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BABYBLUESMOMMA
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7/4/13 4:16 P

Just thought I'd say thanks for the encouragement everyone. And I'm happy to say, the weight loss has begun again... PHEW After a couple weeks of being stuck and hovering between 200-202, I finally saw ONEderland today =)

I've tried to eat better (aka eat a LITTLE more)
I did get a tape measurer.... was NOT happy with that first reading at all.. but I will measure every week and see how it goes.

Hopefully I've cleared that "temporary stall" that apparently comes with a new fitness routine. We'll see. I updated my goals etc since 199 was a biggie. Here I come 180something!!



WADINGMOOSE
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6/26/13 2:46 P

Break out the tape measure.

I've lost a pound in the last month. That's it. ONE. FREAKING. POUND. (No, don't go, please keep reading! It gets better!) I've been eating well (although significantly more than you and I do find that when I eat around 1500 calories, I lose weight faster, just saying) and training for a 5K. I've also been doing strength training once a week, some yoga/other cross training activities. So I've been working hard.

That scale almost went out the bathroom window one day. Then my husband (bless his brave heart), says, "honey, you have an a$$." Genetically, my family doesn't do butts. I am plus sized and my butt is like a pancake. He also pointed out some other areas he thought were shrinking.

So he convinces me to keep going, but measure myself. Because it's really really hard to quantify something that "looks smaller" if you don't actually measure it.

2 weeks later, I'd lost another 1/2 pound.

And over 3". Including an inch from my waist and an inch from my hips - places I didn't think had changed.

I don't know where the weight is hiding (unless it's my bigger butt) because I don't really believe that I've gained that much muscle. But at the end of the day, I'm less concerned about it because obviously what I'm doing is working.

The scale is just a lying liar who lies.



NCOBADO
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6/26/13 2:22 P

Hi,

I just read your post about not going below 1200 calories a day. The question that I have is what do you do if you eat 1550 calories, but burn 400 calories in one day. So you have effectively eaten 1150 calories. Should you eat more calories so that you are above the 1200 mark or should you not?

Thank you for your help!!!



BABYBLUESMOMMA
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6/24/13 11:03 A

Oh I'm no where NEAR my goal. My first one yes.. but my ultimate one is a looooooooooong way away 50-75 pounds away. I set mini goals to keep motivated so it doesn't seem like I'm never going to reach the ultimate. First mini being 199 (onederland for the first time in over 8 years) Then 189 (havent seen a 180 something in at least 10) So forth and so on. Then I have the "mid" goals. Bigger amounts 199 still being one. Then 25 lb goals. Ultimately I'm looking for somewhere between 125-150 depending on how I feel, doc advice, bmi etc.

Walking is the only exercise I do. It's the only exercise I really CAN do being a single mother to a very hyper 3.5 year old. She enjoys the walks, she's contained in a stroller so I don't have to worry about her tripping me up/running off ect. If I try to do any other kind of exercise while she's awake, she will literally get in my way on purpose. NO distractions work for her. By the time she goes to bed, I'm exhausted, and also doing all the daily things I can't get done while she's up. And can't get up earlier in the AM to do anything else because she's a very light sleeper once the sun rises and once she hears me walk out of my room, shes up and ready for the day lol. So walking's all I got for now. Plus I'm just starting, and getting energy/stamina up.

As far as the calorie intake 1000-1200 was okay'd by my doc including the Wii Fit I was doing. It wasn't based on sedentary. I have recently (as in this week) started eating breakfast. Either a low cal english muffin with olivio butter spray and walden farms fruit spread, (90 calories) or a 100 calorie greek yogurt. I know I need to fuel my body to exercise. So hoping this will help. Oh and PLEASE no lectures about the importance of breakfast etc etc. I KNOW this... I've just never been a breakfast person. Eating breakfast tends to make me sluggish and makes me more hungry during the day, as opposed to giving me energy. And it didn't matter what I ate. Still felt the same. And I've lost 30 pounds not eating it. But I DO know that it's important, so I figured now that I'm actually doing more than sitting on the couch or playing with my daughter I'd give it another try. And maybe the exercise after eating (about 45 minutes after finishing) helps because I don't feel like crap or feel like I have a rock sitting in my stomach.

Hopefully things pick back up again soon before I get discouraged. I've been very proud of myself for sticking with things for as long as I have. There's so much I miss being able to eat, that I just steer clear of. Especially when I'm having a hard time.

But thanks for the responses



MOTIVATED@LAST
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6/24/13 10:16 A

Babyblues,

It is a common response when you start/increase an exercise program for your muscles to retain water. This increase in your lean mass can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale for a few weeks, even as you are burning fat.

Just picking up on your comment about being motivated by results. I think we are all a bit like that.

The problem here is not exercise, or results, it is your measurement system.

Muscle and water are considerably denser than fat, so typically this will show up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative. Put away the scale, and instead use the tape measure to track your progress. Body fat percentage is an even more meaningful way to track things, although it is harder to measure.

M@L



DRAGONCHILDE
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6/24/13 9:40 A

The problem is, even if your doctor approved 1000 to 1200 calories for sedentary weight loss, your body's calorie needs WILL go up if you add exercise to the mix. That's not necessarily why you're not losing weight (the water retention thing is the most likely culprit) but over time that can sabotage your efforts as you're not providing your body adequate fuel.

Try eating at the top of the doctor's range, 1200 calories. Those extra 200 calories will fuel your exercise and prevent you from hurting yourself (hopefully.)

You have to divorce yourself from the scale a bit when you add exercise for good health. You will still be changing your body, losing fat, etc, it's just masked on the scale. That's one reason the scale is such a poor measure of progress.

Are you doing any strength training? I assume from your posts you aren't; if you're not, as much as 25% of your weight loss can come from lean muscle tissue and other non-fat sources. This results in that unfun state we not-so-fondly call "skinny fat" - where your weight is low, but your body fat percentage is high.

So close to your goal it might be more productive to turn to measuring body fat for progress.



HEALTHYFOREVER4
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6/24/13 9:38 A

You don't have to eat at the very top of that range. You could try different limits until you find that "sweet spot" that helps you lose. For example, you could try 1200-1300 and see if that makes a difference.

Another thing to consider is how close you are to your goal. It is usually harder to lose weight as fast when you get closer to your goal because your body doesn't burn as many calories when you weigh less.



BABYBLUESMOMMA
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6/24/13 9:31 A

I wasn't losing exercising or not on 1500 calories. I tried that in the beginning. Which was why I cut calories to begin with and talked to my doctor. Everybody's different, and I guess my body needs less to lose. Funny because I actually DO lose weight when I eat next to nothing. But this time around I'm trying to do it right because it doesn't stay off. And I'm pretty freakin miserable when I'm limiting myself that much. lol



LEC358
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6/24/13 9:26 A

Been there and lived to tell the tale. When I'm not losing weight, I focus on gains I'm making in fitness and also how my measurements are changing. For example, I've lost one pound in the last 2 months but I've also lost and inch each from my hips and waist. I'm also lifting heavier weights than I was 2 months ago and running faster and farther. The scale is exactly *one* data point...and not a particularly good one at that. Focus on the changes you see in your fitness and energy. Good luck!



HEALTHYFOREVER4
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6/24/13 9:21 A

You said you eat between 1000 and 1200 calories a day? That isn't enough. You're not supposed to go below 1200 calories. Even if your doctor has approved that amount for you, it could be why you're not losing weight. When you don't eat enough calories, your body holds onto the weight it has because it feels starved. Your metabolism slows down to decrease overall calorie burn, even while exercising. I would try upping your calorie intake to 1200-1550 calories a day, which is SP's lowest recommended range. You may see results faster than a few weeks that way. emoticon It's worth a try, especially if you really need results to stay motivated.

Edited by: HEALTHYFOREVER4 at: 6/24/2013 (09:23)


BABYBLUESMOMMA
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6/24/13 9:05 A

Weeks??? Longer???
Ugh.. by then my motivation will be out the window.
I'm the kind of person that's very motivated by results, so this is definitely NOT good news for me :(
But thanks for the answer. Just even more frustrating because I was THISCLOSE to ONEderland and that was hugely motivating. It's what got me motivated to start walking to begin with. It's a LOT harder to drag myself out into the hot humid weather with 0 to show for it. But I'll try and stick with it.. hopefully the results start to show before I get too frustrated to bother anymore. Yeah I know I'm whining :( But I'm sure anyone who's been where I'm at knows how I'm feeling right now.



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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6/24/13 8:57 A

Any time you start a new exercise program, your muscles tend to retain water. It's a temporary thing, but can cause an increase on the scale that can last a few weeks (or sometimes more). My suggestion would be to start back into a regular routine and ignore the scale for a while. Once your body adjusts to those changes, the scale will start moving down again.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen



BABYBLUESMOMMA
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6/24/13 8:49 A

I figured I'd post and get some input from people that (maybe?) have been where I'm at. It's VERY frustrating.

I've been losing an average of 1-2 lbs a week since I started SP in January. EXCEPT when I get into an exercise routine. Seems like once I start doing some form of regular exercise the loss completely stops. And it's extremely aggrivating. Makes me want to just quit exercising.

I'm not even doing a whole lot. Last time this happened I had started using the Wii Fit every day doing a combination of Just Dance, and Free Step. I stopped using the wii and the weight loss started again. This time all I'm doing is walking. Not even at an extremely fast pace. My walking app clocks me in at around 3 - 3.5 mph for 45 min to an hour. I walk 1.5 - 2.5 miles a day. And again, the loss has completely stopped. I even GAINED a pound back. And I haven't changed anything that I've been eating. WTH is up with that?

Has anyone had this problem? Is this just my body adjusting from virtually no exercise to the walking? If so, any idea how long before I start losing again? I'm ready to just give it up and go back to doing nothing. Please help :(

*edit
I looked at the FAQ as my question is similar to one of the please read here ones. I eat between 1000-1200 calories a day (my doctor has approved this amount) And according to the calculations on my walking app, and other calculators I've researched, I'm burning aprox 350 calories when I walk the full 2.5 miles. I'm also pushing my 36lb 3 and a half year old in a stroller.. not that a stroller adds much to a workout but it does a little bit. Either way I haven't calculated the stroller into my walk, just my weight, speed and distance.

Edited by: BABYBLUESMOMMA at: 6/24/2013 (08:56)


 
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