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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alright, so I have been with Spark people for a little over a year.

When I first started:
•170 Pounds
•Size 13 in Juniors
•Size 30/31 European size jeans

Today (9/14/2014)
•139 Pounds
•Size 2-8 in Juniors (all in store difference)
•Size 27/28 European Size Jeans

I am proud of how far I have come. I eat healthier options but every once in a while I will still go out to eat and eat whatever I want. I try and exercise when I can.

Alright, at this point I need some advice/help:

•Whenever I gain some weight from eating out, etc for one day the scale shows that I have gained 5 pounds and I HATE that. It makes me very discouraged.
•I look at articles that say flavored water can cause weight gain and that is what I drink, articles also say gronola bars can cause weight gain, I eat these too..
•I STILL feel FAT! I don't know if my stomach and everything gets bloated, if something is wrong with me..I have no clue.

How much should I exercise a day/week? I have been using a app to track my food and it has me at 1500 calories a day. Should I change up by exercise? I usually hulla hoop when I am exercising for at least 20 minutes, I also have the bodyblade but I am not sure of what to do.

Any exercise/food tips, any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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  • MM11113
    You are young, and have many hormonal things at work, way more than us Grandmother types! Don't weigh in the next day. You know it is false data, no one can manufacture 5 pounds of fat in day. So, be diligent the day before and day of your going out. Don't deny yourself to save up the calories, and make sure you get enough protein to keep the hunger pangs from over influencing you during the night out. Do your best to eat like a person at goal, not a dieter. And, then give yourself a few days to return to normal, being diligent. And, then dare to get on the evil scales.

    I know you probably wanted advice a couple of months ago, but I am just slow at getting to things.

    Have a great winter season!
    2405 days ago
    I have learned that I cannot weigh myself every day because I get SO discouraged and feel down on myself. So, I'm trying something new (we'll see how it works out). I am not going to weigh myself again until 10/22/14 so that I can focus more on how I'm feeling and how my clothes are fitting instead of the number. Maybe that would help you too? Good luck, and don't give up! You have stuck with it for a year and lost over 31 pounds and that is FANTASTIC! I'm just at the beginning of my journey, but I hope I have the success that you have had so far. Don't forget to reflect on your successes. emoticon emoticon
    2456 days ago
    Vannah, I think you may have to accept the fact that you will never feel "perfect" even if you exercise like crazy and eat well. We're women! I think we just feel fat. Even when we're not.

    The new research says that your body treats fake sugar just about the same way as real sugar. So it's probably not great to rely on a lot of artificially sweetened beverages. As far as granola bars, many of them are almost all sugar with nothing to slow that sugar down in your system, so it's like eating a candy bar... I like the Lara bars that are at least mostly nuts and dried fruit with no cane sugar or anything...

    You have done an amazing job and are finding ways to balance exercise and eating carefully with just plain old living life, so be proud of yourself and give yourself a bit of a break.

    If you really want to keep working on feeling "less fat" I would definitely recommend that you add in some weight-lifting to your routine, or at least bodyweight exercises like push-ups. It really helps!

    Good luck achieving the goals you set for yourself, but remember you are beautiful and wonderful no matter what the scale says or what your belly looks like emoticon
    2458 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12885136
    You have to be the judge. When you go out are you drinking alcohol? If so are they mixed drinks, beer, etc? How much? Those are really calorie and water weight culprits. Look at what you eat when you go out. Only you can tell. For me personally, I'm really careful eating out. There is too much sodium in restaurant foods and the portions are huge!! I generally share whatever I chose and I and very picky about what I chose. You need to examine it yourself. It looks like you have come too far to unravel all your hard work over a night out of fun.
    2464 days ago
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