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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,900
11/10/11 11:53 A

Don't get discouraged. Up your fiber by eating raw veggies like celery, califlower, carrots, and some blueberries. Have some cottage cheese w/matchstick carrots ontop and flaxseeds. Steam some brussel sprouts as they are only 35 calories for 6 of them and are very filling. Pears and apples are good too! Make cabbage soup with lots of veggies. Try black beans with sliced sweet potato and bake together until the sweet potatoes are soft. Have some steamed brocolli with brown or wild rice. All will up your fiber. Good Luck!

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11/9/11 1:33 P

Thanks I have been thinking of packing it away. Im doing that today. And yesterday i ate a sweet potato with pico de gallo and pinto beans and i felt stuffed like i ate a huge meal at applebees so this is definitely going to take time to get use to because i felt guilty because i felt so full.

TURTLERASKIN Posts: 2,067
11/9/11 1:05 P

Hey, Gina -- I've been where you are, and I know it can get discouraging. But I agree that amping up the fruits and veggies makes a huge difference. Yes, it does feel like you do nothing all day but eat, but it makes such a huge difference. Lunch can take me an hour to eat, because it's 90% veggies and fruit, but it's made it possible for me to keep losing weight.

So I'd consider stepping away from the scale for a couple weeks, and focusing on fine-tuning your nutrition. Because I want to change for life, there are times where I pack the scale away, because mentally it's not helping me. By making the scale less important, I think you'll find some good changes.

GINA943 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/9/11 1:00 P

Thanks everyone for the help. I have been tracking my food for about 2 weeks on here so I dont know how to put that on my page for others to see.I am staying within range on everything that has been recommended. Which I have found it hard to build up those 1200 calories so i have been planning ahead. I guess its hard because im used to eating junk and fast food and u can easily get 1200 cals in one sitting. So all this good food, it feels like im eating all day long. I do load up on fresh fruits and veggies. I love the frozen veggies and i blanch them bcuz i love that crunch. I am gradually working my way up on the strength training because before I started this, I had hardly nothing for range of motion in my arms. I dont know what was wrong with me but it had to be my lifestyle of junk eating because it is getting better. So it is a slow process and I guess I need to give myself time. Yesterday I jumped like a karate kick at my 16 yr old son because we are silly like that and he said whoa mom are you losing weight because u jumped really high! believe me I couldnt do that before. I was encouraged to keep going though:)

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11/9/11 10:19 A

Hey, Gina ! Do you track your food choices ? If not, I too am going to recommend that you try logging. Studies have shown that people who log their food lose more weight than those who don't. Also, while you may have cut back substantially on many things, you may be deficient in some areas. Do you eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies ? I've found that most Americans are deficient when it comes to eating fruit and veggies.

If I were to go back in time in the Way Back Machine to give myself one piece of advice that would help me lose weight and be a healthier person it would be to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day.

Remember, weight loss isn't just about cutting calories. Weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. So, if you're eating right, the weight will come off.

Also, are you doing any strength training ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to start. Add lean muscle. Muscle burns fat and the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. Muscle is dense and takes up less space on the body than fat. With a good strength training program, you could lose 1-2 clothing sizes without losing any weight. It's a matter of changing your fat to lean ratio. So, don't be afraid to strength train. You will not look like a body builder if you do.

Don't worry, hang in there. You need to be patient with yourself and your body.


NSTARSMITH Posts: 3,650
11/8/11 9:13 P

Oh yeah, these twoposters are right on. I'm just chiming in cuz I know how I would feel if I got stuck. Hang in there, and wait out your body's gradual adjustment - the weight will come off!

MINDBEND SparkPoints: (25,261)
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11/8/11 7:43 P

Switch up your routine? Add interval training, weight training, take a new fitness class, etc. your body may just be used to your cardio,and every few weeks u shoud change your routine to keep ur body confused and challenged. If u r not doing weight training start it. Be sure u r eating enough calories that is suggested by SP. Watch your salt intake.
REmember weight is just a static number. How r you sleeping? Stamina better? These r better ways to measure nonscale progress :-)
You have done remarkably well and dont be hard on yourself!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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11/8/11 7:39 P

Gina,

There are so many factors that come into play when losing weight, tracking your nutrition and eating the proper calories and nutrients being two big ones. Are you eating fruits, veggies, lean protein, healthy fats and whole grains?

What type of activity are you doing? Are you doing both cardio and strength training? Are you managing your stress? Getting enough sleep?

As you can see weight loss is more than just eating less and moving more, it can be quite complex. I checked your SparkPage to see if you were sharing your nutrition tracker, but see you do not have that as an option. That maybe something you may want to do.

I hope this helps!
Coach Nancy

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11/8/11 6:33 P

I know it takes time for results to show, but the weight was just dropping off and now im sitting here at 225 and its not going any where. I have cut out soda, drama, and processed food and sugar. Im staying on target for my nutrition and workouts and its just the same. Is there something different I should be doing or just keep it up? and btw Im very committed to this so im not on the virge of quitting I just need some direction. thx

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