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March 2015...Stalled.

Friday, March 06, 2015

I guess it's time to revisit my goals for the year and report what's happening. I guess the word that comes to mind is, STALLED as in "stop or cause to stop making progress."
For the past three months, I've lost and gained the same two or three pounds over and over again, week after week. I guess I've found how to do maintenance! But, I'm nowhere near my goal weight and have a long way to go before I can think about maintenance, so I need to figure out how to get the scale moving downward again, and keep making progress. I've been doing pretty good with my goal of exercising each week. When spring finally gets here, I'm sure I'll be more active outside, so that may help a bit. I have a pretty big yard that keeps me busy.
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I have to figure out a food plan that works better than what I'm doing now. I've tried many things in the past. I generally concentrate on protein and high fiber foods to help fill me up. If I eat less than 1,400 calories a day, I have a real problem with hunger and cravings. If I eat 1,400 calories a day, I don't lose weight. I can lose weight if I keep it to about 1,100 calories a day, but then I'm really hungry, and can't do that for more than a few days. It takes about 1,500 or 1,600 calories a day for me to not feel hungry, but then, of course, I gain weight. Sigh.
My idea for something new to try for March is to break up my meals into smaller meals, and eat more frequently. I currently eat three meals and one snack. I often eat breakfast about 7 a.m., lunch about 2 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and have a small snack/dessert right after dinner, before 7:30 p.m. I don't eat anything after that. I think maybe I'll try breaking my lunch into two smaller meals, and eat the first one around 11 a.m., and then second one around 2 p.m. Maybe that will help control the hunger and keep my metabolism up? It will take some planning, because I'm usually busy with my job around 11, but I could try a smoothie or something easy like that for a mini meal.

I also wanted to mention that I tried intermittent fasting last year for about six months, where you only eat food in a five-hour window each day. I would drink coffee in the morning, and then not eat anything until about 2 p.m, and finish eating dinner by 7 p.m. It was interesting, because after a few days I actually did not experience the hunger as much as I do now. But, the diet didn't work...I lost maybe five pounds and then gained it back. And, my cholesterol and blood glucose tests got dramatically worse on that diet, so my doctor wanted me to stop it. That's when I started eating breakfast again, and my blood work numbers improved. But, now the hunger is back, and I still haven't found the key to weight loss. So that's why I thought I'd try eating more frequently, to see if that helps with the hunger. (I know others have had success with intermittent fasting, and I think the concept is interesting and wish them all the best, but it wasn't right for me.)

If anyone has any experience with more frequent meals, or any ideas to help with hunger, feel free to post. I think all of us are different and have different metabolisms, and we need to find what works for us. I figure if something doesn't work, it's time to try something else. So, that's the plan for this month. I'll let you know how it goes!

Happy Sparking, everyone! Good luck with your plan, and with finding what works for you!
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    I tried eating around 1280 a day, but I can't think at all when my calories are that low. I would need a babysitter or something, lol! So that didn't work too well. Now I am eating about 1580 a day, and that seems to be working better. I also exercise each day. If your blood sugar has been high, you should try exercising each day too. It really helps!
    1498 days ago
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    Eating more meals may help. If you figure say, for 3-4 oz protein per meal, and 1-2 oz protein per snack? Eating frequent meals that are balanced: carb, fat, protein, within your calories may help.

    I'm very carb-sensitive, and I found that when I used Ezekial bread, which is higher in protein, or limited bread, I was less hungry. Also, coffee and tea make me hungry, maybe it's the caffeine? Fruit juices and diet soda do the same to me.

    Another tip: when I add hemp seeds or ground flax seeds to my oatmeal and a tbsp of chopped walnuts, it stays with me longer. And whenever I eat an apple or berries, or fibrous raw vegetables, I drink water too to "inflate" the fiber.

    We all do seem to react differently. I've been unable to fast since I was a teenager, when I used to not eat all day and live on iced tea. It wasn't exactly a planned fast, I was just afraid of gaining weight.

    My latest trick is almond milk, which I like unsweetened, and I've made smoothies with that and frozen cherries and bananas. Yum. Oh, and a hit of protein powder.

    You'd think with all these tips, I'd be losing like crazy. Oh well. Thank you for your support on my blog. I enjoy reading your comments!
    1917 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2015 3:18:01 PM
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    I don't have any tried and true methods for you, but I do wish you good luck in your overhaul!
    1917 days ago
    Hi Rosemary...thanks for sharing. I totally get what you're saying. I think many here get what you're saying. Something I resisted (and still do)..is exercise. This is what has happened in the last week or so...I bought a Richard Simmons dvd lol...hey,,it was cheap! At Christmas..thats how long ago:)

    Currently..I have done the routine...maybe 5 days? So...you're not talking to an expert here,,,I just want to share what happened the first time I tracked it on the fitness tracker....BOOM...I instantly got 'more' calories. I always knew how that worked...but there is something about that visual. Now mind you...I am making this whole process a full time job. I don't know if Im right..but I have a theory. I've spent so many years overfeeding myself...I think I see that it's going to take time for my body to respond to lower portions...etc...the body is a 'machine'. In my mind,,God's creation.

    So I think my body objects loudly when I don't get that 'fullness'. Stuffed, often. It's a real fight. lol for me, anyways...so..I guess my point it...there's no real 'easy' answer...it's a simple solution...just not easy to always do it...so try it.....for me..20 minutes of the dancing...and I am SWEATING when I'm done...(actually more than 20..but Im so busy 'flailing' around and not dancing,,I say 20)....I go 'click' it on my trackers...and there it is.....282 calories....! ...and then it does something to your thinking...I did it. Here comes that 'happy' feeling. Try it...what do you have to lose? lol...sorry about the pun..! Good luck...Im sure others have plenty to share with you! emoticon
    1917 days ago
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