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O0HEATHER SparkPoints: (8,685)
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3/7/14 7:55 P

Thank you for the responses. I think I have my meal tracker set to be able to be viewed. I am trying to make healthy changes I can stick with. Mostly no fried foods including chips and such, no white flour, red meat, and off dairy atm, that may change but I feel better without it I think.
So lots of veggis, whole grains and lean meats.

Love, yes Spark recomended 12-1500 a day for losing the 18lbs by June I think it was. wow now that I am looking at that I realize that is only 3-4 lbs a month. I got a good start just have not lost anymore for close to three weeks.

Archimedes, I am 5.5 and the 18lbs to lose is really close to my goal weight. I would like to be a few less but I want to see if I can still maintain that weight. Being technically in the healthy weight range (the higher end) it makes sense what you are saying about it being tough to lose in this range.-Thank you for your input

NMW I will look into tabata sounds cool, I usually work out for 45min-hr but sometimes later in the day I feel good from it and want to do a little something else. That would be a perfect time frame for a mini workout. thx

Anarie that analogy was really helpful, I like that:p

Thank you all so much for putting together such thoughtful responses. Much appreciated.

Edited by: O0HEATHER at: 3/7/2014 (19:59)
ANARIE Posts: 13,200
3/7/14 12:33 P

Don't think about pounds. Think about percentage of what you have to lose. Your tracker shows that you need to lose 18 pounds. If you lost 6 pounds in February, that means you lost over 33% of what you need to lose. That's the same as a person with 100 pounds to lose who loses 33 pounds in one month!

A reasonable expectation is that you would lose about 2 or 3% of your excess weight per week. A goal of 2 pounds a week is only rational for someone who has 50-100 pounds of excess. In your case, you're looking at 1/4 pound per week on average. It *should* take you about a month to lose a pound. And yes, it does feel like standing still, but there's good reason for that. Being 10-15 pounds above "ideal" weight isn't much of a health risk, so a person at that weight isn't harmed by slow weight loss. Losing a lot faster does have the potential to be harmful.

If you do actually have more to lose and the 18 pounds is an interim goal, the percentage thing still works. 6 pounds in 4 weeks is pretty much on track even if you have 75-100 pounds to lose.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
3/7/14 10:45 A

"My doctor did say my thyroid is not functioning as well anymore and wanted to do synthroid but I wanted to see if I could kick started with being healthy."

Hmmm I'd highly recommend listening to your doctor's advice. You can't "fix" your thyroid gland with healthy eating.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,109)
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3/7/14 10:36 A

Hi, Heather !

How tall are you ? I know your ticker says you're trying to lose 18 pounds. That may seem like a lot. Here's the thing. The closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the harder and longer it is to take off those last few pounds. Someone who is obese could safely lose 1-2 pounds per week. Not so for someone trying to lose 5-15. Ask any member approaching their goal weight and they'll tell you that some months, they might only lose one pound for the entire month.

And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. Because you have less to lose, it IS going to take more time to lose that weight.

I know, we'd all love for the weight to be gone overnight, but the fact is... you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. If it took several months to put the weight on, you've got to figure that it's going to take at least several months to take it off.

You've only been trying to lose for the last few weeks. You really need to be more patient with yourself and your body.

And I agree that eating too little will not speed up your lose. Are you planing on eating less than 1200 calories for the rest of your life ? I sure wouldn't want to eat like that. Well, then you need to be more practical. You want this to be a lifestyle change, not a diet. Diets are short term and if you want to take the weight off and keep if off, this must be LIFESTYLE.

That takes time.

My suggestion ? Don't starve yourself. Instead do your best to try to eat more healthfully along with watching your portion sizes.

Patience, it's a virtue.

NMNEWWMN Posts: 120
3/7/14 2:57 A

OoHeather, have you looked into tabata workouts? They are four minute workouts that are supposed to burn more fat than regular workouts. Look on the internet and see what you think. I have just started back trying to get healthy, (am so out of shape). My daughter told me about this and I have been trying it. It is really helping me to get back into exercise.

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,867)
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3/6/14 8:12 P


Did you input your stats and get a Spark range for calories? I ask as anytime someone is active yet only consuming 1200 (& at times not even that), that can stall progress. Your body, especially if you are active, will hang on to each calorie for dear life if it *thinks* there's a chance it won't get enough food.

I learned here that you really do have to eat to lose weight! But it's what you eat that counts.
Do you eat 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies every day? I know it sounds like a lot, but I couldn't believe how everything changed for me once I started doing that. The first week I did, I had to start safety pinning my skirt waistbands. Who knew?

Doing that also enabled me to eat at or above the high calorie range most of the time.
Which in turn helped me keep my sanity.

Just aim for healthy stuff 80-85% of the time and the rest can be treats on occasion.

Good luck! You've done great so far. And remember - lots of times when you don't see a number you think you should see on the scale, it could be due to water retention.
Go by the fit & feel of your clothes, shoes and rings. That's what I did (never set foot on the scale again) and had a lot less drama as a result.

Best of luck to you.

O0HEATHER SparkPoints: (8,685)
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3/6/14 7:05 P

Thank you!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/6/14 7:01 P

I think it's because you are gaining muscle, which takes up less space on your body than fat, but maybe someone else can explain it better.

You are seeing results!!! Keep measuring and doing what you are doing. The scale will catch up eventually :)

Some people hardly use the scale. The use measurements, and how their clothes fit - in the end it's the same thing...a smaller you!!

O0HEATHER SparkPoints: (8,685)
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3/6/14 6:47 P

Thank you for the encouragement Kensey and the reply Eelpie.

I am tracking, I sometimes do not hit the 1200 for the day, but I am not hungry from it. I don't want to cram in calories right before bed when I always have a later night snack anyway, cant eat first thing in the morning.
But then some days I eat my upper range including exercise calories. So overall for the week I think I stay in range well.

My waist measurement isn't budging but the belly a little below the belly button is and I think I am going down in bust size.
How can you lose inches but not weight I dont get it!
My doctor did say my thyroid is not functioning as well anymore and wanted to do synthroid but I wanted to see if I could kick started with being healthy.
Just getting worried that the first few pounds was only water weight and that I was stuck. But I think I just need to be patient.

Anyway thanks for the feedback, for some reason it feels better to have someone say directly to you that sticking with it will produce results.

Edited by: O0HEATHER at: 3/6/2014 (18:53)
EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/6/14 6:23 P

If you are not doing so, begin to track your food, sometimes that is all a person is missing:

If you are exercising, drinking your water and eating consistently in your will happen!

Now - are you losing inches? Have you measured yourself? Do your clothes fit better? Some show progress in inches lost better than weight lost on a scale!!

Edited by: EELPIE at: 3/6/2014 (18:28)
KINSEY26 SparkPoints: (4,163)
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3/6/14 5:51 P

When I feel like I'm not seeing results fast enough I stop and remind myself that the scale isn't the full story. If you know you are eating healthy, staying within calories, and working ARE changing your body. Even if the scale doesn't show pounds lost, you are becoming more healthy with every day that you decide to eat right and workout. Just remind yourself that it's not all about the pounds! It is so much deeper than that.


O0HEATHER SparkPoints: (8,685)
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3/6/14 5:47 P

I know I know, I have read this before from others and think I know what to say to them. But I am feeling it too.
I feel like I am doing the best I can and not getting there fast enough. I usually do not lose for the first two weeks but this time I lost 6 lbs the first 2 1/2 weeks of feb or so. Then nothing...even though I have been slowly increasing my workout regime as I can. Trying to build back up to the fitness level I was before. It will take some time to get back to that but progress is steady.
I can see some of the muscle tone returning (what I can see under the layer of fat) and legs getting firmer etc but I need to lose more fat!
Being able to work out a little bit longer or harder each week is great, but I really want to lose the fat. Is there something more I can do? Or really just be patient, I mean the scale hasn't budged in weeks and I am eating and living very different than two months ago.

Sorry if this is repetitive for those who have been here helping others a long time, I just finally got myself back on track, really back and committed then to not see the results that you "think" you should be seeing is sort of a bummer.

Edited by: O0HEATHER at: 3/6/2014 (17:48)
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