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7/28/13 11:56 P

Jennilacey.....I changed my activity level and was blown away by how much I need to be eating. Oh Dear GOD!!

I do a tremendous amount of walking at work, but I do it at a much higher level than what I really need to on purpose to get that calorie burn going. Sometimes I will spend an hour walking on my toes. Given that I will haul butt for 7-10 hours at a whack, I need to be eating no less than 3,000 calories a day when I have long shifts. And that isn't even figuring in my workout days!!! emoticon

That is a whole truckload of healthy food!!!!!

Edited by: MRSTIGHTWAD at: 7/28/2013 (23:58)
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7/28/13 11:47 P

Devri....if you have never done cross fit before, I can honestly say, it is the most super intense workout you will ever experience. I am in very good shape and improving every day. When I tried it for the first time, I was totally blown away at how the 12 minute workout left me laying on the floor, soaked in sweat, lungs burning, and so completely exhausted. A 2.5 mile run was easier....so was hobbling up and down 3 flights of stairs on crutches for 5 weeks. Cross fit makes jazzercise look like the equivalent to a kindergarten play session....lol. It was intensely fun, but boy did I hit muscles that I had no idea were getting worked from my running, cardio, and weight training. WOW!!!!

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7/28/13 12:19 P

There's a way you can change your activity level (outside of exercise) by going to your account preferences on your start page. Spark automatically assumes everyone as "sedentary" if you're not, you may not have a correct calorie range for your activity level.

1500 cals is likely too low for some as active and exercises as much as you and at your current weight. I eat 1500 cals on my non-exercise days and I am lightly active and weigh less. On days I exercise I aim for around 1800 cals. Mind you I have my goals set to lose 1 lb/week but it's worth looking into.

Eating too little can actually harm your weight loss in the long run. Been there. As strange as it sounds, eating more always broke me through plateaus.

I second the resistance/strength training and maybe cutting back on the cardio a bit. Not including this in your exercise program means a good portion (I believe 30%) of your loss will be coming from lean muscle/tissue. This will cause your metabolism to slow even more (as losing weight naturally does) as well as the other health and aesthetic hindrances that comes with losing LBM.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/28/2013 (12:27)
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7/28/13 12:14 P

Thank you for responding. If you are familiar with Jazzercise, they do the whole gamma. Cardio, weights, strength and they always mix up the workout. I believe it is the most complete for what I can do physically since I have a disability to my right arm.

I have increased from low impact to high impact just the last few days so I am changing things up all the time.

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7/28/13 12:12 P

Thank you for this info. No, I am not sedentary outside of exercise. We are always doing something. Boating, walking, etc. I do take Saturday and Sunday off from intense work though but I still engage in 1-2 hours of dance during this time.

I think I am just impatient with myself especially since I set a Sept 1 goal which I now see is unrealistic. :)

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7/28/13 12:03 P

You need to change up your routine and challenge your body more. Try adding weights to the mix. The human body needs a mix of resistance training and cardio for optimal health to begin with. By focusing more on cardio, you have been denying your body that challenge. Aside from toning the muscles, resistance training also offers a host of other benefits as well, one being it helps to prevent osteoporosis and strengthens the bones. Keep the weights light but challenging and use faster reps rather than slower ones.

You may also want to try crossfit. It combines plyometrics with cardio for one seriously intense workout.

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7/28/13 11:46 A

One week is not considered a plateau, 3 weeks with no changes is. It's normal to have a week here or there where you don't lose. Weight loss is not always a linear process. Give it time.

1500 cals is not a lot especially if you're doing lots of cardio. Are you sedentary outside of exercise?

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/28/2013 (11:47)
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7/28/13 11:24 A

I have been working out doing Jazzercise and strength training daily. I have lost 15 pounds, 17 inches since May 23 but I have hit a plateau. This week I had nothing. No weight loss, no inches. Last week I only lost 0.75 inches. How do I change this? I am eating around 1500 calories/day but doing LOTS of cardio. 2-4 hours daily through Jazzercise.

How do I break this plateau?

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