Friday, March 23, 2012

I am not new to this game of weight loss and exercise. Been on this road for along time. At one point I was down over 50 pounds. Within the last 9 months Ive continued to work out and watch what I eat. Ok so I wasnt Sparking.. I didnt keep track of my calories but Ive been doing this long enough to know approximately how much I have consumed in a day.

Ive gained 15 pounds back since then. I bust my @ss at the gym at least four days a week. Since Ive signed up for the Spring challenge Ive been good at tracking my food and calories burned. I push myself harder than I have in the past. I workout I sweat like there is no tomorrow. Feel great and feel awesome. I exercise at home on the weekends, not as intense as the gym but i do it.

Hence I cant lose a single damn pound ever. I can gain the weight, but cant get it off. Still fitting in my size 8s, which Im proud of. My muscles are definitely defined and look great. So all my fellow Sparkers... My question to you is.. Spark gives me 1200-1550 calories a day to lose the weight. But do I need to increase my calories because of all I have been putting out??? Thats my thought.. But I need your help with this one...

I know the question may be asked.. I burn at least 500+ calories a day at the gym.

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    I would say, give it a try - add a hundred or so calories a day for a week or two and see if you gain or lose. I also agree with Dawn that it could be muscle weight. I've also gained about 17 pounds back from my original loss but am still able to wear most of the same clothes. I attribute some of that to regular ST.
    3334 days ago
    It's a balance thing. I keep hearing about eating too little as a problem. Congrats on getting in the good workouts! Refine what you eat, how much, when and whether or not you are distracted and tap into your own wisdom for change on this! Thanks my 2cents for today.
    3334 days ago
    If you are gaining muscle because of your workouts, then that may explain some of the weight gain. Muscle weighs more than fat, so your size 8s are fitting because it is likely that you have not gained much fat. If you feel great, then I don't think you really need to change much. The whole point is to feel good and be able to do the physical activity you like. Sounds like you are doing all that!
    3335 days ago
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