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TOOBIG4COMFORT Posts: 171
2/4/13 12:03 P

It is so amazing when you can finally say that you are under a something something weight. 199 pounds sounds so much better than 200 pounds, even if it is 1 pound.


Good for you. All good things happen at exactly the right time!!!

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2/3/13 4:51 P

Lori,

Good for you. Now maybe you can stop weighing yourself every day and instead go to once a week or better yet, once a month.

I have found people's weight is like the stock market. It goes up and down several times a day. Just as investors drive themselves crazy watching the market trying to predict trends, so to will you drive yourself crazy watching the scale every day.

Glad to hear you have hit one of your milestones. Keep up the good work.

NOSTORYLORI Posts: 200
2/3/13 4:44 P

Thank you all. I am happy to say I finally weighted in this morning 1 pound less. It has taken over a week to get rid of that pound, but now I can say: "I AM UNDER 200 POUNDS!"" Yay me!!!!!!!!!!!

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2/2/13 9:01 P

Lori,

I reviewed your nutrition tracker and your fitness tracker and you seem to be on the right path. Keep the Faith. As long as you follow the program, it will happen for you.

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2/2/13 1:08 P

NOSTORYLORI,

As Coach Nancy noted, it's not usual to see a large drop in weight in the first couple of weeks of starting a life style change.

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. In theory, a person could lose 1-2 pounds per week. However, what works in theory doesn't always work with biochemistry. The human body is a complex machine. We'd all love for the weight to be gone the minute we decide we want to lose, but it's just not that simple.

Weight loss really IS a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight. But, I can assure you that if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time.

You really do need to give your body time to change. You're going to see many ups and downs on the scale as you lose. You're going to hit periods when you don't lose at all. And that too is perfectly normal.

Don't worry, these slow periods really are part of the process.


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2/2/13 10:52 A

Hi,

When we lost a large amount of weight in a relatively short period of time, while you lose some fat, a larger portion was more than likely a loss in fluids.

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

Once you settle into a consistent workout routine the scale should start moving again, HOWEVER, know that even when the scale is not showing the results you expect, your body is undergoing some amazing health transformations.

Stay strong and focused.

Coach Nancy

NOSTORYLORI Posts: 200
2/2/13 10:37 A

So, I had an amazing start. And all in all, I have lost alot in a short amount of time (15 pounds in a month) Although most of my weight loss was the first 2 weeks. Then the weight loss slowed to almost stopping. So, I added exercise. Been exercising for a week. Still feel like I am at a standstill. I am only 1 month in, it seems to early for this plateau. Feel like I am doing a great job with food selections. Any ideas? I usually quit any weight loss tries a few days to a week in, and still here and don't want to give up, but afraid that will happen. Temptations are getting harder to resist.

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