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Old 03-11-2008, 11:36 AM
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Feeling a bit discouraged.

A little over a week ago I decided I was going to stop feeling bad about myself, and do something about it. I have been working out every single night, doing cardio + calisthenics + light weights. I've even been jogging 3 nights a week, which is extremely difficult for me as I have never been a runner. I'm eating less calories per day, only having a smoothie for dinner plus maybe a light snack. My bf works out with me the 4 days a week that I see him, not on the other days, and he's lost 5 lbs. I haven't lost ONE freaking OUNCE! Gah! I know I shouldn't get discouraged after just over a week, but I feel like after making such a drastic change I SOMETHING should be different. I weigh the same, look the same, measure the same. I think I'm gonna up my cardio.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:37 AM
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You may not be eating enough. Only a smoothie for dinner doesn't sound like enough calories to me. Not taking in enough will send your body into starvation mode, making it hold on to fat. I'm not sure how much you *should* be taking in, but I'm sure someone else will be able to help more.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:41 AM
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I'm eating approx. 1600 calories a day I eat a lot during the day, and then have the smoothie after my workout, which is around 7:30-8pm.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:41 AM
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jess - don't compare yourself to a man!!! their metabolism and bodies are totally different from ours!!

obviously you know that it takes time to see the differences in your body...and in fact, your weight might not change for a bit but that doesn't mean that your body isn't reshaping itself (i haven't lost any weight in about 4 weeks now, but my body fat has dropped and my clothes definitely fit better).

throw away your scale (or hide it) and pay attention more to how your clothes are fitting and how you feel! do you feel more energized?

and feel proud of yourself for doing your body good right now.

PS. 1600 calories might be a little shy of what you need right now...but there is nothing wrong with a smoothie for dinner if it keeps you satisfied.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:46 AM
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I'm eating approx. 1600 calories a day I eat a lot during the day, and then have the smoothie after my workout, which is around 7:30-8pm.
Well if you're working out every day plus only taking in 1600 calories, IMO, that sounds like it's not enough. But, you may just want to try to keep at it for another week or so and see if anything changes. When I started earnestly trying to lose the baby weight from my son, it did take several weeks to notice any difference. Look around online a bit, you should be able to find some good resources that would give you an idea of whether 1600 calories is a good number for you.
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:04 PM
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It's going to take more than a week to see any results. In fact, it may take over a month or so to see any results, but hang in there. My friend started working out for the same reasons and after a good couple months she is now seeing the result of all the hard work and has lost inches but not a lot of weight. Good luck!
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:19 PM
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^ Definitely agree. It takes time to see results. Keep it up for a month or so and you should start noticing changes.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:14 PM
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Agree with the girls above. Toss the scales. Totally useless.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:17 PM
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Jess, I'm in the same exact position...boy loses weight WAY faster than I do. For me it takes a good month to see noticeable changes, though I can feel my body letting go of extra bloat within a week. Also, you sometimes retain water from exercise esp. if you start doing weights for the first time.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:48 PM
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Definitely could be gaining muscle!
I have been working out regularly since December and havent really lost any weight but I do feel better.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:57 PM
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men lose weight faster than women. you need to consume more than 1600 cals/ day.
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:08 PM
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Jess,

You need to consume more calories than that. Keep at it and you will see results.
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:26 PM
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A few years ago, I joined a gym. I did cardio (ran, eliptical trainer) and took a body pump class (weight training). However, I never lost any weight. I did lose a size or two and looked trim and toned. Muscle weighs more than fat. Take your measurements from time to time. That is where you are going to see a difference. You also may need to eat a little more, if you are working out.
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:29 PM
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I definitely have to agree with the above. I have been working out 4x per week for the last month and a half. I have only lost a few pounds. When I started at Curves they took my % of body fat. According to them, in one month, I lost 5 lbs of body fat. That is why the scale didn't move much- I gained muscle!! This is most likely what is happening to you. Don't focus on the scale because it isn't that accurate once you factor in water weight, etc. Try using sparkpeople.com When I started tracking my calories I realized that I ate a lot more than I realized. A handful of chips here, an M&M there. Plus, they tell you what you should be eating calorie wise and minutes for exercise to lose weight. It's great. Don't worry and take your measurements!

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Old 03-11-2008, 06:06 PM
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Okay, so I went to like 10 different health websites that have those calculators on them, and according to them I should be eating 1500-1700 to lose one pound a week. I'm going shopping tonight to buy some healthier snacks for work, and I'm gonna make my lunches instead of going out. That way I can keep my sneakers in my car and go for a walk at lunch, and not eat fast food. So I will have oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast, a small snack like pretzels or kettle corn, a turkey sandwich for lunch, another small snack like some fruit, then go home, do workout, and have a smoothie and small snack. I won't weigh myself again until April.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:25 PM
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^^^ Seriously you need to add some vegetables to that diet (don't replace anything, just add vegetables.) I promise they will not make you fat, but you need at least 3 full servings a day, and I don't see any listed. Antioxidants will help you recover from exercise faster!
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:56 PM
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I know - the only vegetable I like though is potato...I had a baked potato and salad for lunch today. Does that count? Heh. Just the smell alone of most vegetables make my bile rise
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:04 PM
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Hey! Don't feel bad, I'm sure you're working very hard! Keep up the great work! Anywho, Im not saying you need to lose weight, but since YOU want to do this for yourself, I have a solution!
Have you ever heard of the GI diet?
My sister's friend swears by it. She has lost 11 pounds in ...about 2 months. All she does it EAT HEALTHY! That means:
All pasta= Whole wheat
All cereal= whole wheat/whole grain (whichever)
No chocolate (maybe just once and a while).
The great part is, you can EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT! Seriouslly, my mom has been on this for a month, and so have I (she cooks, ..im still in H/School) and Ive lost 3 pounds! And I seriouslly eat so much. Everything is normal food, just HEALTHIER. Instead of high calorie sauces, etc, try using salad dressings. My mom puts it on vegetables instead of that goopy cheese sauce. Balsamic vinegar on salads, etc. And you CAN drink pop...just "ZERO CALORIE" pop.
Im not even kidding you, this seriouslly works.
There is a GI cookbook, and a GI handbook. You can buy it at coles, or wherever. But if you want to eat healthy, and lose weight, this is a magic-doer.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:05 PM
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I know - the only vegetable I like though is potato...I had a baked potato and salad for lunch today. Does that count? Heh. Just the smell alone of most vegetables make my bile rise
Nope, don't believe potato counts as vegetable. Potatoes are carbs.

Try having 1 spoon of apple cider vinegar 30 mins before eating. it helps stimulate the digestive juices.

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Old 03-11-2008, 07:17 PM
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Woah woah, yeah Potatoes are starch/carbs
Experiment with vegetable recipes. You need the vitamins, minerals and fiber in your diet. Eat fresh fruit as well! Don't be afraid of the "sugar". Sugar from fruit is "good" sugar.
Eliminate soda from your diet.
Be consistant, don't give up.
And most important, be patient!! GL!
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:32 PM
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Eating less and exercising doesn't mean weight loss.

IMO, you should eat regularly but substitute certain items out/in.

Try progressing further with your work outs as well.


I think for dinner, you should not have any carbs at all. (No bread)

Oh, and I hope you're eating at least 3 meals a day in good portions or break that up into 6 small portions a day. Lunch should be the meal w/ most flexibility.
Try something with high protein for dinner, like 1 piece of meat (chicken) and a side. It doesn't sound much for dinner but it'll keep you full!

Go out and also buy some light snacks, almonds are great if you feel hungry!

And of course, lots of water! If you're hungry, just drink water!
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:01 PM
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Um... people need carbs. It's energy for daily body functions and exercise.
What is important is where you are getting your carbs from and serving size.
Whole wheat/grain is the best. Stay away from potatoes (sorry!), white bread/pasta/etc, and pasteries.

It's ok to treat yourself once in a while (once every 2 weeks, once a month whatever), but it means you have to work harder the next day!
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:08 PM
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No, don't cut yourself short by taking a day off. That's just defeats the purpose. Why make it harder on yourself? If you want to see results, stick it out. Trust me, when the results become more apparent, you'll be even more excited to push forward.

And carbs are important but I think it matters when you take it.
That's why lunch is flexible meaning you can go make yourself a sandwich.

You like a pastry for breakfast, go for it! A bagel, try eating only half a slice.

Dinner though, stay away. Why? Unless you plan on exercising after dinner, I wouldn't suggest eating carbs at all if you plan on resting right after. Dinner should be a light meal that fills you up just right. Not stuff you, even though you may not feel it.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:11 PM
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keep at it jess! we believe in you!

i've been trying for almost a week too, and i dont feel any different.
granted, i've only been on the elliptical for 3 days out of the week.
im rying to eat low fat too, and lots of veggies seem to make me feel healthier
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:13 PM
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Eating healthy and actually losing the weight are two different things as well.

And IMO, you are selling yourself short if you're substituting gym machines for actually running outside on a track. Nothing better than running 1 mile, 2 mile, w/e...but at your hardest w/o stopping.
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