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This HAS to work sometime, right? 
20th-Jul-2006 12:27 pm
Alright...I've been walking, drinking water...nothing. Ok, that's not true. My jeans are a *smidgeon* less snug than usual. My weight is the same, though, and the "looseness" of my clothes is not quite enough to make me feel as though I'm actually getting anything done.

I'm not measuring my water. I'm just drinking it. And drinking it and drinking it and drinking it. Coffee or tea in the morning before work, water the entire rest of the day, sometimes a glass of milk with dinner. I'm pretty sure I'm getting at least the recommended 64 oz of water each day.

I'm walking. A lot. I take three 10 minute breaks throughout my workday, and I walk "briskly" for all three of them. And then I cap them off by taking the stairs back up to the 4th floor every time. I'm also walking for 30 minutes on my lunch break, again capped off by the mountainous stair-climb back to the 4th floor.

I should be doing crunches and other strength exercises on a regular basis, but I'm not. So I guess I should make an effort to add that in. Still...cardio=weight loss and I feel like 3 10-minute bursts and one 30 minute sustained, all with stairs, should qualify as "enough cardio". Am I wrong?

I am watching what I eat. I get lots of protein, not a lot of fat, and puh-lenty of veggie/fruit. I'm not going to say I never eat crap, but I don't eat a lot of crap, and I've cut my soda intake from (seriously) a gallon of Coke a day down to approximately 24-32 oz a week. (Weekends. It's better than beer, anyway. I think. I don't know...I don't like beer.)

AND - I'll admit I've only been really, really working it for about 3 weeks. Still...wouldn't you think that 3 weeks is enough time to see the numbers change?
20th-Jul-2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I was really careful with food and excersiced three times a week for 6 months and I only lost 5 lbs. It seems to take a long time or a LOT of work to get a noticeable change.
20th-Jul-2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
Physiology is bullshit.
20th-Jul-2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
30 min 3 times a week is what "They" recommend for maintenance. For weight loss there has to be a cut in calories and/or enough exercise to burn more calories than you're taking in.
25th-Jul-2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
I agree with this, but also: if you're noticing (even a slight) size change I think you're gaining a bit of muscle mass, which will in turn burn more calories. I think you'll notice an accelerated weight loss if you continue to walk and eat reasonably. I did just about what you're doing about 10 years ago and though the differences started off slow, after a few months I made some very noticeable and positive changes to my body and my health. I don't know - I think this slow and relatively low stress approach will be better for you (and make a more lasting impact) than a more intense regimen. My two cents.
26th-Jul-2006 12:36 am (UTC)
You're totally right, and I should have mentioned that too.
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