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COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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6/19/13 10:24 A

Hi Lisa,

If you are weighing every day, I would recommend that you switch to once per week instead, at the same time of day and day of week. Also measure. You can set up your weight tracker with measurements. There are weeks where the scale doesn't change, but my measurements do, which is encouraging, even if the scale doesn't budge.

Also, look at what you've done with your body- can you walk faster/longer or lift heavier? That is a good thing to measure your health by.

You might want to mix up your exercise too. I love routine and get a little stressed when I think about changing up the work-out, but when I changed up and started doing Jillian Michaels DVDs, I saw fairly big changes pretty quickly. I didn't lose pounds, but I tightened up a LOT. Now I am trying other stuff so I don't get into a rut with her videos.

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6/19/13 8:44 A

Good luck and keep doing what you are doing. Another suggestion would be to check with your doctor to see if anything else is going on. I was diagnosed with PCOS and learned it can have metabolic symptoms and need to eat foods that are low on the glycemic index,

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6/19/13 5:35 A


What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will 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.

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. There are MANY different reasons your body could retain water. It happens. it's normal even if you're drinking lots of water.

When it's extremely hot out, if you are the least bit dehydrated, you'll retain water. if your hormones are fluctuating, you'll retain water. if you eat salty foods, you'll retain water.

My weight can fluctuate as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water weight. Don't tie your emotions to the scale. there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

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6/19/13 5:29 A

It is early days yet. What you are experiencing is perfectly normal for most people.

When you start to exercise, most will gain a little weight. You are developing muscle and that weighs - your body will be retaining more fluid, related to the extra muscle. Again perfectly normal. The fluid retention will only be a short-term thing, tho'!

I would suggest that rather than focus on the scales (which are only a small part of the 'success' story) instead focus on things like your energy levels; the condition of your skin/hair; the quality of your sleep; increased BP and Blood results (if you have cholesterol or sugar issues, then odds are they will improve); and also how your clothes fit. Often people can find that altho' they have gained a little weight, they may actually be finding that their clothes are getting looser!

Good luck, and enjoy your ride :-)

LISAHELLING SparkPoints: (5,289)
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6/19/13 12:22 A

Ive been on my healthy lifestyle for about a month now. I eat right (around 1500 cals a day) exercise six days a week (60 min waalk and strength training) and drink about 70 oz of water daily. I was so successful for 3 weeks even if it was a few oz lost a day but now im gaining like a pound a day. Am i retaining fluid? Im not sure id be gaining muscle weight quite yet. I know im staying within my calorie range, im religious about tracking, im avoiding overly processed foods and everything! Where am i going wrong? Anyone with advice/tips?

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