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JENNYLYNN415 SparkPoints: (18,777)
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6/11/13 7:26 A

I really do love this place thanks so much for your comments, I really do appreciate it. And you are right, my clothes are loose and I have not measured my body, and I know there is a change going on.
I never knew that you could only loose .5 to .75 that is really helpful for me to know, that means if I just keep doing what I am doing and not get on the scale every week and just keep in mind that I am doing this for my health and my long term goal is just to physically active as I get older.
My goal is to hit my healthest wieght before I turn 50 this year, and even if I am close I will still continue to work at it.
Thanks again you are all awesome....

ANARIE Posts: 12,436
6/10/13 11:49 P

With only 25 pounds to lose, you can't lose 2 pounds a week. Sorry.

Think in terms of percentages. When you're overweight, it's reasonable to lose around 2 or 3% of your excess weight per week. People who are just starting here tend to have 50-100 pounds to lose, so they can lose 1 to 2 pounds. With 25 pounds to lose, you're looking at .5 to .75 pounds a week at the most.

The other thing to remember is that weight loss almost never happens in a straight line. There are hundreds of things that affect your weight on a given day, and what you eat and the exercise you do are only two of those things. Look at the long term average, not at what the scale says today.

And you're right that weighing too often just makes you nuts. Really, my advice would be to put the scale away and concentrate on healthy habits. Weigh yourself only once every 28 days at the most, and if you can stand to wait 56 or 84, that's even better. (28-day intervals help reduce the influence of your hormonal cycle, which can cause large but meaningless fluctuations.) If you're eating in a way that meets your nutritional needs while limiting calories, and getting enough exercise to keep your heart healthy, you will probably lose weight and you will definitely improve your health. Focus on health first, because isn't that the reason you're trying to lose weight? It's really the process of learning to eat well and exercise that improves your health; weight loss is just a happy side effect of the real treatment. Ignore the scale and judge your progress by how often you hit your nutritional targets and how you improve your workouts.

ALIUHOH86 SparkPoints: (172)
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6/10/13 10:27 P

Are you tracking your measurements? If not, I strongly suggest that you do. Sometimes the number on the scale is not an accurate measurement of how you're doing. If you're exercising, you could very well be burning away the fat and gaining muscle causing the needle on the scale to not move.

CHELHART SparkPoints: (2,598)
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6/10/13 9:34 P

Hang in there. If you are truly doing the food and the exercise parts of the programs and continuing to challenge yourself with the exercise, the weight will HAVE to come off.

In the mean time, try not to beat yourself up mentally. You lost 10 pounds! Putting stress on yourself mentally about it is counter-productive. The weight loss police are not going to come arrest you if it takes an extra month to reach your goals. It's all about finishing.

JENNYLYNN415 SparkPoints: (18,777)
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6/10/13 9:04 P

OMG, I am so frustrated, this is so difficult. All I want is to loose just 2 lbs a week, and I keep bouncing back and forth.
So far I have lost 10 lbs. and I still have 25 to go, to get to my healthiest weight. I am eating every two to three hours and eating in proper portion, and I am working out five days a week, doing cardio for an hour three days a week and resistance training for 25 minutes two days a week.
I cannot seem to move down, and I am really frustrated.
This has been going on for a month.
I am looking for any ideas at this point.
I am going to still do what I am doing and hope that I can at least loose two lbs. this week.
I weighed on Saturday and I was so happy to loose just .6 of a lbs. and then jumped on this morning and I am up 1.4 lbs. and it goes this way. Now I know that you just weight once a week same day, same scale, same time, but I want to see if I am doing all of this right.
Would love some feed back, thanks for listening. I just seem to need to vent some where.
I just have to say that I work in a surgical setting so there are days when I am always moving and walking and keep physical if my job allows me, but there are days when I am scrubbed in and I am not as physical and those are the days that I plan on working out at the gym and at home. I would appreciate any feed back at this point. Thanks for the time..

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