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PATTY525 SparkPoints: (29)
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7/31/13 4:37 P

Even a 1 lb variation overnight upsets me. A good reading makes my day...a 1lb loss is sends me into a spin. Even as a maintainer (123lbs) and daily weigher, those numbers still affect me.

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9/28/12 5:01 A

CELLO23 I've been changing up my exercise. So far since May I've changed it up about 5 times for various exercises. Adding more resistance, doing different exercises, running longer distances, and increasing duration/intensity as I get stronger.

CELLO23 Posts: 1,257
9/28/12 4:26 A

emoticon If you're losing inches, you're doing great! Take that as your measurement. If you've been unfit and are now exercising and gaining tone/muscle, this is heavier than fat and your scale numbers won't plunge so fast. BUT you'll be getting a far firmer stronger body underneath, and be in much better shape! And having more muscle means you can move your body around more easily, get fitter faster etc. So it's a virtuous circle, even though the scales don't always show it immediately.
If this plateau continues for a while, you might try changing up your exercise. Our bodies can get used to things - we need to keep them on their toes!
Good luck and keep on at it! emoticon

Edited by: CELLO23 at: 9/28/2012 (04:27)
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9/27/12 6:26 P

Thanks for your responces. I think I might stop getting on the scales every day. I'm usually on them every day every time I go to the bathroom. When I first started out my weight went down a little bit every day. Now it is going up, down, and all around. At least I never see the 230's, 240's, 250, or 260's anymore. I'm always afraid that It'll go right back up there if I don't stay on top of this stuff though.

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9/27/12 12:43 P

I am far more encouraged by the way my clothes fit, what someone notices about my losr, and what my family thinks, and finally how i feel and what i think than any thing a scale will tell me. The scale is important to a degree but i try to not let it rule my life. One a week to see where i am i good enough for me.. I could not put myself through the aggrivation of doing it everyday...that for me would be insanity...i would lose my motivation real quick... Try not to let the scale rule instead let you measurements and your stamina rule.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,110
9/27/12 12:25 P

Losing inches is WAY better than the numbers on a scale.
Congratulations!

SPIRALDOWN SparkPoints: (17,350)
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9/27/12 12:07 P

I am far more encouraged by the way my clothes fit, what someone notices about my losr, and what my family thinks, and finally how i feel and what i think than any thing a scale will tell me. The scale is important to a degree but i try to not let it rule my life. One a week to see where i am i good enough for me.. I could not put myself through the aggrivation of doing it everyday...that for me would be insanity...i would lose my motivation real quick... Try not to let the scale rule instead let you measurements and your stamina rule.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
9/27/12 8:49 A

I only step on the scale twice a month. I was an avid weigher and would weigh in every day until I found that stepping on that thing made me cry or got me super frustrated. I look more to how my clothes are fitting, how I am feeling and how I sleep. The insurance companies are more interested in those numbers.

So don't get discouraged. Lots of things affect the number on the scale-- water, muscle, and stress are just to name a few. Eat something salty the night before you step on the scale and the number will go up. At least I have found that to be true.

Keep it up. This is a life time journey as Coach Nancy has said. It certainly does not stop just because you meet goal weight.

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9/27/12 8:20 A

Hi,

Know that our weight is not a static number. In other words, our weight can vary by as much as 7 pounds in the course of single day. Our diet, hydration, workouts, even our hormones can cause a shift on the scale but has nothing to do with how well you are following your plan.

That being said, remember the number on the scale does not measure our fitness and health, it only measures our weight. This journey you are on will be one you will be on for the rest of your life which is why you want to use this time to develop life-long healthy habits.

Hang in there!
Coach Nancy

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 47,333
9/27/12 1:23 A

Our weights will play tricks on us. Don't get discouraged and as long as you are eating healthy and exercising and sleeping enough, and not getting TOO STRESSED, you will see results. I have had bouts when I didn't lose anything for a couple of months and then lost 12 pounds in one day.

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9/27/12 12:16 A

Tomorrow I'm supposed to weigh 216 to keep up with my goal date. Today I weigh 225. But yesterday I was 227 and the day before that I was 222.5. I lost 2 inches from my waist and 2 inches from my hips. Yet this stubborn weight keeps playing tricks on me. It's frustrating. I'm behind :( I want to reach my goal weight or at least near my goal weight by January.

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