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ANARIE Posts: 13,201
6/14/12 1:57 A

You might want to see if your union or a professional organization has a weight loss support group and/or research project. Nurses, especially those who work nights, tend not to follow typical weight loss patterns. Nobody knows exactly why, but there are projects looking into what to do about it. It's important, because the sleep issues and weight issues bring other health issues-- night nurses have higher rates of certain cancers, etc (although the cancer studies were mostly done in Scandinavia, so it's probably directly related to vitamin D-- they don't get enough sunlight.)

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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6/13/12 10:02 P

It's difficult to say what might be wrong without more specifics. Usually, if your'e not losing weight, there's a couple of things that can cause this:

1) Underestimating your calories eaten. Are you weighing/measuring, or eyeballing it? Only 11% of Americans accurately know how much they eat. Most of us underestimate... when I don't weigh and measure? I don't lose.

2) Overestimating calorie burn.

3) Not giving it enough time. You're still adjusting to your new activity level at one month... it's entirely possible you're just not adjusted yet!

If you will consider sharing your nutrition and fitness trackers, perhaps we can take a look at specifics and determine what the problem might be, and give you more tailored advice specific to your situation.

Also, how much are you running on those 3-4 days a week? 1500 calories may be enough (though it's on the low side) to support a couple of miles, but if you're running 10 or more those days, you may not be eating ENOUGH. I also notice by your Sparkpage that you're an RN... RNs are very active, and you may need to adjust your calorie range to reflect your non-sedentary lifestyle. Info on how much to do that with here:

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/13/2012 (22:04)
NBENNETT6 SparkPoints: (528)
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6/13/12 9:26 P

I have no medical problems and my thyroid is fine. I'm 5'8 and I want to get down to 150lbs (so in my mind I have 50lbs to lose) and I have been doing it a month so far.....I have lost about an inch in my waist and an inch in my hips but no weight loss and not noticeable in my clothes.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,302
6/13/12 9:22 P

have you been to the doctor to rule out any medical reason why you might be having issues? that should be step one
secondly, how tall are you? the closer you are to 6' tall, the less you have to lose, which in turn means you should be seeing much slower progress. the closer you are to 5' the more you have to lose and the more likely that there might be another factor at play.
thirdly, how long have you been doing this? it can take a few weeks for your body to adjust to things. and some people, for whatever reason, lose all at once, not bit by bit, week by week when they are doing the work. it only shows on the scale as a one off and then they stay that weight until the next one. it's not a wrong way to do things, it's just how it happens sometimes.
then we get into how accurately you're tracking. if you aren't weighing and measuring everything [hauling out the cups and spoons and scale], then you really need to try it. also make sure you are tracking everything that passes your lips, from the oil you cook in to the condiments you put on things to the treats you absentmindedly pick up from your co-workers candy dishes. besides that, make sure you are using accurate info when you track. using the name brand kraft mac and cheese in the tracker instead of the store brand you actually use because it's only ten cals off might seem like a timesaver, but those little 10 cals here and there add up [if you only eat ten things a day and they are ten cals off, that adds up to 100 cals a day. i generally end up entering at least 20 a day, so when you add up all those little bits you're getting into the hundreds of calories off.] and that means you could be eating too much or too little, depending on which way you are off.

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6/13/12 9:20 P

A month. I work 3 days a week nights (7p-7a) so this is the hardest for me because I am so hungry... On nights that I work and have been up all day my "new day" starts at midnight, I eat at about 1am (oatmeal, a banana and a yogurt), then go home and eat a snack at 7:30a (a slice of whole wheat bread with PB) before going to sleep. I sleep til 2pm then get up and have dinner at 4:30-5pm (400-500 cals) and if I have to go back to work I do it all over again and if not I will have a small snack (apple/banana) at about 7pm before bed at 9pm. I dont know what Im doing wrong here. And I do get my 8 cups of water or more in per day.....I do not drink any soda but will occasionally allow myself 1/2 cup 2% milk.

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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6/13/12 9:14 P

A little more info please..

How long have you been sticking to this plan?

NBENNETT6 SparkPoints: (528)
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6/13/12 9:06 P

I am 29yrs old, 200 lbs and I run 3-4days a week as well as weights in between.....I am eating about 1500-1600 cals a day (significantly less than when I started) yet I am NOT losing anything at all. What am I doing wrong?!

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