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KAYLABGAME SparkPoints: (1,436)
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2/6/13 10:33 P

Thanks everyone. I am not going to give up but I am still disspointed when the diet alone seemed to help more. Though from my short time back here on sparkpeople I have realized that a lot of my thinking of diet and exercise was wrong in the first place. I guess its just going to take a while until my brain catches up with everything and it starts to sink in lol.

I got a new work out DVD today, Billy Bank's Tae bo. Was a great change from the treadmill and bike. Which was starting to get a little boring. And I burned more calories doing it! Maybe swapping up things more often will help me focus more on my work out and less on the scale and measuring tape.

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SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/6/13 9:13 A

Hi Kayla,

You are not doing anything wrong. In fact what you are experiencing is very normal.

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.

Remember it takes a solid 4-6 weeks of changes for many of us to see the changes we are undergoing, HOWEVER, the changes within your body--at the cellular level take place the minute you start working out and eating healthy. Our bodies are made up of billions of cells, so it will take some time.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/6/13 9:01 A

do your clothes fit better? Do you have more energy? Do you sleep better? You have already said that you feel better. DON'T get fixated on the scale. At the weight I am now I fit into a 16W. However three years ago i was at this weight as well (did a lot of going up and down and that stupid quitting thing) and i could barely get my butt into a 20W. Sizes didn't change that much.
Remember that muscles weigh more than fat. Don't fret about the number on the scale. There are so many more effective ways to determine success and i think the scale is the worst way.

BECCIY Posts: 79
2/6/13 8:50 A

i feel the same way, i have only lost 3 fluctuating pounds over a month and a half. I am working out a lot and eating very close to within my calorie range (lower end, I have a very hard time getting food in so this is my struggle) and don't feel like I am making any progress at all! But I am being told it is just my body getting used to the new eating and activity and all of a sudden the weight will just start coming off. Good luck to you, don't give up!

KAYLABGAME SparkPoints: (1,436)
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Posts: 40
2/6/13 12:51 A

Ok so for the past month I have been eating healthier. I have started going to the gym for the past three weeks. I am walking or biking atleast 2 miles 4-5 times a week. I am counting calories and drinking more water than I used to.

And I have only dropped two pounds. In a month. It was originally 5 pounds in a week and then it bounced up as soon as I started working out.

In the past two weeks I have GAINED an inch and a half on my thighs. What the heck? I am frustrated because it seems like since I started working out I am not losing anything anymore.

I have had some people say it looks like I am losing weight but I have a feeling that they are just saying that because they see how I am eating and listen to how I am going to the gym all the time.

Just smarts.. A LOT. That I am working harder than I ever have before to lose weight and it's not seeming to help. emoticon SIGH. Just a little rant.

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