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I'm having one of those frustrating kind of days. First, because now it seems like apparently all the medical experts have decided that the 30 minutes a days for 4-5 days a week isn't enough. Now you need an hour of exercise per day to lose weight.

The idea of having to exercise for an hour kind of scares me. It's enough that my back and thighs are still functioning after the 40 minutes I'm already doing!


Not to mention that the Wii said I gained two pounds. The same two pounds I apparently lost yesterday. Where the fuck could I have picked it up from in 24 hours? I deliberately didn't eat all of my dinner, just to make sure it wouldn't happen (because we had pasta, btw, and pasta is pretty evil). Also, probably could have not had rolls with dinner. Because as we all know, yummy white bread rolls = fluffy, warm evil of evilness

Plus, I had a couple of graham crackers after dinner. By my estimate, I had 1.5 servings (which is 2 and a half complete cracker sheets), which comes to 195 calories total (eep! that's, like, 200 calories basically! I should've watched what I was shoving in my piehole!).

*shakes head*

I'm failing kind of hardcore at this weight loss thing. Methinks I need to step up the exercise and cut some more calories out of my diet. Maybe add fifteen more minutes onto my routine, or do another fifteen to twenty minute workout later in the day? Or earlier? Hmm.

I gotta go do dishes before the Boy gets home. And I should actually post some of my gleeposts instead of just writing them down.

Date: 18 Mar 2009 01:29 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I want you to know that I always read these posts and when I do, I always send good energy in your direction. I may not be able to do much to help, but I am here supporting you.

I don't know much about weight loss, but I do know that weight fluctuates throughout the day(s) as you drink water, eat stuff, and have stuff hanging out in your intestines. Don't let those little fluctuations stress you out :)

Date: 18 Mar 2009 11:16 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much, Arpi. That means a lot to me. And I don't expect people to do anything, because I know that this is one of those things you have to struggle through on your own. :)

I'll try not to get too stressed, and I'm more concerned whether I'm thinner than I was a week ago than a day ago, it's just that I get a little worried if the numbers keep going up every day.

But thanks for your support. It really does help and it means a lot to me! :)

Date: 18 Mar 2009 02:52 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is there a way to shut off the daily weigh in on that thing? She may be... trying, but my Mom used to lecture for weight watchers, and their rule is not to weigh yourself omore than once a week. Because of what Ariana said exactly.

Also that hour a day thing is supposed to be break-up able. Like in two thirty minute sessions, for example.

Date: 18 Mar 2009 11:22 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
my Mom used to lecture for weight watchers, and their rule is not to weigh yourself omore than once a week. Because of what Ariana said exactly.

Well, I thought this, too. But after talking with my sister (who has a degree in physical therapy/exercise science and is going for her PhD in the subject this fall), she says that you should weigh yourself everyday, and that's what she personally does. And not to put too fine a point on it, my sister wears a size 4 and runs marathons, so obviously SOMETHING is working for her. :).

I'll have to ask her about the once-a-week thing, see if weighing daily is necessary or just a personal choice.

Also that hour a day thing is supposed to be break-up able. Like in two thirty minute sessions, for example.

Huh. That's kind of a relief. I'll have to keep this in mind. I really wish that the Surgeon General's press release I read had included that little tidbit. I mean, who has a solid hour to exercise in their day? (Besides jobless folks like me, who hope not to be jobless too much longer!). When I was working I barely had thirty minutes to wolf down lunch and get back to my desk.

Date: 18 Mar 2009 06:18 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hope you're getting some professional advisement on the calorie cutting, or you may be undermining, if not destroying, your efforts.

Date: 18 Mar 2009 11:31 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure where I'd got for professional advisement on this, so I've tried to educate myself via the internet and what I can find on medical sites and reliable weight loss sites and other sources.

Honestly, I'm not sure how the calorie cutting could be hurting that much, because from what I've read, you need to create a 500 calorie deficit everyday in order to lose one pound by the end of the week, and the recommendation for women looking to lose weight is a 1000 to 1200 calorie diet.

I understand how calorie cutting without exercising can lead to bad results, or no results, but I'm not sure how calorie cutting with exercise could be anything *but* helpful. I mean, that's the equation. You burn more than you take in, you lose weight.

Date: 18 Mar 2009 20:32 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
From what I remember from my one visit to a nutritionist, everyone's body needs a certain number of calories to function normally. That number varies from person to person, and can vary quite a bit. But, if you don't get the right amount, you body goes into starvation mode. In this mode it desperately holds on to and stores any calories it gets, making it nearly impossible to lose any weight, and in fact making it likely that you'll gain weight because of the dieting.

Determining your required calories is not as simple as staying in the 1000-1200 bracket for women, even counting in exercising. For some body types, that's not enough (and the body will decide to go into famine overreaction), and for others it's too much (leading to weight gain).

Based solely on the information you've provided and the lack of impact your dieting efforts are having, I'd guess that the bracket is too few for you, especially with all the exercise you're getting.

If you had any money, I'd recommend a trip to a nutritionist. Since that's obviously not an option, perhaps a general call to your flist. Who knows? You might have a dietician or nutritionist who's willing to do some pro bono work.

Date: 19 Mar 2009 15:03 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, I didn't just pick that number because it was what was recommended for all women. That number is what I've found the most consensus on for women who are of my weight and BMI and have as many pounds to lose as I have.

I suspect that I might actually be getting too many calories even now, because it seems to me that I have a wickedly slow metabolism and perhaps I'm one of those people who only needs to eat 1000 or less calories a day to keep up what I'm doing.

I also suspect that I might be doing the wrong types of exercise or doing them in the wrong way, so that they're less effective and I think I'm burning more calories than I actually am.

Though I will take it under advisement to seek out a nutritionist and see what they say about it. I'm sure there's someone on [ profile] ask_a_nurse or some other medical comms that can help. Because that is very solid advice to give, and it would be nice to get an expert opinion.


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