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SP_COACH_NANCY
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10/17/12 9:28 A

MSJORDIE15,

What makes you think you are doing anything wrong? The scale is just a tool to measure your weight. It cannot and will not ever measure more than that, unless you allow it to measure your success or failure. While 4 weeks seems like a long time, for some of us, it can take as long as 8 weeks for the changes to show up on the scale. It does not mean you are doing anything wrong.

Understanding what happens when we lose weight was a big turning point for me. When I educated myself on the process, I was finally able to let go of the scale (literally--I do not own a scale--it became a source of frustration for me--what I use--a favorite pair of jeans--as long as I can wear those jeans comfortably I am good)

When we start to exercise are bodies begin to make more mitochondria (these are the energy makers of the cells) to provide our bodies with the energy. When this happens are bodies also begin to hang onto more water to help with the energy and cooling off process. Couple that with a better diet (more fiber) and you not see much change on the scale, but TRUST THE PROCESS that the changes are happening within the cells. Do not give up!

Coach Nancy



REBCCA
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10/17/12 8:08 A

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Hello Jordie,
Whole grains are part of a healthy diet. If you would share your nutrition tracker it would be easier to advise on your nutrition. I found eliminating meat made losing 1- 2 pounds per week to goal worked for me. I have include link on meatless diet above.

Keep making the healthy fitness choices and enjoy every step you take towards changes that mean progress towards your goals. emoticon

Part of this journey is patience, perseverance and consistency which will empower other area s of your life in pleasant ways too. Enjoy this journey and much success wishes to you. emoticon



NANCYPAT1
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10/17/12 6:40 A

First, FEELING BETTER is a fabulous benefit even if you do not lose weight, the fact that you FEEL BETTER is GREAT. Having a walking partner and walking back and forth to work is another great idea. I think you are REALLY onto something good here. Maybe you need to tweak things a little. Use the food trackers and look at what they tell you. Patterns may emerge.

Are you tracking your food? Are you getting enough carbs, enough fat, enough of various nutrients? Are you getting too much sodium? Are the foods you are eating the less processed ones like veggies, fruit, and whole grains or are they highly processed with high levels of fats, sodium, etc.? Are you weighing and/or using measuring cups? Are you careful about portion sizes? Are you getting enough SLEEP (it is essential for weight loss)? Are you recording EVERYTHING you eat - not just the stuff that you PLANNED to eat? Are you taking care of your stress levels?

Stop, maybe you are doing EVERYTHING right and your body is just a little slow to react to the changes. I had the same experience for almost 3 months and then lost 12 pounds in a single week - losing more than a pound every day that week. I often experience a fairly nice weight loss when I sleep a little longer on a Saturday morning. Sleep really is essential to losing weight.

I think you may just need to be patient for a while longer - if you are doing what you need to do to get healthy, you WILL see the weight leave in time and there is a good chance that when it does, it may be a big loss all at once.



MSJORDIE15
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10/17/12 5:17 A

I would really like some help if anyone has an ideas or advice.. about a month ago I decided that I needed to get my life back. As I had become quite unfit I decided to start with something easy until I became fit enough for something more intense. As I find it very difficult to get motivated and dont enjoy just walking for the sake of walking. I decided that as I only live 3.3km from my workplace, I organised with a mate from work to meet up and start walking to and from work. It has been going great, having the extra motivation of having someone wait for me and the ease of incorporating it into my day.
I have also eat well... basically cut out potatoes, rice, pasta and eat mostly meat (beef/fish/chicken/lamb) and green veg in one form or another. With all of this effort (I even started to eat breakfast!) I thought that I would have at least seen some sort of movement on the scales.... It has now been 4 weeks and I am still the same weight, my measurements are the same and I am feeling quite unmotivated. The fact that I feel better on the inside and the fact i have talked someone else into walking are the only things that are currently keeping me going. Is there something else I should be doing? something I am doing wrong?
I have come to the conclusion (as embarressing as it is going to be) that I am going to have to visit the doctor to have some tests done to see if there is anything health wise that is holding me back.

I still plan to keep going with my program.....at the moment it is just really hard!!



 
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