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6/22/10 7:50 A

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Thanks for the link.. we're all pulling for each other here. emoticon

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6/15/10 9:41 P

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I heard once that the only way to fail is to quit. Keep on with the baby steps and the big ones, too. It's ALL forward motion! And remind me when I'm struggling that my Spark Friends are hanging in there with me, too.

Have a great evening!

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nutrition.about.com/od/changeyourdiet/a/ca
lguide.htm

I made the link clickable (I hope)
I made the mistake of having my calories way too low for the first 2 years of my "lifestyle" change and now I'm really stuck on these last ten pounds.
I am slowly changing my set point though.

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CHRISTINELYNNE's Photo CHRISTINELYNNE Posts: 16
6/15/10 12:31 P

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Thanks for the replies - it really, really helps to know people are pulling for me!

The nursing thing is largely a guessing game - you do need about 500 extra calories when you're nursing a baby under six months old, but obviously when they start eating, they need less from you. And so few people nurse older children, there's not a lot of data, but from what I'm reading I probably need 200-300 extra calories.

I do think we can undermine ourselves by trying to do too much too quickly, at a rate no human could be expected to maintain. I'm about to go make myself a giant strawberry smoothie (mostly fruit, some plain yogurt, and Ideal sweetener - so no empty calories), and I'm feeling much more happy and secure contemplating that!



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6/15/10 12:28 P

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Oh, that site is really cool! Thanks for the info.

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6/15/10 11:41 A

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Thanks for the link.
I think I usually don't eat enough.
Now that I'm a cast and can't exercise, I felt guilty when I reached 1,500, and the link told me I can go up to 1,704 to maintain my current weight without exercise, or 1640 to reach my goal slowly.
I feel much better now.

Good luck with your goal!

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6/15/10 11:36 A

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Revising your calorie range sounds like a good idea, particularly since you are nursing (that should be part of the calorie-setting). When I get ravenously hungry, my protein for the day is usually under goal, and a shot of protein powder helps.

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6/15/10 11:28 A

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I definitely think you are doing the right thing- that calorie range is way too low and the range you are in now may be too low still... but wait and see how it goes. I think that when you are nursing you need to add another 200-500 calories per day to help support your milk production??

Either way - you are definitely approaching this the right way!

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CHRISTINELYNNE's Photo CHRISTINELYNNE Posts: 16
6/15/10 11:17 A

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I was all fired up to count calories yesterday. I gained about 5 lbs over the past few weeks, and I'm bummed. Time to make the number go down!

But I got really hungry, so I ate unplanned foods. And I was STILL hungry, so I got mad and basically said, "*&@# it, I'm giving up," and ate a lot more.

I realize that I probably need to start with a much higher calorie ceiling. I had been on 1200-1600. But I weigh 220, AND I'm still breastfeeding my toddler. Plus I get low blood sugar easily, so it's very important for me not to get too hungry.

I found this link: http://nutrition.about.com/od/changeyourdi
et/a/calguide.htm You can use it to estimate how many calories you need each day. And mine is around 2300, without exercise (or nursing). So my new goal is 1600-2000 calories/day. I'm already feeling much happier about everything!

I figure as I lose weight, or just as I get used to a little less food, I can further reduce my ceiling to increase my rate of loss. But right now, losing a half a pound a week is MUCH better than chucking the whole plan and gaining again!



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