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Disappointed :-(

Friday, January 11, 2013

Well, here I am 10 days into the New Year. I weighed in at exactly 13st at the start of the year. Since then I have been logging all my food scrupulously, eating within my calorie range, and exercising much more than heretofore, as on 1st January I joined - and am sticking to - the Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge. I've been getting good sleep of 7 to 8 hours per night, I've eaten my freggies and drunk all that water - and virtually stopped drinking wine. I weighed in again this morning and ... 13st exactly.

Still. It's early days, and it's possible I am under-eating and in "starvation" mode. My calorie allowance (carried over from last year when frankly I did almost no exercise) is 1220 to 1550 Kcal. Since starting the Challenge, I have been getting warnings saying I should adjust this. So I'm going to do so and see if eating more will help me lose weight - however counter-intuitive this seems. It's really hard to persuade myself to do this, so I'd really appreciate any positive results other members have had by upping their food intake.

It's just possible that my trousers feel a little looser, so it could just be that I am gaining muscle while losing fat. I didn't measure this morning, as I feel a week isn't going to show anything meaningful - I'd rather measure monthly.

But it was disappointing. I've had plateaus before - but never right at the start of Sparking!

Wish me luck!
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    I have no sage advice for you but just wanted to add a emoticon to your comments.

    Keep going - it will pay off in the long run.

    1892 days ago
    Thanks for all the helpful responses - particularly Cherryblossom13 for the link to the article, which certainly seems to fit my circumstances. I am doing quite a bit more exercise than I have been used to - 10 minutes or so on the daily SP video and 30 mins cardio on top, when I did nothing much beyond ordinary movement before, so this is a big change for me. I'm happy to stay at this level until I have really begun to make this a habit.

    I did go back to my fitness tracker and allow it to adjust my calories - and it gave me a whole extra 20 for the day! So now I'm on 1270 - 1570! Hardly worth worrying about, really!
    1892 days ago
    I can almost bet you are not eating enough to increase your metabolism. Once you do that give it a couple days and make sure you also increase your activity. You can do this, I know because I had the same problem.

    1892 days ago
    I'm having the exact same problem! I looked around to figure out why and found this;


    I'm guessing the January Jumpstart is a change in the amount of physical activity you're used to, and I can guarantee mine is a drastic change. Hopefully our bodies catch up soon and we can finally start getting confirmation on our scales!
    1893 days ago
  • LAURIE160IN2013
    Good thinking on weighing monthly. As for exercise, 10 or 20 minutes a day is great for getting started and developing a new habit, but you might need to gradually add more in order to see any weight loss. Good luck!
    1893 days ago
    Listen to the warnings.

    I hit a similar roadblock after 3 months on SP. Nothing had changed but I stopped losing. At the advice of others to eat at the high end of my caloric range, I did. (And yes, it really messes with your mind.... eat more, lose more???) I also ran the 'over time' nutritional reports for the past 3 months. I was amazed to see the drastic ups and downs.

    A couple more things I changed: I began increasing my fiber food intake as it was consistently low. And I changed up my fitness routine. Not necessarily working out more, just differently.

    I bounced around the same weight number for over 3 weeks. Just this morning I found that I have dropped below my lowest-to-date weight. A half a pound. It's not much, but at least it's moving again.. . . the right direction.

    So, we just need to stick with the plan. It's proven to be successful.

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    1893 days ago
    You probably are gaining muscle and remember that muscle is much more dense than fat, so that. by volume seems to weigh more. Don't always go off of what the scale says. As you said your trousers feel looser. That is a great sign! I would suggest you stick with what you are doing and start measuring more than your weight because results do not always show up on the scale first. Sometimes we hold onto water and that also can effect the number on the scale.

    I know its frustrating when the scale doesn't move but you are doing great so just give it some more time to see what happens! If you are extremely active then you might want to consider increasing your calories. I have a friend who was very active and eating 1400 calories per day and wasn't losing weight. She increased her intake to 1700 calories per day and the weight started coming off again. Your body does need the right amount of fuel to work properly. emoticon

    1893 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 7:34:54 AM
  • CTHOMAS1980
    As you said only early days, stick at it and hopefully it will pay off. emoticon
    1893 days ago
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