In need of some advice

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello Fellow Sparklers:
As many of you know I had been away for awhile, but I restarted this journey in ernest approximately three weeks ago. I have been tracking, counting calories, and even joined the fiber challenge in an attempt to jump start my program. I have been walking (this is pretty much my only form of exercise) but during these three weeks I have lost and re-gained the same three pounds. Using the nutrition tracker I can see that I am within my calorie range, but I cannot seem to meet my fiber requirement for most days. However, I have also noticed that I have fallen way below in my protein requirement by almost half. I didn't really think my food choices were that bad, but apparently they are. My question is........ would the lack of protein cause me to not be able to lose the weight? Needless to say, I am angry enough at myself that I have had to start this all over again, but to be mindful and diligent and still be failing I am getting very discouraged. I will not quit; I have a goal, yet I need some firm advice as to where I go from here. I was thinking of trying Spark Coach, but from some of the reviews I've read its gotten very expensive and members had said that the advice in the early stages was not very comprehensive and they found the coaches plan quite restrictive. I know at least for me restrictive spells failure. I need variety and balance. Anyway, I don't want to ramble, just looking for a few ideas and incentives for a plan that is reasonable and attainable.
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    Hey me too only I started 14 days ago! I'm really trying to stay off the scale except for once a week because it has never been my friend. It's so fickle that I can put on/take off 3-5 pounds per day so it's a really crappy indicator of how I'm doing. I do know for myself that I need more protein than many to keep me satisfied and keep cravings at bay. If you're walking a lot you may also need it to rebuild muscles. I will be keeping in touch so stay positive and know that results will come eventually. emoticon
    1738 days ago
    I lost 56 lbs two years ago by rejecting refined carbs and all bread and potatoes, cheese, alcohol. Coupled with walking, the weight melted off. Then I got lazy and put about half of it back on. I had go-to items in my freezer like pizzas, spanikopitas, etc...

    Now, since January, I'm on a juicing journey. Juices (80% veg / 20% or less fruit) fill your body with micronutrients. I do juice-only fasts + water, herbal tea, coconut water, but you can also do juice for one or two meals and clean, plant-based foods for the other meal or meals. I recomment 'The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet', by Joe Cross. It's the only one of his books that I have, but people say his other books are quite good, too. I got the book and not the Kindle edition, as it has recipes and such. He also has a cookbook. We have juice support pages on Facebook. I'm happy to talk more with you about this.

    2063 days ago
    I don't know where you live, but I live in South Alabama & the humidity here can be AWFUL. I have noticed that when the humidity is high, I retain more water. A good herbal over the counter water pill helps. Just watch your potassium, no leg cramps
    2063 days ago
    I'm in the same boat, in weight loss and low protein vs. Carbs and fat. I'm going to see if I can find some different fish or meat choices.my husband, retired, does the groceries and he gets the same things over and over.
    2063 days ago
    If your protein is that low, you should definitely consider reevaluating what you are eating. Are you going over the range in carbs and fat? Try planning out a full day of food and see what changes you can make to add more protein.
    2063 days ago
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    Good morning! Same issues here. I like a tablespoon of chia seed in or on my breakfast. High fiber & high protein. Fat free Greek yogurt (more protein than regular FF yogurt) and raspberries (very high fiber) is also a winner here.
    2063 days ago
    Hello... I feel your pain. Spark People has become my support groups for you see I am a recovering grease-holic. Yes, it is true if you can "fry it" I can "eat it".

    Moderation is a very important key to being successful in our journey. One day at a time....Look for small victories...Look for non-scale successes.

    Spark People research has found that people who get involved in social teams tend to be more successful in their efforts.

    I want to personally invite you to join the SparkPeople's Official Healthy Habits Challenge Team. There you will find others that will support you in your journey and you will be able to help others as well.

    On our team page BOBCATGIRL76 one of our team leaders has a great article to check out. Let me know what you think.

    We are here to help. YOU can DO this! Oh by the way...have you ever tried Fried cardboard, don't have much favor but a nice crunch....lol....Live life today.

    Remember: By Endurance we conquer-Shackleton

    Stay The Course!

    2063 days ago
    Drink lots and lots of water - we cannot lose weight unless we do so maybe this will help. Also, remember that the scale is just one way to measure - how we feel overall, how our clothes fit, using a tape measure to determine inches lost - also how far we can walk each day without feeling tired or out of breath - all of these are 'other' ways to measure progress. If we were ONLY concerned with numbers on the scale, we could cut off an arm or leg and see 'great progress' but obviously that's not what we originally have in mind when we start this journey.

    So many things affect the scale numbers, I rarely pay attention to any fluctuations unless they are a total change of at least 5-10 lbs - the rest is just daily stuff that doesn't really count.

    Maybe you should just stay off the scale for awhile and see if you can just focus on the important 'other' ways to measure your progress.
    2063 days ago
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