Weight & Fat Loss | New to working out and already frusterated!!

Hello people! My name is Sara. I am 28 years old, am 5ft 4in, and my weight is over 300 lbs. I've finally gotten to the point where I want to do something about my weight (yeah I know, FINALLY). I joined a gym, got on a meal plan, and workout with a personal trainer twice a week. It has been 1 month and I weigh the exact same as I did when I started! Seriously!! The scale has not budged! I eat what I am supposed to, I bust my butt 5-6 days a week and nothing is happening. I can tell I'm getting stronger and I can use heaver weights and such, but I have not lost any pounds and my clothes still feel the same. What am I doing wrong? I asked my trainer (well, whined would be the appropriate word) and she said to just give it some time. But its been a whole month!!!! Any advice?


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3 Posts
12/6/2008 8:28:55 AM
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you can create a profile and it will help you track calorie intake (food) and calorie expenditure (exercise/resting metabolism)


1 Posts
12/6/2008 8:03:41 AM
Thanks everyone for the info!

PT: I read your post and decided to write down everything that I ate during the day. If it went into my mouth, I wrote it down. And lo and behold, I was eating almost 3000 cal. and I didnt even know it. I though I was doing good. It is the snacks that are getting me. I am much more aware now!

againstroutine: Thanks for the book. I am picking it up today!

tina277: I had no idea that you get fatter before you see results! Either way, I am sticking to the cardio routine because I love the way it makes me feel! I had my last day with my personal trainer on Thursday. And she told me to keep up the cardio. Cardio cardio cardio!!

Everyone: Thanks for the encouragement. I am happy to announce that I have FINALLY seen movement on the scale! Ok, so three pounds isnt a whole lot, but I am just happy to see anything right now! lol I found some work out routines on this site and printed them out and took them to my gym. I had my trainer go over every movement with me so I feel comfortable doing this on my own.
I will probably post again because I'm sure I will have more things to share and also questions. Thank God for this site!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great day everyone!!!!

3 Posts
12/6/2008 4:13:31 AM
WOW Sara!

Relax if you just started, everyone knows you get fatter before you start to see results. Your muscles contract and push the fat outward and releases it in time, yes muscle does weigh more than fat but if your already overweight you dont want to up your calorie intake cuz your working out, you wont loose anything. working out 2 days a week is a good start but you need to do a lot of high intense work outs (cardio) the higher the intesity the more you burn, even hours after your done working out you continue to burn it off. Good luck, stay focused and keep going!


3 Posts
12/5/2008 7:41:04 PM
PT is right to dig into your diet.

at the gym where i work we've been pushing a new program that aims to get your hormones back on track through diet and it seems to be working pretty well.

the specific program that we've started to use is based on this dude's book:

the idea is to 'get healthy so you can lose weight, not to lose weight to get healthy.'

we have guys that have lost over 30 pounds in around 2 months - they are very disciplined w/ their food intake.

the biggest piece is dropping anything processed and shifting carbs away from grains and back to veges/fruits.

it's not a magic bullet, changing your diet is a day to day thing but once you get into a rhythm and see something working for you, you'll be motivated to stick w/ it.


3 Posts
12/5/2008 11:55:56 AM
Just take your time, one day at a time and make sure you do some kind of exercise every day. up you exercise plan, drink alot of water.

Personal Trainer
11/28/2008 5:49:47 PM
Hi Sara,

Give it some time. Usually people increase their caloric intake in response to exercise because they feel hungier. This usually balances out a lack of weight loss. Make sure you eat what you're suppose to and make sure you're burning more calories than you are taking in.

As your trainer probably said, muscle does weigh more than fat (someone don't chime in and say a pound of fat is a pound of muscle, we are talking density here). It does take time to lose weight but you need to make sure you stick to it and don't get defeated. Seriously. I would love to hear your meal plan. Can you give me your meals for the past two days?


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