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Day 346- Still bouncing around 189-190

Monday, November 12, 2012

So today I'm back under 190. 189.6 to be exact, but I wish I could just lose like 2 pounds and get into the 180s for good. I'm beginning to wonder if I should recalculate my calories and exercise stuff to see if that should be changed.

I'm also excited because someone must have taken one of my cards and joined SP today, because I got 10 Spark Points for referring a friend! They don't have a page yet, but knowing someone is getting to use these wonderful tools because I spoke to them is an awesome feeling.

I want to go for a run today, but I have to finish this paper for class tomorrow so that is my main focus for the day.

I have school off today for Veterans Day. I feel it's only right to thank all veterans who have served including my father and grandfather. Thank you for your service to this country!

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    395 days ago
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    1440 days ago
    In maintenance, I have to adjust my calories up or down from time to time. I can tell when I need to adjust either because I'm getting more (or less) exercise, or because the scale moves more than it should one way or the other. Sometimes I get scale movement without being aware that the exercise level has changed, and sometimes I perceive a change in exercise level but don't get scale movement.

    I also note that people on Weight Watchers report that their points allowance gets cut as they lose weight. I suppose the theory is that less is needed to maintain a smaller body, so a bit needs to be cut out to maintain a calorie deficit.

    The theory is well and good, but in practice it's not practical to get a terribly accurate measurement of either calories in or calories out. With all the inaccuracy of sloppy measurement, how big is a medium banana or apple, etc., the calories in side is still the more accurate part of the equation. Calculations of calories burned are all trash, and the use of an average basal metabolic rate won't be accurate for everyone. IMO, seeing scale movement (or non-movement) is a better indicator of whether you have a calorie deficit than the calculations SP does.

    That's a long winded way of saying, don't be afraid to adjust your calorie range if it doesn't seem right to you. I wouldn't want to move it more than 100 calories in either direction in response to a plateau, and you should be prepared to move it back up if the weight comes off too quickly.

    Take this for what it's worth, but that's how I see things after spending a year in maintenance.
    1441 days ago
    Wait for a week to help your body adjust. If the scale is still stuck you can see your options again! Congratz for spreading the sparkle!

    1442 days ago
  • IRISH813
    I have hit a plateau myself. Don't get discouraged, it will happen. You will reach your goal!! emoticon
    1442 days ago
    Doesn't it feel cool to know someone else could be starting a life-changing healthy lifestyle journey because you told them about SparkPeople?!? Good for you for being out there sharing!
    1442 days ago
    This time of year just does not help the weight loss cause either. Keep on working on you and you will win in the end!
    1442 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    Plateaus are the worst thing but stick with it. I must have had 20 or so weeks of being on a plateau but once I did go down it seemed to go all at once! I reached goal and am so happy that I dug my heels in and kept on going. emoticon
    1442 days ago
    I hit this kiind of plateau several times in my journey. But dont loose heart. I did finally make mhy goal and it feels great!!

    Persistents always pays off in the end. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
    1442 days ago
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