Thanks for all the feedback! I upped my calories (now between 1400-1500) for the past few days and changed up my routine at the gym. I go 6/7 days and mixed in some more strength while still doing at least 30 mins cardio. I was stuck at about 7 lbs lost for the past week or so, then this morning got on the scale and I've lost another 3 :)
That helped motivate me, now that I'm seeing more results. This was all great advice!
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8/30/17 10:22 P
I am with you! I am on week 6 going on seven weeks of the 1200 calorie diet. It feels like the weight is coming off super slowly for the changes I have incorporated every day (no alcohol). I am really determined though. I pulled out a favorite outfit that used to fit me and now does not fit me to remind me of what I am working towards. I try to have a lot of little motivations in place to keep focused.
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In addition to what Coach Jen said, are you using the SparkPeople nutrition tracker? It gives you a range of calories. For females, it's 1200 to 1550. For men, it's something like 1500 to 1750. (I am a female and don't remember the men's limit.) If you are exercising like you say you are, eating towards the top of your range may be beneficial.
I do speak from experience. Back when I lost 80 pounds, I was on a 1200 calorie plan. When I had more to lose, it worked okay. As I lost weight and was exercising more, it didn't work. At all. And the weight loss clinic where I was was inflexible and horrible. I felt like crap because I wasn't eating enough. I eventually quit out of frustration. As I started to eat more, I felt so much better and dropped another 10 pounds in a month!
It is about having goals that going to gym fits into and works towards. Ultimately, if all you have to lose is 20lbs, you are well within the range where the number on the scale is nowhere near as important as bodyfat percentage, especially if your shape s a big reason why you want to lose weight. Lower weight does equal smaller shape until you get in and around a healthy weight for your height, at which point some people need to gain muscle weight in order to get a smaller shape.
But back to motivation. You have to have a reason to do this and an arbitrary number on the scale tends not be a great motivator, especially if it takes nothing else in your life into account. I also find that when I undereat, everything starts to become overwhelming, and it becomes that much harder when I am not properly fueling for what I am asking of my body. You have to build in things that you can and want to keep doing everyday, and it seems like eating 1200 and burning 250 might not be what works best for you long term.
Why are you just sticking to 1200 calories? It is possible that you need to eat more towards the middle or upper end of your calorie range. As strange as it sounds, not eating enough can pose different issues, including your body holding onto the weight longer. That said, did you start out doing too much too soon? Often we see that and people get burned out quickly. How often are you going to the gym? Are you doing the same intensity each time or are you varying it? Have you tried other things at the gym, including classes? Sometimes doing classes can help with motivation and make it more fun.
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If you're down to having 20 or fewer pounds to lose, I think it's good to recognize the changes are going to happen slower, especially if your goal is to keep the weight off. You need to be able to have a routine you can live with.
I like to have my workouts mixed up - 2-3 "intense" days a week, with 2-3 lighter days.
I'll admit that lately, I haven't been back at it like I used to be, but that's mostly just that it's not part of my routine route now and I'm still dealing with injury recovery, so it's doubly frustrating for me ATM.
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current weight: 151.6
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8/29/17 1:56 P
I have been eating 1200 calories consistently for 3 weeks and work out every day to burn a minimum of 250 calories (half hour of exercise, sometimes more when I have time). When I first started, I would go to the gym and really bust a$$ but now I am just going and doing my 30 mins on the elliptical and calling it a day. I just don't feel like I have it in me anymore.
I know that if I continue to consume 1200 calories/day and burn 250+/day, I will lose weight. Probably not as quickly as if I were changing up my routine and really pushing myself. But I really don't have the same level of motivation.
How do you keep yourself from getting complacent with your results?