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BAREFOOT-LISA
Posts: 1,400
7/5/13 9:53 A

Those calories do not seem high if you work out so often. As long as you are entering your workouts into the tracker, sparkpeople will give you the right ranges.

Archimedes always has excellent advice. It can take a while for our bodies to catch on to the changes we are making. I do, however, agree that sodium can make a HUGE difference! I was eating upwards of 4000mg a day sometimes, and once I cut that down my clothes fit much better.
I would take time to take your measurements and write them down. Do that once a month and you might just be amazed. I haven't even lost 5lbs, but I've lost nearly an inch from my waistline, and I know that's from working out. So, I'll take it!!

Good luck, and stick with it!



FITGLAMGIRL
Posts: 2,036
7/4/13 10:09 P

That seems high for calories to me. Eating around 1500 might be better. Also choices of foods is important. Pack your own lunch and if you can stay away from cafeteria food and anything processed like the chips you mentioned.

Better choices, boiled eggs, peanut butter, nuts, skim milk, yogurt, fruits, veggies, whole grain foods, and drink only water.

Dig deep and see if you can tweak your diet. You should be loosing something.

Also you should try to fuel your body like every 2-3 hours. So if you are skipping breakfast that is a no no and I try not to eat after 6pm. Late night eating is harder to get the weight off.

Edited by: FITGLAMGIRL at: 7/4/2013 (22:11)


AZULVIOLETA6
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7/4/13 8:40 P

Your calorie range seems VERY high and quite broad. Are you generally eating 1700 calories a day or 2200?

You don't share your food tracker so it is not possible to see what you are really eating, but the specific choices that you are making could be part of the issue. For me, calories are actually less important than carbs.

For many people, when you first start an exercise program after being sedentary, your body will hold on to extra water, sometimes for a week or more. You may also be putting on more muscle, which weighs more than fat. Ultimately this will speed up your metabolism, but it takes a while to see that on the scale.

Could you stick with eating at the lower end of your calorie range for a week and see if that makes any difference?



IMTHEWINNER1
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Posts: 28
7/4/13 11:34 A

I believe you when you say you are counting your calories and exercising. Try not eating anything processed for a week and see if that helps. That includes Slimfast. You will cut down on sodium and all the additives they put in food for color and preservation.



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,812
7/4/13 9:42 A

If pounds aren't coming off sodium maybe sabotaging your efforts to lose.

Check the sodium content in the foods your eating. Try to eat 1,000MG of salt or less per day and see if the pounds start coming off ....also several days of fewer carbohydrates and more protein will help as protein at every meal will help stimulate the body to release the fat burning hormone glucagon. Skip all breads and pasta for a few days.... eat low sodium veggie soup....eat berries which have the least impact on blood sugar and veggies as they can also hydrate you.

Also track the sugar content in the foods you are eating ...you might be surprised...


Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 7/4/2013 (09:43)


REBEKAHFLOWERS
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7/3/13 11:28 A

Thank you!

And yes- even if it's those baked chips I couldn't say no to the other day I still log it. I feel it helping because I think about having to log everything before I eat it. I'm staying in my calorie ranges(like 1700-2200). Lunch is my big meal of the day and thankfully I do work at a cancer hospital so there's healthy choices but I normally don't have time or I'm just not hungry in the mornings and I work out after work so I don't get home till about 11pm and I don't want to eat then and end up having a slim fast high protein shake and/ or some fruit. I don't know if that's helping or hurting me.

And in regards to the other, yes I do feel healtier. I've gotten by mile from almost 20 minutes to 16 minutes! And I'm so proud of myself for that. I'm on my feet all day and take the stairs when I can because I feel like I can now. I feel stronger and better in general...except when I don't go to the gym because than I can't sleep. I don't know if it's guilt for not going or what. But I either sleep like a rock or not at all. It all seems so frustrating. I work out alot with my mom, who's also on here, but she doesn't go near as often as I do and she's already telling me that her pants feel loose..when I still can't fit into a single pair of denim I own....**sigh**

Thank yall so much for the advice by the way!!!



ERICADURR
Posts: 241
7/3/13 11:14 A

Diet is 80% of the battle, and you can't outexercise bad dietary habits. Are you tracking absolutely everything you're putting in your mouth?



ARCHIMEDESII
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7/3/13 11:14 A

REBEKAHFLOWERS,

What you're experiencing really IS perfectly normal. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you GAIN ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

It's only been a couple of weeks. This isn't the Biggest Loser. those types of dramatic losses are just not typical. it really could be several weeks before you see a change in the scale and that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. For now, don't let the scale rule your emotions. Instead, look for other signs of success that don't involve the scale.

Can you walk a mile faster than you could when you started ? Can you do more pushups ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? Can you carry more bags of groceries without getting tired ? Do you have more energy ? Are you sleeping better ? How's your blood pressure ? Do you know that if your blood pressure were to drop, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't budge. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge sign of success !!

So, don't worry ! Change takes time !!






IZORA62
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7/3/13 10:57 A

I'm having the same problem!



REBEKAHFLOWERS
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7/3/13 10:48 A

Okay I know this may be premature but...I've been deligently watching everything I eat and working out 5-6 times a week for about 2 hours a day(with at least an hour of cardio)..but all I've done is gain weight. I know it's going to be up and down but weighed myself again last night and I'm up to 261 when I was steady at 255lbs before I got serious about this a few weeks ago. I'm killing myself in the gym and see no results..it's discouraging. I'm drinking my 8 cups of water..sometimes closer to 11 or 12 ...and nothing!!!
What am I doing wrong???





 
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