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RETREAD57 SparkPoints: (3,911)
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8/11/13 7:56 A

Hi Lauren. I am actuallly seemingly gaining weight since I started weighing myself after 6 mos. of some life stresses, and not wanting to add weight tracking to those stresses.

I started at 177, happily went downto 176 for a few days. then I started to see 179.5 and even 180 arso moast mornings this week. owever I've really started orking out more. i foined curves so doing strength training I'm in the pool this week for 40 minute sesseon. I do ballet barre exercises and running in the water as well as some pretty swift laps.

So weight seems to be going up but the body fat number on my scale is going down. Rationally I know I'm regaining muscle.obviously. i do feel alot better, jeans button a litle easier. Still the weight number going up is scary.

I think body fat % and ow I feel are more important than a few pounds. But i was enjoying ter initiaal drcrease.

I'm agreeing with the other postings on this. Measure health sucess and happiness by living life, feeling good .

I'm also hyperthyroid right now , being treated for it but it takes time. Most people lose weight with hyperthyroidism but some % gin weight. I was defenitely the second. so I'm doing treatmint and will be tested again in about a month. This condition is also causing insomnia right now and heightened anxiety so I start obsessing about my fitness weight etc.

But my blood sugar is in normal range and so is cholesterol and triglycerides so I'm on a healthytrack.

Good wishes to all and keep the faith persistence and joy of movement and life as much as you can.

Edited by: RETREAD57 at: 8/11/2013 (08:00)
COUTURELADY SparkPoints: (0)
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8/9/13 4:23 P

Hey Lauren,

Sometimes the scale doesn't move but then it will. When you're not watching it! It's virtually impossible not to gauge our success by the numbers but loose pants, increased energy, better eating habits (leading to a longer, healthier life) doesn't show on the scale but are all signals of success. Forget the scale for a bit and think about all you've done, you rock!

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
8/9/13 3:48 P

Sometimes our goal weight simply isn't the right weight for us and that's OK. The body gravitates toward a set point and looks to maintain balance. Sounds like you hit that spot. You can do everything right but your body will simply downshift or upshift your metabolism to maintain. Keep in mind that maintaining is a huge win. It means that all of your hard work will last, that you won't yo-yo back up. So many people lose quickly and can't maintain so they are always relosing the same 15 or 20 pounds. Maintenance *is* a victory.

Next question is how did you came up with your goal weight? Bodies are so different and what looks good on one person is way to low on another person's frame. Is the goal realistic for you and something you can maintain? Even if you used BMI charts, it could be wildly off for your unique makeup and body composition.

This brings me to having a body fat analysis done by a trained professional with calipers. Your body composition will tell you if you have that much fat to lose and you can use that to create a realistic goal. For example, if you are 145 with 22 or 23 percent body fat, you can't lose much more weight without sacrificing muscle mass (not advisable) and adhering to a very rigid diet. However, if your body fat is 27 or 28 percent, you can lose more weight and also should work on building more muscle mass.

If you are unhappy with an overall flabby/soft appearance, I would up strength training, lift heavy and focus on high-intensity intervals for cardio. It's a journey and sometimes our destination is not where we thought it would be. And for me, non-scale victories are much more meaningful than some silly number between my toes. My weight does not define me or my self worth.

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8/9/13 3:08 P

Lauren - Congratulations first on those 30 pounds. That's quite an accomplishment to celebrate.

I know exactly how you feel. I had been losing 2 pounds each week consistently for a couple of months, then it slowed to 1 to 1.5 pounds a week. Then during the entire month of July I lost 1.5 pounds. Not a week - for the entire month, with no movement at all for a couple of the weeks. I did go on a five day vacation where I didn't track my food and had one day when company stopped by that I didn't track, but I didn't go wild on those days and stayed within my range every other day that I did track, and I had tried to be as honest as I was able (given I was estimating in some cases). Well, enough about my problems...but I DO know how you feel and you asked how we cope.

I was very discouraged I'll have to admit, but I never doubted I was on the right track. If I had only lost weight for a couple of weeks after beginning SP, I would have thought it was just water weight, but it had continued long enough I was certain this approach was different from any other I'd tried. Not only was it more successful, but I was enjoying my food more than ever in my life, even compared to times I was NOT "dieting".

So one particular day when I was overly discouraged, I stepped back and asked myself what would it look like if I threw in the towel and gave up? What would I want to be different? I actually wouldn't want to change anything about my menu plans day to day, but I'd want to eat ice cream more and relax more when I ate out with friends. So I set about seeing if I could fit ice cream into my range more often. I actually could, given that it has a lot of the nutrients I struggle with meeting - protein and calcium, and ice cream sandwiches even have fiber. I decided to aim for the top of my range on days when I'm eating out to give me more latitude. After I made a few adjustments, I was contented again with my "diet" so it didn't bug me as much when the scale didn't budge.

I do want to tell you, though, that the scale dropped 1.5 pounds this week. Not to gloat over it, but to let you know it can happen. I don't think I had done anything differently the prior week, but my weight can fluctuate as much as 5 pounds during the day. I might have lost that weight any time along the way and it just finally showed up at that weighing.

Keep the faith. I know it will happen for you, too. Make sure you don't cut back too far in frustration. It's important to get all the nutrition your body needs to keep it in peak performance.

Best of luck! I'm pulling for you!

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8/9/13 11:31 A

Hi,Lauren !

What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week for someone who is obese, the closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the longer it takes to lose any perceived excess. Ask any member down to the last 5-10 pounds and they'll tell you it's slow going.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. You don't have your height listed, but if your height puts you in a healthy BMI range, that is the reason you're not losing 1-2 pounds per week. Keep accentuating those positives and looking for NON SCALE related goals.

Remember, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. We are our own worst critics. Flaws we see in ourselves, no one else sees.

Be kind to yourself as you would to others. Patience, it's a virtue.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/9/2013 (11:33)
LALA112 SparkPoints: (21,164)
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8/9/13 11:23 A

Hello everyone!
My name is Lauren and I am struggling with trying to celebrate progress when the scale isn't budging. It's been several weeks and I keep fluctuating between 145-146. I feel like I'm doing all the right things, so why isn't the scale speaking to me?

Things I've changed over the past few weeks is increasing my workouts, nixing overeating on the weekend, and increasing my fruits and veggies. I would have hoped that this would have been enough.

In light of this, I know I'm supposed to celebrate all the non-scale victories. Well. . . my pants feel looser. I can ride my bike through town and not get winded when going over a hill. I am motivating others with my healthy choices. All of these things are great, but, I just want to hit my goal weight! Arg. Feeling frustrated. Guess I just needed to vent.

How do you all cope with this?

Edited by: LALA112 at: 8/9/2013 (11:24)
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