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TECHIECHI SparkPoints: (4,491)
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3/22/12 11:03 A

Yes, I get all my servings of fruits and veggies and follow the meal plan pattern very closely. I definitely don't starve myself. Yesterday, I freaked out because when I put in my exercise it said I was burning more than I needed to. But, yesterday was the first day that I had introduced a second type of exercise to my day.

This is the message I got:

"The number of calories you should eat to manage your weight depends on many factors, including how many calories you burn through exercise. It may seem counterintuitive, but eating too little while burning too much can actually hurt your weight-management goals and the outcome of your fitness program. If you are consistently burning more calories than recommended here, please update your fitness settings as soon as possible. This may adjust your calorie ranges (if necessary) so you can reach your goals in a timely and healthy manner."

I do cardio 3 x week and strength straining 2 x week. I hadn't exercised for a while before now but I'm a person who really enjoys exercise so I got nervous about overdoing it. I do know that the more exercise you do, it requires more replenishing. So I make sure I am eating right.

So today I changed up my plan to introduce a smaller meal, which is after my exercise as well as making sure I have both snacks.

I feel like I am back on the right track. While I may not do structured cardio on my days off. I decided that when I feel like moving I'm still going to move. Like I love dancing and can't resist when I hear music. So I decided I won't punish myself for dancing in general outside of my workout under the guise of over exertion. But, I will follow my plan accurately and make sure I'm eating plenty.

Yesterday, I just kinda had a moment of feeling like I'm gonna sabotage my weight loss...again. But, now I realize I will just keep moving forward. Thank you so much for the great reminders :)

Edited by: TECHIECHI at: 3/22/2012 (11:08)
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3/22/12 9:41 A

TECHIECHI,

I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. Eating too little and exercising too much IS going to hinder your efforts at long term weight loss. In order to stay healthy, you can't dramatically cut your calories. Your body still needs a lot of calories to function properly. Eat too little and you will slow down your body's ability to burn fat.

If you want to REV up your body's metabolism, you need to eat a healthy diet combined with some strength training as part of your regular exercise. Increase your lean muscle with a good strength training program. Muscle burns fat and the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. Don't worry, you will not look like a body builder if you lift a heavy weight or use a resistance band. Women DO NOT pack on muscle the same way men do.

But, if you really want to change your body and fit into smaller sizes, you need to add lean muscle. starving yourself won't give you that snazzy figure. Strength training will. but, it will take time. Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. Take the weight off slowly and it will stay off.

So, do make sure you're eating plenty of foods that nourish your body. Don't cut your calories thinking that will help speed up your weight loss, it won't. The quality of the food you eat matters a lot. Do make sure you're eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies. Do you eat 6-9 servings ? If not, doing that will help you lose weight.

What are you doing for exercise ? Depending on how long your workouts are, you're going to need to eat more.

Weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

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3/21/12 10:55 P

Thank you for the words of encouragement. I did calm down after my mild freak out lol. I knew what to do to boost up my calories with some healthy choices. After I took a moment to breath I know I'm going to be okay. Thanks again! :)

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3/21/12 10:43 P

I will not be the only person to tell you this, but please eat at least your minimums. Your body needs it. I have a couple of snacks between meals (boiled egg, carrots, yogurt, fruit). Something to help keep your energy and make sure stay healthy. You can do this.

TECHIECHI SparkPoints: (4,491)
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3/21/12 9:14 P

I am losing weight and eating healthy and exercising. However I am not eating enough, but I feel full. Now that I am exercising, I have become an over exerciser. Please help me find my center of balance so that I don't burn out :(

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