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In the Dumps...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Yep, I'm a little emoticon right now. It's been a total of four months that I've been on my Spark journey and I've lost 17lbs. I'm happy about the loss. Any progress is good. Slow and steady wins the race. Then today in all my infinite wisdom I decided to take a look at my Weight Loss Over Time report and my Calorie Differential Over Time report that Spark provides. Well what do we have here? According to the Weight Loss Over Time report I should be about 20lbs less than what I am right now, which means I'm losing at a MUCH slower rate than the 1-2lbs per week that is supposed to happen if you stay within your calorie range. I always stay within my calorie range! Ok, so let me see what the problem is so I can fix it. Let me look at my Calorie Differential Over Time report. Guess what? I consume way fewer calories than my BMR burns daily, AND I burn anywhere from 600-2400 cals per week in fitness. Bottom line, my deficit is definitely big enough that I should be seeing better losses here. Now I'm upset. I can't tell what's wrong, so I don't know how to fix it. emoticon emoticon
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    I feel your pain and it happens to all of us. But even at 1/2 pound a week, we'll get to goal before we know it. Also, measure success by other things: your cardiovascular health, decrease in meds, inches loss, etc. That helps. You'll get there.
    1830 days ago
    I think that you are doing emoticon
    Keep up the good work !

    1830 days ago
    Great job on the accomplishment so far. While we may not meet our goals, we can still be happy with the overall picture. Your commitment, the changes and the small successes. Never lose sight and be down because you are progressing. Life throws us curves and challenges for us to excel. We can be elated only once we have gone through. Stay encouraged and continue the awesome job you are doing.
    1830 days ago
  • CHYNNA81
    Congrats on the 17 pounds you have lost... emoticon . Try not to get down on yourself. Stay positive and stick to your plan. If you still see no progress then definitely talk to a nutritionist to get more help and support during your journey.

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    1831 days ago
    Maybe you need to eat more. Sounds crazy, but when I was using My Fitness Pal for a bit there was a huge group that insisted that you should never eat below your BMR when you exercise. the calorie differential after adding in exercise should never be more than 1000 to ensure your body would efficiently burn fat and lose weight.

    It was interesting to me but I was doing Nutrisystem at the time and following their low calorie plan so I wasn't tracking my food. I don't know if it works. You could try it for a week or two to see if it helps.

    And like Para said, you are doing GREAT! None of us are textbook, we are ll unique. What works for some may not work for others.

    It's OK!

    1833 days ago
    You are doing the work, and you are making progress.


    Each body is different, and has different ways of losing. Some people lose great on low carb. Some people lose great doing weight lifting. Some people lose great doing cardio and munching on carb-laden foods. We're all different.

    And we're complex. Scientific in to out ratios are a generic rule of thumb, but don't apply to everyone.

    Before you go haywire trying all sorts of things to speed up your weight loss, I would recommend going to your doc. Bring in all of these reports, the foods you intake, your workout regimen, your calorie differentials, all of it. Have them run some tests to make sure your levels are good. Talk to a dietician about dietary options.

    You are an experiment in this world, a unique one with its own set of controls and variables. You can definitely try upping your calories (if your differential is too great, that can slow weight loss) or you can try restricting an element from your diet (for example, wheat) and see what happens. Before I would do any of that, though, if you have the means, go to a doctor and have them check you out first. Get it on record and see if they have recommendations first-- you're at a crucial point right now where it's easy to go crazy: either saying eff it all and doing what you want, or listening to somebody who's on a "I eat a banana before every meal and only eat rice every other Friday" kinda diet-- which may work for them, but might not work for you.


    As an aside, one of my dear friends, POOKASLUAGH, has had a very weird, slow weight loss, very much in direct defiance of a lot of traditional diet ideas-- if you have the chance, check out her blogs from the last coupla years, they can be very inspirational for you.

    1833 days ago
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