Genesis I am looking at planning this week according to the recommendation of Spark coach Jen on one of the other boards I post on. She says to work to the high end of your calories when you exercise. Plus Sharon suggested I might be dropping below the 1200 minimum by staying low and exercising so I am going to try to balance to 1200 cals net when I deduct the exercise calories and see what happens from there. Have a good week
Nan, I have to say Your post not only was a step in the right direction for you, but it gave me the nudge I needed to start remembering some basic principles of weight loss.I know how discouraging that "0" on the scale is because I am now going into the 3rd week of "Plateau Land" and sometimes I feel like I will be stuck in this place of nothingness forever - very dramatic thinking The words our Teammates spoke to you, also spoke to me. We cannot give up and we must examine what we have been doing to see if we can sort out why the scale is not moving in the right direction Something Sharon said really struck me. I have been quite active - going to the pool and jogging around for 35-45 minutes almost every day, and then playing Lawn Bowls 2-3 times a week and Bocce Ball one evening. With all that walking, bending, stretching, and jogging I have not added one calorie to my diet. I, too , have tried to stay on the lower end of my calorie range and that may be what is causing the stall in progress. In truth, I did up my calories about 3 days ago to see if a tip I got through the Spark Community about eating toward your higher range of calories when you hit a plateau would help me. It didn't help - I stayed stuck. Then when I read your post and the replies this morning, I realized that for the last 3 days both myself and my DH have been battling a summer virus and not feeling very well. As a result, we haven't been active at all for 3 days - the same 3 days I upped my calories No wonder I didn't see any results!
Nan, I just know you are going to get through this little bit of frustration and be posting about the weight you lost in the next week I am also going to work through this plateau and, hopefully, will be able to post some good results very soon.
I have always told new Spark People to use their Nutrition Tracker faithfully, get their bodies moving 3-4 times a week, and to stay active with their Spark Teams because that will keep them motivated. This proved that principle. You were given encouragement by this team today, and as I read your thread, I also received the encouragement I needed. This is why
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Thanks everyone for your comments. Yes I do feel better for the exercise. Doing it before work puts a different spring into my step for walking from the train to the office. Inch loss I know will take a bit longer and my trial blouse will take a wee while yet to fasten without bulging. I will overcome
Sharon Thanks I did not think about the fact I was leaving myself below the 1200 minimum when I burned the other calories. Trouble is when you are in the 1200-1550 range and they tell you you need to go short by 3500 to lose weight it looks real tough. Thanks for the offer of a lift for my 75 mile journey.
If you stuck with your low end of calories and were doing daily exercise you probably were not eating enough to have 1200 calories left after exercise. That means your body may be in starvation mode where every morsel eaten goes into fat storage to ward off starvation. Try increasing you caloric intake by 100 to 200 calories for a week and see if that helps.
The solution is definitely NOT giving up. Just as refusing to use some mode of transportation to get to a destination 75 miles away will never get you to that desired destination, giving up on weight loss efforts will never get you to you desired weight destination.
In my experience, building muscle through exercise makes it seem as if you're not losing. But muscle weighs more than fat. Although one week isn't enough time to judge, keep in mind that sometimes you may be losing inches even if the scale doesn't move, as you build muscle and lose fat. I have successfully "dieted" since I was 22, but even though I lost it quickly, I wasn't able to maintain it. Slow and steady is the way to successfully changing habits for life. I intend to be successful for life this time! And you will be, too! Don't ever quit...you are worth the time and investment in your health!
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Sometimes it takes a little time to see weight moving. Make sure you are tracking accurately. Do you weigh or measure all your food. Portion creep can sabotage you. Are you eating enough for the amount of exercise you do? Under eating will prompt your body to slow down your metabolism. You need to take a longer view. One week is too short a time to make a difference in your weight. Yes some people have dramatic weight loss it seems in one week. But if you look at theri weely progress over a several month period they seem to be just yo-yoing in the same range. The people who lose weight and keep losing only lose 1-2 pounds a week. Losing weight really needs to be slow in order to be permanent. Good luck!
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To RENEWNAN - How are your going to get to Re Newnan if you stop? That's not the outcome you want. Remember, nothing comes easy when you want change. Change comes when you continue unitl you see that change. Ask yourself, how long did it take to get to the size you are now? Not that it will take as long to lose. But it will take time lose.
We all have been, are at and may again be where you are now in this journey. But we forge on. For we know we will see the result. Losing this weight is like giving up control. Remember, you had control in what you ate and eat. So, just recontrol l yourself to loss the weight.
So, in reading our posts, you will see some are us are where you are at right now. But you will see we have found ways to make change where change is needed.
Whatever you do, don't give up. Yes it can be frustrating but do continue. Some of us have been at this for year. But, we're still going at it. For me, even though I gain, I'm still less than where I started. And that's what keep me going.
Hope this has helped you. You will be getting more sppourt from other as well. And maybe ideas on how the got over the hump. It can be done and you will do it.
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