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PAULAROSE65 SparkPoints: (3,068)
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1/24/13 3:00 P

Hi there. I just want to say thank you for posting this. I just recently (today, Lol) started back on my work out routine. I had stopped before the holidays, and have been too lazy to start back up again. I told myself that I wasn't loosing any weight or inches, when I was working out, so why bother. Then today I decided to measure myself, (I could tell my pants have gotten tighter,) and realized, that exercising was working after all. Lol! I never noticed a huge difference in the 4 months I had been working out, and guess thats why I got so discouraged. But with the replies that you got on here today, it has helped me to take a different look at things, water retention, fluxuating weight gain from muscle, etc.... So with that said, I am going to try harder to srick with my program, and also be a little more patient with myself..
Thanks Paula

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1/24/13 2:43 P

Stay strong hrd work WILL pay off!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (142,739)
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1/24/13 2:35 P

LITTLEMISS28,

What is your current height ? Depending on your height, 163 pounds may considered a healthy weight. Let's say you're 5ft 6" tall. At 163 pounds, that would give you a BMI of 26.3. That may be considered overweight, but it's still close to a healthy weight for that height. The closer a person gets to a healthy weight for their height, the harder and longer it takes to lose those last few pounds. So, don't assume something is wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as when you started.

Someone who is obese could safely lose 1-2 pounds per week. But as the weight comes off, the loss slows down. ask any member trying to lose those last 5-10 pounds and they'll tell you it's slow going. even if you have 15+ pounds left to lose, it's still going to take a while to lose.

So, don't beat yourself up because your weight seems to have plateaued. Plateaus are going to happen. They happened to us all. Think of these as mini maintenance periods. Because no one should be on a permanent "diet". think of this plateau as your body adjusting to the previous weight loss. Once it has adjusted, you will lose again. BUT, you have to be patient with your body. Weight loss really does take time. It really is hard work.

Stay positive and don't tie your emotions to the scale. There really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.


FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (119,856)
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1/24/13 2:07 P

THROW AWAY THE SCALES! Not really, but like the others said, it is only a snapshot. I find my weight greatly varies by the hour. Your pants are looser? WooHoo! Who really cares what the scales say when you are thinner?

Shake up your eating plan. Are you unwavering in your calorie count? Mix it up! Eat more calories one day and less the next, just making sure that you keep your average within your calorie range.

Also mix up your exercise routine, Use some resistance training/weight training and cardio. One does not preclude the other.

All in all, emoticon because emoticon . We can help! emoticon

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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1/21/13 2:53 P

Hi Little,

Know that your weight is not a static number...in other words it can vary by as much as 7 pounds in the course of a single day. This is just the normal shift in fluids. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate, body temp and respirations vary, so will your weight.

That being said, if you are staring a new fitness program it is not unusual for your body to hang onto to a little extra fluid in order to help with the cooling off process and aid in energy production. This is why it is so important to not allow the scale to be your be-all end-all of measuring your success. You are doing just fine and you if stay on track you will be at your goal sooner than later.

Coach Nancy

MINE_AH13 Posts: 83
1/21/13 1:00 P

Well, my guess is that with the recent boost to your exercise routine you are building muscle, so you ARE losing fat, as you can tell from the pants, but while it takes up less space than fat, muscle weighs more.

Being healthy is so much more than just having a low number on the scale. Keep on doing what you are doing, take the time to evaluate things besides the number on the scale. Look at your energy level, your strength, your mood, your clothing, etc.

I also suggest putting that darn scale AWAY! People can fluctuate up to 7 pounds in ONE DAY! You want to pick one day a week, roughly the same time of day, and weigh yourself then. The rest of the week base your progress off of the things I mentioned above.

Good luck! Don't get discouraged!

LITTLEMISS28 Posts: 11
1/21/13 12:40 P

Hi everybody!

I have been feeling really frustrated lately, as I'm experiencing a plateau and I've never gone through one before. At the end of August, I joined Sparkpeople and started eating healthy, while doing pretty minimal exercise (mostly just light walking). I went from 168 lbs to 155 in about a month, it was amazing! Then unfortunately, I lost motivation and fell off track. Since the end of December I've been at it again, and this time the weight loss is extremely slow. I want to fully commit myself to my health, so I've included a lot of fitness into my life: aerobics/cardio every single day (except occasional weekends when I walk for 3-4 miles); and strength training every other day. I've also been on point with my calories, often going near the end range of my calorie allowance.

The first week, I went from 169 lbs to 163 lbs in just a few days, so I figured I was on the same track as before. But, for the past few weeks, I've been completely stuck at 163. One day I got on the scale and saw 161, and I was so excited! But the the next day, back at 163. I completely plateau'd during my period, which I figure is natural, but then it's been a plateau every since.

Any tips or motivation? On the plus side, my jeans feel looser and I DO notice a difference in my tummy/thigh area. But I don't understand why that isn't translating on the scale.

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