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KIMBERLY19732 Posts: 289
2/21/13 3:05 P

I'm losing about a pound a week. That's nothing new for me (when I am truely following a plan), but I would much rather lose 2 pounds per week emoticon

I have made changes slowly. And I believe that my body will catch up. I'm still not a stringent calorie counter. I've been doing my best to follow my body's hunger and fullness cues.I do use the trackers and that has lead me to be more aware of what I am eating to achieve "fullness".Especially in relation to my activity. My blood sugar can drop drastically after a workout.(which has led to over eating after workouts= sabotage!).

Using the tracker has helped me see I need more protein, less fat ect.

Best Wishes with your weight loss efforts.

It may help you to see what others experiences/results are.
Me: Need to lose 50 plus pounds, started Jan 1st (joined SP a week or so later) I've lost 6.5 pounds.
My plan: follow hunger cues, get some activity everyday,drink BUNCHES of water.

JENNASAURUS1 SparkPoints: (4,273)
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2/21/13 2:22 P

I started this whole diet thing 3 weeks ago. I've dropped 11 pounds and have lost 3 inches around my waist. I am used to being on my feet all day, but exercising was new to me. My diet also changed from "whatever I want" to a vegetarian diet. I'm pretty strict in what I can eat. I also gave up sodas and only allow something that's not water 2-3 times a week.

People lose weight differently, though. Sometimes they lose it quickly, sometimes it takes awhile.

Edited by: JENNASAURUS1 at: 2/21/2013 (14:22)
RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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2/21/13 1:42 P

Speaking just for myself I've never lost any significant amount of weight (at most 5 pounds) by exercise alone while leaving my diet uncontrolled. And I'm coming from as sedentary as you can get, absent lying in bed all day every day. I didn't start losing weight until I tackled portion sizes and junk food (although I am exercising as well).

I believe it can probably be done if the exercise is intense enough and there is enough of it, though it will be slow. I don't think many people want to or are able to work out at that level, though. (I'm talking multiple hours a day.)

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
2/21/13 12:47 P

I've been dedicated to my weight loss for about two months now and my results on the scale are slow as well. I attribute part of that to my body slowly responding; however, I also attribute part of that to a learning curve. For instance, I would leave little things out--croutons on my salad, a sip of hot chocolate here, a chip or two there. Some calorie counts were a little off. And there would be a little cheating going on. As a result, I lost 5 pounds but not any more. I was proud of the other progress I was making--better endurance, greater energy, increased ability to run, but I was also frustrated.

The past week I've been rededicated. Count all my calories, even the bites. Be more honest with my portion sizes. And focus on NUTRITION not just calories. I've instantly seen some results.

There's nothing wrong with slow weight loss. And we have to find a routine that's going to work for us. For me, I started by counting calories and doing 3 days of cardio. But the more I'm educating myself, the more I'm learning what other changes I need to make--nutrition, strength training, adding variety to my workouts. Don't be hard on yourself if the scale doesn't move for 3 weeks. Use the first few months as an opportunity to get used to this new lifestyle. Your body will eventually catch on to what you're doing.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/21/13 11:36 A

How long have you been carrying the extra weight? Wouldn't it be reasonable to expect it to take just as long (if not longer)? The unfortunate thing is once we make up our minds to change, our bodies don't just follow through.

At this early stage, it would be better to focus on process goals rather than results. How many days (even just count meals) did you meet your calorie/nutrition goals? How much water did you drink? How many days did you meet your exercise goals? Track how you feel, how you sleep, your measurements, how much more you can do physically. You have all of the control over the process, so that's what you should track.

You don't control the outcomes. Your body is going to respond how it responds. It may work quickly. It may work slowly. It will definitely be filled with starts and stops. Consistency and persistence are the key. Hang in there and you can do it. Trust the process and the results will come.

VIC0905 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/21/13 11:30 A

From my own experience I think it depends on how much you put into your workouts and how motivated you are to get to your end result. I was always an every other day exerciser so therefore it took me much longer to see any kind of results since I really didn't exert myself other than what was recommended so to speak.

What is different this time....I go 6 days a week to my gym, I do at least 30 minutes cardio - elliptical or trainer (a combination stepper, elliptical running machines) or treadmill to the point I'm dripping sweat. I then throw in my strength training every other day OR do my cardio much longer depending on how I feel and what my schedule looks like. (I'm a full time working mom with a son that does competitive swim and a husband that is a "former" couch potato.)

My results this time around.... I've lost 10 inches in 10.5 weeks (I've lost 11 lbs as well on a food paying program)

Edited by: VIC0905 at: 2/21/2013 (11:32)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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2/21/13 10:53 A

If you are doing things right, you should be able to tell a difference in ways other than the scale. Your clothes will start to fit better, you should feel better overall, you should have more energy, more endurance, etc.

Just trust the process. :) It took time to put the weight on, it will take time to take it off.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/21/2013 (10:53)
KENNIEGIRL SparkPoints: (9,181)
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2/21/13 10:46 A

6-8 weeks? Blah! I wishI had an indicator if I'm doing things right. I'd hate to do this for 2 months to find out nothing is going to change. How frustrating. Oh well, I'll tough it out and know that at this point, any change is a good thing, and increase if needed. Thanks!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
2/19/13 1:03 P

Some see results straight away and some don't. If you still have no change after 8 weeks come back and tell us about your numbers - current weight, goal weight, goal date, exercise plan, average daily intake.

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2/19/13 12:41 P

It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale, particularly when you incorporating exercise. It's also important to note that exercise is important, but in order to lose weight, you need to be tracking nutrition and eating less than you burn. You can't out-exercise a bad diet!

KENNIEGIRL SparkPoints: (9,181)
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2/19/13 11:56 A

I've been on and off SP for years and am just getting back on again. I've been exercising for 3 weeks straight and see no difference in the numbers. I know the numbers aren't the most important thing, but I hate them emoticon . I figured after being completely sedentary for the past 2 years, I'd see results more quickly.

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