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ALLICIAC SparkPoints: (24,321)
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1/27/13 1:50 P

Are you eating enough? Your ticker says that you currently weigh 285, so your calorie needs are going to probably be in the 1500-1800 range (maybe more). Also if you are working out 5-6x weekly, doing classes, you may need even more than that to make sure you are fueling your body.

Since your page is set to private, we can't take a peek at your nutrition trackers to see what range you are in. Can you either make it public, or post a few sample days?

SNOWJESTER SparkPoints: (29,896)
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1/23/13 9:05 A

Would you consider making your sparkpage public so we can see what your eating and exercise looks like? And also, people leave you goodies!

Ok, instant inspiration. I like motivational quotes. For exercise my favorite it, "I know my limit and this isn't it." For when I feel like binging, "A year from now you'll have wished you started today." and for things in general, "At any given moment, you have the power to say, this is not how the story ends."

1/23/13 8:43 A

One way that I get "instant inspiration" is to go to the store. I don't go for food, nope I go to look for things that weigh about how much I lost. For instance, you say you lost 3 lbs. I know you are feeling that that isn't much, however when you see it you will realize it is quite a bit.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/23/13 8:34 A


Unfortunately when it comes to weight loss some people lose faster than others, but that does not mean you are not doing anything wrong.

It is difficult to say because there are so many factors as to the rate at which one loses...things such as genetics, current body composition, current level of fitness, intensity of the exercise, etc. Other factors that affect the scale include the weight of the food and liquid you just ate, the last time you used the restroom, water retention, hormonal changes, clothing and more. It's normal for your weight to fluctuate day-to-day and throughout the day.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

Stay the course and know that making healthy habits a part of your every day life is a bigger benefit than losing weight.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

JUMPINTHRUHOOPS SparkPoints: (33,921)
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1/23/13 3:24 A

Have you tried the SparkCoach Plateau Busting advice? If you're following the nutritional guidelines on your nutrition page, and you have adjusted your fitness page to actual workout values, then maybe you need to shake things up with SparkCoach? How's it going with the wine? That's my achilles heel too. And trust me, it's difficult to drink AND lose weight, and become more fit. You'll get it, stick with it and good things will happen!!

JOYINTHEHAGUE SparkPoints: (3,893)
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1/23/13 2:36 A

Just weighed myself. In 11 weeks and three days I have only lost 3 lbs.
I told myself at the beginning I am doing this to improve my bad habits (too much wine & waking up to eat in the night), as well as to lose weight.And I am making progress with this. I am exercising daily. I am cooking all the time, so we eat better. My better half has lost 7 pounds since we started this and he goes to the gym on average of 2x per week. I go 5, if not 6 days, and do these nutty aerobic/dance/body pump classes. Why is this so hard?!! He is loosing weight just by cutting out junk food and high calorie foods.

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