Fitness Minutes: (55,652)
722 6/10/13 4:12 P
Nottinghamkate: I'm 2 inches shorter than you (putting me at 5 foot even) and I tend to be at the upper end of my range too. I workout 5 days/per week (cardio 5 days/week and strength training 2 to 3x/week).
I've been "Sparking" now for about 15 months and I've lost just over 3 stone. (I think that's about 42lbs) I generally get at the top end of my range, which is 1800 but I also burn 2000 a week through exercise. If I eat more, I exercise more. The weight loss has been slow but as I love cooking and eating it has been worth it for me to do it this way. It also means that when I do hit maintenance the changes I will need to make will be minimal and therefore hopefully easy. I'm 5 foot 2, so pretty short to be eating all of those calories, but hey, I'm proof that it can work.
Fitness Minutes: (226)
34 6/9/13 1:55 P
I was consistently eating less calories than recommended and found that I was staying the same weight or even gaining a bit. within the last week I have been eating on the high side of the calorie recommendations or even going over and now the scale is going down again. weird but true lol
I had the same issue. I think that my problem was that I was overestimating the calories I burned. I had huge differences between the cardio machines, fitness app and my HR monitor. I thought the HR monitor would be the most accurate, but there are huge differences between activities and perceived exertion, and I really don't feel it is consistant. Recently, I decided to lower my calories burned in a week, which lowered the the nutritional calorie requirement. (I no longer track calories in strength training.) I am more focused on fitness minutes than ever before. I shoot to stay at 1400 calories a day, and really try to stay within all my nutrient goals. (The toughest is getting enough fiber) I try to get 30 min of cardio 6X week, and a couple short ST sessions. I have been steadily losing about a lb/week. Good luck!
Fitness Minutes: (33,542)
22,057 6/9/13 3:20 A
I forgot to mention - I lost quite a bit of weight on 1400 calories, and with a minimal amount of exercise.
Fitness Minutes: (33,542)
22,057 6/9/13 3:19 A
I would tread VERY CAREFULLY - I had a peek at your SparkPage and note that you "USED" to have an Eating Disorder. I think that this is what is clouding your ability to rationalize properly. The fact is, we NEED to eat - pure and simple! When we do exercise, we NEED to eat more! The recommended calories for an average weight, sedentary woman is 1200. A person who is heavier, and/or active, needs to eat more, and that includes those wishing to lose weight.
I peeked at your Nutrition Tracker (yes, I am one of the "tracker stalkers" - LOL) and IF you have entered in all you eat, then your calories really are mostly too little. I also noticed that your protein is pretty low. My understanding is that you should aim for at least 60g.
Make sure that your calories are healthy ones MOST of the time. There is no reason why we can't enjoy the occasional tipple or treat, but just 'occasional'! Plenty of fruit and veges, carbs from good sources such as whole-grains etc., and quality lean protein is important to our health and well-being. Also ensure that you don't skip meals, and start the day with a good breakfast - not just eating a little, but eating enough to pick up the slack of fasting overnight and starting the activity for the day. This will help to set you up.
Because of your history with an Eating Disorder, I suggest that you may find it in your interest to talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian and/or a Therapist - both of whom can help you through this journey in a safe way.
It may be counterintuitive, but you have to eat food and fuel your body in order to lose weight. If you eat too little and do too much exercise, your body thinks back to caveman days where it thinks there's not enough food, and that you're having to exert yourself really hard to find more, so it's holding on to every calorie because ZOMG, WHAT IF YOU DON'T FIND FOOD?
Personal anecdote: I've lost over 20 lbs eating between 1500-1850 calories a day, and averaging 250-300 calories burned a day. It is the perfect balance for me, everyone may have a slightly different combo that works.
Also, I checked out your trackers - I would encourage you to eat more, and also pay attention to nutritional value. Your body doesn't just need X amount of calories - it needs the proper amount of protein, carbs, and fats. You're sometimes skipping meals, or getting up to half your daily calories in popcorn and hard alcohol. Getting essentially 700 calories of actual nutrition is a fast track to feeling worn out and wanting to give up. I enjoy an occasional gin myself, but I really have to limit it if I know I want to lose weight.
Edited by: MEGAPEEJ at: 6/9/2013 (02:44)
Fitness Minutes: (578)
4 6/9/13 1:01 A
Hey! This is my first time posting on this board. I was just wondering if anyone felt similarly to me on this — I have trouble eating getting myself to eat as many calories as the diet plan recommends, because I'm always convinced it's way too high for the exercise I'm doing (even when I'm doing what's recommended for that, too) and that I won't lose weight unless I eat less. This all-or-nothing attitude is often what causes me to get too worn out and eventually give up, and it's frustrating.
Does anyone else get this way and how do you overcome that mindset? Also, does anyone have a personal success story in which they stuck ABSOLUTELY to their plan and got results? I kind of just need proof that sticking to the plan actually works!
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