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What's does it take?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What does it take to make me lose weight? I joined this site in the beginning of the year. I have joined "the biggest loser" competition at work, mainly for the tax-free $1200 pot that will go to the winner and in hopes that I will get my but in gear because I don't want to look like a loser in front of my coworkers as now everyone knows I weigh 217 and that was fully dressed! I weigh the same now in my birthday suit. I have even tried Advocare for a boost but all the pills made me so nauseated and the vomiting is a turn off so I stopped. I have worked out 5-6 days per week but I weigh more now, though my clothes fit better. I would love to go back to Jenny Craig since that really worked for me (maybe it was the one on one accountability?) but it is super expensive and I hate the idea of being TOLD what to eat. I guess I am at a point in my life where I want to eat food that tastes good AND is good for me. Months ago the thought of turning 40 and still being fat scared me so I was motivated. Now I'm 40 and still fat!...The idea that maybe someone will actually like me again when I lose weight used to be a motivator, but I tell myself I don't want someone who is only interested in what my body looks like. I wanted and still do want to be an example for my kids but there is some resistance to weight loss deep within and I can't figure out what it is. Is it just straight rebellion? I'm not a total loser; I do have a career and bought my own home, so I'm moderately successful (Oprah comes to mind, though, duh, she's insanely successful except for in the area of losing weight) but looks like I am a prime candidate for bariatric surgery.

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LILSHINE 9/26/2012 1:59PM

    You've already received great advice. I just say take it and work with it. It's a lifestyle and if you're not eating what you want in moderation, you're bounds to fail. Subtle changes is all it takes. Work on one area of improvement at a time. Don't try and take on too much and overwhelmed yourself. Work on water intake, 10 minutes of exercise and when you're ready add more. You've got this!!!

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NIKKICOLE83 9/25/2012 1:48PM

    I completely agree with the other ladies. I invested in a BodyBugg (what they use on Biggest Loser) so that i know exactly how many calories I am burning, even when I am not working out. I then log my food and I know exactly how much exercise I need to do to be on track to lose two pounds a week (a daily deficit of 1000 calories as stated earlier). It is a smart investment at only $99 plus tax and shipping. I have lost 33 pounds in 17 weeks with no drugs or surgery.

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ME_B4_INSANITY 9/25/2012 1:08PM

    Though it can be totally frustrating you have to remember that the amount of calories burned have to be 3,500 more than the amount consumed to a lose a pound. As stated, you have to find out how much you burn doing nothing then calculate how much your exercise is burning. In the end to lose 2 lbs a week you need to burn approx 1,000 calories more per day than you eat.

Good luck, keep trying, be accountable, be healthy.

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BLUENOSE63 9/25/2012 12:49PM

  My suggestion would be you go to have a complete head to toe physical to rule out any medical issue. The second step would be to go to a nutritionalist not a dietician. The third step would be to ask yourself if you can say yes to these 3 questions:

1. Am I drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day?
2. Do I walk 10,000 steps?
3. Am I tracking everything I eat?

You need to calculate your BMR - Base Metobolic Rate, after all your medical has been checked out, and there is a specific test call MedGem Metabolic Test -- ask your doctor for a referral or where you can get it done. Basically it will tell you exactly what the lowest number of calories as well as the highest calories you can safely eat and still loose weight. Trust me this will work as once you know the number you can stick to it with the tracking.

Don't give up

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Friday, June 08, 2012

I'm sick and have been for a few days now and I am worried that I won't feel well enough to workout today. Day one of the illness, a bad cold, I forced myself to walk for an hour but yesterday with all the graduation activities and medications I just didn't have the energy. So interesting to me that my days don't feel right unless I exercise...though I am giving myself permission to rest because I know that I need it in order to get better.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 6/8/2012 1:37PM

    Hope you get well soon. Its a good idea to skip your workout today. Get some rest, your body needs it!

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Too much working out

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

So it has been about a month since joining SP, but I haven't lost any weight! Which sucks because in order to increase my fitness points I have been working out almost every day. I have not, however, stayed within my allotted calorie range as I figure that I am workout out so I should see some results, right? WRONG! Not only have I not lost any weight but I have gained painful feet, sore knees, and back pain!! Anyhow, I hoping that my lack of weight loss is attributed to time of month water weight gain and/or muscle increase as I have only weighed myself in the beginning and last Sunday. I know its not recommended to weigh oneself daily but for me its a constant motivator and keeps me accountable so I will go back to that practice. Also I will adhere as closely as I can to the recommended calorie range and not workout so much and see what happens. I am also pondering if I really want to lose weight, as I already know "how" to lose weight but my lack of results and my near constant snacking cause me to look deep within myself and ask what is the real reason I am "doing this but not really doing it". Maybe because many of my coworkers are having weight-loss surgery or are on some type of weight-loss program (you know, the expensive kind) so I don't want to be the only fat nurse in our department. Also of note is that I will be turning forty this year so I aim to be "fit and 40" not fat and 40.

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ALLIEALKINS 3/22/2012 10:31AM

    Abs are made in the kitchen! Even if you're staying within your calorie range, are you making sure you're choosing the healthier options and eating your fruits and veggies?

There may be a few weeks where you lose a ton of weight and then none at all; I don't weigh myself ever, but instead, focus on how my clothing fits, my measurments and my body fat. I think I would get too hung up on the scale to be honest.

If you're eating healthy and working out, then just kepe going! Maybe you can't see results yet, but focus on the small accomplishments; more energy, happier, etc. Your body appreciates it!

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/22/2012 10:14AM

    Don't assume something must be wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like it. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you've done something wrong.

This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of weekly weight losses are just not typical. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale.... and that's perfectly normal. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight.

I can assure you that if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time.

Don't worry, you can be fit and 40 ! I decided I needed to make a change when I hit 39 and that was nearly 9 years ago. I can not be more pleased with my results, but my results took time. So will yours. thus the need for patience !

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LISHYNICKS 3/20/2012 3:21PM

  I also joined a month ago and have not really lost any weight since then! I have been working out almost every day and I do stay within my calories range. It is certainly frustrating to not see results when you are trying so hard. You are probably right though, if you cut some calories and don't push yourself too hard, you will see results. Everyone plateaus, that's where I'm at. I think my problem is that even though i eat the right amount of calories, they are the wrong ones to be eating. So my plan is to make healthier choices and keep up on my work outs!. GOOD LUCK you can do it!!

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    I workout a lot too but I never see any weight loss results unless I am also staying within my calorie range. Drop by my page any time if you need support. It sounds like we are in the same boat.
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