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MKMMARTY Posts: 6,687
1/30/13 12:23 P

Not today - it is still being good to me

ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (155,137)
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1/30/13 11:34 A

Me too - but today it's not just the scale - it's the choices I made yesterday that I see there...

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
1/30/13 11:21 A

It is only one tool. Put it aside for now

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (563,511)
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1/29/13 5:21 P

I have not weighed myself in more than three months, but my clothes fit better.

MKMMARTY Posts: 6,687
1/29/13 5:20 P

Today was the first day in many that the scale was good to me. Now I dread tomorrow just in case it goes back to yesterday's reading or worse.

ON2VICTORY SparkPoints: (47,763)
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1/29/13 5:13 P

After having been at this for almost 5 years now, one thing I have learned is that you have to abandon the paycheck mentality when it comes to weight loss. What I mean by that is that we eat right and work hard all week then at the end of the week we expect a 'paycheck' when we step on the scale.

Unfortunately, no one informed the scale that it was time to pay up.

Like others have said, it can take several weeks for the conditions in your body to change.

It takes alot of patience to slowly adjust your intake and fitness levels where you will begin to see results...ALOT of patience. Unfortunately patience is something that has been lost due to weight loss reality shows.

Also, you may wish to check your nutrient ratio for proper balance. What I mean by that is you may be taking in a proper level of calories but if your calories are heavily skewed toward carbs, you may be in for difficulties. If you are not using the nutrition tracker and following the intake guidelines, I would suggest doing so, sometimes a small adjustment is all it takes to get things moving in a positive direction.

One last thing, if you only have a few pounds to lose to reach goal weight, you may be in for a difficult time. As counter intuitive as it may seem, the bigger you are, the more you can "get away with" in terms of intake.

When I was 385, my daily needs were over 3100 calories. I could almost get away with murder and still lose weight. Now that I am 116 pounds lighter, the party is over and I have to fight for every pound because I dont require as much.

What I am saying is that with you somewhere between 150-160 pounds, your intake may have to be much more precise than someone like me so it will take more time to get into the groove.

You can do it, stay focused, make small changes and I'll see you at the finish line :)

DACHI9 SparkPoints: (7,051)
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1/29/13 4:20 P

I hate the scale also.

RONIGH Posts: 631
1/29/13 3:17 P

I fear and loathe the scale. But, it is a necessary evil. It's like the opinion polls for the candidate. The information it provides helps us to plan our well being course of action. I made it a point to take a reading of my weight daily, regardless of the result. Because of that, I can eat less, exercise more, etc...

SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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1/29/13 2:53 P

I admit I do not weigh myself frequently.I hate the scale. Weighed this AM lost 1/2 lb. The first loss in months. I should weigh a bit more often.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (196,884)
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1/29/13 2:00 P


While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. 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, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. 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. But you really do have to give your body time to change.

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

As the Coaches all say,"Trust the process".

MBRASSFIELD2 SparkPoints: (5,352)
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1/29/13 1:55 P

I am so frustrated right now. I have been counting my calories now for three weeks, and the scale is not moving. I am now trying to incorporate some exercise, but I always see where people are losing weight just by counting calories. I can feel a difference in my clothes but I want to see a change on the scale. What are some things you guys have done to get past this frustration and not give up?

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