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REDBIRDFLY
Posts: 206
3/8/12 3:18 P

i DROPPED A LOT THE FIRST FEW WEEKS, THEN IT TAPERED OFF, i STAY UNDER 1200 CALS A DAY AND WORK OUT 1 HR 5-6 DAYS A WEEK. tOPPING OUT AT 1LB LOST PER WEEK....HEY THAT'S 52 LBS IN A YEAR!! STILL EATING ALL THE STUFF I LOVE, FRUITS, VEGGIES, LEAN PROTEINS AND SOME CALORIE CONTROLED SWEETS. HANG IN THERE, I GO 2 WEEKS WITHOUT ANY LOSE TOO. IT'S OKAY!! emoticon



KYKRISTIN81
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3/8/12 1:26 P

Muscle weighs more than fat, make sure you are eating ENOUGH after each workout. You need to eat more on workout days than on non workout days. NOT A LOT MORE, but more so your body is not starving. Also water water water. MEASURE YOURSELF. If you are not budging on the scale, you have to be budging in inches. MEASURE!!!!



ARCHIMEDESII
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3/7/12 3:33 P

Hey, Reb !

How does a person eat right ? Well, you start with the basics. For optimum health, a person should eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies every day. If that seems like too much, then create a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, then set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you've become addicted to soda, then set a goal to drink only 1-2 cans a day. Once you've achieved these goals, you create new ones.

Don't look at weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time, that won't happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Have you checked out the Spark recipes section ? If not, you should. Chef Meg as well as hundreds of members have posted thousands of recipes that are not only good for you, but healthy too. Let's say you enjoy enchiladas. Don't we all. Search on enchiladas and you'll healthier versions of those recipes. No one says you have to stop eating the foods you really love, just look for a healthier version or a way to make it more healthy.

People say pizza isn't healthy. Well, if you eat the entire thing, sure. But, how about you have a meal with a single slice paired with a BIG leafy green salad. You get to enjoy your slice of pizza and you get your veggies too.

And slow down how fast you eat. Don't take five minutes to eat, take a good 15-20 minutes. When a person eats quickly, they don't really taste the food. As a result, they feel deprived and eat more ! that's no good. Slow down. Taste the food you're eating. As you eat healthier foods, you'll find the fast food really isn't as good as you thought it was. I lost my taste for fast food because it tastes so artificial to me.

But, once again, change takes time. Patience, it's a virtue.






REBM85
Posts: 128
3/7/12 1:55 P

Thank you everyone for responding...
I have been dieting off and on since 2007 but I have only become serious about it this year Jan 3 2012!!

I do bootcamp and I go to the gym about 3-4 times a week on top of that. My clothes are fitting differently. People keep saying they notice little changes. I guess I'm just frustrated with no weight loss.

I know I need to work on my eating habits. Realistically I think if i could master that I would see a weight loss. Do you guys have any tips with eating right??

Thanks for everything!!!



ARCHIMEDESII
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3/7/12 9:54 A

REBM85,

Your spark page says you've been a member since 2007. but how long have you been trying to lose ? This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of dramatic weekly losses are just not typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks when you gain. And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

It really is not unusual to NOT see a loss in a week or even a month of eating right and getting some regular exercise.

However, let me ask you this, while the scale might not be moving as fast as you'd like, are your clothes fitting better ? Have you been losing any inches ? If you've lost inches, that's a success !!! Can you walk up stairs without getting out of breathe ? If so, that too is a success. Can you do more push ups today than you could a month ago ? If so, ditto, another success.

The scale is only one way to measure success and it's not always the best. Look for other subtle signs of change you might have ignored because you're been fixating on the scale. Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped, that's a huge success. Your doctor would be thrilled if your blood pressure went down even if the scale didn't. Lowering your blood pressure is an important sign of improved health.

So, how long have you been trying to lose ? once again, if it's only been a couple of weeks or even a month or so, you just need to be patient with yourself and your body.

patience, it's a virtue.




HEIDIANKRUM
Posts: 307
3/7/12 8:52 A

Make sure you're drinking enough water. I know that my water intake seriously effects my weight loss. You're obviously moving in the right direction, KEEP IT UP!!! You can do it!



SP_COACH_NANCY
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Posts: 46,222
3/7/12 8:38 A

Hi REBM85,

How long have you been on your healthy lifestyle journey? Is boot camp the only exercise you are doing? Do you have a lot of active daily living activities that you do--like parking the car farther from the entrance, walking the grocery store, etc? How are you managing the stress in your life? Are you getting plenty of sleep?

Coach Nancy



LEXY48
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Posts: 56
3/7/12 8:10 A

Not to beat you up, but even one day of not being mindful of calorie intake will sabotage the other six days. BUT...... a "treat" one day a week will be ok if it is a treat and not a whole day of treats.

As for the scale not moving. Sounds to me as if you are building muscle. Muscle is heavier than fat. How do your cloths fit? If the scale is not moving use that as a means to measure your progress. If you are doing strength training, and you have the type of muscle that tends to be bulky, you may even see the scale go in the wrong direction.... but, that is not necessarily a bad thing if it is muscle.

Keep up the good work and try to strive for seven days of staying within your calorie range. I know it is difficult (how well I know), but YOU are worth the effort!



REBM85
Posts: 128
3/7/12 7:08 A

I just do not get it... I stay within my calorie range atleast six days a week..I'm not going to lie and say seven... my workouts are better then they have ever been. I take a bootcamp class 2-3 times a week. Due to that class my arms are actually forming into arms that just don't consist of fat there is muscle and definition and my legs are smaller. Yet I'm losing NO WEIGHT?? I'm so frustrated and don't get it..any advice??



 
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