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6/1/10 3:19 P

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YORKITEER, one recommendation I have is to wait until you've done your fitness before you log it...that way, you know it's accurate. When I'm having a busy day, I'll write all my exercise and food down on a piece of paper, and then log it into SparkPeople all at one shot...it's kept me more honest than when I try to guess what I'm going to eat or do for exercise ahead of time.

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6/1/10 2:13 P

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I was set up with Spark people. I sometimes ate lower than my 1200 at first until I learned not to. I was soooo tired and weak. After that I tried to stay close to the 1200 mark. My high was 1550. I probably was a little low on the amount of exercise I was doing because I wasn't counting on the time I was playing Pickleball on Monday nights in case we didn't play or play really long for some reason. Those are the only two things I think I could have been doing wrong. I wish I understood better where exactly I should be eating. It's scary to push the high mark when I want to lose so badly. I haven't totally stopped losing but it's going sooooo slowly now. Less than a pound per week when I'm mostly eating in the two pound per week loss range. Last week I lost none! eeeeiiiii!!! That's a bummer when you're trying so hard. I am back to running after a recent knee injury and hoping that helps. But the crazy thing was after I got hurt I and could only slightly pedal my exercise bike some minutes...I lost like crazy for a little while? Was this putting me in a better calorie range not burning so many or was I losing muscule...beats me~! This can all get so confusing but I'm still thankful I've lost the 26 pounds I've lost so far.

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MDEAL72's Photo MDEAL72 Posts: 841
6/1/10 1:51 P

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I'm so glad the two of you have responded...way to go to accept this often difficult task.

YORKITEER, I haven't had the problem you're describing, but I've got plenty of friends who do have that problem. And it's a big problem that many have. When you set up your info in SparkPeople, it gives you the recommended number of calories you should be eating per day, based on your goals and your current weight, height, etc. Did you go with what SparkPeople recommended, or did you lower it to what you thought it should be? If you lowered it on your own, definitely go back and re-do your calories to let SparkPeople do the numbers for you.

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6/1/10 12:47 P

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I'm having that problem. I've tracked my calories everyday since joining in January. The only time I go over is when I have a random cheat meal. And that isn't going over very much. I'm too chicken! I am now in the process of upping my calories some in case I have gone into starvation mode and slowed my metabolism. Anybody done that?

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6/1/10 12:44 P

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I accept your challenge! I am very tired of putting in the hard work in my workout, but not seeing the number go down.

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MDEAL72's Photo MDEAL72 Posts: 841
6/1/10 10:45 A

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Many of us who are trying to lose weight get frustrated when we put in the time to exercise but don't see the scale going down. Sometimes, it's as simple as that we are still eating TOO MANY CALORIES. So this week, I challenge you to track your meals (and their associated calories) to see where you are. If you are already tracking your calories but are still having issues losing weight, then try and figure out where your issues are...are you eating too much sodium, for example?

Post any interesting things you find out about here.

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