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2/8/13 1:47 P
Thank you Nausikaa. Your insight is valuable and I will consider moving forward. You make a great point about the week end being 30% of the picture. I'll definately start tracking on the week ends so I'm not fooling myself. I appreciate everyone's support on this post. It really helps when things aren't going as we expect.
At your weight, 1/2 - 1 lb /week weight loss is excellent. You should be celebrating, not getting down on yourself. NOTHING is "really wrong." Except you do have some unrealistic expectations, but that can be adjusted :)
If you weren't losing at all, I would suggest you track on weekends as well (and in fact, I DO suggest you do this anyway). Tracking ALL of your food will give you valuable data that can be used in many ways. I understand that it can feel like a chore, but you could keep a paper food journal on those days and then just enter them on Monday when you do your regular Monday tracking. The reason to do this is to give yourself a more complete nutritional picture. 2/7 days is almost 30% of the time. That's a lot of missing data. Sorry if I misunderstood your comment that you track "on weekdays."
Another piece of advice I'd give you is not to expect perfection. Exercising every single day is great but sometimes there will be a day when you can't (sick, scheduling, something comes up, whatever). It's important not to be so invested in 100% every-single-day exercising that one rest day will get you down or - in a worst case scenario - have you feeling like such a failure that you don't get back to it the next day. Athletes know how important rest days are. It's very important to give your body a chance to repair. More is NOT always better. Personally I work out 5 days/week and rest on the weekends. And once every few weeks, I take a full week off from strength training. It's for the best, though I do wish I didn't have to.
Great goals and be sure to check back in and let us know how you are doing on your goals so we can celebrate with you along the way!
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2/6/13 9:15 A
Thank you to all for the great advise and more importantly, the support. I will keep doing what I'm doing as I feel great mentally and can feel my body getting stronger. Keeping in mind the real goal is health. Thanks all and good luck on your journey as well. My new goals are to start running again to train for a 5k, work towards doing 25 regular push ups, (not on my knees like a girl, haha) and hold a plank position for a full minute. I will also continue to get at least 30 mminutes of exercise a day with light days for pilates and yoga. Thanks again, you are all life savers.
2/5/13 2:03 P
"This morning's work out was day 36 in a row that I've been working out since the new year started. I'm down only 3 pounds and few inches."
A few inches in 1 month is great! And the closer you get to your goal weight, the slower the pounds will come off - half a pound to a pound a week is great!!!!!
Give yourself some credit, and just keep on keeping on... you're doing it really right!
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1,023 2/5/13 12:02 P
I KNOW by experience that the addition of Cayenne pepper capsules, ginger, honey, cinnamon, & other spices revs up the metabolism and helps more fat come off. When I 1st began here on Spark People, those were daily staples - either by adding to my foods, or taking separately - and I lost 65 pounds in 6 months. However, I do not reocmmend that fast of a weight loss in that little of time because it will affect your gallblader & liver in not so good ways, by overloading them with Ketones, which can in turn cause other problems w/ your pancreas. I developed gallstones, which I used a juice fast to eliminate (and it worked), but which in turn caused Type II Diabetes to come on sooner than it would have, because I drank more fruit juices than I should have, instead of adding more veggie juices. So do it slow & it will stay off and you wil be healthier. Remember, 1-2 pounds each week will result in a huge 52-104 pounds each year, which you will be able to keep off.
I'll be interested to read other responses because I'm in the same boat as you. I've been working out religiously (5-7 days per weeks) since last August and started tracking my diet regularly in November. I've lost 6 lbs...that's it. My goal is to lose 48 lbs, so it's not that I have a small amount of weight to lose either. Very frustrating indeed!
I've been trying to keep myself motivated by focusing on the health factor...meaning I'm trying to focus more on the healthy lifestyle than the scale, but I have to admit it is hard to do. I'd be happy with any amount of weight loss as long as the scale was moving in the right direction, not stuck in neutral!
Good luck and don't give up...
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1,023 2/5/13 11:44 A
Sometimes you can do TOO MUCH. Which will put your body into a starvation mode, whereby it converts & stores what you eat as fat. But if you are only at a plateau, you can change things up by ADDING weight to your work-outs. Do this by strapping on wrist & ankle weights or by placing a 10 pound weight in a back pack when you walk. I try to wear the ankle & wrist weights while doing my everyday chores & running errands. Also, check with one of the professionals on here about the absence of bread in your diet. Bread has been found to be a MUST-HAVE, but maybe they can steer you towards a bread your body & health can tolerate. It also doesn't sound like you are getting the right combinations of carbs, fats, & protein. Have you checked the daily ratios on your nutrition page? They recommend 50% carbs, 30% fats, & 20% protein as a well-rounded diet. To find out how you are doing, click on the little square at the bottom of your food-tracking page that reads "See Today's Full Report", and there are 2 little circles at the bottom of the page - one is what you ate that day or have eaten at the time you look at the page & the other is what they recommend you eat each day. I hope this is of some help to you. Take care. Remember we are suppose to only have wieght/strength training every other day 3 times a week AND high cardio 3 times a week. Light walking can be done on the strength training days. AND rest on Sunday - don't count calories - don't worry about any exercise, except a normal relaxing Sunday. Also, don't diet on Sunday - by confusing your body, it will keep it from falling into a rut - the body likes a variety of things to eat & to do.
I understand your frustration as a fellow thyroid person. You are seeing success which is great. You have some metabolically related health issues that work against your efforts and that is frustrating for sure especially when you are doing everything right. You may find other information on this website that is helpful as well.
While the weight loss may be slow -- focusing on other ways you are seeing improvement in health and fitness levels may also be helpful as well. Are you able to hold a plank pose for a minute? If not, perhaps working toward that (or 90 seconds if you are almost there) not only uses many muscle groups that will help your metabolic furnace, but it also gives you another measurable result that you can focus on besides the scale. These are the types of goals that keep my going.
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2/5/13 10:28 A
This morning's work out was day 36 in a row that I've been working out since the new year started. I'm down only 3 pounds and few inches. I am trying not to get discouraged, but it's hard when there are no results. I track my food on week days and really watch what I'm eating (between 1200 and 1800 calories). Low carb and low sugar, even gave up fruits. I haven't been very hungry the last week or so, so I've even been eatting very small meals. This is so frustrating!!!!! I'm 51, hypothyroid, but medicated and all my levels are in a good range. I have celiac disease, so I don't eat breads, crackers, cookies or cakes and read labels obsessivily. I do 40 minutes on the elliptical trainer on Monday and Fridays, Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday are 30 minute weight DVD (Coach Nicole's bootcamp), and Wednesday is 20 pilates and a walk, Sunday 30 minutes of Yoga and a walk. I someties get an additional walk on the other days of the week as well.(3 additional last week) What else could I possibly do to move the scale or inches in the right direciton. Please help!!!!
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