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9/9/11 7:31 A

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Just keep with it, GeekyMe!! If you're doing everything right, be patient. You'll see the results soon. It took me about a month before the scale moved, if I remember right... Hang in there! You'll see results!! Don't give up!

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8/29/11 1:44 A

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you are replacing fat cells with muscle and muscle weighs more than fat that is why hun. to really know how you are doing, try measuring your waist, legs, arms, neck, or other parts of your body, as the muscle replaces the fat, those measurements will start going down. that is at least what I have read in the news mails that sparks sends me. LOL

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3/4/11 3:07 P

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Yeah the Kinect is great. I use mine for workouts in the morning and then I "force" myself to play games for one hour when I get home from work, before dinner.

I'm really glad you're not hungry -- that's awesome!!! I spent way too many years of my life hungry so I take care to really eat now.

Yvonne ;-)

Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
--Aldous Huxley

"Pain is temporary - Quitting is forever."

SW: 200 (17JAN, 30JUN, & 6SEP2011, 23MAY2012)
5%: 190 (29OCT2011, 24JAN & 30JUN2012)
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3/4/11 3:03 P

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Thanks :) I don't think I could exercise anymore than I do. It's already difficult to find the time to do the Bootcamp and the 30-45 minutes a day of cardio. I am not hungry on the 1250 a day - in fact, since I'm eating mostly vegetables, I have a hard time eating that much - but I manage to do it. I will keep at it. At least the Kinect is fun!

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3/4/11 1:35 P

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Geekyme -- It's great that you did the math. Alot of people get intimidated by it. 1/2 pound is fantastic. It sounds like your metabolism is doing fine. I'm actually working on taking the registered dietician's exam so, I've just seen alot of different scenarios through school and it looks like you're doing everything right. Weight loss is just a relly slow process and kind of sucks in general. If you're sticking to the workouts and 1250 kcal a day without being hungry, then it's just a matter of hanging in there. If your hungry all the time, then I would bump up the food and bump up the workout to maintain the 500 kcal daily deficit. The whole goal is to eat healthy and be healthy but, be comfortable at the same time -- something that I didn't even know was possible until recently. I'm still a student but, if you need input, let me know.

Edited by: YROEHR at: 3/4/2011 (13:36)
Yvonne ;-)

Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
--Aldous Huxley

"Pain is temporary - Quitting is forever."

SW: 200 (17JAN, 30JUN, & 6SEP2011, 23MAY2012)
5%: 190 (29OCT2011, 24JAN & 30JUN2012)
5%: 180.5 (19OCT2012)
5%: 171.5
5%: 163


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3/4/11 11:30 A

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I used the formula on SparkPeople.com to figure my metabolic calorie needs because one size fits all computerized calculators aren't that accurate. If someone who knows more about these things can look it over and let me know if I figured something wrong, that would be great.

Here is the formula:
BMR=655+(9.6*weight in kg)+(1.8*height in cm)-(4.7*age)
That worked out to 1308. Sparkpeople assumes a sedentary lifestyle other than exercise (which is true for me since I work at a computer) so
Sedentary Calorie Needs = BMR*1.2
That worked out to 1569
Throw in exercise burning - which is about 1250/7 = 178 calories a day
So to maintain my weight, I would need to eat 1748 calories a day.
To lose a pound a week, I need to eat 500 less than that - so about 1250 calories a day.
That was also what spark people came up with. I got Calorie burn from a heart rate monitor, so I know that pretty accurate. This is also the same thing Sparkpeople came up with.

The frustrating part is that I haven't lost a single cm off my body since starting - it's not just weight. I know that muscle gain is common and muscle is heavier, but takes up less space - therefore, if it was muscle gain, I should at least be losing some body measurements, but I'm not.

I DID manage to lose less than a 1/2 pound this week. Hey - it's not much, but at least the scale moved.

My sodium levels are really good. I rarely exceed the recommended sodium levels. Usually, I am far below the upper level of 2500mg.

Also, I didn't hit a plateau. It's started as a plateau. I just started about a month ago and haven't lost anything since starting. I would expect SOME results. I am getting frustrated. I don't want to give up. I know there are other benefits to exercise besides just weight loss, but it would be nice to look good in my clothes again.

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3/4/11 5:28 A

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I hit a major plateau when I was undereating for my body. Make sure you're eatining a minimum of 10 times your weight -- that's a rough estimate of what your metabolism needs to run. To lose one pound per week, add exercise to create a 500 calorie deficit per day and adjust your effort every 5 pound loss or so. Once your metabolism jump-starts, you'll start seeing the weight fall again.

Don't forget that when you exercise, you're building muscle and that it weighs more than fat so, if you're maintaining for a while, then your body fat can be dropping but it won't be seen as overall weight-loss -- it will be seen as inches dropped.

Just be careful, some vegetarian products can be pretty high in fat and sodium. Be sure to check the labels and try to use individual items not exceeding 30% of total calories in fat your daily sodium intake should not exceed 2500mg.

Edited by: YROEHR at: 3/4/2011 (05:29)
Yvonne ;-)

Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
--Aldous Huxley

"Pain is temporary - Quitting is forever."

SW: 200 (17JAN, 30JUN, & 6SEP2011, 23MAY2012)
5%: 190 (29OCT2011, 24JAN & 30JUN2012)
5%: 180.5 (19OCT2012)
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3/3/11 11:40 P

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I am not losing weight or inches. I am working out 30-45 minutes a day. I am eating very good - getting all my nutrients, not exceeding my calories, lots of water - lots of veggies - I'm a vegetarian, so that's the easy part. This is the third week of not losing an ounce.

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3/3/11 9:07 P

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When you say you're not losing weight, how long have you been eating well and exercising? It can take awhile for the body to adjust. Don't just focus on the scale.

What you eat is very important for losing weight (as well as being physically active). I'm careful to eat *clean*, that is, as little processed foods as possible. Fill up on fruits, veggies and lean protein. Drink plenty of water. If you're neither losing nor gaining, it means you're doing exactly what you need to do to maintain your weight. (If you weren't doing what you're doing, you'd be gaining.)

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3/3/11 2:05 P

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Thanks :) Now, I just wish I understood why I am not losing weight. I am doing everything right.

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3/3/11 1:14 P

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The Polars are really good. I've used them on and off for 20 years now. The games use rounded-off equations based on your weight so, they're pretty much never right. I always go with what my personal units says, either the GoWear Fit or Polar. I like my Timex w/ GPS too but I like the feel of the polar watch for women better.

Edited by: YROEHR at: 3/3/2011 (13:15)
Yvonne ;-)

Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
--Aldous Huxley

"Pain is temporary - Quitting is forever."

SW: 200 (17JAN, 30JUN, & 6SEP2011, 23MAY2012)
5%: 190 (29OCT2011, 24JAN & 30JUN2012)
5%: 180.5 (19OCT2012)
5%: 171.5
5%: 163


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3/3/11 12:58 P

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Ok - so here's the deal. I did Michelle Bridges (on YourShape Fitness Evolved for the Kinect) program today for 14 minutes. The game says that was good for 72 calories. I also did the Platinum boxing - entire class. Fitness Evolved registered that at 77 calories. That's just barely 149 calories.

However, yesterday, I got my new Polar F6 Heart Rate monitor (with the chest strap) in the mail. I got to try it today for the first time. It registered the session at 260 calories - that's more than a 100 calorie difference!

Does anyone know how accurate these heart rate monitors are?

Now, however, that I am burning more calories than I thought I was, it REALLY doesn't explain why I am not losing weight.


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