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3/7/10 8:50 P

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The sunshine of the past weekend was just the shot in the arm I needed...have been out doing my Nordic Walking / Jogging for HOURS both yesterday and today...woo hoo!

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

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3/7/10 8:25 P

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I am finding my energy levels going down as well but for me I think it is do in part to cabin fever and spring fever rolled into one. Try to get outside as much as possible to soak in the vitamin D and if it isn't sunny where you are look into taking a supplement. As it has been said in previous posts just take it one day at a time and it will get better!!

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life!!

The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!!


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3/5/10 11:17 A

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Keep your head up, take it one day at a time & don't give up if you have a bad day, just get right back on it!!!

~Debi~ ~Carpe Diem~

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3/5/10 6:32 A

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GREAT job!! sounds like you have made some wonderful, healthy changes!! i did the losing fast thing, too..and it wrecked me for losing. i messed up my metabolism. (please know i did this 3 times...lost 60 in 12 weeks twice and 92 in 20 weeks once)
I WISH i had done it the right way. slow, steady, healthy diet.
sounds to me like you are doing everything right..let your body adjust and you will get results!!
I still say once a week on the rest..please dont get discouraged if you dont see overnight changes!!!
keep us posted!!
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3/4/10 8:38 P

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Nightskystar, thank you for bringing up some very good issues that I seem to have not addressed in my first post.

1. Calories I typically intake: between 1400 - 1790 /day, meeting all my carb/protein/fat goals. In fact when I first started, I noticed I wasn't meeting my calorie intake, so I'm eating more now than before. (For example I had a home made steak burger yesterday - btw, waaay better for you and tastier than from any diner or fast food place)

2. I'm only on average doing 10 to 15 minutes more of cardio than I was before I started on SP

3. I've lost weight quicker than this before a few years back (from a size 16 to a size 6 in 10 weeks - and kept it off) when I wasn't exercising but made a few different changes in my lifestyle: changed jobs to a better paying one and had a nice month in between to relax; switched to all natural and organic ingredients for my cooking; completely eliminating high fructose corn syrup, MSG and RBGH from my diet; upped my calorie intake between 2,200 and 3,000 a day, while eating 6 to 8 meals a day with snacking in between instead of intaking all my 1,500 calories in one meal.

4. I recently stopped taking the birth control pills (about 2 months ago, gained well over 45 lbs when on them), and the doc said to expect the weight loss, and that the hormones won't be fully out of my system for another 6 months. To tell the truth, I've had a lot more energy recently while off the hormones, yesterday just felt like a relapse (and after starting my exercise my energy came back, I should just probably have went to sleep earlier the night before emoticon ).

What I'm doing different this time around to before is that my calorie intake is based on the SP suggestions. I've been customizing my meal plan to fit within the SP guidelines. I'm also doing strength training, and a bit more cardio, which is something I wasn't doing all those years back when I lost weight the first time around. This time I actually want to be more toned.

P.S. I've been weighing myself and taking measurements almost every day as an experiment. I've been wanting to see if varying the amounts of carbs/fats/protein in my diet (within the min-max goals according to SP, of course) has any immediate effect on the speed at which I tone/burn fat, and if so in what proportion. Plus seeing my measurements steadily go down even if my weight doesn't has still had it's own moral boost.

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3/4/10 6:20 A

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first off, most experts think it best to do your weight and measurements once a week not daily. thats just setting yourself up for getting discouraged.
Second...this isnt the biggest loser, where they have unhealthy huge losses every week and work out to the exhaustion point...remember they are medically supervised and constantly monitored.
Shoot for a healthy 1-2 pound a week loss. if the scale doesnt show it and the measurements do, you ARE losing.
If you get too tired, or sore, your body is telling you something!!! slow down...give yourself at least one rest day. make sure you are eating at least 1200 cals a day...and that they are healthy cals. And hopefully you got doctor approval before starting??
Hang in...be kind to yourself. We are here to help!!
Keep us posted on how you are doing!!
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3/3/10 10:07 P

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That's one HECKUVA workout regimen for someone who is lacking energy and motivation...!

Balance...this is not a 100 yard dash.

Patience...you are building a new lifestyle!

Pace yourself and I think you'll find your energy and motivation will have greater staying power...

Don

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Tell Me What Is It You Plan To Do With Your One Wild & Precious Life? ---Mary Oliver

Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

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3/3/10 9:29 P

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It's very hard to keep a high level of motivation when you are tired. I think you should make sleep a priority for tonight. Then, with a really good night sleep under your belt, plan a different, but exhilarating exercise routing for tomorrow (perhaps find some new up music, do something outside, get a friend or relative to take a bike ride or something different). I also find that my energy level goes in peaks and valleys - but what is important is to stick with it. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

JK - From Long Island, NY

When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change!
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3/3/10 8:30 P

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So I joined SP on Tuesday Feb 23, at 5'8" and 196 lbs, (I had already gone down from 198 lbs two days beforehand), I got down to 190 lbs by Sunday the 31st, and have been stagnating at that weight since. SP advised me to up my fitness goals around Friday, because I had already exceeded and doubled my calories burned per week goal by then. With the exception of last Thursday (which for now is set as an off day for cardio), I've been doing at least 30 min of cardio/day from walking, playing DDR, general dancing in the house, to heavy cleaning (yes, that apparently counts).

I've also been taking measurements since Thursday, and those have been steadily going down, even though my weight hasn't. I should note that I have been keeping within my calorie/carb/protein/fat requirements. I have been having a problem meeting my potassium requirements though.

I've been waking up more and more tired and sore every day though, and later in the day. I don't know if this is because of the switch in my routine, or because DH has had a recent shift in schedule (more free time) and has been insisting on playing WoW up until the wee hours of the morning, thus keeping me up too.

I'm keeping strength training to 3 days a week (wed, friday, sunday). I'm supposed to do both strength training and cardio for today (woke up at 6 PM, exhausted), and am having a very hard time finding the motivation to do so. I'm still tired, feeling a bit hazy (I think my dust allergies have been acting up a bit too), and just overall not in a good mood.

Thursday's Measurements
Weight: 191
Waist: 33
Hips (measured around the butt area): 46
Neck: 14
Thigh: 29
Calf: 18.5
Upper Arm: 14
Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.72

Today's Measurements
Weight: 190
Waist: 32.25
Hips (measured around the butt area): 45.25
Neck: 13.75
Thigh: 27.5
Calf: 17.5
Upper Arm: 13
Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.71

How do I keep my energy levels up?

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