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Days are getting harder, why???


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So the last week or so has been tough. Real tough. Like really, really, really tough. Just trying to emphasize that. I went over my calories today because for the first time since I re-started back in April I actually felt, well, a little defeated to be honest.

This is how I've felt the last week or so:

I feel hungry and tired ALL THE TIME. This happened last time around at this point in my sparkpeople effort and people suggested I wasn't eating enough or I was working out too much for what I was eating. I have been horribly underestimating my calories burned compared to what I actually do so I have increased my weekly burn on the start menu, which has increased my minimum calories about 200.

Despite that, I'm not sure what it was or what it is now but it's frustrating. I just want to eat everything in site. Oh and I'm SICK of measuring and weighing EVERYTHING. It's getting tedious and because I feel tired I think that is making the calorie counting even MORE tedious.

Maybe to make it a bit easy over the next few days I may try to eat really simple foods and stuff that is easy to track like Subway sandwiches, canned tuna, stuff with really really clear nutrition labels and only one or two servings so it's more straightforward. Just to give myself a break from counting every tiny crouton or gram of cheese, etc.

I've also worked out what my "maintenance" calorie amount is (isn't SP great?!) and I made sure that even though I went OVER my deficit calorie amount today I didn't go over my maintenance amount. So that's something right?

I don't know, what do you guys think? I'd love some opinions on this and stories about what any of you have done in tough spots like this. I know I need to be kind to myself and if I start freaking out over an imperfect day I will be setting myself up for the wrong kind of lifestyle, but I'm curious....is this just a normal lull where my body and mind are resisting the weight loss?

Thanks in advance for any input guys!

-NMK
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BRTRAINS 6/11/2013 7:10PM

    Hi, You need to eat smaller meals every 3-4 hours, and the meals have to contain balanced parts of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat... Just worrying about counting calories is old school ... You need to keep muscle and lose body fat, If you are just counting calories and losing weight without adequate proteins etc you'll always be hungry as your blood sugar is jumping all around, You want the blood sugar to be balanced throughout the day... Metabolism will speed up, you'll lose body fat and you won't be hungry all the time.. Let me know how you make out.. Good luck

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COCK-ROBIN 6/11/2013 7:02PM

    A bad day is just a bad day. You can pick yourself up and do it again. I have confidence in you.

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RESIPSA99 6/11/2013 11:45AM

    Had those days, too...

I think that your plan of simple stuff is a good one. Weight Watchers has a program that allows you to eat until you are full from a limited list of "clean" foods. You could try that for a day or two and see if it helps.

But I wouldn't beat yourself up for a day or two over your calories. When I lost the 75lb a few years ago (that I then slowly put back on after not being thoughtful about my eating), I regularly had a day every week or so where I intentionally went over my allocation for the day. My (non-nutritionist) theory was that it actually helped me avoid plateaus, as it kept my body from thinking that it was in permanent low calorie/starvation mode. Anyway, it worked for me, and made me feel less deprived and imprisoned in general.

You've been doing fantastic, and have inspired me (and I'm sure others) to get back to consistently eating well and tracking. emoticon

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BILL60 6/11/2013 8:48AM

    I would re-shuffle my routine. Make it a bit exciting versus boring.

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SARBRO928 6/11/2013 8:41AM

  I think when you are hungry, you eat. I know that’s hard to hear when you are dieting and trying to lose weight, but your body is probably not making this hunger up. Drink a cup of water first, and then find a healthy, protein and fiber rich snack.

Next – measuring food is tedious. It will always be. At some point, you get good at the eye-balling. If it’s something you use infrequently, you’ll always measure – otherwise you have a good idea of what a portion looks like (1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon, half cup, cup, etc). You won’t always need those tools – so don’t be discouraged.

I don’t like sparkpeople’s default nutrition goals. The calorie number is too low – particularly for active people. I think your body is screaming at you for something – be it protein, fats, or just plain old calories. At some point you have to drop the reins (sparkpeople’s guidelines) and listen to your own body. If you aren’t super stressed and your body is “hungry all the time” it probably really needs something.

I’m curious what spark gives you for nutrition goals. If I were you, rather than going by the ‘burned’ rated for your activity subtracted from your calorie model – I would calculate your TDEE and base your diet on that. It’s really tough to know exactly how many calories your body is burning in activity – this gives you a basic number for maintenance throughout the day. Then you do what you will with it. Mine is about 2200, so I like to calorie cycle around that. My calories typically fall between 1450 (low day) and 1950 (high day). When I stick to it, I lose about .5-1 pounds a week. That may not sound like much – but it’s a sustainable weight loss plan that works for me.

Find what works for you! Good luck.
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CBLENS 6/11/2013 8:22AM

    Some days I feel the same way, I'm just hungry all day, which leads to snacking...I try to do more cardio, when it happens.

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BLUENOSE63 6/11/2013 7:23AM

  If you are that hungry, you need to be eating more protein followed by a healthy carb. Look for foods that are dense in nature and fill you up. There is no rule that says you can't eat oatmeal twice a day or even for a snack.

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FERRETLOVER1 6/11/2013 6:51AM

    I'm not sure why you are feeling this way...but emoticon emoticon
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My only suggestion is to hang in there and NOT GIVE UP! This feeling will pass and you will be energized again.

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