Thanks for all your support! I did notice that during one of my team workouts, which involved running/sprinting/jogging 5 times around a football field that I was able to keep more ahead of the pack and ended up somewhere in the middle, better than I was able to a week ago. So there is some success in that!
I'll just keep plugging away at it, and keep in mind that this is a lifestyle change for me, not a diet! :)
current weight: 163.0
Fitness Minutes: (30,072)
9/12/13 10:57 A
My weight has stayed the same since the end of July, but either my trousers have got bigger or I've got smaller. I don't quite understand it and I'd be very frustrated if it wasn't that I can see the inch loss. (especially as I'm so close to being 'overweight' instead of 'obese') I'm hanging on in there and trying not to be discouraged by the scales because I know I'm mostly doing the right things as far as I can and, one of these days, I'll get a nice surprise on the scales.
So hang on in there. Keep doing what you're doing and you will see some positive changes.
Fitness Minutes: (1,390)
9/12/13 4:12 A
I have had an ongoing issue with actually losing weight. When I see others having the same problem, it brings me to ask them the questions I am asking myself. Sometimes it is not the straight calories in/calories burned equivalent. Sometimes it is the quality of those calories. If they are a lot of carbs and you are not losing, you might trim back on some of the grains/breads and eat a little more protein. Sometimes it is the quality of the fats we are eating. If you are eating bacon, you might trim that out for a week or two, get rid of margarines, use only cold pressed oils, etc. Are you drinking your water? You might try lemon water, or what I call juicy water (1/3 c. juice with about 20 oz. water--just enough OJ to give it some flavor. Once you are used to drinking OJ this way, you will never want straight OJ again. Or Sassy Water, made with chopped/juiced cucumber, lime juice, and a slice of ginger, in 2 liters of water. Make sure to refrigerate. Very delicious and refreshing.). The quality of your meals can be to blame for your lack of weight loss. Try to change a little. Add more veggies, and make soup frequently. Change one meal a day for a soup meal. You will drastically cut your calories and stay full by eating a delicious bowl of homemade soup instead of a regular meal. 1 bowl of good soup is about 300-500 calories, depending on the size bowl and what you put in it. Add a slice of whole grain bread, and you will be full on very few calories. You might try the 200 calories every 2 hours plan. Your metabolism rises when you eat, so you never let yourself get too hungry. You end up eating about 1400-1800 calories a day doing this, but in small portions, so your metabolism stays higher. You might also try changing your workout to add some intervals (speed up for about 30-90 seconds every 5 minutes, then go back down to a regular level). These will increase your aerobic abilities, and will help take off some weight. Above all, don't let the bastards get you down, The weight loss will happen, but you have to make it happen.
Two days won't make that much of a difference. Even if you doubled your count on those 2 days, it couldn't add up to more than a pound.
The hardest thing about this journey is that is it actually a journey. You can't decide that you want to be 20 pounds lighter, and go to the mall and buy a 20 pound weight loss.
If you eat healthy food and exercise regularly, over the course of a year you WILL lose weight. I didn't see a food tracker on your page, so I can't make specific suggestions. In general, though, load up on the green vegetables and other bright colored plant parts. That will feed your body the nutrients it needs, plus make you feel full from the fiber.
It says on your page that you are planning to hike the Appalachian Trail in the spring. If I were you, I would concentrate on making sure that your muscles and joints were up to the challenge. I would walk or jog as much as I possibly could. I would also eat lots of high calcium foods to prepare your bones.
I met a man who lost 100 pounds walking the Appalachian Trail. That isn't to say that you should put off losing weight until then. Just a reminder of how physically demanding it's likely to be.
Keep working at it. You will see results.
"There's treasure everywhere." Hobbes, in Calvin and Hobbes
Fitness Minutes: (2,928)
9/10/13 4:12 P
Thanks for all your replies. I guess I'm just a little discouraged especially since I've had to listen to other people rave on about how they lost ten pounds in the last month or whatever and I haven't lost any.
I'll just keep at it and hopefully little by little it'll happen...
current weight: 163.0
Fitness Minutes: (207,380)
9/10/13 11:51 A
What you're experiencing is not unusual. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This is not the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.
So, don't beat yourself up. Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.
Be patient with yourself and your body !!!
Fitness Minutes: (1,230)
3 9/10/13 10:16 A
I understand the feeling. I am watching my calories, working out and making lifestyle changes but the scale is not moving. Something that my health coach told me was that working out builds muscle and may impact the scale not moving. So, to keep myself motivated, I am recording how I feel and how my clothes fit. I'm also trying to really pay attention to changs I see in the mirror. Things like muscle definition and body parts that aren't so flabby and loose are important. Also, I have seriously increased the amount of cardio I'm doing. While the scale isn't moving, I have noticed that I have more endurance and am able to complete more time and miles without feeling drained.
My advice: measure other signs of health and just keep at it.
So I started my journey on the 25th of August and I have been working out and eating within my allotted calories very consistently, except for maybe two of those days. Would those two days where I overate affect my weight loss or am I just not eating correctly?
Do I need to eat less and exercise more? If anything I've gained weight since starting this and really am trying hard to lose it.
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