I hope you figured it out. It is definitely not the program beacause I am on my final week and have lost 30 lbs and roughly 17 inches total. I lifted as heavy as I could, ate 200 over my SP maximum range calories (1740 to 1900 average) added 5 days of cardio too on top of the regular program schedule.
Key is to add more cardio.
It has to be the food or lack of cardio or something medical. No way you would gain enough muscle during this to have a permanent water retention issue for the full 3 months.
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Nancy, are you tracking your calories "religiously"? I know that often when I think I'm eating within range, a closer look reveals that I'm overeating. And I have noticed that during the Push phase (which I'm wrapping up this week), I have been hungrier. Even if your building muscle, you should be getting more toned. If you are staying within range and nothing's budging, you may was to see your doc. He/she can test your thyroid, etc. to see if there's a medical reason. Many women have hypothyroidism and don't even know it; they attribute weight gain to "aging." But it can be controlled. Hope this helps, Gina
I've continued and am almost done with Lean, and I'm still not losing pounds OR inches. In fact, my clothing is getting TIGHTER instead of looser.
I feel like I've been misled.
I tried on a pair of pants that I haven't worn since December. Last summer they were loose, in December they fit. Today they were too tight.
My weight began at 144 on 1/1/11. Today, 2.5 months later, it was 143. It has been as high as 146, and as low as 140, but that's it. My jeans, which were too tight 1/1, and which felt better 2/1, are now too tight again.
I started Weight Watchers to help the scale along, but it hasn't helped anything either. I don't understand why I can't lose weight. Are some people just meant to be fat?
Pounds lost: 19.6
Fitness Minutes: (4,125) Posts: 709 3/7/11 6:39 A
Keep with it and then do it again if you need to. I am in the middle of the Burn phase and feeling so much stronger even though I wish the scale would move down faster. Muscle does weigh more than fat and maybe your just building your muscles up right now. I say ditch the scale for a while and keep at it. I'm moving on to P90X after ChaLEAN and I think taking the time to build my muscles will really pay off when I start P90X. Good Luck!!
I did Lean Circuit 2 today. Boy, Lean is tough so far!
I am still frustrated though. I know I ate poorly last week, and figured my 3.5 pound overnight gain was due to water. Nope. Its still there. So now I am up 2 pounds from my beginning (Burn Day 1) weight. So depressing.
Nancy, I've had similar issues with the program but I know it's because I haven't stayed within calorie range. I have recommitted, but I'm not going back to burn because I have gained a good bit of strength. I kept getting derailed (sick, travel etc.) after about a week of push but I'm ready to finish it out and move on to lean. I'm also adding a 30-minute walk on circuit days (which will evolve into a couch-5K program next month) and I'm doing the cardio. I would recommend moving forward if you are able to do at least the minimum reps in the Lean circuits. Hope this helps! Gina
Yes, that was going to be my next question: what to do after Lean.
Part of me wants to start over now, before really starting Lean, so I can do it all 100%. But I suppose it makes sense to do Lean and LFL at 100% then start over after that. I was going to move up to P90X after CE, but the workouts are so long, I don't think I'd be able to do it consistently enough.
Anyway, I guess I've decided to do the last 2 months and then start over.
I did Lean Circuit 1 today, and wow, that was tough. I can see how that will bring results. But I do really need to be strict about my calories and cardio.
This was a good post NancyDrew! We must be on the same track. I have been seeing myself tone up and clothes are fitting better but that scale would never lead me to believe it. Ending the PUSH month and getting tighter and toner, like I expected but it IS frustrating not to see that scale move in the down direction. And I have been tracking my calories religiously.
I am really really glad to read that people keep saying that the Lean month really shows some changes. I was also questioning what to do after Lean was over. I was going to do something else after Lean but reading SummerLvn's post about LFL giving the most results, I may do that instead.
I'm fine with sticking with CE, I just don't know whether to start over or move forward. Should I go back to Burn and do it all over at 100% (which would be fine with me) or do I move forward with Lean, still going 100%, and finish it out?
Pounds lost: 19.6
Fitness Minutes: (71,590) Posts: 5,220 2/27/11 5:20 P
Stay with it! I'm a total believer in this program, too. My first round, which was last August - Nov, I ran 3-6 miles on the cardio days & stayed in my Spark calorie range/macros (most every day :) and had great results. If your not tracking your food, you could be off more than you think. Track your food for the next month, I think you'll like the results.
I agree with Beth. Follow the program and track your food to make sure you stay within your calorie range and supplement the cardio by running. That's exactly what I did and I lost 9 pounds total and a whole lot of inches. I did not follow the CLX nutrition program...just stayed within my calorie range and made sure I got the required protein. I blogged my before/after pics a while back if you would like to take a look.
Good luck with the Lean circuit. It's a challenging one!
I've done the Burn and Push phases and am about to start Lean, but I'm not sure I should continue with this. I lost some inches during Burn, but they've all come back during Push. I haven't lost weight, in fact I've gained. I did my 30 day measurements today and all of them had increased, except the body fat which went down slightly (but maybe I was pinching a different place?).
Full disclosure: I haven't tracked my calories, and am probably eating 75% well 25% poorly. Also I haven't been doing the CE cardio, rather I've been running 2-3 miles 3 days a week (though I've not been consistent with that).
So should I start Lean and recommit, doing more of the calorie counting and cardio? Or should I start over from the beginning and recommit? I guess I don't know whether I should just finish the program or start over, or try something else. I know I'm stronger, my arms look much more defined, but that's pretty much the only visual difference I can see. Everything else on me looks and feels the same. And yes, I'm using heavy weights.
Any advice is very much welcome, as I'm not sure what to do next.
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