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3-DAY REFRESH: GET YOUR BODY BACK ON THE FAST TRACK TO WEIGHT LOSS AND HEALTHY EATING HABITS

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Advice needed to get out of a slump
I have been doing various BB programs over the last 3 years with continuous progress but in the last 6 months I hit a road block. I got sick and was not able to workout right when I was down to my last 3 pounds. I was so close to hitting my all time goal that I never thought I would achieve AND then wham! I get very sick and end up gaining 7 lbs. So now I get back on the wagon, begin a hybrid program and start following the Turbo Fire diet plan that worked for me before. I am now a month in and not losing an ounce!
Maybe its because I'm under a lot of stress or maybe I'm expecting too much too soon.
I may just be frustrated and angry at myself for letting myself go that long. I do not know.

Here are the details:
I've cut out sugar, increased my protein, and will cut back further on my fat intake with leaner meats. I'm sleeping well about 7 hours a night and drinking all my water. I may only have a glass of wine occasionally every few weeks and drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day. I take all my supplements and eat 6 meals a day about every 2 hours. I'm shooting for 1300-1500 calories and burning about 300 a day with workouts and 400 when I run.
I did one week of Turbo Fire & yoga then 3 weeks of P90X to get me back into the swing of things and am now on to do X2 with running twice a week and substituting Fire45 for Plyocide. This routine worked for me last year so I was going to do it again.

My biggest problem lately is that I'm SO HUNGRY all the time. I crave sugar and bread throughout the day and then salt and cheese at night. Between 8-10pm is the worst for me too when I often want to eat.

I thought I would try to keep some plain cooked whole-grains around like bulger wheat or barley that I can grab with some almonds and greek yogurt maybe as a late night snack instead of not eating. I also figure I need to increase my greens too.
I don't know. Just feeling frustrated. What am I overlooking?

Is it that I am just asking for too much too soon?
I guess I just need some motivation and support.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
Thanks!
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RE: Advice needed to get out of a slump
2/2/13 11:32 AM as a reply to Bobbie117.
Sounds like you aren't eating enough. If you are active, which it sounds like you are, you probably need a few hundred more calories a day than what you are eating. Sounds like your body is holding on to the last few pounds as an emergency reserve because it thinks it is starving, that might explain the cravings also. Go back and recalculate the amount of calories you should be consuming, bodyweight X 14, plus 700 for your exercise regimen, and then subtract 500 to lose weight. Hope that helps!
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RE: Advice needed to get out of a slump
2/2/13 1:16 PM as a reply to Bobbie117.
Thanks. I recalculated my info again and it puts me at 1600. When I first tried P90X I went with the book equation to find my calories and it put me at 1800 but I ended up gaining weight with that number so I have always been very cautious about going beyond 1500 knowing I still have a decent amount of body fat left to lose. I do know my burn rate has increased quite a bit since then tho. I will try going up by at least 200 calories and see what happens.

Do you recommend recalculating every month?
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RE: Advice needed to get out of a slump
2/2/13 1:28 PM as a reply to Bobbie117.
I can relate to that. I got a really bad flu a few days into P90X. Rested in bed for a whole day but I pressed play again the next day and surprising it got better. But a week prior to me finished P90X, I hurt my back big time and couldn't even bent over and wear my own socks. Again, I rested for a about week and finally completed in January.

Back to the topic: I'm curious to know your weight, height and age? 1600 seems to be the common caloric intake for female but I can't comment on that unless I know your weight/height/age.

With regards to being hungry, you might want to try eating 5-6 times a day. Basically, one meal/snack every 2-3 hours.
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RE: Advice needed to get out of a slump
2/2/13 1:42 PM as a reply to Bobbie117.
Usually when I get sick I rest a day or two and get back to working out and feel better. This time I was sick for 7 solid weeks and every time I thought I was getting better I would push play and workout only to get even sicker. I finally had to stop trying and stay in bed. It was a very bad virus & upper respiratory infection. Now that its gone, I gotta get back to where I was.
My ultimate goal was to to hit 120 lbs. I was 123 when I got sick and ended up gaining 7 lbs being unable to workout so now I'm 130 lbs emoticon I am 5'3 tall and 39 yrs old.
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RE: Advice needed to get out of a slump
2/6/13 10:51 AM as a reply to Bobbie117.
I'm sorry to hear that but sounds like you're ready to go again emoticon

Besides the workout, what other activities do you do normally? If you're like me who's having a ask job, I would eat 10-15% over my BMR.

Yours is around 1230 so if you too are sedentary, I would suggest that you eat 1350 (when you don't workout) and 1450 (on workout days) day.

Next thing to look at is your macro nutrient ratio. How much protein, carb, fat you eat a day in terms of percentage?

Cheers,
Coach Al
[Edited by CSBB5]
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RE: Advice needed to get out of a slump
2/3/13 10:30 AM as a reply to Bobbie117.
Thanks everyone. This helps a lot
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RE: Advice needed to get out of a slump
2/4/13 7:36 AM as a reply to Bobbie117.
You're welcome emoticon
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