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FRYGIRL4 Posts: 68
10/9/12 1:56 P

My calorie count went way up too when I put in how many calories I'm burning. It is VERY scary to eat so many calories BUT our bodies need to fuel, it will help you lose weight even if it doesn't seem possible. Just make sure you eat healthy food for those extra calories. It will take time to get used to that idea! You can do this, keep up the good work!

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10/9/12 1:49 P

I understand your frustration...Have you tried interval training? I find that it helps me add variety to my workouts, and it can boost your metabolism. For example, I do 1 minute of fast jumproping, 1 minute of rest, 10-20x.

Keep your head up! You've made progress, and you'll continue to make progress.

HAZELLYNN SparkPoints: (18,172)
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10/9/12 12:18 P

I went in and adjusted my fitness minutes with what I do in a week. That raised my calorie allowance quite a bit... That scares me! How will that not slow down my weight loss??

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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10/9/12 11:25 A

Do you have the amount you burn per week (average) manually entered into your "fitness setup"? Because you seem to be doing A LOT. ;) And it will have a huge effect on how much you should be eating.

If you can't access it by phone then I would look into it when you can get to a computer. But it should be on your "My Fitness" page, there will be a small tab that says "Fitness Setup" and down at the bottom of that page there will be a question asking if you know how many calories you burn in a week. I know when I started mine Spark estimated I'd burn 600 or something cals a week but I actually burn 2000 cals and entering this amount raised the amount of cals I need to eat. Just making sure we're talking about the same thing here.

Edit: Also, how long have you been stuck for? I know it's pretty normal to have weeks where you don't lose even though you're doing all the right things. And where do you usually eat in your calorie range; low end, middle, high end? You could try playing around with how many cals your eating.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/9/2012 (11:36)
HAZELLYNN SparkPoints: (18,172)
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10/9/12 11:17 A

I do track my nutrition. It is an amazing tool I couldn't live with out! I have 3 different work out styles I use & switch them out. They are cardio and strength I am covering all of that too.
My App for Spark doesn't show me the required amount of workout time per day (there is a glitch with it that I have asked about a million times but it doesn't seem to be getting fixed) but I know I am meeting it from before it froze up on me.

NEED2MOVE2 Posts: 1,452
10/9/12 11:01 A


JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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10/9/12 10:59 A

Is there a reason you're not tracking your nutrition? Difficulty tracking at work? Or are you just keeping it logged somewhere else?

I've found one of the most important things you can do when trying to lose weight is to keep a food journal. I know it can be tedious and whatnot but it is very important and attributed to the success of most people who have lost a significant amount of weight. After all, diet is 80% of losing weight. You'll be able to see what food choices you're making, replace poorer choices with healthier ones, ensure you're eating balanced and it also holds you accountable for what you're eating. It's prevented me from over eating and making poor food choices because I know I'll have to write it down in my nutrition tracker.

What I do is plan out what I'm going to eat the night before. Then I just stick to the plan. Sure, life happens and sometimes you have to switch it up a bit. But it really helps with emotional eating or making food choices when you're already hungry (which tend to be more undesirable ones).

The other thing you can try is some variation in your workout routine. Our bodies tend to get used to the same old workouts. So it's helpful to switch up what you're doing (every 6 weeks or so). Make sure you're including strength training as well. You need to challenge your body out of its comfort zone. It's most effective to concentrate on ST and cardio seperately (from what I've heard). Circuit training can depreciate the value of both types of workouts. Be sure you're using a heavy enough weight/resistance that you work your muscles to exaustation (you can't perform another rep in good form) after 8-15 reps, repeat for 2-3 sets.

Be sure you're not under eating for your workout regiment. You may lose weight under eating in the beginning but it eventually stalls. It can be almost as detrimental to weight-loss as over eating. Have you entered the amount you burn in a week manually into your fitness setup? This will help ensure you're getting enough cals for your fitness level and reflect in your calorie range.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/9/2012 (11:18)
LOTUS737 Posts: 4,312
10/9/12 10:55 A

It sounds like you've hit a plateau, which I think many of us have been through (and hated!). Are you doing the same type of workout? Maybe you need to change it up a bit- try something new. Are you incorporating strength training? Sometimes changing the exercises a little bit can help too (eg switch to free weights for bicep curls, do a different shoulder exercise, etc.).

The other thing you can try is calorie cycling for a couple weeks- aim to be within your range for an AVERAGE for the week, so if your range is, say 1200-1400 cals, eat 1100 one day, 1300 the next, then 1200, 1400, etc. Sometimes that change is enough to get you going again as well.

Are you using any measurements beyond the scale? How about how your clothes are fitting, etc? Any changes there?

And, even though it doesn't make it MUCH more bearable, remember every healthy choice and action you make/take is making you healthier, even if the scale isn't showing it!

Hang in there, the scale WILL start to budge again!

HAZELLYNN SparkPoints: (18,172)
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10/9/12 10:45 A

I keep see sawing back and forth between 2 lbs.. And I have a lot more to lose so this is not working for me!!
I have noticed over the last week I have been struggling with my food choices as well. I don't know if I just hit a wall or what. I am not going crazy or anything but I find myself giving my self larger portion sizes and wanting to graze and snack. I haven't felt like this in a long time so I don't know where this is coming from! I am also struggling with getting up every morning & doing my workout. I still do it but not until I get home from work, Which I don't like because I have to make the time and I KNOW I feel better and much more energized when I do it before work.

Any ideas or suggestions to plow through this?? I have like 30-35 more lbs to lose!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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