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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (229,042)
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3/13/13 7:46 P

Good "move' ... :-)


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3/13/13 6:03 P

I've decided to take a zumba class. It will get me out of the house and away from the kids. Working out with 2 little ones around can be...interesting. I'm trying to deal with my stresses as best i can. Some are easier than others. Having just graduated a practical nursing course i know the effect stress can have but i've never worked out, never watched what i ate. Big learning curve here. Guess its a good thing i don't own a scale eh?

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3/13/13 12:40 P

I agree stress has probably been the number one factor for my weight gain.From june 2012 to December 2012 i mostly hovered around 137 to 145. During this time i started BC and also was promoted to a Supervisor position at a big retail job. And i got a boy friend which when your in a relationship the women usually gain weight. I need help on trying to balance my crazy life. Tips please

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3/13/13 12:23 P


I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction.

Losing five pounds in the first month is spot on ! Don't worry too much about your measurements. there are lots of legitimate reasons you could have gained an inch around your middle even though you're losing weight.

Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. You may even notice that pants that are normally lose get really tight during TOM. Water retention can cause bloating. Bloating can cause your waist as well as other measurements to increase.

So, don't freak out. this really is normal. 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 the inches and scale move.

You just need to be more patient with yourself and your body. this isn't the Biggest Loser. those types of dramatic losses and changes just aren't typical.

And if you do feel overwhelmed (we all do), there are better ways to manage your stress. I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. if a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. So, something you have to do to the best of your ability is find ways to reduce stress that don't involve food. Take a walk. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress.

Drink a cup of tea. I love drinking tea. Go to the gym and have a good workout. Take a kick boxing class. there's nothing like hitting a heavy bag to vent a day's frustrations.

Take things slowly... things really do have a way of working out.

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3/13/13 6:06 A

There's never really a "good" time to start losing weight, there's always going to be life stress, job stress, busy social calendar, etc., so you may as well figure out how to be healthy with all these things going on.

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3/13/13 5:28 A

Sorry to hear about your father. I agree with Slimmerkiwi; don't let the number on the scale or measuring tape weigh you down. Honestly, unless I took a Sharpie and drew a line around my body wherever it was that I put the tape, I don't know if I could get it in the exact same spot the next time. And I certainly don't remember exactly how snug I pulled the tape the last time. A half inch in your waist could also just be a bit of bloating from TOM or too much salt.

They say that losing weight is 80% what we eat, and 20% exercise. And they say that you can't out-exercise a bad diet. So the eating is really important. When things are really hectic for me and I feel like I don't have the time for everything, I pay extra attention to my food choices and calorie range, and set a goal of 10 minutes a day of exercise. It would be great to get more than the 10, but if that's all I can do, I have no guilt. (If your Fitness Tracker is set for a much higher calorie burn estimate, you'd probably have to adjust it, to reflect a smaller burn.)

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3/13/13 4:11 A

Hi - I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father, so recently. My husband died very suddenly just before Xmas.

I would strongly suggest that as you are feeling stressed, forget about the scales and forget about the tape-measure. You have lost some weight, so that is an indicator that you are succeeding. So long as you are getting good nutrition; eating within your calorie range and pretty much meeting the fats/carbs/protein recommendations, and getting in some exercise, then you will be doing all that you can, and your body WILL thank you (and so will your mind!!!) By measuring yourself will only help to derail yourself at this point.

Congratulations on graduating college - with what has been going on in your life, that is certainly no mean fete :-)

I am hoping that ALL of your children have jobs to do to help reduce the stress on you. Even littlies are quite capable of learning to make a bed or pick up toys/clothes. It is a great way to teach them about being a team-player and taking responsibilities, too :-)


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3/13/13 1:54 A

I've only been working out and watching my intake for a bit over a month but i've already lost 5 pounds! However, when i measured to see if anything else had changed....i discovered i've gained half an inch around my waist. I'm really hoping it's just that i measured incorrectly....I'm concerned that all the stresses in my life are going to derail me, and this isn't helping. Dealing with losing my father to cancer 3 1/2 months ago, just graduated college and need to find a job, mother to 4 (two teens, two under 5), planning a wedding, trying to lose weight and become healthier...It's so much to juggle.

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