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12/2/12 12:08 P

I can so feel your thoughts....I have been doing this off and on for years to only find myself at the same weight 5 years later. What I realized is I have to want it for me and me only. This time it's working slowly but surely. When I would get on that scale and have a yes moment, only to get on the next day and have a wth moment. I thought wait what is the problem. I started paying attention to when I weighed myself, what I ate, how I sleep and where I was in general. I stopped weighing myself daily and realized that being healthy was my goal. I began to appreciate the small accomplishments. So no matter what the scale said I loved it. It will come off I promise you stay on task. emoticon

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12/1/12 8:52 A

I can understand your frustration - and just keep doing what you are doing!! It will catch up. When I started SP in Sept, my loss each week was .6, .8, etc - loss, but not what I was expecting. I changed my thinking and decided to be happy with any loss. After the first month or so, the loss amount each week changed. Now it has been anywhere from 1 to 2 pounds. You are doing the plan, so just stay the course!! Best wishes - Kathy

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11/30/12 4:33 P

Don't be discouraged - what you are experiencing is perfectly normal. Don't worry about your scales for a while - instead just focus on 'baby steps' - GRADUALLY make changes to your fitness and nutrition. In time you will suddenly realize that your clothes are fitting you better and you have more energy. There will be lots of other signs too. THAT is the gauge of success - not just the scales.

Weight constantly fluctuates so this means that there will be times that it is up and times that it is down - even within the same day. There are loads of reasons for it and none of them mean that you are doing anything wrong!

Hang in there and have faith in the process :-)

Take care,

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11/30/12 4:24 P

Hi there, don't get discouraged! It can take a while for your body to catch up to what you're doing. Also make sure you're being honest with your calorie counts. Are you sneaking any extra foods?

Yes, being older means it can take longer for weight to come off too, but don't stop what you're doing. If you're exercising and eating right the weight WILL come off. It just might not come off as fast as you expect it to. Consistency is key. Keep going!

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11/30/12 4:23 P


It's only been three weeks. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week. there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. 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 perfectly normal.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

If you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise, you will see change. BUT, you really do have to give your body time to change.

Patience, it's a virtue.

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11/30/12 4:16 P

I have been on Sparks People for three weeks, the first week I lost two pounds. But, now it seems nothing works. I weigh and measure all my food and exercise emoticon everyday I walk three to four miles everyday. I have been near perfect with everything I even weighted and measured my food on Thanksgiving. So any ideas on how I can jump this hurtle. I am 58 years old so does age have something to do with this problem

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