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Need Advice Sparkers: 1200 calories forever?

Friday, November 12, 2010

1200 calories is the lowest end of my calorie range here on spark, and I also totally believe when they say no one should ever be going under 1200 calories. I am perfectly content eating 1200, but my question is, do you think that'll hurt me in the long run? Obviously, I will have no where to go in terms of lowering my calories if I hit a plateu and whatnot, but I will always have the option to amp up the exercise.

Any advice? Especially from sparkers who have already lost considerable amounts of weight, is your personal experience it's better to start on the higher end of the range and go down as time goes on? Or will I be fine just consistently eating that amount, and upping exercise when neccessary?

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RORYTA 11/14/2010 8:48AM

    I started eating less in general, then I went on 1200 for about 2 months, but soon got bored and felt completely deprived, so I upped it to 1600. I found that with the range of 1400-1600 I felt satisfied and not too guilty about eating too much. Also, 1200 never felt enough for ME, especially because I did about 1 to 2 hours at the gym on average (burning about 1000 calories per workout), about 5 days a week. I lost 40 pounds in 3 months.

I must say however, I got burned out and I gained 15 pounds back, I felt the need to take a break. NOW am back and eating less without counting calories, and the only workout I get is a late night walk around the area where I live. I have lost 8 pounds in 3 weeks.

So tread carefully, you wanna eat just ENOUGH calories to satisfy you and to hold you through the day especially if you are exercising, and you wanna take your time, your body will tell you where exactly you need to be with your calories. Plateaus are inevitable you could probably amp up your workouts for about two weeks and then get back to your routine for the next two weeks. keep your body guessing. It should be fine if you want to stay on 1200, just make sure you get in the nutrients your body needs, fruits, veggies, fibers, lean protein; any 1200 calorie diet consisting of those things is OK!

good luck

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CHICAT63 11/14/2010 8:00AM

    It is always good on exercises day to go up higher, remember Food is Fuel. I have been experimenting and after reading someone's blog yesterday I realized I was doing the same, hence resulting not losing bodyfat. I tweaked my nutrition yesterday and saw a 2 pound loss this morning.

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STEPH-KNEE 11/13/2010 9:36PM

    I want to thank both of you for taking the time to read and respond, AND I want to congratulate you both on your amazing success!! :D Thank you so much for the feedback, this really helps a lot! :)

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    I eat 1200 calories a day a lot. Sometimes I eat more depending. I've lost 92lbs this way and it hasn't hurt me. Sometimes though, I will get into a plateau, and have to eat about 1500-1700 to break my plateau. But in the long run, it shouldn't hurt you - it hasn't me. I should be eating MORE considering I burn approx. 1200 cals a day JUST exercising. I burn over 3000 with my BMR.

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KBERG27 11/12/2010 4:02PM

    I've been living off of 1200-1300 calories for almost 8 months now, and I haven't needed to adjust it at all for any plataeus. I've adjusted WHAT I eat and I've changed my exercise regimens, but 1200 seems to work well for me. I would definately start on the higher end of the range though and work your way down as you lose weight. I actually could have started with a lot more calories but chose not to, which doesn't make sense because I know that I could have still probably lost just as much weight. Anyways, you don't want to deprive yourself of too much too soon otherwise it'll be impossible to stick with. Good luck :)

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Disappointed, accepting it, and moving on.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

So as I sit here at a weight of about 260, I could not be more disappointed in myself. Last year around this time I started doing what I needed to, and lost about 22 pounds. I hit a plateu, and hovered around the weight of 250 for a long time. Then what happened? No excuses, I got lazy. It was "work" to plan and cook my own meals. It was work to exercise when I get home from my 12 hour shift, but there is no excuse. Everyone here deals with these things, and despite obsticles, they are doing what they need to do.

I think I am most disappointed, because knowing that last year at this time I was taking this so seriously and doing pretty good... and if I had KEPT WITH IT, who knows where I'd be right now. That is so frustrating to realize I have let another year pass me by.

I tried to look at the bright side, and to be honest, there isn't REALLY one. But the ONLY thing I could think of... is this time last year I was at my all time high of 272. If I had never done *anything* or lost *any* amount of weight, I could very realistically be about 300 pounds right now. So I am trying to look at that. I am 12 pounds lighter then I was this time last year. To me, that is not an *accomplishment* of any sort, BUT if the alternative is weighing 12 pounds more, I will take it.

I just honestly wonder what is wrong with me. When there is something in my life that I want, I work to get it. I worked/saved up to buy the house I wanted, I worked really hard to train and get the job I wanted. I just have always worked towards things I've wanted, and I want to lose this weight MORE than anything. So why don't I do it? I just can't understand why I am so LAZY. Cause that is all it is, laziness.

I guess in a way, it's easier for me to be fat. It's easy for me to not exercise, it's easy for me to get fast food then prepare something healthy. But then I am starting to realize: It's NOT easy for me to: Find close that fit me. Walk up a flight of stairs. Bring the groceries inside without feeling like I've run a marathon. To feel good about myself because of my weight. To date/meet new people. All of those things are hard for me.

This site has given me ALL the tools I need. I don't know how many times I've said I'm gonna start again, I'm gonna get back to it, and I just don't. So I am disappointed in myself, but my pitty party has to end sometime and I will need to start moving in a positive direction.

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CAZADORES 10/16/2010 7:51AM

    Good for you for looking ahead. I was having this exact same discussion with a friend of mine not too long ago.

I am going to suggest that you are not lazy. Quite the contrary, you are a resourceful go-getter type person who accomplishes we she sets out to do (job, house, etc).

What changed for me was when I decided that I needed to be the top priority. I needed to believe that I really wanted it and was worth the effort. Of course, I have to keep reminding myself of this quite often.....remember you are worth it! You can do it! You ARE doing it!

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STEPH-KNEE 10/16/2010 7:32AM

    I want to thank you both for taking the time to reply to my blog.

Saydee - You are so right about that, I am definitely a venter. I think for me, it doesn't even matter if someone is listening, but just "getting it out" tends to help me. You are right, I need to realize what happens *now* is what matters. :D

Chicat, you are an amazing inspiration! I've seen your pictures and your progess, and you are just a huge inspiration to me. You are proof that it can be done if I just get down to it. And instead of just sitting here in awe of all you have accomplished, I think I will get up off my butt and work on joining you. :D

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CHICAT63 10/16/2010 7:00AM

    Ok, pity party over ! As you have said it is only one year, but getting back on your wellness journey will add years. You have the tools, support and all here on Sparks. You can do this Sista and we are here for you. Hugs.

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SAYDEE7 10/16/2010 6:10AM

    Sometimes we need to vent, get some sympathy or even empathy and then we can move on. Sometimes a little validation can do wonders. We have all yo yo'd and looked back an thought "Only IF" but it is what we do today that matters. The decisions you make now are what count. So here you are sharing your story, getting positive feed back and then you will be good to go and on your way to great success.

We are all in the same boat and anytime you need an oar or a life jacket just holla! Take care.


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Have you ever had a dream where you were thin?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I have only been having them recently, and they are strange LOL. I have had 3 of them. In each one I am thin (or more like medium) and I am so shocked by what I see... but then I still feel fat. I am sure that is because my mind knows that I am NOT at that weight and probably what causes the conflicting feelings in these dreams.

But these dreams do make me realize that I really really want to lose this weight, and I thought I looked pretty good medium LOL ;)

Have any of you ever had dreams like that?

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STARDUST2K4 9/1/2010 5:45AM

    Dreams are definitely interesting sometimes. For me personally, I'm at a healthy weight in almost all of my dreams.
According to Cinderella; "A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep" ;)

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Step 1

Monday, August 16, 2010

I have spiraled so far out of control, I just feel helpless. So I'm just breaking it down. Step 1 is going to be stop eating fast food (I've been on a fast food kick for almost 2 weeks now, ridiculousness)... or at least cut WAAAAAYYYY back. Step 2 is to get moving. Step 3 will be to actually start tracking everything I am eating and staying within range. It doesn't sound so scary when I break it down I suppose lol.

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CHICAT63 8/16/2010 7:20AM

    emoticon and if you do as you said track everything it helps you be accountable. Have a great week. emoticon

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My brother is pretttttyyy sllliiiiick haha!

Friday, August 06, 2010

So basically, when my dad approaches me about my weight issues... I get defensive. The way he goes about it is more like an attack, or him trying to tell me what to do and how to do it, but not in a constructive way.

My brother on the other hand mentioned to me the other day 'hey what if I came over once a week, and we exercised TOGETHER?' This sounded like a great idea. My brother also know when I start exercising and stuff I do really good... but it's *continuing* to do it that I struggle with. So by him coming over just once a week, that'll keep me from stopping exercise altogether (which is when I struggle the most), and might keep me more on track.

I work until Monday then I'm going to Vegas with my mom for 3 days, but when I get back we are going to give this a whirl. I have an awesome park that is across the street from my house and it is a nice park and a nice area, and I've wanted to walk it, but I always think people are looking and judging (I know I shouldn't care, but I do.) But if I have him with me I won't care, and it'll be more fun cause I'll have someone to talk to.

Typically when I'm exercising I start to feel good, which improves my eating habits too... I just need to stop this roller coaster of doing stuff and then quitting and then trying and then quitting. I clearly want this, or I wouldn't still be on Spark... I just need to *do* what I need to do.

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NEWNAC304 8/6/2010 9:53AM

    I have the same problem. I start with gusto and then slack off. I also feel better and seem to eat better when I'm working out. Good luck on your journey. You can do it!

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