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Postby fi_112 » Thu May 07, 2009 10:46 pm

Hi guys,
Well over the last few months my weight has pretty much stabilized, and refuses to go lower! I have posted a few questions on here about why, asking about fluid retention and calorie king etc etc, hoping to lose the last 2kg in my goal. It was really upsetting me for awhile!
HOWEVER, i have found that no matter how good or bad I am, my weight goes back to the same! It makes my BMI 22.5, so I'm thinking it might just be my perfect weight? Seriously, if I eat salads and tuna and exercise my ass off, I end up at about the same in my weekly weight in as if I go out drinking and eat roasts and icecream! Most of the time I'm good and I exercise a lot but I let myself have nights out and treats.
I have competed in a triathlon, done a bikini competition (very scary but fun!!) and this weekend I'm doing a 7km mothers day run.. so I've reached most of my other goals, but I am not at my goal weight!
What do you all think?
Could it be my set point or do I need to cut out the partying etc. to lose my last 2 kg? As I said, I've tried to cut out the partying and it didn't seem to shift the scales.
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Re: Set point?

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Thu May 07, 2009 11:40 pm

It's possible you've reached your set point. In the book 'The Gabriel Method' Jon Gabriel talks about using visualisation and mind programming to lower your physical/psychological set point. If your local library stocks it you might find it worthwhile to borrow the book to see what you think.

You might be at your comfortable weight. You might have hit a plateau [link to an article about busting plateaus]. If you've tried a few solutions and your weight is staying the same then perhaps it's best to learn to accept your current weight.
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Re: Set point?

Postby Fireball » Fri May 08, 2009 12:14 am

Hi Fi

My question is how do you feel? I'm no expert on this stuff but your bmi seems good so may be that where you are is ideal for you. BMI doesn't differentiate between body fat and muscle but given that you say you have been in a triathlon and doing the Mother'sDay Classic, I take it you are pretty active so probably reasonably balanced. If you're happy I don't see the point in struggling to lose a few more kilos. The goal weight was to give yourself a general target to aim for and it seems to have served it's purpose - to keep you on track while you were trying to get the excess weight off.

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Re: Set point?

Postby fi_112 » Sat May 09, 2009 7:30 pm

Thank you guys!! Very much appreciate the reply.

Maybe I should take my body fat %?

It's true that maybe I'm on a plateau because I refuse to give up my partying! 'Most days I am v happy with my body but sometimes I feel I haven't really finished the job..
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Re: Set point?

Postby Riayn » Sun May 10, 2009 4:34 pm

I would stop relying on what the scales say and see what your bodyfat % and tape measurements say.

It may be that you are still losing centimetres off your waist and hips and reducing your bodyfat % even though the scales are remaining fairly static. It definitely sounds like you are getting enough exercise in. :D
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Re: Set point?

Postby Czarina » Mon May 11, 2009 12:26 pm

If you are happy with your body and you are fit and healthy, I don't see the problem! I think we all focus too much on the number.
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