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GKOSTOVA04 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/3/12 10:40 P

The same thing happened to me -- I was doing everything right and I was gaining wait. In a few more weeks you will start losing wait (or rather fat). Now you are building muscle (which is heavy) and losing fat (which is light). It makes a lot of sense to be losing inches and not moving on the scale. Just keep pushing! After all, you are not doing this because of the scale -- if you liked the way you look, you wouldn't care how much you weighted, right! You are doing the right thing!

BRITOMART Posts: 8,071
10/3/12 10:16 P

I'm with the others--especially what SUMMERKIWI says about not under-eating! If you are working out, you MUST provide your body with enough fuel (i.e., food) or you'll not lose weight, but you can lose muscle.

The scale is a number. Your clothes' fit and your body's feel are much more accurate, really.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (194,605)
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10/3/12 11:43 A


Don't despair !!! What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. This is NOT the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. It really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that really is perfectly normal.

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. If your clothes are fitting better, if you have more energy, if you can do more push ups, if you can walk up stairs without getting winded, if you can carry more bags of groceries... these are all signs of improvement in your overall health.

When will the scale move ? You just have to be patient with yourself and your body. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

Patience, it's a virtue.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
10/3/12 11:11 A

We need to stop the insanity. The number on the scale should NOT determine our self-worth or how we feel about ourselves for the day or week. Weight is just a number -- not a determinant of your success or failure. Do you have more energy throughout the day? Are you sleeping better at night? Made one better food choice? Added a workout session? Are you able to run or walk farther? Lift more? *That* is success.

And, frankly, if your number is fluctuating between 2 or 3 pounds, it doesn't even mean anything. You could have had too much salt the day before, not drank enough water today or just need a good trip to the bathroom. A good strength training session is enough to trip the scale as your muscles retain water during the repair process. I don't pay any attention within that 3-pound range either way.

You are much, much more than your weight.

10/2/12 8:27 P

I know how you feel. After a week of weighing,measuring,drinking 8 glasses of water, walking, going to Curves and staying within 1550 calories, I weighed in at TOPS on Monday morning and was just sure I would show a loss but instead had gained two tenths of a pound. I argued with myself all day to keep from eating something just to soothe my injured feelings. But I know that next week it will all catch up and that loss will be there. As long as you know you are doing the right things it will all turn out okay in the end. Don't give up!! By the way, arguing with yourself is a great thing!!! It really works. I have stayed in line all this week and have not given up. I have come too far to give up now. Good luck and I know you will have a better result next week.

Edited by: CAROLINAKIWI at: 10/2/2012 (20:28)
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10/2/12 8:23 P

Don't despair - what is happening is in fact quite common - normal in fact. Your muscles are gaining in strength and size but the fat is reducing. That is one of the main reasons why you are slimmer, but not lighter at this point. Muscle mass weighs heavier than fat! You WILL find the scales starting to move, but just remember that there are many other factors to success on this journey. How your clothes fit; your fitness level; the condition of your hair/skin; and the list goes on. Don't focus on your weight because if you are eating right and within the calorie range that SP has set, and you get the exercise and hydration, you WILL get there! JFYI - I have lost a bucket load of weight, but where my Dietitian measures around my navel has only decreased by about ONE INCH!! Am I bothered? Not on your Nellie - I WAS obese, I USED to have a high cholesterol (even tho' ate healthy and on meds) and also was pre-diabetic. Now I am none of those things, so that makes me a winner :-) AND even tho' I have only lost that miserly amount around the middle, I have gone from a NZ size 20-22 to a 12-14 upper and 14-16 lower.

You mention your appetite has decreased a lot - just make sure that you don't UNDEReat, skip meals or over-exercise because that is counter-productive!

Take care,

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10/2/12 8:16 P


Hang in there! Sometimes we get too focused on the scale for measuring our success when in all reality the only thing it does is measure our weight. It does not tell us how healthy or fit we are. Know that our weight is not a static number. Just like your heart rate, respiration and blood pressure varies throughout the day, same is true for our weight. Because our body is made up of well over 50% water, it is not uncommon for our weight to vary by as much as 7 pounds in the course of a single day--none of which has anything to do with actual weight.

Remember this journey you are on is one you will be on for a lifetime, so allow the time for the changes to happen and trust the process.

Coach Nancy

HOTMAMA372 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/2/12 7:52 P

I am so sad today, because I went to the doctors today and three weeks of workouts and decrease in calorie intake the scale did not budge. I lost inches and my body looks and feel different to the point I did not believe the scale. I will not give up even though a big cheesesteak is calling my name. I decreased my appetite so much I would only be able to take two bites. If anyone is having the same problem helpful hints will be helpful. Thanks good luck everyone. emoticon

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