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MRSBENNETT2
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2/6/13 5:09 P

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I tried an "eat more fat" plan (off Marks' Daily Apple) earlier in the month, which really helped saiety and any binge episodes, but it wasn't helping with weight loss, obviously! So I've started eating more protein and less fat. Carbs generally come from fruit and veggies since grains are problematic. I have an occasional ice cream bar and occasional rum/oj/club soda but that's all logged. Hopefully I'll get some answers today at the doctor. Maybe she can refer me for metabolism testing. I'll see what she says. I need to get into the old fitness tracker and find my old ST workouts, too. And my weight ticker is wrong...I have not lost two pounds. That was the difference between what I mistakenly entered on Fitbit and on here. Bah.

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2/6/13 4:12 P

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I agree that sounds frustrating! Discussing all this with your doctor sounds like a good plan, maybe even show some of your food logs to the doctor. The calorie burn numbers do make assumptions about your metabolism so might be higher or lower than your actual metabolism. Congratulations on staying consistent and committed!


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2/6/13 3:09 P

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Yes, I can see where it would be frustrating. I like the idea of revisiting the old logs.

Might hold off tinkering since the Doc visit is imminent. Could very well be a thyroid or other issue.

The numbers from the weekly report indicate you should start to see some weight loss soon. Although you could eat more and still be within your plan, I don't think its necessary as you aren't near any kind of absolute minimum level calorie range.

You might ask the Doc about your macro nutrient range. Looking at your food tracker, you might be able to decrease the fat % and up the protein (but just looked at a couple of days).
The meals looked healthy to me. Might still have room for tradeouts (e.g. turkey bacon sub for regular bacon).

Since you are at the five mile range, I would urge you to go ahead and add the strength component. It will help in a lot of ways.

Hang in there!



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MRSBENNETT2
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2/6/13 2:54 P

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Thanks everyone...this is all helpful info!

Last week's stats were:

Total cals burned 18,976

Eaten 13,335

Plan deficit 3,500

Cals in vs out -2141


I am just STUCK. I weigh and measure at home all the time, mostly with a good scale and set of measuring spoons. I drink at least 8 cups of water a day, mostly more because it's summer here in AU and HOT. I walk upwards of 5 miles a day, haven't added strength training yet. I am working on upping my daily activity score this week. I don't cheat....who am I fooling if I cheat? Only myself. :) So frustrating! This morning I decided to go back and see if I can access my food tracker from two years ago when I was actually losing. I was a slow loser then, but now it's just ridiculous.


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2/6/13 1:26 P

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The reason it reports that. It is comparing what you logged to what you chose as your plan. Sometimes eating too little can slow or stall weight loss. Sites like fitbit and Spark often suggest a planned weekly rate of loss of 2 pounds or less per week. So this would be a 1000 calorie daily deficit assuming your current weight and activity level would allow you to undereat by 1000 calories a day while still having enough calories available to take in good nutrition.

In your case, it is telling you that you logged that you ate less than your plan. It may not be a big deal if your body can support it as it looks like a deficit similar to a 1.5 pound a week loss.

For other people, this report might show them they ate more than their plan over the week and this is also useful information when evaluating results.

I guess the things I would look at are...
*How accurate is your food tracking? Meaning are you actually weighing and/or measuring portions? I personally think weighing with a food scale is more accurate, easier and less messy especially if you have a scale that you can zero out with a plate on top (then you can put the food directly on your plate or bowl without messing with measuring spoons and cups). This also can help train you to eyeball portions later because you get use to what it looks like on your plates. I don't do this all the time, because I rebel against it eventually, but when I do it is eyeopening and a stall buster. And when I stop doing this, I naturally choose the same sized portions for a while. So it can help to commit to weighing portions for a week at a time here and there if you don't want to do it all the time.



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PAULOBRY
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2/6/13 8:53 A

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what were your prior weeks' numbers?

The most recent week suggest that you would able to lose weight, but is it a typical week and for how long have you been on that kind of calorie deficit?



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I have thryoid issues big time and that is a big factor with the lost Guessing your doctor is only testing tsh but you might need him to step it up and test the other thyroid factors. That was how it was discovered I had hasimoto's and needed to be on meds.

what it looks like to me is you did not eat enough compared to calories burned thereby putting your body into a form of starvation mode where it held out to anything you might have lost

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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MRSBENNETT2
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2/5/13 9:50 P

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I like numbers, but I don't understand numbers. :)

Here's my question: on my weekly stat report, cals in vs out says this:

Cals burned 18402
Cals eaten 13005
plan deficit -3500

under cals in vs out is -1897.

I understand the -1897 is referring to a deficit over 3500.

I guess I want to know why this is important. I'm not losing at all despite logging food and dramatically increased activity. Off to the doc tomorrow to see results of bloodwork - maybe my always low (but not low enough to medicate) thyroid has finally blown a fuse. Anyway, I guess I'm looking for reasons NOT to worry that I'm undereating.

If you understand my babbling and have any interpretations/ideas, I'd love to hear. :)


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