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Just a bit discouraged......

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I don't know. I am walking, stretching, doing some yoga, strength training and tracking all of my food. I am drinking water, eating lots of veg and fruit. Somehow my weight is not going in the direction I want it to. Yuk.... My body is sore and I want chocolate ( which I did not eat on Easter!) but I am not seeing the results I had hoped for. I do take a medication that causes weight gain for me and I don't know how to deal with this. Sigh.... feeling sad and frustrated. I can walk further, faster than I could at first and I feel better, but darn it I want that scale to be a movin'! Suggestions?
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WALKNLOVE 4/8/2010 8:40AM

    Be patient with yourself.The scale will catch up.What about measurements...you know muscle weighs more than fat?Rejoice in your victories of having more strength and endurance, eating the right things...rejoice in even the small things! This didn't happen over night.It takes time.We all want instant success, but anything that is worth having is worth waiting,fighting,working for.Be encouraged! Whether you realize it or your scale realizes it, you are changing your life for the better and than in and of itself is a huge accomplishment!

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JOHNTJ1 4/8/2010 8:26AM

    This sorta stuff happens to me from time to time and I believe it is an attempt to teach me patience. Just remember you are not on a diet, you are changing how you live your life. Even if you are not seeing the loss in terms of weight you are improving yourself.

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John

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/6/2010 1:15PM

    Hang in there ! Don't assume that you're doing something wrong because the scale isn't moving. There is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. In general, it 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.

This is not the Biggest Loser. You will not see dramatic changes in so short a time. It really does take time to change your body. So, you'll need to be patient with yourself and your body. Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it will not come off over night.

However, if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change. But, once again, you must be patient. You're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that won't happen overnight either. Thus the need for patience.

One thing I'm going to recommend is to find other ways to track your success. Get a tape measure. take your measurements. You'll find the inches drop off long before the scale budges and that too is normal. If your clothes are fitting better, you're making a change !!

How are you sleeping ? How's your energy ? How's your endurance ? How's your blood pressure ? How's your cholesterol ? People assume that seeing the scale change is the only benefit to good health. If you can answer in a positive to any of the above, then yes, you are most definitely making a change. the scale will catch up in time.

If your blood pressure has come down in the time you've started your healthy lifestyle, that really is a enormous accomplishment.

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-- karen

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JCDROLSHAGEN 4/6/2010 12:41PM

    Sometimes it is just a matter of time and patience. You're doing all the correct things so some morning you will wake up and more weight will be gone. emoticon

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JCDROLSHAGEN 4/6/2010 12:41PM

    Sometimes it is just a matter of time and patience. You're doing all the correct things so some morning you will wake up and more weight will be gone. emoticon

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PATTK1220 4/6/2010 12:08PM

    You are doing well! Don't be discouraged! Since you're on a medication, you might want to ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian so you can work with her/him to develop an eating plan that assures you are getting the correct nutrition. I did that when I started here, and it really made a difference.
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SHANTRA 4/6/2010 11:50AM

    If you lost 8lbs in a month then you are achieving exactly the rate that you should be. It sounds like you are doing everything right so I wouldn't change a thing.. just keep going!

As long as you are losing even half a pound is still the scale going downwards not upwards.

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REDANDTHREE 4/6/2010 11:19AM

    First, throw out your scale. It is a poor way of measuring success, especially if you're doing weight training. If you must weigh in, try to only do it once a month. And remember, that it's more about how you FEEL, than about what you weigh.

A year ago, I had lost 50 lbs. It took me a year to lose those 50 lbs. That's 1 lb a week. But, I went from a 20W jeans to a 14 regular! That's huge! I had lost more than 8 inches off just my hips. Those are the kind of results you're looking for and sometimes, it just doesn't show up on the scale.

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CABEZATORO 4/6/2010 11:15AM

    You may be building muscle which unfortunately weighs more than fat, but it will help burn more calories in the long run. Keep up the good work and you will get the results you want.

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GRACIOUSGRAPE 4/6/2010 11:03AM

    You are doing everything right so keep it up! You also are more ahead of the game than I am with an 8 pound weight loss in a month. I have lost only 6 pounds in 3 months so I understand your frustration and discouragement. But I feel better than I did before and can do more so I know something is happening. It is just a matter of time before that darn scale shows better results. If you crave chocolate, reward yourself with a few M&M's, not an entire handful, but a few. Enjoy them, admire the colors, and let them melt in your mouth, enjoying the taste of the chocolate. Get the dark chocolate ones. Or I take 6-8 chocolate chips to satisfy my sweet tooth, but I only allow myself this treat occasionally when I just can't get rid of the craving. I try first to satisfy it with sweet fruit, or doing other activities that I enjoy. If the craving still persists, then I give in to the above. I use to crave salt and would have a few potato chips too but my cravings are becoming less and less.

You are trying to overcome that med that counteracts what you are trying to accomplish. Talk to your doctor to see if there is an alternate med that doesn't have the side effect of weight gain. If not, just keep on doing the right things. You will lose weight but it will be more slowly than you had hoped. The scale is going in the right direction! Don't give up - you are achieving lots of other benefits besides weight loss! emoticon

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MIDGIECHAN 4/6/2010 11:01AM

    I agree with everyone! Just keep on track! You can do it! emoticon

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DEE_DEE11 4/6/2010 10:59AM

    I agree, stick with it and pay close attention to the calories. I notice a big difference if I measure what I eat vs just estimating calories. Its easy to be off by a few hundred calories which can make all the difference. Good luck and keep going! Its definitely worth it. emoticon

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BKTSGRL1435 4/6/2010 10:58AM

    U r on the right track.... emoticon

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SUGARBABY51 4/6/2010 10:58AM

    Use other things beside the scale like do a body measure. Next week may be different. Slow and easy is the best way. emoticon emoticon

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ASCHA85 4/6/2010 10:56AM

    Just keep with it. Stay focused and motivated and remember that you deserve a healthy lifestyle! emoticon

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