Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Sorry for today’s whiney post title. I’m not exactly in a constructive mood today. 🙁

For some reason I always manage to convince myself that I can skip Feldenkrais lessons for a couple of weeks with no problem. I can’t, and now I suffer from aching neck and shoulder muscles. My muscles are so bunched up that I actually feel dizzy.

But back to today’s topic: my monthly before and after pictures. I haven’t weighed myself for a couple of months so I have no numbers to compare to, but based on my comparison pictures – and the way my clothes fit – I’d say I’m more or less the same than a month ago.

Left: 5th July | Right: 9th August

Below are the side pictures.

Left: 5th July | Right: 9th August 2012

It’s embarrassing to keep posting these pictures when nothing happens.

So why can’t I lose weight?

June was a difficult month for me, so I can  understand it. July was better, but obviously not good enough for me to actually lose weight. My quality of life and being able to take good care of myself (and consequently lose weight) go pretty much hand in hand. I AM trying to make improvements in my life but I’m afraid it may take years to have results. So should I give up on the weight loss attempt for now and concentrate on other things: getting fitter and not gaining weight?

What consoles me a bit is that at least I’m getting stronger little by little. I just started the third phase of  Lynn Cosgrove’s Female Body Breakthrough program.

I suppose that instead of asking myself  “why can’t I lose weight?” I should ask how can I make my life better and more fun. I have some ideas for that, but I’ll write about them on Sunday…


  1. Yes Satu, as you know I recently wondered if I was asking the wrong question (wanting the wrong thing). Rather than it being about losing weight, if it should be about changing my life. (Sadly it’s all about the weight for me!)

    I think it’s great that you’re getting fitter. I’m trying to remind myself of how far I’ve come in that regard as well – even if the scales aren’t moving.


    • Satu says:

      Hi Deb! Yes I remember and that is why that question resonated with me too. 🙂 If I make the changes in my life that I need to do, losing weight will probably become possible and may even be relatively easy.

      Luckily I’m already in a better mood now, and my even my weight loss future doesn’t look so bleak right now. 😉

  2. Lori says:

    Strong is good. I think that no matter what you weigh, if you try to be the healthiest and strongest you can be at that weight, that is really important. Sometimes you just have to live doing all the things that lead to health and you just have to weight a long time for the body to catch up to the actions.

  3. Strength is good and as you keep doing weights/strength training, it will all start to work itself out. As for losing weight, I was at a major standstill for a long time. I kept working out but I wasn’t eating right and I wasn’t aware of how much I was eating (well, I knew it wasn’t good but I didn’t keep track). Just started a food journal last week and made some minor changes like no sugar in coffee, no dessert (except fruit) and I lost 5 lbs. Now to keep it up! I think the food journal is the ticket BUT you don’t have to sweat it like I used to. Just write down what you eat (no other numbers like calories, fat, etc.). Do it in Evernote, not in a clunky app where you have to search high and low for the food brands.

    My goal is 30-50 lbs by Feb. What about you? Come stay accountable on my FB page http://www.facebook.com/losingitandlovingit you have my support.

    • Satu says:

      Hi Angie! 5 lbs in with such small changes sounds fantastic and it’s a good example on how the changes you make needn’t be huge ones.

      I’m a bit shy ss for declaring a numeric goal, but I could use your FB page for accountability…

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