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2/3/12 10:10 A


Coach Nancy is quite correct. Just because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like it does it mean you're doing something wrong. This is not the Biggest Loser. Those types of losses are just not typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be weeks when you gain ! that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong.

Your weight is not a static number. It really does go up and down for many different reasons. Did you ever notice your weight goes 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 gain that passes in a few days. So, don't beat up on yourself because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like it. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a lifetime. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

As the coaches all say,"trust the process". I can assure you that 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.

Patience, it's a virtue.

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2/2/12 7:04 P


Just because you aren't seeing a change on the scale does not mean you are doing anything wrong. Weight loss is not a linear other words a guarantee weight loss every week. There will be some weeks where you may lose, some weeks were you may remain the same and even some weeks you may gain.

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

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 and TRUST THE PROCESS!

Coach Nancy

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2/2/12 6:49 P

I have a feeling that you'll get tons of responses especially from the "coach" but I've got the same issues. I have done what I feel is the right way with nutrition and exercise since Jan 1, I really haven't lost much weight but I did lose inches which I'm really happy with. Don't give up! You will get the answers you need right on this's awesome.

2/2/12 6:45 P

I am new to spark people and have been doing this January 1st. Since the start I have lost 6 pounds. For the last week and a half I have been at a stand still and playing back and forth with two pounds that would of ment I lost 8 pounds. I am having bathroom issues, not getting my period, drinking tons of water, and not going over my calories. I exercise for 30 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. My sister in law and mother in law are on weight watchers and loosing 2 to 3 a week and I am getting frustrated. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

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