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LIBRARYMOMMY209 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/24/12 9:38 P

Wow, that's great! I haven't gotten the hang of logging and tracking using the tools on this site yet. I use the Lose It app and have also gone back to using My Fitness Pal for logging as well. I can't seem to figure out the one on here!

8/24/12 3:58 P

Just a note to say it's almost 4 PM and I've tracked my food thus far AND left for the gym at 9AM this morning to get car home in time for spouse to go to doctor. Also updated my "Other Goal" so one is now tracking my calories every day. I intend to do this for better or worse at least until the end of 2012. emoticon

8/23/12 11:24 P

It's so interesting how we can be so different and yet have similar frustrations and experiences. Today was not the greatest for me. Yesterday, I started getting that feeling that I'm on what OA calls that slippery slope. I skipped the gym because I was so tired and ended up not finishing my Nutrition Tracker. Today, my SO and I felt like we were chasing our tails all day. We drove all over town and accomplished next to nothing. However, and it is a big however, I did not overeat like I used to do and throw caution to the winds. Tomorrow, I hope to be back on track. We're sharing one car right now so I will have to get up quite early to make it to the gym and back home before she needs the car to go to an important doctor's appointment.

I have used several personal trainers in the past. Please, do not ever use one who would doubt you in any way. That person is supposed to be your biggest supporter through thick and thin (ouch). You sound like you are doing your very best and I admire your efforts 100%. I've been a Spark member since early 2008. One of the major themes: NEVER give up. This is a lifetime endeavor, not a short term project. If you do your best every day, and eat a healthy diet, you will succeed. If you can find the time to use Nutrition Tracker, you can get some solid feedback from the automatic reports, especially if you're not eating enough calories for your goal. I always say there is something here for everyone. I pledge to return to Nutrition Tracker tomorrow and use it faithfully through the end of 2012. Don't ever forget that your sharing with such honesty has inspired me to do this.

We are all together here as we seek a healthy life, not just to lose weight but to stay fit and healthy for ourselves. In the words of the renowned therapist David Burns, "Treat yourself like a beloved friend."


LIBRARYMOMMY209 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/23/12 9:48 P

First, thank you both for replying. I really appreciate it.
Second, my daily meals don't vary much. Breakfast consists of either Chobani Greek yogurt (140 cal) or an oatmeal bar (190 cal) and coffee with French vanilla coffeemate. Lunch nearly everyday with rare exception is a flat out multigrain with flax wrap with turkey, LF cheese, and lettuce, 1 cup fresh fruit (usually the melon, berry and citrus mix from publix bc it is already cut up and easy to take along), and either a Chobani (if I didn't have one for breakfast) or a piece of string cheese. Snacks are either honey roasted almonds or string cheese. Dinner varies bc I do have a toddler and a husband to cook for- but I always serve 2 veggies (prepared grilled or baked usually), a lean meat grilled, baked or cooked in the crock pot, and a salad of romaine and light Italian dressing. I make pasta or rice for my family but I rarely eat it. If I do I am very careful to measure the serving and log the calories. Aside from my morning coffee I drink nothing but water all day, and usually have 48-64 ozs in by the time I get home from work. I allow myself one 16 oz glass of my beloved sweet tea with supper (I log those calories too!) but them it's back to water until bed, and I get another 48-64 ozs in.
Any ideas how I can make this more productive? I have tried to make most of what I eat "automatic" like Dr Oz suggested in "You on a Diet", sO that I could avoid making bad choices during the day.
I appreciate any and all advice!!!!

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8/23/12 8:52 A

I agree it maybe that you need more calories, if you are exercising and feel that you are getting stronger than your body may think you are starving it also if you dont eat regular than your body thinks it has to store its fat. On a daily what does meals and snacks consist of?

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8/23/12 1:05 A

emoticon You have certainly been through a lot!

I understand how frustrating it is to work so hard and see such small results. It's happened to me in the past. Sometimes it's because the diet you're following is not the right one for you. Or you may actually be eating too little (which is the cause much of the time)! Your body is struggling with so many things, including an increase in exercise and decrease in fuel (food). It may think that you're starving it and be trying to hold on to your fat stores to protect itself. It would be helpful to figure out approximately how many calories your body needs just to function each day (some doctors have a special machine you breathe into that will tell you your Resting Metabolic Rate) and how many calories you are expending when you exercise. You add the two numbers and then eat slightly below that number in order to lose weight.

Even without all the formal metabolism tests, etc., you can try adding more calories to what you're eating now and see if that helps. Sometimes it's actually best to go high on some days and lower on others. The idea is to keep your body guessing and not going into starvation mode. Experiment. You may be surprised at the results!


~~ Ilene Rachel

LIBRARYMOMMY209 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/22/12 10:12 P

Hello lovely Sparks! I am new here, but not new to this game. I'm a 36 year old Mommy to a rambunctious toddler, an educator, wife, and daughter. All of these ways that I define myself are the roles that I play everyday- like many of you. So you know how busy I am!

I am at a point in my life where I want to look and feel better for the long run, but I am SICK of being fat. I had a rough year last year, Drs thought I had lupus but determined that it was a terrible reaction to the Mirena IUD my Dr recommended after the birth of my 3 yr old. I was a zombie in constant pain and feel like I lost a year of my child's life. I am back to the land of the living and trying to fight my way back to health.

I am quite frustrated because I began my journey (the latest of many of this type in my life) with a new direction. No WW, no diet clinic, no gimmicks. Counting calories and exercising (hadn't done since high school!) along side my two dearest friends. I joined Curves and began the Booty Bootcamp class in May (exercising 5x a week) and began using two different apps to track calories of less than 1500 per day. Fast forward until today. Three months later my friends are down 31 & 19 pounds respectively, and I am down 8. My trainer at the gym says I have lost a total of 12 inches (combined over whole body), but I can't even tell a difference in the way my clothes fit. A tiny bit of results would sure be motivational!

My trainer has even gotten frustrated with my lack of results, and doubted my food journals. I followed her meal plans exactly for two weeks- 1200 calories per day- and lost half a pound. She upped my workouts, which I have to admit I am getting better at since I was the most sedentary person ever after my long illness, I AM developing more endurance and can tell I am stronger. She sent me to the DR for testing to see why I wasn't progressing. Thyroid, etc all clear except slightly anemic. Anemia led to testing that led to ultrasound that shows uterine fibroids and enlarged uterus (10-12 week pregnancy size). Dr recommends a hysterectomy for that issue, but put me on a low estrogen BC pill while i decide. (10 days on that now) Dr assures me that this issue is not related to my baffling issue with weight loss.

Sorry so long- just want to give some back story. I am at a point where I am ready to throw in the towel and accept the fact that I will be the fat mommy. Nothing is working, and all the Drs the trainer sent me to seem to think I'm just making it up. Or worse- they assume I am lying on my food and exercise journals. I went out with my friends this weekend which is a rare treat-and the husbands were all complimenting them both on how remarkable their losses are. How all their hard work is really showing. It was all I could do to hold it together and not start crying at the table.

I know in the far corners of my mind that I am stronger, and eating clean and healthy will help me be around longer for my beautiful family. But my minuscule results are enough to drive me to a Quarter Pounder!!! I need help, and I am reaching out here. If anyone can understand my struggles surely I can find them here. I am asking that you share your tips, guidance, and wisdom of your experience with me so that I don't give up! Help please!

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