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MRSG942011 Posts: 464
2/3/12 7:49 P

You did great! Even if you lost 0 your first week, you have joined a network that teaches you about living a healthy weight. Some weeks, you could even gain (period time). Keep in mind, if you are working out, you are building muscle. When I was 155 (pre spark membership days), I started lifting weights and doing cardio and it took about 5-6 weeks before I saw scale move. Then I focused on diet more too and that also helped. But the point is, after 6 weeks of working out at 155, my clothes were looser. You have taken it a step farther by following eating plan. 3 lb is good. We all see Biggest Loser and those shows just aren't realistic, those people work out six hours a day. Be proud of yourself emoticon

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (208,181)
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2/3/12 12:50 P

You didn't put this weight on overnight, it's not going to come off overnight. Three pounds in a week is very good. SP recommends 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week to make it permanent.

Don't give've barely started!

COWGRRRL SparkPoints: (27,295)
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2/3/12 12:34 A

I don't really have a great deal to add except for one thing that always helps to keep me sane. I didn't gain all the weight in the space of a few weeks, so I'm certainly not going to LOOSE it all that quickly either.

I know it's not that much, but when you look at it that way it can help. Sometimes. *chuckle*.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
2/2/12 2:00 P

We are here for support! So whine away! ;) It is hard to stay positive sometimes, especially when you see commercials for exercise programs that promise you'll drop 30 pounds in 30 days, or see professional trainers whining on The Biggest Loser that members of their team only lost 5 pounds this week. I'm telling you, it really took me awhile to get out of the "must see results fast or I might as well give up" mentality. But, giving that up was like taking a load off. I've never lost this much weight before, let alone not put it right back on in this amount of time. It's like a switch flipped or something once I started to realize that I can't "diet" forever.

CJACK66 SparkPoints: (10,134)
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2/2/12 1:16 P

Thank you all for the awesome words of encouragement and the kick in the pants that I so desparately need to get my expectations in check! I'll admit it...I've been watching The Biggest Loser reruns all week. The show IS inspirational but, it also gave me unrealistic expectations apparently. I've also been in contact with a friend that has lost quite a bit and he told me the same thing all you good people have said today. I feel a bit like a toddler, whining because I can't reach her toy.

Thanks again for the support. It is very much appreciated.

LISAWMI SparkPoints: (50,169)
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2/2/12 10:53 A

Wow, I really can't add to all the good advice here but I can say stick with it! You really need to get your expectations in check- if you don't you will get discouraged quickly. 1-2 lb average over the long haul is more reasonable. You will have good weeks, weeks where you don't lose any. You have to look at trends and how your clothes fit etc. This is easier said than done but true nonetheless. You can do it!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (190,565)
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2/2/12 10:18 A


Take a deep breathe. As others have already noted, you haven't done anything wrong !! It's only been a week. This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of losses are just not typical. They aren't safe losses either. 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've done something wrong.

You're going to see many ups and downs on the scale as you lose. And that's perfectly normal. I can easily "gain" 3-4 pounds in a day ! Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. That's going to happen, a lot. What's not going to happen is losing 10+ pounds a week like you see on the Biggest Loser.

The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. Good health starts on the inside. When your insides are healthy, that reflects on your outsides. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. 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. Yes, I too blame shows like the Biggest Loser for convincing people the weight drops off like magic. It doesn't. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

Patience, it's a virtue. You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 2/2/2012 (13:29)
JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
2/2/12 8:54 A

It's post like this that are the reason that I hate Biggest Loser. I watch it, I love that it can be motivating, but it's so frustrating when the contestants complain about "only" losing 5 pounds. 3 pounds in a week is fantastic! it is NOT normal (or all that healthy) to be losing 5-10 pounds in a week. Yes, when you're bigger, you may see the weight come of faster at first. B ut, also remember that when the weight comes of that fast, your skin is less likely to be able to keep up and will possibly be looser and less likely to "bounce back" than if you lose slowly. You did not gain your weight in 1 month, you wll not lose it in one month. I really had to tell myself that over and over again. Some weeks your successes will be small. Some, you will see no change on the scale, some you might even see the scale go up, but the scale is not the be all end all. Make habits that you can keep up for the rest of your life to have a healthier lifestyle. That is what's important. If you can do that, the weight will come off, and it willbe easier to keep it off.

BAM0827 Posts: 3,023
2/2/12 8:32 A

You are putting way too much pressure on yourself. WAAAAY too much. Three pounds a week - no matter when it happens - is phenomenal. Our minds and bodies rarely ever match up - the thing is, our bodies are in control. So what do we have to do - get our minds to match our bodies. Just because we think we should, hope to the scale gods, bargain with our bodies to give us a lower number - they are going to lose weight at their own pace. We can't control it. What we CAN control are the great things you're doing. You're eating better, you're exercising - those are the things that will make us healthier and hopefully, in turn, lose weight.

You said in the past the weight has come off quickly at first - how soon did it come back on after you stopped doing those healthy habits. I look at this as a long journey, one that I have to learn a lot along the way. Take this time to build those great habits that will not only get you to your goal weight but also will keep it off. You're not going to build those in a week or a month - heck it could take a year. The thing is when we have those great habits we have a life we want to live - one of health and smaller jeans!

One more thing - a plateau is not losing any weight for at least 4 weeks if not more. Don't put that mental pressure on yourself. Stress produces hormones (I think hormones) that hinders weight loss... so adding extra stress along with the every day stressors is silly.

We like to say around here - trust the process! You'll get there!!

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2/2/12 8:01 A

All I can say is don't give up. There have been and still are times when I just want to forget about tracking and exercising and sit down with an entire cake and call it a night, but I don't. Three pounds is a decent amount of weight loss in one week and you could be losing inches right now. Our bodies need time to adjust to changes just keep up with the tracking and exercise and give the process time to work, trust me it does work !

KANOE10 Posts: 5,605
2/2/12 7:52 A

I know you are scared and want quick results. Stay focused on the positive. You have lost 3 pounds in one week. You are changing your life. You are tracking your food and exercising.
This is excellent.
You are starting a journey..The first week is just the beginning for you. You will have many more weeks of success.
Hang in there. I used to weigh 242. I am now 100 pounds less. It took me a year. You can do it..

CJACK66 SparkPoints: (10,134)
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2/2/12 7:20 A

I hope someone can give me some tips, advice, encouragement...something to let me know that eventually it will all work out.

I've been on SP a little over a week and have been following the program faithfully. I stay within my calorie range daily and I do 30 minutes on my elliptical each day...but I've only lost 3 pounds! I know...3 pounds in a bit over a week seems like a good thing. But at 232, the weight should be coming on faster in the kickoff least, it always did before.

I'm feeling discouraged and scared that I won't meet my goal...which is very important to me.

I can't possibly have reached a plateau already!

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