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How much am I suppose to eat...A little bit....frustrated!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

So, I've been on plan for 5 weeks, as of yesterday! I've been pretty good about staying within my calorie range, with mainly healthy calories, I have been getting a minimum of 60 minutes of cardio, 6 days a week and ST for 35 minutes 4 times a week...and I've been drinking a gallon of water a day, YES I said a gallon! lol

So, anyways...the last week of January I had to go away for the entire week, for business conference. This had me literally in meetings from 7:00 am - 11:00 pm everyday, except Friday, when I was lucky enough to get out at 4, so I could go HOME!! Anyways...with that crazy schedule, I barely ate...and when I did I had no control over it because it was whatever was catered...and I literally had very minimum or no water at all because I couldn't leave the room every 10 minutes to go potty! haha...Okay, so the point, right...the point is, before the trip I was averaging 3.8 pounds a week loss...after the trip, I haven't lost a thing, and I'm actually back up 2 pounds!!!! What the HECK!
Okay, so now you all have a good idea of my eating and workout schedule...any ideas as to why I'm gaining and NOT losing???????

Last night I found an article, and it said that in order to lose weight consistantly, you should be eating 25% less than your BMR...well, here's my question...does that mean my regular BMR of 1976, or my "moderate activity" BMR of 3039, cause umm, hello...in case you didn't notice...there's a HUGE difference there! lol Not to mention my spark calorie range is NOWHERE near either of these numbers...so who's right, whats wrong...why won't my body lose any weight?!? And, does this process even really work...who knows?!

I'm really getting past frustrated and now really worried, because I have goals, that are set for a reason...and the first is a location wedding on May 29th, and soon I'm gonna have to rsvp...and I am seriously not going unless I am down another 45 pounds! This is not cool, and I need help! emoticon

Any and all help is totally appreciated...Thanks to all!!! emoticon

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    You want to break that plateau. It's time for change! Completely change your eating habits for the next week
If you go to my page and join any number of my teams you'll have access to the most excellent weight loss plan in the Focused on Incredible Health and Weight loss Forum It's low calorie low fat low carb high volume. You'll drop that 45 pounds before your May deadline! I promise I guarantee it!
Check out the first three sticky topics.
I've been doing this for a shorter length of time than you have been doing what you are doing and I've lost the same amount of weight! emoticon
If you have any questions just sparkmail me and we can talk further! Waiting to hear form you!

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2MILESADAY 2/9/2011 8:58PM

    When I am nursing I hit really big plateaus. For me I wasn't eating enough food. I would eat in my cal range and lose weight. When I fell below it I would stop losing till I got my calories up. With as much as you are working out I would guess you may need a few more calories to start losing again, but I am not sure what range you are eating at. what range are you at and how many weeks have you not lost, if it's just one then I wouldn't change a thing if it is 2 then I would play with the calorie range, either up or down. Another things I have done that helps is to eat higher on my calorie range one day and low on the calorie range the next to confuse your body and bet it to break the plateau. Hope this info helps a little :) You will break through it!

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GOALOFLOSING 2/10/2010 4:56PM

    I am stumpped with this one as well, but I hope that some other sparkers will have some good advice for you! Either way, I am here for the support! Throw that RSVP in the mail!!!! You are going to be -45 pounds for that wedding!!

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    Food like this is notoriously full of salt, fat, and calories so you may be retaining water or just have gained a couple of pounds. But you have no choice. In addition 1 or 2 plus or minus pounds is considered normal fluctuation due to fluids moving in and out of cells.

45 pounds is a lot to lose in that period of time. I would not eat less than 1200 calories a day but you could try more exercise and less calories.

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2FUN2B_LAZY 2/9/2010 9:01AM

    Perhaps you hit a plateau? There are some good articles on here for that. Have you tried mixing up your workouts? Maybe eating different things if you haven't been? I would try to search on SP about plateau-ing. You may find some helpful info!

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AWOLF24 2/9/2010 8:40AM

    Sometimes a crazy week happens when you get unexpected results. Plus your body was getting used to one routine, then suddenly you ate way less food and drank way less water and your body could have been saying "WHOA - HOLD IT! What's going on???". Get back to your "new" routine this week, hang in there, and I bet you have much better results.

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CASSIE-O 2/9/2010 7:19AM

    Just keep with it. I wish I had advice but I don't sorry...good luck. Just remember some times with change is fitness a gain can happen.

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30 Day Shred?!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

So...I'm looking for a bit of guidance here...I know lots of people out there are using and loving The 30 Day Shred program...my question is, is it something that someone who still has a lot of weight to lose, can use and handle?!? I am looking to have a good mix of programs to my routine, as I plateau really easily if I don't constantly change things around...and have heard nothing but good things, but I dunno! lol

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!!! =)

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2FUN2B_LAZY 2/7/2010 1:27PM

    Yeah, you definitely can! I will tell you, the first workout you do on it will probably be hard, but don't give up. I had been doing cardio a lot for about a month before I used it for the first time in about 6 months, and it kicked my butt. I did my third time on it the other night, and my endurance really changed. Only my third time doing it! It will definitely give you a workout, though!

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BALANCEDLIFE4ME 2/7/2010 12:52PM

    Try to get in a good cardio workout before you try the shred. I would say cardio 4-5x a week at least 30 minutes at a cardio heart rate and the shred 3 x a week. You will see results.

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AWOLF24 2/7/2010 12:43PM

    I would say try it and see how it works for you. She gives modified form for a a less advanced vs. more advanced workout and it does take some time to work up to doing all the exercises at all the reps with the correct form. I wouldn't say it is great for someone's only exercise, but to add to the rotation, definitely!

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IHEIDIBEFIT 2/5/2010 1:45PM

    YES! My weight loss was almost at a stand still, seasawing back and forth between 2 lbs. Once I incorporated the 20 Day Shred with my daily runs, the weight loss got a kick in the butt and kicked into overdrive! It's what your body needs to be shocked and to get back into motion!! I'm enjoying it, I know you will too!!

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CASSIE-O 2/4/2010 7:32PM

    I love the 30 day shred. I did it to lose the last 10 pounds from my pregnancy with Amelia. It kicks but and does push you. I did increase my hand weights as I got use to each stage to make it harder for my body.

Good luck...

There is some cable that has it on demand.


Check that out to see if they have it in your area.

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SAMOACOOKIE 2/4/2010 12:22PM

    It's an intense 20 minute workout (lots of push ups, jumping jacks & strength stuff). I'm kind of struggling with the same issue at 238lbs & have been consistently working out for only three weeks. I've done it 4 times (every other day Level 1) it wipes me out & burns around 175 calories even though I'm still not able to do every rep with the proper form yet but I do get better at it each time.

However, I feel that it kinda ruins me working out for a bigger calorie burn the rest of the day so I've been alternating days so I can still do a big cardio day when I don't do shred. The 175 calorie burn isn't enough for me even if I did it everyday to lose anything. I will say it if you do it at least 3 times a week it really does build stamina to improves all the workouts you do. I say try it for at least two weeks and see.

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    I have never heard of it. I hope it will work for you. Good luck.

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Heart Rate Monitors, which to chose?!?!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Okay people, so now that I am serious about this journey...I'm thinking a heart rate monitor would be an intelligent investment! So, I'm looking for suggestions on a brand you ladies currently have or have heard work great! I am hoping to get one that tracks calories burnt along with my heartrate! Through my research, I tend to be leaning towards the Polar F7 or F6?? Do any of you have either of these??

Thanks so much for your help and advice...I really appreciate it!!!

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    I have the Polar F7 and love it! Super easy to use and is not too high tech!

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SANDLADY48 1/18/2010 4:59PM

    This from the polar site:

SPECIAL NOTE: The F6 Will Soon be Discontinued!

The brand new Polar F7 will be replacing it. The F7 comes with Wearlink+ chest strap (more comfortable and has changeable batteries) it also has a more accurate OwnZone feature. All in all making it a great value for money upgrade.

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KERRYANN67 1/18/2010 10:38AM

    I personally love my wrist heart rate monitor by Bowflex. However, the polars are very similar. I think what I like most is just having it there for whatever fitness activity I do, I always know just how hard to push or when to pull back a little.

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LOVE2LIVE! 1/17/2010 9:13PM

    Hope you like it! I have a Polar FT80 and really like it.

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~LACY~ 1/17/2010 8:59PM

    Thanks for all the advice...After TONS of research and suggestions...I ordered a Polar F6 tonight...I'm excited for it to get here, hopefully asap!!! =)

Thanks again!!!

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LYNNANN43 1/17/2010 4:10PM

    I got my pink Polar F6 last Monday. I LOVE it!!! It's so nice to know what I'm actually burning and how hard I'm actually working!

And it's even a cute watch on it's own:D

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TERJEGOLD 1/17/2010 3:19PM

    All of the Polar monitors will do for you what you need. Many will do a lot more than you probably need. If you go to the Polar website, they have a great tool for letting you specify the functions you need or want then they will suggest models and let you compare features.
I have used a Polar F6, F11 and now F55. I love them all but, other than a few extra bells and whistles (LOVE the TROPHY!), they all have been similarly great choices for me.

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SANDLADY48 1/17/2010 12:25PM

    The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge posted the following:

we have strictly gone to the FT 7's. It has exactly what you need, & doesn't have what you don't need. They now come with the comfort straps and can be had at a reasonable price ($109).

Hope this helps. When I was there, I used my Garmin, but a lot of folks had these and were able to track their daily calories burned, once they got them calibrated.

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    I would like to know as well. LOL.

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HEATHERANN421 1/16/2010 11:35AM

    When you decide please let me know!! lol I've *sort of* been looking too, only mine is going to have to be seriously on sale. I'll be checking back to see what people suggest!

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IGUANA44 1/16/2010 11:11AM

    It's interesting that I actually found SparkPeople in my search for a heart rate monitor! I wanted something simple that could (mostly) count calories for me. I found a really good one at my local sporting goods store and I wear it every day just as my normal sporty looking watch, too. It's the Sportline Solo 915 Heart Rate Watch. There's one for female and one for male. I really like it and all I have to do to check my pulse is touch the little metal piece around the face and it senses my pulse by measuring the electrical signals on the skin like an ECG does.

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