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VSPLASH SparkPoints: (10,515)
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3/3/13 11:03 A

I found that my stress level is really high so that contributes to a lack of weight loss. I am currently working on changing my environment to lessen the stress.

GOODWITCH333 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/3/13 10:18 A

Are you actually weighing and measuring your food? It's really important.

I found that I was really overestimating my amounts. Once I started measuring, I was amazed at what my diabetic dad "thought" was a tablespoon of peanut butter. It was actually closer to a quarter cup.

I was also amazed at how much 2 cups of spaghetti squash is.

Keep working at it. Good Luck. emoticon

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,229)
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3/3/13 9:55 A

Do you want to make your tracker open to public for more feedback? What is your activity level?

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/3/13 9:38 A

there are definitely going to be weeks where you don't lose.
However, if you're striving to get healthy, with weight loss as a bonus, you won't let it bother you quite as much.

The scale, as others have said, is only one tool in your list available

MLAN613 Posts: 18,828
3/3/13 8:32 A

Another thing you can do is make your food and fitness trackers public. So, if you are having times like these when you feel you're doing things right, other SP members can take a look at what you've been consuming and make suggestions.

Also, are you taking into consideration exercise? If not, 1200-1500 calories may not be enough to support weight loss.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,294
3/3/13 6:34 A

It is (sadly) true that sometimes even if we do everything "right", the scale does not budge. Which is why it isn't the only tool we should be using, to measure our progress.

Also-- the fact that you're tracking now on Spark rather than writing it on a piece of paper, wouldn't matter IF the calorie counts were basically the same. So something else would be different about the counts, not whether it's paper or the Tracker.

Is it possible that with whatever you're burning through exercise, your calorie requirements are actually higher? It's possible that you were actually eating more calories than you thought, when you wrote it on paper. And now that you're doing it in the Tracker, you're not eating enough. How much do you burn every week through exercise? If we don't eat enough, we won't lose weight.

How do you measure your food? Measuring cups, scale? Have you changed anything else about your eating? More sodium? Is it close to TOM?

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (272,029)
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3/2/13 9:31 P

Absolutely, if you're in this for the long haul, you have to find other measurements than the scale. I even take into account how much better I'm feeling when I exercise regularly. Between hypothyroid, menopause and being down to my last 20 pounds, my weight loss is nearly non-existent.

My inches lost is an entirely different story ...

Just keep on keepin' on ... you stick with it and eventually you'll get there!! Baby steps, but consistent ones!

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/2/13 7:02 P

Lossing weight- I found out the tough way means keeping and increasing muscle mass and losing fat eating enough and lean..

I found out my measurements changed to healthier ratio's and was not reflected on the scales at all....

Remember to also measure yourself and watch for change here too.. I was ticked off I gained weight on the scales but my body shape changed to a more even hour glass from being a huge pear..

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,466)
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3/2/13 4:59 P

Everyone has times where the weight-loss comes to a standstill or even increases slightly. It is perfectly normal, so don't worry.

So long as you are eating within your range and getting some exercise in, you should be fine. Just make sure that you eat healthy stuff mostly, and very little processed stuff, and that it is balanced, and including lots of fruit/veges.

One thing I will comment on re writing what you eat down on paper - it is good as a general guide, BUT not totally accurate. I would imagine that you 'guessed' the weights? That can make a huge difference to what you actually consumed. If you haven't got one, I would suggest investing in a good digital scale that has weights in small increments and can go up to 5kg (about 12lb) (more useful in the kitchen than the lower weight option).

The other thing to remember is this, when you get closer to your goal weight, we seem to have to work a wee bit harder to lose it. It might be that you need to change your exercise regime a little.

Overall, tho', don't judge success by the scales - judge it by how your clothes fit, the quality of your sleep, your blood results, your BP, your energy levels and the condition of your hair/skin. THEY are better indicators than any number on a scale is. I weigh myself, but only when I got to my Dr or Dietitian at the Medical Centre.

Good luck,

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/2/13 4:55 P

There will always be weeks you lose, weeks you don't lose, maybe even weeks you gain. Trust the process; it can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale.

AMYSTONE4 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/2/13 4:40 P

until this week i never kept track on SPARKS of what i ate. i wrote it all down on paper. i have stayed within my limits on the calories, carbs, fat, protein and i still havent lost anything this week. i did better not keeping track of everything. i just stayed at about 1200 calories and didnt worry about everything else and was losing. now that it shows to eat between 1200-1500 i cant lose. any suggestions.

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