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How I lost the “last 5 pounds”

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  • AnabirgiteAnabirgite Member Posts: 246 Member Member Posts: 246 Member
    Thank you so much for these posts, definitely struggling with the last 5, wonderful ideas for me to try.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 15,096 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15,096 Member
    Gamliela wrote: »
    I wish I played the pipe organ. I think moving both hands and feet at the same time for half an hour would be something to log! As it is my flute and accordion probably not. The accordion weighs quite a lot, its maybe more in the bulking arena.

    According to the Compendium of Physical Activities (https://sites.google.com/site/compendiumofphysicalactivities/Activity-Categories/music-playing), playing the accordion (seated) is a 1.8 MET activity, and flute (seated) is 2.0.** Pipe organ not stated.

    For comparison, mild stretching is 2.3, whirlpool sitting 1.3.

    ** No, I can't justify flute being > accordion. I'm just reporting. ;)

    :lol:
  • CeeBeeSlimCeeBeeSlim Member Posts: 610 Member Member Posts: 610 Member
    @fiddletime and others - still having success? Looking for inspiration (and clearly was getting tired of adding a 45 minute treadmill walk) to lose these last 5 pounds. 😤
  • kcmcbeekcmcbee Member Posts: 147 Member Member Posts: 147 Member
    CeeBeeSlim wrote: »
    @fiddletime and others - still having success? Looking for inspiration (and clearly was getting tired of adding a 45 minute treadmill walk) to lose these last 5 pounds. 😤
    Lost my last 5 by sticking to the same thing I did for months and not getting off track. Logged everything, got my water in, stayed in calories and hit close to macros and exercised. Boom!
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 15,096 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15,096 Member
    I'm not @fiddletime, but I suppose I'm "others". :lol:

    I've been slacking off exercise (can't do on-water rowing, my true love, because boathouse is closed due to state of emergency). I'm trying to counter that, because it's bad for my strength, health, and long-term independence. That's more of a struggle, psychologically.

    But if weight were all that counted (sadly, it's not), all is well. I'd been working, since roughly last October, on losing a few pounds in maintenance. The absence of oh-so-tempting restaurant meals - even though I'm a decent cook - has made it easier to stick to that tiny deficit most days, so my loss rate has accerated a little. I was going for 0.5 lg/week or less . . . hitting that or a little more, recently. Below 130 a couple of days, recently - first time there since early 2018.

    Body comp is suffering, though, I fear.
  • CeeBeeSlimCeeBeeSlim Member Posts: 610 Member Member Posts: 610 Member
    @kcmcbee @AnnPT77 Thanks! I guess continued accurate logging and patience is key. @AnnPT77 - interesting - you were going for 0.5lb a week or less? Hmmm. My .3 weight loss per week (on average according to Happy Scale) has been messing with my head. Guess I’m getting anxious with me being soooo close to goal - a little less than 5lbs. Doable by June 21 or too aggressive?
  • PAV8888PAV8888 Member Posts: 7,155 Member Member Posts: 7,155 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    I don't know. At this point, I don't really believe in setting "X weight by Y time" goals, I just set habit goals ("X net calories most days") and let it play out. At a healthy weight already, it's just fun'n' games, to me, really. I'd like to be a little lighter, but it's NBD. In my world, if you're losing at .3lb/week on average, and a few pounds to go, what's to argue with? :drinker:

    Me! Me! Me! <jumps up and down!>
    I've been using this "less restaurants" period to (finally) do something about my "Christmas gainz"!
    And since things went well, I actually decided today to move my range down from 154 (where it has been the past few years) to 152 for now!

    BTW #1 Note what trendweight gives as a loss rate. Which goes to show that regardless of apps, we still have to interpret the results ourselves!

    BTW #2. Why I like working with weight trend: Let's consider two 60 day time spans in close proximity and within this time period: March 6 to May 5: scale -4.8 trend -2.9 and March 8 to May 7: scale -3.0 trend -3.0 In context, I would say that it is obvious that this is an effective 3.0lbs loss over 2 months (-175 Cal a day, -0.35lbs a week) (and not a 4.8 loss)

    So, yeah, *I* don't think there's anything wrong with less than 0.5 lbs a week--in fact, I recall a year where I breathed out 11.2lbs which would be an even slower loss!

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  • CeeBeeSlimCeeBeeSlim Member Posts: 610 Member Member Posts: 610 Member
    @AnnPT77 @PAV8888 Thanks. Very helpful. I guess I need to celebrate the nonscale victories.

    Somewhere between fall of 2019 and early 2020 I was in the mid-140s with a goal weight of 125-128 by mid May.

    I started a 12 week progressive training program in midFebruary and my last day of the program is this Sat. I am feeling stronger, seeing muscle, losing inches all over, clothes fit great, folks are saying I’m disappearing. but when I got on scale I was more than my hoped for goal weight of 127 by 4 pounds.

    Soooo I figured - well, I didn’t reach my goal weight, the weight loss has been slow, but I’ll be happy when I see I lost at least 10 pounds since I started the program in feb.

    I looked at happy scale and saw that I was 135 in mid Feb when I started the program not the 140-145 I thought I was! Drats! All these visible changes and only about a 4 pound loss in 12 weeks?!?! I was actually 140ish in October not Feb.

    I know I shouldn’t be focused on scale numbers but dang!

    Thanks for helping see this in a better light.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 15,096 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15,096 Member
    PAV, LOL that my "Corona Curve" looks surprisingly like yours. I'm actually losing a little faster than I'd prefer, right now (although there's some weirdness IMO about how Libra reports loss rates that's in play in what shows here. I've been on slow-boat loss since around October, with some more stable periods. The view below is 7 days smoothing/projection; usually I use 30/60 in maintenance as a very uneven eater, which makes a smoother down-trend appear.

    Either settings, you can see the effect of disappearing restaurant temptations kicking in, with a definite knee in the curve right about the 2nd week of March. :lol:

    OP, slow loss works fine, when you have small amounts to lose. Maybe try it? You'll need a weight trending app, plenty of weigh-in data, and large amounts of patience, to see it happening

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  • PAV8888PAV8888 Member Posts: 7,155 Member Member Posts: 7,155 Member
    @CeeBeeSlim you sound as if you have "classic" water retention from your increased exercise. This is GOOD weight which would be detected as non fat mass, even as muscle mass by some detection, even though it is actually water. And it is because you're using dem muscles!!!

    If you were to STOP your exercise routine and just veg on the couch for a week, you would lose some/a lot of that weight and it would make your scale results pop! But would it be a real victory/difference/improvement?

    I don't think that it would be either bad or good per se. Just a different number. You've got all the answers you need in how you feel and how your clothes are fitting! :wink:
  • CeeBeeSlimCeeBeeSlim Member Posts: 610 Member Member Posts: 610 Member
    @PAV8888 Thanks! This makes sense and funny you mention just vegging on the couch. I won’t do that 😀, but I was thinking of my options after I’m done with my 12 week program (Strong Curves) on Sat. I’m newbie -ish and have heard of deloading so will research what that could look like. Less for the scale weight change just need a lil break - physically and mentally.
  • PAV8888PAV8888 Member Posts: 7,155 Member Member Posts: 7,155 Member
    CeeBeeSlim wrote: »
    @PAV8888 Thanks! This makes sense and funny you mention just vegging on the couch. I won’t do that 😀, but I was thinking of my options after I’m done with my 12 week program (Strong Curves) on Sat. I’m newbie -ish and have heard of deloading so will research what that could look like. Less for the scale weight change just need a lil break - physically and mentally.

    Post in the more fitness oriented forums as I'm sure you'll get some great ideas from other people who have done Strong Curves and similar. Active rest / recuperation / some happy vegging may be different from de-loading.
    edited May 9
  • CeeBeeSlimCeeBeeSlim Member Posts: 610 Member Member Posts: 610 Member
    Thanks @PAV8888! I found a great sticky thread in the fitness section. Old but very very informative! Thanks for the suggestion.
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