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AGRICULTURE SparkPoints: (4,364)
Fitness Minutes: (4,235)
Posts: 6
5/23/13 11:41 P

Thanks for the encouragement. I too feel as though I am below my daily calorie intake goal but the weight is not moving off. I have been stuck for several weeks. Like you I do notice a difference in my clothes - YEAH! I'll keep at it but have been falling off a little this week.

5BADDOGS Posts: 653
5/23/13 11:10 P


It looks like we started right around the same time - and are having a similar experience... 5 lbs in the first week, then holding steady since. Argh!

BUT, when I put on my clothes, I can *feel* progress is being made. And when I do cardio, I know I've gotten stronger. So I try to focus on metrics other than the scale.

Interesting about the calorie issue... My target calories are 1200-1500, and I've been shooting for the lower end, and falling below 1-2 days of every 3. Maybe I am sabotaging myself?

STARS4ME Posts: 227
5/22/13 2:42 P

you are right I just went through all the days ! I see a lot of room nutritionally and exercise wise that needs adjustment. lets see if I can do Better this week , emoticon
also my sodium levels are most days well below the allotted amount
my targets are low to medium on the allotted scale..

Edited by: STARS4ME at: 5/22/2013 (15:07)
TRIPLEMWF Posts: 906
5/22/13 2:29 P

Ok. In response to your food, I know that you said that you mostly shop the perimeter of the store, but I do see a lot of processed food in there which can be loaded with sodium, it's also not the best way to get bang for your buck. Also, you should probably eat more at meals, spread your calories around some. I am a believer that you need to eat in order to lose weight, and starving yourself until lunch, or even dinner time is going to put your body on high alert and it's going to hang on to every single ounce.

Where are you in regards to your targets for Carbs/Fat/Fiber/Protein? Are you hitting the recommended amounts?

Also, remember, that it is a process and that an "average" of 1-2lbs per week is the perfect rate of weight loss and you are right on track with that.

STARS4ME Posts: 227
5/22/13 2:24 P

just unlocked my spark page all the info is there. :)

5/22/13 2:24 P

1,200 calories seems really low to me. Remember losing weight is not all about eating low calorie. The quality of the calories matters as well.

Fresh whole colourful vegetables should be the mainstay of every persons diet. Not only are they nutrient dense they are very filling as well. We should all be eating 10 servings of colourful vegetables and fruit every day.

I am stuffed from my lunch, I just ate:

1 cup raw carrot sticks
4 slices cucumber
1 cup steamed green beans with butter and salt
3/4 cup mashed potatoes (50% sweet potatoes, 50% russet potatoes) with butter, salt and pepper
3 oz chicken breast baked with red pepper paste and black pepper

586 calories, 35g carbs, 37g fat, 25g protein, 10g fiber

Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 5/22/2013 (14:36)
TRIPLEMWF Posts: 906
5/22/13 2:21 P

I don't think there is an easy way to C&P the information, you'd just have to type it out.

Nevermind! I see that I was wrong :)

Edited by: TRIPLEMWF at: 5/22/2013 (14:23)
STARS4ME Posts: 227
5/22/13 2:05 P

all the food and exercise should show up on my spark page. emoticon

ANARIE Posts: 13,185
5/22/13 1:53 P

You don't lose the same amount of weight every week. If you lost 5 pounds in week 1, that means that in 3 weeks you've lost 5 pounds-- almost two pounds a week. That's actually extremely fast.

You may be a person who loses weight in "chunks." That's pretty common; some people lose 5 pounds one week and then go a month without any change. What matters is the trend over months and months, not what your scale says on any one day. Look at the total lost and don't worry about when it happens.

STARS4ME Posts: 227
5/22/13 1:50 P

DD Medium Hot Coffee w/ Skim Milk No Sugar, 1 serving 25 4 0 2
Almond - Natural (Emerald) 100 Calorie Pack, 2 serving 200 8 18 8

Great Value Cinnamon Apple Sauce 4 oz cup, 1 serving 80 21 0 0
Baked Potato (baked potatoes), 1 cup 113 26 0 2

Baked Chicken Breast (no Skin - Plain) 4oz., 0.5 serving 70 0 2 14

Canned corn (no salt added), 0.2 cup 24 7 0 1

Beans, Green beans canned no salt, 2 serving 40 8 0 2
Zone Bar Fudge Grahm, 1 serving 210 21 7 16
snack 2
Smart Food White Cheddar Popcorn 100 Calorie Bag, 1 serving 100 9 6 2

Tomato (red, raw, whole) medium size, 1 serving 27 6 0 1
snack 3
Strawberries, fresh, 1 cup, sliced 50 12 1 1

Cool Whip Free, 6 tbsp 45 9 0 0

Great value Light strawberry yogart(non fat), 6 oz 80 13 0 6

Roasted no salt peanuts ( brand Hampton farms ), 0.5 cup 170 7 13 7
Daily Totals: 1,234 151 47 62

STARS4ME Posts: 227
5/22/13 1:38 P

that's not what I meant , I am exercising 5 days a week ( 3 days on my own ) ( 2 days with a physical therapist ) how do I copy and post the information from what I ate yesterday ?

SUPERMODUS SparkPoints: (12,868)
Fitness Minutes: (12,142)
Posts: 50
5/22/13 1:36 P

Anybody can lose weight at any age. There's no such thing as "too old" or "too fat". The only things those two labels do is weigh you down. If you're fairly large, looking to lose a lot of weight, and a bit older than the high-metabolism teenage years, then I'd suggest you consult with a doctor about losing weight, but that won't stop you from losing.

When you say "used up all your exercise minutes", do you mean you exercised a ton in one day, then stopped for the rest of the week? Doing 200 minutes of exercise in one day and taking the next six days off probably won't help you lose weight. I would suggest you spread your exercises out over five or six days -- it will keep you better rested, and keep your exercise consistent.

Are you eating at the lower end of 1,200 -- just above 1,200? If so, you might want to eat at at the higher range, at about 1,400 or 1,500 calories. Many people on the forums have described how eating at the higher limit actually helped them lose weight, whereas they lost almost nothing when they ate the bare minimum. The basic idea is that you need about 1,200 calories to get basic nutrition, and that's probably even higher if you're of a larger weight.

There's not much I can recommend, but for me personally, consistent exercise five to six days a week is what's been helping me lose weight over the last two months. Plus, consider this: five pounds in a week is great! You're not always going to have five-pound losses in a week, but that doesn't mean you're trapped at the weight you're at, either. Just stick with it.

TRIPLEMWF Posts: 906
5/22/13 1:31 P

What do you mean you "used up" all of your exercise minutes? Exercise is unlimited, do as much as you can as often as you can. Do you mean to say that you exercised so much in one day that you didn't again that week? I guess I'm kind of confused.

Can you post a daily menu and your workouts and we can see if we can help you tweak some things?

STARS4ME Posts: 227
5/22/13 1:23 P

day 21 of SP !
I am proud that I am keeping in my guidelines for 1200 - 1550 calories a day.
but in 1 day used up all my exercise minutes for the week.
so not sure why I have not lost any weight since week 1....
feeling frustrated with only a 5 pound loss on week one. what am I doing wrong.
shopping the outside isles of the grocery store , so my foods are healthy.
maybe I am to old , or have been to fat for to many years ?????

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