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EXPOGIRL50 SparkPoints: (7,094)
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1/13/13 8:29 A

Measure, weigh everything. Try to up your activity a few minutes each day. Patience.

1/12/13 9:02 P

First week down and nothing? First week down and LOTS OF SOMETHINGS! Read over what you've accomplished in one week - that's terrific! All of the changes you've made - as long as you stick with them - will get you to goal. It doesn't happen in one week. It may not happen in two or three, but it will happen if you continue doing what you're doing.

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1/12/13 10:12 A

Something I've heard before that helps keep me motivated is it takes a 5 pound loss for you to see a difference, 10 pounds for your family to notice, and 15 pounds for everyone else to notice. Those numbers help me remember that while you may not be SEEING changes, whether it's on the scale, the tape measure, or the mirror, your body IS changing. As long as you're following your plan, give it time. Healthy weight loss that sticks and doesn't come back happens slowly!

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1/12/13 10:11 A

Something I've heard before that helps keep me motivated is it takes a 5 pound loss for you to see a difference, 10 pounds for your family to notice, and 15 pounds for everyone else to notice. Those numbers help me remember that while you may not be SEEING changes, whether it's on the scale, the tape measure, or the mirror, your body IS changing. As long as you're following your plan, give it time. Healthy weight loss that sticks and doesn't come back happens slowly!

1/12/13 9:12 A

I had the exact experience this week. I've done everything in my SP plan since 1 Jan....exercising 6x week, staying within calorie limits, drinking water, logging everything, etc. When I stepped on the scale I had actually GAINED 1/2 lb. However, b/c I've been through this before, it didn't really rock my world. I hate using the scales as a monitor of success. I am limiting weigh in's to every other month or so b/c it can be such a downer emotionally. I use a tape measure for motivation when I need to see stats, but really my main focus is on exercise. My heart monitor is the tool that I am attached to the most. It verifies the work I do on the road and I KNOW that one day, my body will look like I want it to. Last night I said out loud, "I AM AWESOME!" to no one in particular...( emoticon ) but it was a way of reminding myself that I had accomplished the first and hardest step of getting back in shape...and that is to simply BEGIN! Keep it up, you can do and you ARE doing it!

Wendy emoticon

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1/11/13 4:54 P

I'm so glad you posted this...I started exercising and eating healthy end of November. I didn't see the scale drop for at least 6 weeks. I actually gained a pound or two 1 or 2 weeks. I really wanted to quit and just be a fat, lazy, sick slob the rest of my life. But I decided to keep going a few more weeks.

Now, finally, I've started to see it drop very slowly, and I'm starting to see major improvements in my muscle tone, my endurance at the gym, etc. Stick to eat and continue tweaking your food and exercise. You'll eventually get to that point where the weight starts to come off.

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1/11/13 4:42 P

You seem to be doing everything right, so do not stress. It comes off eventually. I don't know what your body composition is but here is my theory and it has been proven;

If you have never developed very much muscle, which is usually typical of women who do not do a lot of HEAVY lifting or resistance work, then as you workout, you will build muscle. This muscle weighs MORE than fat does, but it takes up much less room than fat. Do not focus on your weight - instead, focus on how you are feeling (energy levels, less aches & pains, etc) and how your clothes are fitting you. I'll bet they are looser than when you started. If not, its most likely the slight muscle building up under the fat, and after toning your muscle, you will start burning more fat. Keep up the good work. You are definitely going in the right direction.

CLERIKSEN SparkPoints: (1,739)
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1/11/13 4:28 P

I am so glad I'm not the only one out there, and as many people have said it does take time. I think we have to re-train our brains to think of this as a lifestyle versus a "diet." I know the reason I'm doing this is to ultimatley drop the weight, but in the end, if I do it right then it will be more rewarding than just the weight.
LOMARGOABLE - the most important thing is to get back up and power on. I have to say this site is the best support system and I'm loving it. Good for you for powering on too! I'm glad I could help motivate in some little way :)

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1/11/13 10:17 A


Don't worry ! It's only been ONE week !! While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything 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 too is perfectly normal.

I know we'd all love for the weight to be gone, but the fact is... you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Slow and easy really does win this race.

As the Coaches all say,"trust the process".

You're doing just fine, be patient.

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1/11/13 10:15 A

I have been trolling the message boards looking exactly for this. CLERIKSEN I know exactly how you feel. I just completed my first 7 days of tracking everything and working out daily and was expecting to see it reflected on the scale. Not a pound lost. Very discouraging!

But seeing as how you are managing to pick yourself up and go on the treadmill any ways, thats what I am going to do as well. :)

It's nice to know I am not the only one feeling like this today!

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1/11/13 5:08 A

With baby steps comes success. In time you will be able to look back and see you have made huge inroads, but because you have done it properly (slowly) you may not have noticed that you were winning all along!

Hang in there :-)


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1/10/13 9:34 P

I told my husband I was just having a "moment". Thank goodness he understands. I know that it has been a short time and I'm proud I've at least started and stuck with it. Normally I have a binge and then just give up.

Thank you for all your support!!

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1/10/13 8:55 P

It can definitely be frustrating when we put our efforts into something only to not see results. The one thing I wanted to point out is (at least from my understanding) you've only been doing this for a short amount of time. Not everyone sees results within the first week, or sometimes even the first month!

Just remember that sometimes the process is slow. Meanwhile, you're developing healthy habits that you can stick with for the long term!

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1/10/13 8:37 P


So glad to hear you are not giving up and that you got on the treadmill.

Weight loss takes time and patience--remember it takes a 3500 caloric deficit to lose one pound of fat, however, when you add exercise into the mix, it isn't unusual for your muscles to hang onto a little extra fluid to help aid in the cooling off process as well as to help create the energy to workout. After a few weeks your body will settle down and the changes will come. Just know that for some people this process can take as long as 8 weeks to show up on the scale. BUT, that does not mean the changes aren't taking place. In fact I just finished reading one of the best books on debunking exercise/weight loss myths by Alex Hutchinson titled, Which Comes First Cardio or Weights? and the studies show that from the first minutes we start exercising our bodies begin to change--we may not see it, but at the cellular level we are changing. Hang in are doing great!

Coach Nancy

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1/10/13 8:20 P

I am a little frustrated today. I love SparkPeople and it has been an awesome resource. I have been walk/jogging for 30 minutes a day for last four days plus I average at least 2-4 miles of walking at work a day. Stayed within all my daily limits, been eating healthy! Eliminated sweets (with exception of a couple bites twice) eliminated excess bread (almost eliminated it altogether) and not even an pound has dropped! I know it took me a year to put this on and then my extra baby weight I already had. I know there is no magic pill, I know it takes dedication and I'm there. Even as frustrated as I was today, I still got on treadmill. Someone said my face looked thinner today, lol! I want my body to look thinner! Guess I just need some pick me up or something. I'm not giving up. NOT! Any advice to get through these kind of weeks would be great!!

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