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what to do when you get a case of the downs...

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I don't know what its gonna take. I started eating better, I cut out sodas and teas, ai have exercised, I just don't see it making a difference. It is really discouraging to work so hard and not see results. I read about the fat burning zone, then I hear its a myth, I hear about fasting, then hear it puts your body in starvation mode and slows your metabolism, I don't know which way to go. There is so much information, and I want to join the Y, so I will have access to ask trainers who have had results and know what they are doing. I don't expect overnight results ...but I would like to see more then 2 pounds in a month, my measurements haven't shown much progress either. I feel this knot in my chest...like I'm gonna work and work and always be this fat blob...and look in the mirror and see dissapointment and failure. I hate being a size 22/24, I hate that I feel unattractive, and most of all I hate looking at pictures of myself. I have made a real effort the past month, and I want to keep going, but I want a guaranteed way that will give me results. I DON'T EAT OVER 1500 CALORIES, I WORK OUT AT LEAST AN HOUR EVERY DAY. WHY DOES MY BODY HATE ME.
sorry for the vent...but its gotta come out.
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    You are in there trying and it will work as long as you are doing that. We are all a little different in what we have to do to lose the weight and feel better. Feeling better and having more energy is just as important as our clothes size. Don't give up. Keep trying the different things until you find what works for you! emoticon
    1748 days ago
    Thanks for all the helpful feedback, today was just a bad day all around. The power line attached to our house caught fire, so we lost power in 90 degree weather, but no damage other then nerves and some spoiled food.
    I guess I haven't tracked my food as well as I've tracked my fitness. Some days I have eaten what I've logged and others I didn't , but I still haven't eaten enough, even my husband says so. My endurance was starting to get better, sleep has been better.. but I think that has a lot to do with cutting my caffeine and sugar in soda and tea. The most noted changes is my resting heart rate went from 65/70 ( which is good) to 55, and my knees are not giving me nearly as much pain ..even if they do sound like crickets.

    I do have more energy, and that is important but I really need to see a difference, in my size. I haven't tried on my old jeans because I know that it will make me feel worse. I'm going to go to apply for an Open Doors application at the YMCA tomorrow. Try to incorporate more strength training to gain muscle to help burn more calories.

    Have found that the SP community is so supportive, and that has made a huge difference. Thank each of you for caring, and being here for me. I'm not giving up, I am going to see it through, and stick to my dreams. emoticon emoticon
    1748 days ago
    Try to get to a scale that measures body composition. Your weight may not be dropping....yet... but you may have fat going down and lean muscle going up. Are there other non-scale changes? Do you have more energy? Are you clothes getting looser? Is your blood pressure going down? Are you panting on exertion less? Are the exercises you've been doing easier than in the beginning? Don't let your self-talk discount the TRUE progress you have made: applied a new habit to track food and exercise, applied a new habit to exercise regularly, applied a new habit to reach out in the SP community.
    No matter what - don't give up! My weight loss has be VERY slow (only 20 pounds in a year at SP) but I've lost 140 pounds; however, during that same time the other non-scale measures have all been fantastic.
    1748 days ago
    Something to remember is that the body often retains water when you start up a new exercise routine. So the actual "fat loss" that you are probably experiencing, becomes masked beneath simple "water weight." Eventually the water fluctuates back down to "normal" and the weight loss is revealed.

    I have been very steady with my losses, but my spouse? He has not. He tends to lose like this: 0, 0, -1, 0, +1, -6, -4, 0, 0, 0, -5.... drives him crazy because even though the average weight loss "over time" is significant, he would like to see a little bit more frequent "validation" from the scale. But, that's just how his body works. Very frustrating for him, like your scale results are being for you, but just keep on doing your thing, it will pay off in the end!
    1748 days ago
    I took a look at your exercise tracker. You are burning massive calories every day. I think you aren't eating enough. Your body needs a bare minimum of 1200 calories to function. One day, you burned over 1500 cal working out. Your body may be going into starvation mode, and holding onto that weight. I think if I were you, I would go in and adjust my nutrition tracker to account for that calorie burn. You may need to be eating 1800-2000 calories rather than 1500.

    1748 days ago
  • JOHGLO2011
    Hang in there - sometimes it takes our bodies awhile to catch up to what we are doing (eating right and exercising.) Good advice from TKTMTA too. :)
    1748 days ago
    you may want to check your calorie intake. if you don't eat enough calories to support yourself your body goes into starvation mode & starts to store it so it can fuel itself. I have found myself that i need to alternate between the high end of my calorie range & low end of my calorie range to keep my body guessing. i know it sounds backwards but you may need to be eating more calories. if you go to the nutrition page you can go to nutrition goals & it will help you figure out what your range should be. it will base it on your activity level & your weight. this helped me a lot.
    1748 days ago
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