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Feb 22nd, 2016, 10:02 AM  
little_lis83
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i have been at slimming world for about 8 weeks now and lucky if i have lost two pounds - feel like giving up - i do, do a lot of exercise and i follow plan rigidly but starting to think this plan doesn't fit well with me, has anyone else ever had this issue?

i feel really disheartened by it and feel as though i am working hard for nothing!
L x
 
Feb 22nd, 2016, 10:45 AM  
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Can you post some of your food diaries so we can have a look at where you may be going wrong?
Sometimes you don't realise something is missing, or you've counted syns wrong for something, or not measured something.
Everyone does it at some point, I absolutely do it and I've been with SW for years!

My initial questions would be:
Do you drink a lot of water?
How long have you been exercising?
Have you measured your healthy extras every day?
Have you had both healthy extras every day?
Do you use your syns?
How are you using your syns?
Have you definitely got 1/4 of your plate filled with speed food?
 
 
Feb 22nd, 2016, 13:18 PM  
little_lis83
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i will post food diary from today onwards - i hand in my food diary to my leader and constantly told there are no issues - i ensure that my HEXs are measuredout and check everything for syns etc.

i make sure at my workouts i have plenty of water and drink between 5-8 cups of water a day at work as well as coffee; i use hexa for milk throughout the day for this, and occasionally have a can o diet coke or sugar free redbull.

i have always done some form of exercise and it's always of an intense level; i have done kickboxing and mma 5-6 per week for about 2 and a half years and also some weights for toning and running to keep my cardio levels up.

i measure andfully use my hexs per day.

i can use between 5-10 syns per day, usualy for hifi bars or hot choc - just depends really.

every time i eat i ensure that i am getting speed in, between fruit and veg.

i am really down at the moment because i see everyone else in class not really excercising or doing much and losing hughe amounts but i spend about 2 hours a day exercising and i am either maintaining or gaining.

sorry for ranting ladies

xx
 
Feb 22nd, 2016, 13:58 PM  
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Don't be sorry for ranting, I've been exactly where you are. And one of the worst things we can do is compare our losses to other people. We will never lose the same as each other at the same rate.
Like I said, I've been there. I've stuck to plan 100% and only lost 2lb a week max, and seen so many other people losing 4-7lb a week and hated that I wasn't losing it as I felt I should be. But then again I don't have as much to lose as others.
Everyones weight loss differs depending on lots of reasons - how much they want to lose, how close they are to their target, what their eating habits were like beforehand, how drastically they are changing their foods, etc.

I've just had another thought - do you vary your meals a lot? Or have you stuck to the same foods each week? Sometimes changing your meals around can boost your losses. Your body gets used to proessing the same foods and it doesn't work as hard to break anything down.
Say if you had cereal for breakfast, change it to fruit & yogurt (or something else you'd prefer) and have your B choice as bread, or hifi bars later in the day.

You said in your other post that your consultant may think that you aren't eating enough - which if you are exercising around 2 hours per day, and intensley, I would imaging you would need to increase your calorie intake - obviously not bad calories (I'd love it if they were though... it'd make exercise more fun lol)
Have you used My Fitness Pal? You could try logging your foods on there each day to get an idea of your calorie intake, and log your exercise and compare what you are burning to your intaek and see if it balalnces?
 
 
Feb 23rd, 2016, 14:23 PM  
little_lis83
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thank you so much for gettin back to me - sorry for late reply - been so busy with work etc.

you are 100% right we shouldn't compare ourselves to others as we are all very different, think i just get frustrated that i am not seeing the results as quick as i'd like!

changing up food is one thing i have been really trying to do over last two week, tried to cook lots of different things and freeze them so i have them on standby.

i did use to use MFP but had to stop as i was becoming so obessed with it and counting every single thing, to the extent where i weighed everything, that's not a way to live at all!.

yesterday's food and exercise diary.

HEXA - 350ml skimmed milk HEXB - 2 alpen light bars

breakfast - banana, pear (s), apple (s), sliced turkey (p)

lunch - wafer thin chicken (p), mixed salad leaves (s), tomato (s), cucumber (s), melon (s)

dinner - 2 poached eggs (p), 3 SW syn free sausgages, baked beans (p), spinach (s), tomato (s), onion (s), muller light, pear (s), 2 satsuma (s)

syns

1/2 pack love hearts - 3.5
1 alpen light - 3
i slice WW bread - 3 = 9.5

i made sure i drank plenty of water, along with diluting juice, coffee and one can of sugar free redbull.

i done PT session before work and fitbit showed just under 15,000 steps for the day.

if there is anything that you can see from this please let me know!

thank you so much
 
Feb 23rd, 2016, 18:01 PM  
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Everything looks fine! One thought (and you probably have done this, so forgive me for asking if you have lol) - have you checked that your sliced turkey and wafer thin chicken are syn free? I've had the Asda chosen by you wafer thin cooked chicken thinking it was free, but it's 0.5 syns per 100g. Granted 0.5 isn't much, but when you eat a couple of packs of it during the week, the syns soon add up!

Don't worry, I sit here and tell everyone not to compare themselves to everyone else, but I do it myself it's one of those things that we just can't switch off... the weight doesn't leave us as quickly as we want, I mean how nice it would be to lose 2 stone overnight
 
 
Feb 24th, 2016, 12:10 PM  
little_lis83
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hi

thank you for getting back to me. i did check the chicken and turkey that i had and they are syn free. the one from asda that is 0.5 per 100g is really nice though, i have that on occasion and always count it.

is there anythin that i should be eating less of or more of?

yesterdays diary:

HEXA - 350ml skimmed milk HEXB - 2 alpen light bars

breakfast - fat free natural yoghurt - strawberries (s) - raspberries (s) - kiwi (s)

mid morning - wafer thin chicken (p) - pear (s) - alpen light (heb)

lunch - tuna (p) - spinach (s) - tomato (s) - onion (s) - 2 satsumas (s)

afternoon break - alpen light (heb)

dinner - chicken and bacon pasta in tomato sauce -> passata (s) - pepper (s) - onion (s) - mushroom (s) - chicken - baccon medallion - pasta

strawberries (s) - muller light - meringue nest (5 syns)
4km run
 
Feb 24th, 2016, 13:02 PM  
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I had the Lidl version of the wafer thin chicken once... I later discovered it was about 3 syns per 100g if I remember correctly!! Almost had a heart attack

As long as you've got 1/3 of your plate as speed foods you should be fine... but you can have as many of those as you want.

Have you tried anything of your old clothes on since joining SW? I'm wondering if you've lost the inches rather than pounds because you exercise so much??
 
 
Feb 24th, 2016, 13:16 PM  
little_lis83
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i have done that on the odd occasion, munch now syn later and it is most defo a shock to the system! LOL

i am feeling a little bit of a differencei n my clothes, so maybe i am doing something right - i just need to relax a bit with it all i guess! i was just worried because i was on it for a number of weeks and hadn't seen a great loss; sometimes even gain!

i am so sorry to bother you xx
 
Feb 24th, 2016, 13:23 PM  
sarahc4536
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Don't be silly, that's why we are all here

I'm a big culprit for not taking notice of clothes and just paying attention to the scales.
I took my measurements a few weeks ago and I plan to take them again in intervals (4 weeks maybe?) to keep track of the inches I lose as well as the pounds.
Might be worth you taking yours and then again ina few weeks. You could be turning the fat into muscle and toning up instead of losing pounds.
 
 
 
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