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At the end of the day ... healthwise (if not necessarily looks-wise), the fact that your body fat % is dropping is excellent!! Everyone can talk about BMI all they want, and being at an "ideal" weight, but my belief (as are my trainers' and my doctors') is that if you're body does not have too much fat (as opposed to pounds), you're fine.
That said, the body does catch up eventually. I literally can put on 10 pounds in a single day if I don't do my 2 hours of cardio - which burns pretty much everything I've eaten for the day AND has sweated out a lot of the fluids I take in. Similarly, I can lose 10 pounds in a day if I really have to in that classic "boxer trying to make his weight" form: lots of sweat and no intake of liquids.
So, as long as you're aware that your eating habits are not always the best, well, you already have one area that you know you can improve on to help show results. Remember, one candy bar will wipe out the effects of 60 minutes of moderate cardio. But also think the liquids - if you are keeping yourself hydrated (which is extremely important, I've had my share of accidental dehydration episodes - not fun), then just remember that each cup of water is 1/2 pound added. It's zero calories, in the long run it won't affect your weight, but from the moment you drink it, until it comes out of you one way or the other, you're a bit heavier from it than you'd like.
Hang in there. Sounds like you'er on the right track (or treadmill, as the case may be :-))
"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!"
"Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."
My key to success: Follow *most* of the guidelines, *most* of the time.
It's tough to realize this but I'll tell you what I've discovered:
The #1 method for losing weight is NOT working out! At least this is what I have found for myself.
It's our food choices. Finding the right calorie level and types of food that "work" for each of us: now THAT is the real challenge that will drop those pounds.
But don't stop working out! Here's the way I look at it: food choices is the #1 method for dropping pounds, but working out is the #1 method for shaping and toning our bodies and helping us to learn to love our bodies. Working out is the #1 method for dropping INCHES! And for looking and feeling mighty fine!
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Keep patience! You will see the results soon!
I know exactly how you feel But your body is adjusting and there could be a possibility you are not eating enough I too have that problem. I found this out at a ww meeting. You might be working too hard. I know that sounds silly, but possible. Keep up the good work and you will prevail
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It's been my experience that I can go up as much as 5 lbs during the monthly cycle..it could very well just be water retention..you're doing great and it will eventually come.
"You don't have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It's what you eat consistently over time that matter. Progress, not perfection, is what counts." Principle 10 of Intutive Eating -
Feeling frustrated today. I started a treadmill workout program (today is the start of the 4th week) and I seem to be having some mixed feedback. Here are my stats:
Week 1 - 3 days cardio on treadmill (6 1/2 miles), 3 days strength training, weekly calorie differential - 5,293, weight + 1.8lbs
Week 2 - 3 days cardio on treadmill (8 miles total) + HIIT Turbofire on one of those days, 2 days strength training, weekly calorie differential - 4,151, weight + 1.2lbs
Week 3 - 3 days cardio on treadmill (8 miles total), 0 days strength training, weekly calorie differential - 3,326, weight + 1 lb
I've been varying my treadmill workout with one day a light walk/jog, 1 day an interval workout and 1 an endurance workout (jogging as much of it as possible but longer distance, at least 3 miles). Also each week has been increasing in intensity and/or distance.
I know its only been 3 weeks but it is really frustrating to be working so hard and gain! I am working hard and am dripping in sweat at the end of every workout. I will admit my eating is not perfect but I always burn more than I eat every day and the eating has never been out of control. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong or do I just need to be more patient and keep pushing through it and know that the results will show. On the positive side my time has gone from 17min mile to 15.3 min mile, my body fat % went down .4% (full measurements will be next week), and this week was pms week and 1lb gain during that week is good for me. I do feel healthier but its frustrating not to see some evidence of that on the scale.
Advise? Motivation? How long before you starting seeing results on the scale? Anything would be helpful. I'm sure others have been there too. I know I am headed in the right direction but I can feel the frustration creeping in and taking over. Help
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