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SP_COACH_NANCY
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3/24/12 5:02 P

BLB1980,

I can totally relate to your frustration. I hit a 9 month long plateau about 18 months into my own weight loss journey and no matter how hard I tried the weight would not budge. What I did was I quit weighing myself. I went back to tracking every morsel and I started ST at least 3 times a week. What I had to learn was no matter how long it was going to take for me to reach my goal, exercise, healthy nutrition and managing my life was and is a part of my new way of living. After a few weeks I started losing again, but I very seldom ever weigh myself.

Be strong!

Coach Nancy



ARCHIMEDESII
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3/24/12 3:34 P

"What do you think about eating a fatty high carb meal? Do you think that really helps the body to get back in gear? I've read on some posts that people have tried it and it worked."

What works is to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training. I know that sounds really boring, but that IS the healthy way to lose weight. If you want to lose weight, you have to reform your eating habits. There is no way around that.

You don't need to starve yourself. You don't need to do anything drastic. You just need to be mindful of what you eat and how much you eat. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods.

QUALITY of the food you eat has a huge impact. If I were to go back in time and give myself one piece of advice that would help me lose weight and be healthy, it would be this,"eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day". That's not an exaggeration. If you want to see a change in your weight and your health, eat more veggies. If Americans should be overeating anything, they should be overeating their vegetables.

How many servings of fresh fruit and veggies do you eat each day ? If you're only getting a couple of servings, eat more. When you look at your plate, you should see at least 2-3 different kinds of veggies. Think lots of color like dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard, collards), red or yellow peppers, squash, zuchinni, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, etc...

Think of it this way, Popeye never got fat over eating his spinach. And yet, his best friend Whimpy ate hamburgers every day and had problems with his weight.

As Popeye says,"eats yer spinach"... if you want to lose weight.





BLB1980
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3/24/12 2:51 P

Thank you so much for words of encouragement! I told myself this time I'm not giving up. I am going to achieve success. This is the most weight I've ever lost



BLB1980
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3/24/12 2:47 P

Good advice. It's very hard for me to accept it especially if I've been doing everything right. I have never had this happen in the two years I've been on this journey. It's always been something. Even if it was just four pounds in a, month. In the beginning I wasn't healthy eating but working out faithfully and losing weight. But that got old I guess. It was taking longer to lose weight so I changed my eating back in November. What do you think about eating a fatty high carb meal? Do you think that really helps the body to get back in gear? I've read on some posts that people have tried it and it worked. My main problem is when I look in the mirror I do not appreciate the weight that is no longer there. I see the weight I still need to lose



ARCHIMEDESII
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3/24/12 2:36 P

BLB1980,

What you are experiencing IS perfectly normal ! This is not the Biggest Loser where people lose dramatic amounts of weight week after week. That is just not typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be weeks when you gain. And that's perfectly normal. 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 normal.

So, don't assume something must be wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like it. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Seeing no loss for two weeks doesn't necessarily mean you're on a plateau. You really do have to be patient with your body.

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 must be patient with yourself and your body.

For now, use other ways to gauge your success other than the scale. Do your clothes fit better ? Do you have a bit more energy ? Are you sleeping better ? Is your skin clearer ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? Can you do more push ups today than you could a month ago ? Can you run or walk a mile faster today than you could a month ago ? How's your blood pressure ?

Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped, your doctor would be thrilled even if you didn't lose any weight. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge sign of success.

So, once again, don't assume something is wrong because you haven't lost weight in two weeks. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes times. I know we'd all love for the weight to be gone overnight, but it's just not that easy.

Don't worry ! Be patient with yourself and your body !




KATHY98665
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3/24/12 1:32 P

I soooooo hear you! Especially when we work out like crazy, it seems only "fair" to see results on that scale. Your post is very timely for me. This past week I too have been frustrated. I decided to spend some time reading The Spark, look over my collages I made to inspire me, AND to try and follow the meal plans SP posts for me. I am weighing, and measuring, making sure I get all my water in, and reminding myself I am in this for the long haul. I lost 25 pounds on my own and want to "finish this". Have you checked your measurements recently? How are your clothes fitting? Your energy level? Look for other ways to acknowledge your amazing success. Some of the articles I read talk about over-training- you have been pretty busy, my friend! Perhaps check what they advice on over-training and see if it rings true. I tell myself sometimes it is not "fair" that I work out like a fiend and yet have "so little" to show for it- I mean, Sports Illustrated should be calling me for their swimsuit edition with all the work I do! lol No, the scale does not always do what I want when I want, but I remain FIERCE in making it get there eventually. Hang in there, stay focused and it WILL happen!



BLB1980
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3/24/12 1:04 P

I am beyond frustrated. I am down right pissed at what is going on with my weight. I don't understand how I can go for two Weeks up a, pound down a pound. Last week I worked extra hard at the y. I even tried the boot camp class and did one full session and half.a session another day. I also did strength training on anther day and cardio in between like zumba., kickboxing and piloxing. So I get on the scale today and it reads three pounds heavier. I am not quitting but just want to start losing weight again.



 
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