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FWBLACK Posts: 617
8/27/12 7:19 A

Help - was doing well - then went on a long trip. Did well the first four days - then slipped - trying to get refocused and motivated after ny slip need some help. Still sticking with it but seeing a bad trend - Help

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
8/27/12 6:27 A

it is also possible that you're losing slowly because you don't have a huge amount to lose, and you're developing muscle, which doesn't seem to track very well on the scale

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8/26/12 6:00 P

I have one question, on the days where you track around 500-1000 calories for the day is that all you are eating or are you not tracking everything?

If that is all you are eating, then of course your body is going to store all it can. This is why Sparkpeople says that you need to eat at least 1200 calories a day to give your body the energy for basic functions.

If you are not tracking everything, then you are probably overeating. You need to track everything in order to get a clear picture of your eating habits so you can change the bad ones and keep the good ones.

Remember that diet is 80% of the weight loss equation. Once you get your diet on track, then the pounds will come off slowly, but consistently.

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 1,665
8/25/12 2:17 P

After reviewing your food tracker, I would definitely suggest these things:
-Eliminate the alcohol
-Eliminate the convenience foods (like fiber one bars, etc.)
-Eat more fresh veggies and fruit

Also, for some of the things you tracked, it says "mashed potatoes" or "1/2 serving creme brulee" or "1/2 pat butter unsalted." Are you making sure the calories in the foods you look up, really match what you're eating. Sparkpeople can be overwhelming sometimes, because if you look up butter, there's a million. And you can even get specific and say "Country Crock Light Butter" and there will still be 20 different versions with incorrect nutritional information. Always make sure the calories are matching up exactly. To do this, sometimes I have to add in the food to the database myself, or if I find something really similar, I'll edit the amount to make the calories match up. This is ESPECIALLY true for the alcohol you're putting in as well. I'm not sure if you're drinking out with friends, or at home. But tracking alcohol can be extremely difficult, not to mention it hinders weight loss big time. So if you can eliminate it all together, that would be ideal. If not, try limiting yourself to only drinking one time per week.

If you are spot on correct with your calories, and you know you're giving 100% with your workouts, I would try reducing your calorie range by about 200 and see if that helps. And if you can, try working out a little longer, or mixing up your routine.

Good luck!

Edited by: AM_MORRIS87 at: 8/25/2012 (14:19)
IRISHGIRL3 Posts: 866
8/25/12 12:54 P

Sorry. Just a minor vent. I've been doing my walk/run 4-5 times a week, and HHA 1-2 times a week. I do my planks and lift according to the schedule. I'm in my calorie range 99% of the time and take my vitamin and drink my water. After 6 weeks I've dropped 2 pounds. I would think I would at least lose water weight.

*Sigh* I"m sticking to it, but just frustrated.

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