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TORRIEHOSKINS SparkPoints: (1,199)
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2/5/13 10:29 A

You are still losing :) I too focus on what the scale says instead of how my clothes fit and how my measurements come up...it's not an easy thing to change your lifestyle out of the blue, but in order for us to get healthy and be where we want to be that needs to be done....My results for the first five weeks were not as good as I hoped...I started this journey like u on new years day 2013 and weighed in at 231 Rounding up...stepped on the scale yesterday for my end of week five weigh in and it says 226.4 :) Im happy with it, not as happy as I should be, but its better then gaining five pounds :) Keep your chin up :) I was on sp in 2012 and in three months lost 23 pounds, stopped sp put on five pounds but didnt get to my starting weight of 246 like I thought I would have...it's all in the mental status of our minds...what we think can prove to be a huge downer, or uplifting :) Keep it up :)

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2/4/13 11:19 P

Hey, girl - your JEANS are telling you a real good story:-)

You know what? Look at my weight ticker and see how much weight I have lost! It took 16 months to lose the first 50lb. Anyway ALTHO' I have lost a lot of weight, AND have dropped from a NZ 20-22 to a 12-14 Top and 16 bottom, my waist has only dropped about an inch. I COULD be beating myself up because of the tape measure's lack of movement, BUT instead I am congratulating myself for having dropped a bucket load of weight, and NOW my Cholesterol is perfectly normal after having been very high for years, ON meds and with healthy eating, and also my HbA1c (you guys call it 'A1c') is now perfectly normal after having me in the borderline pre-Diabetic range. See what we mean? Don't judge success by ONE factor. Because of the number of positives for you, you ARE winning this :-)

Kris xx

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2/4/13 11:00 P

If you don't weigh yourself on a regular basis (once a week, every few days, etc.) you might not realize that your body weight fluctuates for reasons beyond the fat that you've burned. The amount of water in your system, bloating from your menstrual cycle, digestion, the muscle that you've built from strength training, and so on and so forth). If you've lost inches on your body (and what you've mentioned is very good progress for one months time) than you're burning fat, and you should not worry about the scale. The scale will move in time!

SUNSETDRAGONFLY SparkPoints: (1,613)
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2/4/13 9:31 P

Thank you, everyone, for the words of encouragement & support!!!

It's true, the steps I have taken to reduce & eliminate bad habits are more important than numbers. I think part of it is that about 10 days before my check-in, I was feeling pretty good about things & was looking forward to taking my measurements and weighing in as verification that what I was feeling was actually happening, if that makes any sense. I guess that deep down, I worry that the feeling of progress was all in my head. Having the number on the scale not change actually had me wondering if I messed up all my measurements and there was really no change at all - I use a Myotape though, and my jeans, while still tight, are not as tight as they were.

I really appreciate everything that was pointed out or brought up - I needed to hear it all. :)



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2/4/13 11:09 A

SUNSETDRAGONFLY,

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, 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. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. it really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that's perfectly normal.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. 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.

Good health isn't "all or nothing". Every little bit really does make a difference. So, even though you haven't lost a pound yet, that doesn't mean you haven't been making a difference. If you've starting losing inches, that's a success !! Do you have a bit more energy ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? Can you carry more bags of groceries ? Can you walk or run a mile faster today than you could a month ago ?

How's your blood pressure ? Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't budge. Lowering your blood pressure is a HUGE sign of success !!

So, don't beat yourself up because the scale isn't moving as fast as you want. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.

Slow and easy really does win this race.



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2/4/13 10:41 A

I am right there with you, sister! I am exactly the same weight as last month -- and also the same as I was at Thanksgiving. I haven't been a saint, I know that, but I've been eating well the majority of days, drinking far less, quit smoking, and now enjoy spin class 2x's a week. I've been pretty much living the way I would like to live after I lose the weight - but 0 results on the scale. I have to hope that I am much healthier in general. I've been in a terrible mood the past two days though! So irritating to try and to think so much about eating and food each day with no results. Must soak in Coach Nancy's words!

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2/1/13 9:21 A

I've been in you shoes a few times over the years and have felt extremely frustrated that I think I've done the "right" things only to have no huge tangible proof I did. What I've come to learn/realize is that no matter how much I want/will/bargain/plead with my body to do what I mentally want it to do - it kind of does it's own thing. I find it a great lesson in controlling what I can control. It looks like you have begun developing great habits. Guess what - those are what are going to get you the body you want. It might not have happened this month, it may not happen, next month - but it will happen.

I say continue doing what you're doing - if you in the next few weeks don't see any changes maybe look at what you're doing. Can anything be tweaked? Like the other poster said - are you tracking food and not over eating. OR maybe you're undereating and your body is saying um, I need more to sustain so I'll hold on to the weight. It's a whole big puzzle that we need to figure out but have faith you will.

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2/1/13 8:38 A

Hi SUNSETDRAGONFLY,

Just reading your first paragraph I read nothing BUT success. All the changes you listed are by far more powerful in changing your health than any number on the scale or tape measure. These changes by far have a bigger impact on changing your body than you can imagine.

What if scales or tape measure never existed? How would you measure your success?


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.

This does not mean you are doing anything wrong. And let me let you in on a little secret--but dieting alone without adding in the fitness factor leads to a greater loss of lean body mass which over time means that her metabolism will slow, not just because she is carrying less weight, but because she is losing a greater percentage of metabolically active tissue.

Hang in there! You are doing GREAT! PLEASE surrender the power of the scale--the number is just that--a number. It should not define who you are or your success in leading a healthy lifestyle.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,670
2/1/13 7:28 A

First of all, it is a mistake to compare ourselves to someone else, and expect our results to be the same as theirs. Because everyBODY is different. Holds true for other things too-- we can never know what-all is going on with anybody else. We can only control (to some extent) ourselves.

The thing that jumped out at me is, while the scale isn't being encouraging, you've lost an inch each, in your chest, waist, and hips. That's FABULOUS! And even though the loss in your arms wasn't as big, it WAS a loss.

Our weight on any given day can be affected by so many things. Monthly cycle. Salty food. The state of our bowels. The scale is only a tool, to use in gauging our progress. Your measuring tape is another tool. So one tool gave you a disappointing result, but the other one says you're making good progress.

Do you use the nutrtion tracker? It is possible to overeat on our calories, even if it's all "healthy" food. If you haven't been using the tracker, maybe this second month is a good time to start. You can just eat like you normally do for a couple days, tracking all of it, and see how things shake out for calories, carbs, fat and protein. And then start making some changes.

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2/1/13 7:06 A

So, I did the cliche thing and made a New Years Resolution to really focus on my health & fitness. I wrote down a bunch of measurements & weighed myself on Jan 1rst. I cut out fast food and cookies completely. I have exercised almost every day, including going to the gym to do some combination of cardio and weightlifting 15 out of the 31 days in Jaunary. I make surei get between 7-8 hours sleep every night. I drink water all-day. I have cut out a lot of processed foods. I greatly reduced my alcohol consumption.

So I took my measurements this morning for my monthly check-in. There is almost no change in my legs, very little in my arms (about a quarter inch smaller on each arm), and I lost an inch each from my chest, hips & waist. Then I got on the scale - on January 1, I was 196.8. Today, I am 196.2. I have not lost even one pound!! I told myself I would not focus on the number on the scale (which is why I don't weigh myself more often - I know myself, I get easily discouraged when weighing myself every week), but seriously??? Not even a POUND?

I am disgusted and upset right now. I have worked really hard and this feels like a huge slap in the face. Meanwhile, my friend who NEVER exercises is practically disappearing just on her diet alone. I know I shouldn't even think about that but it's hard not to. I don't want to be skinny and frail like she is, I want to be healthy, but the ease at which she is losing is frustrating since i have to fight so hard. I feel like my weight is impeding me from doing certain things, and I was hoping if I focused on eating well and sculpting my body that the weight would follow.

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