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JOSIEBUM SparkPoints: (0)
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2/27/12 4:48 A

Thanks for your support you lovely people! I've given similar advice to others myself so I shouldn't have let myself get so down about it!! I lost 3 lbs last week so feeling much better!! Looking forward to future losses!! Thanks again xx

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/20/12 4:01 P

Hi Josie,

Remember that weight loss is not always a linear process. In other words there may be some weeks that you will lose, some weeks your weight will remain the same and yes, some weeks where you may even gain, but it's the long term trend you are looking for, not the week in week out weigh in. While you may have gained a pound this week, you are still down overall.

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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2/20/12 3:36 P

I too am up a pound this week after a few weeks of losses, but I'm not worried about it and you shouldn't be either. Our weight fluctuates so much that it's not really an accurate measure of how our bodies are changing. I often have a couple weeks of loss then a week where I maintain or even gain, then the next week I lose again. Your body is still getting used to all the changes, so it may fight you every now and then. The scale is just a tool, and if it's not helping you, ditch it and instead look at your body measurements, clothing sizes, and the way you feel as indicators of your progress.

Stay strong and stay focused on the reasons you're doing this. Is it just to see a certain number on the scale, or is it to be healthier?

VALANIS9335 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/20/12 3:36 P

Don't let your mind play tricks on you! You need to take control! And don't beat yourself up about gaining 1 pound, it's probably water weight. Stay focused on your goals and you will steadily see results!

Chin up! emoticon

LISAWMI SparkPoints: (50,169)
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2/20/12 2:58 P

Congratulations on your weight loss! You may be up and down through this journey- don't get frustrated! The best thing you can do is really consistently track your food so you know you are staying within your calorie range, get some exercise in every day and trust the process. You can do it!

JOSIEBUM SparkPoints: (0)
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2/20/12 2:53 P

emoticon Help!! Week 1 I lost 4 lbs, week 2 another 4 lbs, week 3 gained a pound!! I'm so disheartened!! I'm only just controlling the urge to binge!! I was so focused & determined, now that's fading! I'm starting to get depressed about it!! I told myself it would be a long road & they'd be struggles but I really struggling to get back on the positive track! I feel such a miserable moaner!!

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