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WESTENDGIRL75's Photo WESTENDGIRL75 SparkPoints: (19,384)
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5/25/08 3:13 P

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OMG ODIEMOLINA, I plugged my info in and it said I should be consuming 2800 calories to maintain my current weight! CRAZY!

So for fun, I put in my goal weight, and an easy to maintain fitness plan (45 minutes walking at 2.5 mph) and a 'moderately active' lifestyle--I do have two young children after all--and it still said I needed about 2350 calories a day to maintain THAT weight.

Wow, no wonder eating 1500 cals a day wasn't doing anything!

Of course, I have to consider that the calculation is based on estimates, so I can take it into account when considering my Sparkpeople recommended calorie range. I think now maybe I won't be so upset if I go over my range once in a while!

Thanks for sharing that site with me! emoticon

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5/25/08 9:40 A

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listen to your body. workout a plan you need to stick with.

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5/24/08 8:53 P

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I think we will all spend the rest of our lives tweaking what we eat and what our exercise patterns are, but don't forget to stretch and listen to your body. Again, journal, journal, and you can see what has worked in the past. We can all do this!

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5/24/08 8:27 P

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This website www.nutritiondata.com/tools/calories
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might help you know what is your caloric need based on activity level and type and amount of exercise. It also has other nutritional info on particular foods and fast food restaurants. Thought I'd share.

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5/24/08 3:01 P

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We are all individuals, so what works for one person, may not work for the next.

Try to edit the amount of calories you burn (you can find this on your home page on the left hand side if you scroll down, in the section called "My Goals". There is a line there that says
"Burn ?#? calories per week *change*"
If you click on Change, it will take you into an area where you can edit how many minutes or even actual calorie amounts that you burn. Depending on your own information, this will likely change the calories on your food tracker. If you are doing extra cardio that you weren't before, it's likely that you need more calories. If you are trying to eat on the lower end of your current range, you could really be in "starvation mode", where the body tries to hang onto everything it gets.

Try the edit, and see what it comes up with. You may be pleasantly surprised!

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I think everyone has good advice, but I think you should switch it to cardio 6 days a week and strength training 3 days. I know this goes against the bootcamp, but if you want results, that's what you want to do. I run six days a week, and lift weights 3, and I also add in the workout video, it seems to be working.

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5/23/08 8:59 P

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My calories were also increased, last week so havne't had lot of time to see change.

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5/23/08 8:59 P

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My initial reaction is that you may need to increase your calories and/or eat at the higher end of the range. I'd watch for sodium in my food, since that could cause water retention.

I've also found that switching up my exercise can help break through plateaus -- even doing less has helped! Looks as though variety may be the spice of life indeed...







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5/23/08 8:51 P

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I am in a similar boat! I already was exercising 5 days a week...however, I've added an extra session. I usually work out during my kids naptime and now I also go for a walk after dinner. Sparkpeople upped my calories for me, and I am meeting them, but I too have noticed very little change, in weight and with my measurements. It is very discouraging in the short run....but in the long run, I know all this HARD work will lead to a healthier "Me"....So hang in there...as this applies to ALL of us! emoticon

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5/23/08 8:16 P

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It does seem strange with all of the increased activity, cardio and strength training, and keeping within your calorie limit that you aren't seeing some type of result.

Have you recalculated the amount of calories you should be taking in daily with the increased amount of activity?

Are you getting enough sleep?

Do YOU think that the amount of activity that you are doing is too much too soon? (It sounds like a very reasonable amount to me, but everyone is different)

Are you staying within the range for the carbohydrate and protein as well as the calories?

These are just some questions you may want to think about. I just read an article this morning that said

"But losing weight always involves losing some muscle along the way. If you don't strength train, as much as 30% of the weight you lose could be muscle weight, which works out to about 15 pounds of muscle loss for your 50-pound weight loss."

Perhaps since the weight you lost initially was without doing strength training, a higher percentage of the weight lost was muscle and now you are building it back up.

I don't know if this was of any help to you. But it is good you asked and I am sure that you will get a lot of helpful advice from folks. Hang in there, it sounds like you are making healthy choices. Plateaus are so frustrating!! But as one person posted on the mantra thread :

"Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

I have found that to be very helpful to me.

Here is the reference for the quote from the article I read this morning, http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes
s_articles.asp?id=847&page=6



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5/23/08 8:10 P

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I think you definitely need to increase your calorie intake. You increased your activity level dramatically, and you don't want your body to go into starvation mode.

A few other ideas: you are adding lean muscle mass, which may be replacing fat, and causing a net zero loss on the scale. However, you are still lowering your body fat percentage. Weight training also causes (in the early phases) your muscles to retain some extra water, which may explain not only the non change in the scale numbers, but also the no change on your measurements. This water weight usually dissapates 3-4 weeks after you start weight training.



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5/23/08 8:07 P

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You may not be eaating enough. You've upped your cardio & began ST but lowered your calories.

Eat up-but sensibly.

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5/23/08 7:54 P

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That has happened to me. I just am not sensible yet. That's what I love about Spark! It is making me more aware.

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5/23/08 7:47 P

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At the end of April, I finally broke out of my 2 month 170-ish lb plateau and decided to take on the Swimsuit Bootcamp Challenge to speed me through 160-ville. It meant I would increase my cardio from 3X a week at 30 minutes per session to 5, and my strength training from NOTHING to 7 days a week.

We're almost through the third week now, and I've weighed the same and had the same measurements pretty much since day 1. I have been keeping my calories mostly at the lower end of my recommended range (I went under once knowing I was going to go over the following day, and then had two 'slightly' over days the same week) and been drinking more water than ever before (still not all the way up to 8 glasses, but working on it!

My husband thinks the reason I'm not seeing results is because I'm not eating enough and I'm working too hard, and if I don't slow down now I'm going to 'burnout'.

I thought I'd come here for a second, third, or fourth opinion. What do you guys think?

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