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More than a little frustrated

I've been with Weight Watchers since January 2, and while I understand the program and all, I've only lost appromiamately 25 pounds. I thought that by now I'd be down 30 or even 40 pounds. I get the points, I get the Filling Foods, I get the exercise. But 25 pounds over almost 8 months is disheartening.

My exercise program...
Cardio--30 minutes on treadmill, 30 minutes on elliptiical
Strength--10 minutes on treadmill, strength training (abs, arms, legs in different combinations), 20 minutes on elliptical

I alternate between the two, taking 1-2 days off per week.

I have gone down a couple sizes in clothes....went from a 20W in pants to a regular 18 and from a 2x in shirts to a regular XL.

Should you weigh on a day after you workout, or after an off day?

But what am I doing wrong?

My starting points were 32 and that is where I lost most of the weight. The points went down to 28 per day and I started hitting the wall. I've been trying the Filling Foods technique, but it's difficult for me to eat with my family. On the regular points plan, am I supposed to eat all the 35 extra points? On the Filling Foods technique, am I supposed to eat the 35 PLUS the Activity Points I earn?

I have been toying with the idea of adding Alli but am still unsure about it.

I am doing WW online because of time restraints, but searching the forums for help and suggestions more time-consuming than productive.

Does anyone have any suggestions that can help me jump start? Any suggestions to change my workout routine?

Cross-posted to my personal journal, fat_bottom_grlz and ww_members.

Comments

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natertatersmom
Jul. 29th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
First of all, stop with the "crushed". You're not "crushed". You are 25 pounds lighter than you were at the first of the year.

You have to change your expectations, Deena. You have to widen your scope. Ask yourself which is better - Being 25 pounds lighter in 8 months, staying the same after 8 months, or being 25 heavier after 8 months. Because if you are anything like me, that last one is *highly* possible for me.

Be disappointed, but then let it go. And be willing to take your loss at the rate your body lets it go. You are older, your body will not lose weight as quickly as someone younger than you....period.

And don't let the number on your scale be your biggest goal. Measure your body parts and go by that. Keep note of how you *feel* and how much energy you have, and let that be most important.

Don't defeat yourself NOW, when you have done SUCH an awesome job!
solostforever
Jul. 29th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Congrats on losing 25 pounds! That's amazing, you should feel great about that.

I've found that the treadmill does nothing for me. I would rather do 45 minutes on the elliptical than anything on the treadmill. I burn almost twice the calories by doing that. You could also be gaining muscle and that's why you haven't been losing more weight.

Be careful on Alli. My friend was on it and if he anything fatty it made his butt leak :/
harrysmom
Jul. 29th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Deena, you've lost 25 lbs. and that is AMAZING!!! Don't be so hard on yourself. It's a steady weight loss and that is what is great. I mean you could have not lost any weight or been 25 lbs. heavier so look at it like that. I wish I could lose weight that fast. It's taken me almost a year to lose 18.

But that is neither here nor there, I know that WW used to have a program called, Breaking Through which people used when they hit the plateau. You should look into that. I know people who used Alli and a few liked it but most found themselves with terrible stomach cramps and using the bathroom on a constant basis.

Keep up the great work. You've done so well and should be proud.

Edited at 2009-07-29 01:30 pm (UTC)
drcjsnider
Jul. 29th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I wonder if switching up your exercise routine might get things moving again... not necessarily increasing the TIME spent, but doing something else... riding bike or swimming, rowing... something that just gets you moving differently?
anony_2
Jul. 29th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
I've found that you MUST eat the 35 bonus points in order to lose weight. That's my suggestion. Eat them all, but try to do it in filling foods and just an occasional treat.

And, everyone is right -- 25 pounds gone and should be CELEBRATED. Well done, you. :)
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