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6/28/14 5:06 P

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Some organizations prefer NASM over ACE for whatever reason...so I'm getting both so I won't run into any problems when I go to add on some of the specialized certifications awarded by these organizaitions.

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6/27/14 8:03 P

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Ive already looked into that lol

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6/27/14 1:49 P

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I wouldn't recommend starting either until you look into how people are doing in your area in that profession. In out town it's rough going as either.

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6/27/14 11:03 A

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I had thought about going get becoming a PT and HC myself but I havent made up my mind yet lol!!! You all have helped me out so much! I have started tracking my nutrition on here so hopefully I can get back to making progress soon!

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6/27/14 10:49 A

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I couldn't agree more about the MyPlate stuff! Same rule applies to Health Coach. Drives me nutz! It's just not that cut and dried for everyone.

And VERY GOOD POINT about the micros. If I don't get plenty of iron and vitamin D, I run into trouble!

You sound like me, reducing an entire scientifically metabolic process down to "My body freaked out". emoticon

I'm certified with ACE, as well. Over 9 years now. But honestly, the most knowledge I have is from 28 years of practical experience in the gym. All getting certified did was give me credibility.

My Health Coach cert I just got this past November. That was much harder than I anticipated. It's also with ACE.

Why are you looking at a second PT cert?

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6/26/14 9:04 P

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I wasn't under eating...I was taking in 2200 calories a day and that's the caloric intake that makes me lose weight. If I want to gain I drop to 1800 and if I want maintenance I take in 2000. Then boom!!! one day my weight loss stalled - I weigh myself everyday so I knew something was wrong. My body freaked out when I took in the fries because I hadn't eaten anything crazy for a long time.

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I didn't know that NancyAnne!!! I'm currently studying for ACE and after I get that cert...NASM is next. I take my RD certification test sometime in 2015 after I graduate and ummmm nutrition is HARD ya'll!!!!! The only thing that I don't like about registered dieticians and/or the field is that they are certified to teach people nutrition by following My Plate guidelines which drives me nuts. The good thing is that the MyPate website does disclaim all over their website that though they have regulated guidelines that everybody is different and should eat and exercise accordingly and THAT makes me happy. Whew!!! I hope to work solely with the obese in disadvantaged communities to help them learn proper nutrition for themselves and their children and to help them get healthy.

Back on topic!!!
Also when you track don't only pay attention to the macros, take a look at your micros too to make sure you're not vitamin deficient anywhere. That's important too - nutrients help your body to work properly ahem burn fat and drop weight properly. I struggle with Vitamin D because I no longer eat fish, but I do supplement it to try to get out of the deficiency trouble zone (I hope it's working).

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6/26/14 3:28 P

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Very true! I didnt think of that :) I'll start logging today and see if I can figure out where I am messing up lol!

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6/26/14 12:22 P

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Blackandi brings up a good point in that sometimes it is that you are UNDER eating for your fitness level, and that stalls weight loss. When she ate the french fries, it reved her metabolism back up and she was able to lose again. That's one of the many things that you might discover by logging food and exercise. And if you do it here on Spark for a week or so, I can take a look (I'm a Personal Trainer and Health Coach) and will more than likely be able to give you some specific recommendations. :-)

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6/26/14 11:37 A

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Thank you both for your advice! I will try a few things and see what happens!!

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6/25/14 8:49 P

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Also, I agree with NancyAnn re: tracking your food and exercise+ taking pics every month and sticking them in your journals or on Spark with dates. It's very important. I posted some of the notebooks I have kept from 2008 on IG the other day. I still track everyday. My journals tell me how to get that 6 pack...yes I had a 6 pack twice, how to build muscle, how to cut fat, how to train for summer (bikini body), how to increase my endurance quickly, how often I stretch because that's important too, etc. Tracking my wins and failures are a habit of mine now. I am currently at week# 307.

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6/25/14 8:32 P

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To get rid of the last 10lbs which was super hard for me back in 2009 I took the advice of my mentor and ate a large fries from McDonalds...I shocked my body and my weight loss started moving again. If you're eating that good and you're working your butt off then it's time for a shock. And after that not only did I drop that last 10lbs I dropped 10 more. *shrugz* Some may say it's bad advice, but it worked for me and that's all I can go by. Everybody "every body" is different experiment a little.

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6/25/14 5:45 P

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It might be time to start keeping one, recording every morsel you put in your mouth, along with the macros (cards, protein, fat) and calories of the foods with daily totals. You might be surprised by what you find. Spark's is very good!

Also, record your workouts.

Like I said, when it comes to the last few pounds, the devil is in the details.

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6/25/14 3:38 P

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I dont keep a food journal even though I probably should but like I said, I still to a very tight meal plan. I eat things like chicken, white rice, hamburger (only with seasonings. No bun or cheese), lots of green veggies, and my breakfasts are usually two bananas with almond milk blended into a smoothie with some other fruit at times or my pre-workout protien if I plan on working out in the morning that day

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6/25/14 12:56 P

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Usually the last 10 pounds comes down to the details in the diet, not the workouts. Are you tracking your food?

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6/24/14 2:37 P

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Oops sorry for the double post

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6/24/14 2:27 P

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I stick very close to a paleo outlines for my diet due to my gluten intolerance. I rarely stray off it but occasionally have a cheat meal but nothing crazy

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6/24/14 12:06 P

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How is your diet?

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6/24/14 10:17 A

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My weight always fluctuates around my period thats normal. I am about 90 days out from reaching my goal if I really PUSH HARD!

I have lost around 15 pounds and have about 10 more to go. My main thing is that I am stuck not loosing inches, my scale weight doesnt overly bother me due to the muscle I have and I continue to build. But the little belly and muffin top have got to go! Yet they seem like they are clinging to those areas for dear life....

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6/23/14 2:59 P

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I dunno where you are in your weight loss journey or how long you've been on the plateau, but I hit plateaus under two situations:

(1) my period. once a month, I gain a bunch of weight. last month I jumped eight pounds in three days. dunno why my body chooses to hold water like that, but it does. and then a week later it just falls away.

(2) I didn't have a lot of body fat left to lose. I'm built like Serena Williams. I'd love to have slimmer hips and thighs, but I got to a place where losing more weight meant boney ribs and a gaunt face and I still had more padding than I wanted on my hips. I finally had to just accept that I'm not built like a lingerie model. I dress myself in body conscious tops and loose twirly skirts and when I'm tempted to be grumpy about the size of my thighs, I try to remind myself how strong they are and just move on.

Dunno if that's helpful, but that's what it's been like for me.


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6/23/14 11:15 A

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So I have been pushing myself harder and harder and I have lost quiet a bit of body fat. But recently I hit a plateau. I have stopped loosing inches around my waist and hips....
I change up my routine to keep from adapting to doing the same workouts over and over and rotate days and such. I have been following an eating plan for months now.

What do you suggest to get passed this wall? Have you every just stopped making progress when things were really going well???

Help???

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