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KATESON SparkPoints: (18)
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8/20/13 5:06 P

I know a lot of people say they eat healthy, I am very careful with what I eat and get regular blood tests. People ask me a lot of time to send them my healthy recipes. My calorie intake is between 1400-1600 a day depending on my activity. Reading the nutrition guide that comes with the DVD set I should be around 1600.

Anyways, I think I may have just figured out part of my problem.
I have thyroid issues and I think the meds are making me go low.
After I wrote my last post it clicked with me that I am having a lot of hypo symptoms.
I contacted the Dr and he thinks I am starting to go low as well so he has lowered my dose.

Hopefully, this is the culprit!

In the last month I have gained 6pds. I am currently finishing week 3 of insanity.

Now I am not sure if I should 1. restart the program 2. Continue with the program and do another round at the end if I don't see the results I want or 3. continue with the program just do 2 rounds of month 1 before starting month 2.

I have found this week difficulty getting through the DVDs; I have been very exhausted; most likely due to my thyroid. Because of this I am wondering if I my endurance may not be enough to be successful in month 2. I also don’t know how long until my body will take to adjust to the lower dosage. I have worked so hard to do complete 3 weeks it would be discouraging to have to start over again, however, it would be equally as discouraging if I fail in month 2.

Any thoughts?

Edited by: KATESON at: 8/20/2013 (17:08)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/20/13 3:17 P

It's not so much about *what* you eat as *how much* -- it's still possible to overeat on healthy things! If after 6-8 weeks you're not losing as much as you expect (about 1-2 lbs per week, depending on how much you have to lose, the less you have to lose, the slower it will come off.) then track your diet carefully. Even if you're eating "healthy" or "watching what you eat" (a common phrase you'll see around here) it's possible to eat more than you burn, or even eat closer to maintenance and create smaller deficits than you need for weight loss.

Do remember that the older and more sedentary you get, the slower your metabolism will come over time. I used to be able to sneeze and drop pounds; decide I'd work on leg muscles, bam, shapely calves.

These days, after two kids and too many years of being sedentary, I have to work a lot harder. And that's less than 10 years difference; I'm hardly an old maid!

KATESON SparkPoints: (18)
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8/20/13 2:52 P

I wouldn't consider my diet poor at all. I eat very healthy.

I can't recall a time in the last 4-5 years when I had this much issue losing weight. Usually I would just adjust my diet a little and I would be fine, even with minimal exercise. When I started running a couple of years ago the weight dropped off and I felt the difference right away. I never felt like this while working out.

Hopefully I will see a difference in the next couple of weeks.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
8/20/13 11:45 A

you can switch how your calories are determined if you prefer an even number each day. Start page- my account.

LOUIE-LILY Posts: 5,659
8/20/13 11:41 A

I agree with the consensus . . it takes a while to start to catch up with the changes. I always gain a couple early one, once I start working out again.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/20/13 11:33 A

Give it time. It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale. Three weeks isn't enough time to see big differences! The real magic happens in the kitchen. Make sure you are tracking and measuring everything... you can't out-exercise a poor diet!

KATESON SparkPoints: (18)
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8/20/13 6:33 A

Thanks for your replies.

There is a tiny difference in my clothes in my legs but not a noticeable one.
I am vegetarian and I eat relatively healthy to begin with. I think I may be taking in too many calories so I started tracking.

The first two weeks I noticed an increase in my endurance and strength. I got really sick the day of my 2nd fit test and had to take 4 days off. My endurance has decreased but I think my body is still recovering.

I had bad knees and the first two weeks had to ice them a lot. I don't need to ice them as often so that is a plus but I did want to see a difference in my physical appearance. One issue I think I was having was that I wasn't able to go as hard as the people in the video because of my knees. For example, high knees were not that high and when jumping in and out of plank I would do one jump and the next time a step. With my legs getting stronger the knee pain decreasing I have been able to push myself a bit harder.

I really wanted to get a HRM but I really wasn't sure which one to go with and I don't have the funds to make the extra purchase right now.

Edited by: KATESON at: 8/20/2013 (06:34)
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8/19/13 10:57 P

I agree with Dragonchilde - when you start/increase an exercise program, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water (it takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to your muscles more efficiently, and helps them cope better with the new demands you are making of them). In the short term, this increase in your lean mass can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat, and typically this shows up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative. The tape is actually a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale. And if you haven't been measuring yourself to date, are you noticing your clothes fitting better?

Spark's intake recommendations are based on sound nutritional principles, and higher levels of activity do need an appropriate intake to support them. I wouldn't recommend second guessing the intake recommendations at this stage.


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8/19/13 12:49 P

Yes, that's correct. What you're experiencing is likely water weight retention from the added exercise:

KATESON SparkPoints: (18)
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8/19/13 11:13 A


I am new to this forum. I just started tracking my calories as I have been doing Insanity for almost 3 weeks and based on appearances and the scale I am not seeing much of a difference. I am actually gaining weight.

I signed up today and have been exploring this site. I was looking at the food tracker and it states how many calories I have to eat and then it has +exercise activity. It seems as though this site is adding back the calories I have burned. Is that correct?

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