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KIMBAASHWORTH SparkPoints: (14,268)
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7/3/12 10:39 P

Thank you all so much for your help and encouragement! I am a totally different person now, then I was at over 300 pounds, but I won't TRULY be happy until I see the scales weigh me in at under 200pounds. I know that is not necessarily a healthy statement or way to think, but it's the truth.

I have completely cut out soda, other then a VERY occasional treat, and it used to be a 2 liter a day habit. I incorporate a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables into my meals, frozen when I can't get fresh, but clearly, I have been too strict with my calories.

The other issues I know I need to work on, are a more healthy pattern of sleep, and making sure I eat breakfast every day. I no longer take blood pressure meds, diabetes meds, asthma meds, or acid reflux meds because of the changes in diet and lifestyle I started in 2010.

I had knee surgery this past April, which set me back because the doctor wouldn't clear me for exercise for 6 weeks after the surgery. I want to run a 5K with my husband on his 40th birthday in August, but I'm afraid I may have re-injured my knee 2 nights ago at our local high school track. I got distracted while running, and stumbled, and then the pain came.

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (29,266)
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7/3/12 10:16 P

Hi KIMBAASHWORTH.

For what it's worth, I routinely eat at the high end of my range (1550) and sometimes over and I have lost weight so totally unlike the "old days" of 1200 or less calories!

If I had known that eating to lose works, I would have not tortured myself so much all those yrs before. Always before, it seemed like a huge uphill battle. It was awful!

The other thing: quality of food matters. I dramatically increased the veggies (I could go weeks w/o veggies before). They seem to act as insurance for times when I go more over than normal. They really are magic to me and I will keep up w/ them forever now that I SEE what they can do! They are part of why I now subscribe to this whole thing being a lifestyle rather than "diet." I get it now, and because of that, will never, ever have to "diet" again. Amen!

When it comes to losing weight, it's at least 80% what we put in our mouths. Exercise gets & keeps us fit. Still vitally important, but not in the same way as nutrition.

Good luck to you! And congrats, too! You have lost a lot of weight and should be very proud. You are obviously a very hard worker and probably just need to tweak your nutrition a/o calories.

KIMBAASHWORTH SparkPoints: (14,268)
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7/3/12 9:12 P

Thank you so much for your help, I haven't recent anything except my weight, and I am WAAY more active then I was when I signed up!

LILLIPUTIANNA Posts: 1,038
7/3/12 8:39 P

Yep. It sounds to me like you are working out a lot, and your calorie needs are higher than you think. Time to recalculate!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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7/3/12 8:34 P

Hi Kim,

You may want to reset your data, if you have not already done so. This includes your current weight, goal weight, time frame to reach your goal weight and calories burn goal. SparkPeople's program will then generate a range for you based on this information.

Coach Nancy

KIMBAASHWORTH SparkPoints: (14,268)
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7/3/12 8:15 P

Thank you for your answer, I have heard and read lots about "Starvation Mode", but I thought that only happened when you consumed under 1000 calories a day. The upper limit of my calories is 1550, but it has never changed, and I've been sparking for over a year.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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7/3/12 7:16 P

Hi Kim,

Eating 1200 calories or less may be just the problem. When we do not eat enough to support our every day biological functioning (growing new cells, fighting illness, regulating heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, etc) than our body does what it needs to do to survive and that means clinging to every calorie you do consume. In other words your body begins to conseve the calories your are eating which leads to a slow down in your weight loss.

1200 calories is the least number of calories one should consume, but this figure is more for those women close to her goal weight and who are not very active. The more you weigh, the more calories you need to keep your normal biological functions occuring. Add exercise and your body needs even more.

My suggestion is to make sure you are eating within the calorie range SparkPeople has set for you based on your current level of activity and to give it at least 8 weeks before you decide what you are doing is not working. Remember, too, that your weight is not a static number. Our bodies weight will fluctuate especially if we are doing a more intensive workout as our body will tend to hang onto a little more fluid to load your glycogen stores, cool you off while increasing blood volume.

So to make a long story short, you must eat to lose.

Coach Nancy

KIMBAASHWORTH SparkPoints: (14,268)
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7/3/12 6:00 P

I have been eating right and exercising since the spring of 2010. I was down to 206lbs in March of 2011, from almost 350lbs. I slowly crept back up to about 260 by the beginning of this year, and then became more focused on my workouts. I have managed to get back down to 240.4 lbs, and have been stuck here, gaining and losing the same few pounds over and over again!

I have read every article known to man on how to break plateaus and tried them all, nothing is working. I work out almost every day, if I take a day off it's usually on the weekend. I am mixing up my workouts, some days I do Tabata, others I do boot camp type stuff, and every other day I am doing a couch to 5K program, which is intervals of walking and running for about a half an hour.

I'm a 39 year old female who is between 5 feet 3 and 4, and I have a fairly large frame. I journal EVERYTHING I eat, if I bite it, I write it. I consumer as close to 1200 calories a day as I can get, sometimes a little over or a little under. I'm also keeping to my goals of fats, proteins, carbs, and fiber.

I feel like giving up! I haven't eaten fast food in 3 months, and we make 98% of our meals from scratch.

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