I've always read that it is best to lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week (unless a doctor advises you otherwise of course). If you already lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks, your body might be switching to starvation mode or something like that. Be sure you aren't eating too little and forcing your body to conserve energy.
What works best for me is focusing on the fitness and just try to eat sensibly. I wish you luck!
I also struggle with the scale and staying motivated. I just got done reading a ton of articles on SP about not letting the scale affect how you feel about yourself. Believe me, I don't even want to get on it at all. I did a week ago when I started tracking on the program again and dread having to get on it again.
I think the trick is in your mind, and focusing on the positive. Maybe try finding other measurements of tracking. The one thing that stuck out the most from the articles I read is that the number on the scale can go up and down throughout the course of a day, and also day-by-day. Don't let that one moment in time when you step on the scale affect your motivation and/or self-esteem, or prevent you the long term benefits you will see by sticking with the program.
And funny you mention calves. That is the one place where I never see any changes!
Add as many measures as you can think of that might encourage and remind you of your successes. Keep on working on this and you will see lots of ways that you have succeeded.
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with your workouts and strength training! This is a process and perseverance and patience are part of the process. It takes time to learn and retrain your choices to healthy ones. Measuring your food and staying within your calorie range are over 80% responsible for achieving weight loss. Unfortunately we cannot out exercise an over abundance of calories.
My calorie range is 1200 - 1500, I average an hour of cardio everyday and find I do gain weight if I eat over 1350 calories a day. This is what I have found after ten years of tracking all my food and fitness. We are all unique individuals and sometime need to find our own unique needs, which may sometimes mean not eating the maximum calorie allowance.
Choosing whole unprocessed food that is nutrient rich makes it easier to stay within ones range. Hang in here, you are building good habits even if the scale does not move.
I have worked really hard and been VERY faithful to my plan for the past week. I exercised (even going swimming at the lake for over an hour at a time treading water), did some strength training, and even rode my exercycle. The upshot of all of this is that I gained almost a pound after all that effort. Grrrrrrrr.
I know I am not supposed to use the scale as a "judge," but even my measurements stayed the same. I am very disappointed because I was making a great start to this journey (lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks). I don't want this to be a blockade, but my mind is a weird thing. Do I need to add other measurements (like my calves, where I see the very visible changes) as an additional measurement?
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