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4/13/14 10:58 A

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Ok so some thoughts off the top of my head. Are you drinking enough water, not diet soda, but water? Next are you measuring everything as best as you can? I found out rather quickly after I began to measure that I was under estimating what I was eating. I probably dropped 200-400 calories a day once I started measuring. Are you eating high sodium foods? Are you eating enough? Are you getting enough fats and protein? Are you doing any strength work? If so you could be adding muscle at a similar rate to you dropping. Eventually it will pay off and you'll see start to see the loss. Are you eating your fitness calories? I know some people see they burned 200 calories and think ok I have those to eat. Also you mention eating your normal dinner, what is a normal dinner for you? This could be where you are accidentally sabotaging yourself. Good luck and hang in there! emoticon

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4/13/14 10:27 A

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Tina - I think that's what drives me nuts about the tracker too - it doesn't really fit into the time I have, and I feel like it drives me insane. May have to try doing it for the high fat/calorie foods though to get moving. Even though my weight isn't decreasing something must be happening as I went to buy some clothes yesterday and the sizes weren't what I expected :-)

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4/11/14 4:22 P

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I am the opposite, especially with things like salad I will track my lettuce, I will track anything that is a prepared salad or is high fat/calories (like blue cheese crumbles, tabbouli, tofu, things like that) but for every little scoop or handful of other veggies I just chalk it up to fresh goodness and I don't stress over it. For me some things are worth taking the extra time, sometimes I just need to get on with my day and not be obsessive. I do keep a measuring cup and 2 measuring spoons at my desk for things like oatmeal, yogurt, nuts, etc. but when it comes to fruit and veggies small differences aren't going to make or break your day. That's one thing I like about Weight Watchers (one of the few things actually) is that they don't have you count fresh freggies...because the fiber and crunch factor naturally keep you from going particularly insane on them to where it would affect any weight loss!

But everyone has the method that works best for them, this is just how I handle it to keep sane.

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4/11/14 2:53 P

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I got a digital food scale from amazon.com for about $16 and I measure everything with it. you can measure and track with a good set of measuring cups as well and you can find them anyplace and for really cheap too.

when I started tracking my food and getting serious about portions I was shocked to see how much I was actually eating. it will definately be an eye opener.

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4/11/14 2:50 P

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I'm like Bethany. I don't do exact messurements. I get a general idea.
Usually my romaine is about a cup (probably more or less), tomato, cucumber, carrots, ect.
I make a rough estimate and sometimes it may a bit higher then it actually is but it's a rough idea. Also if you typically do the same type of salad, you can save it under grouping (in the nutrition tracker) so you don't have to keep typing it over and over again (i do this for my salads).


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4/11/14 2:33 P

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When I make a salad I track every ingredient. You can type it in on your food tracker and find it, or you can type it in yourself (if it has a nutrition label). I don't always measure out by veggies, I do some guessing about how much I put in. But I still track!

I agree with the others. I would start by tracking everything you eat (good or bad) and see where you are at. For me that has helped a TON!

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4/11/14 1:58 P

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How do you all track things like salad? I portion my dressing and any cheese but for things like your cucumber or chopped pepper...do you measure all that too?
I am not on any medication and have only changed my breakfast and lunch - still eating a normal home cooked supper.

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4/11/14 11:14 A

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Tina's questions where what I was going to start asking. You still need to eat a balance meal.
And giving up certain foods you love will make you more frustrated. I love the breakfast sandwiches from some places too. I have ended up making my own breakfast sandwich.
Wheat english muffn, 2 white eggs, turkey sausage and light cheese with a little butter on my toast. It does not take much to make a bad choice into a healthy choice you love.

I would start tracking what you eat. Make sure you are eating in the range you should be in.
After you track for a week please let us know what you noticed and if it helped.

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4/11/14 10:58 A

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I know how you feel. It was a really long time before I was able to figure out what worked for me and for a long time I didnt lose but only gained and then I went through a period of just having gave up and sat on my butt and gained even more.

when I finally it my turning point something just snapped and I was able to make all the changed that I needed to make to be successful.

#1 for me was moving as much as I can. not just exercise but activity. doing house work or wandering around the mall, anything that keeps me from sitting down and vegging out. I have to plan activities on weekends so I dont sit all day and do nothing becaus if I do I may lose my momemtum and start back into my unhealthy habits. I exercise 6 days a week and wear a spark activity tracker. to help keep me moving and to know if I have been active enough for the day. keep your body moving and you will start to see changes.

#2 I had to stop snacking completely. I like to eat all day long and snacking gets me through the day. so I plan meals that I can snack on but its limited. once that meal is gone then that is it. keeps me from exceeding my calories and feeling hungery all day. I also had to stop eating sugar. fruit is ok but nothing with added sugar, and no refined carbs at all! none. refined carbs act just like sugar in your body and they store the same way. if you want to eat yogurt for breakfast get a greek variety plain with fresh fruit is best and 100% whole grain english muffins or toast. dont drink your calories. I have a coffee in the morinig that I sweeten with stevia and the rest of the day I drink water. look into Clean Eating. that my help you plan some really awesome stick with you meals that wont add to your bottom line. the less foods you eat that are processed the better. I feel a ton better after making the transition.

#3 stick to it, even if your are not seeing progress right this second you will eventually and for all you know that 2 pound gain could be muscle. especially if you are working out then your changing something. we all want to see results right away and it can be so discouraging when we dont. I know because I have been there. but dont give up. Spark people will be here for you no matter what.

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4/11/14 10:01 A

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I know it sounds counter intuitive, but are you eating ENOUGH? With making big changes like that all at once your body can go into panic mode and think you are starving it and try to hold on for the upcoming potential famine. Are you tracking your foods and getting a healthy balance of fat and protein along with the veggies, and fueling your body for the new exercise?

If you are not over restricting, did you take your measurements at the beginning, and can you feel a difference in your clothes? Sometimes with a new exercise program especially the scale won't move, but your body composition will start changing.

Have you started any medication this month that might be changing the way your body reacts, causing bloating or fluid retention or weight gain?

If you've taken all that into account and everything is feeling right with your program, then you might want to go to the doctor and see if there is something that may be affecting you medically that would lead to weight gain, or at least no weight loss.

Just remember, making the healthy changes is the most important thing for your future health. The weight will sometimes have a mind of its own, but keep moving towards healthier habits and the everything else will come together when it's ready. You got this!!

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4/11/14 8:39 A

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Can I vent a little and ask for some ideas? I have been working at healthier habits for a month now. I have switched from eating a fastfood breakfast to most days having either low fat yogurt with granola or a whole wheat enligsh muffin with peanut butter and banana. I ahve switched from a fast food lunch to salad most days. I have gone from no exercise to between 15-45 minutes approximately four days a week. I have also started limiting my diet soda. In a month...I've gained two pounds. What the heck!? It's very discouraging. I knew i may not say a huge change the first week or so, but after a month I figured I'd see something...not a gain. Any ideas?

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