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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Well I got frustrated after two weeks of eating 1200 calories a day and working out an hour a day six days a week, and gaining .5 pounds. So I took a break. I've gained two pounds back (including that .5 pounds) working out sporadically and eating whatever.

So how is that for frustrating??? I didn't lose weight when I was trying so hard, and I didn't gain hardly anything when I gave up for more than a month.

But regardless, I'm here, trying again. Sticking to around 1500 cals a day or less, working out six days a week. Let's see what happens. I really want to feel better about myself.
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JAPITTARD 4/24/2014 6:35PM

    Welcome back!!!!! You can do this. I do think that 1500 is a better number than 1200. At 1200 you body begins to feel starved and can actually start hanging on to more in fear of starvation. Also it's true that when you are working out you gain muscle which replaces the fat and can make it appear as though you are not loosing weight. I would recommend taking measurements and pictures so that you can compare something besides just the scale for victories. Just stay consistent and you will knock it out of the park!

-Amy P
Also I host a fitness and accountability group on Facebook. Itís a private group where we check in, keep each other accountable and encourage one another on our journeys! Because it is private what you post in the group doesnít show up on your regular feed. I would love for you to join us. If you would like you can either message me your email address and I can add you that way (we donít have to be FB friends if I add you by emailÖ.. OR you can find me on Facebook and add me as a friend (facebook.com/amy.pittard). Once you add me as a friend I can add you directly to the group. I hope you join in!!


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JUSTCONFUZZLED 4/24/2014 6:08PM

    It's so hard to find that balance that your body wants! It's always worth the effort, though, because every day you're one step closer to finding it. emoticon

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MNCYCLIST 4/24/2014 3:59PM

    I won't add more to what others have said except to say HANG IN THERE! Focus on health more than weight, and...

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/24/2014 3:31PM

    Following a set calorie range and exercising does not necessarily give us our just rewards in regard to weight loss. Weight loss will eventually follow but not necessarily on the set schedule you have in your mind.
When you exercise you build muscle, get fitter, healthier and stronger. Muscle weighs more than fat so that is why you may gain weight to replace the fat you lost. In time as you get stronger, you will see the progress you desire.
When you eat healthy within your range you provide proper nourishment for your body and you just feel better, more energetic and more connected to your body. All of those benefits have nothing to do with weight loss. Eating fewer calories over time you will lose weight. The key here is to be sure you are tracking everything, even that cup do black coffee or iced tea has calories. Measure and weigh portions for a week, so you are sure you are eating enough and tracking honestly. After a week of measuring, your eyeball will be pretty good and you will only have to check once in a while. SP has a good article with terrific visuals for portion sizes.
I have found that the most important thing on this journey is to stay positive. First, you have to believe. Second you have to tell your inner negative voice to give you a break because you have decided to make a commitment to this journey. There is nothing wrong with you that is preventing your success. You have all you need to succeed. Yes, it's hard work at first but it gets easier. Be fearless just for today.

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HARVESTER54 4/24/2014 2:14PM

    Welcome back! I think that it is easier to loose weight on 1500 cals because I do not get so obsessed with food and then don't cheat. Also, my metabolism is healthier. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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