I sent this to LORIANNK1, so I thought I would give you some encouragement as well!
!! My name is Angela and I have been on this site since June 2012. Congratulations on taking your first steps to a brand new you and a new weight loss experience where you are supported by en entire community of like-minded people. This website is dedicated to helping people who want a healthier lifestyle including issues with eating healthy and exercising, as well as support forums where we talk about specific issues.
I can tell you that I didn't lose weight for the first 6 weeks I was on this site and I was eating way under calories. It was week 8 before I lost anything, and it was 7 pounds and that changed my tune. The only suggestions I can make are that you track ALL your food, watch the sodium contents and if you eat a lot of fruits and veggies that it could be the carbs if you aren't exercising your hiney off. (That happened to me one week when I went all veggies). I also sweat a lot when I am walking, and if I miss one day of drinking at least 10 cups of water, my body retains it for the next 2, and then the next day when I am drinking the water again, I suddenly drop 4 pounds. Our bodies betray us every day and play tricks on us, so the nutritional feedback reports are really good at helping you make adjustments.
For instance, it was 85 degrees here Monday and I had to help load this horrible woman's things up into a trailer so she could move out (chronic shoplifter... I had NO idea until she ended up in jail! YIKES). My parents and I worked so hard in 3 hours of moving boxes and bed and all kinds of STOLEN crap and we were sweating like pigs... and there are 3 steps involved so 6 steps every circuit, right? We were drinking water and trying to stay hydrated. My mother and I both gained 6 pounds that day. How? We have no idea!!! There were no fluids to "pee" with and I kept drinking, but I have frankly been too sore since then to step on the scale. But today, 2 days after all that movement, I am finally able to pee. So it's not what you are doing, except maybe your body is in "freak out mode", and is holding onto everything it can until it gets used to the diet you have chosen. I know that is a lot of information, but that just my more recent experience and I do try to be honest about these things, even if it isn't pretty all the time!
Best wishes to you and if 1200-1400 calories works for you, use it. SparkPeople.com is not perfect. The amount of exercise and sweating I do down here in FL makes the site tell me I need almost 2000 calories a day. I was 287 when I started and have lost 50 pounds in 9.5 montths, and i am NOT following their calorie recommendations. I keep mine between 1200-1500, and some days I don't even make the 1200. But I am religious with the water. It's water, not money, that changes EVERYTHING! LOL
I recommend reading through the Getting Started Guide at this link: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_started.as
So welcome and enjoy! If you have questions, you can always reach out and send me a SparkMail, or stop by my SparkPage at the link below. We can do this together, with encouragement and support from others, and SparkPeople has really great resources for any kind of workout or condition!
Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, and Enjoy!
Sparker since 06/18/12
Co-leader of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Team
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