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MLS616 Posts: 157
2/15/13 11:15 A

Good job!
keep working out. It feels so much better to be fit.

I get that exact same thing as you - after a long lesson with my coach, the next day my pants feel tighter in the thighs, but the muscle and fat has moved around!
The thighs are tighter, but the waist is more loose.
I also thought about how my thighs can LOOK thinner but feel bigger! My theory is that the thigh muscle is more out in front and taking up room rather than to the sides...make sense?

Have a great day!!!

PAULAROSE65 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/12/13 8:53 A

The Olympic article sounds very interesting will have to check it out. I do drink tea in the a.m, but that's about it. Other than that it's def water throughout the day. Also i have noticed that when I do my slim in 6 dvd, which is a lot of squats and lunges, the next day my pants do feel tighter, so maybe it's cuz the muscles have swelled some? Again Thank you for all the input. Now off to workout!

Edited by: PAULAROSE65 at: 2/12/2013 (09:05)
VATRUCKER SparkPoints: (20,629)
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2/11/13 2:16 P

Never give up. U can achieve your goals with the right mind set.

MLS616 Posts: 157
2/11/13 11:55 A

There was something I found very interesting when the London Olympics was on. I looked up some of the athletes, initially just out of curiosity and found that they had posted weights and heights of individuals for most sports.
What I learned is that there is a range of weights for people and these are some of the best athletes in the world. They are very fit and very healthy, so if it helps, go have a look at that web site and you'll see how weight fluctuates with muscle mass and body type.

Be strong and healthy.

I ride (dressage) a lot and you know what? My skinny jeans got tighter in the thighs! BUT more importantly, my thighs look how is THAT possible...?
I also lost all the cellulite on my butt/thighs and I still weigh the same.

Hope this inspires you to keep working out and feeling good!


-RESAMARIE Posts: 2,277
2/11/13 8:53 A

I use a natural diuretic when I need one. Tea also works for me, Let us know how u r doing. emoticon

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2/11/13 8:28 A

Thank you for all the advice. Fyi I was using the tracker last year for a couple of months and didn't see any changes. Also I drink alot of water daily. Actually other than my coffee and tea in the a.m. that is all I drink...
I think I realized that depending on what I eat on a giving day, it is probably water weight that I am seeing. Not sure how to get rid of that tho without some sort of diuretic...

-RESAMARIE Posts: 2,277
2/10/13 6:57 P

Don't forget to drink your water. My mother was stuck on weight when she was dieting and when she had water she finally lost some weight,

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2/10/13 4:51 P

I understand that counting calories is a pain, but at the end of the day, individual nutrients aren't as much help with regards to weight loss as overall calorie intake.

Your carbs and sugar can all be on target, but if you're still eating too many calories... you will not lose weight.

Once you get used to calorie counting, it's much easier. Now that I know what a serving of pasta looks like, I don't have to measure it every single time. But I can't know that unless I measure first!

Try measuring and weighing for a couple of months. It is empowering to me, and I bet you'll find it the same. ;)

TPETRIE Posts: 18,677
2/10/13 7:41 A

Make sure you are using the tracker on sparkpeople. It gives you the recommendations you need. If you don't eat enough carbs, fats, proteins and fruits and veggies you could be in a put into a mode to store fat. Sparkpeople sets a good guide for us to follow. You are doing great with exercise and motivation, just make sure you are eating enough. Good luck. You will achieve this.

BRAVELUTE Posts: 3,963
2/9/13 11:06 P

I came to SP because of the nutrition tracker. You can't beat it.

I would recommend you spend a month using it. Be sure you have entered your fitness information (goals) properly so that the nutrition tracker lets you know the range of calories you need to put in so your body will release your weight you are working so hard to lose. And then make sure you're eating at LEAST the minimum amount daily.

You can enter your own meal plans or use the ones in the tracker. And if you don't care for a meal, it is easy to switch to a different choice.

To make it easier to use, enter the items you eat repeatedly, even restaurant food, into your favorites. Then you only have to search for Applebee's 7 ounce sirloin or Hunts low sodium tomato sauce one time.

Another thing I do is enter a group of foods I eat regularly, like my favorite breakfast.
Then I save it as a group to click that grouping and ALL food in that group flips into the tracker. BIG timesaver.

You can even plan your meals for the week. Say every Monday is Italian, with your favorite spaghetti recipe on spaghetti squash. Enter everything for the meal, and copy Monday dinner to the following Monday.

Try not to look at this time as a chore, or something that you don't want to do the rest of your life so you don't want to do it now.

Instead, look at it as a learning time. A time when you are going to set up the habits for dealing with weight fluctuation in a healthy way. Most people here started out like you with a little weight gain. And we floundered around losing weight in unhealthy ways and then gaiining it back, and then some.

For me, doctors put me on very low calorie diets from the time I was in high school, even prescribed diet pills. That was the accepted protocol in the sixties. Then when I was grown, I still thought that was the way to go. I now know it is not. But how do you know if you're eating too much or too little calories, if you don't check every now and then?

You've gotten some very good advice from everyone on this thread. Give it a chance.
Reread what they have said, and try the tracker and other features at SP.

Consistency for the rest of your life is so important.

Edited by: BRAVELUTE at: 2/9/2013 (23:10)
SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (241,190)
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2/9/13 9:12 P

I would suggest using the Nutrition Tracker. It can really be an eye-opener - for those who don't eat enough calories; for those who eat too many calories, and those who eat a very unbalanced diet.

It doesn't take long to do once you get the hang of it. At the very worst it won't do you any harm to use it, and at the best it might actually put you onto the right path toward reaching your goal!

Take care,

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2/9/13 5:40 P

I use the tracker for other reasons than calorie counting. I like to see if I am getting enough proteins throughout the day because that is what's hardest for me to eat enough of so even though the tracker does count calories you can modify it to track other dietary needs as well.

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2/8/13 12:37 P

I am 5ft 6, and will be 48 this month. I do not know how much I weigh cuz I don't believe in weighing myself.I will say the last time I went to the Dr.'s which was 2011 I weighed 155. I know I am more than that now... I do measure myself tho, and also go by the way my clothes fit. As far as TOM I am past that for this month.
I don't use the food tracker on here because it's about counting calories. Maybe I'm not getting enough calories. I never thought about that.

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2/8/13 12:30 P

I had started working out last June.And had been pretty consistent til 2 weeks before Christmas, when I had stopped all together. I never really went on any particular diet regimen. I started this 15/6 over a week ago. Supposedly you're suppose to loose 4 to 9lbs in a week. Haven't seen any weight loss from it tho. My SO is also doing the 15/6 with me and I haven't noticed any weight loss on him either. So I'm thinking this may not be working. I hate counting calories tho, so I found this a little easier, it's just looking at the nutrition on the labels and staying within that range.
So I think I've been pretty consistent with my working out, which with that alone I should've seen a difference, but haven't.

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2/8/13 12:27 P


How tall are you ? Depending on your height, you may be at a very healthy weight for your height. The closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the harder and longer it takes to lose any perceived excess. Ask any member trying to lose those last 5-10 pounds and they'll tell you it's slow going.

Now, while a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week for someone who is morbidly obese, someone with less to lose may find they only lose 1-2 pounds per month ! And that doesn't mean they're doing anything wrong. Like I said, someone with less to lose will take longer to lose that amount.

And why would your pants feel tight ? Easy, water retention and bloating. Ever notice your weight went up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. You may have noticed that pants that are normally comfortable feel really tight because of the pms related bloated.

Even if you were menopausal, women still get bloated. Which in turn will cause our pants to be tight. But, this is temporary. You need to give your body time to release any excess water it's retaining.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the weight isn't magically dropping off. Because you have less to lose, it will take longer to lose.

Patience, it's a virtue.

2/8/13 12:21 P

Are you using the nutrition tracker here on SP?

It sounds to me like you may not be getting enough calories. As strange as it sounds, not getting enough calories can lead to not losing weight.

Also, your body needs carbs to run. That's your body's primary fuel source. I personally never trust "low carb" diets. Cutting out refined sugars is one thing, but trying to eliminate the healthy ones seems to lead to trouble.

Edited by: LILLIPUTIANNA at: 2/8/2013 (12:45)
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2/8/13 12:05 P

how long have you been consistent? you might need to be more patient, very very patient.

It took me 4 years to lose 15 pounds. It was all the weight I needed to lose.

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2/8/13 12:02 P

I have been trying so hard for so long to loose 15lbs. I watch what I eat and workout 3 to 5 times a week. I did stop for about 7 weeks, then started up again last month (the 24th). So now I've been watching my sugars and carbs, and working out for almost an hour at least 4 to 5 days a week. Grant it it has only been a couple of weeks, but I swear I have gotten bigger!!
I put on a pair of jeans today that a few weeks ago fit and I could barely get them on. emoticon Which really sucks, because i had just patted myself on the back, and was really proud of myself that I've been sticking with this. After putting the jeans on however, I feel like a failure...
I just don't know what to do anymore! I am doing the "Belly Fat Cure" Which allows you to have 15 grams of sugar, and 6 servings of carbs a day. (0 to 20 carbs equals 1 serving) I don't know maybe I am having more than I think I am, but I read all the labels and stay within that range.... I'm just so frustrated and depressed...Is it even worth it?

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