Have you tried mixing things up significantly? Back before dday I was much more health conscience and belonged to a (now defunct) weight loss board. Some of the people there sore by this if they got stuck on a plateau. The theory is that your body hos found an equilibrium and has become settled there. And so if you do something drastically different for a week or two you upset the equilibrium and you break the plateau. So ideas were massive cardio for a week, a detox diet, and some people even believed that indulging in food for a week would work. The indulging in food theory came about after many members posted about going on a vacation and eating everything in sight, and then losing weight at a faster pace once they got home. So even though the gained a few lbs on vaca, they lost those lbs and more at a faster rate than expected. I am not sure I buy that, but if you are really stuck it might be worth it. especially if you are planning a vaca soon. But I would advise more healthy shake up alternatives.
Another idea is to take up weight lifting if you are not already doing that. Weight lifting not only builds muscle, but it burns calories in a different way than cardio. And as you build muscle, your burn more calories during a resting state because muscle burns more calories than fat.
The vitamin D seems to be making the difference.
I lost 3.3 lbs in 1.5 weeks according to my weigh-in on Friday.
Prior to increasing the vitamin D I had been lucky to lose 1 lb in 3 weeks.
Many people who have low vitamin D are not hypothyroid. Hypothyroid just compounds the issue.
Dreamboat is right too. Mixing it up can help. Sometimes weight loss stalls because you are not getting enough calories and protein. Your body thinks it is starving so it tries to hang onto body fat for survival.
Sometimes increasing HEALTHY calories helps to knock you off the plateau.
Make sure you are eating enough.
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Sometimes increasing HEALTHY calories helps to knock you off the plateau.
Make sure you are eating enough.
Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than, less than perfect
(ok, I admit I looked that up on the internet...)
I just wrote a (very long) journal entry about this. I won't bore you with the long entry abut I will give you a summary and ask that you post your own summary of why you want/need to lose weight or get healthy.
I am here primarily for my health. My HDL (good cholesterol) is very very low and has been for a few years. On top of that I got a scare from one Dr because my blood pressure was high during a visit. It was situation (short-term stress related) but it was still upsetting. And anther Dr found that my blood sugar was just slightly higher than normal.
So I need to lose the weight I have gained in the past 4 years (5-8 lb/yr steady gain) AND, more importantly, I need to exercise!!
I have been at this about 4-5 weeks and I feel I am doing decent. Not great, but no where near giving up. I am exercising more days than not and I am making good food choices consistently.
So, how about you?
POLL: Why are you here?
I'm wrapping up my 2nd month of P90X and feel fantastic. I can see my body changing and others around me are definitely noticing. I am starting a P90X/Insanity hybrid next month because I'm a fan of torture, obviously
here on this thread? - because I know I am inherently lazy and without some sort of accountability I'll sit on my ass and eat ice cream for dinner every night.
why am I here (the bigger picture)? - because I am a 48 yr old woman who has had body image issues for the last 3 decades and now I'm learning to see me for who I am and embrace that; because I don't always make the wisest food choices; because I want to be healthy and enjoy the new beginning that's in front of me for as long as I can; because I need to work off the stress; and because there's a family history of heart disease.
I started a private SI group on Fitocracy called Sgt. Pepper's Sweat Club.
PM me for details or go look for it on there.
I created a challenge for the group already -- but remember, challenges are OPT-IN only and there's no obligation. You can just join for the social/support aspect of it.
In order to keep the SI group on Fitocracy private, here's how stuff works:
1. Send me a PM here on SI with your Fitocracy username.
2. On Fitocracy, I will send you a friend request.
3. Once you accept the request, I can send you a private invitation to that group.
4. SI rules will apply there. Bear this in mind. I'm happy to manage the group, but if a MOD would like to be added as administrator of it, I am more than pleased to add them as well and give them complete jurisdiction. This is a fitness-related social group, and is not meant to replace SI.
5. I love lists.
Just curious if anyone has an opinion. Thanks!
I've lost 10 lbs and 14 inches all over since starting the program in April. I've seen my tummy flatten, more muscle definition in my arms, and my body is slimming down. I'm happy with the results but want more!
Both programs are challenging - no question. I know that Insanity is a killer on the calves & feet because of all the jumping. If you want to build up endurance for the hike, I'd recommend P90X because the workouts are very leg intensive...
what is Fitocracy? Does it have a fee or is it free? Why do YOU like it? Can you track food on it? If so, does it have to be food in the DB, or can I say "Snack - 250 calories" because I do not want to track that I ate 1 slice of salami, 1 thing slice of cheese, 2 crackers, an 10 cashews but I know my snacks added up to ~250 calories. How do you track activities?
A lot of questions, don't feel like you need to answer them all. I have been using Weight Watchers online for the past couple of months. There are a lot of things I like about it. But there are a lot a features that I do not use (I have explored and they do not appeal to me...) So now I need to either find a new site or start paying $18 a month for stuff that I *could* do in a spreadsheet...
Regardless, I may join Fitocracy anyway if it is free, especially if I already have friends there
Imma break it down for you, yo:
What is Fitocracy?
It's a fitness tracking/social network. You and friends enter the workout you did (including walking, it all counts!), and you earn points. With enough points, you start to level up. There are achievements you earn for various things, and challenges you can accept from Fitocracy itself or from groups you may join. It's set up like a role-playing game, in a way, where leveling up brings you new titles and bragging rights.
Does it have a fee or is it free?
It is free. There's something called "Fitocracy Hero," which I believe is premium service that delivers more custom options and things like duels -- you can challenge a friend to a duel (i.e., most points, distance run, etc.). I don't use that service yet, but I'm considering it. It's fun and goofy and just the kind of thing that keeps me interested. You can read more about the Fitocracy Heroes program and the rates here: http://www.fitocracy.com/become-a-hero/
Why do YOU like it?
As if body issues weren't enough, I spend most of my time at the gym wishing I was somewhere, anywhere, else doing something interesting. When I was younger, I loved challenging myself in physical ways. "I hiked 5 miles last time. Can I do 6 today?" "My average hay bale lift is 10 times before I need a break. Let's try 12."
Fitocracy makes me challenge myself again, and even better there's a social element. I'd rather die than lose face to, say, Mr. T, who has a desk job but still manages to rack up points every day through kung fu and such. I have the freedom of schedule (kind-of) to plan small workouts throughout the day, and knowing that I'm getting points for it keeps me motivated. I can use 15 minutes here and there to do some tricep extensions or a stretching routine. I don't "I'll do it later" myself into inactivity -- a real problem I've had in the past.
As for the social part, think of it like Facebook, but instead of hearing about who had lunch or what their political leanings are, you're learning how difficult a run they just went on or that they've just started Zumba and are loving it. Things like MapMyWalk don't offer the social component for for me. I use MMW for the GPS and logging features, but I input that data into Fitocracy and get points.
Have I mentioned I like earning points? I'm an ex-gamer, and wrote them for meany years. I love point systems. You should see me with Chore Wars!
Can you track food on it?
No. The MapMy (Walk, Run, Ride) family of services do, I think, but not Fitocracy. Fitocracy is simply about your workout routines.
How do you track activities?
If I go for a fast walk, I can track the distance and/or the time, and then add advanced tracking options such as the incline, pack weight, etc. These options, of course, increase the difficulty of the walk and therefore increase the points earned.
I hope you'll sign up and at least take part in the challenge I just started. It's simple: "Earn as many points as you can before June 23." I thought that would be a good way to get used to the site's system, and if you're like me and only just returning to full workout routines, it may help you develop a schedule and baseline goal for each week. It's already helped me realize I can easily fit in 2 hours a day, done in 10-15 minute bursts. If you'd asked me a week or so ago, I'd have said no way, I don't have a 2-hour chunk in my day.
Turns out, I do. My day is full of transitions (work, kids, work, errands, kids, work, ... ) so I grab 10 minutes between activities. It all adds up by the end of the day.
A recent beneficiary of the infidelity diet. Hey you yake your silver linings where you find them, right?
I had cut out all alcohol last Sept, and had been cutting portions for the few months before that. (I really don't eat any crappy food - was just eating too much food in general).
I was losing maybe 3-4 lbs a month starting there (beer is evil) and was down maybe 18 lbs by mid April. (being overwieght - 227 at 5'8" - was one big factor in WW finding her OM ) Of course, once I busted her on the A, I kind of stopped eating altogether for a few - still stayed off the alcohol completely. I am now down to 178lbs and more like what I had been used to in my 20s and 30s. I actually got light enough to start runnin again. Clocked 61 miles in May and am at 16 so far in June.
And I am back to eating right. Main thing is if I ain't hungry, I ain't eating.
Thanks for reading.
And beer is not evil, it just makes you fat!