I'm starting my weight-loss journey all over again and I need a little help.
I've noticed that since I stopped signing in to SparkPeople, sometime in the past year, that there have been changes to the website.
Anyway, if finding things on the site were my issue, it would be a small one I could figure out myself, but I think I've stumbled upon something new that I'm not sure what to make of it, or whether or not I even can bring myself to accept it.
The food tracker is different. It used to recommend the same range of calories for each day in the week, but now the calorie range fluctuates each day based on that day's activities.
I don't like that because I have a rotating schedule of workouts with one rest day each week. So my calories are not consistent over the course of a week and the problem I'm facing, at now 411.6 pounds, is that I'm enormously hungry.
I'm aiming to lose a lot of weight in the next year, so my calorie levels are quite a bit lower than I'm used to eating.
I'm afraid that I might lose my mind with all the hunger, especially if the calories fluctuate day to day. My rest day doesn't sound all that appealing anymore, because it will be the most restrictive day.
I don't like this change at all and I'm not sure there's anything I can do about it.
What do other people think of this? Has it worked well for you? Do you plan consistent calories no matter what, or do you let your calories fluctuate with the tracker?
If you're someone with generally a big appetite, like I have for instance, do you feel hungry all of the time or have you gotten used to the calorie fluctuations?
Finally, since I admit I am a little disoriented by the website changes now, is there maybe a change I can make to the tracker to make it function like it used to?
The tracker used to work fabulously, at least until I "fell off the wagon."
Yes, I've been busy over the past 15 months or so. I lost 57 pounds and gained about 87 back, all within that time frame.
That's a bit extreme in such a short time, and I know I have to turn it around.
So I'm back on SparkPeople, hoping that what worked before will work again.
But it's changed, and I'm a little scared.
I know I can plan consistent calories myself, ignoring the tracker suggestions, but then will I meet my weight-loss goal for next year? I don't know because I don't know how the calories in vs. the calories out will balance out if I don't follow the suggestions.
The problem is, I have a big stomach with lots of empty space and I don't know how long it takes for it to shrink. Last time, my appetite did not shrink one iota over five months. I was hungry more times than I would have liked and now I'm scared because this thing is asking me to eat even less.
Frankly, I don't ever want to eat less than 2,000 calories, so a range of 1,200-1,500 or so calories to start, before added exercise seems extremely frightening.
Has anyone been there before in my shoes and broken through to a point where eating less didn't seem like deprivation? Please, tell me, how did you get there?
Maybe my goal is too lofty, and maybe therein is the problem. But I want to lose a lot this coming year because I can barely walk anymore. It hurts. I get out of breath if I move too fast while still seated. I've got more obesity-related medical problems than I can shake a fist at and I'm sick of being sick.
I do tend to make my goals lofty sometimes. But I feel this time it's almost necessary because if I don't lose the weight, I won't be able to walk anymore. Right now it really hurts. I had to use crutches the other day around the house because I pulled my Achilles tendon again while shopping. It wasn't even a long trip. I can't shop in a store more than a few minutes at a time anymore. Standing for more than a few seconds actually seems like too much work.
Anyway, getting back to the point. I need a little help figuring out what I'm going to do about this tracker business. I have a really intense road ahead of me. I could really use some advise right now. ...