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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/3/13 12:28 A

Feeling great is only one indicator. You asked said you weren't losing weight, I provided you with a really common reason.

To check your fitness goals are correct

- Go to the start page
- Find the box on the left and find how many calories you have to burn this week (orange box, second one down)
- Click on change goal
- Scroll to the bottom and look for the box that says "if you know how many calories you burn enter it here"

Your range my or may not increase.

Just remember that spark is a computer program and can only work with the variables you give it. If you have an aggressive goal your calorie goal will stay at the lowest setting. This doesn't always mean you should eat this amount of calories, it just means that you have found the limitation of the system.

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
Fitness Minutes: (495)
Posts: 35
2/3/13 12:22 A

I am eating the suggested amount sparkpeople suggested. Right in the middle, actually. I know alot of people say that if I am burning that many calories I am probably not eating enough, but to tell you the truth, I FEEL great! I never get fatigued for anything. I never feel starve and have to overeat.I mainly think its because I drink TONS of water. I burn that many calories at the gym because I feel like if I go any less I am not pushing myself at all.

Just out of curiosity, what would your instructions be to make sure my fitness goals reflect the calories I am burning.

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
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Posts: 35
2/3/13 12:17 A

I don't use any oil to cook any of my foods. I use a little unsalted butter when I want an egg, but very little of it isnt so much; I use 1 teaspoon, which is about 30 calories. And I am pretty good about measuring things out. But, the majority of my food is pretty much already measured. My fish obviously comes serprately in a pack, I eat one fillet at dinner. Tuna is in a can. I eat a whole can every day.Im pretty good about my veggies. Even though if I go a little over on them I'm not overly worried.
Yeah, I know I haven't been working out long enough to actually be able to see results, but I was just mainly making sure I was doing my diet right.
Thank you!

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
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Posts: 35
2/3/13 12:11 A

I'm not allergic to meat, I just really don't like it. Oddly enough.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,218
2/2/13 10:29 P

Are you allergic to meat? If you can, I suggest getting an appt. with a dietitian, who can clue you in on what is healthy for You for weight loss. A person who can actually see you, and learn what your favorites in food items are, so you can figure out a healthy plan for only YOU, that you can stick with for the rest of your life.

REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,387)
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2/2/13 10:28 P

Your diet looks definitely healthy!

Sometimes the weight is stubborn and won't come off right away. Another member just posted a blog about steam engines and how they need to build up steam before they can go- it's not a perfect analogy, but you can think of it that way.

I would say "look out for sodium" especially with tuna, but if you consistently get over 12 cups of water, maybe that isn't an issue :) The only other culprits I can think of- 1) do you cook anything with oils? Make sure you track EVERYTHING because if you have even just 1 tbsp of added oils for cooking during the day, that's an extra 120 calories, and then 2) Measure things out exactly or even better weigh them out. If you try to eyeball portions, you are probably getting them way wrong.

Keep plugging away at it. If you aren't seeing ANY progress in your body, talk to a doctor. There may be underlying health conditions (like hypothyroidism) that need to be addressed.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/2/13 10:27 P

My first thought is that you probably aren't eating enough. If you are burning 1800-2400 calories a week at the gym you probably need to eat more. Make sure your fitness goals reflect the calories you are burning and see if your range changes. I can give you the instructions to do this if you need them.

Other than that you may have to hurry up and wait. It can take up to 6 weeks for weight loss to show up on the scale!

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
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2/2/13 9:46 P

I am a pescetarian so my meats only consist of seafood(so I still get some protein).

(424-550 calories)

-3 scrambled eggs OR oatmeal
-1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
-1 piece of whole wheat toast

(537 calories)

-Tuna sandwhich(1 can, 2 pieces of whole wheat bread)
-Small salad
-1 bunch of fresh broccoli

(355 calories)
-Fish(usually Basa)
-1 cup of assorted raw veggies
-Small salad

(125 calories)
-1 apple

My total calorie intake: 1,440

I drink about 102 ounces of water each day

When I signed up for sparkpeople, it told me I needed 1200-1550 a day based on all my information.

I was just wondering if my diet is healthy for weight loss. I know that losing weight is mostly done in the kitchen, so I need to know if I am doing it right so far.

(I burn about 300-400 at the gym 6 days a week, incorporating cardio and strength training each day).

I've been at my diet and exercise for a little over 3 weeks, and I havent lost inches or pounds.


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