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1/25/14 8:40 A

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That is a good plan. You can do it.

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

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1/24/14 11:17 P

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Thank you for the replies. I had already read the plateau articles and found them really helpful. I have been using my tracker regularly for quite a while but only recently discovered about linking it with my activity tracker. With the new exercises with this challenge I'm hoping a little adjustment on calories will soon have me losing again. In the meantime I decided to just keep on doing what I know is good for me and not let the scale be my only measure of success.

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1/23/14 8:10 P

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here are a few links about dealing with the dreaded plateaus. what i can tell you is that they last a week to 6 weeks, eating fewer calories is not the answer, change everything you do(foods you eat, when you eat, what you drink, how much you drink, how long you exercise, how hard you exercise, sleep patterns etc)
know this is not the time to give up and if you have been eating too little calories for a long time it is going to take a while to get thru the plateau.

a typical woman(150 lbs) needs around 2000 calories per day, figure how many calories you burn each days during fitness and exercise activities all the other stuff you are doing look what you need to fuel your body just to maintain and keep it healthy.

you are may be putting you body into starvation mode. starvation diet does not mean the absence of food. it means cutting the total caloric intake to less than 60% of what the body requires. it slows you metabolism so you can't drop weight as easy or even gain and you body does not getting enough nutrients.

just an example if you need 2000 per day to maintain weight. you only eat 1500 which is ok but then you burn 1000 you end up with a net of 500 calories. with a net of 500 your body is starving for nutrients and begins to hold onto everything you put into so you can actually gain weigh on 500 calories per day. good rule of thumb is never go below 1200 calories net. if you have been doing this to you body it may take several weeks to turn it around to get back to normal.

hope this helps
bobby


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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 do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.


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5 Mile 41:26
10k 50:28
13k 1:10:32
HM 2:02 PR


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1/23/14 1:15 P

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Unfortunately plateaus are a fact of life. I keep hearing that not eating enough causes plateaus. In my own personal experience I have seen it.

I had been eating 1000-1200 per day and exercising. I stopped losing weight.
I upped my calories to between 1300-1500 per day and still exercising. And I lost 3 lbs in 1 week. The calories I am eating now still do not mesh with the tracker, still says I am not eating enough. But I am seeing loss again so I am happy. If I it another plateau I will raise again, not lower.

good luck

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1/23/14 12:17 P

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I am not sure if it's best to set my calorie tracker to link with my fitness minutes or just use the automatic setting that doesn't count my activity.
I'll give a little bit of background. I started my new lifestyle last January and lost about 80 lbs last year.My only exercise until this challenge was walking. I still need to lose more weight and I knew the ending would be harder than the beginning. Since about the middle of Dec I haven't lost anything and this week I actually gained two pounds. I had a stressful holiday time. My mom was sick and then passed away two days before Christmas. The first week of January I found this challenge and decided it would be good for me to jump on board. I wanted to find some new exercises to help me get my train moving again. Last week in reading on Spark I learned about setting your calories to link with your activity tracker. Since I'm doing new and more exercise and I was still not losing at all I thought maybe I need to adjust my tracker. So for a couple days I set it to link with my fitness and I ate more calories. I do weigh everyday because of a heart condition and my weight is sent to a nurse to monitor. I've actually not been looking at the number everyday though because I wanted to stay motivated for this challenge and not let the scale discourage me. After a few days I decided this morning to look and I was up two pounds. Not only that but I must have pushed something a little too hard because my back is very stiff today. I am just not sure if there is something I'm missing. I'm tracking my food, not eating junk, doing my workouts, drinking my water, getting my sleep. I'm doing everything I know and everything that should equal results. With over 50lbs yet to lose I'm not feeling very good these days about making goal. Any insight anyone could lend would be so appreciated. Should I give it a few more days with my calories linked to my fitness or go back to the standard calorie range? I know the scale isn't the only way to measure results, but it broke my heart to see that gain after waiting so long to see a loss and working so hard to break the plateau.

Leslie (eastern time, GA)

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