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TWININGS12 SparkPoints: (17,330)
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3/2/13 3:04 P

Just remember to take it one step at a time. I told myself that I don't need to exercise every day. I felt guilty if I didn't do at least 10 minutes. I am learning that the body needs rest every now and then. I work with animals all day long and to me, that is a cardio work out in itself at times. Just keep going forward one step at a time and it's o.k. to have set backs.

Edited by: TWININGS12 at: 3/2/2013 (15:04)
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3/2/13 2:48 P

Quote: "Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can."─Douglas Pagels

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
3/2/13 2:22 P

Using a couple different calculators for exercise and weight loss, the lowest I get for you (assuming 5'6" and 30 years old) at your weight and activity level, you should be consuming at least 1800 calories per day. So I would think you probably aren't eating quite enough to support your activity level at your body weight.

I know it doesn't sound right, people have a tendency to say, eat less to lose more/faster, but you body needs to have a certain number of calories to properly support everyday functions and if it does not get that, it holds on to calories you consume so that it can do what it needs to do. Your body isn't a calculator, after all.

Also, strength training is a big factor in weight loss. You want to incorporate both cardio and strength to have a well rounded workout and level of fitness.

Best of luck.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,752
3/2/13 2:21 P

I agree with the previous posters who said that the majority of your progress is going to come from what you eat, not exercise. So I'd start tracking your food carefullly every day to make sure you're in your recommended calorie and nutrient ranges. Both too few and too many calories will make weight loss more difficult.

Coach Jen

NANILOVE331 SparkPoints: (26)
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3/2/13 1:01 P

Since I been a member I haven't been entering my stats everyday , but I'm gonna get in it but the days I do do it I stay right in the numbers .

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,752
3/2/13 12:51 P

What is your SP recommended calorie range? Does your calories burned goal reflect the amount of exercise you're doing?

Coach Jen

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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3/2/13 12:51 P

It takes a long time to make bad habits and even longer to get rid of them!

NANILOVE331 SparkPoints: (26)
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3/2/13 12:33 P

Well as far as my eating every morning ill have an egg sandwich on whole grain bread with 1 or two eggs with a slice or two of turkey bacon. I neccesarrily (sp) don't have a solid lunch I snack with nuts, oranges, bananas. Things of that nature then for dinner ill either have chicken breast , or fish and rice and one day a week ill have spighetti with ground turkey and while wheat pasta noodle , I drink water all day maybe a bottle or two every two hours .

GWEGNER SparkPoints: (4,449)
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3/2/13 12:33 P

I am just so tired this week!!!!!!! Anything including excersize is such a chore... Still I did goto the gym 4 times and worked at least 30 min - averaged 50min per day.
Still I have no motivation to go except to keep to my everyother day approach. I am afraid if I do not go I will give up entirely, that is not an optoin!!! I have to much weight to loose!
My eating habbits have been terrible this week too, though I am keeping withing callorie count (except 2days that i was over) I dont know i am feeling bumbed that it isnt a set habbit yettoo as I have been working out since mid December 2012. 2 1/2months!

Any tips or encouragment? I amopen to ideas and thoughts... thanks!

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (85,707)
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3/2/13 12:18 P

NEVER GIVE UP!!! You can do this. I know it's hard.

The first 2 months that I started to add in exercise, I ended up GAINING Weight!!! I had maintained for a long time so I thought I would lose it easy. NOPE.
I have found it's a fine line to get the right number of eating calories and burning calories to get the weight to fall off.

Don't do too many changes at once. Sounds like you have some exercise set up. now is there any changes you can make to your food. Weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.

Sometimes even seeing that you can do more now than you could 6 weeks ago is improvement. Can you walk farther? can you do one more than you did last week?


3/2/13 12:03 P

The answer will be in your diet, not the exercise. Do you write down all the food you eat?
You may want to share your daily food intake so we can see where the problem is. You may be eating too little or too much. Exercise is an enhancement to weight loss but is not the reason for it.
Cardio combined with resistance training is your best bet. Good luck.

3/2/13 11:59 A

First may I suggest that steady state cardio is not the best form of exercise for fat loss for several reasons. First, the research has found that steady state cardio can cause stress and stress causes the body to produce the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a fat retaining hormone. The second factor is that cardio does not increase you resting metabolic rate. the calorie burn ceases when the exercise ceases. Lastly cardio alone can cause muscle wasting, the body burns muscle as well as fat, this decreases your resting metabolic rate.

I am not sure how you determined your caloric intake number but it may be too low which will cause the body to retain fat. The other side of the same coin is that what you eat is as important and how much you yet so make sure your macro nutrients are in the proper ratio. Reassess your nutrition requirements and what you are eating.

The formula for fat loss in ranked order of importance is nutrition (diet), strength training and lastly cardio. Add regular strength training to your programme, it will increase your resting metabolic rate, strengthen you bones and improve your ability to do cardio. Change your cardio from steady state to some form of interval cardio to gain the most benefit. Monitoring your nutrition not just your calorie count, doing three alternate days a week of strength training with cardio on non strength training days should get you on track.

Final note, your husband has a gender advantage, he produces more testosterone which helps his weight loss.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 3/2/2013 (12:07)
CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,911
3/2/13 11:54 A

I think of weight loss as a side effect of my healthy lifestyle. So, I try to live healthfully and when my weight goes down, that's great too. But the point is to make healthiness a way of life rather than just dieting to lose a few pounds. This attitude has really helped me when the scale has disappointed me. Maybe you could readjust your focus and concentrate on your lifestyle rather than the scale?

WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
3/2/13 11:51 A

Dont give up, whatever you just dont give up. Lets see, first of all my best advice is dont comapre yourself to your spouse, we all lose weight differently and at different rates. My husband can eat whatever he wants and is smaller than me. I have to watch my weight a lot more carefully. Did you imput your info into sparkpeople to see your recommended ranges for daily calories and fitness? Are you drinking enough water, watching your sodium intake? How are you tracking your caloroes, do you use measuring cups and spoons, or do you eyeball servings? You could be gaining lean muscle mass which would not look good on the scale but will be good for you in the long run. Whatever you do, hang in there and continue making those good choices and soon the scale will catch up with all your hard work. emoticon

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,558)
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3/2/13 11:49 A

ask yourself: What would be the benefits of giving up?

and then, what would be the benefits of keeping on your lifestyle change?

That said, at your weight, you are most likely not eating enough.

Final thought: set some goals that are not weight related.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 3/2/2013 (11:50)
NANILOVE331 SparkPoints: (26)
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3/2/13 11:30 A

I been workin out since jan 2nd I don't know what my start weight was but when I bought a scale around jan 15 I weighed 326 , now my weight is 321 ! I'm eatin no more than 1400 on a bad day and do cardia 40 min a day 5 days a week ! I'm pretty sure I can't plateau this soon , I haven't measure my body due to the fact I don't have measuring tape ( which I'm getting today ) but why aren't the numbers going down ! People " say " they see a difference but I don't . Also I just had a baby June of 2012 and also march of 2011 , so maybe that can play a part but I don't believe so . I seriously wanna give up , also the fact that my husband does exactly what I do and lost over 20lbs doesn't make the situation bEtter! Any advice !

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