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05-01-2007, 07:51 AM
hi everyone :)

I weigh about 220lbs and 2 weeks ago I got fed up with everything so I joined my local gym and vowed not to give up (Even though I am possibly one of the laziest people by nature) I started going as soon as I joined, and I've been 12 times in the past 14 days, i do a good 25 mins on the cross trainer a day and about 25 on a bike/treadmill.... i go to a boxercise class once a week too, and no matter what i always leave the gym/class sweating..
I also cut down on my food, on a 1500 cal a day diet... I havent lost any weight according to the scales.... i can feel my muscles gettin stronger and , my stamina growing but i just need to see some weight lost :(

05-01-2007, 08:12 AM
I hope someone can answer this cause the same thing is happening here! I thought I was crazy! I do circuit training 3 day a week with 30 min of cardio, yoga and cardio on Tuesday and 60 min of cardio on Thursday. Instead of losing weight I have gained 3lbs in the last 2 weeks. My calories are at 1500 and I am really working it with the exercise so what's up?

05-01-2007, 08:13 AM
You seem to be doing the right things. With that much exercise you could be gaining muscle mass as you lose fat, and that's a good thing, because well-toned muscle helps burn more fat. Good for you!

How are you tracking your calories? That is, how do you know you're getting 1500 a day?

If everything is as you say it is, workout and calorie restriction-wise, then just be patient. The scale will move. Keep going!


05-01-2007, 09:17 AM
I say the first thing, is to be sure that you are calculating your calories and portion sizes accurately. The second thing, I would watch WHAT you are eating, as much as the calories. You will get better results with better/healthier food. More fruits and veggies, lean protein, etc.

The third-give it some time. It is very common for me, to not lose one week, and then lose 2 pounds the next week, etc.

05-01-2007, 09:20 AM
Hmmmmm, well, it sounds like you're eating the right amount of calories for your weight. I was 220 as well and when I started out, I think I was eating about 1600 calories a day. Boy do I miss that! LOL

But I'll ditto Jay's question, are you tracking calories and you're SURE you're only eating 1500 a day? If so, then maybe your body just needs to adjust to the new calorie levels and exercise. If this is new for you, your body is probably just a little 'shocked' right now because it doesn't understand what the heck is going on and it may be reluctant to let go of the weight right now. However, it's only been a couple of weeks, so I'd definitely stick with what you're doing, make sure you're keeping track of calories (it's soooo easy to eat more calories than we need if we're not keeping track) and the weight will probably start to come off soon.

05-01-2007, 09:55 AM
You may be adding muscle. That will sometimes happen when you start working out, while you may be losing fat and gaining muscle- the scale doesnt show a loss because it can equal out.
Good Luck, you are on the right track!

05-01-2007, 10:13 AM
i would also chime in by saying..it might have helped if you took measurements of hip, bust, thighs, waist. Sometimes you may not loose weight if you are putting on muscle. But after a month of doing it...you will find you've lost inches.
Also, HIGHLY, important you tract all you eat. You'd be surprised how much you can occasionally "Graze on" without thinking about it. Also try eating healthier stuff. I find i loose more weight when i'm eating fresh fruit/veggies and less processed food..also switch to whole wheat carbs. Good luck

05-01-2007, 11:04 AM
Take measurements, if you haven't already.

Also, I've always found that if I drink about 64 oz of water a day, the weight comes off more quickly.

05-01-2007, 12:46 PM
The same thing has happened to me. My scale didn't budge for over a month. I exercise ate lots of vegetables and healthy stuff, counted my calories using fitday, varied them from 1200 - 1300. Then raised them to 1400 and last week I lost 4 lbs. Stick with it the scale will catch up to your new lifestyle. Take your measurements instead if you are getting frustrated with the scale. The scale will move.

05-01-2007, 02:29 PM
thanks to each n every reply.... it's a relief to know I'm not alone!!!
I've switched from processed foods (which i used to always eat) and cook for myself everyday, mostly veggies (because they fill me up) with like you said lean protein..
i'm going to DEFINITELY measure myself... hope i start seeing results soon and i won't give up lol
good luck timmy!!!!

thanks again :):)

05-01-2007, 02:45 PM
Please measure yourself! The scale is the last thing that is going to tell you that you are doing the right things for you in your journey! Things that you can measure your success by are:
1) How do you FEEL compared to when you weren't working out and eating less?
2) How are your clothes fitting?
3) What is your skin like? Clear, fresh, "clean" feeling?
5) What's your energy level like?

I KNOW it's hard not to see that scale move, but in all honesty sometimes it's the OTHER things that mean more, the other things that keep us going!

Hang in there, it WILL move, you just have to be patient!

05-01-2007, 03:36 PM
Same here.

No losses in weight or measurements in 3 weeks! However, I think I have to up my calories. I am working out. I think I have to up it from 30 min/day.

During the last 2 weeks we have been so busy pulling off my daughter's surprise party. That reminds me. I have to make a post about it.

So, when the scales and tape measure didn't move on Sunday, I decided to make some adjustments. Now I have to enter some of the recipes we're doing into FitWatch and get the analysis so I can put them into my FitDay.

Don't give up. It'll happen.

05-01-2007, 03:42 PM
at 220 pounds you need about 1500 calories per day just to exist. IF you work out daily and burn 500 calories you have a deficit of 500 that gives you 1000 to live on.

personally at 1500 calories per day with a workout buring 500 calories you are not eating enough.

my BMR is about 1700. I eat about 1900 calories per day because i burn about 700 in the gym daily... I suggest that if you are excercising so much maybe you need to increase your calories to compensate for that. otherwise your body holds on the the weight in fear of starvation.

05-01-2007, 08:27 PM
The other question is, how easy is it really to gain muscle? Men who have higher testosterone levels than women work REALLY hard at gaining muscle, even when they take supplements and eat more protein. So is it possible for a woman to put on muscle in just two or three weeks? I just don't think it's that easy for women to gain muscle quickly and in a short amount of time.

I would agree that measurements are the way to go, and maybe just weigh yourself once a week.

05-03-2007, 04:21 PM
hey just thought i'd update i've lost 9lbs :) im very happy

05-03-2007, 04:24 PM
hey just thought i'd update i've lost 9lbs :) im very happy

well congrats on the loss. keep it up.

05-03-2007, 04:30 PM
hey just thought i'd update i've lost 9lbs :) im very happy

That is wonderful!

05-03-2007, 04:40 PM
:woohoo: :carrot: :carrot: :cheer2: :cheer2:

Good going!


05-03-2007, 07:57 PM

05-07-2007, 07:09 PM
I joined a local body makeover challenge group in January (12 week challenge). Our coach discouraged us from weighing for the first two weeks as she said it would probably disappoint us. She said that during this time you are gaining muscle (probably losing fat too) and the muscle gain will be more than your pounds lost. At the six week mark, I had lost 16 lbs. It has been 8 weeks since then and I have not lost anything. I do cardio three days a week for 35 mins, and three days a week of 20 mins on the eliptical plus a weight lifting session. In 12 weeks I lost 10 3/4 inches (measurements from bicep, waist, hips and thigh) so I know what I am doing is making a difference. I can say that I am finding myself discouraged by the numbers not moving. I have asked my coach for some advice, and I will post her answer as soon as I get it. BTW.. her and her husband are both fitness instructors, personal trainers and nutritional specialist, so the info is good. Anyone interested in a copy of my weight lifting program, just ask!! :)

Good luck to you all. I am on the journey with you!

05-07-2007, 07:43 PM
IslandFluff, Kwajalein?? Wow--you're really out there! It must be very different living in such a remote place? Maybe not so much these days.

You don't mention following any food plan--just the exercise. What is your daily menu like? That might make a difference in weight loss or not.


05-07-2007, 10:29 PM

I am following the weight watchers plan. I have all my stuff (points finder, quick finder books, etc) from when I lived stateside. I get 28 pts a day, plus those 35 flex points (I rarely take advantage of). The one thing I did not mention is that I am still nursing three times a day. I am making good food choices as to not be too hungry throughout the day. I exercise first thing in the morning and then I will eat breakfast (usually something high fiber: Kashi, Grapenuts, All Bran) when I get home. I am just confused at this point on what to do to kick start my pound loss. I have been working out for 14 weeks if that makes a difference.


PS... it is a LONG way out here.. lol This island is three miles long by a half mile wide. Summer all year long and the ocean view is breathtaking. :cool:

05-07-2007, 11:05 PM
Hey again,

I hope some of our mothers will post and give some insights into weight loss and nursing--I just have no information! :)

The WW program is a good one--you should be losing, I'd think. Have you checked with the WW area on 3FC forums? Maybe some ideas there...


P.S. I saw your other post on a different thread where you talk about a "treat day" one day a week. Depending on what you eat on that treat day, you could be stalling your weight loss. That's what happens to me if I go off my plan very much.

05-07-2007, 11:29 PM
On my treat day, I will sometimes have a little extra cereal for breakfast. I like Kashi, grapenuts, basic 4, oatmeal with 1 tbsp brown sugar (treat day would include some raisins in it). Lunch is normal with a lean meat sandwich and some fruit. Dinner is also normal, but treat day is my night to have icecream. I limit the icecream to 1/2 cup of whatever icecream I want (eaten with a baby spoon..lol... tricks myself into thinking I get more bites). Knowing I have the 35 flex points those little extras on treat day are within my plan.

I am doing impressively well following my points. Which is why I do not understand my lack of weight loss. When I did WW before without exercising I lost every week for months. I am not willing to give up my workouts, so I drive on!!


05-07-2007, 11:37 PM
Hi BeautifulStruggle :wave:

I started 6 months ago and am losing about 2 lbs. a month. Slow, I know :( . When I first started, it took me 3 weeks for a 2 lb. loss. I was really frustrated just like you :?: . Your pounds will drop, I promise :hug: . I think some bodies just want to hang on, I don't know.

I do know, that if I was honest with myself, I could have done better on the calorie count and exercise. Fitday is a good way to track your calories and really see how your doing, food wise. It sounds like your doing pretty well exercising. Keep up the good work! I bet that scale will move any day now! ;)

05-08-2007, 06:51 AM
IslandFluff, it sounds like you are handling treat days just right and staying in the WW guidelines. Good for you! :carrot: :carrot: And no, I wouldn't give up your workouts. They are important. So... just keep on keeping on--don't give up--stay with your plan. Switch things around a bit?

Beautiful struggle, you keep on too!


05-08-2007, 09:41 AM
28 Points for a nursing mother isn't enough. It averages give or take, depending on your actual food intake (I realize that some foods for 1 point are 40 calories, and others are 80) to around 1400-1500 calories a day.

A nursing mother needs to be taking in 1800 calories a day-no less-if you are nursing at least 4x a day. Eating less than this is going to cause you to not have enough fuel, and will cause your milk supply to dip.

Honestly, I would bring your points up to about 32 a day, rather than 28, for the duration that you are still breastfeeding.

Also, while you are nursing, some women tend to hold onto weight/lose weight more slowly-because your body knows that it is nourishing/supporting another life, and is doing what it does naturally to sustain that baby. It isn't worried about your weight loss challenge. ;) Some women can lose just fine while nursing, but others hold onto it more (like myself) during that time.

This is just from my own experience, and opinion, but the baby is more important than how fast the weight comes off. :D