You are doing great. Nine pounds is awesome. I have found that what helps me stay on track and not get frustrated is to celebrate the small accomplishments. I have a lot of weight to lose and if I focus on the total amount I tend to get overwhelmed so I've broken it down into thirty pound segments. You are working out, losing weight, and making some really great changes. Celebrate that.
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If your nutrition trackers aren't showing, you need to make them public before we can see them and provide some help!
You are absolutely seeing results... phenomenal results! 9 pounds in a month is stellar. Your diet doesn't have to be bland or tasteless.
I strongly recommend you accurately input your fitness goals into your fitness tracker, so that Sparkpeople can recommend an appropriate calorie range. 1200 calories may be too little for you if you're very active, and you may need an adjustment!
Those TV shows create unrealistic expectations for what you can reasonable achieve in real life. If you had personal chefs, personal trainers, no job, and worked out for 6+ hours a day, you could lose that much too. ;)
Your dedication and slower loss is going to pay off for you more than a quick loss and lack of dedication, so keep doing what you're doing! It's definitely frustrating when you don't see that scale moving a little quicker- I've been staying steady for about two weeks although I feel like I'm working extra hard at it. I keep telling myself that as long as I continue to do the right things consistently, it's going to work!
I track my food on the spark people app on my phone, I'm not sure why it doesn't show up here. Also, I'm not sure how to track my workouts on here if I'm doing workout videos.
Thanks for the motivation! I checked my weight again and that extra weight I gained back was gone again, I must have been retaining water or something.
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Coach Nancy and I must have some kind of telepathy going because as I was reading your story I thought the 2 very same things in the same order. First, 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week is a safer and more effective solution than 20 lbs in 30 days.
Second, while the biggest loser is "Reality TV" it isn't reality. Those people have personal trainers working with them several hours a day, dietitians and medical personnel 24/7. That isn't real life.
Third, Nancy gives you great advice and stop comparing yourself and your progress to others. You are you, with your own unique physiology and metabolism.
In your writing you say you track your food. I notice it doesn't show up on the nutrition tracker on Sparkpeople. You really should track it there. Here's why. The nutrition tracker breaks down your daily intake and tracks calories, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, vitamins, proteins, and just about anything else you want to track. Using these tools shows you areas where you can bring your nutritional needs into balance in order to get better results.
Also, try using the fitness tracker. It could be of real benefit to you.
Finally, remember you LOST 9 POUNDS. That's terrific! I wish I would have lost 9 lbs in January. I would have been on "cloud 9" with you.
Good luck in your journey, keep up the good work, and JUICE to you!
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I would be more concerned with your friends losing 20 pounds in a month than with you only having lost 9. And even 9 pounds is a very aggressive weight loss considering most experts recommend no more than 1-2 pounds per week--this ensures the body is getting the nutrients it needs to function. The reason, the faster one loses weight the more lean body mass one loses (we're talking muscle, bone, organ and connective tissue) which over time may have some affect on your metabolism.
You should not compare your weight loss to any other person or shows like the Biggest Loser, while this show is popular amongst TV viewers, it is one of the most disdained shows amongst certified personal trainer, dietitians, wellness coaches, etc--the reason, it is NOT reality.
Just like you did not gain the weight overnight, you cannot expect to lose it overnight as well. This journey is not about getting the weight off as quick as you can--but making this journey a lifestyle--a way of living. It's easy to lose weight when you live on a ranch day in and day out and all your day is planned, but the reality is, we have life to live.
A month ago, around January 1st, I started Jillian Michael's 90 day shred. For those of you who aren't familiar, Jillian is one of the trainers from The Biggest Loser and the 90 day shred is her Biggest Loser workout. I started the workout at 221 lbs. Jillian requires you to work out 6 days a week with 1 day of rest. You do the workouts in groups. For example, day 1-workout 1, day 2-workout 2, day 3-cardio, then repeat and 1 day of rest. You do this for 2 weeks then move on to workouts 3 and 4 with cardio the 3rd and 6th day. I should have started workouts 5 and 6 and cardio 2 this week but I decided to stick with workouts 3 and 4 and cardio 1 for one more week since I started the workout in such bad shape, my progression has been slow. The workouts are 30 minutes long and they are hard hard work. A diet is also included in the plan. I don't follow the diet exactly, she has a menu planned for all 90 days, but I do track my calorie intake and I stay within her ranges and eat the same kind of food. My diet is pretty bland, it consists of low-calorie cereal and skim milk for breakfast; chicken, rice and vegetables for lunch; and a salad for dinner with low fat dressing and sometimes chicken or fish with the salad. I drink water and coffee and I take my coffee with 1 splenda and some skim milk. I usually eat around 1200-1500 calories a day, which should be enough to maintain my weight, if not lose weight. I'm doing the program with two of my friends and they both have lost around 20 pounds in the first month, and neither of them do the workouts 6 days a week. My problem is, I only lost 9 pounds and I'm starting to gain weight again! I just don't understand what I'm doing wrong. I'm beginning to lose motivation, which is usually what happens when I try and lose weight. I am ALWAYS unsuccessful and then I start to miss the point of busting my butt every day with no results.
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