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FIT4MEIN2013 SparkPoints: (144,741)
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1/30/13 9:52 P

Throw the scales out! Not really, but do not allow them to control your day and your moods. If you are following your program, you WILL lose, but it is not always reflected on the scales. In fact, the scales can vary by 5# in a single day!

Hang in there, keep pushing back and you WILL make it!

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/30/13 11:45 A

I'm confused by the numbers and goal posted in your tracker and the weight you included in your message. Can you clear that up?

Why do you think you are having a hard time getting motivated? What are your obstacles?

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,969)
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1/30/13 11:09 A


Don't beat yourself up because you're three pounds heavier than your previous weigh in. Don't tie your emotions to the scale. there really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

Unless you ate 10,500 extra calories these last couple of weeks, you did not gain three pounds of fat. In order to truly gain one pound of fat, a person has to eat an extra 3,500 calories on top of their normal intake. So, if you know you didn't eat over 10,000+ extra calories, then you didn't gain fat.

Why would you gain weight ? 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.

In short, this too shall pass. You're going to see many ups and downs on the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

Instead of worrying what the scale says, look for other NON scale related health successes.
As you eat healthier and get some regular exercise, you're going to be seeing many changes. You may notice you start sleeping better. You may notice you have more energy. You may notice that you don't get winded walking up stairs. You may notice your blood pressure improve.

At 23, you're probably not worrying about your blood pressure, but as you get older this will be something you need to be aware of. If you have high blood pressure, lowering it with time is a HUGE health benefit. Lowering your blood sugar and cholesterol are two other health benefits that aren't tied to the scale.

Learning healthy habits takes time. As I tell all new members,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Every little bit does make a difference.

CJYOUCANDOIT SparkPoints: (53,211)
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1/29/13 11:32 P

Trish, The positive from this is that there is a new start day! Many of us have had many start days. Just don't give up. Begin slowly and allow yourself to adjust to the changes. It may help to make one change at a time so you do not burn out. Good Luck to you. Make sure what you are changing is attainable so you do not set yourself up for failure. You can do this. Just make it a priority in your life.

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CHUBBYTRISH39 SparkPoints: (443)
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1/29/13 9:21 P

Sadly, I weighed myself and my weight is actually 115, not 112 like I thought. Haven't weighed in awhile. I originally was starting on the 6th of this month and sadly I have been very unmotivated and seem to be having a hard time getting started. So here I am, 23 days later hoping that this time I can really get motivated and start this weight loss journey again. I get so inspired when I read others who have succeeded. I feel for those who are struggling like I am. I really enjoy coming here because we all have the same thing in common...we can all relate to each other at some time. Let's all keep up the hard work! Thanks


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