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Frustrated and confused...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I am seriously in need of some advice! Here's my situation: I started out at 247 about 2 and a half months ago, and have since lost 15 lbs. I do cardio a minimum of 65 mins, 4 days a week, and I burn 600 calories each time. When I enter this, it gives me a calorie range of 1,300 - 1,650 per day. I am vigilant about eating only healthy, and using the calorie tracker, and drinking lots of water. I eat several small meals/snacks throughout the day. I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm satisfied, however I'm having trouble meeting the minimum of 1,300 calories per day. Sometimes even a couple hundred below that. So here's my question, am I sabotaging myself by not eating enough? I haven't lost any weight in a couple of weeks I'm wondering if that's why? Do I need to decrease my exercise to get within a calorie range I can meet?... Please help!!! I appreciate any advice.

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RESULTS361AP09 8/12/2010 8:52PM

    I agree with the previous posts-it sounds like you aren't eating enough. Maybe add in a handful of nuts or a tablespoon of peanut butter-that would help increase your calories but it's not a huge amount of food. Good luck!

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DNDUPREE 8/12/2010 8:39PM

    You definitely need to eat the minimum calorie requirement because not doing so DOES sabotage weight loss :-S I totally understand your plight, I struggle with it too and my low is 1,200 calories a day. What's helping me a lot is adding back in yogurt once a day, accounting for anything I drink that isn't water or unsweetened tea (although I do track my water intake too) and allowing myself one splurge item a day as a treat (usually 1 Kashi TLC cookie hehehe). I hope that helps and I hope you're able to break your plateau! Maybe lower your cardio time to 50-60mins 5 times a week and add in some strength training?


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SKEPHART827 8/12/2010 8:38PM

    You need to eat enough to burn more calories. Try to eat more protein and complex carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, whole grains, etc. and LOTS of fresh fruits and vegetables. For your weight, I would say that you should be eating a minimum of 2000 calories a day.
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Changing my persepctive, one day at a time

Monday, August 02, 2010

So I was sitting here at work this morning with my usual breakfast of coffee and whole wheat & oat bran muffin and I had a thought strike me that I don't think ever has before...I suddenly realized that I was actually looking forward to this week; to the opportunity to stick with my exercise goals and healthy eating habits. It's work, but I'm enjoying making progress in my path of not only losing weight, but becoming healthy. It's a long, and sometimes challenging road, but oh so rewarding.

And I realized this same outlook can be applied to my work week. Yes, I dread getting up on Mondays, but it's such a great opportunity to start fresh, to make this week better than the last, to accomplish all the goals I have set out for myself. Things have been a bit crazy at work, but I'm just trying to not let it overwhelm me. I can only do so much in a day.

The moral of the story you ask? Your perspective on your situation can make such a difference in how you approach things. You can look at your weight loss goals as something that's going to kill you to accomplish, and you wonder how you will ever do it, or you can look at as on opportunity to do something great for yourself by taking care of your body. After all, it is the only one you've got!

I am amazed at what a huge help SparkPeople has been to me, and the encouragement and inspiration I have received from other members. I think this is what has changed my way of thinking. And realizing that this isn't going to happen overnight, it's one day at a time.


Feelin good! (but trying to keep up my motivation)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I'm finally starting to see results! I've lost 15 lbs and clothes that were starting to get to small are now starting to fit again. Yay! Finally started back at the gym, and even though I know I'll feel better after, it's still so hard just getting myself there. Some days I'd just so much rather go home and get comfy and watch a movie. But I can't let myself do that. It feels so great to see my weight going down, so I need to just keep it up. Feeling a little guilty about eating a couple of slices of applewood smoked bacon last night, but I've been so good all week, I guess it won't kill me. I'm very proud of myself for passing up the Hot Tomales at Target yesterday...I almost bought a box and thought to myself "oh I'll just eat a few at a time." But, I know myself, and I would end of eating the whole box at once, so I decided not to even go there! I bought cinnamon gum instead. Not quite the same, but close :-) Ugh I wish I didn't have such a sweet tooth!

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BECKYOBRIEN 7/31/2010 1:24PM

    Great Job on losing 15 lbs!

I find that if I restrict everything that I love, I'm a lot quicker to fall of the wagon completely. As long as it's in moderation, you should still be able enjoy the foods you love.

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POSEY440 7/31/2010 12:19PM

    Great job that is the way to fight the battle, not easy sometimes but it is worth it in the long run with all the added things you gain from the weight loss. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KEELY128 7/31/2010 12:13PM

    Congratulations and Great job! Keep up the good work!

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