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Needing advice and encouragement
Hi everyone,

I am 34' 5'11" with medium build, and weigh 180 pounds. I am proud to say I completed p90x through the holidays and only missed one workout. Though I have a background in yoga, I had never done any weight training or cardio and I pushed myself hard through this program. I made enormous gains in my strength and ability, so I definitely don't mean to put down the program, but I DIDN'T LOSE ONE POUND!

I did not follow a healthy eating plan, and while I definitely expected to see less in the weightloss department, zero pounds was shocking. Are you telling me that I weigh the same whether I workout for 60-90 minutes a day six times a week or if I just lay on the couch every day??? I did lose 1% body fat and gained some inches on my thighs (which was a good thing, they look much more athletic now) and I lost an inch on my abs. Just disappointed with my results. One thing I have become aware of is how low my stamina is with plyo, so I just started TurboFire to up my cardio endurance.

This time I plan to use the eating plan, but what amount of calories should I take in each day? Any and all advice is appreciated!
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RE: Needing advice and encouragement
1/20/13 8:52 PM as a reply to ElizabethK78.
Hi Elizabeth,

First off, it is not unnormal for the scale not to move! Muscle weighs more than fat, and looks better. So be proud of the inches that you lost!

Now Nutrition is anywhere from 75-95% of where the true results come from! So really dialing it in is going to be very key this time around! It will be tough, but you can definitely do this! Follow the nutrition guide as close as you can, and don't hesitate to ask questions! We are all here to help you out and cheer you on every step of the way!

- Daniel C.
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RE: Needing advice and encouragement
1/20/13 8:58 PM as a reply to ElizabethK78.
Hi Elizabeth. Based on your post, I ran the numbers and came up with 2400 for an active woman with your stats looking to lose weight progressively rather than aggressively. I am taking liberties here with the active based upon your post. It may seem to be a bit much, 2400, however taking into account your daily activity level as being active and adding in your daily workout, you don't want your body in calorie deficit. It is then that your body will conserve calories in the form of unwanted fats. I am sure by now that people have told you that muscle is "heavier" than fat. That is just untrue. Muscle is more DENSE than fat therefore it takes up less space and provides more definition then our adversary, fat. You indicated a loss in your waist measurements and an increase in the musculature in your thighs. Both are the proof of this theory.
If I can assist you in any other way, please message me, I'll be more than happy to help.
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RE: Needing advice and encouragement
1/20/13 9:02 PM as a reply to ElizabethK78.
The scale seems to be the enemy at times.....yes I said it! Keep up the workouts and measure your success by the inches gained and the toning. You will eventually see the scale move. But like they say don't weigh yourself every day you will drive yourself crazy. My scale fluctuates because of hormones so I tend to ignore it as much as possible.

Team beachbody has a calculator to determine what your caloric intake should be based on your lifestyle. Also in the P90X nutrition guide it has a computation for caloric needs. Good luck on your journey!
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RE: Needing advice and encouragement
1/22/13 1:37 PM as a reply to AndreaGreek.
Thank you so much everyone! What a great support system!

Promise to keep working hard, add in the diet, avoid the scale and keep you posted!
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RE: Needing advice and encouragement
1/23/13 2:03 PM as a reply to ElizabethK78.
Woo!

That's the spirit! You an do this! I can't wait to hear more about your results!
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