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Old 08-03-14, 07:34 AM
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Getting out of a rut

I've been stuck at a pretty consistent weight for the past 4-5 months, and I seemed to be gaining and losing the same 5lbs every few weeks. I'd have a good stretch of time where I would lose a few pounds, then I'd take a few days off of the bike and gain it right back. I'm guessing quite a few people can relate.

I've recently committed to break that cycle and get out of the rut I've been in. My solution was to start running. --Gasp! -- I know, talking about running on BikeFo is verboten, so I'd like to open the conversation up and find out what other folks have done to get out of a rut, whether it is bike related or not. Do we have any fellow Zombies Run! addicts out there (personally the only way I'm able to run on a consistent basis)? Anyone trying walking for weight loss during the summer heat? What else is working to break the gain/lose/gain cycle?
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Easy fix...just write down EVERYTHING you EAT ....
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I walk each morning at 5 am before work. Doing this I have assured every day I get some kind of exercise done each day regardless of what the weather is when I get home or other happenings going on.

I was stuck at 247 lbs for weeks and since doing this I am losing weight again.
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Originally Posted by 1loosemoose
I walk each morning at 5 am before work. Doing this I have assured every day I get some kind of exercise done each day regardless of what the weather is when I get home or other happenings going on.

I was stuck at 247 lbs for weeks and since doing this I am losing weight again.
To me losing weight is 100% about intake. Five lbs is 17,500 calories if I did the math right.......2500 calories a day for a week, there is no way a normal person can run that off :-).

To lose I have to practice deficit spending :-)......myfitnesspal sets me up for a 7000 calorie deficit with 20 minutes of exercise for 6 out of seven days.......I do more than that so my actual deficit must be 10,000 or more, I'm afraid to change it because it works consistently so far :-).

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Originally Posted by Willbird
To me losing weight is 100% about intake. Five lbs is 17,500 calories if I did the math right.......2500 calories a day for a week, there is no way a normal person can run that off :-).

To lose I have to practice deficit spending :-)......myfitnesspal sets me up for a 7000 calorie deficit with 20 minutes of exercise for 6 out of seven days.......I do more than that so my actual deficit must be 10,000 or more, I'm afraid to change it because it works consistently so far :-).

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I've been using weight watchers mobile app since April and have lost about 38 lbs total. I am going to check out some of the free apps including the fitbit app and try to save the $20 a month I currently pay for weight watchers.
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Originally Posted by 1loosemoose
I've been using weight watchers mobile app since April and have lost about 38 lbs total. I am going to check out some of the free apps including the fitbit app and try to save the $20 a month I currently pay for weight watchers.
WW might be great for some folks......I cannot speak good or bad of it, my wife has been involved and she says MFP is a lot easier and simpler though.
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LoseIt and My Fitness Pal are great apps if you are honest.
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Make sure when you train you are training in the fat burning zone 2 and not over training in 3 or 4. Cross training, IE running and biking, is a great way to lose weight. Alternate, ride one day and walk/run the next. Take a day off for rest every now and then as needed. Make sure the calories you eat are the right balance of carbs and proteins and drink lots of fluids.
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Originally Posted by spdracr39
Make sure when you train you are training in the fat burning zone 2 and not over training in 3 or 4. Cross training, IE running and biking, is a great way to lose weight. Alternate, ride one day and walk/run the next. Take a day off for rest every now and then as needed. Make sure the calories you eat are the right balance of carbs and proteins and drink lots of fluids.
A lot of the "fat burning" deal IMHO has been debunked, but it is not good to work in zone 3,4,5 without some training plan in place that calls for that. I surely qualify as a good bad example in that dept, but with my HRM I plan to reform that bad habit and establish some kind of program of hard days and recovery days :-)
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Eat more roughage. I have started to eat Kale when ever I can and that seems to get the digestive process working and regular. Have lost some pounds but I need to stay away from anything white. That is the killer for me.
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Originally Posted by linnefaulk
LoseIt and My Fitness Pal are great apps if you are honest.
I have a love/hate relationship with MyFitnessPal... we've broken up and reunited dozens of times, and each time we get back together I think "okay, I'll be honest." Never works out that way.

I'm great at logging miles and workouts, but I can never get into the long-term habit of logging calories. I'll look into LoseIt, maybe that will be the trick to help me log my food.
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Originally Posted by mustridebikes
I have a love/hate relationship with MyFitnessPal... we've broken up and reunited dozens of times, and each time we get back together I think "okay, I'll be honest." Never works out that way.

I'm great at logging miles and workouts, but I can never get into the long-term habit of logging calories. I'll look into LoseIt, maybe that will be the trick to help me log my food.
Ah. You want all of the credit and none of the blame.
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Originally Posted by mustridebikes
I have a love/hate relationship with MyFitnessPal... we've broken up and reunited dozens of times, and each time we get back together I think "okay, I'll be honest." Never works out that way.

I'm great at logging miles and workouts, but I can never get into the long-term habit of logging calories. I'll look into LoseIt, maybe that will be the trick to help me log my food.
I have managed a 96 day streak from day one so far :-)......but I do have some experience doing some other things One Day at a Time ;-).

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