Hey Pervan and CMW91, where in Canada do you two live? I'm a Canadian girl living in the States and miss my true north. I have put on 30 lbs. since moving here and, while I'm finally making good friends and feeling at home, I miss my old home. I was an emotional eater, so I finally got fed up with moping around, joined a gym and am got on the diet bandwagon. You are an inspiration, Pervan.
I have to lose 50 + as I am an apple shape and it looks kinda weird on me. Also, i am struggling, if i dont lose weight i kind of lose hope with it and then i end up going on a binge spree. I want someone who can just be there to motivate and help me.
I started off at 247 in the beginning of January, 2009. I was able to lose about 35 lbs and then went on vacation and gained 10 of it back, was back to 227 or so. Then I started again about a 5 weeks ago and was able to drop 17 lbs. However, now it seems I've hit a plateau. I am having a difficult time just sticking to one new program. I keep reading different things on the internet and trying them ALL! :\ I do cardio for about 30 min everyday, and have started in the last week and a half with crunches, light weights/reps and walking with 3 lbs weights in each hand. Any advice on how to get past this apparent plateau? I should probably just stick to one new routine, instead of trying a new one each day. Today is the first day I decided to not exercise. I am 34, 5'6", 210 (and not moving).:| I eat about 1900 cal a day, including the above exercise regimen.
Help? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
i just have a couple of thoughts for you off the top of my head. First, I don't know what your walking is like, but check to make sure that your cardio is therapeutic (that you get your heart rate up enough). The best way to burn through calories is to get to about 80% of your maximum heart rate (220 minus your age). Lower intensity for longer periods of time (past half an hour) could also burn fat; lots of different opinions out there, but try checking your heart rate to see where you are.
Second, I have become a big fan of zig-zagging calories. The idea is to have the same amount weekly but to vary it significantly day to day to prevent your body from getting used to the same thing, so your metabolism is constantly working to adjust. Here's a website to explain it; put in your info and it will give you the calories you need to maintain, lose slowly, or lose quickly. Good luck!!
Michigan mom here, 35 5'5, top weight 182, currently 164, trying to get to 135-140 range. The bikini's a lost cause (thank you, stretch marks) but my goal is to wear a sundress this summer without my thighs rubbing together. Would also like my chest to stick out farther than my stomach . Started getting serious about weight loss in October. November and December was a wash, didn't gain but didn't lose any either. Now that the holidays are over, I'm being more strict with myself, 6 lbs lost since the new year. Just found the forums and I'm liking it a lot.
Cassie; I will DEFINITELY try it! I just went to the site and printed it out. YAY! PSYCHED!
Also, I walk very briskly; about 4 mph, with the weights; although I've only been using the weights for a cpl days now. I also jog intermittently, which ends up being about 10 of the 30 minutes. I also do about 40 jumping jacks as a warm up before walking. With the exception of walking, the other activities (crunches, weights, jumping jacks and even step aerobic stepping peppered in) are relatively new and implemented in an effort to break this plateau. I will let you know how it goes! Did it break a plateau for you?
Sounds like your cardio is right on track, then. Something worked this week for me and I didn't change anything except the zig zag. This time last week I was bouncing up on the scale by .2, .4 pounds, so I decided to stop weighing for a week and zig zag. Today when I got on the scale I was down 2.5. It makes sense when you think about it and I love the way it gives me the days of calories for maintenance as well (something to look forward to)! Let us know how it goes! Good luck!