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SPARK_COACH_JEN
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2/21/13 12:17 P

That's okay. Even if you stay in the middle to upper end of that range, it will still be at least a few hundred calories more than you're currently consuming.

Coach Jen



HEALTHYCATH13
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2/21/13 11:07 A

I went back and reset my goals but there is no option to lose .5 a week, only 1 or 2 lbs. I changed it to 1 but it give me the same calorie range (1200-1550). Grrr....



LUCKINLOVE
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2/21/13 10:54 A

I concur that .5 lb per week is more realistic and I think your body will respond well to more calories...at least if it's anything like mine it will! I thought I would try to lose 1-2 lbs per week, only wanting to lose 3, but it wasn't realistic. You'll have to play around w/ the amount of calories you eat, and I'd definitely suggest eating within your range instead of only at one part of it every single day.



HEALTHYCATH13
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2/21/13 10:53 A

Coach Jen:

I will do that right away. I want this weight off so bad that I'm trying to do it overnight, like we all do, I'm sure. However, I want to learn to eat better in the long run and make the weight loss stick this time for good. In other words, make a lifestyle change, not just work to get the weight off then watch it come back again when I fall off the wagon. Obviously, this has been my pattern in the past.

I also know I need to get more veggies in my eating plan. Never has been a strength for me but there are some that I like and I need to eat them more often. Fruit is never a problem!







SPARK_COACH_JEN
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2/21/13 10:44 A

Another thing to consider is that 2 lb/wk isn't a realistic rate of weight loss when you only have 15 pounds to lose. The closer you are to your goal weight, the slower you're going to lose. If you had 100 pounds to lose, then you could expect 2 lbs/wk. But at this point, 1/2 lb per week is probably more accurate. If you change your program setup to reflect a 1/2-1 lb weight loss per week, your calorie range is going to increase (which isn't a bad thing.) I'd recommend making that change.

Coach Jen



SAILOR64
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2/21/13 10:40 A

Dear Cathy,

I reviewed your nutrition and fitness trackers and my aren't you very detail oriented. This will help you in the long run, believe me.

You've only been on your program for about 2 weeks so it may be too soon to expect any significant result. I noticed you are in the 1100-1200 calorie range which is good, but perhaps 100 calories or so too low. You seem to be right in range with your carbs, fats and proteins, and you are actually doing better with your proteins than I am. It might be a good idea to increase your whole fruit and vegetable intake throughout the day.

I also noticed you are averaging about 26 minutes of exercise daily. You may want to bump this up (if time allows) to 45 minutes, and increase the intensity bit-by-bit as your physical fitness improves, to increase your calorie deficit and stay in a healthy range.

Other than these small things, I think you are on a good path. Just don't obsess. You are changing your lifestyle, it takes time.

Good luck.



HEALTHYCATH13
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2/21/13 10:39 A

My calorie range is 1200 - 1550. I indicated that I want to lose 2 pounds per week.



LUCKINLOVE
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2/21/13 10:33 A

I also think you're not eating enough. What are the ranges given to you by SP? And how do you have your 'pound per week' set up? .5 lb, 1 lb, 2 lbs?



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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2/21/13 10:32 A

I would give it a little more time before deciding it's not working. Sometimes it can take up to 4-6 weeks to start seeing changes on the scale.

I also agree with the previous poster. If you're eating below your recommended calorie range (or just making the minimum), try increasing your calories a little bit and that might also help.

Coach Jen



EBSGIRL
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2/21/13 10:20 A

Hi....I was in the same boat.Then through some help i realized i wasnt taking in enough calories. Just did a quick look at your tracker and im by far an expert, but you may need to too. I noticed you are about 1100-1200 average. Add the 100 -200 youre burning in exercises, that seems too low. I started eating at the high end of my recommendation and low and behold, I lost 2 pounds last week emoticon . Maybe play with your intake a little bit and see if that helps? I dont know, maybe someone has better advice...lol



HEALTHYCATH13
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2/21/13 10:15 A

2 weeks. Perhaps I'm over anxious...I tend to become quite obsessed about things. emoticon



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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2/21/13 10:10 A

Hello

How long have you been following the program, and what kind of results have you seen over that time period?

Coach Jen



HEALTHYCATH13
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2/21/13 10:08 A

I've been feeling like I'm doing a great job in keeping my calories down and excercising but am not seem much going on when I weigh in. Can you all look over my trackers and see where I can make an improvement?

I converted over to Sparkpeople after years of being on WW off and on. I felt on WW that I was merely making the points work without really making good decisions on what I ate. I get hungry often so I try to eat 6 times a day with smaller portions. I think I want to try to stay away from processed foods but they are so quick and easy that I get overwhelmed by the thought of cooking everything I eat.

Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I don't have a ton to lose but do want to get rid of the 15 extra pounds or so and also get in a better habit of eating better.



 
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