I was going to ask about your exercise. You bragged of being so fit, and sometimes in a relationship, exercise goes out the window, for romantic dinners..lol. Just keep eating healthy and exercising. Obviously I don't take bc pills, but a few of my friends have, and it took a while to lose the weight after quitting.Be patient.
As someone who has been very fit before, you know the program. Just get back on it. Seems to me that by eating out less, working out more, and waiting for any effects of the bc pills to disappear, that you will be fine.
I hear you on being short. I am 5'8"... almost. I set a goal weight of 172, and as I approach it, I still feel fat. My doctor says that for my height a healthy weight is 156 lbs..lol. I now realize that I am not overweight, I am just short for my weight.
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9,717 1/8/13 2:00 P
Losing 3 lbs overnight is totally normal. :) All of us work that way! We have this idea in our heads that our weight is a static number. We gain or lose as much as 5-10 lbs in a single 24 hour period thanks to fluid shifts in our bodies. You didn't lose 3 lbs of fat overnight... you sweated off fluid. :) This is why it's a good idea to have a range for your goal weight in mind. You will never maintain a static, single-number weight. It's a vital sign, just like your blood pressure or your body temperature.
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4 1/8/13 10:04 A
Thanks for all the advice, everyone! I worked out for about an hour last night and was actually down 3 lbs this morning. This is a prime example of what I mean when I say my weight is fluctuating. I talked with a good friend last night who is on a very balanced and healthy meal plan that was created by a professional fitness expert. He provided daily meals and told me what he does to prep his meals for each day. I honestly think my issue is my nutrition. I am eating healthy and staying under my calorie max, but I'm not so sure if my food is balanced enough to lose anything. I am going to try his meal plan for a few weeks and see if I get any results from it. I really appreciate everyone's feedback. It's very encouraging and helpful. Usually when I write on forums like this, people talk to me like I'm stupid and simply TELL me what to do, rather than giving me advice like all of you are.
Are your calories burned entered accurately into your fitness tracker? Do you have a goal of 2 pounds per week set up? That is likely unrealistic for you, given your size. So, I'd scale back the number to .5 or 1 pound a week, and make sure your calories burned weekly are entered correctly. If you are honestly tracking every bite that goes into your mouth accurately and are always under your limit, it could be that you aren't eating enough to fuel your workouts.
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404 1/8/13 5:05 A
It does take some time for the hormonal bloat to go after stopping the bc pills.
That said,I struggled 2 months with my last 5, nothing I was doing worked.I lowered my carbs,and upped my cardio.3/4 days may not be enough to get the results your looking for.In losing mode (or overindulgence mode),I workout 6 days a week,5 in a normal week.
Switching up your routine is important too. Weighing your food can be eye opening. Forgot to add,I also stopped using the salt shaker,switched to a no sodium salt alternative.That made a huge difference.
Edited by: FITMOMINNJ at: 1/8/2013 (05:07)
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9,717 1/8/13 12:23 A
Portions can be tricky. Even if you think you're measuring correctly, most people don't know what a proper portion is! The Portion Distortion guide helped me figure out that what I thought was a "serving" was... not. ;)
I still can't eat just a single portion of meat (a deck of cards is NOT enough to keep me full - seriously!) but now I can properly track by sight without sabotaging myself.
I would suggest try actually weighing and measuring everything (not just eyeballing it.) That way, you know beyond a shadow of a doubt what you are putting in your body. Most of the time, when you aren't losing weight, it's the intake. You're either underestimating your calories eaten, or overestimating your calories burned. Try it for a week. I would even say first, eyeball it as you usually do, and write down your estimates. Then, actually weigh and measure, and see how close you are!
If the way you're doing it now isn't working, time to try something different. :)
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1/7/13 10:14 P
I was going through this same thing last winter and couldn't figure it out! I was eating 1200 calories and busting my butt doing heavy weights at the gym 45 mins to 1 hour 5 days a week and I wasn't losing an ounce! I did that for 3 months and got totally disgusted and since it was spring and starting to be nice outside I gave up the gym then started losing so looking back I now know I was probably not eating enough calories to offset my calorie burn at the gym. It seems crazy I know but ditching the workout was the only thing I did different and I started losing at 1200 calories again. If I had it to do over I would have been eating 1500+ calories while working out like that. Also, if I really want to lose weight I have to track EVERY SINGLE calorie and have no cheat days. I really paid attention to my weight loss over several months and realized that when we ate out even one meal on the weekend it would derail my weight loss for the whole week and I chalk that up to the meals in restaurants being cooked in the most unhealthy way just to make it taste better so what would have been a nice little 200 calorie chicken breast becomes a 700 calorie fat trap. Good luck! I hope you figure it out because I have been there and know how frustrating it is!!
Girl...I know EXACTLY how you feel. I'm 21 and 5 feet as well, any additional weight we put on is more noticeable than the average height person. I was always in the 115-120 range in high school and once college came around, I gained a lot of weight. I'm sick of being overweight and I've finally decided to get serious about my health. I have a boyfriend too and you're right, it's so easy to gain weight when you're in a relationship! I've found it a lot easier to be good now that we are both trying to lose, but it's always so tempting to eat out. I'm going to the gym 6 days a week, alternating cardio and BodyPump classes (weight training) and I'm already seeing results from that. If you are experiencing a plateau weight even from alternating cardio and weight training, I would try a different workout altogether to shock the body. If your gym offers any group fitness classes, I've always found those helpful. Also, I've been reading up on chai seeds. Apparently, they add great fiber to foods and can be mixed into anything, and helps with your metabolism. They say they're hard to find but I've found some on Amazon for $8, I think it's worth a try! Good luck with your weight loss, you are way closer to your goal than I am, but I understand your frustration!! Keep pushing girl, you can do it!
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I am experiencing the same thing you are, and it's very frustrating. Maybe someone can give us some helpful hints. I'm not sure though that I feel comfortable increasing my caloric intake to see if that helps me lose weight!
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4 1/7/13 7:58 P
Thanks for your response. If I can figure out how to make my nutrition public, I will definitely share it. I maintain my profile mostly by my IPhone app, but next time I'm on my computer and have time to mess with it, I will do that.
I am tracking everything I eat by portion, as well as the calories, fat, carbs, etc. If what I am eating is not programmed into Spark People, I will look it up online for all the nutritional value and take it all into consideration.
My cheat meals are small portions and I know when to stop myself when I'm full. I cook with whole foods, meaning our chicken breast is organic and the meals is full of veggies. I skip the pasta when he makes it. If we make homemade pizza, the dough is simply water, whole wheat flour and yeast. The toppings is low-fat cheese and the sauce is nothing but fresh tomatoes and spices. He is a personal trainer himself and helps me out with my eating habits. Neither of us can seem to figure out why I'm not losing. I'm not sure if it's hormonal or if, like you mentioned, my caloric intake it too low. But I agree with you, something needs to change. I just can't figure out what it is.
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9,717 1/7/13 7:35 P
If you could consider creating a Sparkpage and sharing your nutrition and fitness trackers, we can take a look and see if we can provide more specific advice for you. I would suggest tracking even your off meals to see what you're doing. Homemade isn't necessarily healthier, and you can definitely overeat even on healthy foods anyway. :) And yes, one 'cheat meal' can indeed sabotage your efforts if you don't account for it properly. I never have cheat meals; I eat what I want, and track every bite, while staying in my ranges. Set up a 3500 calorie deficit during the week, and you can tank that with just a couple of untracked meals and drinks on the weekend.
First and foremost: YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING GOOD. Even if you are not losing weight, you are maintaining it, and you are doing the absolute best for your body. Exercising regularly is never a waste of time; it's a lifestyle, and you're on the right track. Pick that thought up, hold it in your mind, and remember it. You are not wasting your time, period.
Now. If something's not working, then it's time to change it up. YOu mention a range, but not how much you're actually eating. For many people, 1200 calories is simply not enough to support their activity. I honestly can't lose weight on that little. Anything under 1500 calories, and I stall out and lose nothing. I need at least 1500 to function, period. When I 'm actively working out for 1+ hours per day, I need 1800 or more! And yes, I lose weight.
I'm curious. What's your current weekly weight loss goal?
And finally, one other tip. How do you know you are *really* eating between 1200 and 1500 calories per day? Have you been actually weighing and measuring your food, and know to the actual, real ounce, or are you eyeballing it? Studies have shown that as few as 11% of Americans know what they're eating. True portion sizes are frightfully small. A serving of beef, for example, is just the size of a deck of cards! Most people eat two or three times that in a sitting.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/7/2013 (19:37)
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4 1/7/13 7:25 P
Thanks for the tip. Even though I'm being lax, I'm still under my calorie allowance. For example, if we want pizza, we make sure it's homemade. Even the sauce. If we do go out, we skip the drinks, appetizers and just order an entree', which is usually chicken breast with a side. I'm trying to be conscious while we go. At the same time though, I would go nuts if I was super strict every single day of the week. But I appreciate your feedback.
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577 1/7/13 7:22 P
"The only time I am relaxed on my diet is on the weekends. My boyfriend and I will eat some comfort food or get carry out. But I only allow 1 or 2 meals a week. I refuse to believe that those two meals I allow are making me keep on this weight"
Since we don't know what you're actually eating on a regular basis.... My advice would be to not be lax on the weekends and see what happens. You'll never know for sure unless you experiment.
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4 1/7/13 7:07 P
So this is my situation in a nutshell. Hopefully someone has a solution for me because I'm going crazy.
I am 5ft tall and have always been a healthy 115 since I could remember. Summer of 2010 when I was 22 years old, I was in the best shape of my entire life. I was working out about 4 days a week for about an hour each time. I was ripped. Seriously. And yes, I am bragging. My abs were defined as well as my legs, and my arms and shoulders were toned and sculpted. I looked great. I was 117 lbs and have never felt better. I started a combo of two terrible things: a steady boyfriend and birth control. (No, I did not start the birth control because of my boyfriend. I know that sounded bad. lol) The boyfriend and I ate out a lot, as most couples do when starting a new relationship. The takeout, in addition to my birth control, made me pack on 13 lbs in 8 weeks. 13 lbs doesn't seem like much for someone who was only 117, but I am 5 feet tall. 130 lbs is heavy for me. The hormones just made me keep the weight on. I could not lose it to save my life. I finally stopped the pill after almost a year and within a month, I was down 7 lbs. Despite being at 123 lbs, I was still looking super bloated all the time. Even though I had lost 7 lbs, my clothes were still super tight and not fitting well. For about 6 months now, my weight has fluctuated between 121 and 129 lbs. I have no idea what could be causing it or preventing it from coming off. I am working out 3-4 days a week, mixing 30 minutes of cardio and weight-training. I eat a wide variety of foods and follow a strict 1,200-1,500 calorie allowance each day that was set up by SparkPeople. I try to work out on the weekends and sometimes will work out twice a day. The only time I am relaxed on my diet is on the weekends. My boyfriend and I will eat some comfort food or get carry out. But I only allow 1 or 2 meals a week. I refuse to believe that those two meals I allow are making me keep on this weight, especially since I am running for 30 minutes during each workout and include weight training every time I go to the gym. I've measured my BMR and found out that the 1,200-1,500 cals that SP is allowing me is accurate. I have no idea what else to do and I've been at this for over a year now. Nothing is toning up and the weight is just stuck there. I get completely discouraged at the gym because I feel as though what I am doing is not going to benefit me in anyway. I know that I'm not overweight. I just cannot understand how I was in amazing shape two years ago and then BAM... it's gone, never to be seen again. If anyone else has had this issue, please let me know what you have done to change it. I'm starting to believe that I will never be 117 lbs ever again.