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girlonfire
08-01-2009, 02:35 AM
For the past month I have been working out 5x a week for an hour, eating between 1500-1800 calories, and even though I had a few slip-ups with ice cream, the highest I ever got was 2200 calories for a day. I started out at 243 and I made it down to 239 the other week, but my scale is fluctuating and at last weigh-in I was already back up to 240. I have been trying to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day in addition to the 2 bottles of water I generally drink at the gym. Is there some other reason that my body is not losing the weight as quickly? I know patience is important, but I would not like to be a month in and practically still at where I started :(


Thighs Be Gone
08-01-2009, 02:49 AM
Are you certain you are tracking calories correctly? 2200 is enough to maintain your current weight--especially if you are like the vast majority that underestimate the calories they eat.

What does your work out consist of? What is a sample day nutrition wise for you?

girlonfire
08-01-2009, 02:56 AM
My workouts tend to vary, I have been changing them from bike/elliptical to running/walking due to going abroad for a semester and not having a gym. So I usually do 30 min bike/ 30 min interval elliptical or a running/walking program for 60 min.

Sample Day:

B: 1 egg, 1 morningstar farms veggie patty OR 2 pieces turkey bacon w/ 1 cup soy milk

L: 1 cup salad mix with grilled meat or 1 serving of tuna, 2 tbsp soy nuts for some extra crunch, basil leaves, roasted red pepper, 2 tbsp newman's own lighten up dressing

S: ants on a log, carrot sticks, half a slice whole wheat bread with 1/2 oz goat cheese, 1/4 cup almonds, it varies every day

D: Also varies, usually around 500-600 calories. Most of the time grilled fish, chicken, or lean steak with roasted veggies. Today it was nachos made with whole wheat tortilla chips, 1 oz soy cheese(lactose intolerant), jalapenos, and salsa with 1 cup gazpacho(very low cal Mexican soup).

Post Workout Snack: luna bar or banana w/1 tbsp natural peanut butter


MsDiana 08
08-01-2009, 03:16 AM
try talking to the trainer at the gym. It is possible to be working out wrong.

girlonfire
08-01-2009, 03:21 AM
I spoke to the trainer at my gym about my workout and she says my method(15 min biking on resistance, 30 min interval training, 15 min cool-down cardio) is effective, as well as the C25K program. Is it possible I am building muscle in addition to losing fat? I will try on my jeans tomorrow, I have not worn pants for a few weeks due to high temps and see how those fit.

JayEll
08-01-2009, 08:05 AM
My thought is try lowering your calories by 100, that is, range from 1400-1700 for a couple of weeks and see what happens. Keep exercise the same. And stay away from the ice cream etc. Just give it two weeks.

Jay

nineoceansaway
08-01-2009, 08:46 AM
the only things I can think of;

1) have you had your thyroid checked, and
2) are you writing every bite, lick or taste that goes in your mouth every day?

CountingDown
08-01-2009, 10:14 AM
Yes, it is definitely possible you are adding muscle mass if you are new to your exercise plan. When my body is building muscle, it often retains fluid as part of the process.

Whenever I boosted my exercise, I usually had a scale stall to accompany it. Within the next couple weeks, I always had a nice loss.

Your plan looks reasonable, and healthy. Are your snacks all at once? Maybe spreading them out over the day would help.
And - definitely make sure you are weighing/measuring your food and writing down EVERYTHING accurately.

Jay's idea to drop down 100 cals is a good one.

Keep us posted on your progress :)

TraceyElaine
08-01-2009, 10:23 AM
When do you weigh your self? How often and what time of day?

thinpossible
08-01-2009, 03:33 PM
Your plan looks good to me. If you're accurately tracking your calories you might try either raising or lowering your calories some. Either might help you lose, depending on your metabolism. Just don't give up. Even if you're not losing, you are getting healthier.

lottie63
08-01-2009, 03:41 PM
Yes, it is definitely possible you are adding muscle mass if you are new to your exercise plan. When my body is building muscle, it often retains fluid as part of the process.

Whenever I boosted my exercise, I usually had a scale stall to accompany it. Within the next couple weeks, I always had a nice loss.

Your plan looks reasonable, and healthy. Are your snacks all at once? Maybe spreading them out over the day would help.
And - definitely make sure you are weighing/measuring your food and writing down EVERYTHING accurately.

Jay's idea to drop down 100 cals is a good one.

Keep us posted on your progress :)

Wow, thanks! I didn't know this about the exercise/stalling. I"m pretty stuck, but I just started exercising again this week. Thanks again!

girlonfire
08-02-2009, 03:59 PM
I usually weigh-in on monday mornings, right after I use the bathroom(sorry for the TMI) and before I eat breakfast. I'll let you know tomorrow! Sometimes I jump on the scale other mornings and I am discouraged because it seems to be going up/fluctuating a lot.

I've also heard that having problems with b/p leads to major fluid retention, so that might be a factor. I am drinking that water though! Thanks for all the advice, I am going to try dropping my cals by 100 for a week, then raising the next week to see what happens. I have had a few little treats, like a couple squares of dark chocolate or a 100-calorie bag of popcorn, but they tend to stay around 100 cals.

devadiva
08-02-2009, 04:22 PM
Hang in there just keep doing what you know is right sometimes it takes awhile for things to catch up. It is OH SO frustrating!!!But you know in your heart you are tracking everything you eat not drinking soda ,drinking lots of water and if you have the help of trainers IT SOUNDS like you just need to KEEP PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER HEADING TOWARDS YOUR GOAL DON"T LOOK BACK!!!!!!!!!

quiffy
08-02-2009, 04:41 PM
Sometimes I think my body has a mind of its own. Like it says... "oh, here we go again. I wonder how long she'll keep up with this craziness if I don't show her any progress"

BTW, the body will retain water when dealing with the heat (or so I was told). I know because of our temp this past week, I have not moved as much as I usually move. I'm letting it go as a pass, emotionally, with the low weight loss. I figure it will work itsefl out once the weather breaks. I'm in oregon too.

Couch
08-03-2009, 12:30 AM
Hormones? I bloat around TOM, badly.

Also, what's your salt intake like? Have you eaten anything salty in the last few days? It can take me about 3 days to get rid of salt bloat.

Good luck working it out.

beautifulone
08-03-2009, 01:19 AM
Wow, I feel for ya. I can imagine how frustrating it must be, and I seriously applaud you for trying to figure it out and stay at it :) My suggestion would be to stick it out... see how things go over the next 3 weeks. Perhaps consider JayEll's suggestion of cutting back 100 cals, if you think that will be best for you.

I was reading Bob Greene's/Oprah's book recently. It's an old book, maybe written in the early 90s. In it, he writes that he finds his clients usually lose weight the first week, then gain a couple of pounds steadily for a week or a few weeks, but then lose all of that and then some, afterwards. I never experienced this personally and know not everyone does, so I don't mean to suggest that this is typical of the weight loss process, but it might be for some people. Weight loss is such an individualized process. Maybe your body is adjusting to the recent changes.

I hope that after a few weeks, things will balance out and you'll have a much clearer picture of how to proceed. I wish you happy losing :)

girlonfire
08-03-2009, 01:10 PM
Well weigh-in today brought me down to 238! I chugged water like mad yesterday. My goal was to lose 10 lbs by August 10th, which unless I magically lose 5 lbs this week(HA) isn't going to happen. Oh well, 5 is still good!

beautifulone
08-03-2009, 02:06 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :carrot:

FANTASTIC!!! :cheer2:

rockinrobin
08-03-2009, 02:20 PM
Well weigh-in today brought me down to 238! I chugged water like mad yesterday. My goal was to lose 10 lbs by August 10th, which unless I magically lose 5 lbs this week(HA) isn't going to happen. Oh well, 5 is still good!

5 IS still pretty good!!! Very, very good in fact!!!

Now just keep at it. Keep on going. Keep on working your plan. Be consistent. Stay within your calorie range. Track accurately and adhere to those calories. And there will be many, many more great weigh-ins to come. :smug:

chickiegirl
08-03-2009, 02:30 PM
Congrats on the five pounds Peachy!

I also just wanted to add that maybe if you take some measurements, you could clock progress that way as well. So if the scale isn't moving and your inches are still changing, you can see things are going in the right direction.

diyana
08-03-2009, 03:11 PM
Congrats on the 5 lb loss! That's wonderful! And Chickiegirl had a great idea with taking measurements. In addition, are you sure that then you are working out, you are in your target heart range? You can either do this with a heart rate monitor (one you can purchase and strap on, or some cardio machines have a heart rate monitor built in), or you can use the rate of perceived exertion. Essentially, you should be breathing hard but still able to carry on a conversation, but would prefer to not talk. If you're talking easily and barely breathing hard, you might want to step up the intensity. My apologies, if this was already mentioned previously or if you working out in your target range.

girlonfire
08-03-2009, 04:17 PM
Thanks ladies! :) Yup, I am taking measurements, but I'm doing that once a month. Maybe about a 1/2 inch difference, but my size 18 jeans(which were big to begin with) fall down if I walk down the stairs :D