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BRITOMART
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8/27/12 11:19 A

Hi, Psychgirl.

You've had good responses; I have a couple of questions. You "track" everything, but did you weigh/measure it first? When I started, I was astonished at how little an ounce really is, how small a cup or tablespoon. I THOUGHT I was in my range, but I wasn't anywhere close. If you don't have one, get a good kitchen scale (if you cook, or plan to, get one that will take cooking-sized portions)--best in grams and ounces. It can be the most eye-opening, valuable purchase you make.

Since losing weight is 80% nutrition and only 20% exercise, as a rough estimate, I'd get portions under control, then what those portions are made up of--are you in your ranges in regard to fat, protein, carbs?--then worry about exercise gadgets and that sort of thing.

Good success to you.



ARCHIMEDESII
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8/27/12 10:32 A

PSYCHGIRL0416,

What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. this isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that's perfectly normal.

So, don't beat yourself up because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like it. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

However, if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time. As the coaches all say,"Trust the process".





SP_COACH_NANCY
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8/27/12 8:58 A

Hi,

One thing I have discovered after being on my own journey and reading thousands of messages over the years, is that weight loss takes time. In fact research is not starting to show that for those who lose 5% of their weight over the course of three months, actually keep the weight off longer than those who lose it at a much faster rate. The reason, you want to make the changes you are going through life-long changes. Most of us have spent a life-time of developing not so healthy habits, so it is going to take time to replace them with healthier options.

Know too, that It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy






SALONKITTY
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8/27/12 3:03 A

It's true that things can move slowly in the beginning. Are you only weighing yourself, or do you take measurements as well? Measurements can be helpful, as there are often changes that the numbers on the scale don't reflect.

I did have a struggle with losing weight and doing everything the "right" way. For me, it was down to my consumption of grains. Since dropping those things and increasing my intake of saturated fats, I've steadily lost weight each week.



FUNSCHOOLERMOM
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8/27/12 2:19 A

I got a Bodymedia fit armband from Target.com they have it on Amazon too. It was $70, but it was so worth it, I would say best money have ever spent. It keep track of your calories youare burning, the amount of steps you take. You can log you food right in the program andit also monitors the quality of your sleep. It's wonderful to have that complete picture of what is going on with your body. It has over 9000 sensors and reads YOUR metabolism so it should show you if you are burning calories slow and then if that is the case you could get some test to find out what is going on. I don't think it would be age related, I'm 32 and haven't had the problems you are talking about losing weight. I just know that is has really helped having the armband, I also don't eat any processed foods, so that might be a difference too.



MARIAX11
Posts: 261
8/27/12 1:53 A

PsychGirl,

I know it's been about a month for you, which probably feels like forever, but it takes time for our bodies to adjust. For me, it seems that I will go for a week or two (or three) and everything seems at a standstill, and then suddenly, out of nowhere, I will drop a few pounds off at once. And things go to a standstill again, and before I know it, pounds come off again. I had been yo-yo'ing up and down for a few years, so it appears that this is how my body wants to respond.

Don't quit what you are doing, I am sure you are doing everything right. It's probably going to take a bit more for your body to figure it out.

Remember, when we weigh ourselves, it weighs everything--bones, muscles, fat, organs--so perhaps try to do measurements, or see if your clothes are fitting looser. My belly is the last place to ever lose anything, so if I went strictly by that, I would feel like I wasn't losing anything.

Keep it up! Hang in there!

Edited by: MARIAX11 at: 8/27/2012 (01:54)


PSYCHGIRL0416
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8/27/12 12:41 A

I was wondering if anyone had information on this.
I am only 27 years old. I have a fairly large amount of weight to lose but I have been trying to focus on the first 10lbs. I have changed my diet to about 1200-1500 calories per day. Lost a pound or two, then started working out very consistently (so much so, my doctor said I should increase the amount of calorie intake to around 1900). 5 days cardio (at least an hour of sweating) and 3 days a week strength training.
I have been doing this religiously for a month now and I have barely lost another pound. I have recorded every bite that goes into my mouth (thinking that was my issue), and still nothing.
I get plenty of sleep at night, I don't have any added stress, I drink almost only water, and I haven't been cheating.
I have noticed increased energy which is great but I want to be losing the lbs!!
The only thing I can think of is age but it seems absurd beings that women older then me, doing the same things are kicking ass!
HELP! emoticon



 
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