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10/8/12 10:02 A

I've been sick too and just remember when your body is trying to mend it's self all sorts of things happen, for instance, I've been drinking a lot of fluids and drinking soups which are higher in sodium so I'm a little bloated. Plus I have been sleeping more so I'm not as active (no burn). Don't get to worried, the human body is an amazing thing and sometimes works the opposite of what we think it should. Like when you're dehydrated your finger swell because the body knows they are most vulnerable so it rushes fluids to the extremities.
When you are feeling healthy again and are back on point take a look at the scale and I be you will be back to normal.
Hang int here I wish you well

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10/6/12 8:21 P

Weight fluctuates that is why it is good to have other ways of measuring success. Are your clothes fitting tighter or loose, do you measure your chest, waist and hips? All of these are good ways besides the scale to see how you are doing. Other ways are blood tests to check HDL/LDL, total cholesterol, blood sugar etc and have blood pressure checked. Losing weight is also about getting healthier! emoticon

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10/6/12 7:31 P

It's cool! Just weigh 1st thing in the morning every time you weigh! Same time, same clothes (or not), and you'll get a truer idea of what you weigh. Water retention from eating popcorn with sodium will send me up the next day! I just make sure my sodium is within the range on the nutrition tracker!

Good Luck! emoticon emoticon

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10/6/12 6:45 P

emoticon emoticon and may God bless your success on this journey we all share.

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10/5/12 1:02 P


What you're experiencing is not unusual. 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. I can easily gain as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale went up. In order to truly gain 5 pounds of fat, a person would have to have eaten at least 17,500 calories on top of their normal intake. one pound of fat = 3,500 calories. If you know you didn't eat that much extra food, then you know you didn't gain fat. However, it really IS easy to see the scale go up because of water retention.

Don't worry ! This is a temporary gain that will pass in a few days, just like any weight you gain during your menstrual cycle.

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10/5/12 9:36 A

Hi Lina,

Just know that your weight is not a static number. It can vary by as much as 7 pounds in the course of a single day which is why we need to be careful not to use a single weigh-in to judge our success. Keep tracking and stay focused. Remember this is a life-long journey of health and fitness you are on. I hope you feel better soon.

Coach Nancy

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10/5/12 8:42 A

ok I have not been feeling good since like sunday and my diet is not been what it normally is but I am totally freaked out. I got on the scale today which I dont usually do during the week but the number is showing I GAINED five lbs!!!!!!! how? omg am i sliding backwards....but I swear I have not cheated and I am totally honost about my logging of foods I consume... I havent even really eaten like yesterday or today due to my tummy hurting....

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