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LOUMULV2429 SparkPoints: (445)
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2/6/13 10:09 A

Ugh!! I called that right...gained 1.8......I guess I will look back and see if there is something I could change......thanks to those for your advice I appreciate it....I think I will stay off the scale for a while so I don't obsess over numbers.....I would lie if I said I wasn't frustrated!! Time to change my mind set! Thanks again!

NIKEGRL688 SparkPoints: (26,432)
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2/6/13 8:00 A

I cannot get on the scale because I will not see any progress in my head. If I lose one pound, I will get mad because I think it should be more. I weigh myself once a week because I know I will psych myself out and give up!
Boycott the scale for one month and after the month, see the results of all the great progress you made. From there, do it every two weeks but in the end, its still a number. Muscle weights more than fat so if you gain, chalk it to muscle gain which is awesome!!
Keep it up and stick with it.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (244,426)
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2/5/13 7:00 P

I would be inclined to stay off the scales for a while because they are aiding you to set yourself up for falling off the wagon, and that is NOT what you want.

By removing the scales from the equation you will be removing that "thing" that tells you that a number is the most important change, whereas it is only one small component.

Have patience and you will see a true weight-loss in time. Odds are initially you were losing fluid, but then you started to gain muscle (weight). Changes don't happen overnight.

Be guided more by how your clothes fit over time, your energy levels and if you have your bloods done for cholesterol/blood sugars, they will improve. Also, if you have BP issues, then an improvement to that will also be a reflection of your lifestyle change.


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2/5/13 3:22 P

Hi, LOUMULV2429 !!

Welcome to Spark People !

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.

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 too is perfectly normal.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight. It takes time to learn healthy behaviors. That's why SP encourages its members to start with simple changes first. Set some reasonable, achievable goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It doesn't start with "all or nothing". It starts with a few simple changes.

We were all able to drop weight fast, years old. Well, times change and so do our bodies. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

Be kind to yourself as you would to others. As the Coaches all say,"Trust the process".

LOUMULV2429 SparkPoints: (445)
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2/5/13 3:15 P

Hi everyone....I started this process out with Weight Watchers 4 weeks ago...first week 3.5...second week 1....third week gained .02....then I found SP....I like it because it counts calories, I thought I might have not been eating enough...and some days I wasn't....I weigh in tmw and I can tell already I am going to gain's so frustrating I wonder if its even worth beating myself up so much about the numbers....I know your suppose to look for different things besides numbers but that seems to me to be the only marker for success in my brain anyway........I follow the plan to a T, work out 5 days a week (unless my migraines get me)......I keep comparing myself to when I had success 8 years ago dropping 22 pounds rather quickly.....should I just stay off the scale for a while? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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