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  1. Thanks for the ideas guys, I'll try some of them out and see what happens. I really wish I had time to do some lifting though!
  2. Thanks for the advice everyone! And thanks for the compliment wobbylifter. So for my age, weight, gender and activity level (30 mins, 2-3x a week, teaching (on my feet for half the day)) how much do you guys think I should be eating in calories? My breakfast is usually 1/4 cup steel cut oats with a tsp of raisins, a banana, 2 wasa crackers. My morning snack is either 3 carrots or 3 stalks of celery, and my lunch is a spinach salad with onions tomatoes, cauliflower, or 1.3 cup chickpeas. Afternoon snack is an apple, dinner is usually a veggie stir 'fry' (i use water instead of oil), and evening snack is usually a piece of fruit or a few crackers with low cal jam.
  3. I'm definitely tired all the time, but the only thing my blood test showed a couple months ago was that I was anemic, so I don't think that's it...
  4. I think I cut calories too drastically as well, what worries me though is that I'm consistently gaining for weeks now even though I've been eating right and everything. My work schedule [teaching], unfortunately doesn't leave me enough time to commute to the gym, but I do have about 30 minutes a day to jog, walk, or do at home exercises with my own body weight or resistance bands. Since I'm not really that active currently, I'm really scared to go over 1500 calories a day and gain (more) weight. Does jogging or speed walking count as light cardio?
  5. hey there, i'm hoping someone will have a little advice to get me back on track. here are my stats: i'm currently 5'9", female, 174 pounds, and 20 years old. at the beginning of july, i weighed 186 pounds, and by only reducing my calorie intake to 1500, i was able to get down to 169 pounds. I plateaued at the end of the month, so I decided to encorporate weight lifting, and cardio 6 times a week. By mid august I was up to 174, but had lost about an inch and a half all over my body. I also increased my calorie intake to about 2000-2200 calories a day, because I was burning about 3000. Since then, I've been losing muscle definition slowly but surely, and gaining the inches back as well. Since my new job (as of last week) only allows me to work out twice a week now, I'm eating about 1500 calories daily, except for weekends where I eat 1800 to make up for the exercise. I'm still at 174, but now, I've GAINED two inches everywhere and my muscle definition is almost completely gone. I typically stick to oatmeal, carrots, celery, salads, seitan, tofu, soy milk, bananas and apples as my main food sources, and will allow myself a 'treat' daily as long as it's under 100 calories. Can someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong? I'm not too concerned about my weight, but I would really like to see this fat be gone! I know I have muscle in me...somewhere...
  6. Hey everyone, I'm kinda new to this site, and am looking to lose about 17 (more) pounds through exercise and eating right. I lost about 12 a month ago by restricting my calories to 1500 a day, and then hit starvation mode, so now I would like to eat "maintenance", which for me is apparently about 2700 calories with the amount I work out. I'm trying to eat maintenance to try to boost my metabolism again so I can start losing weight. I'm having a hard time eating that many calories in a healthy (non sugar/junk food way). If anyone on here can help out that would be great...here are some stats if it helps: 5'9" female, 173 pounds, 20 years old, vegan (of course!) -Bike 50 to 60 minutes 5 days a week -Swim for 20-25 minutes 2-3 times a week -HIIT training on eliptical for 15 minutes 3 times a week -Moderate weight lifting 3 to 4 times a week. Thanks!
  7. Thanks again for the advice dropsoul! I've dropped my fruit servings a bit and upped protein intake through lentils, chickpeas, soy milk, soy cheese, hummus, and peanut butter. And I'm definitely adding cinnamon to my kamut puffs or oatmeal every morning. Scale says I've gained three more pounds since last week, but I'm trying not to pay attention to it like you said. Now I'm working on trying to get more sleep! It's a little frustrating how 'slow' this progress is. Ah, well.
  8. Thank you so much for your help Christina. Yes, I'm a woman, and like I said have been stressed out, but have also been taking your advice to heart and eating more and worrying about what I'm eating less, but I definitely had a fright when I stepped on the scale this morning. My body must be in shock, since I'm now feeding it the energy it needs, haha. My period shouldn't be here for at least another 7 days, but maybe my body is already starting to retain water, and maybe it's retaining water from the weight lifting as well. At the gym, I'm definitely changing my routine up everytime I go, and I look for different exercises and increase the weights every week or two so my body doesn't get used to it. I can't really tell if i've lost more weight/ trimmed my body more with my old clothes, because after I dropped my first ten pounds, everything is really loose on me and my pants are falling off me, and I haven't had time really to go shop for a size smaller and see the difference since then. I'm going on holidays in a few days, so I think that will help me, and will also help me get more sleep hopefully. I think my diet consists primarily of veggies, then fruit, then breads (usually only steel cut oats or kamut puffs, or wasa crackers).
  9. Is it normal to gain weight after upping my calorie increase to 1800 so my body isn't in starvation mode? Or is my body just in shock?
  10. Thanks so much for your advice. You're right, I have been really stressed out from work and from the weight loss plateau I've hit. I'll try to relax a bit more, and celebrate my weight loss up to this point. I started off this morning by adding a flax banana berry carrot smoothie this morning to my usual steel cut oats, and a grapefruit...already 250 more cals than usual!
  11. Wow! 1500 to 2500 cals is gonna be a huge calorie increase for me, but maybe I'll start out with boosting my intake over the weekend. I'm 5'9" and 20 years old. My doctor recommended iron supplements because my blood tests showed I'm 'almost' anemic. Since then I bought a cast iron cooking pan, and eating more spinach and lentils, but I'll try the other suggestions as well.
  12. Yeah, I'm pretty sure. I track everything I eat and all my exercise at calorie count.com, they have exact calorie counts for pretty much every product and vegetable out there. I was feeling pretty exhausted for a while, but I started talking vitamin b12, and am now feeling okay. I'm currently working on getting my iron levels back up to normal by taking iron supplements prescribed by my doctor. I'm definitely a little scared to eat more than 1500 calories a day, as I fear I'm going to start to put the weight back on, but you think that if I do I will start losing again? How many calories should I be eating a day?
  13. Hey Folks, I just stumbled across this site last night, and am so glad I did! I was hoping perhaps I could get advice on my weight loss? I'm 20, an dstarted calorie counting at the beginning of july which brought my weight down from 182 to 169, and am now sitting back at 172. I would like to get to 155. (Will post pictures if people want) I bike for an hour every day, lift weights for 3-4 days a week, and am eating anywhere between 1100-1500 calories a day, my estimated calorie burn a day is between 2900-3300 calories. I'm feeling very frustrated because I'm eating all small healthy meals 6 times a day, not eating late, eating vegetables, protein, and carbs, and the scale isn't budging at the rate I think it should be... Any advice? (Sorry if this isn't the right forum to do this in..)
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