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Postby stacie4 » May 30th, 2007, 5:52 am

ok guys this is getting old. How can they claim there have been clinicals to prove this diet works and my scale not budge in 4 days??? I have been so good and staying on track, so why no results? My husband says I should not weigh myself everyday, but I told him if I waited a week and saw no results that I would be even more ticked off. I just needed to vent, this is just very frustrating. I feel like I can not even loose weight by not eating. I have checked out atkins, atleast you get to eat on that one. I won't go there, but it is true.
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Postby nickieluv » May 30th, 2007, 5:54 am

I know it's frustrating but hang in there. I haven't had one of those stalls yet myself, but Biki and Tawanda have gone through it a lot and they are still losing - it just takes time. Good luck!
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Postby Lauren » May 30th, 2007, 6:34 am

Hey, Stacie -

Why are you saying that you're not eating? Are you not following the 5 & 1 plan? Because you most certainly are eating, and if you opt for supplements that are a bit heartier, like the soups, chili, oatmeal, bars, and scrambled eggs, plus your L&G, you shouldn't feel deprived at all. Don't fall into the trap of eating less because you think you'll lose faster - YOU WON'T. And you can't control how your body responds to a program, you can only control what goes in your mouth , and how much activity you do. Are you drinking enough water? Are you staying away from added sodium? What's your day look like in terms of food, activity, water, etc?

Give us an idea of your plan, and we'll let you know if there's anything you can do to tweak it.

Oh, and relax, girl, it's 4 days, not 4 weeks or 4 months!

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Postby Tawanda » May 30th, 2007, 6:53 am

The program works. Just keep following the Quick Start guide, make sure you get all of your supplements eaten/drank for the day, make sure your L & G meal is appropriate (measure/weigh) and drink your water. Stalls happen, but long term, if a person doesn't give up, the weight does come off and the body does lose the inches. It takes discipline, willpower and time.....but it does work.

I hope you'll toss aside your frustration with not seeing the scale change as much as you'd like and just become determined to stick to it.

I hope tomorrow you'll see a nice drop and feel better about how things are going.
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Postby Mickeyz » May 30th, 2007, 7:08 am

Hi Stacie,

I am sorry you are feeling so frustrated, but I know exactly how you feel. In my third week I stalled for 5 days and it was very maddening. Then on the 5th day...wahlah, 1.5 lbs gone and a steady loss for several more days.

Weight loss just isn't consistent day in and day out. Try not to be so attached to your scale ( I know it's hard, I do the same thing!). Right now my scale isn't showing big changes, but my clothes are really getting too big. There are lots of signs other than the # on the scale.

Don't deny yourself that nice L&G. If you start feeling deprived it will just make it harder to stay on track.

Like Lauren said, give us more details about your plan and drink that water. Guzzle, guzzle!

Hang in there. :) It will get better and it will all be worth it.
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Postby stacie4 » May 30th, 2007, 7:35 am

Well here is what I have been doing. I drink a shake at 8-11-2-5 and at bedtime. Between the 8 and 11 I have a pickle. Same thing between 11 and 2. Then dinner is usually some sort of meat 4-5 ounces and a salad or veggies. Sometimes I just have a big salad with lean ham in it. I may use some ketchup or mustard on my chicken or grilled burger. Or A1 if we have steak. I do not do beef two days in a row. So yes I do get to eat, but somedays you just wish you could have a half sandwich or deviled eggs. I do get more than enough water. Diet soda and that is about it. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Postby Jan » May 30th, 2007, 9:40 am

Hi Stacie
I see you're in the 10 pound club so I'm guessing you're in about the third week. For some reason ... weight loss seems to "stall" in week three. This is quite typical. :? That may be just where you are. I agree with hubby... put away the scale. :D :D . but I"d say stay off of it for a couple of weeks. I put mine away for three weeks when I first started because I knew I'd "heave ho" it right thru the bathroom window :x if I didn't see a loss. Hubby would have had to fix that .... so he encouraged me to pack it away too!! :mrgreen: Just "hang" in there. Remember this is the safest and fastest way to part with the pounds.
Each of us parts with them at our own rate... some quicker and some slower :? I myself was on the slow side ... but they will go. Just keep on ... the scale will move. (It never moves as quickly as we'd like... :mrgreen: but it does move.) Make certain you are getting enough sleep .. that can slow weight loss as well. There are lots of things that will slow you down... lack of sleep, stress, even the outside temp and of course not enough water.
Keep going .. you'll make it.
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Postby Mike » May 30th, 2007, 10:05 am

Stacie,

Like Jan said, looking at the date you started here, you are probably at about week 3. Some folks (alot actually) hit a bit of a plateau during week 3 or 4. You may have hit this. Your body is telling itself to be careful and see if we are dying (starvation mode). After this little plateau you will start losing again.
I also noticed you said 4-5 oz of meat. Make sure that you are getting in the right amount of protein. 4 oz is too little. If its poultry or fish/seafood it should be 7 oz.
If you are exercising this may also cause a stall. Basically, you need to know your body and know what works for you. The plan works, and unless there are things causing your body distress (cramps, allergies, etc), you will see the loss kicking back in during the next couple of days.

Hang in there, things will change.
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Postby stacie4 » May 30th, 2007, 10:56 am

Well May 30 marked my 1 month date and down 15#, but has been that way since last Fri. Ok so 4-5 if it ham, 7 if it is chicken and 5 for beef? Does that sound like a good range. Maybe it is not enough protein. I will watch that better. I have been doing about 5(ish) for most everything. I do babysit out of my house, so that can sort of add to the stress level somedays. Well seems most days here lately.
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Postby DogMa » May 30th, 2007, 11:06 am

Hiya. 7 ounces for chicken (or other poultry) and fish. 5 ounces for other meats, including ham. And is it lean ham? It should be a lean meat, whether ham or beef (not the fattier cuts, like ribeye steak).

I also only counted four supplements and a lean and green. You should be having five, for a total of six meals a day. Are you the one whose nutritionist said to eat only four and a lean and green? I don't want to contradict him/her, but that sounds like too little food and a good way to get your body into starvation mode. (And are you having only shakes? If you're feeling deprived and hungry, you might want to try some of the other supplements instead. As others said, the chili and soups and oatmeal will make you feel a lot fuller. And the pudding will make you feel like you're cheating.)

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Postby Mike » May 30th, 2007, 11:12 am

I think she said 5. The and bedtime may have been overlooked? ;)

Great ideas though. Some replacements definitely give you a more full feeling.

Also, Stacie, as Robin stated, make sure you are getting the full 5 oz of lean ham. We don't want to be harpy, but we also want to help make sure you are getting in all of your nutrition. Hope the loss kicks in soon. :mrgreen:
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Postby stacie4 » May 30th, 2007, 11:30 am

yes i am getting the 5 shakes in 8-11-2-5-9, I will up my protein like you suggest and see how that goes. Thanks. I did try to do the oatmeal cookies and I could not seem to get them down. the more I chewed the bigger it got. So I think I will stick with the shakes and try the pudding. I do think the vanilla shakes taste like pudding. I do not want to keep wasting money.
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Postby ladyhawke » May 30th, 2007, 3:43 pm

Hi, I would not eat ham, just my 2 cent, too much sodium and other bad things.
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Postby Mickeyz » May 30th, 2007, 6:08 pm

I find I have better losses if I stick with the more lean choices like fish or chicken. Be sure you are measuring and weighing your portions including your veggies. Eyeballing can get you in to trouble.

Have you read your Quick Start guide? It has great guidelines for portions of both lean and green. You can get even more details in the online version.

Have you tried any of the soups? I get bored easily so I find lots of ways to to get variety. Mix your shakes with diet soda or add extracts or flavored sugar free syrups. Add some spices to your soups or a little cinn or nutmeg to your oatmeal. Try adding 3 oz of water to your pudding along with some extract and then dropping little balls on foil and freeze. Makes a yummy summertime treat.

Check out the lean cuisine section, there are some great ideas. Mix it up a bit and have fun with your program.

Hope this helps. Its no fun to be frustrated. You have had some good weight loss so far, focus on that, stay positive and you will get the results you are after. Hang in there :)
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Postby DogMa » May 30th, 2007, 6:12 pm

BTW, I'd also watch out with the ketchup and steak sauce. You don't say how much you're using, but that stuff is usually almost pure sugar. (You also don't say what kind of steak or burgers you're having. Be sure you're using leaner cuts. There's a list of lean beef cuts on here somewhere, if you search. I posted it once before, but you can also find it online.)

You also just might need to give it a few days. Pretty much everyone hits a stall now and again, but you'll probably be losing again in no time. And if you're STILL not seeing any change, I have one last suggestion: Check your scale. :)

Good luck, Stacie.
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