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CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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2/28/13 5:10 P

are you weighing your portions? i am really really really bad at guessing portion size. my husband put cream in a coffee mug for me last night. (before i added the coffee) it looked like more than i usually use-and my guess was 2 maybe 2.5 tablespoons. i measured it-and it was 4 tablespoons-a lot more than my guess.

before tracking there was a lot of extra calories that added up. i would grab a handful of chips when i was making the kids lunch, lick the peanut butter off the spoon when i made the kids a sandwich. i would finish the milk they left in their glass. i thought i was eating healthy, but when i started tracking, i realized that most days i wasn't getting enough protein or fiber and too many carbs. i was eating more calories than i was guessing.

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
2/28/13 3:59 P

I agree with Ashling9 - it's difficult but give it some time. It can take a couple of months before you really start to see results.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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2/28/13 3:37 P

More than just tracking, it's important to know, accurately, how much you're eating. You can't out-exercise a bad diet! Eat high-quality foods or avoiding junk food is often not enough. YOu have to eat fewer calories than you burn, and as it just so happens, most Americans simply have no idea how much they're eating.

It's time to get a food scale if you don't have one already, and break out the measuring cups, and track and measure everything. Every single nibble, sip, and bite.

It's a common misconception that exercise is how we lose weight; exercise makes it easier, but real wight loss happens in Diet & Nutrition, not Fitness & Exercise.

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (84,691)
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2/28/13 3:29 P

Yes if you are NOT currently tracking what you are eating you could be eating a LOT more than you think. Make sure to measure and not guess.
Losing weight is 80% diet!!!!

For me I had been able to maintain a weight for months, and when I added in exercise and thought I would lose right away, I ended up gaining weight for the first 2 months!!!!! I had to really watch my foods and portion sizes and then the weight started to come off. I may have been eating "healthy foods" but I the size was way too big.

Sweating is not always a good factor either. Even Jillian has said that "sweating is acutally your body trying to cool off". It does not tell you how hard you are working your muscles, or your heart.

Check out an article here on SP that says how much water you need to be drinking - to feed your muscles, if you don't drink enough water your muscles will hold onto more and not let it go.


Edited by: CUDA440 at: 2/28/2013 (15:56)
JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
2/28/13 12:26 P

No offense, but "probably eating about 1400 calories" is completely different than what you actually eat. If you have not seen the results you want, you need to track your calories and input your fitness goals. This will ensure you're eating what you should. In addition, pay attention to your nutrition. For me it makes a world of difference to cut my carbs from 55% to 50% (What SP recommends). Tracking calories may be a bore, but if you track your calories and follow your nutrition goals, I promise you that you'll see results.

It can't be emphasized enough, you can't out exercise a poor diet.

SAAR42 Posts: 130
2/28/13 11:44 A

Sweating heavily and sore the next day sure sounds like you are working hard!! I'm not sure what's holding back your progress. Maybe there is something that you are eating that you are not counting correctly? Maybe re-check all the nutrition info, especially for stuff you are eating regularly?

ASHLING9 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/28/13 11:13 A

I've never done the 30 day shred, but I have done the 2 month program of insanity. The whole first month I noticed no improvements and was often left bloated after the workouts. By the end of the 2nd month, I had lost the last 5 pounds I needed and toned up really well especially in the tummy area. Basically what I am saying, is keep at it! Some times those programs are 30, 60, 90 days because it takes that long! Good luck emoticon

SIFENAT Posts: 158
2/28/13 10:33 A

Well I'm certainly sweating heavily and sore the next day, but maybe I should get a HR monitor to double check that.

I'm definitely eating well and really limiting processed food. I cook homemade meals every night and even make my own bread. I would say I'm probably doing about 1400 calories so I guess I could try to cut that back but don't want to totally starve myself. I'm always in the recommendations for fat/carbs/protein.

A few years ago I lost 40lbs through diet and exercise so I'm not sure what gives this time!

SAAR42 Posts: 130
2/28/13 10:18 A

Are you really challenging yourself during the workouts? How is your eating? You said you are tracking calories - how many are you eating per day? Are you using the spark people recommendations?

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (189,251)
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2/28/13 9:54 A

how is your eating? you can't out train a poor diet.

SIFENAT Posts: 158
2/28/13 9:52 A

I've completed Level 2, Day 3 and have NO results. No lbs lost, no inches lost and my clothes are not fitting any differently. I know that's only about 2 weeks worth of exercise, but I began working out in the gym a week before, so its really 3 weeks. I'm not expecting miracles, but it seems like I should have lost at least half an inch or something, right?? I am of course tracking my calories closely.

Just frustrated! I did some research on the 30 day shred before starting and I think all of the awesome success stories got my hopes up.

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