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MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (65,562)
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7/29/12 2:58 A

DOE1164, you are eating too much! Stop! Use your Nutrition Tracker. Learn it. Love it. Live it. Do not exceed the bottom line ranges set for daily calories, carbs, fat, and protein. You do not need to follow the Sparkpeople food plan. Simply delete theirs and substitute the food you eat. You will NOT be successful if you do not use the Nutrition Tracker. Period.

Spark On!

DOE1164 Posts: 103
7/29/12 1:06 A

Thanks to all of you for your motivating advisements! emoticon You`re right; I`m not quitting. Scary thought that is, as the weight that seems to stay put thegoing downward, definitely moves easily upward given the chance! emoticon
Here`s to all of you fine folk emoticon
Take care and keep goin`!

GOING4MUSCLE Posts: 5,233
7/27/12 10:15 P

While I agree, totally, that diet is key...I do have an example of my own to share, about the exercise side of things.

Back in 2007, when I came to Spark to lose weight, I had already dropped about 10 pounds. About a month in I decided to begin to strength train. I went at it, full body, and was feeling great. That is, until I stepped onto the scale and it showed I had GAINED 8 pounds! What?? emoticon My diet was tight, my calories were spot on, my sodium count was bare minimum...This can't be right! emoticon

But, instead of "quitting", I kept plugging away..kicked the scale to the curb..and began to gauge my progress on how I was feeling, how I was looking, and by taking body measurements. emoticon

After about 6 weeks, not only had I lost a TON of inches, but when I pulled the scale back out, the re-gained (mystery) pounds had disappeared and it was from this point on (thanks to all the new muscle), that the scale never stopped dropping (2lbs a week became the norm) until I was about 50 pounds smaller. emoticon

So, don't give up! What will that do for ya?? Sometimes the new muscles retain fluid, as a protective measure, to ensure their repair and growth. After about 4 - 6 weeks the fun begins!! emoticon

REBCCA SparkPoints: (420,379)
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7/27/12 9:21 P

Hello Doe,

85% of weight loss is nutrition. Like mentioned by other posters you cannot exercise your way past an unbalanced diet...(too many calories).

If you are not tracking your food, start now and by seeing what you are actually consuming you can guage how to adjust. The fitness tracker will adjust your ranges appropriately for your workout calories burned.

Just stick too it, you can do it!!

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
7/27/12 8:19 A

Doe - your tracker isn't public, so no one will really be able to comment specifically.....

Your post mentions nothing about your diet, which is where you need to focus. You truly cannot out-exercise a bad diet! Have you entered all your information into spark (goal weight, exercise calories, etc)? If not, do that asap and then begin tracking your food daily and doing your best to get within your ranges as often as possible. IMO, the food tracker is the single most valuable tool on this site. It taught me a LOT about how and why I eat, and easy ways to make small changes should literally jump off the pages at you after you've been tracking for a while.

It sounds like you've got the exercise part down, so turn your attention to your diet and the scale should begin to move in the right direction.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/27/12 6:29 A

Are you tracking your foods?
Perhaps you're actually not eating enough, or the right balance.

Of course, if you really wanted to quit - you wouldn't come here and post it . . . you'd just silently slip away.

Take care, and keep going. Discouragement is part of life.
If it were easy, sites like this, and all the "diet" magic solutions wouldn't exist either.

DOE1164 Posts: 103
7/27/12 3:33 A

I've been trying and trying and trying and the stupid weight just sits there or increases.
I'm biking hard 1/2 hour daily and doing the P90X killer work out in the a.m. I'm back into my "fat pants" and am so discouraged!
Any advice???

Thank you!

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