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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
9/30/12 5:06 P

Panda, spark is a computer program. It doesn't know anything besides the algorithm it is programed to know, so it is entirely possible your calories are too low. The human body is not a computer. You can tell your body "I am going to eat 1300 calories a day, and you will lose 2lb a week", all you want, but it doesn't mean it will listen!

Also, if your goal date is too close, or you set 2lb a week, it will usually default to the lowest calorie range. That doesn't mean it is a healthy calorie range for you, just that the calorie range best fits you goals.

Hope this helps.

PURPLEPANDA_33 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/30/12 4:51 P

as i have mentioned i have double checked my goals again it doesnt allow you to set them more then 2lbs a week even if you try which i have and all the #s are set to you and your weight and goals and everything else. I went in and tried changing my goals to a month earlier and it said something like we recommend losing 2 lbs a week no more and wouldnt let me hit continue without changing it back so on my end i have everything correct.

So why would the system have my goals too high/too low if it works correctly? Plus again like i have said already 1300 calories is enough for me im never hungry and always on the low end of the calorie goal form 1200 to 1500 my average is 1300 and i dont know if i could even fit more food into me then that without eating the wrong kinds of food with sugar in it lol.

STARGAZER420 Posts: 114
9/30/12 10:41 A

Just because the number on the scale doesn't move does not mean your work is all for nothing! Even if there are no obvious changes, your body is thanking you for every healthy bite you take, and every workout you get in!

It's a lifestyle change. If what you're doing now isn't something you can keep up for the rest of your life, you need to do something different. You're not going to get to your goal weight and just stop doing all the things you're doing now.

Try to stay positive. You didn't gain it that fast. You will lose it. It will take time. You're on the right track!

SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/30/12 4:44 A

Someone else mentioned it earlier in the thread, but I think your daily calorie goal could be too low. I know that sounds weird, but I started out at 235 and definitely needed to eat more than 1300 calories to lose a goal of 2lbs per week. I can't recall what my exact goal was per day, but I believe I was eating around 1600-1800 calories/day on average. You might want to double check your calorie goal because if you're not eating enough calories, weight loss can slow or stall completely.

I also wouldn't worry about meeting the carb goals. I eat way under the recommended carb goal and steadily lose weight. I'm another one of those people who could not lose weight eating high carb/low fat. Since I've cut out all sugar and grains, I don't find it difficult to lose weight at all. I still have to do everything that we all do here--track foods, exercise, stay motivated....but I don't battle with cravings or hunger pangs at all, and I have a whole bunch more energy.

My husband started out being somewhat unsupportive as well, but I just put my foot down about what sorts of foods we'd be eating (I am the one who cooks here) and keeping in the house. And as others have mentioned, I had to stress to him that I need and want to be healthy and happy, period...and everyone in this house should support me. I support my husband and son in whatever they're up to, so they can do this for me. I'm three months in to this big change, and it seems we're all used to it now. If you stick to what you're doing and stand your ground when you need to, your husband and kids will adjust.

You're doing great! Try not to be so focused on the scale numbers because that number isn't the whole story. Congratulate yourself for exercising regularly and eating healthier, and for staying with it, and for losing! The scale IS moving in the right direction, even if it's not doing so as fast as you want it to. Try taking measurements with a tape measure monthly so you have other ways of seeing change. You could also do this by trying on your trousers that are too small right now. Keep putting them on every week or month, however you want to do it, and watch them finally fit!

MOMMYOF2RN Posts: 579
9/30/12 3:05 A

Men are alot of times afraid for some reason that we will get our "old bodies" back and meet someone new...dont know why it's absurd I know. You just have to give it sometime 1-2 pounds per week is the average healthy weight loss. Keep your head up, you can do this! emoticon emoticon

PURPLEPANDA_33 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/30/12 1:33 A

thanks again for the posts and im not sure why my husband is so unsupportive i just think my looks is not that important anymore and i have gained 40 pounds since we met ( i did have a baby too) i think he just hates all the fuss like buying different food me not cooking his crappy foods anymore cause i wont eat em. i got exercise equiptment donated to me (a total gym and a treadmill) and we have room for them but he complains about them being here again i dont know why.

anyways today i feel better after reading your posts and i did a great 25 min workout and felt i could go some more so i did so thank you for the support

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
9/29/12 3:26 A

I know that it feels like you SHOULD lose more. I remember one month I worked my butt off. Did so, so well. I lost 600g (a pound and a half). I was so, so upset. Then the next month I lost double. The human body is odd, there is no way to predict how it will react.

Your husband sounds like he is being horrible about you weight loss. Sorry, but he does. Have you talked about why he is not on board? Why he doesn't want you to look and feel better, live longer, be healthier?

I hope everything works out for you!

9/29/12 12:53 A

And yes... you need a support system. I don't have a very supportive family or friends, so I came online for the support. If you need to talk with someone, I'm around.I have 2 kids myself and know how hard it is to find a healthy balance.

I don't look for non-fat food or "diet" food as often feel unnatural to me, BUT I do eat thoughtful meals and don't give in to temptation. Giving up recreational sugars has been tough... But I know it's what I have to do to lose this weight.

9/29/12 12:47 A

Perhaps you are eating the wrong kinds of foods even though you are meeting your goals? I know I am always way below the recommended carbohydrate intake because I just won't lose weight when I eat unnecessary carbs. This means I don't eat complex carbs or refined sugars for the most part. I have salads without croutons, limit bread to before 2pm because I know the remaining portion is active and I will burn the carbs. I only eat whole grain bread.Also, I always log my food regardless if I am watching calories as awareness is a large part of successful weight loss. I am sure you get the point.

3 years ago I lost 80 pounds in 8 months just by keeping things simple. Then last years I slipped and stopped using Spark People and stopped monitoring my food intake. I quickly gained 10 pounds and anytime I tried on my own, I failed. I just started back up again myself and am so much happier I did. Don't get discouraged girl, you'll get there.

PURPLEPANDA_33 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/29/12 12:28 A

thanks for all the encouragment its just twice as hard for me since i dont have a support system. my husband and i fight dialy about my "dieting" how much more money it cost for "my" food since its different then the familys he wont eat wheat bread or fat free anything and so on. Plus he complains when i workout says i need to be watching the kids are doing this or doing that instead also i have no friends or family no one to workout with no one to encourage me and my husband agrees for all the hard work i do weighing food giving up soda not eating what the family eats like pizza night i should be seeing more outcome and its a waste of my time and effort to have only lost 2 pounds in almost 3 weeks especially when he does and eats what he likes and he weighs himself the same times i do and he loses more then i do and does no exercise i hate it

GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
9/28/12 10:22 P

When I went from 205# to 130 I still had my diet mentality & struggled for the first few years in SP. Not until I got emoticon did I REALLY 'get it' & started doing things differently. First, even tho' some days I exercised 1-2 hours, it was never consistent, so I started with 10 minutes. My goal was to get healthy & fit once & for more yo-yoing, which I'd done for decades. I had no time frame, adopted healthy habits & eliminated unhealthy ones gradually, but I almost always lost......could be 1/2# or less, but it kept going down. I also mixed up exercise; started going to zumba classes 2-3 times a week. That gradually dwindled, so picked up yoga 1-2 times a week. It was probably easier because I ate mostly vegetarian, except for fish, but....I always ate one or two veggies at every meal & some snacks. You might check some of my blogs that have pictures of some of my meals, which are pretty hearty & most are Spark recipes.
I know you can do this; keep plugged in, keep posting/blogging & you'll get there! emoticon

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
9/28/12 7:53 P

The only thing you need to do differently is lower your expectations. You are losing a pound a week. That is great. Nothing is wrong. Stop stressing and accept that, like me, you are a slow loser. I have lost 2lb a month since my second month. It is still weight loss, and once you have been at it as long as me (9 months) it adds up!

JAYEBEAN SparkPoints: (580)
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9/28/12 7:23 P


I think from what you said about the goal you set for 2 lbs, you believe that it's a guarantee. It's not a guarantee, it's a goal. Sometimes it's met, sometimes it's not. Your body may not agree with the goal every week.

The thing you have to keep in mind is that you don't want to give up because, while it may take time, it will happen. You also have to keep in mind that there may be some things you need to adjust to get the body to let go of pounds. Since it's only been a short time, it may take a while longer to get the right mix.

I agree that sodium is a big factor in weight because of water retention. So work on getting that below the 2300 and stay there. Whatever you do, DO NOT give up. Hang in there.

SPILLARY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/28/12 6:30 P

I am 5' 2" and I started out at 212. It took me 8 months to lose 30 pounds. I have been woking out and sticking to the program. Sometimes I lost 1 pound in a week, other times 4 or 5, other times NOTHING.

Thake a breather. Relax. You're doing the right stuff. Don't get discouraged. It really does work. It's no miracle and it takes a long time. I still want to lose another 30. You just have to keep it up.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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9/28/12 6:25 P

First, 2lbs a week is VERY ambitious. It took me 9 months to lose 38lbs, which is basically a pound a week, and from what I've been told, is very good, many people take even longer than that. Remember this is a lifestyle change, not a "quick fix". If you've previous done "diets" you're probably expecting to have the big weight loss numbers, but it just doesn't happen that way when you do it the right way. Losing slowly and steadily will greatly increase your chances of keeping it off once it's gone.

I honestly don't pay much attention to the carbs range. I'm usually on the very low end of it on most days, or below. They have my max at 308, and I don't think I could hit that even if I ate a bunch of cookies or something. I think protein, fiber, and sodium are way more important to worry about. Toast will just give you empty calories with no nutrients in it. If you're having to snack to get more calories in, do it mindfully, with things like fruit/veggies, cheese, yogurt, or nuts as these items have lots of nutrients that your body needs. Believe it not, even going a little over the sodium (I'm assuming your max is 2300?) will affect your weigh-ins. 2300 is the max that's recommended for anybody.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 9/28/2012 (18:26)
PURPLEPANDA_33 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/28/12 6:06 P

the goal i set says is at 2 pounds a week it wouldnt let me set it any faster made me change it and the #s they gave me have not been changed by me so again im not sure where im going wrong other then A LITTLE bit over the sodium goal but its not drastic enough to make me set back so much plus 1300 calories is alot for me its hard for me to meet that goal and carbs is high too like 135 a day wow i end up eating toast for snacks just to get the extra carbs and calories in so again im not sure what i can do differently do see better or the correct results even the program says i should be seeing which is 2 pounds a week not 1

Edited by: PURPLEPANDA_33 at: 9/28/2012 (18:10)
YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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9/28/12 6:03 P

I agree that 2lbs in 18 days is actually great, and you're losing at a good and healthy rate. This isn't The Biggest Loser, you aren't going to see 5-10lb weight losses a week, and usually when people see huge weight losses at the beginning, it's just water weight.

I would recommend trying to get your sodium down, I know when I eat too much sodium my number on the scale does go up. Also you might want to consider eating a bit more, especially protein/fiber.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 9/28/2012 (18:04)
STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/28/12 5:59 P

With your current weight, and with the exercise you are doing, 1400/day seems too low...maybe you've played with your numbers or set a target weight/date that is too aggressive. If it is too low, your body is clinging to whatever energy stores it has because it thinks it is starving. All that sodium isn't helping either, as your body holds on to all that water.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (188,726)
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9/28/12 5:58 P

There is no speed that you "should" be losing at. You're losing, that is a very good thing! there will be weeks that you don't lose at all or even gain. But as long as you are seeing any kind of results..that's what you want.

PURPLEPANDA_33 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/28/12 5:50 P

i am 5 6 and 226 pounds at start now at 224 i have alot to lose and im very over weight so 2 pounds a week is a minimum i should be losing a week not a max with how much im working out there should be more of a difference. what am i doing wrong are the #s the program gave me wrong should i lower them? i dont know what to do i just know i cant keep doing what i am for a one pound loss a week thats not good enough for the effort im doing.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
9/28/12 5:42 P

18 days isn't enough time; besides, that's almost a lb/week, which is great!! I think you're looking at this wrong. You need to give it a month or two before you decide you need to do something differently. Stick to it; 2 lbs in 18 days is again, really good! 1-2 lbs a week is what's considered good for a goal, so if you want to lose say 20 lbs, I'd set your goal 20 weeks out and if you have less weight to lose it's more difficult. Good Luck!

PURPLEPANDA_33 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/28/12 5:24 P

ok here is my issue this is my 18th day on spark and i have followed all the rules weighing food drinking water staying within my limits and exercising and in 18 days i have lost a total of 2 pounds this to me is BS can anyone explain why this is i know there is alot of different things ppl out there say so here are my facts to take into consideration

calories-always hit my goal average is 1300
carbs- hard to hit the high goal but not far off
fat- at top of scale about 3 days total went over by 10g
protein- always in the middle of goal
fiber-goal is 25 average about 12 need to work on i know been going up slowly as recommend
sodium-avarage 2650 need to cut to get under 2300 but not far off

WATER- i drink 8+ everyday no soda sometimes with lemon
i work out everyday most days i walk a mile or do walk away the pounds and then do 10 min of hard circut training on my total gym im all hot and sweaty and out of breath so i must be working out enough about 30 min minimum a day sometimes more.

im not sure what other info you need to know to make a recommendation but soemthing needs to change i am getting so discouraged and depressed at all my hard work not paying off.-------plz plz help

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