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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Okay, since my hubby has come back home from his school about a month ago I have been STUCK at 179.5-178. I cannot seem to make the scale budge!
Now all that being said, my clothes do fit better as of late, I have noticed slight muscle tone building in my arms, my stomach (while still flabby) seems a bit firmer, and my butt seems smaller (because my pants are a bit looser there too). But I cannot seem to actually LOSE any weight!
Now I read recently here on Sparkpeople that you can either be in "weight loss mode" or "building muscle mode". The article suggested it's best to work on losing first and then building muscle which kind of seems contrary from what I've read before. What does everyone think? Any tips? Suggestions? I've started tracking my meals again because it seems like no matter what I do I'm stuck.
I kind of get the feeling like some days I'm not eating enough and I'm in starvation mode and sometimes I'm eating too much. This weekend I know I ate like crap because I was at Busch Gardens but I also walked a LOT. 16.645 steps. Not bad. My abs, my arms and my shins were bothering me horribly on Sunday.
I just know, I'm stuck!
More cardio? More Strength training? What's the secret!
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  • MS5835
    I have the same problem being stuck at a plateau so I know how frustrating it can be. I know what to do, but I just don't do it. I agree, tracking is the best way to see how much you're eating. I also think Sparkpeople figures calories too high. For me, I don't lose unless I stay around 1000 (I'm short). The bottom line is calories in vs calories out. emoticon
    2269 days ago
    Tracking is the only way to be sure whether you're eating too much or too little--everything, at least for awhile, to see what you're really consuming. How your clothes fit is a better gauge of how you're doing rather than the scale; sometimes it has not budged at all for me, yet I'm wearing smaller sizes. The scale eventually catches up, though.
    2269 days ago
    My 2 cents as a nurse. Some exercise is needed. Too much can stall weight loss. I don't give much credence to people not losing weight because their calories are too low. They are usually too high and sparkpeople recommends them too high. Weigh your food and record every bite. Eat at the low end of your calories and have that amount estimated on a site separate from here. Mine ended up being 1200 calories - well below salespeople's recommendation.
    2269 days ago
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