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WATERDIAMONDS
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6/12/12 3:20 P

I understand your frustration, and I'm sorry you're going through this under such a tight deadline--the wedding.

But I do believe the process works over time. Like anything you have to tweak it to make it best for your particular circumstances.

Of course, you don't have that much time to meet your current goal, but perhaps you might take a long-range view and consider how much you're improving your health by exercising and eating correctly?

Changing your weight-loss parameters will help the weight come off. But sticking to healthy eating and healthy exercise will bring greater overall improvement to your life than may seem possible right now.

At any rate, I do wish you the best on this journey.




SCRIBBLES_TAM
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6/12/12 10:44 A

This has just become way too complicated for me.



TONKA14
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6/12/12 10:26 A

Sorry - from your Start page under the My Goals and Progress heading on the left hand side click the CHANGE GOAL link associated with the "Calories to Burn This Week" section. Be sure you have set up your exercise section to match what you are doing, calories you are burning each week etc.

Tanya



SCRIBBLES_TAM
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6/12/12 10:18 A

The link you attached doesn't work.



TONKA14
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6/12/12 10:10 A

If you know how many calories you are burning through exercise you can use that to adjust the exercise portion of your program. It sounds to me that you are not eating enough to support your workout level so your body is holding on to the fat stores as energy. Did you check your program to be sure it is set up correctly for what you are doing?

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/fitness_edit.a
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Tanya



SCRIBBLES_TAM
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6/12/12 10:03 A

That's just it. I HAVE been patient (I think three months definitely qualifies as patient) and I haven't seen ANY positive results. My clothes have become tighter (including my dress), my pictures look the same, and my measurements have increased. Yeah, muscle, I know...but I was supposed to LOSE weight...and if not weight, at least inches, and neither has happened. I think there's a problem with the formulae used on this site, particularly if it's not changing my calorie intake range in light of my exercise. Now I have to go find a new dress...nice.



SCRIBBLES_TAM
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6/12/12 9:58 A

So why doesn't the website take that into account and how am I supposed to figure that out on my own? I'm doing 30 minutes of interval training with Jillian Michaels iFit program on my elliptical 5 to 6 days a week. They're progressive workouts too, so it's not like my program is in a rut. I've been patient...three months of patient and that dress doesn't fit any better...in fact, I think it's a bit tighter. I'm drinking 60 to 80 ounces of water a day, so water and glycogen aren't the problem. Now I have about two weeks to lose the 10 pounds I wanted to (the "big shift" you were talking about). Focusing on improving my strength, etc., isn't going to make that dress fit on June 30th, which is 18 days away). And I've trusted this process for three months and all I've done is gain weight. I don't have a thyroid problem (been checked three times), I'm getting 8 hours of sleep, eating well, stress in check...I'm of the opinion that this website isn't delivering on what it promotes. Good thing it's free. Not impressed or happy with Sparkpeople!



SCRIBBLES_TAM
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6/1/12 2:32 P

I've been at this for three months and I keep gaining and losing the same 2 pounds. I've never had trouble losing weight before and muscles are supposed to have memory. And I don't have that much time until June 30th. 29 days. So I need results now...so discouraged and frustrated. And fed up.



TONKA14
Posts: 4,947
6/1/12 10:46 A

Also, be sure your program is set to match the amount of exercise you are doing. It could be you need slightly more calories because of increased intensity. It is also possible that all your muscles are holding on to more water with glycogen and once the muscles have adjusted to your workout the extra water will be dropped and you will see a big shift on the scale. Be patient, trust the process and focus on your improving strength, stamina and reaching goals.

Coach Tanya



JENMC14
Posts: 2,707
6/1/12 10:41 A

How long have you been at this? Some gain is normal in the beginning when one adds exercise after being sedentary for a long time. Your muscles tend to retain water. Also, make sure your calories burned are accurately plugged into your fitness page (where you list your goal for the week) so that your range is accurate and you're eating enough. You have to give it time. Don't just go by the scale. Take pictures, take mesasurements. Try on a certain pair of pants every week to see if they feel differently. The scale is but one way to determine results, and it's not the most accurate at that. Body weight is fluctuating all the time. Just be patient, you will see results.



SCRIBBLES_TAM
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6/1/12 10:27 A

So after staying in my calorie range religiously, including meeting all my targets and not going over even my sodium range, I had the pleasure of gaining two pounds again this week. This is thanks to, I'm sure, all the intense cardio I've done with Jillian Michaels. I'm really looking forward to my dress for my friend's wedding not fitting by June 30th. I've never been more excited. emoticon



 
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