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NIKKIK34 SparkPoints: (1,180)
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1/27/13 2:30 P

So I took your advice and made a new meal plan and workout program. I'm going to do strength 3 days a week and cardio 3 days a week. I upped my calorie intake to 1500-1600. I can't wait to start this tomorrow. I went shopping for my food yesterday and am finishing up my calendar and meals. Turns out after my workouts I was only getting about 400 calories. That explains way I was sluggish and out of it all the time. After working all day and then coming home and working out, that's not a very good thing. I'm so excited to have found spark people. I hope it finally helps me reach my goal.

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1/26/13 7:46 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

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1/26/13 11:01 A

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1/25/13 10:53 P

It sounds like you might be overdoing it. Try cardio 3 days a week (simple walking one or 2 of the days) and strengh training the other 3 days. The more exercise you do, the more calories you need to keep your body from going into the starvation mode. Go back to the beginning when you first joined SparkPeople & see what you put down for the exercise/movement part - did you put "sedentery", "slightly active", "Normal Activity Level", or High Activity Level" (Might not be in those exact words, but you get my drift). If you originally set it as low or moderate, then you need to change it to "High", since you are more active. Also, change your weight to what you weigh now. After doing that, go to the "Track Nutrition" part of this site and click for them to do meal planning for you. This will show you how many carbs, protein, fats, etc they say you need to eat, complete w/ a meal an to follow (you can substitute your fav fruits, veggies, meats, breads, but stay within their guidelines for how much. If all of this is still good, then try adding wrist & ankle weights to your workouts, or add weight in a backpack to carry while you walk. Sometimes, once you've lost weight, your body needs some extra resistance, like the weight you already lost, in order to break through a plateau, like you're in. Also, change up your routine and trick your or confuse your body - slip up occasionally, skip an exercise day, but confuse it somehow. It works for me.
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NIKKIK34 SparkPoints: (1,180)
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1/25/13 9:26 P

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My name is Nicole but everyone calls me Nikki. I am 25 years old and am married to the love of my life. Over the past 4 years I've lost about 70 pounds. I use to weigh 220 pounds and I am now down to 150. Over the past few months though it feels like I can;t get under the 150 mark. It seems like no matter what I do I can't go below 150. I workout harder then I ever have before and burn more calories and push myself as hard as I can go. I just don't know what to do anymore. My current workout program is Les Mills Combat and it kicks my butt everyday I do it. I'm also having trouble staying motivated, I have no problem getting other people pumped up to workout but when it comes to trying to get myself pumped I tend to fall short. Any and all advice and help would be greatly appreciated.

~Nikki

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