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Need to follow my own advice

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I hate to be negative, BUT I am frustrated after losing only 1 pound in my second week. Yes, I know I probably lost inches. Yes, I know the body adjusts during week 2. I know all of this, but it's still depressing to see the number drop only 1 pound (actually 0.8 if you want to be exact). I have not slipped a single time with my diet and I am still doing my boot camp style workouts 4x week.

My husband lost only 2 pounds during this time frame and just said to me this morning, "I don't know why I am bothering! This is ridiculous! For 2 pounds I gave up having a beer with football last weekend?!" Of course, I gave him a pep talk about losing inches, 2 lbs is still progress, body is adjusting, plateaus, blah blah blah. Sitting here doing my SparkStuff, I realize that setbacks like this is when people typically throw up their hands and walk away. It's when "I" throw up my hands and walk away frustrated.

I can't do that this time. I just can't. These things take time and I have to stop whining and pull it together. Now. I can't afford to walk away this time.

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  • CHERYLA2012
    When I decided to try SP again I realized I would be continuing a lifestyle change, not being on a diet and not depriving myself of things. So I started as I mean to go. If I want a treat or a cocktail, I include it in my daily nutrition intake. Yes that means I might not be able to eat as much but that's what happens when I have a cocktail because they aren't free of calories.

    I also really didn't start losing weight until I increased my water intake. I drink at least 64 ounces a day. It may sound like a lot, but it's not. If you want to use a hydration calculator to see how much you should be drinking - you can go here and check it out for yourself.
    You may be surprised by the figure. I know I was because I wasn't drinking nearly enough.

    And as for nutrition. I try to eat in the mid point of my SP range and I am also very careful of how much sodium I eat. You can always go here to check your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)


    Then click the link underneath for Daily Calorie Needs.

    If you take 500 off that final figure - you should lose about a pound a week because you're creating a deficit of 500 calories per day X 7 days a week which equals 3500 calories = a pound. (Which is how I arrived @ eating a the midpoint of my SP range.

    Yes, it's frustrating. Yes, you should continue! :D And yes, it will get better.

    I didn't gain all the weight at once and I'm not going to lose it all at once, either.

    I began this SP journey on 1 September 2012 and have lost 26 pounds so far and 13.50 inches.

    If I can do it, you can do it. Keep going - you will get there.


    1923 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/17/2013 8:09:10 AM
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