Thanks ladies, I think the biggest part is I wasn't eating enough. I did not have my fitness and calorie tracker linked up. A friend helped me figure out how to. When I logged my calories yesterday morning I had a huge jump in the amount of calories I need to in-take. I think this will work out much better. Plus every once in a while I have to remind myself that it doesn't matter what the scale says this is about being healthy and not losing. Im not just changing my body and lifestyle but also my mindset. Thanks for the tips and encouragement :)
If you are doing strength training it is entirely possible that you are building some muscle (although that will be harder with a calorie deficit). Doing strength training can cause you muscles to retain water, they need to recover. As you are burning more calories in the gym you need to eat more. Feeling weak or tired constantly is a bad sign, also if you have soreness that does not improve. I would give it some time before making any more changes, let things settle a little bit. If you aren't try tracking your improvement with your measurements, you might find that while you are not losing weight you are losing inches.
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How do you feel ? if you're starting to feel tired, it may be time to back off your walks just a little bit. the right amount of exercise can keep our bodies fit and healthy. too much can actually weaken us as well as our immune system.
Also, not having a loss on the scale for a couple of weeks is not an indication that you need to exercise more or eat less. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off when we decide we need to lose weight. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.
You need to learn to listen to your body. If you're starting to feel some fatigue, then it's time to slow down a little. You may even need to eat more. I know that sounds strange, didn't eating too much cause us to gain weight ? yes, eating too much will cause weight gain. Eating too little can cause our weight to stall. In two weeks ? no, not in two weeks. not losing for a couple of weeks or even longer really is perfectly normal.
Remember, you're trying to change your body's biochemistry. That doesn't happen overnight or a week or even two. Change takes time. Thus the need to be more patient with yourself and your body. I can assure you that if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get a little regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time.
In the start of September I started walking with a buddy. We would walk about 2-4 miles. And then we started using the couch 2 5k program. I continued to run but she has not. I now am up to 25 minutes of running plus 10 minutes of brisk walking on a treadmill. I burn about 330 calories. I do this every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Afterwards I go walking with my buddy and walk another 3 miles pushing a stroller. Then on Tuesday Thursday we only walk and we log between 5-6 miles. I have read its important to add in strength training so this passed week along with the 5-6 miles I added a 30 minute strength training video on Tuesday/Thursday. I am logging about 3300-4000 calories burned each week.
I feel a little tired, but I am still getting things done. My fitness tracker tells me each week I need to up my required calories burned which ups my calorie in take. The last 2 weeks I have done so. But I have also stopped losing. I am maintaing or gaining a pound or two, which I lose by my initial weigh in. I keep telling myself its muscle gain. But I'm starting to doubt myself. I guess when you are going on week 3 of no scale movement and you feel like you are working your butt off it can feel a little worrisome.
So I guess my question is, am I doing to much as far as exercise. Has anyone else gone through this? And if it is just muscle gain when should I return back to weight loss?
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