ADNAMA521 - Please do not do that 500 calorie diet unless ordered to by your doctor. There are articles on SP that explain that our bodies need `1200 calories a day for normal bodily function. Restricting yourself to 500 calories a day will throw your body into starvation mode where it will store every morsel you eat as fat in a frantic effort to ward off starvation. If that happens you stand a chance not only of hitting a plateau but you could actually gain and your body is not getting the nutrition it needs. I have been there, done that!
I hear you.. We may not be clinically depressed or have a diagnosed physical condition, but there is enough there to kill energy and motivation. I have been reading books lately on Metabolism disorder. As we age and as we go through diet after diet it all gets harder to get results. The body system is out of balance and resists harder each time any reduction in calories and even hard exercise. I am learning that without spending a lot of money, I have to be patient and experiment with the amount of carb to fat to protein ratio + physical activity to get the weight loss results. I have actually been on a 500 calorie diet for 21 days and only lost 9 pounds and then stuck there. I am trying to break that by up the carb a little and add a little more low impact (yoga or Pilate) to get going down again.
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Really excited about getting in shape.. losing weight so I can climb Mt Washington in NH this July.. the 50 plus and fabulous rather than 50 plus and frumpy sounds great! I am just starting and would appreciate any guidance for week 1.
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and congratulations on the changes that you have made. A weight plateau is bad enough but a mental plateau is worse. I have a lot of experience with the mental plateau (I look good enough, at least I'm not gaining, I'm not as heavy as I was in 2006). One thing you can try is just bargaining with yourself for a 2lb loss. Tell yourself that you are going to work as hard as you can to kick out 2lbs and then DO IT! Once you see that progress I'll bet you'll want to keep going for another pound, and then another. You have to do whatever you can to get that motivation train chugging along.
I feel empathy for you. I've been unemployed the last 2 years and I too gained around 20 pounds, seemingly overnight. I've gotten very sedentary, although I am trying to incorporate running into life. I mostly walk, because I can't seem to run longer than 5 minutes at a stretch. Every Sunday I tell myself I am going to do my yoga dvd or old Jane Fonda VHS at least once this week and I am going to do my 5 miles every day and I find 800 excuses not to do it. I am hoping the trackers on here will give me some accountability and motivate me to leave the computer and go do something! Think of some little reward you will give yourself if you get a sweat going. Maybe put a quarter in a jar every time you do and when the jar is filled you can buy yourself a new piece of clothing or something like that? Keep the jar in eyesight of where you do your video to motivate you to fill it up.
current weight: 153.8
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I have gained over 20+ lbs in 2 yrs. My job is sedentary and I have had foot problems for years and just got to where I didn't want to walk or exercise. Tried the fad diets of low carb, no sugar, gluten free, low fat, etc. Nothing works better than just cutting back on calories and exercising. Have gotten up 1 hour early to exercise via video workout, but with no one to keep me accountable, I catch myself not putting forth as hard an effort to work up a sweat. Any suggestions?
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