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2/20/13 5:01 P

You sound so stressed. Our bodies can't tell the difference between horrible coworkers and an attack by a saber-toothed cat. We are not designed to have constant stress. Our bodies are trying to keep us alive, and one way they do that is by hoarding fat when we are stressed.

I hope you can find a way to release some of that stress. Maybe replace some of the aerobic exercise with yoga? Or treat yourself to a massage every so often? Or just a quiet cup of tea every day?

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2/20/13 4:07 P

I'll also throw in my 2 cents about the Fitbit. I really like mine, but I don't trust the calorie count at all. I like using it to track my general activity levels and sleep, but I ALWAYS delete the entries it sends to my Spark fitness tracker. I use a heart rate monitor for cardio and trust its readings a lot more than the Fitbit. So for my calories out, I look to Spark's BMR calculation plus fitness tracker.

That being said, I've been on a long plateau too (which is definitely diet-related. Considering the donut and TWO pieces of chocolate cake I ate yesterday, I should probably be gaining instead of staying the same...)

2/19/13 5:52 P

So this might appear as harping, but I'm just going to say it: a calorie is not a calorie. I peeked at about a week or so in your food log and I see a high amount of carbs, low protein, and a high amount of fat. I can't imagine papa murphy's pizza or otis spunkmeyer's are full of the healthy fat, so again I say: a calorie is not a calorie. The quality of the calories we consume reflects on our weight loss. I would take that into consideration. Constructive criticism, not harping.

2/19/13 5:45 P

LTHORNTON79, just to be certain, you did adjust your weight loss to accurately account for how many calories you need, right? I just know as our bodies lose weight, we need less calories.

And, you're right that an occasional sweet is not a problem. It sounds like you plan to keep accounting for them so you do not exceed your calorie limit, that's great. My best advice is to be 100% certain you're accounting for everything.

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2/19/13 5:37 P


alright whatever.

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 2/20/2013 (13:42)
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2/19/13 5:28 P

Ok, so first off let me start by saying that there are several reasons not all my days are tracked - first among them that I've been battling an upper respiratory infection since mid-January. Some days it's been difficult to eat and others I don't feel like trying to keep track. Second - I've lost 41 pounds up to this point - using all the same techniques and methods I used before I got the Fitbit. I think what Tanya said is probably the most accurate - that the Fitbit isn't giving me an accurate amount to go off of. I probably also have a bit of a thyroid problem. I don't see my occasional intake of a sweet or two here and there to be an issue - especially as I have 41 pounds gone that says it's not. What I came on here for was help - not harping.

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2/19/13 5:28 P

I also encourage you to get your thyroid checked - I am hypothyroid too. If it was "barely within normal" in 2007 - it might well have changed since that time! (also, standards for determining "normal" have also been revised). If your doctor won't order the test - find a different doctor.

Untreated/undertreated hypothyroidism can contribute to weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight. Once treated, though, it isn't really an obstacle. So get it checked.

Edit to add: You lost FIFTEEN pounds in 3 months and she said "you're not having much luck?" *Just shaking my head* She should have been congratulating you on your success and encouraging you to keep at it. That is a VERY respectable loss over that period of time.

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 2/19/2013 (17:53)
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2/19/13 5:19 P

I am not sure if I ought to be wading back into this thread, but, I will give it one more try, and I hope you can take my comments in the spirit they are intended, without insult or offense.

I do not know how to say this in any other way besides blunt. You wrote "People keep harping on me for a sweet tooth, but they're only looking at the latest days on my tracker." I think that the people who are commenting on your "sweet" intake are hitting on the source of your weight-loss frustration, and that you are reluctant to accept this as to address it would mean a big change in your eating habits and freedoms.

I looked at your tracker for a one-month period, January 19 to February 18. Over that period, you fully tracked your food on 17 days (there were a couple days of no tracking, and a few more of tracking breakfast/lunch only, and a couple where you tracked meals but no snacks). So I only have 17 days of reliable data to go on. For each day, I added up any and all pop, candy, cookies, brownies and Sonic M&M things, then averaged it out. You are consuming "on average" (based on this 17 day sample) approximately 550 calories per day in "pop candy cookies etc."

This 500-ish calories/day is the difference between losing a pound a week and maintaining.

I realize you are relying on that Fitbit, which is telling you that you "have the room" - and that perhaps in this respect your Fitbit is letting you down. As I tried to state earlier, things like our calorie ranges, our BMR, our Fitbit stats, and the calorie-content of the foods we eat is all based on averages - but not one of us is "average." We have to start with these averages of course, as a guideline to get ourselves going - but when a "follow the numbers" approach doesn't work - we need to look at making some changes, tweaking it until we find the numbers that DO work for each of us as individuals. If you find that your current activity level + calories consumed = weight maintenance (and you do have 4 months of proof that this is the case), you WILL need to lower your intake and/or increase your activity. This may be frustrating and it may not be fair, but we have to work with what' we've got, right.

The most obvious solution would be to cut back on the "empty calories" - not to deny yourself all treats of course, but there is room here to make some changes. This is not what you want to hear, I know that. But it's the best advice I have to offer.

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2/19/13 5:08 P

Oh - also - my body temp always runs really low ... between 96.5 and 97.3 on average.

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2/19/13 5:07 P

Thanks Tanya! That's really helpful advice. I don't remember the actual TSH level (the test was done back in 2007) but I remember the doc showed me a line with tick marks and there was a "normal range" in the middle. I was just BARELY inside the normal range. She had me do the test because in about 7 years I had gained 125 pounds - and I hadn't been pregnant or had any major life or level-of-activity changes. I suppose I should ask to have it tested again, but my doctor always gives me a hard time about my weight. One time, I had lost 15 pounds over 3 months, and she said to me "you're just not having very much luck with this, are you?"

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2/19/13 4:54 P

I have been using a Fitbit as well for the last several weeks and although it can be a great guide to how different activity days burn different calories, it is not calculating based on an actual heart rate. If you look at how the number changes with a few steps you will find that it takes jumps very quickly.

Try using the Fitbit to help you monitor your activity especially paying attention to how much of your activity falls in the pink level each day. Use the Spark calculated range for your intake suggestions using the pink activity level (from Fitbit) amounts as what you add to Sparkpeople for your cardio time. Eat toward the top end of the range on days you are more active and in the lower end on days you are not pink level active.

Hope that helps. Also, what did you mean by being one "tick" out of the normal range for thyroid disease? What was your TSH level (I have thyroid disease myself).

Coach Tanya

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2/19/13 4:13 P

Maybe you could ask one of the coaches about the fitbit thing. What I seem to remember is that SP allows x amount of calories for daily living, and then the EXTRA exercise we do gets entered in. Perhaps that is where the issue is. Perhaps you are counting the calories expended, twice without realizing it.


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2/19/13 4:03 P

Diet versions are worse for you than the real thing. Plus, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners give me really nasty headaches. I don't drink whole cans of Coke - I drink the 90 calorie cans ... and not even everyday. I'm not a big fan of DP, but sometimes I need a caffeine boost and it's all that's available. This is usually for my headaches - which can get really bad when I forget to wear my mouthguard at night. Caffeine helps them.

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2/19/13 3:52 P


Have you considered swapping the regular Coke and Dr Pepper for the diet versions or maybe sparkling flavored waters ? That one swap would save you anywhere from 140 calories for the can to 240 calories for a 20 oz bottle. even if you only have 2-3 per week, that's still a savings of 400-700 calories per week.

You might want to read this Spark Article on easy ways to cut 100 calories.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 2/19/2013 (15:54)
2/19/13 3:35 P

Hi, I understand your pain! I had an awful year last year trying to work out my optimum amount of calories to eat and it's a pain, but believe me you'll see results if you crack the code!

I have a fitbit too and I love it. It has helped me become more active and I have done 10,000 steps every single day this year and this is extra exercise I wouldn't have got in had I not had my fitbit. However, I never listen to what it says regarding how many calories I should eat. I use the sparkpeople ranges instead. I find fitbit allows me to eat 500+ more calories per day than Sparkpeople recommends and I *know* I wouldn't lose weight on that. If I follow Sparkpeople's guidelines, I usually lose the 2 lbs a week I aim for. I found the same with the nintendo DS game - as I was exercising, it was telling me to eat more. One day it told me I could eat 4,000 calories because of my activity level which to me, is madness. I have wondered if these tools maybe work better for the "normal" population, and is confused by the elevated BMR of an overweight person?

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2/19/13 3:30 P

It depends on what I'm eating. For example - at breakfast, I use measuring cups to measure out oatmeal, sugar, soy milk, etc. At lunch I'm usually eating leftovers from the previous night's dinner. The way I measure those is by the recipe. For instance, if the recipe makes 4 servings, I've divide out four equal portions - I eat one for dinner and save one for lunch the next day. Hubby eats the other two. If it's more than 4, I usually still divide out 4 but make sure to count it accurately, like 1.5 or 2 servings, in the tracker. I don't usually snack during the day because we aren't allowed to eat at work - although today I took another poster's advice I brought some healthy snacks and snuck away to eat them.

People keep harping on me for a sweet tooth, but they're only looking at the latest days on my tracker. This is THAT week for me so of course I'm having more sweets than normal. I try to have one sweet a week outside of THAT week and it's usually a small sonic blast.

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2/19/13 3:11 P


I have a question. How do you measure your portions ? Do you weigh your food ? Do you use measuring cups to determine your portions ? Because if you're just eyeballing your portions, that could be the reason you're not seeing a loss.

Let me give you an example from my own experiences with portion control. Before I started paying attention to calories and portions, I would routinely eat a muffin for a snack. Some times, I would have an Au Bon Pan crumb cake after a kick boxing class. Thought that would be okay since I burned so many calories in the class. Well, do you know how many calories one medium sized Dunkin Donuts muffin has ? Little did I know that one pumpkin spice muffin had 550+ calories !! For a muffin the size of my fist ? I was shocked !! I was even more shocked when I learned that palmed sized crumb cake had 600+ calories !

So, I may have burned 500 calories in that kick boxing class, but I was eating 500+ for a snack. Little wonder I wasn't losing weight. I was eating more than I thought. You may be too if you're not measuring your portions or just eyeballing. learning portion control was the hardest lesson I learned about good health. I contend that once a person learned proper portion control, they'll be able to lose and manage their weight.

And... not to sound like a broken record, but you have to be mindful of your sweet tooth. I will admit it, I'm a total chocoholic. But, I also knew that when I wanted to lose, they had to go for a period of time. I knew I had to cut back. I did and I lost.

just a few thoughts.

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2/19/13 2:11 P

I'm sorry Bunny - I didn't mean to sound rude or ungrateful. I'm just so frustrated. I had my thyroid checked and I'm only a tick mark into the "normal" category - which I guess means I borderline have a thyroid problem. I'm also upset that I've spent so many weeks now diligently tracking my calories in ... and relying on the Fitbit to tell me the calories out ... to no avail. At any rate, I didn't mean to offend - it's just that I do know the formula and it seems like people always want to point that out right off the bat.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/19/13 10:52 A

I am trying to help you. If you consider that to be insulting, then I do not know what else I can add. Good luck on your journey.

ROSEBOMB Posts: 345
2/19/13 8:58 A

And here's just a sample of my calories in vs calories out over just a few weeks:

week 1 = 2233 deficit
week 2 = 5954 deficit
week 3 = 2612 deficit
week 4 = 1178 deficit
week 5 = 3923 deficit
week 6 = 1830 deficit

That 6 weeks right there should have equaled at least 5 pounds. I mean it's a little insulting to be told "it's all about calories in vs calories out" because I know that already ... that's why I got the Fitbit, so I could more accurately gauge calories out.

ROSEBOMB Posts: 345
2/19/13 8:52 A

Yes, the Fitbit counts everything all day long - ad even overnight. And it's very accurate:

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/19/13 1:24 A

I have a vague memory of that too, Kiwi, though I don't remember what thread or exactly what was going wrong, other than that it had ended up that some activity was somehow being double-counted, causing the daily ranges to be inflated. Maybe a Coach or another knowledgeable member can give you some feedback on whether your Fitbit-adjusted daily ranges are appropriate for weight loss.

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2/19/13 1:18 A

I don't know anything about Fitbits, so here is something for you to ponder.

Does the Fitbit take into account EVERYTHING that you do during the day, or is it just specific exercise-related? Also, how accurate are they?

I seem to recall a member having a similar problem a wee while ago, and one of the Coaches mentioned something about this, but as I said - where it comes to Fitbits, I am totally ignorant!

Also, I went back to your original post and noted your comment
"I do the Mediterranean Diet - it's a bit high on calories, but I intermingle a lot of Sparkrecipes that fit into the Med's guidelines."

You acknowledge that your calories are a bit high, and then add "BUT" - unfortunately it doesn't really matter WHAT diet we do, or how healthy it is, it still comes down to calories in compared with calories out.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 2/19/2013 (01:24)
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2/18/13 6:17 P

People's metabolisms vary. Our daily ranges are calculated on a one-size-fits-all "typical" metabolic rate. Our calories burned are calculated similarly, one-size-fits-all, and furthermore rely on our own interpretation of how intense we feel our workouts are.

This can lead to some discrepancies between what you think you are burning per day, and what you actually are. Four months of plateau indicates your calorie consumption is closely matched to your calorie expenditure.

What you might consider trying, is to not tie your "calories burned through fitness activities" to your daily calorie range. Instead, re-do your calorie range with a modest goal of .5 or 1# per week loss, assuming a sedentary lifestyle. See what the range is. Eat within that range. Then you *should* lose half-to-one-pound per week by diet alone - and any additional exercise that you may do, will give you some "bonus loss" on top of that.

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2/18/13 6:05 P

But I am in caloric deficit. You guys can't see my Fitbit stats. I run 300-800 calorie deficit everyday.

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2/17/13 12:21 P

Well, a few of positives -
a) You are eating "healthy" for the most part, with plenty of variety, a focus on homemade, quality foods.
b) You haven't been gaining, have you? You know, it is more of an achievement than people give themselves credit for, simply to stop that upward trend.
c) You have figured out "maintenance" perfectly!

Now I looked at your tracker too, and kudos for putting it ALL down, the good and the bad. This information will help you understand what is going on. And what i see going on is simply a lack of "calorie deficit" over time. If you average out your daily calorie intake over the last 15 days it is just a hair over 2100 - ideal for maintenance. Now if you average out just the first 7 entries for February, it averages out to more like 1850/day - if you could maintain that as your overall average, you probably would be losing because it is likely a few hundred calories below "maintenance." But in the subsequent week you had a few larger meals, averaging out at more like 2500/day, or a few hundred calories above "maintenance." These two weeks kind of balanced each other out.

I personally find it a bit easier to look at things on a "weekly" or longer average. It does help to recognize when those "extra hungry days/cheat days/special occassion days" etc. are fitting in with, or undoing, your plan for weight loss.

A tip from my own kitchen would be to make *single* serving sizes of home cooked meals. I tend to do my journalling while i'm actually cooking - plunking in all my ingredients, then going holy!!! how is this adding up to 700 calories! And then seeing where i can scale back - 1 tsp oil instead of 1 tbsp... Half the amount of rice... Or whatever it takes to get the recipe down to the 400 or 500 i was aiming for. Then, having cooking only-that-much, I have no opportunity to eat the leftovers. When i cook more than 1 serving, it is usually because i have plans to eat the leftovers for lunch - I enforce this plan by packaging up the tupperware lunch container and tossing it in the fridge (out of sight, out of mind) before serving out my dinner portion.

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2/16/13 4:30 P

You don't put the small chunks of apple into your tracker, and that is fine, BUT if there are other 'little bits of food' that you don't put in also, then it COULD become a problem.

I hope that you find the recipe to get moving on down again.


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2/16/13 2:42 P


Sorry about that. Don't know where I saw the Special K. Ignore that.

If you don't feel hungry first thing in the morning, stick with the oatmeal. but consider having, as the Hobbits call it, a second breakfast later in the morning. If you can't eat a meal, how about a protein or granola bar ? If I ate a 200 calorie breakfast at say 7am and couldn't eat again until 1pm, I'd be absolutely ravenous and eating anything that wasn't nailed down.

Do you find that you're eating more of your calories in the evening because you can't eat snacks when you're working ? If you can't eat a meal, can you eat a protein or granola bar for a quick snack ?

It strikes me that 200 calories until lunch isn't enough to fuel an active woman's day and it does make me wonder if you're eating more at night because of it.

Also, the reason many of us made a comment about the M&Ms wasn't because we were specifically being critical about them per se. When we look through your food diary, you have listings for M&Ms, chocolate chunk muffin, three musketeers, sonic blast, milky way, thin mint cookies, etc... Like many of us here on Spark, me included, you seem to have a sweet tooth.

It's okay for a person to have a treat. Spark People isn't about deprivation. but when a person is trying to lose weight, they really do have to watch the number of treats they eat. 300-400 calories here and there does add up fast.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 2/16/2013 (15:10)
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2/16/13 12:43 P

WOW - ok, I don't know what you guys are looking at ... I'm never eaten Special K in my life. For breakfast every morning I have 1/3 cup of oatmeal with 1 tbsp real sugar and about 1/3 cup of Silk soy milk. I add in fresh apple chunks and cinnamon - but it's such a small amount that I don't put it on the tracker. I drink two cups of coffee - with splenda and fat free half-n-half. It's about 200 calories and it's hard to eat. I'm not really hungry in the morning, so many times I feel like I'm having to force feed myself. We're not allowed to eat at work, so I can't take it with me because I can't eat again until noon at my lunch break.

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2/16/13 12:38 P

I actually gets tons of veggies in the recipes I make - artichokes, olives, beans, arugula, asparagus - they just aren't listed individually because they are part of recipes. I can't eat very many fruits because they upset my stomach. Also - that's the first time I've had cheetos or M&Ms in about 6 months, so I'm not sure how one bag in 6 months is eating lots of processed foods. I make all my meals at home - using either fresh, frozen or canned ingredients. I rarely eat out - but when I do it's places that post their calories so it's easier for me to track. According to my fit bit - I'm running about 300-800 calorie deficit each day, so I should be losing but I'm not.

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2/16/13 8:03 A

And your body fat percentage has gone down. You may have exchanged some fat for muscle which is making less show on the scales.

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2/16/13 6:35 A


I hope you don't mind, but I took a sneak peak at your food diary too. One thing that stands out to me is your breakfast. While you are eating breakfast, that's not enough calories to sustain an active woman's day at work. Not only does a healthy breakfast fuel our active day, but it also helps keep us from over eating later. When a person doesn't eat enough in the morning, they tend to eat too much later because they're hungry. It's one thing to eat a bit less in the morning to save calories for a splurge meal at night. but that's not something we want to do on a regular basis. You might try eating smaller meals spaced out every 2-3 hours so that you don't feel deprived.

I too noticed that you enjoy cookies and candy. And in moderation, that's okay. However, if you want to decrease the amount of treats you eat, as KIWI noted, try increasing your intake of fresh fruit and veggies. Increasing your intake of fresh fruit and veggies will accomplish a couple of things. One, the fiber in those veggies will help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Fiber is sating and helps keep us full for longer. So, you want to try to eat more foods that are high in FIBER like fresh fruit and veggies, whole grain breads/cereals, beans, etc.

Let's take breakfast. If you want to continue to eat the Special K, that's fine. But you might want to toss some real strawberries or blueberries on top for a serving of fruit. You might consider having a cup of Greek yogurt along with the cereal. You might consider having a hard boiled egg and whole wheat toast with peanut butter. There are lots of healthy ways to eat more calories in the morning so that you don't feel hungry later.

So, I would recommend eating a healthier, more substantial breakfast to fuel your busy work day. Make sure you eat a healthy lunch too. Don't skip lunch because work gets busy. When work gets stressful, that's when you really need those calories. Stress can break down a person's body. We need to eat to stay healthy. The QUALITY of the food we eat has a bigger impact than how much. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods.

I know, it's a lot to think about. But do consider eating a more substantial breakfast.

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2/16/13 3:07 A

I, too, had a peek at your Nutrition Tracker. I know that it doesn't seem like much at the time, but if you go back over each day, and take a look at your entries, on 13th you had 400 cal's with M & M's, on 12th 670 cal's with soda/M & M's, on 11th Brownies = 336 cal's and 10th 1400 calories with similar. On top of that, some days your cal's were way into the 2,000's and even into 3,000. Unfortunately, altho' they are really nice, those are items that we really need to restrict to an 'occasional' treat - not daily.

I am really sure that if you start to introduce more fruit/veges to replace those carbs/fats, you will start to notice a big difference. If it is sweet things you want, nibbling on a couple dried dates or figs are great. If it is fats, a few nuts can help a lot. You will also find that reducing the processed carbs and increasing healthy fats and protein will help with your recovery.

I think that you deserve a real big pat on the back for actually putting those treats into your tracker, because a lot of people 'forget' to do that.

Do you think that it is possible that all the pressure on you at the moment re your marriage, studies and work situation, could be hindering your food choices? It may be that you could do with someone to talk with. Has your college got a counselor you can turn to? Perhaps some couples counseling?

Good luck with your pressures, and for a healthy recovery - and hopefully no more surgeries???

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 2/16/2013 (16:21)
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2/15/13 8:43 P


While I am not a dietitian or nutritionist, I looked at your shared food trackers and it looks as though while you are making some really good choices, I do not see a lot of fruits and veggies--I also see you have some processed foods, such as M&Ms and cheetos included. And we do know that whole foods, such as fruits, veggies, nuts and lean protein take more energy to digest, so you may want to re-evaluate your nutrition plan and make sure that you are eating within the calorie range SparkPeople has set for you. Also make sure that you are exercising at an intensity that promotes a nice calorie burn.

Coach Nancy

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2/15/13 7:21 P

Have you talked to a doctor about any of this? You need to make sure your thyroid is functioning appropriately, first of all. I don't know much about the Mediterranean diet, but when you say it is high in calories, what does that mean? It doesn't matter how well you are trying to eat if you are not creating a calorie deficit over time. You will only lose weight if you are burning more calories than what you consume. And make sure you aren't operating under the assumption that when you exercise more that means you can eat sure might feel like it sometimes but not necessarily true.

Another thing is you also sound extremely stressed out. Health isn't just about numbers but about feeling good and it sounds like you feel awful. It sounds cliche but make sure you incorporate ME time into your life. I know it is hard and it seems like there is no way you can work around your busy schedule but in order to stay positive which is crucial to getting results, you've gotta do something to feel good about you and your life. I would like to recommend a book to you called Boundaries: when to say yes, how to say no. It is by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I have found it extremely practically useful in my personal life as well as in my work life. I think that the journey to health is one of the most important ones and kudos to you for your hard work even in the midst of busy busy busy.

Edited by: LOVEMOUSE82 at: 2/15/2013 (19:33)
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2/15/13 4:50 P

4 months and very little change - even with the FitBit. I've been checking my weight - which I've only lost ONE pound in 4 months. I've also been checking Body Fat % and that's only changed by 1.5%. I work out hard for an hour twice a week - then walk for 20-40 minutes about 3-5 days per week (depending on the weather conditions). My main focus, though, has been nutrition because I have had three surgeries on my right leg which makes exercising pretty painful. I do the Mediterranean Diet - it's a bit high on calories, but I intermingle a lot of Sparkrecipes that fit into the Med's guidelines. I just feel like I've been really really giving it my all and it's not enough. I don't feel like I have room in my life to go at it any harder - if that makes sense. I'm a grad student, my marriage is falling apart, and I have to deal with really crappy people at work - I already have to give it 150% in those areas - ugh!!

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