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LOSINGIT20LB
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2/1/12 11:41 A

Thanks, ArchimedesII, for taking the time to write back. I appreciate the support.

When I did P90X, I actually ate better than I ever have in my life, which is why I was so frustrated by the lack of weight loss. I think that you are right, and perhaps the calorie level was too low for the amount of exercise that I was doing, so I wasn't able to lose anything.

I did really love how good I felt after each workout, and I even learned how to do a chin up unassisted (a huge accomplishment), so I know it was making me stronger. I think that P90X is great for toning, but it doesn't have enough cardio to help me lose the weight. I am going to do a hybrid of P90X and alternate with running or other cardio to keep up calorie burn while maintain muscle.

I have fallen into a sugar cycle lately that I need to break. By focusing on better foods, as you suggest, I think I will feel a lot better, and have less cravings for unhealthy foods. Also, I am facing a lot of stress with family financial pressure as my husband has a new business, so I am the sole income provider right now. I have to learn to lean on other things besides food to help deal with that stress. Maybe getting back to the exercise will help with that, too.

Again, thanks for the reply and your support! emoticon



LOSINGIT20LB
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2/1/12 11:29 A

Hi, Nancy-

Thanks for taking the time to write back to me. I really appreciate it! Your perspective on trying to find a way to make lifestyle changes that will last vs facing each diet like a temporary battle makes a lot of sense. I have to find a way to have a balanced approach to healthy living vs an all or nothing mentality. I am going to get started with some small steps that I can hopefully build on. I'll start with refocusing on at least 30 min of exercise per day and reducing sugar (it's been my downfall lately). After that, I will keep adding in things: strength training, more veggies, less wine....maybe if I try to take it a little more slowly, it won't feel so drastic.

Thanks again for taking the time for me. Congratulations on your wonderful weight loss and being able to maintain it. You are an inspiration!

Take care! emoticon



ARCHIMEDESII
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2/1/12 9:54 A

LOSINGIT20LB,

Try not to look at weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. Any healthy thing you do for yourself is a step in the right direction. One thing I will say is that weight loss isn't just about cutting calories. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right foods.

Quality of the food you eat has a huge impact on your health as well as your waistline. because when it comes right down to it, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you are eating right, watching your portions and getting some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time.

Since you have the P90X program, you might want to start it up again. It's pretty good strength training program. You definitely want to keep up any strength training you're doing.

As we age, and yes I am older than you, we lose lean muscle if we don't strength train. That's a bad thing. Because when we lose lean muscle, that causes our body to be more prone towards gaining fat. Muscle burns fat and the more lean muscle a person carries, the more efficient their body will be at burning fat. So, keep up your exercise program. Even though you might not be losing weight, your body IS getting fitter ! That really will be very important for your long term health.

Why didn't you lose weight ? I'd have to ask you what you were eating. Were you eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day ? Were you eating whole grain breads and cereals ? Were you eating lean cuts of meat/fish ? Were you avoiding highly processd foods, fast food, junk food ? Also, were you eating enough ? There is a misconception amoungst women that they have to starve themselves in order to lose weight. That is totally wrong. In order to lose weight, a person has to eat. Eating too little and exercising too much can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it.

I would recommend that you continue any strength training and cardiovascular exercise you were doing. I would recommend that you fill out your Spark nutrition profile and do your best to log your food choices.

Mostly, do try to be patient with your body. As we age, it does get harder to lose because of that loss of lean muscle. Do give yourself credit for the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up any time you think you did something wrong. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. start with small changes. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

I was around your age when I lost the weight. So, believe me, age doesn't matter.








SP_COACH_NANCY
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1/31/12 7:39 P

Hi LOSINGIT20LB,

Maybe you need to change your way of thinking. Instead of looking at this as yet another diet, how about looking at this as a lifestyle. It may take you a little longer, but for me never having to restart another weight loss program has been the difference between staying on track and giving up.

Last week I read a quote that really struck a chord with me...it read, Weight loss is not a goal, but a result of meeting our goals. In other words, just saying I want to lose weight is not a goal, but when I lay out a plan to exercise at least 10 minutes every day, drink water in place of soda, eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies, etc, by breaking this journey down into bite sized pieces has allowed me to not only lose 80 pounds but more importantly keep them off.

You don't have to deprive yourself of the foods you love. This doesn't mean you can eat them with all abandon, but with proper planning anything is possible. Remember too that you do not have to have a PERFECT diet to have a healthy one.

Hang in there and know that "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!"

I wish you well!
Coach Nancy



LOSINGIT20LB
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1/31/12 7:15 P

Hi- I have 25 pounds to lose. I have lost this 25 pounds a few times now various ways: South Beach, Jenny Craig, Medi Weight Loss, and each time, somehow I managed to gain it back. Last May, I decided to focus on working out, and I actually did all 90 days of P90X, followed their meal plan exactly, and I lost only 3 pounds! I was much stronger, and I loved the workouts, but my waist wasn't samller, so I became incredibly frustrated. Anyone who has done P90X knows how much dedication it takes, so to work that hard without looking better or losing weight was devastating.

Since then, I've tried adding running to my plan, but my knees hurt from that, so I can't do it everyday. So, here I am. Still 25 pounds overweight. Looking at summer around the corner. Eating Girl Scout Cookies. I know what I need to do to lose the weight. Cut calories, workout...just don't know how to face climbing this mountain again with fear nagging me that I won't be able to sustain it. Or worse, what if I just can't lose it again?

Anyone ever felt this way? How do you find the strength to try again? How do you give up the foods you love without getting depressed? I so need to do this. Can't face tight pants anymore...just feel sort of hopeless about succeeding.



 
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