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JOEL91 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/6/12 9:05 A

Wow, thank you all for the swift response. It really picked me up and made me realize how silly i've been reacting. Funny thing is that i knew most of that stuff already, but for some reason it just didn't really click in my head. After reading your replies, i kind of woke up and just learned to accept that weight loss isn't just a roller coaster where i can have fun dieting and exercising while losing weight consistently. I'm fine with that now, and i will continue to eat at my calorie range as i have been doing, even if the scale doesn't want to move the way i want it to every week.

TO COACH NANCY: Thank you for the advice, I'll try to do all the little things i can as well as attempt to wake up early to do that 15 minutes of exercise :)

I will not give up on my body, it deserves better. Thank you all for the kind words and advice. I can do this! :D

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7/5/12 2:20 P

I understand how the change of routine can get someone to feel tired and have more reasons not to get exercise in. Even if you do just take that 15 minutes you have a day, restart there. Every bit helps. Hang in there! Once you are readjusted to your classes and schedule it will get easier again! Even going from working to off for the summer it was an adjustment and the body will work it out as long as you stick to it! Keep up the hard work! You can do it!

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7/5/12 9:06 A


While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. This is not the Biggest Loser. Those types of weekly losses are just not typical.

So, don't beat yourself up because the scale hasn't moved for a week or two. That really is perfectly normal.

As the Coaches all say,"trust the process". Remember, you're making many changes to your body that won't show up. Do you know that if your blood pressure has decreased in the last month, your doctor would be thrilled even if you didn't lose any weight. Lowering your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc... are all important signs of success !!

You're not doing anything wrong. Even though the scale may not be moving as fast as you'd like, look for other signs of success. Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? Can you do more push ups today than you could a month ago ? Can you walk or run a mile faster today than you could a month ago ? Can you carry more bags of groceries without getting tired ? Are your clothes fitting better ? Do you seem to have a bit more energy ? Are you sleeping better ?

If so, you ARE making changes to your health ! And that's what counts. Will the scale move ? Eventually, you just need to more patient with yourself and your body.

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7/5/12 8:49 A

Hi Joel,

Remember you do not have to lose the same amount of weight consistently to make progress. The goal for this journey is to make this a lifestyle you will live with for the rest of your life. In a recent study, those people who lost 5% of their weight over the course of 3 months had greater success at keeping the weight off versus those who lost the weight at a much quicker weight. This has to become a lifestye.

You say you would only have 15 minutes in the morning to workout, but a lot can happen in that short time period and should something come up durning the day that you can't get in your workout, at least your body will get some benefit from exercise. And don't underestimate the power of the small things we can do (walking farther to the entrance, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking whenever you can, etc) throughout the day to lead to changes.

Coach Nancy

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7/5/12 8:14 A

Hi Joel!

First there is no such thing as shocking your system. Don't worry about that. Your body didnt get used to doing cardio, etc etc. Second, there is no way to "speed up your metabolism", at least not in any way that makes a difference to your weight loss. Believe it or not, recent scientific studies have shown that metabolism is not as variable as people commonly think (which is why, you see, the general BMR figures on sites such as sparkpeople work for such large groups of people). The best thing to do is ignore the whole concept of metabolism since it is something you can't do anything about.

Now for your question. Here is the reality of losing weight: it goes really fast at first and then slows down a LOT. What you described (5 weeks of amazing loss then what seems like a stall) is what almost everyone (myself included) experience. This is where less determined (and less informed) people give up: they feel that they are doing something wrong and it isn't worth the effort. Don't be that person.

It is kind of hard to accept that our initial weight loss success isn't going to continue at such a high rate, but once you do accept that and settle into the fact that this will be slightly slower than you projected, you begin to stop worrying. Are you eating at a caloric deficit? If yes, you will, eventually lose weight. That is science and there is no way around it. The moment I accepted that was the moment that things started going really well and I started concentrating on making true lifestyle changes. I am now only 7lbs from my goal!

One thing to remember is that if you are exercising less you may have to adjust the amount that you are eating. If your plan was to eat 2000 calories a day and then exercise away 300 calories worth, you are going to have to adjust your calories down for the exercise you are not doing. It sounds to me that your life is just a bit too hectic right now to keep up the level of workout that you were doing. That is fine. Just make sure your eating plan matches you present work out plan.

JOEL91 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/5/12 6:20 A

Idk what to do, or what i've been doing wrong. I started my weight loss journey about 6 weeks ago. The first 5 weeks were great. I started tracking my calories, got an elliptical and shocked my system with 1 hour of cardio for 2 weeks (rested on sundays). After the first 2 weeks, I slowed it down a bit, dropping the time spent on my elliptical to just 20 minutes and slowly working my way up again for another 2 weeks. I managed to lose 15 lbs that way. At four weeks, i had dropped down to 180 from 195. Then classes started up again. I have been so exhausted from school that by the time I get home, I'm much too tired to do anything else. So I checked on SP for answers. One article i read said that it might be better for me to just wake up early and do my work out before i even head out. Tested it out, turns out trying to wake up at 4 am doesn't work with my sleep cycle at all (gotta head out by 6 am), even if i sleep really early. To top it all off i dont have enough time to do more than 15 minutes of cardio when i wake up at 4, still had to prepare for the day. I quit waking up too early, and decided that maybe my body just got used to doing a lot of cardio right away? Or maybe I'm just not tracking my calories properly? If i did the wrong thing by shocking my system, how do i fix it?
Currently trying to speed up my metabolism by doing HIIT, did it twice this week along with 3 regular sessions of steady speed cardio. Found out that didn't help me lose any weight at all. It's pretty hard to stay motivated and consistent.

Sorry for the long post, i guess I talk a lot and give too much detail when i'm actually panicking or stressed

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