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LBUGHER
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2/12/13 10:28 A

I know how you feel, and I know how frustrating it is. Last month I stuck to my exercise and worked hard to watch my calories, and I kept GAINING weight! It made me feel like I was going crazy. But the fact is, our bodies will weigh in differently depending on so many factors like how much salt we had the day before, where you are in your cycle (if you're a woman), whether or not you had any alcohol recently, etc.

The thing is, my clothes have gotten looser but my weight has either risen or stayed the same. It doesn't make any sense and even though I know it "doesn't matter" I wish, wish, wish the numbers on my scale would go down because psychologically that's what gives me the greatest satisfaction. But I keep myself going by knowing my clothes ARE looser, my numbers ARE getting better (cholesterol, blood pressure, and sugar), and my overall fitness and strength have increased.

I've learned that the key is CONSISTENCY. The scale WILL change if you don't stop. It takes a painfully long amount of time to see the change and I totally get it. I'm right there with you. But the scale is probably the last number any of us will see drop. Try to focus on your overall health and how you feel. And whatever you do, don't give up!!! You'll be able to see the change eventually :) I'm hanging on to my hope, too, despite a rather long plateau after losing 20 pounds. I've switched things up a bit so I'm hoping this kicks my metabolism back into gear and I see those stupid numbers drop again.



SLIMMERKIWI
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2/12/13 1:55 A

Torrie - I have noticed this many times. I only ever use my home scales (good quality digital ones) as a rough guide. My official weigh-in's I only do at my Medical Centre where they have the big flash hospital-type ones. My suggestion is to forget about the scales on that frequency basis.

Kris



TORRIEHOSKINS
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2/11/13 10:49 A

thats where I am at...the weight seems to be coming off super slow :( when I was on here a year ago, I was losing weight every week...now I feel like the scale is cheating me...though my measurements say I have a lost a few inches, the scale seems to be acting screwy...i weight 226.8 last monday, stepped on it this morning and was 225.8 then stepped on it twic again and was 232.8 WTH!!!!!!!



SLIMMERKIWI
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2/11/13 5:38 A

As you haven't given a lot of information to go on, we can only really speak in general terms.

You may have changed your eating habits, but are you really eating a healthy, balanced diet, and within the appropriate range for what exercise you do? Do you weigh all of your food and use the Nutrition Tracker? Are you eating all of your meals, and not being tempted to skip any? You are working out 6 days per week for 1hr per day! Have you incorporated brisk walks/jogs/runs into the equation? This type of exercise is better for the weight-loss - the gym stuff with weights etc. is better for forming and defining muscle (which can increase weight, but is a healthy increase!)

Sometimes it takes quite a while for a person to start to see results on the scale. How are the other indicators like how your clothes fit; your general energy levels; how you sleep; the condition of your skin/hair?

Just food for thought!
Kris



FIT4MEIN2013
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2/10/13 9:40 P

You didn't say whether you are measuring your food and tracking and whether you are eating in the top end of your calorie range or under it.

If you are working out 6 days/weekly, how intense is your effort? Are you hungry? I find it helps to eat 150-200 calories every couple of hours. I feel more satisfied, my blood sugar stays lower and I eat enough.

Also, make sure that you accurately filled in your activity level when you did your set-up for calories.

emoticon If you are working the program, the program will work.



VELVETMERLIN
Posts: 229
2/5/13 10:26 P

Do you perchance have a low thyroid? It could be that you have a medical condition. I don't know; just wondering. Are you working with weights? Are you drinking enough? I noticed that within a few days of working out, I usually gain a couple then I start losing (low thyroid, so my loss is super slow).



JGTO120
Posts: 31
2/5/13 12:03 P

Hi Jessica,

I've been in the same boat as you (and still am to an extent). What helps me get through these rough times is looking at other ways I'm benefiting. For example, I look at my energy level, how my skin looks, how my clothes are fitting, or any other changes. Remember, that the scale is not always the best gauge of progress. The most important thing is that you are sticking to your program, and you should be very happy with yourself.

Good luck!

Jenny



ARCHIMEDESII
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2/5/13 12:03 P

Hi, Jessica !

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself ? How tall are you ? How much do you currently weigh ? how old are you ? How much are you trying to lose ? How many calories a day do you eat ? What types of foods are you eating ? Are you logging your food choices ?

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 anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. 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's perfectly normal.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. The more you tell us about yourself, the better we can answer your question. Because the person with 10 pounds to lose has very different needs than someone trying to lose 100 pounds. Someone with less to lose will find is does take longer.

Basically, we really need more info to be helpful.





JESSICALEA4
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2/5/13 11:48 A

I made it my mission to start working out and eating better after a knee injury had me doing very little. I have been working out 6 days a week and changed my eating habits . After 30 days I have only lost 1 pound!! whats up with that ?? I'm feeling very discouraged I lost weight easer when I didn't work out and ate bad food!



 
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