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2/20/12 12:57 P

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Like SHESMITH1 said, first of all do not give up. First of all, I have been on this journey for a long frusterating time. I have been on SP for two years and have finally been able to get the ball rolling with a little advice from my doctor. The biggest part of weight loss is within the food that you eat. Exercise is a great component to weight loss but you can't walk off a bad diet. The type of calories DO count. 1500 calories of carbs v 1500 calories of protein are handled differently in your body and it also depends on how your body handles these. Personally, my weight did not budge until I dropped my carbs and moved to a whole foods approach. I know some people that have lost a great deal of weight on a carb heavy diet, the trick is finding what allows your body to lose weight. I can only speak of my own personal battle, I tried SP diet, WW diet, and everything in between and I could lose 10-15 pounds but I would have a wild weight swing when I ate any type of carbs. Try adjusting your diet in one way or the other and see if it helps. Good luck and hang in there!


You can live your life in two ways, one as though nothing is a miracle and the other way, as though everything is a miracle! Einstein

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2/19/12 3:59 P

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I'm no expert, but these are some things I've heard and experienced: strength training may cause an initial wt gain, because lean muscle is denser than fatty tissue, and, therefore, weighs more. There is much talk about cross training because our bodies adjust to routine and stop responding to the calorie burning exercises. If we "trick" our bodies by changing up our routines, they don't hold on to the calories. You may want to trade your elliptical workouts for some brisk walks every other week, for example. But whatever the outcome, don't quit! You've chosen a path to better health. Stick with it and you won't be disappointed!
Look for articles in SP about cross training and wt plateaus. They have a great selection of resource materials.

Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. A. Einstein

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2/17/12 8:44 A

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Hi everyone. I have just started my weight loss journey about 1 month ago but really started in earnest about 2 weeks ago. When I started this journey I weighed in at 150. In the past 2 weeks I have gone down to 147 and then back to 150. I weigh myself maybe 2 times per week. I exercise on an elliptical machine at home for about 30 minutes a session 5 times a week. I strength train 3 days a week. My calorie intake is between 1500 - 2000 depending on the day. Usually around 1500. I was hoping to lose about 1 pound per week, but seem to be at a standstill. Any suggestions on how to get this party going in the right direction. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks.

It does not matter how slow you long as you do not stop.


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