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HORSEWOMAN7407 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/12/12 6:58 A

COURTNEYANNEMT: The responses you've received so far are correct. Estimating calories may help for one meal, but it's not good for a whole day or week. There are hidden calories or sodium in everything we eat. Consistent tracking in a journal or on SP is very important. It may seem like "too much trouble" but think about it. Are YOU too much trouble? Are YOU worth the effort? You must be otherwise you wouldn't be trying. Let's say your best friend just told you her efforts to lose weight and her frustration because she isn't losing; what would you tell her? Now, think of yourself as being that best friend because you are your best friend. Follow the advice you would give your best friend.

Next, get out your journal diet scale, measuring soons, measuring cups and start tracking.

Second, stay off the scale and do NOT let it be the only thing that defines your success! The scale is like the measuring spoons and cups, it's a tool and only gives you a snapshot in time. Do not let the number on that scale define who you are. There is a fellow sparker who only gets on the scale maybe once in every 6 months or so and she's lost 70 pounds the last time I visited her page. She's doing it without the scale by focusing on tracking, journaling, blogging and exercising.

Finally, work hard to consistently exercise. Eating right is only one part of the equation. You must also exercise as well.

You can do this!!! emoticon

Edited by: HORSEWOMAN7407 at: 11/12/2012 (06:59)
FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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11/10/12 8:01 P

Ok, it has been barely 2 weeks. Bodies (like their owners) are resistant to change. Keep pushing and it will happen. Use non-scale measures. How do you feel? How are your clothes fitting? How are you sleeping? How are your moods? Re-evaluate. Scales are tools only. As an obsessive scale watcher, I can tell you that there can be a 3# change in a matter of hours on my scale! Hang in there and it will drop off!


NEED2MOVE2 Posts: 1,337
11/9/12 1:09 P


NIKKIG3 Posts: 1,663
11/9/12 12:02 P

I hate cooking also so dont feel bad.LOL. But I agree with what most have already said. Sometime you can still be within your calorie range but if you are eating to much carbs and not enough protein (for example) that could also throw you off track.

I know for myself that carbs are my enemy. So anytime I dont see results I know the culprit.

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11/8/12 7:56 P

I'm doing weight watcher points, but I haven't tracked so much in the last week. I looked at the sparks food tracker, but I don't plan/cook that much.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,245)
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11/8/12 2:25 P


You don't have your food diary listed. Have you been logging your food ? What sorts of foods have you been eating ? How many calories do you eat per day ? Depending on how much you're trying to lose, it may be that you're not eating enough. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. Eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss.

Your Spark Page says you've been a member since August. Is that how long you've been trying to lose ? How much are you trying to lose ? Someone trying to lose 100 pounds has very different needs than someone trying to lose 10. The closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the harder and longer it takes to lose those last few.

If you could give us a bit more information, we could be more helpful. Tracking your food can help you lose weight. So, if you haven't been tracking your food, you should consider logging. Studies have shown that people who log their food lose more weight than those who don't.

NANCYMOORE4 SparkPoints: (26,765)
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11/8/12 11:03 A

Are you tracking your food? Whenever I hit a plateau, it is usually because my eating habits have gotten away from me. While I do track my food every day, I find that I am at the high end or even over the high end of my calorie range. This happened to me just last month, as I was stuck at the same weight for about 3 weeks. I go to the gym 6 days a week, but I knew the calories were getting the better of me. So I made a really concerted effort to stick to the lower range of my suggested calories, and lo and behold the weight started coming off again.

So, just be sure you are tracking calories and not guessing at portion sizes. It may be that you are getting in more calories than you think you are.

Don't give up! You can do this, and we are all here to help.

11/8/12 9:57 A

I'm having the same problem Courtney, I am tracking EVERY thing that I eat or drink, am exercising (cardio only at this point) and just not seeing the scale move which is very very frustrating these last two weeks.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/8/12 9:11 A

Hi Courtney,

How long has it been? How much weight would you like to lose? What type of exercise are you doing? Are you tracking your nutrition and eating within the guidelines generated for you by SparkPeople?

The reason for these questions is that while weight loss looks great on paper, unless we have full details as to what you are doing, how long you have been trying and how much you would like/need to lose, it's difficult to offer specific advice.

Coach Nancy

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11/8/12 7:40 A

Been sparking, packing my lunch, consistently exercising, and not losing weight. My mind is spinning. I'm trying not to give up, take the feedback, but oh my gosh this seems impossible!

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