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how is one supposed to stay motivated when an associatei know lost 10lbs in 2 weeks.

She's doing the insanity thing, whatever that is.

I'm eating healthy, working out, always having a deficit, and I havent even lost 1 lb in 2 and a half weeks.

Tell me how that's fair, or possibly what I'm doing wrong to only maintain my current weight.

Holy crap a whole lot of discouragement hit me hard. I could just sit and cry.

There's my hissyfit moment. Had to vent it somewhere.

 

>Thanks all you guys, it was just a small moment of WHAT THE CRAP!. I'm proud to say that I am over it. I did not crack and eat unhealthy food or ANYTHING. Its extremely awesome to have all of y'all. And yes, as one commenter put: Its better to vent here than to eat some bad food. Which is what I did. Thanks for all the encouraging responses.

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I know it's tough but you have no idea if she is doing it healthy.. she may not be eating enough.. she may have more weight to lose than you.. It's really not a good idea to compare yourself to others. Know what you are doing is healthy and that it is about slow and steady..

But she won't be able to maintain Andy will!!! :)

Yeah, there's a whole bunch of variables that make it so we lose weight at different speeds. If you've been doing it for longer than her, that'll be one reason. Gets harder as we go on.

Also, we don't lose weight in a linear fashion, not usually anyway. This means you can go for weeks, or even months, without seeing much weight loss, but if you're exercising and eating to a (healthy!) deficit, then you can be assured things are happening in your body that are changing you for the better. A change in body composition is way more important than seeing the scale weight move. It just isn't as motivating because we can't see it.

I'm losing really slowly at the moment too, especially when I don't drink enough water and have too much sodium. But we've got to just keep on keeping on. :)

The difference is that you will most probably keep the weight off. She most probably won't and in a matter of weeks may be back where she started.

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. slow and steady wins the race!

I have the worst metabolism too; keep working out, and look at how you feel and how your clothes feel, not just the weight.  don't be concerned about other people because I also know someone (or two) well everyone LOL that can lose faster than me without trying so hard.  it's who we are.  most important, keep eating healthy.  this one girl i know ate SO much that any diet would have her losing right away!  keep the faith (-:

I worked out for 7weeks without dropping even 1lb then Monday this week things changed. I guess its different for everyone. Don't give up!!!

Losing weight goes at a different pace for everyone. Yes, you never know exactly how healthfully (or not) she's doing it - Insanity is pretty rigorous, so I could imagine that, although it's very unhealthy, she may be eating too little.

If so, it'll catch up to her. But remember that beginners often lose weight at a rapid pace for the first few weeks, but then it evens out. I could imagine that she's losing quite a bit during the first few weeks of Insanity, but once her body gets used to it, she's going to have a much harder time losing as much weight as she did before each week.

You're doing it the healthful & mindful way. Slow and steady wins the race. :)

I am doing Insanity and that is an intense program.  I'm 1.5 years into my journey and I wouldn't/couldn't have started there, but there are other options available by the makers of Insanity that will fit your current fitness level.  The key is to find the right program (nutrition, fitness, and support) for you.

Good morning.  I'm really sorry you are feeling down about this and yes, we've all been there.  I'm almost in the same position but it is causing me to inspect what I'm doing and see where I can make improvements.

My question is this...you say you are always in deficit.  How do you know this?  Do you wear a BodyBugg?  One thing I've learned is to NOT trust the calorie burn indicator on gym machines.  They calculate your burn based on an "average" person.  Most of us are not average when it comes to calorie burn.  I can tell you that my elliptical will tell me that I've burned 600 calories in a workout, but when I check my bodybugg, I've actually only burned about half of that.  Everyone's metabolism and burn is different.  Before getting a bodybugg, I thought I was doing so good with my calorie burn; then I learned that I wasn't doing nearly as well as I thought - only because the gym machines were giving me incorrect info.  I am just wondering how you are calculating your burn.

Best of luck to you as you work through this bump in the road.  You can do it, you just have to believe it.

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I feel the same way. Ive been trying so hard and just not losing anyhing. It is so hard to continue if you dont see results. People say eat more others eat less. I guess maybe im not doing right combination but definitely feel your pain

First off i would not be discouraged.  Keep at it.  But do realized that being a calorie deficit alone will cause the lbs to drop.  A sound work out plan ( even this website has great resources for that) will assist you in dropping lbs. 

The fitness programs offered by Beachbody are intense, but as someone mentioned they have different packages.  You have the real intense programs geared to the athletic types ( P90X and Insanity)  to the ones starting out ( Power or 10 min trainer).   I have know individuals who have done p90X and they have not put the weight back on.  They have a healty attitude towards exercise.   You really need the 3 healthy pillars to weight loss ( diet, excerise and motivation)

 

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The key is: "I'm eathing healthy, working out"    YOU can & will succeed... This insanity thing that your coworker is doing -- is just that - INSANE - a temporary weight loss that will come back - and probably add more....  You will lose the weight - keep eating healthy - try for those green bars and the weight will shed... maybe slowly for you but that just means it'll stay off !!!!  I worked out and thought I was eating healthy for 9 1/2 months and teetered with the same 5 lbs - up and down... Then my husband found CalorieCount.... Since October - he has lost 40 + lbs and I have lost 15+ lbs....  We only work out 3 sometimes 4 days a week - 1/2 hour of cardio - 15-20 minutes weights and stretching - nothing out of the ordinary... but the weight is coming off....  One thing we really watch is the sodium levels.... Can foods - going out to eat -- might seem healthy but the sodium will mess with you holding onto water....  Good luck... keep eating healthy and working out - you will succeed !!!!

You have every right to pout ... its okay ... I know how you feel cause I've been there.  Remember to drink plenty of water and cut back on processed foods.

As for your co-worker, big congrats to her.  Insanity is a TOUGH workout!  Ask her to show you some of the routines she is enjoying or getting a lot of results.  It would help you too.

One question I keep asking -- when is there ever going to be a consensus on the definition of "Healthy Eating"???  For nstance, if you follow the American or Canadian Government Food Guide, you'll end up eating an AWFUL lot of bread!  Some folks think high protein low carb is "healthy eating". Some folks think vegetarianism is "healthy eating". There are a million variations of the definition for this term, and I get more confused every time I hear someone use the term!  I know folks who live on protein powders and smoothies, and they swear up and down it's "eating healthy".  They are slim as pencils, so they must be onto something, but I have a hard time believing that protein powders as a constant diet are actually healthy eating or even natural.

Sorry to get off topic, but as so many folks use the term, I just wish there were a reliable consensus for what the term "healty eating" REALLY means!

Meanwhile, dear fellow calorie counter, I hear you when you want to pout over stubborn plateaus happening to you!  It's rough!  Really hard on your morale if you don't have someone to vent to!  And you've come to the right place!  This Calorie Count site is fantastic to keep your morale up and give you pointers!

So keep on plugging!  You're in great company, and we'll cheer you on!  And we'll celebrate with you when you cross that finish line, too!

 I too am doing the Insanity thing. (love it! but very hard)  For the first 3-4 weeks I was getting little to no results (but for a sore body).  I would float back and forth in my weight with no real results.  I kept trying to convince myself that I was "gaining muscle".  This past week I decided to crack down.  I had been trying to eat clean (thank you Tosca Reno) but kept cheating here and there.  I have been totatlly clean and not doing any night snacking.  I also reduced my portion size - I am only 5'3".  This week I am down a total of 5 pounds.  I realize that I cannot have my little "treats".  I kept trying to convince myself that they were low-cal so they were okay or that just a little butter won't hurt. 

Hang in there!! I know it is hard!!  Try committing to just one week of being sugar free or clean eating; I bet you will see results.  Tosca Reno says it is 80% food and 10% exercise and 10% genetics.  I believe it.

You're going to be fine! The only "diets" that ever worked for me were the ones that took at least 3 weeks to start showing results (South Beach kickstarted my health quest after 2 babies, and simply tracking calories and portion sizes did the rest). You are in it for the long haul, not for the insanity! 

A lot of diets recommend a 500 calorie daily deficit but I think that's unsustainable in the long term. 8 months ago I started tracking calories and aimed for about a 100-200 calorie deficit per day. As you know, a pound is 3500 calories, if you reduced 150 calories a day, that's 1050 a week . . . which means it will take 3-4 weeks for that first pound to drop off (but every day, you're losing incremental amounts). The best thing about this is that it lets you develop better eating habits (I even lost weight on vacation!)

What's your goal weight? Find the calorie range that sustains your goal weight and make that what you eat daily if you're ok with a higher deficit. I did this and lost 20 pounds in 4 months. The best part is that by the end, my reduced portions looked normal to me and I've sustained it now for 5 months and counting! Healthy eating, working out, having a deficit, you are doing it all right. Please trust it (and if you can try to get some advice from a trainer about doing strength trainer if you haven't already, it really helps!). 10 lbs in 2 weeks is NOT sustainable. Slow and steady is!

Thanks Guys I really appreciate it. I'm over it now, its just one of those "Ugh! What the heck?"

My fiancee was helping me. He kept telling me to at least be happy that I'm being fit.

I'm not going to lie, being able to run for a full 5 minutes now, compared to when I first started is an awesome feeling, lol.

What are you doing when you work out? I did insanity last spring and I lost 15 pounds and was in the best shape of my life.  The thing with insanity is that you burn SO MANY CALORIES in short periods of time.  So you truly can't compare yourself to someone doing insanity.  I would burn 700 calories in a 45 minute workout.  Make sure you are doing strength training AND cardio. 

 

All cardio does is make your current shape (pear, banana, etc) into a smaller version of that same shape.  Strength training really changes the SHAPE of your body.  And while lifting is important, it is not the only way.  You can run bleachers, do body weight circuits (squats, planks, lunges, etc.)

 

Hope this helps and good luck.  Basically, keep working hard and eat clean! Cut the beer, hit the track. Fitness is a lifestyle not a destination. Don't be discouraged, just keep going!

I totally understand how you feel. I have hit that crazy wall once again, I loose rather well for there a while and then I hit that dang brick wall. All though you might not be loosing weight you might be loosing inches. I have noticed that in my clothes here lately. The way your clothes fit is another way tell if you are heading in the right direction to, don't always rely on the scale to be truthful with you. Now I only step on the scale here at home once a month.
Don't give up I know that sounds easier said than done at times,but it's the truth. I know there has been many ties I have wanted to give up and I just keep on moving forward and making my workouts a little harder and gp longer on them if possible if not I start working out more than just once a day if that possible.
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