losinit1655's Journal, 03 August 2015

Can't put it off any longer -- I've weighed twice today hoping the first was an anomaly . . . even though I recorded a nice daily deficit last week, my average daily cals (intake) fell to 1133 which I think is part of the problem -- plus it meant less energy and less exercise/movement. So, I will consume between 1200 (min) and 1500 (max) calories a day this week and (hopefully) increase exercise and return to a downward trend at next Monday's weigh-in. I've also got a personal goal to increase my water consumption and a challenge that's forcing me to more closely monitor (and increase) my daily fiber -- not sure if those things will help or not. And while I have been regularly doing some strength training (mostly arms, plus a 30dayfitnesschallenge with squats), I'm not ready to say it's 'muscle' gain.
176.2 lb Lost so far: 20.8 lb.    Still to go: 49.2 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 03 August 2015:
1250 kcal Fat: 46.08g | Prot: 67.42g | Carb: 147.54g.   Breakfast: Starbucks Caffe Misto with Soy (Tall), Starbucks Spinach Feta Egg White Wrap. Lunch: Publix Southern Cobb Salad (Large). Dinner: Stacy's Pita Chip Company Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Crisps, Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus, Sabra Lemon Twist Hummus, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Original Unsweetened Almond Milk, Publix Vanilla Whey Protein Powder. Snacks/Other: The Greek Gods Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt (227g), Raspberries, Nabisco Belvita Soft Baked Banana Bread Breakfast Biscuits. more...
2218 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (brisk) - 4/mph - 7 minutes, Running (jogging) - 5/mph - 12 minutes, Driving - 20 minutes, Walking (exercise) - 3.5/mph - 25 minutes, Resting - 14 hours and 56 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
on diet losinit1655's own diet   gaining 0.2 lb a week

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You have all kinds of challenges and goals going on! Good for you. Sometimes the scale just doesn't do what we want it to, what it logically seems like it should do. Hang in there. You are doing great. 
03 Aug 15 by member: izzypup68
I agree with izzypup, you can't force the scales to play ball. But I think your plan sounds good 😀 How do you keep track of all the challenges? LOL. I just had to draw up a chart just for the SITS! 
03 Aug 15 by member: heidij123
Same here -- I added a 3rd sheet to an Excel workbook for SITS that I was already using to track my macros and total/net calories, and my strength exercises and participation in the 30dayfitnesschallenge for squats! Thanks for the support and encouragement, buddies! 
03 Aug 15 by member: losinit1655
LOL! I drew mine out in pencil 😀 
03 Aug 15 by member: heidij123
Hi to everyone here. Started Diet June 22nd and lost 23 lbs so far. No special diet but I am walking 20 to 30 minutes about 3 times a week. Also eating lots of low carb veggies and plenty of protein meat 
03 Aug 15 by member: DeeBellBent
Hello Dee, that sounds like a great combination for losing weight ☺ 
04 Aug 15 by member: heidij123
losinit1655, why are you concerned about 3.2 ounces? My weight goes up and down 2 pounds all the time and I average it over a week. It has remained at 130 average for over a year. Don't sweat the small stuff. Average over a week and look at the trend over a month or more. Lots less stress.  
04 Aug 15 by member: wholefoodnut
WFN - I'm not too concerned/stressed -- just a bit disappointed and frustrated since I am diligently tracking everything I eat and eating so much better than pre-FS and even though I had a 'regular' family meal last week, I felt like I should have still lost at least a pound based on cal deficits. I was trying to only weigh 1x/week (same day/time/scale/conditions/etc.) to avoid focusing too much on such small fluctuations (that said, compulsion/curiosity got the better of me and I weighed again this AM and registered down .6 from yesterday at 175.6. I just wasn't expecting to be 'static/plateau' this early in the process since I still have quite a bit to lose. 
04 Aug 15 by member: losinit1655
Yup - tweak the plan until it moves down - it may take some time and experimenting but that is a great attitude! 
04 Aug 15 by member: HCB
You have been adding exercise. Pushing you muscles further than they are used to going or adding something new causes little bity tears in the muscles, those little tears have to heal. Those tears are good because they force the muscle to heal a tiny bit stronger each time. During that healing phase your body retains fluids to assist in that healing. In some respects exercise may slow the weight loss a tad. However by exercising you are toning those muscles, using more calories, and in the long run helping your body to get healthier. What mine would do is stay about the same weight for awhile (I was exercising everyday) but I would notice my clothes being looser, or drop a clothing size, I would feel better, be able to do more, and suddenly there would be a drop of several pounds. I hear the same comments from many here on this site. Non weight victories. Look at other things besides just the scale as signs of progress. It's a long process to get healthy.  
04 Aug 15 by member: wholefoodnut
WFN is so right... If you know what you put in your body has caused you to drop weight in the past, and the only major thing you changed was working out then that is the cause of your stall/gain. I'm at the exact same space you are Losinit. I started weight lifting and have totally stalled any scale victories, BUT my pants continue to become looser and looser. Freshly washed shirts, the kind that should shrink after a wash are like tents on me now. Hopefully you'll be able to notice the NSV too. The ONLY thing that has changed for me was that I started lifting heavy weights, going to the gym 3x/week now, maybe on my 3rd week so far. I've already seen gains in reps. I don't know when my Whoosh Fairy will come, but having these small NSV to keep patting me on the back and telling me I'm doing things right even though I can't a number change is a good thing! 
05 Aug 15 by member: Frosty Heimdall
I wouldn't start tweaking yet. Your plan has been working for some time. Try just waiting. 
05 Aug 15 by member: heidij123
Frosty, good for you!! You will have to splurge on a few new clothes. I found thrift shops a plus while I was losing in order to fit clothes into my skimpy budget. I've also changed my exercise program lately concentrating on my new suspension trainer, may get to the gym after work today as well. WOW! what a workout following lots of TRX videos on youtube. I'm noticing changes in less flab, more arm strength, the muffin top is decreasing. I'm not trying to lose more at this point but increase fitness.  
05 Aug 15 by member: wholefoodnut
I have to say you FS Friends are the best,, wonderful advice form all of you . So right on it too .  
05 Aug 15 by member: Tamarah Jo
Excellent comments. I will also say that increasing fiber and water intake are good things. You're on the right path, keep it up. 
05 Aug 15 by member: jmb3450
Wow -- now I'm just embarrassed for fussing over .2 lbs! From now on, I will refrain from adding commentary to my weigh-ins unless I truly have 'just cause'! But I REALLY appreciate all your support and helpful feedback and insight. (Frosty -- your commitment to, and ensuing results from, your gym routine are especially inspirational and commendable! WFN -- Thanks as always for your sage advice and helping me keep things in their proper perspective. HCB -- You're everyone's biggest cheerleader here and I admire your constant 'evaluation' and tweaking and it motivates me to take the time to do the same in my own process. Heidi -- Your positive outlook and perpetual optimism always brighten my day. Tamarah Jo and JMB -- Thanks for being such great Buddies!) THANK YOU ALL! :D 
05 Aug 15 by member: losinit1655
Well, I think we need to express how we feel sometimes! It's good! 
05 Aug 15 by member: IngaViolet
LOL. The response is amazing, isn't it? I'm almost afraid to post a weight gain in case my tablet explodes! No, I'm just kidding, the support is brilliant 😀 What great buddies we have here!  
05 Aug 15 by member: heidij123
Fiber is far more important that we might realize in keeping our digestive systems working properly along this journey. Balance is most important. Getting more then 25 grams of fiber daily is helping me to feel better. Hope it helps you as well. 
05 Aug 15 by member: kclab
Leigh, your journal is yours!! Put in it how you feel!! Take whatever the rest of us comment as based on our experience not what you feel. Just our experience trying to push you on to accomplish your goal, not to be negative. Frustrated at not losing faster, we've all been there. I know I was at the same weight for a couple months but I dropped 2 jean sizes. Friends here were encouraging me to look at those changes rather than the pounds.  
05 Aug 15 by member: wholefoodnut

     
 

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