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11/13/06 7:20 A

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I'm hypothyroid with a carb intolerance and at the end of the day, often have not eaten enough cals (I've been eating like a fat anorexic so long that 1,200 cals seems like a feast). My favourite 10-20 gm snacks to bring my cals up to 1,000 are SPARK's seedy cinnamon granola (but that raises my carbs), 60gms Healthy Living' brand red cheese, dessicated unsweetened (baking) coconut and creamed coconut (all 1-0 carbs). This is a solid bar like soap, tastes nice and has no carbs. Fat content is ok for me as I eat low fat anyway. Its also nice grated into chicken curry, omelettes, cereal (not eating at the moment). I have seen several brands in my local (UK) supermarkets, price £0.36-0.68 and it lasts ages. I put weight back on if I eat carb foods. emoticon

Edited by: WENDY01162 at: 11/13/2006 (07:33)
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11/12/06 11:00 A

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Claudia...
I weigh daily. (At first twice a day -- which really did show a fluctuation). This shows me the variations, which I've even gone so far as to track for the past couple of weeks. This means that I don't claim a new lower number for at least three weigh-ins (sometimes I'll have a spike down for one weigh-in and then it'll go back up).

I figure once a week is no guarantee of accuracy, and won't let me see the ways my weight fluctuates. But taking an average over three days is likely to be closer to accurate (or at least effectively so.) Also, which day is really the most accurate day? One person posted somewehre that Thursday morning was key... I thought WHY? what's so magic about Thursdays??? And how can it be true for ALL of us, with our different lifestyles and work schedules? What of those who work midnights? or who have Wednesday/Thursday off?

This daily weighing thing also means that I'm used to seeing the numbers .. so I never get a three pound thrill.... (or three pounds of bad news).

Of course, I've only had a scale for 3 weeks, so part of this is learning how my body does things. It works for me...

I Do MEASURE myself only once a week.

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11/10/06 2:26 P

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I think everyone is individual. I do lower my calories to around 1100-1200 to effectively lose weight and with that do a fair amount of exercise. But i give my body a break every month or so and have a week at a slightly higher calorie range - more like 1200-1500 that SP suggests and do a little less exercise. I just aim to maintain on these weeks and not lose. It gives me a bit of a break from being strict and allows me extra time that i would be exercising to get other jobs done. I also feel really eager to get back to it at the end of the week and keeps the motivation to go to the gym higher. I also seem to avoid having long platueas this way and always lose on the weeks i'm trying to lose on.

I think its good to vary things...

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11/10/06 8:46 A

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i never have a problem getting my calories in. if anything by dinner im thinking what can i take off.

 
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11/9/06 7:48 A

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Bonnie:

You know I've seen similar changes in my weight, the one lb weight gain if I go higher. My ideal is 1200-1400. Remember that our body weight fluctuates due to water retention and hormones. That is why you should weigh only once a week, or even once a month. The same day and time. It will be more accurate and you can start to see a trend.

Also, if you are not meeting your minimum of calories try not to fill it in with empty calories. Try to stick to nutrient rich calories. A handful of nuts are often your best bet. They have protein and fiber and beneficial fats.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." M. Gandhi. In my case I must be the change I want to see in my body.


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11/8/06 7:57 P

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If I go above 1200 calories then I gain weight. It doesn't matter that I workout 5 days a week for an hour + strength training 3x/week. 2 days above 1200 calories and I gain a lb... A week and I'll gain 2-3 So I'm fine anywhere below 1200 and I agree not to go below 1000 so I just make that my range. Even at that I'm not losing, but at least Im not gaining. I burn around 500 calories in each 60 minute workout. Shouldn't I be losing at that... 1000-1200 calories and burning 2500 per week in working out.... I don't know it is very confusing to me.

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11/8/06 8:51 A

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This definitely caught my attention. I'm quite small as well, and for a while I thought I should get down to 100 lbs. But, I want muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, and it takes up less room. Also, it burns more calories.

I tried to lower my calorie intake below 1000 calories. But, I had no energy. Soon enough I lost motivation. I stopped exercising for two months. I maintained the weight. Like everyone says, you do stop losing. Your starving your body and it stops functioning.

Since, October I upped my calories. My energy is at an all time high. I started exercising regularly. Even adding a couple of extra workouts here and there. I've lost 3 more lbs. I know it is fat loss and not muscle because I am toning up, and the inches are coming off. Slowly but surely.

Also, don't fall into the cardio trap. Don't be afraid of strength training. It doesn't just build muscle and strength, but it also helps build up your bone mass. Also, it gives you tremendous confidance!

Sorry, that was long. I hope that helps!

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." M. Gandhi. In my case I must be the change I want to see in my body.


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11/7/06 2:49 A

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hi...uhave almost reached there... and very true every pound shows....change ur exercise routine ... add some variety would be my advice
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10/16/06 11:19 A

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shadow dancer you may be running too low. Putting your body in starvation mode. Look into some of the articles about here. DD

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10/16/06 11:17 A

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Hi Mine bounce around alot. I have to plan every meal ahead of time. If I don't I can run very low. I found that if your under 950, you can't use the healthy living scale. Besides you need 1200 they say just for normal stuff. I try for 1100 to 1550. I know if your too low it puts you in starvation mode and you won't lose weight. DD

I want to be young in heart and body. Be the 65yr old granny in a bikini on a beach looking good. LoL

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10/16/06 1:39 A

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I also have the same problem I am often adding some kind of dessert or something at the end of the day to meet my calories and still have a problem.

I'd like to know what others experience is with this.

Bonnie Rose

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10/16/06 12:01 A

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Back to the topic header here...
Today, I at 960 calories... and at the end of the day was totally not hungry.
My goal is 1300 - 1650. So I worried that I was scaring my body into starvation mode...
I ate some rich chocolate ice cream (I'm under on fats for the day too).
That still didn't get me up to my calorie goal. (how weird to think I have to eat MORE!!!).
Should I fret? Should I go chow down on more something to get my calories in?
Should I just figure it'll all balance out over the next couple of days?
This is so not the problem I thought I'd be having!

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10/11/06 3:59 A

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Your body may be done. Maybe now it should be more focused on toning? I don't know what you look like or what your tone is right now, I just know that our bodies will stop losing when they need to if we've made a lifestyle change not a diet. Although it is a common misconception that 100 lbs isn't much, for me, at 4'11" and a VERY small bone structure (no hips no waist etc) that will be about right. My BMI at 100 lbs is well within the normal limit. At 125, my BMI would be 25 which is the cutoff before it goes into "overweight" So it just depends. Google search a BMI calculator if you haven't and see what it is... of course if that says its too high and you are fairly toned, then don't worry about it because it isn't accurate for people with very toned bodies... Maybe just stop into the local gym and say that you are interested and just want to know what your body fat % is... some of them will let you test it... (if youre in WA or AZ then Pure Fitness will)

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10/10/06 5:40 P

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Thanks for your responses.

You're probably right, it's not absolutely imperative for me to lose more weight. But since I'm so short, every pound is visible, and I guess I just need to work on toning up.

Although I know not to rely solely on the scale for measuring progress, I've been pretty frustrated with its refusal to budge. I've upped my exercise from 3 times a week to 4 times a week, and increased my sessions from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Consequently, I've also upped my calorie intake from 1250 to 1400. I'm nervous about gaining weight, but at the same time, I know better than to eat too little to sustain my physical activity. I know it's all about experimenting to see what works best, but I've been varying my range a lot, and nothing seems to be working.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. :)

 
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10/10/06 2:48 P

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I think that DD is right. You certainly do not NEED to lose any weight, but at some point it becomes about want and not need. If you want to loose more weight, one way to do it is to actually increase your calorie intake but also increase your physical activity too. This "resets" your basal metabolic rate. I think it is totally unfair that the body adjusts to what you take in, and sometimes it is scary to do this because we have worked to hard to avoid excess calories. I'll assume that you are reasonable in your goals...and if you are then hang in there. emoticon

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Hi; I'm on a couple of other boards you might find them of help in this.I'm 5'3" they are tight-n-tone, and you don't need to lose any more weight. Check them out. DD

Edited by: DD-THEOTHERHALF at: 10/10/2006 (14:19)
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10/10/06 2:07 P

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It looks like you've reached your goal. How much more do you want to lose? I'm stuck too, but I have 50 more to lose. Want to be at 175 or less by Halloween, but at the rate I'm going, that's not gonna happen. How did you lose so much? I'd like to do as good as you have. Hugs, Rica

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10/10/06 1:42 P

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Hey ladies,

I love that there's a group dedicated to us shorties out there. :)

I'm curious as to what everyone's average calorie intake is on a daily basis?
And how effective has this range been on your weight loss journey?

I'm currently stuck on a seemingly never-ending plateau,
and I would love to get some input from females around my height.

Thanks in advance!

 
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