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1/31/13 3:37 P

I honestly think that maybe I was overdoing it.

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1/31/13 8:54 A

I think part of the reason you may be tired is your target weight loss goal is too aggressive.

We can reasonably attempt to lose about 3% of your remaining weight loss goal per week. If you're over 200 lbs, losing 2 lbs per week is doable, under that, it starts getting much harder. The less we have to lose, the slower we can lose it! With 55 lbs to go, that means you can reasonably try to lose about 1.5-1.75 lbs per week. Anything over that, and you're going to struggle, and not be able to retain that pace.

Lose 20 lbs, and the number drops even more! at 150, you'll be losing at a rate of .5-1 lb per week!

Within 10 lbs of your goal weight? just .25-.5 per week.

I agree with Becky that you need to check with a doctor to rule out any potential medical conditions that may be affecting your energy levels, and discuss your goals as well. By being too aggressive, you're setting yourself up for frustration! Remember this isn't a race, it's a lifestyle!

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,623
1/30/13 8:12 P

Please do the following.
1. Make an appointment for a complete check up with your doctor. Don't wait to "see" if you start feeling better, etc.
2. Print your nutrition tracker reports for about 1 week and take them to the appointment.

You say you have a history of low iron stores. Let's "assume" this is the case....don't rely on diet to bring-up the deficiency---sometimes supplementation is needed---but how much, which type...this is why you must see your doctor....AND it may be related to something totally different. See your doctor!!!

SP DIetitian Becky

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1/30/13 4:45 P

Definitely falling low on the iron. I'm getting about half at the most of the recommended.

SEALIONGIRL Posts: 300
1/30/13 4:42 P

Definitely do double check the iron -- I was having a lot of sleepiness issues too, and an iron supplement has really helped.

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1/30/13 4:41 P

Regarding what BUNNYKICKRS said I don't eat a lot of meat myself. I prefer legumes most of the time and will generally just have meat with dinner. I drink about a cup of milk a day. I've done this before and don't recall feeling this tired. Maybe something to do with being older? I was twenty-four when I did this before and I'm about six years from that...but I wouldn't think six years would be a big difference.

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1/30/13 4:38 P

I'm eating at the high end of the 2lb loss per week range, which is 1200-1550, so I'm eating 1550 give or take about 20 calories. My current weight is 175 and my goal is 120 which I am trying to reach by October the 1st of this year (which is actually a month and half later than SP gave me and yes I have reset that).

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1/30/13 4:34 P

SP's ranges only work if they're set up properly. :)

If you're exhausted, make sure you have properly set up your fitness and weight loss goals. It's important to get enough fuel for your body, and if you're tired, and you're sure you're getting enough sleep, I would look to see if you've set that up correctly to ensure you're getting adequate nutrition.

What is your current weight, loss weight goal per week, and target weight/date? What's your calorie range, and what are you actually eating?

Since your Sparkpage is set to private, we can't look at your trackers if you've shared them. Consider temporarily making all that information public. That can help us and the Sparkpeople experts see what you're doing and make suggestions based on that information. You can switch it all back to private when you get the answers you need. :)

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,310
1/30/13 4:32 P

Well, I guess it depends on *what* you eat, within those ranges. I have a very difficult time meeting the daily recommended levels for some essentials like protein, iron and calcium when eating 1200 calories (low end of my range), because i don't eat a lot of meat or drink a lot of milk. I eat all the other "good things" (tons of vegetables, lentils, whole grains, yogurt) but still i fall short! I use the nutrition tracker and on days where i'm *really* low, i take calcium and/or iron supplements with my dinner. I'm a little more relaxed about protein levels, if it's low one day i try and make a higher-protein plan for the next day.

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1/30/13 4:17 P

My protein has been coming out on the low end (just barely enough). I'll up it and see how things go. I'll make sure to track iron too! (I've struggled with iron deficiency in the past). If that doesn't help I'll definitely make an appointment. You wouldn't think eating within SPs ranges would be a problem....

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,310
1/30/13 4:14 P

I would check with a doctor to rule out anything medical.

Use the nutrition tracker to see if you are getting enough essentials (protein, iron). Cutting back on calories should not leave you completely drained of energy!

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1/30/13 4:10 P

I was ok before I started back with counting calories on SP. Now I'm tired all the time. It's difficult to get through a normal day and don't even mention exercise to me! I'm wondering if anyone has shared my experience and if it gets better. I've never experienced this with any type of sane dieting before.

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