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1/13/13 10:06 A

One week of Spark... Kept my 3 goals of water, fruit/veggies, and increased my exercise from hot yoga 4 times/wk to walking 30 minutes on non-yoga days. Did great and I don't feel bloated! Lost 2.5 pounds!

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1/12/13 1:11 P

My mom has lost 80+ lbs. and this is what she did to bust through her plateau:

* modify her exercise by adding more strength training
* Added one more exercise day ( went from 3 days to 4 )
* Added a weekly cheat to her diet.

It really helped her! I hope this will help you too :)

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1/12/13 11:26 A

I have been at near the same weight for a couple of months which I feel is a good thing considering the holidays. I joined the January jump start challenge and it is helping me to reinstate the workout routines.

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1/12/13 11:20 A

Great reminder.

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1/11/13 11:31 A

The best way to boost your metabolism is to strength train. By building lean muscle, you will burn more calories at rest. This has the added benefit of making you look better in the skin you're in! There is nothing that has changed my body the way strength training has. And I don't mean those little 2 lb hand weights; those do very little after a very short period of time. Skip the handweights, and lift heavy! You can also use resistance bands for a very portable, inexpensive tool.

Sparkpeople has a great series on breaking through a plateau (although 3 weeks isn't really enough time for a plateau, our weight loss journey is rarely linear.) Here's the first in the series:

Have you updated your goals? with your weight gone, you may need to adjust your intake for the pounds lost. Sparkpeople recommends updating fitness goals every 10-15 pounds... you don't have to change anything, just save it so that it will recalculate based on your current weight.

I use the calculators here. They're pretty accurate for most things (although I don't trust them for elliptical use.)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/11/2013 (11:31)

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1/11/13 11:09 A

Also, does anyone have a reliable, user-friendly, online, free calories burned calculator? There is so much variation when I use multiple calculators, I generally take three results and average them, but it would be nice to find one calculator that I could have faith in. Thanks!

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1/11/13 10:48 A

Hi all! I've been steadily losing weight over the last 3 months. Total it has been 20 pounds through diet and exercise. I put on 5 pounds over the holidays, but got it off relatively easily over the course of a week. But now I'm stuck at 244, for about 3 weeks now. Any tips or pointers on how to get the weight falling off again? I am aware of the science behind weight loss, i.e. calories in less than calories out will burn fat, but I'm wondering if anybody has a metabolism boost that has worked for them. Thanks in advance!

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