Slow start- Frustrated in Europe



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Soili

Guest
Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a
really nice NG.

I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been pretty
slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week, and I have
been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or yoga, or
both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my bike.Yet my
total loss is only 1.5 kg
(3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by heart
and I am always bumbling one move behind.=)

My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
ft.) tall.

Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?

Cheers, Soili
 
J

Julieb

Guest
Hi Soili, and welcome to the group. You are doing lots of exercise, so I'd
suggest you're building muscle. Have you taken your measurements recently?
You might find they are going down where the scale isn't. Here's oour
official welcome notice:

Welcome to this great newsgroup where you'll receive lots of support, advice, and encouragement.
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Frequently seen acronyms on this NG: NSV = Non-Scale Victory WOE = Way of Eating WOL = Way of Life
(Living) OP = on Points or On Program DH = Dear or Darling Husband
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Other acronyms: http://www.wwlissa.com/dwlz100+/100+acronyms.htm

Here's a short synopsis of the USA program by Joyce -

How many points you can eat is only based on your current weight, as you lose weight those points
allowed will decrease (logic is that your body will need less to operate). At 183 pounds and based
on the new US flexpoints system, you will have a set point target of 24. In addition to this you are
allowed 35 flexpoints to be used throughout the week ... as well as any activity points you earn on
a particular day. When your weight drops to 175, your target drops to 22 points ... weight reaches
150, target once again drop to 20 points. 3 servings of dairy of recommended per day, 5 servings of
fruit and veggies, minimum of 6 glasses of water.

To calculate food and activity points, I love this computer desktop calculator ...
http://www.zythra.com/downloads/points.exe

The basic plan is easy. Eat at least your minimum daily number of points. Points do not carry over
from day to day. You are allotted 35 weekly flexpoints to be used at your discretion ... can divide
them up and use daily (would be an additional 5 points per day) or save them and use them for a
special occassion during the week. Activity points are earned based when exercising, but can ONLY be
used on the day they are earned.

If you can afford $15/month, the online ww program might be a great thing for you to look into.
There is lots of information available, as well as the food point database and journaling system.

Joyce WW starting weight: 228.8 - 2/5/02 current weight: 133.3 Lifetime: 4/4/03

Please note that if you live in onther countries (UK, Australia, NZ, Europe), the Points plans are
different. The UK and Australia/NZ calculate points based on saturated fat and total kilojoules.
Most of Europe calculates based on total fat and total kilojoules. The desktop calculator above can
handle all of these programs.

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participate are respectful, considerate folks who freely share their experience with and knowledge
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93.5/73./162.8 (WW)/158 (Personal) lb

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"Soili" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a really
> nice NG.
>
> I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been
> pretty slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week,
> and I have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or
> yoga, or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my
> bike.Yet my total loss is only 1.5
kg
> (3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling
one
> move behind.=)
>
> My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
> ft.) tall.
>
> Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
> Cheers, Soili
>
 
L

Laura

Guest
Welcome aboard.

I suspect that you might be eating too little and your body is in starvation mode. At 178.5 pounds
you should be eating at least 20 points of food each day. I don't know the range for the Europe plan
but the minimum is 20 points. This is without any exercise figured in. Here's a link to their new
Fast Track menus that give you 20 points a day as a starting point.
http://www.weightwatchers.com/downloads/1033/Util/art/EatingGuide.pdf

Add some extra points to cover the exercise and you might see a change. Good luck.

"Soili" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a really
> nice NG.
>
> I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been
> pretty slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week,
> and I have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or
> yoga, or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my
> bike.Yet my total loss is only 1.5
kg
> (3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling
one
> move behind.=)
>
> My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
> ft.) tall.
>
> Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
> Cheers, Soili
>
 
G

Gohabsgo

Guest
"Soili" <[email protected]> wrote in
news:[email protected]:

> Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a really
> nice NG.
>
> I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been
> pretty slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week,
> and I have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or
> yoga, or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my
> bike.Yet my total loss is only
> 1.5 kg (3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like
> to see some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves
> by heart and I am always bumbling one move behind.=)
>
> My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
> ft.) tall.
>
> Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?

You didn't say how long you have been on this 'kick' - Jan 1?

You seem to be doing OK for now but it sounds like you are running out of motivation and need some
extra support or coaching to keep your goals in focus. Since you stated that you have tried many
times before it sounds like you are in a yoyo situation. You need to make a lifestyle change that
will last even after your goals are met.

Take a gander at http://livefit.co.nr

There is some good advice, encouragement and coaching available to help you KEEP your weight off.

Stay Positive,

Larry
 
E

Elaine Kirkham

Guest
Hi Soili! Just wanted to welcome you aboard this great newsgroup. Wish you all the best luck in
getting those pounds off. Elaine K

Soili wrote:

>Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a
>really nice NG.
>
>I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been pretty
>slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week, and I
>have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or yoga,
>or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my bike.Yet
>my total loss is only 1.5 kg
>(3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling one move behind.=)
>
>My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
>ft.) tall.
>
>Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
>Cheers, Soili
>
>
>
>
 
M

Miss Violette

Guest
maybe you are not eating enough, welcome and good luck, Lee
Soili <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
> Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a really
> nice NG.
>
> I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been
> pretty slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week,
> and I have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or
> yoga, or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my
> bike.Yet my total loss is only 1.5
kg
> (3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling
one
> move behind.=)
>
> My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
> ft.) tall.
>
> Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
> Cheers, Soili
>
 
K

Kristin

Guest
I was thinking exactly what has already been said. Take measurements and
eat more. :)

--

~Kristin O~
272/240.8/172

"Soili" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a really
> nice NG.
>
> I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been
> pretty slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week,
> and I have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or
> yoga, or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my
> bike.Yet my total loss is only 1.5
kg
> (3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling
one
> move behind.=)
>
> My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
> ft.) tall.
>
> Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
> Cheers, Soili
>
 
K

Kristin

Guest
And WELCOME to the group too, sorry about that! :)

--

~Kristin O~
272/240.8/172

"Soili" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a really
> nice NG.
>
> I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been
> pretty slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week,
> and I have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or
> yoga, or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my
> bike.Yet my total loss is only 1.5
kg
> (3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling
one
> move behind.=)
>
> My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
> ft.) tall.
>
> Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
> Cheers, Soili
>
 
B

Brenda Hammond

Guest
Welcome to the group Soili.
--
Brenda
209/177/150 RafL goal 165

"Soili" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a really
> nice NG.
>
> I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been
> pretty slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week,
> and I have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or
> yoga, or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my
> bike.Yet my total loss is only 1.5
kg
> (3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling
one
> move behind.=)
>
> My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
> ft.) tall.
>
> Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
> Cheers, Soili
>
 
D

Donna In Idaho

Guest
Soili,

Welcome to our group. There's a bunch of nice people here.

Just out of curiosity, have you ever lived or visited the United States?
--
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ultimate inspiration is the deadline!

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"Soili" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a really
> nice NG.
>
> I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been
> pretty slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week,
> and I have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or
> yoga, or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my
> bike.Yet my total loss is only 1.5
kg
> (3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling
one
> move behind.=)
>
> My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
> ft.) tall.
>
> Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
> Cheers, Soili
>
 
J

Joyce

Guest
3.3 pounds is a great loss, but you don't tell us how long you have been following the ww program.
Is this your first week?

If it's been longer, then my next thought is ... EAT MORE! Contrary to popular belief, you must eat
in order to lose weight, and 15-22 points is NOT enough for you current weight if you are exercising
as much as you say you are. Eating too little will send the message to your system that you are
trying to starve it. The end result will be that your body will hang on to everything it can, in a
valiant attempt to survive. At 178 pounds, bear bones minimum that you should be eating is 22 points
(on the US system anyway). And probably should be eating your activity points ... or at least some
of them. But eating only 15 points a day is NOT good.

Adding those points back into your routine may show an increase at first in your weight ... but
stick with it! It can take a few weeks for your body to once again adjust and realize that you are
not trying to starve it. Then those pounds will start disappearing again.

Joyce

On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 10:31:05 GMT, "Soili" <[email protected]> wrote:

>Hi everybody, I am new here, although I have started WW numerous times. It looks like a
>really nice NG.
>
>I need some advice. I am doing the program alone, and, unlike previously, the start has been pretty
>slow. This is really frustrating, because I am used to 2-3 kg weight loss the first week, and I
>have been exercising unusually hard, too. I have been taking 1-2 classes a day, aerobics or yoga,
>or both, and have consumed 15-22 points per day. In addition, I have been exercising on my bike.Yet
>my total loss is only 1.5 kg
>(3.30 pounds). I know they always say it is better to lose weight slowly, but I would like to see
> some rewards for all those aerobics classes where everybody else seems to know the moves by
> heart and I am always bumbling one move behind.=)
>
>My starting weight was 81 kg (178.5 pounds) and now I am at 79,5 kg (175 pounds). I am 162 cm (5.3
>ft.) tall.
>
>Anybody have any idea why this is happening or comforting thoughts?
>
>Cheers, Soili
 
S

Soili

Guest
"JulieB" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
> Hi Soili, and welcome to the group. You are doing lots of exercise, so
I'd
> suggest you're building muscle.

Hi Julie, I think you may be right! I have lost 4 inches from my waist, so at least something seems
to be happening with the measuring tape, even if the scales are letting me down. I wonder if that
counts as a NSV, then?

Thank you for the links, I will study them. Thanks to everybody else, as well, for the supporting
messages. I started the program in the beginning of the year, but this really only counts as week 3,
as I did now weigh myself the first week. I will have to try to remember that the extra kilos took a
long time to pile on, so it is not a moment's work to get them off...

Cheers, Soili
 
S

Soili

Guest
"Laura" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
> Welcome aboard.
>
> I suspect that you might be eating too little and your body is in
starvation
> mode. At 178.5 pounds you should be eating at least 20 points of food each day. I don't know the
> range for the Europe plan but the minimum is 20 points. This is without any exercise figured in.
> Here's a link to their
new
> Fast Track menus that give you 20 points a day as a starting point.
> http://www.weightwatchers.com/downloads/1033/Util/art/EatingGuide.pdf
>
> Add some extra points to cover the exercise and you might see a change. Good luck.
>
Thanks. It could be true. We will see, I have already started eating more, but I feel guilty, even
though I know I am allowed to have all those points. Hate losing that little halo that seems to
hover above my head whenever I stay under 16 points. The body seems to be really quick to go into
starvation mode, after all, I had only been following the programme for two weeks. I somehow always
believed it takes a longer time for the starvation mode to start.

Cheers, Soili
 
S

Soili

Guest
"Miss Violette" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
> maybe you are not eating enough, welcome and good luck, Lee

Yes, that may well be the problem. I will start eating my points, but I am really unwilling to add
any for the exercise I take.

Cheers, Soili
 
S

Soili

Guest
"Donna in Idaho (remove invalid)" <[email protected]>
wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Soili,
>
> Welcome to our group. There's a bunch of nice people here.
>
Thanks, Donna! It does look like a very warm NG. It is not often that newbies are treated as kindly.

> Just out of curiosity, have you ever lived or visited the United States?
> --
Funny you should ask, I lived in the Dallas area for five years, and returned home in 2001.
Sometimes I miss it, especially the shopping. =) However, having to go everywere by car also
contributed to my weight. I am sure I still have quite a few Texan fat cells on my hips!

Cheers, Soili
 
D

Donna In Idaho

Guest
Soili, I asked that because a friend of mine had an exchange student several years ago - her name
was Soili. When I mentioned that someone by the name of Soili posted to the ng, she said, oh
please ask if she is the Soili I know! I'll have to disappoint her & tell her that you're a
different Soili.
--
Donna in Idaho! Project Linus Boise/SW Idaho Coordinator Website: http://donnakwilts.tripod.com/ The
ultimate inspiration is the deadline!

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"Soili" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
>
> "Donna in Idaho (remove invalid)" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]...
> > Soili,
> >
> > Welcome to our group. There's a bunch of nice people here.
> >
> Thanks, Donna! It does look like a very warm NG. It is not often that newbies are treated
> as kindly.
>
> > Just out of curiosity, have you ever lived or visited the United States?
> > --
> Funny you should ask, I lived in the Dallas area for five years, and returned home in 2001.
> Sometimes I miss it, especially the shopping. =) However, having to go everywere by car also
> contributed to my weight. I am sure I still have
quite
> a few Texan fat cells on my hips!
>
> Cheers, Soili
 
M

Miss Violette

Guest
yes it is an NSV, and a great one at that, Lee
Soili <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
>
> "JulieB" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> berlin.de...
> > Hi Soili, and welcome to the group. You are doing lots of exercise, so
> I'd
> > suggest you're building muscle.
>
> Hi Julie, I think you may be right! I have lost 4 inches from my waist, so at least something
> seems to be happening with the measuring tape, even if the scales are letting me down. I wonder if
> that counts as a NSV, then?
>
> Thank you for the links, I will study them. Thanks to everybody else, as well, for the supporting
> messages. I started the program in the beginning of the year, but this really only counts as week
> 3, as I did now weigh myself the first week. I will have to try to remember that the extra kilos
> took a long time to pile on, so it is not a moment's work to get them off...
>
> Cheers, Soili
 
M

Miss Violette

Guest
I can mess up my whole system by eating under just three days, Lee
Soili <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
>
> "Laura" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> news.ops.worldnet.att.net...
> > Welcome aboard.
> >
> > I suspect that you might be eating too little and your body is in
> starvation
> > mode. At 178.5 pounds you should be eating at least 20 points of food
each
> > day. I don't know the range for the Europe plan but the minimum is 20 points. This is without
> > any exercise figured in. Here's a link to their
> new
> > Fast Track menus that give you 20 points a day as a starting point.
> > http://www.weightwatchers.com/downloads/1033/Util/art/EatingGuide.pdf
> >
> > Add some extra points to cover the exercise and you might see a change. Good luck.
> >
> Thanks. It could be true. We will see, I have already started eating more, but I feel guilty, even
> though I know I am allowed to have all those points. Hate losing that little halo that seems to
> hover above my head whenever I stay under 16 points. The body seems to be really quick to go into
> starvation mode, after all, I had only been following the programme for two weeks. I somehow
> always believed it takes a longer time for the starvation mode to start.
>
> Cheers, Soili
 
M

Miss Violette

Guest
that is a start, but by eating under and not taking the aps you are double
deficiting your body. I never take aps as I rarely exercise. As I have
lost I have begun moving more doing regular housework that I do not count
but I always eat my daily points or I show a gain, this one of those areas
where we have to work out what is best for each of us and I think it can
vary greatly, Lee
Soili <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
>
> "Miss Violette" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> berlin.de...
> > maybe you are not eating enough, welcome and good luck, Lee
>
> Yes, that may well be the problem. I will start eating my points, but I am really unwilling to add
> any for the exercise I take.
>
> Cheers, Soili