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8/21/12 10:46 P

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Hey guys (and gals), I had emailed on this page about how I had kept up my diet and daily exercise but couldn't lose any more weight. In fact, nearly 3 weeks had gone by without any noticable change and then, it happened. I dropped 4 pounds, just like that! So, word to the wise, don't give up, hang in there, it may be a slow payoff, but you will certainly check out if you stick with it.

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Hey guys, Loved all these posts...admittedly last week now matter how hard i tried to stay positive, the negative crept in...I had been sick and gained two pounds...but I still stuck with it this past week and found out I had to stay at my minimum, by going below I was not helping myself at all...I do think we all have individual challenges that must be faced but that is why this site is so helpful. We are so lucky there are so many people here who are ready, willing, and able to help. I weighed in today and am down three pounds which makes it eight pounds in four weeks. I am 400+ though...Keep on keeping on, sounds like you've found a big part of your issue too so that is good! At least on Spark Coach you can email a coach too!

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Thank you for your insight and words of encouragement. I have read your message thru a few times today and I'm realizing you are very right. And that I need to trush the good information and experience I'm fortunate enough to get from all the wonderful people here who want to help others become fit, healthy, and feel better about themselves.
I thank all of you so much for your time and for sharing!

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arushing2

i love it!!!!! really that i awesome you have the experience to help so many people because they have not learned the lessons that you have and you have explained it in a fantastic way. I hope you put that into a blog for all to see and please let me know when you do because i would like to pass it along to others that may need help or in one of my spark live classes that i lead.

congrats, you got it!

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"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
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8/20/12 6:31 P

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DAWNLOGA -

I appreciated your note, it has gotten great feedback and info out here for anyone or everyone to take to heart if they choose to do so.

We are all different in different ways . . . but very similar in many other ways!

I can identify with your questions and feelings. That has been me so very much!

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My shock day was Feb 29th ... stripped, I was 299 #.

I did nothing but drop the garbage and empty calories from my intake and managed to lose substantially. By the last day of April down to 279 #.

Figured that I had way too much wt and wanted to get it off in many months rather than many years ! ! ! So I got off the sofa and even got myself out of the house some by the end of May, I was down to 259 #.

Got real serious pushing wts, walking, walk-jogging, jogging, swimming .... squeaky clean diet, one day off per week max. , Added some activities, walking and walk-jogging and by end of June down to 252 #.

Really cranked up the aerobic and physical conditioning to mega areas (for me) and refined my diet. After going extreme . . . little drive, less energy, less conditioning achieved and stuck for 6 weeks at 252 # ! Lost time, lost energy, lost work outs ... lost NO WT.

A few days ago I bumped my nutritional intake way, WAY up. My motivation, my energy and my work-outs are up and I'm putting in more miles and feeling better afterwards. what

I'd suggest reading and hearing and applying a lot of the information and feedback that you have received herein. Many folks, much knowledge, lots of experience and everyone pulling for you.

I'm hard headed and it took hitting the rock wall (yet again) to realize that less nutrients and few calories are not always the best way to go!

I'm all for keeping more fuel in the tank, I'm keeping it "topped-off". Sometimes a person wants to go further than around the block (with the vehicle). Running out of fuel with the vehicle can leave one with few viable or pleasant options. I found that I do not appreciate pushing a vehicle down the road ... just cuz it ain't got no fuel in the tank!

Doing that with my body, and having such a hard head and all . . .has cost me 6 weeks of optimal training/conditioning ... and allowed me the experience of packing excess weight around for an additional month and a half ! ! !

Best wishes and good luck with your endeavors.


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8/12/12 10:23 P

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always remember to "trust the process" do what you are supposed to do, it will work. we will have to tweak it for our specific body but the over all process it the same.
i know i stayed it the fast break stage and stage 2 for several months each. track, eat healthy and clean as possible but also important is to shake your booty!


i did not get heavy overnight and it will not go away over night

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"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
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I appreciate this discussion forum!

I am so very grateful for SparkPeople! The supportive environment is just what I need to keep me on track....

I weighed in this morning and gained 5 lbs. I weigh and measure every morsel that goes in my mouth. I drink only water & coffee with a bit of unsweetened almond milk. No processed food. my food is clean, clean, clean.

What I do have is lymphadema in both legs. When I was treating it (about 100 lbs ago!) I could lose15 - 20 lbs overnight through the lymphatic massage that I used to do. I cannot perform the treatments that I used to due to my excess weight right now....so my legs are painfully tight and huge.

Anyway, I just wanted to put it out there, because I just wanted to be honest and tell you how disappointed I am right now!...and also, how very grateful I am that you are all here supporting me no matter what!

If you guys weren't here, I probably would have caved in and eaten over feeling sorry for myself...but I just didn't find it necessary to do that today! Yea! That is gonna be my woo hoo for the week!

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8/12/12 9:16 P

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My experience shows that this is an individual thing. I have lost 40lbs and still have some way to go. I plateaued for about 5weeks not loosing a single pound. I maintained my physical activities and eating within my calorie limit. Though it was frustrating, not loosing a single pound, I persisted. Now the pounds suddenly have started falling off and lost about 5lbs in 2-weeks. I have stopped being influenced by the scale, rather, I just keep doing what is right.


I can do thisl!!

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I also lose very slow even though I have a large amount to lose. When I track my food and exercise daily I lose but it is slow - when I get over confident and dont track - gain it back.

But after a lot of years being overweight and I mean a lot of years I am now seeing an important part of the program is being consistent.

Eating with range making the best choices you can most of the time, exercise as you should, tracking it all - and just being patience - keep doing what needs to be done - and success will happen.

I don't speak from experience meaning I am not at maintence but when I am consistent even though I dont like what the scale says when I continue doing what I need to do the scale catchs up with it.

I am sure we can all be successful if only we commit and stay true to our program



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I canīt advice you, just share some experience that has convinced me that I really am "an experiment of one"

I had breastcancer nine years ago and came out of treatment in 2004. As my body had taken some serious beating from that chemo I thought I was going to rebuild it during my lasting sickleave and bought a year membership on the gym and started going there five days a week, doing cardio all days and ST two or three. I tracked my food and had about 1800-2000 cal a day. Before cancer that routine would have made me drop kilos very fast. This time - nothing happened at the beginning and then - painfully slow I lost some.

Then the thing that mostly happens happened, I fell off the wagon and went back to my couchpotato me... since then I have made different attempts to lose weight and it has been the same - it has not worked at all in the same pattern it used to before I had cancer. I am blessed with a body that reacts very well on eating healthy, itīs my mind that is the problem...

That started changing in about 2010 - I lived on soup (did not track exactly but I guess I was between 1 - 2000 cal) for a month, did not do that much more exercise - but lost eight kilos.

As I am a compulsive eater with a BED-diagnose I am still fat. BUT it seems to me that my body is back where it was before cancer - that is it loses very quickly if I give it a chance...

My very unscientific conclusion from that cancer experience is that my body got so "frightened" or shocked that it clinged on to every ounce it could - thinking that there was some heavy danger ahead... at that time I thought it was because chemo also destroyed my feet, I have a hard time walking today and I thought that I uncosiously was moving a lot less. As I have gotten rid of my horses I also do a lot less bodywork than I used to in my younger days so it seems kind of natural that I gains some... and that has an impact for sure but my reason for posting this was to tell you that in my opinion stress and other mental stress factors has a lot more to do with how your body reacts than we understand. That is why I am a true believer in that every person is an unique experiment - inside the frames of the laws of energy of course. If you read this far I guess you came across some weird language - I am swedish and english is not my native tongue...hope it is understandable all the same..

Donīt give up. Personally I have come to believe that motivation is a deceitful friend - as long as I thought I must have motivation to change I fell off after a time. Today I think motivation is the starting key - to be used to build habits that just works - like brushing my teeth. Focus on building healthy habits and the rest will come to you.




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I totally agree, Goriana. Coach Dean is definitely one that when he speaks, I listen. He doesn't participate in the community much, but when he does, it's generally mind-blowing!

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8/10/12 8:11 P

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This article might help:

3 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight

https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr
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It's by Dean Anderson. I sure hope he pops up in one of the SparkCoach videos later, because he really gets at the psychology of weight loss.

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8/10/12 6:58 P

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HUNGARIANMAMA- it is hard to tell from your short post and you do not have your fitness and food tracker public to look at, however it is not uncommon to have the scale stop moving once in a while. in those cases you have to look at your non scale victories like your exercise, your measurements, drinking your water, tracking your food, the small victories etc
remember the more you exercise the more you need to eat, sleep and drink
are you cycling your calories
are you eating in your calorie range
did you adjust your fitness to increase your calorie range
are you eating quality calories

BLEGNER1- sorry to hear about DH but stress plays a major factor on weight loss so i would be happy with staying the the same or very small losses right now. see some of the tips above that may help you out...

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8/10/12 5:14 P

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Since the surgery I had the first of March, I have done little as far as weight loss goes. I have not gained but I have not lost, I do have more endurance, but it seems as though my time for working out is at a minimum. My husband has stage four cancer so everything here at the house and in the yard and garden is left up to me. I know that I spend at least two hours a day working in the garden and that includes the time I spend carrying water to all the new shrubs and garden plants daily. That in itself takes around an hour. I fill up a three gallon watering can and carry it to what ever plant I am going to water, water it, then get more. We use a pump to suck the water out of the tub after showers and also out of the washer/ That gives me quite a bit of water especially since we are having a drought. I am really trying to get in to the Y more often, but I seem to be so tired that it is difficult for me to get up and get there in time for the water aerobics.
I guess I am going to have to shake myself up and get on the ball if I want to see the pounds go away.

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8/10/12 3:00 P

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I have been very diligent about my fitness, I have exercised daily since May 30th, changing my workouts each day. I have watched and recorded what I eat. I have derailed occasionally, but get back track. I have stayed at my weight for 3 weeks without any change. I don't know if I am doing something wrong, or not enough, but would really, really like to see some progress.

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8/10/12 2:02 P

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Yup - that was it. Had to change my program and lost all my fitness tracking. Now my calorie range is lower, so maybe that will help.
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Dawnloga, what's your current calorie range? If you think you might be in Spark5, then I'd consider posting in Site Tech Help... I don't think you can change from it?

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Maybe my calorie range is too high? I tried to figure out how to change it and it said to go to my start tab and find weight loss and goal progress - I don't find that. Nothing about goal progress. Then I saw that if you can't see it, you're in the spark5 maitenance program - how do I get out of there? I don't want to lose my tracked fitness? Right now I weigh 190 and I'd like to get down to about 150-160.
I also take insulin, and I have noticed my blood sugars are much more controlled, but that is all I've noticed. I don't sleep better, my clothes are still fitting the same.
As I stated, I cannot drink a large amount of water - I also have diabetes insipidus (water diabetes) and I take medication so my body doesn't dehydrate itself. Weird - with out the nasal spray, my body doesn't conserve any body fluids and I would literally dehydrate to death.
Thanks for all the support and encouragement. I will keep plugging along, but some days it's really tought to motivate when no results are seen.

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Dawnloga, I hope you don't lose your motivation and give up. After all, healthy eating and exercise are important for our health regardless of weight. Of course for those of us who are over a healthy weight we expect making the necessary changes to eat better and exercise to result in change. However, change does not happen over night. I have been exercising consistently for the past two months and tracking my food for about the past two weeks with only 2 pounds lost. Even so, I keep exercising and monitoring my food, because I chose to view my improving fitness as more important than the stagnant number on the scale. As further motivation, I have started measuring to see if I am losing inches since I understand that gaining muscles may at first register as a positive on the scale.

Most importantly, I hope that keeping your eyes on the long term benefits of eating healthy, nutritious foods and staying active will give you the momentum to getting doing the right thing.
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DAWNLOGA, I've been on sparkpeople for a while since 2007 I think. For first 2 years I bearly lost any weight. then the Spark book and I read the book. Started following the advise, it was like starting over and lost 5 pounds the first moth, 9 lbs the secound, 6 lbs the 3 rd month, the 4th month lost 5 lbs. Well in the 6th month hit a plataue and couldn't get the weight loss moving and ended up gaining it all back plus an addictional 5 lbs. So I found that changing things up eating more calories (example one dayconsume the botttom range of your caloric range and the next day eat the high range) and exercise less on alternat weeks. See if this can get your weight loss moving.

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I agree with Bob as well. I've been on SP since early June and have lost 10 lbs. I only weigh in on the 1st and 15th. My blood pressure is excellent, my blood sugar is now under control, I have more energy, I don't get winded as easily, I have more energy, my clothes are looser. I am giving my body the absolute best fuel. I cut out/back on processed foods, eat more fruits & veggies, healthy and lean protein, etc. I exercise 5-6 times per week and make my workouts as efficient as possible, always looking to increase the intensity instead of the time. I've also added strength training 2-3 times per week (so important)! Water, water, water.

I think the tracking and right portions are absolutely essential. don't guess!!

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Great point BobbyD - it took some time to get it on. So true.

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everybody is an experiment of one! follow all the basic rules then adjust to what works for you, sometimes you get it in a few weeks, others it becomes months. but you must stay the course and follow the spark program to be successful in you new healthy journey.

remember we did not put this weight on over night, therefor we should not expect it to go away over night. this journey is about baby steps and how we are going to to from point A to point Z over time.

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
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I really understand! If I eat as people talk about over 1,400 - I gain! Look at my records and you can see this. I track EVERYTHING! and the only way I've been having success is to stay within the 1,200-1,400 range (averaging now about 1,325), and eating BIG - this is large plates of low calorie, high nutrition vegetables. If I eat the same calorie range and have pasta, starches, or anything processed it is like the food just sticks to me. My eating big concept came from trial and error and just keeps things moving through...

Maybe the day I'm able to walk at more than a crawl pace all this will change, but post humerus and tarsal break repairs, my metabolism sucks and it is all about patience. Hang in there and don't give up. Giving up just means you'd be those three pounds heavier next year. My biggest secret is getting happy with the decision to eat less. Every day tell yourself to live a F.U.N. life - future oriented without fear (the future will be better), understanding of others (support others while you're journey is taking time) and a noble purpose (it make take awhile but the result will not only be wonderful for ourselves but a great pay back thank you to all that helped us along the way). I didn't start this journey to fail - I'm going to do this.

You will do this!!!

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Don't lose your motivation. Change your diet and your exercise plan.
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Don't get discouraged. It sounds like you are doing really well. You might be facing what is called a weight plateau, which is an extremely frustrating thing. You end up staying where you are, or fluctuating a pound or two, but with no real progress.

The good news is that when this happens there will eventually be a breakthrough and you will start losing again. Just give it more time, try to stay motivated and remember that your body is adjusting.

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There are many reasons why you may be seeing lesser than expected results on the scale.

#1- If you are not weighing and measuring serving sizes you could be off by more than 30%.
#2-Could be water weight. If you start exercising (particularly lifting weights and strength exercises) you tend to hold more water in the first few weeks to months. The body isn't used to the activity and with soreness comes water weight.
#3- Digestive state can affect things. If you are not having as regular bowl movements as you normally do (often happens when you change diet) you can easily be holding an extra pound or two. Make sure you're drinking enough water and getting enough fiber.
#4- Low water intake. Low water intake can actually increase body weight. Sounds silly but it's true. Water flushes out excess water you may be holding from increased salt intake or increased carb intake. So, if you happen to have a little higher intake of sodium and/or carbs and don't drink enough water you will retain water.
#5- Going back to exercising. Exercise burns glycogen in your muscles. Glycogen is largely glucose and water. So, if you weigh in, in the morning after an evening workout you will most certainly weigh less than you would than if you hadn't workout the night before. This is more noticeable if you are lifting weights. The problem is that if you weigh in one day where you are glycogen depleted and the next weigh in you do it on a full day or two of rest you will probably see less change on the scale.

#6- Due to all of the things above it is best to also track measurements because you can often see changes in measurements and not on the scale. The scale can be deceived, measurements, not as much. I have lost about 25 pounds and have had entire months where I didn't lose much weight but lost several inches between my waist, chest, and hips.

Also, some people just don't lose as fast as others as not everyone's metabolism is the same. You should definitely not go below 1500 for males or 1400 for females, unless you are unusually short.

Your goals minus your doubts equal your results.


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I am usually about 100 calories below recommendations. I walk, ride bike, or strength train at least 30-45 min per day, sometimes more. Scale went up another lb! I don't really notice my clothes fitting differently. Been at this for over 4 weeks - I'm almost at the point of why bother. I don't eat between meals, track my food and fitness daily, and I've been very honest about what I eat. Due to a medical condition, I cannot drink 8 cups of water daily. I get in about 4, plus morning coffee.

I don't know that this will ever turn around for me.

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weight was the same as yesterday

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Sparkpeople gets this question a lot!

Q: If I consume fewer calories than my plan recommends, will I lose weight faster?
A: www.sparkpeople.com/community
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Basically, your body needs a certain number of calories to function. Sparkpeople figures these based on your weight, height, activity level, and goals, and provides you with a range.

When you eat UNDER that range, you actually risk slowing your metabolism! "Starvation mode" is a misnomer, because it really isn't about starvation at all. If you'll read this thread (scroll down to Coach Dean's reply) you'll learn exactly what it is.

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If you aren't losing weight, you may need to eat MORE! I know, it sounds counterintuitive, but it's really not. Our bodies need fuel... food is that fuel. If you don't give it enough, you can't run at your best. You can't drive a car on an empty tank!

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8/7/12 1:55 P

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Keep in mind that different people lose weight different ways. You could be building more muscle, you might not have as much to lose as some of the others, ect. Your beginning weight loss is excellent.

Try not to think of it in pounds on a scale, which can stress anyone out. Look at other things. Is it getting easier to exercise more? Are you eating in a more healthy way? Sleeping better? Fewer medical issues like headaches or body aches? Clothes fitting different? Energy level increasing?

These are all better indicators of the effects of your lifestyle change than what your scale says.

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I have lost 20 lbs weight, and I have been doing this healthy thing since September and Spark people since march. My big hurdles are staying within my calorie range ( i tend to eat at night) and I take insulin, which keeps my blood sugar under control but makes it harder to lose weight. I have lost inches, and am down three sizes, so I am paying attention to other indicators of health, not so much the scale.

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Thanks all! I definitely helps to hear advice from others and know that I'm not alone!

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Good to know I am not alone. But i did lose some inches and that was positive enough for me to keep trying.

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I am also one of "those" people that eats below their calorie range. I get in the right amounts of carbs/protein/fats but not enough food... Very hard to do. I think it's the many years of dieting that has messed up my head and I don't want to eat toooooo much! What a mess I am emoticon
I am also at a standstill in my weight loss and need about 500 Sparks lit under my behind...My goal is to be at my "fighting" weight by my 65th birthday ???? Hmmmmm..... emoticon
emoticon I've got to do this !!

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I agree with Bob, and it most definitely can get frustrating when the weight loss is slow. But, what you MUST think about is keeping up with proper nutrition, water (VERY important), and exercise. Depending on your goal, start small with how many lbs you want to lose. Give yourself a goal of 4-5lbs for the month. Make sure you register on your fitness tracker how many calories you are burning per week so that your calories are adjusted properly. Your body won't respond and that scale won't budge unless you are feeding it the nutrients necessary for it to function so you can actually lose. Plus, water is SO SO important!! It is amazing how much getting your water in can affect your weight loss results. I was horrible with water. I still am not getting 8 cups every day, but I definitely drink way more than I used to. Start your goals small, start with 4 cups a day, exercise 3-4 days a week, and even get some weight training in there. Make sure you adjust your calorie burn to your calorie intake. If you aren't eating enough your body will hold on to whatever it can to function properly. SP has tons of articles on nutrition and fitness. Most importantly is don't give up. You are doing awesome just by reaching out to us for support. You can do this. Take it one step at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I think the same thing happened to me. I went all out for the Challenge that started on April 29. I forget now the exact name. I nearly killed myself working out and not only did I not lose but I gained. Now I am not worrying so much if I go over my calories every once in a while. Don't get me wrong, I still try to stay inside my range every day. I also pay a lot of attention to nutrients. That can be a lot more work because a lot of things other people put on the site only have the number of calories. I'm sure that works for some people but I need to know exactly how I am doing. I have a very sweet daughter and son-in-law who have me to dinner once or twice a week so I have to work hard to try to figure out what she makes has in it. So all together as a team, let's lose that weight and get on with our lives!!

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glad you guys chimed in because this is a very hard concept to to follow but very necessary

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I believe sparkpeople never recommends anyone eat less than 1400. Like Bobby and Anita say, eating too little can put your body in starvation mode, and the exercise can aggravate that. Though 3 pounds may not be bad. People who lose 10 pounds in a month are probably shedding some water weight, that is, usually weight that is not reflective of body fat. So like I probably gained 5 ounds during the holidays from eating too much, eating sodium and that sort of thing. Those 5 pounds came off okay and then it was about 1 pound a week eating in my calorie range.

If you haven't lost water weight it could be that you didn't have those habits before, or you might not be drinking enough?

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I agree with everything Bob said.. .. it is so true if you are eating below your calories you will not lose that much.. and I say this because when I am below.. I do not lose..and the 1 to 1.5 lbs is a safe amount each week, I think when you see someone who weights 400 lbs and has never worked out or ate healthy.. and when they start their journey they drop like 20 lbs in the first week, I think that is alot of fluid and .. I know for me in the begining I was losing like 5 lbs a week. now it takes me 5 weeks to lose 5lbs..
Stick with it though there is more to this then the number on the scale.


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first you can or should not go below your calorie range?
second did you have spark adjust your calorie range with the amount of exercise you do?
do you have your date set correctly for when you want to reach your goal?
do you cycle calories (high and low days)
how is the quality of your calories and are you hitting your goals for protein, fats and carbs
if you do not eat enough you can put your body into starvation mode, that is not a lack of food but more so a lack of proper nutrients.
do you change to food you eat?
do you change your workouts? high intensity, low intensity different ones daily or weekly

these are a few things you can do to see where you stand

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
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Dawn- I'm having the same problem as well. I've been very consistent on being honest with my food tracker and my fitness tracker. I have been on SP since February and have yet to lose any weight. It is definitely very frustrating!!

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I am amazed when I see people on here who have lost 10 lbs in the first month or so. I have been very dilligent about tracking my food (and being honest) and have been exercising daily -walking, biking, workouts at home. I have lost 3 lbs so far. Waaaaaa - I want to see that scale move!
I'm actually under my recommended calories - usually 12-1300 per day. I even bought a new battery for my scale thinking that was the issue - wrong.
I'm losing motivation. Sometimes I feel like, why bother doing all this.

I'm hoping this team will help me stay motivated.

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