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Posts: 149 9/25/12 2:26 A
I just focus on eating as clean as possible and working out so I can eat more and don't have to worry about counting calories. I know I could lose a couple pounds if I did, but it's a trade off and I'm cool with that. There are so many benefits to exercising.... it will add years to your life. You have to just keep exploring itl you find something you really love.
current weight: 140.0
Fitness Minutes: (120) Posts: 1,965 9/20/12 4:24 P
Remember, it's less about your consumption on a daily basis, but more about overall total calories consumed over the course of a week or a month. You need to burn 3500 calories to lose 1lb of fat. So, if you know you're going to be going out on the weekends etc, allot yourself more calories for those days, and just take them off your weekdays (but still stay within your ranges). So, you'd eat at the very low end of your range during the week, but at the high end on weekends.
Fitness Minutes: (120) Posts: 1,965 9/20/12 4:12 P
I lost all of my weight w/ calorie counting alone. I dislike exercising unless it's through the course of my day (for example cleaning, or moving boxes, or something like that), and I just really don't have the time (I work 9 hours a day with a 2 hour commute) without sacrificing my home life and getting a good night's sleep.
I started out limiting to 1200 calories a day, towards the end of January of this year, at 188lbs. This worked for awhile and the weight came off pretty quickly I thought. But, by July my weight had plateaued at around 165, so I did some reading and decided to up to 1500 calories a day, which got me to where I am now at around 152 (2lbs away from my goal weight). But, I've plateaued again, so at the suggestions of a few folks here on SP, I'm going to increase my calories again to be near the top of my range (which is 1800), and see what that does.
Now, I'm fully aware that exercising has many benefits aside from just weight loss, but at this point, calorie counting is all I'm able to do.
As others have mentioned, if this is going to be your only way of losing weight, you really do have to be diligent about tracking. I didn't start tracking on SP until August, but before that I made notes on scraps of paper to keep track.
There must be something physical you can get into! Sex?
current weight: 170.4
Posts: 7 9/18/12 3:30 P
I'm a Jillian Michaels fan too!
It's tough, but, YOU are TOO. You just have to realize that, and be proud of it!
Even if you feel like you are going to drop dead the first day, you won't. And the next days will be easier, and easier, until you are a completely new person.
We are so much stronger than we think, and we are capable of so much more physically than we imagine.
Pounds lost: 19.4
Posts: 1,324 8/21/12 12:17 P
Hi there. I was fully into Spark, and had lost 85 of the 100 pounds I had in mind when I fell and sprained my ankle. (3rd degree--- lots of pain and months of physical therapy to be able to even WALK again.) I was terrified that all the bed rest would take its toll on me. It didn't. I had been counting calories with the help of SP for a year by the time I fell. I was working out to Jillian Michaels 6 times a week for 30 minutes to an hour. I had a heart rate monitor, so I knew how much I was burning while working out. I was eating in the 1600-1800 calories for my 30 minute days (burnt 300-ish calories), and 1800-2000 for my 60 minute days (burnt around 600-ish). So, when I fell, I religiously ate 1400-1500 calories a day. And, I lost weight while laying around in pain.
It was a real eye opener for me, as I worried so badly about gaining too much while pregnant with my last baby. With my first 2, I gained 80 and stopped looking after I saw 90 pounds with my 2nd. (Gross, I know.) When I got pregnant after maintaining for 1.5 years, I was so scared. I gained 40 pounds, total... I had a couple weeks (around 25 weeks pregnant) that I let myself go, ate lots of comfort food... my grandma died of cancer, and I just didn't have it in me to count calories or "care"... BUT, that stopped when I realized I had gained 8 pounds in 2 weeks. Sooo, I just got back on the horse, and ate what I needed for my pregnancy, and figured I'd lose it after. (I was also not allowed to exercise, as I had preterm labor with my other 2, and everytime I'd do more than walk, I'd contract... so, I was on bedrest most of my pregnancy.) SO, I'm glad I only gained 5 lbs over the recommended weight gain.
My baby is now 14 months old, and I still have those extra 8-10 pounds laying around. It's my fault, because I have used being "tired" as an excuse. I have used homeschooling my kids as another excuse... not enough hours in the day, etc. Well, my oldest just went into high school, which is .7 miles from my front door. We now get up in the morning, walk her to school, and back home. I also walk to go get her, and back. (Our neighborhood isn't the safest, and I would be afraid to let her walk alone.) So, every day, I am walking 2.8 miles. My legs feel better, the baby loves our walk, and my middle one is also getting the benefits of exercising.
So, in short, YES, you can lose without exercising. You have to be a diligent counter, and keep track. It might take you a month to figure out your actual calorie burn. With me, I had to eat 200-ish calories MORE than what the calculators told me, as I would stall out on my weight loss. Keep notes on the weeks you are actually losing. (This is why I LOVE Spark. I can go back when I am at a plateau and see what I was doing right when I get into a rut.) Sometimes, you THINK you're eating 1500 calories, but you need to measure everything. Be honest about every single bite you take.
That said, *I* feel so much happier, alive and refreshed when I exercise. If you CAN'T exercise because of a physical limitation, that is one thing. Just not wanting to, is another. I used to think I loathed exercise, too. But, when I found Jillian Michaels, it really opened up a new world of challenges for me. I found myself WANTING to do the workout, because it was so hard for me... before, working out was boring because I wasn't challenged.
Nobody hates all exercise. You just need to find something YOU like. Maybe it's hiking? Swimming? Dancing around the house? Jumping on a trampoline? Rollerblading? Walking your dog? We like going on family walks. We live near forests and streams, so we have lots to explore... but, I also love to garden, so taking a stroll around the neighborhood is great, because it gives me ideas on what I can do with my yard. That, and I am not going to lie. I love to eat. I think about food all day long. When I am done with breakfast, I am already plotting out lunch... so, yeah. I am the type that needs to exercise to be able to eat more. :) Also, when you put in the effort to work out, that 300 calorie slab of chocolate cake really loses it's appeal.
Half an hour is NOT a wasted effort. I'm sure you can carve it out of your day. You make enough time to sit down and go online... 30 minutes 5 times a week is worth it for your health.
Edited by: AUBREYJO at: 8/21/2012 (12:22)
Aubrey :) Workin on losing the baby weight so I can get back to "maintaining" my 100 lb weight loss... Ticker reflects PP weight and my goal weight... "Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain." ~ Bob Dylan ~ Not Dark Yet
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 8/21/12 6:31 A
counting calories alone is harder than I thought, its like planning out a day's work, what to eat how much to eat on top if that how much nutrition I am getting. I am on a 1200 calorie diet for now which is kind of hard nutrition wise (can't eat more fruits and nuts it will reach the calorie limit very fast without filling .) I am trying hope this will work out.
Fitness Minutes: (4,047) Posts: 63 8/20/12 6:03 P
I can't stand counting calories neither. It's been an eye opener since I have. I've been eating really well (except when I was on holidays at my parents..junk food city). I still crave chips, but do allow myself a few maybe once a week, so I don't end up binging.
Pounds lost: 20.0
Posts: 27 8/20/12 11:31 A
i'm about to have another go at the treadmill this week and hopefully i can stick with it. i actually went to the doctor, and she prescribed me an inhaler to use before exercise, and it was amazing how much longer i could go with it - i mean i was still tired, and my legs hurt, but i could breathe! I just thought that's the way exercise was if you werent in shape, you couldnt breathe. hopefully this will help.
This is a great question. I'll be interested in the replies too.
I went from not much exercise at all to being able to run a half marathon and lift pretty heavy, but I did not lose weight from it. Many people say weight loss is made in the kitchen, and I eat too much! Still, I wonder how big I'd be if I didn't work out??
Regardless, the muscle tone, endurance and feeling of wellness from exercise is such a motivator and a key to good health. I hope you can find an exercise you like. Sometimes it helps to have a fitness goal, like doing your first 5K or completing 30 days of a certain video, etc. Being able to check that accomplishment off is at least satisfactory, if not really empowering.
One other thought is that when I first started exercising I hated it too. It always felt like punishment, but as I went along I started to see improvements in my abilities and then started to really like working out. Maybe if you can just stick with it then the "want" will develop.
Fitness Minutes: (10,170) Posts: 1,310 7/25/12 9:15 A
Counting calories is by far the hardest for me. It gets frustrating at times. I haven't been as good at it as I should be. I eat healthy foods tho. And since I've been walking and drinking more water, I don't even want junk or soda. Or even chocolate, I just don't want it. That's been helping.
current weight: 136.0
Posts: 27 7/11/12 12:53 P
i think i'm going to try Zumba on the wii, see how far i get with that :/ i know i have to do something, even if i dont lose the weight, it's better for me in the long run. i did not completely appreciate how easy it was to stay the same size when i was younger!!
You definitely need some form of exercise. With only counting calories, your body will become used to the reduction and you'll start gaining again. It is why we all have a hard time losing "the last 10 pounds". It is because we don't have much weight to use, and our calories are most likely at the minimum already by that point, so without exercise you'll never have enough of a deficit.
If you don't like exercising inside, or hate the gym, maybe going on a speed walk/job/run would be better. Or, a bike ride. Or, going outside and doing 30 minutes of lunges across your yard while doing yard work, jumping jacks, jumps rope (without rope), etc. You want an elevated heart rate and some strength training.
I don't enjoy working out either, but I do like how I feel afterwards. It isn't fun. I would rather spend time with family, clean the house or relax, but I want to look great and feel great. I won't be mentally happy until I reach my goal. Then I can cut back on exercise when I need to maintain.
Good luck. Try and find something you love doing. Add ankle weights or anything else to your normal routine.
Going to be at my goal weight before the holidays! Going to surprise the family.
Starting: 140.5 Ending: GW 110
Milestones: Goal: 119 by vacation 7/29/2012 . Actual: 123 but got bikini ready! Only 4 above goal. Returned from vacation with 2 extra pounds.
Goal: 123 by birthday 08/22. Actual: 123.5!
Goal: 118 by son's birthday 09/10. - Slacked so much and still at 123.5ish (haven't officially weight in yet)
How? Workout 6 days a week, burn at
Pounds lost: 18.6
Fitness Minutes: (30,242) Posts: 30,709 7/10/12 7:48 P
not much luck. Your body tried to hang on to the weight, thinking you are going into a famine sort of thing. It just makes it so much harder to only do it via one track and not both.
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current weight: 230.4
Posts: 27 7/10/12 6:19 P
has anyone had success with losing by calorie reduction alone?? I'm trying to stick to some form of exercise (i just finished a 3 week Wii Active program) but i HATE it. hate it. all exercise. i'm having a hard time justifying it when i have so many other things i'd rather do with that half an hour a day. i'm trying to keep my calorie intake to 1200, but holy crap that's harder than i thought. i average 1400-1500 normally, but that small reduction just blows me away when i'm counting everything.
mostly, i'm just frustrated. last year i did about the same amount of exercise and calorie counting and i dropped 5 pounds. i've gained it all back and now i cant get rid of it :/ but my measurements went down?? lost 3 inches in my waist, but nowhere else ...i find that odd, but i do feel better about it.
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