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KTMAJOR1 SparkPoints: (119)
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9/11/12 9:22 P

Hey, don't beat yourself up! 1100 calories sounds awfully low and maybe you should look at your calorie intake again. Make every calorie count with good nutrient dense food. Sometimes people don't lose because they are not eating enough. Way to go on your gym workouts. Keep it up and remember despite the number on the scale, the benefits of exercise to your body are worth it! Keep on going!! emoticon

CLAUDEM1 SparkPoints: (14,137)
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9/11/12 7:46 P

I decided to join SparkCoach this time round. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for over a year, and I just wasn't motivated to keep it up. This time, I tried SparkCoach and really liked it. I'm taking notes on what I got out of it each day.

Today, Dr. Birdie was the motivator. She lost over 150 lbs. on Spark. She suggested that if the scale is your only motivator, you are bound to give up, because we all know that sometimes, despite our hard efforts, it doesn't budge, and may even go up. She suggested we find 3 other ways to measure progress. Here are mine: The scale; body measurements (which she suggests we check every few weeks); my energy level; and my workouts (am I increasing my endurance, perhaps extending a workout just because I can).

Claude

MISHEL1967 SparkPoints: (39)
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9/11/12 7:36 P

Thanks, everyone. It's nice to know I'm not the only one going through this.

AUNTMISSA Posts: 136
9/11/12 10:36 A

same here! plus all my friends seem to be losing weight like crazy with little effort so its frustrating! BUT with eating right and doing my workouts i feel soooooo much better and to me,thats more important than the numbers(i suppose unless u r needing to lose a ton of weight).

STOOGE4US SparkPoints: (74)
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9/10/12 11:38 P

Boy you and I sound exactly the same! I went and worked out every day at the gym last summer and only missed 3 days and I only lost 3 pounds! So I told myself what am I doing this for. I did lose quite a few inches though and I felt better. I am starting a diet again and I joined Sparkspeople hoping I can lose some weight for me. I want to buy some new clothes and feel better about myself. I am going to get rid of my scale so I'm not tempted to step on it everyday and get depressed when it doesn't move. Good luck to you and hopefully we both can make it this time.

BMPARK123 SparkPoints: (1,568)
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9/10/12 4:01 P

Just try to remember that it isnt all about the numbers. Weight doesnt determine absolute health. The inches mean that you are shedding fat. The lack of weight loss could be a result of increased muscle mass.

MISHEL1967 SparkPoints: (39)
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9/10/12 3:39 P

I just joined the site in a desperate attempt to keep myself from quitting. I'm a 45 year old mother of 3 (two of which are over 18).

I joined a gym a year and a half ago. Got a trainer and really pushed myself. I did great...sort of. I went from a size 16 to a size 12. BUT LOST NOT ONE POUND!! Around Christmas I developed a problem with my knees and lower back and had to do 6 weeks of physical therapy. After the therapy was over, I had gotten out of the habit of going to the gym. It was the usual excuses, laziness, there was always something else that needed to be done. When I found myself back into a 14, I knew I had to do something. But even though I was back into a 14, I still hadn't gained any weight. I was still the 176 pounds I had been all year, so I started back to the gym again, but this time was a little sporatic in my motivation. When I went, I worked out hard, but always seemed to find a reason not to go the next day.

So today I started back to the gym once again, determined to get back to my 5 day a week schedule. I did 40 minutes of cardio, 250 various situps as well as weights for my lats, chest, shoulders, and triceps. 1 1/2 hours total. On the way out I stopped at the scale. I told myself I probably shouldn't, but I got on it anyway. For the first time in months, my weight had changed. But instead of going down. It had gone UP!!

I just don't get it and I'm so frustrated. I can eat as little as 1100 calories a day for several days in a row and not lose a pound. I can work out for up to 2 1/2 hours a day and not lose a pound.

What's the point of killing myself if I'm still going to weight 170 something pounds after 6 months?

Anyone got any advice??

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