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3/28/13 2:38 P

Hi, Jessica !

Coach Nancy is right. It's only been two weeks. You're not going to see a dramatic change in a scale in so short a time. Because you don't have a lot to lose, your loss will take much longer.

So, don't despair because the scale hasn't budged past 140. Consider all the healthy things you have been doing for your body ! Good health starts from the inside out. When your insides are healthy, that reflects on your outsides.

Because you've been under a great deal of emotional stress recently, that factors into your weight loss or lack of weight loss. I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. Try to relax when you can.

Stress isn't helping and once again, you're placing too much emphasis on what the scale says. There really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes. You must give your body more time to adapt and that really could take 6-8 weeks or longer.



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3/28/13 12:40 P

So if I run 5 miles and say burn around 500 give or take a few....would that mean I should eat around 1400 calories for the day.? If that is the case....then I have been eating to much....I have been eating around 1700 to 1900...because I thought that if you subtract 500 from 1400 then you are eft with 900 calories and that is too low. I would trust my calorie tracker on here but I easresd my cache and cookies and I am still getting a figure of 1500 to 1850 calories a day even if I only burn very little

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3/28/13 12:35 P

You are right.....there are times I just feel like I don't have much to,offer anyone. That I am not good at anything(except trying to be super fit woman) but I am burnt out on that. Once I start with tharpy again (I have an appointment ) this Tuesday ...I am going to address all these things. The anger over the cancer, the feeling of not being good enough for anyone. And the starving to be prefect all the time. I even feel like I am failing as a mom. How my child is well adjusted is amazing to me. But she is....she is a happy, thriving three year old.....

EBETHET Posts: 231
3/28/13 12:34 P

I feel your pain. I have decided to take my measurements because I know I am fitter but nothing shows up on the scale. I discovered that for every day I had a deficit of calories, I had a surplus of calories. I now aim for a 500 calorie per day deficit (except last week I traveled and my weight slipped up again!)

If you go by math alone, at 140 pounds you burn about 1,400 calories with minimal activity. With a 500 calorie burning work out, your total expenditure is about 1,900 calories per day. To lose one pound a week, you would have to eat 1,400 calories every day. If you take two days off exercising, it will take 9 days to lose one pound. It would take 18 days to lose two pounds. I agree with Nancy, it will take a while to see your efforts.

I have to congratulate you on your consistency. That is what I struggle with. Given time, if you are consistent, you are bound to lose (win?)

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3/28/13 12:27 P

But there is no one else like you on this planet...you are special--each of us has a place in this world, nothing that has to do with our weight and what we look like. People like you for WHO you are--the attitude that you show. The empathy that you can give and when you do those things, amazing things will happen. For many people when they start helping others through this journey they find that not only do they help the other person, but they help themselves too. And that my friend is what this journey is all about!

Coach Nancy

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3/28/13 12:21 P

Thanks coach nancy,
I need to remember this...but what I really need to do is start liking what I see in the mirror, and I don't like what I see. If I am honest with myself. I just plain old don't like myself. I guess that is what therapy is all about right.

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3/28/13 12:19 P

Damn auto correct....didn't read my last post...made no sense...sorry for that

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3/28/13 9:56 A

Jessica,

It can take a solid 4-8 weeks once we change our program for the results to show on the scale, so don't give up. Remember regardless how slow or quickly your body changes, this lifestyle you are on will be one you will have to be on for the rest of your life. That's what I had to and still do to this day, remind myself that this journey I am on will be one I will be on for the rest of my life. Being a certain number on the scale or number on the tag does not equate to health, but embracing all the habits of healthy living will and then changes will come if you stick with it.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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3/28/13 9:22 A

I thank you for the reply I am I tears....this plataue has been months and I have been very patient but know I am stressed because of all the changes I have made I thought it would do something.... Ut I see the scale going up( good. Toe though myants are not tighter) though they are looser either.....I know I am not huge.. But I do have a belly ....o e that over hangs on all my clothes. There is still fat to loose and tone up. I could easily do away with the scale but if I start loosing then how Wil I know to adjust my calorie range ......grrrr I have never had this much trouble losi g weight before.

CONNIEGRAY2011 Posts: 29
3/28/13 9:00 A

Stressed? I read that plays into our BEST efforts!
And it's SO easy to say don't stress... believe me I understand.
Try and force yourself to not weigh in for as long as you can.... and just track your calories in and exercise and shoot for a -500 to -600 each day.
Are you getting enough sleep?

DON'T give up! I KNOW you can achieve your goals if YOU want to!

:)

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3/28/13 8:48 A

It's been two weeks of upping my calories.....went from 1700 to around 1950. I burn around 450 to 500 per workout and I have been taking two rest days off a week I also strength train twice a week. And the two each time I weigh myself I will be up 4lbs then drop back down to 140. No matter what I do I can't get passed 140. I tried the bust the plataue program here that didn't help. I tried less workout that didn't help. I adjust my calories for the less workout. I tried eating no breads or pastas.....just sweet potatos and Quineo fruits and veggies for carbs. I just plain old give up.......I am it ting here crying ...maybe I am just destined to be fat forever.maybe I was happy fat.....maybe my body is telling me something... I used to be happy now I am miserable because the scale. Ore the tape measure will NOT move for the life of me......all I wanted was one summer while I am still young to look good in a bathing suit....

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