Hi Becca, welcome to the Team!
The first time I tried SP I had a miserable experience. It was entirely my own doing. I was so focused on the feeling I was being denied by a diet and the caloric restriction imposed that I failed.
Fast forward a couple years. When I joined again this past September, I had an entirely different mindset. I had permanently changed my lifestyle as opposed to dieting. I am working to become the healthiest I can be as opposed to a number on the scale.
I let SP determine the scale number and as I'm gluten free and SP does not have a meal plan for that, I just eat what I normally do under my lifestyle. Also, I know in my heart of hearts I am a lazy person. So instead of letting SP determine my caloric range based on me working out X number of times a week - I made sure I edited that part. No sense allowing the extra nutrition predicated on me working out - if I begin to exercise more I can always revisit that section and add it in. That means I'm allowed 1250 - 1600 calories a day.
You know when I started having greater success? When I increased my water intake. And if you are not under restrictions from your physician - you can go here nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalcula
and use the Hydration Calculator.
Also, at first I was skeptical of the amount of calories SP allowed me so I used a BMR calculator www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/
(Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR); the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day) just to double-check for my own peace of mind. After I figured out what that number was, I could determine my daily caloric needs based on my activity level. And once I did that I realized I was right in the range. If I ate towards the lower numbers - the weight would come off quicker and if I was hungrier - it would come off slower - but the point was that it *would* come off.
I wish you much success on your renewed journey. One foot in front of the other and you will get there!
Edited by: CHERYL_ANNE at: 12/28/2012 (19:45)
| Pounds lost: 68.0