xena**

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:09 AM

That's not really a plateau. A plateau is when your weight isn't budging for 6+ weeks. What you descibed is very normal. When I lose weight I tend to have one week with a great loss and one week with no loss.

I have no doubt you will lose more weight but don't forget to take your measurements. Scales are such an unreliable way of measuring fat loss original.gif




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