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EXCELDREAM SparkPoints: (41,570)
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7/10/13 11:48 A

LUNAMATRON - Six pounds in a month is nothing to sneer at. Great job! emoticon As your weight decreases, the speed of weight loss will probably decrease as well. It's healthier that way and more likely that your new life style can continue after meeting your goal.

KLWILSON2169 Posts: 35
7/10/13 11:36 A

I was recently taken off lasix and my doctor told me to weigh myself every day, if I even gain a pound I have to take my lasix. I hate weighing every day. He is a man and does not understand how women fluctuate. I have always been a stickler for weighing in just once a week, now that I am being forced to weigh myself I do not even want to get on the scale. :(

Sounds like you are making great progress just hitting a small plateau. Don't give up you will get over this small bump in the road. emoticon

ADPITHERESA Posts: 6
7/10/13 9:51 A

I hear you with the frustration- I have been hard at it for a few weeks and have only lost one pound! But, I suspect the lack of weight loss is because the fat is turning into muscle, which may be where you're at since you're working out hard and getting stronger. My clothes fit better, I'm happier when I look in the mirror, and I know I feel better! I would suggest using some of those measures for progress while you wait for the scale to catch up.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
7/10/13 1:49 A

Trust the process. It works. Amazing things are happening in your body, even if you can't see them just yet. Your trainer is helping you build a foundation for fitness. As soon as that is complete, you will be upping the weight and the intensity. Then, you'll really begin to see results.

How you feel and move through the day is the most important. Next, focus on gains in cardio endurance and increases in strength and flexibility. Then I would worry about body composition -- muscle to fat ratio, then measurements, then weight. So often women put weight at the top of the list and I find it to be the least effective measure of health and fitness.

The battery died on my scale and I haven't gotten around to replacing it. I don't think I've weighed myself in more than a month. You can tell by how your tightest pants fit if there is cause for concern.

IMANALAULAQI Posts: 128
7/9/13 5:18 A

Honestly you've done a great job, 6 pounds and 2% drop in body fat is an accomplishment indeed! I'd be very proud if I were you just hang in there emoticon

LUNAMATRON Posts: 105
7/9/13 1:40 A

Thank you everyone. Your constructive words were a pleasure to read this evening. I'm apparently much harder on myself than I should be.Thank you for the suggestion of eating quality calories, not just quantity. I already make healthy decisions, but can always improve!

I'm trying not to think of the scale. I plan on weighing in once a week and measurements once a month. I think this way I will prevent my myself from obsessing on a daily basis.



WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/8/13 11:59 A

I, personally, suck at patience even if I know I have to BE patient.

This weekend I actually made a decision to step away from the scale and let the paper be my guide - track EVERYTHING I eat. Measure everything. And continue with my workouts. I'm going to (panic attack) let my clothes be my guide as I've already shrunk out of a pair of pants and have to wear them with a belt while the scale has gone down 1.5lbs. MAYBE 2.

I might even have to hide the tape measure. I'm not going to step on a scale until the end of the month. This is because I've been so focused on that number when other measures are showing success.

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7/8/13 9:44 A

Hi LUNAMATRON.

You sure sound like you're doing it right.

The only thing I can add is that all calories are not created equal. For me, the weight really started dropping when I started eating a minimum of 7-9 servings of veggies a day (in addition to whatever else I ate - including fruit, meats, diary, etc,).

Weight loss being all about what you eat, see if you are getting enough veggies. if you aren't, try it for a week & see if it makes a difference. I & others around me noticed a huge change in about a week. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it for myself.

Past attempts at weight loss by restricting calories but not paying attention to the kind of calories I was eating resulted in slow results & frustration. I hardly ever ate veggies before but now I love them as I see what they do.

Good luck!

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7/8/13 5:30 A

LUNAMATRON,

Your PT is correct. you need to be patient. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week. There will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. 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, stop beating yourself up because you're not losing weight like they do on the Biggest Loser. Those types of weekly dramatic loses just aren't typical. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. No, you do not want to keep cutting your calories. Starving yourself won't speed up your loss either. Losing weight really does take time.

If you're starting to see improvements in areas like strength, endurance, energy levels, how you sleep, etc... then, YES, you are making change. When will the scale move ? It will move eventually, but you really do have to be patient.

You're doing just fine. My advice ? Ditch the scale for a time. Don't weigh yourself if you're going to tie your emotions to that number. Remember, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.


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7/8/13 3:04 A

Girl, don't be down on yourself!!! Your fat % has decreased, you have more strength and endurance - You ARE succeeding!

I wouldn't be inclined to reduce your calories any more. IF you are averaging 1500 cal's daily, it may even need increasing a tad! Hang in there and remember ...............
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.........Rome wasn't built in a day!
Patience is a virtue!

The other thing to remember, the scales are only ONE SMALL PART of this healthy lifestyle journey. Weight constantly goes up and down for a variety of reasons - high sodium intake in a meal, fluid retention (which happens when you start building muscle through exercise), when you last visited the loo prior to weighing, etc. etc. You are already experiencing other benefits - more energy, reduced body-fat, and more than likely improved BP, Cholesterol and Blood Sugars! There are still many other positives you will be gaining - stronger bones, better lung function, .......!

Kris

LUNAMATRON Posts: 105
7/8/13 2:17 A

Thank you... I'm majorly lacking emotional support right now. I guess I'm not all that sure I'm doing things correctly despite what's on paper.

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (27,785)
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7/8/13 1:37 A

P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E emoticon

You are stronger, you have more endurance...
your extra muscle mass probably weighs more, and your muscles retain water after a challenging workout...
You've lost 6 lbs...and 2% Body fat!!

Wow---you are doing great!! Give your "new body" a chance to stay on track and get used to itself...and it will reward you again soon..... Hang in There, and celebrate your successes.
patti


LUNAMATRON Posts: 105
7/8/13 1:06 A

I should feel accomplished, but I keep working myself up since the weight isn't dropping off as quickly as I would like. After 2 years of falling off the exercise wagon, May 1st I started hitting the gym again. June 1st I started with a personal trainer. We have been meeting 3 times a week for the last month and I already feel so much stronger. The intensity of my workouts is increasing, my endurance is improving, but at each weigh-in I feel defeated. How is it that I am working so hard, but am barely losing weight? I got a FitBit, have been keeping a food long, and feel I am eating better quality foods, better portions, and fewer calories. I am probably the most in control of my exercise and diet than I have ever been...Including when I lost 70 pounds a few years back.

My trainer keeps telling me to be patient. That he sees just how badly I want this and knows I will get there. He wants me to weigh in once a week and do measurements once a month. Last month I lost 2% body fat and about 6 pounds. But since June 21st I haven't lost a single pound. What am I doing wrong? I know my work schedule is intense... could it be stress that is holding onto the weight? Is my metabolism still sluggish despite building muscle mass? Even though I am staying under 2000 calories a day... usually averaging 1500, should I cut back more? I don't want to "diet" and completely eliminate the foods I love, but am I being unreasonable? Honestly, during the work week I eat very well. I eat small meals throughout the day and stay under 1500 calories. I log everything. On Saturday and Sunday I let loose a little. I deviate from my Monday thru Friday regiment, but always stay under 2000 calories.

Suggestions?

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