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TurboFIRE has become a habit, but losing weight hasn't...

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

and it's a little -- okay, A LOT -- frustrating.

Now that working out 6 days a week & following the TF schedule has become a habit, along with replacing one meal a day with Shakeology + Shakeology Fiber Boost, it's time to look at the other things that need to become habits.

Shakeology has really helped me cut out cravings, and working out has really helped me cut down on my mindless binges... I crave healthier foods, I'm eating more fruits and veggies, and we're eating out much less. I'm measuring things and watching my portion control closer than ever.

Despite those changes, I'm not losing. UGH.

1. I need to get a digital scale for measuring protein more accurately.
2. I need to track what I put into my mouth ALL day... not just in the morning and afternoon.

I'm also taking a look at how many calories I should eat. I've gone over my goal for calories burned in my fitness tracker significantly just about every week, and Fuel the Fire recommends that I should be eating approx. 2300 calories a day... I've been eating trying to stay in the 1300-1800 range. SO I'm going to try to get in some more healthy calories... lean proteins, low fat dairy, healthy fats, fruits and veggies, and whole grains. While that new calorie number sounds SCARY, I'm hoping it will help.

3. 2300 calories daily (Revisit during week 5 of TF)

I've also cut back significantly the number of beers I drink a week... one of our favorite social outings here is to meet friends at the brewery. Even though you are limited to 2 beers there, it wasn't uncommon for us to be there 5-7 days a week. I'm down to about 3 days most weeks now, and sometimes I only have 1...

4. Beer in MODERATION - when I drink it, make sure to track it!!

I do love how TurboFIRE makes me feel, but I really need to start seeing some results!
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    3188 days ago
    All good suggestions here, and you answered a lot of your own questions. I strongly suggest using the Spark tracker all day - you'd be surprised how many calories are hiding in the food you eat (and the beer you drink!). If you use a computer most of the day, leave the window open so it's always there. If you have a cell phone with internet access you can bookmark SP mobile on that. You will be amazed.

    Try skipping alcohol and increasing your water intake for just 7 days and see if that makes a difference. Can't hurt.
    3264 days ago
    Good luck and keep trying - you will figure it out. Personally, I had to give up my alcohol, it always derailed me - there's some chemical or sugar thing going on that makes it near impossible for me to lose when drinking even once a week or a small amount.

    Awesome all the exercise you are doing - you will make it, I am sure!!
    3266 days ago
    I think you need to take some measurements to see if you are gaining muscle because as you probably know muscle weighs more than fat. I have not lost weight in a while but when I got on the scale this week I had lost 2% body fat...I was estatic to say the least.
    How are your clothes feeling...how is your energy? Look at those things too when you are judging yourself.
    I also find visualizing everyday really helps with losing too. I visualize during my workouts on the muscle I am working and I see it in my mind getting smaller and fitter...guess what the next time I do measurements my inches are smaller!

    Don't give up!!

    I agree with Rheyn...the OXO scale is awesome...just got mine today!! (she recommended it to me too)
    3267 days ago
    I understand the frustration. The first two months of Turbo got me back to looking and feeling the way I did the last time I was putting in the hours, but I know I've been working harder than I ever have before, so why the "stickiness," right? Those sound like good strategies, and I hope you start to notice some superficial progress soon because, even though it's not what really, really matters most, you deserve it!


    P.S. I love my OXO kitchen scale. The display panel pulls out from the base so you can use it with a giant bowl on top. It wasn't very expensive, and it switches more easily between units than any other scale I've owned.
    3267 days ago
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