Thanks for your support with the frustration piece and the suggestions. I hadn't thought of mixing up my calories (low end, high end) like you suggest. I always just try to stay on the low end. Perhaps I'll try that and see if I have any luck.
I do measure portions to get an idea, but you are right - I don't do it every time.
I know the shaky feeling. An egg (hard-boiled) is one thing that helps. Course, I drink three cups of coffee in the morning and that may account for mine. I want to applaud your efforts. Keep me posted.
...short answer is yes and yes. No medical issues after discussing it with my doctor who referred me to a dietician. (My doc said do low carbs - tried that with no success - my body won't tolerate lower carbs than I am already doing and according to my nutrition tracker I am often low on carbs already.) When I met with a dietician she looked at my food journals and said she did not really have any thing else to offer - she suggested shaking up my exercise routine so I've tried that. She suggested reducing/eliminating fruit juices and replacing with real fruit for breakfast so I've done that.
I haven't tried the shaking up my calories - mostly because my body does not seem to tolerate long periods of little to no food. About every 3-4 hours I have to eat, especially in the morning or I get shaky and out of control. I'm not diabetic but sometimes I feel like I have the symptoms of one!
I don't want to appear negative, but you can appreciate why I am frustrated. My body just does not seem to respond despite my efforts. I'm not one to cheat either - I figure that does me no good - so I do track all my food and accurately track my exercise.
I've recently (last three months) also integrated a wellness program through my Chiropractor. Did blood and hair analysis and food allergy testing. I've added a significant amount of supplements to see if I can get my body back in balance and see if that will help. I'm committed to that for a year and hoping that will help.
As I mentioned before, at least I'm going down and not up in weight, but it is ridiculously slow - to the point of frustration. I do not need to drop 5-10 pounds in a month, a couple would make me happy, but even that is hard to come by...
Yes, a physical exam would be good--maybe under active thyroid? Also, some people have made the scales move by "mixing things up." Maybe drop the calories one day per week, or, mix up the exercise routine, just because our bodies seem to adjust to routine.
Have you seen a doctor to rule out any medical conditions that could be making weight loss difficult? Or a nutrionist or dietician to check out what you're eating? It sounds like you're doing it right. Hope you can figure it out. Good luck!
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Thanks for the reply. The Nutrition Tracker recommends 2,000-2,380 for calories. That seems like a lot. I'm usually between 1,800 and 2,000 calories. I've been told I might be compromising my success by eating too little so I'm trying to stay in that range. I've also been told to try low carb. That doesn't work for me. I think I eat moderate carbs and almost always whole grains, fruits, etc.
Greetings from Boise! I'm fairly new to SparkPeople and still discovering what it all entails. While I've been trying to focus on a healthy living approach for years, I've only been tracking my nutrition and fitness for about a month, inputting foods I eat and recipes I make. The nutrition tracker has been very insightful in helping me watch and balance carbs, fats, calories and protein. I'm doing pretty well staying in my ranges.
I've been devoted to healthy eating and exercise for a long time but cannot seem to drop the pounds. I'm 5' 3" 215 lbs. My peak was 224 so at least I'm going in the right direction, but way darn too slow. Not sure what else I can do to speed things up a bit. Even 1 pound or two a week and I'd be happy.
That's probably not enough info for you to go on, but more to come I guess. My biggest challenge is to figure out a way to drop pounds without being hungry. I know if I am hungry I will not sustain the program. I eat a balanced diet with many fruits, veges, whole grains. I eat something every 3-4 hours. I like to cook so I do not eat out much. Water is a beverage of choice. I rarely drink caffeine and never have beverages other than sugar free. I vary my exercise routine to include elliptical, water and step aerobics, walking, and strength training. I do one of these 30-60 minutes 5-6 days per week. I usually track 7500-10,000 steps per day (wear a pedometer).
So I feel like I'm doing all the right things and still not being very successful. Any advice?
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