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35BYMAY
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1/20/13 10:42 A

sooo true. And that may have been my issue too, as it was that time for me too last week... in any event, yay to us!! It really did give me the motivation to go to the gym before work this morning, even though I am fighting a horrible chest cold and just wanted to crawl back under my covers :)



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1/20/13 8:15 A

that's about how much I 'gain' when TOM comes around. Yesterday I was still seeing 68.8ish (since last week's weight-in)... this morning I go for the stand that counts and it jumped down to 67.6 (so like 2.3lbs overnight), and earlier in the week it hit just over 69kg (after being down to low 68's). Hate the jumps, specially since it comes with cravings and you never know if its the jump itself (water retention, mostly) or your cravings are adding up. The magic drop when it ends is nice, though ^_^
Total confidence boost~





35BYMAY
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1/20/13 7:56 A

Well guys, I woke up this morning and somehow lost 4 lbs lol :) Maybe some water retention is starting to let go woohoo! So funny how things happen just after you complain about them lol



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1/19/13 4:46 P

It takes months or years to build significant muscle... not days. ;) However, gaining a little wight in the early days is totally normal as your muscles soak up water in response to the new demands you've placed on them.

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35BYMAY
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1/19/13 4:45 P

you are right about the thighs going down quickly, I remember that, thankfully. They also fill up with fat quickly too haha. And I hear ya on the upper body. sooo pitiful I am with upper body strength. Next week my focus is starting an upper body strength training regime.



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1/19/13 4:41 P

well, the upside is that when I went home over the summer, the thigh girth was the first thing to go; muscles disappear rather quickly if you don't keep working them... so once I reach my goal weight I'll try to cut down on the thigh-heavy exercises and concentrate on lighter forms of upkeep that will not increase said quads -_-;
I have pitiful upper body muscles that need to be built up (a month of insanity, and I still only go 1/2 way down in my pushups T_T; ), so I'll probably try to substitute those for my quads once weight loss isn't as big a factor (the bigger the muscle, and all that ^_^)



35BYMAY
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1/19/13 4:40 P

yes, protein is an issue, I will admit. I can't hit 60, ever, but I get 40-50g. can that stall weight loss? I'm not opposed to protein rich foods, I just find it hard to budget for them when there are so many other foods I love and crave in a day lol.

Just checked my tracker for today. I have 22g protein. oops.

Edited by: 35BYMAY at: 1/19/2013 (16:45)


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1/19/13 4:36 P

Are you not eating enough protein and drinking enough water?



35BYMAY
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1/19/13 4:30 P

gahhh! Big muscular thighs, that is what I don't want... I had them when I skated competitively in my youth and I used to cry when I tried to buy pants.. i'm still traumatized lol. I do tend to bulk my thighs up quickly, so good idea, I should keep an eye on thigh girth and see if that may be a key in the scale



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1/19/13 3:47 P

well, I just know from insanity, though I was skeptical when she told me that as well. I mean, it's cardio, right? No weights, no resistance bands, etc...
yet you do build muscles. Check your thigh girth; mine got quite a bit bigger from all the sprints and squats they have you do (didn't measure it before I joint this site right before new years... but just from how my pants fit I *knew*).
Actually, the measuring really helps. I've been in a slump hovering between 69 and 68.5kg for a couple weeks now, but I measured myself again today and apparently, all I've been doing has *not* been in vein ^_^ (though my thigh girth went up again, bah!)




35BYMAY
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1/19/13 3:28 P

and thanks Alorta... maybe I am getting a bit of muscle from the incline trainer? I do 18-25% incline, but never considered it strength training that is building my muscle. And isn't it too early in the game (2 weeks) to put muscle weight on anyway?




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1/19/13 3:27 P

Dragonchilde... yeah, I am good in the food department. I weigh, and have a lengthy nutrition theory background, so am sure my diet is primed for weight loss... its the exercising/calorie balance beam that I get frustrated trying to nail down... The calories I eat are mostly clean, always unprocessed, and largely organic. I am a foodie, so almost everything is prepared from scratch, and weighed with a scale to ensure my portions are right... its so frustrating when you are used to previous years and the weight moves down right from the beginning, and as you get over that 30 year old hump, it's not so simple anymore!



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1/19/13 3:23 P

Also depends what you are doing.
When I started Insanity, a friend of mine (who gave me her discs) warned me that for 3-5 weeks the scale would hover or even go up slightly because while I was losing weight, I'd be building muscle, but to stick to it. For her it started dropping week 4, but way before that she noticed being able to do more push ups, throw harder, etc.



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1/19/13 3:17 P

Are you actually measuring your food? Before you start working out more or eating less, look first to what you're doing. We tend to underestimate the number of calories we eat, and overestimate the calories we burn.

If you're not weighing and measuring your food, it's time to start! Every bite... break out those measuring cups and scale... KNOW, don't guess!



35BYMAY
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1/19/13 3:12 P

Thanks everyone :) I totally need these pep talks! Unfortunately, the clothes still fit the same too... if they were looser I would be good with that LOL. I will give it another week or two, and if nothing changes, I will have to do something like increase the cardio or decrease the calories... because I am NOT the type to keep my motivation up without seeing some kind of change lol



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1/19/13 3:07 P

It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale. This is particularly true when you add exercise. This doesn't mean you're not experiencing changes throughout your body! Your body is changing, and you're likely feeling and looking better... even if the scale isn't agreeing. Remember that the scale is pretty much the worst possible measure of progress we have; it's a fickle thing, that talks more about the effect of gravity than how much fat we have, how much energy we have, how well we're eating, or how we look and how our clothes fit.

This is a marathon... not a sprint. YOu'll get there.



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1/19/13 2:36 P

Try to be patient. If you have cut your calories by 500 calories a day and are exercising 4-5 times a week, you will see the scale move soon. I know it's hard, but you're doing the right things, and you will see the changes soon.



35BYMAY
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1/19/13 2:32 P

sigh. thanks for replying. I think I am eating enough, a couple of days I ate about 1800, never less than 1500 for sure. I really don't want to contemplate having to eat less than 1500 to get the scale moving, It's hard enough with 1500 lol.



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1/19/13 1:58 P

I'm not an expert but depending on your weight, you may not be consuming ENOUGH calories, getting enough sleep (important) or eating the right kind of calories (quality calories for your calorie budget).

I would keep at it but throw in eating more good quality food, throw in confusion by eating more than your calorie budget one day out of the week and add strength training.

It'll come off. Be patient. ;)



35BYMAY
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1/19/13 1:33 P

I started a workout program a couple of weeks ago, I do incline training 4-5x per week, burning about 400-500 cals per session, and I have stuck to 1500-1600 cals per day (much less than my estimated 2000-2500 cals pre-diet)... the scale is not budging, so I am wondering.. if this scale not moving is because of retained water from beginning to work out, when does that retained water release, and the scale start moving?? I am not strength training right now, so saying I am building muscle can't be the reason...



 
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