For me weight loss is not constant. Sometimes I'll go a month or two without shedding a single lb. Other times it seems to fly off. The biggest danger (and one I've succumbed to more than once) is to loose heart because you don't seem to be making any progress and give up. Even when the scales don't seem to change if you eat right your body is getting healthier.
I never used SP's suggested menu. I just enter all the food I do eat and try to learn from it. I look for what is common in days that I go over my calories or come short in some some nutrient. After 7 months I'm getting a good idea what I can eat and stay in all my parameters.
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I followed SP Nutrition Menu for Vegetarians today. I changed a few items to meet what I already have in the house. It was a good menu but I was disappointed that there was no green salad. So I checked out tomorrows and there is non there either. And where was the olive oil that is so good for our health?
I think I will just print their suggestions and then do my own menu. I'll let you know how I make out during the upcoming weeks. Dottie
B'Day January 24 Born in Astoria, NY
Now live in Johnson, NewYork
Started TOPS November 2004 weighing 194 pounds. My goal is 150
I think the first thing to do is to let the body go where it naturally should. Then you have a baseline to compare any changes to. If you start exercising, strength training, and diet changes, then you may get the impression that is where you should be. As life goes on you may not train as hard and your body will adjust. You may think you done something wrong but it is just your body going to where it was designed to be. That is not so say, if you want to be stronger you should not do it. But people change as time goes on and you may not want to do the same things as you used to.
If you change your diet and do some light exercise, then your body will go to a point where it should be. That will be your baseline for the future. Then you can take it in any direction you want to.
I find if I eat ANY refined carbs I don't lose. Also, if alot of my calories don't come from fresh veggies I tend to stay the same or gain. Some of that may be water weight, veggies are full of water. I maintain my weight alot with just walking. I do a TON of walking, I'm a full time student and never take the bus, just walk to all my classes. I think this helps so much because my exercise is broken up over the day. Its not very intense, but maybe it keeps my metabolism going or something.
If you're on birth control that could be an issue also. I was on the Depo and absolutely could not lose weight for the longest time.
Another thing to consider is where you're weight is. I started out this program wanting to get down to my highschool weight, 115 lbs. I do want to be back down to 130, but I don't want to be down at 115 anymore. I looked in the mirror one day, and I realized I like the way I look. I have curves, which I never had in highschool. I'm not model skinny, I look like a real woman and I'm ok with that.
The point of that rant is that maybe you should work on eating as well as you can, exercising, try to get in some strength training. Once all that happens you're body will get to where you want to be. =)
Pounds lost: 6.0
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It’s not what we are eating; it’s what you are eating that matters. In order to find the problem you must accumulate the data. That means you must keep detailed track of what you eat. You need to keep exact records for at least one week and preferably two weeks. Only then can you analyze the data and find areas that you may have problems in. What you may find is that you are eating higher amounts of fats and sugar than you suspect. I would cut all oils and sugar out.
What happens if you are eating well? Meaning no oils and sugar. Then you will need to experiment with your eating habits by making other changes. Look at the amount of highly processed food especially breads, pastas, cereals you are eating and cut these out. Stick to whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa and any other whole grain you like.
You don't really need to worry as it will just take a little time to find the problem. But the first thing is to document everything so you can know what to change.
I had a great compliment from my nurse today... I went in for my annual and when I got on the scale, she said "I would never have guessed that you weighed that, you wear it well..." Also, the last time I was weighed at the doctor's I weighed more, not much but it was more, so I am obviously losing, my scale @ home needs to be told that! Anyway, even though my scale isn't showing my loss, my body is, so I guess that I am happy with that... my scale will catch up eventually as long as I keep doing what I am...
Don't lose hope, you will do it if you keep with it.
I was watching Dr Melina on the Fitness channel the other day and they were talking also about doing a 1 day fast to jump start your body into a losing mode... I have been thinking of doing that. Maybe it is something that all of us could try... just H2O all day, just for 1 day...
Pounds lost: 5.0
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i'm in the same boat.... the scale isn't going anywhere... been having issues with my thyroid, which doesn't help...but have been on medication, and the levels have evened out...so that should help. ::sigh:: it's just so frustrating.
I recently did an overhaul of my exercise and eating habits. One thing I found out was that I was bingeing once a week which was throwing everything off - did the Beck Diet Solution & it has been working so far! Second, I researched back into my SP past to see at what point I was losing the most weight, what I was eating at the time, and the frequency of exercise. Turns out I was exercising too much. I had also stopped logging in my food & workouts. I revamped everything and have lost 10 pounds in one month just by not bingeing and exercising less while eating the same. feel free to check out my food log - I am constantly logging in!
Have you tried the menu planner? I followed it religiously for the first several weeks, until I was comfortable with the program and the comparatively small portion sizes (found out that a whole family size bag of chips is more than one serving -- who'd have guessed??)
Try to stay within the ranges they give you -- not over OR under.
A few other things I'd like to add.Did you know that if you cut your calories too far back, your body won't lose?! It's too scared to!! So make sure you try to eat enough!! Also, muscle weighs more than fat so be prepared to factor this in as well. Eventually, your body will decide where it needs to go. Just keep loving it and nuturing it with great, wholesome food and believe you me, it'll respond accordingly! You'll glow like you've never glowed before!!
I think it’s just a matter of consistency. You have to stay the course with cutting calories and eating the right things, even if it seems like that’s what you have been doing with no results. Believe me, eating that way is preparing your body for losing weight even if you can’t see it now.
Yes it is really difficult sometimes. I am losing steady right now but I went a long time when I did not lose anything. I just stuck with my plan and didn’t stop. Even when the scale didn’t move, I still hung in there. I presume you are getting plenty of cardio and drinking at least eight glasses of water everyday. Getting plenty of water and exercise is crucial to your losing weight.
You asked about menus? Here is today’s menu for me and it fairly typical. I drink water all day long. The veggies, the fruit and the grain changes from one day to the next, but this is a good sample of how I eat everyday:
Breakfast: Oatmeal, orange slices, serving of steamed cabbage, cup of hot tea
Mid Morning Snack: slice of bread with some peanut butter
Lunch: Tofurky sandwich on whole wheat bread w/ mustard and some lettuce, tomato, and slice of onion, bean salad
Mid afternoon snack: apple sauce, handful of raisins and mixed nuts.
Dinner: Salad, mixed vegetables, Boca burger patty and brown rice
Evening Snack: serving of dried cranberries and applesauce.
~~ Will ~~
~~~~If you're looking for a blessing, try being a blessing to others! ~~~~
I've actually been having the same problem... so I have been tracking everything that I eat in the tracker and it seems that my sodium intake is way out of whack... I consume too much. Other than that I wouldn't be able to say why I haven't been loosing. I kicked up my workout routine as well... I will be taking this up with my doctor tomorrow at my annual... I hope it is just the sodium!
Have you tried tracking your food? Maybe it is something like sodium or similar that is the issue
I'm not losing right now either but it's not my meals - I cook incredibly healthy and diverse vegetables, grains, beans and tofu. Like last night I made soba noodles with wakame (seaweed), cucumbers and a light dressing and miso soup with tofu and green onions. My husband is losing weight eating my food and he eats twice as much as I do. The thing is - he works incredibly hard - I mean sweats hard. I do my 30 minutes of walking and pop in my pool but the harder I have been trying to lose weight before my daughter's September 13 wedding - the more I have been eating and drinking and not losing weight!!!!!
current weight: 159.5
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