I really like to give recognition where it is due and I have felt one of our Fit Girl sisters has really stood out. A couple of months ago Misbah wrote on The Fit Girl’s wall said she was at a plateau and wanted some suggestions. After talking I realized her calories were too low and suggested her upping them. This is her story and what I appreciate most about her is her openness to try something new and to take it on without fear. Misbah, may you have much success and happiness in this journey to live a healthy life with those you love.
“So my weight loss journey started after the birth of my sons. I was always small and had never had trouble maintaining my weight. After first son I gained 60 pounds and lost all but 15 pounds before I became pregnant with 2nd child. With the second one I had a mishap with the epidural and had to have a spinal tap which caused severe back pains. I could not work out for a 1 1/2 years. Still have back pains from time to time.
Well, to lose weight I reduced calories, since working out was not an option. I went from eating over 2000 cals to about 1600 and lost weight. Then as back got better added workouts but did not increase my calories, I lost 5 more pounds then hit a plateau. I was not sure why so increased workout and lowered calories not really thinking about the effects. I honestly did not think I was eating less than 1200 cals but after chatting with you and tracking calories I found I was eating 850 to 1100 calories a day.
I took your advice and upped the calories to 1400 a day, more if I worked out. I added more meats (chicken mostly) and nuts to my diet. Well I lost 3 pounds!!! I then upped my weights and reduced cardio (due to not being able to get out of house due to sick kids and hubby not home). This had me put 2 pounds back on but not in fat in MUSCLE!!!! (actually I think its water weight just got done with that time of month). Not only have I broken the plateau but dropped from a size 8 to a 6. Well as of 3 days ago a very loose fitting size 6 my pants that I just fit into a week ago are loose!!!!!
I am very small boned so muscle is hard to put on. I can actually see definition in my arms and my butt is up higher. I cannot believe that adding the right kind of calories would help me lose fat. Eating less calories just caused me to plateau and not really change my body shape.
I thank you for suggesting calorie counting it truly helped me. I will keep you updated on my progress.”
Thank you, Misbah for your hard work and openness. You are a great example to all of us.
Fit Girls, remember to eat the right
amount…not too little and not too much. For more information, please check out our TDEE
calculator and my blog on “The Starvation Effect”
. May all of you find success and reach your goals and live a full, long life of health .
Do you have your own success story? We would love to hear it.