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Why is weight loss so hard?


Saturday, February 02, 2013

I had a successful February in all ways except one. I measured and logged my food for all 31 days with an average calorie intake of 1382 calories per day. I wore my fitbit all days except one and logged over 135 miles for the month. I did struggle with evening eating but I logged it all and still stayed under my calorie goals all but three days. "Then what are you whining about?" you asked. The scale only recognized a 3 pound weight loss for the entire month. I know I should be happy with a loss but this weight game has been consuming my every thought for a month and I hoped for so much more. It just emphasises how slow my metabolism really is. Math would suggest that I should have lost just over 8 pounds this month instead of 3. Okay, enough of the pity party, I am moving on to a successful February.
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JUDITHANNIE 2/2/2013 9:47AM

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ITSMATT 2/2/2013 9:41AM

    Hey there - how are you doing?

First off, congratulations on focusing on hitting your daily net calorie target daily.
That is KEY.

And look at that mileage!

Impressive.


How often do you weigh in?

Daily? Weekly? Once a month?

That could absolutely - ABSOLUTELY - affect things.
I've seen the scale go up - UP - five pounds in two days.
That was, of course, not fat gain.
It was water weight and food in the digestive tract.
Perhaps that is a factor here.

Is the trend downward?

Great.

And I wonder if you've gained some muscle mass.

How are the clothes fitting? You didn't mention this.
I suspect that they might be beginning to fit better.

It is easy to think of weight loss as a math equation - but it isn't.
It's a set of physical changes which are complex.

Remember to focus on the long-term.
You aren't racing toward a goal, you are living your life, right?

I can't wait to hear how things progress for you over the coming months.

Make it a great day!
Matt



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STEVIEBEE569 2/2/2013 9:36AM

    Yes, keep your head up! Don't despise the small beginnings! You can do it! Keep pushing and make any necessary changes you seem fit! Much success on your weight loss journey!

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1935MARY 2/2/2013 9:12AM

    I lose slow too. One pound last month. It was up and down. Be happy and push on. Weigh the other benefits .

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HOLLYM48 2/2/2013 9:09AM

    Our bodies are certainly more willing to put weight on than to give it up! But good things come to those who wait, and keep on trying. It is not an easy journey but each month leads us to another healthy month and I am sure you have non scale victories that you haven't even noticed. One day at a time, one step at a time, one month at a time, it took me 5 months to get rid of 16 lbs and then it started moving a bit faster after that. Keep on doing what you are doing, it will come off!
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And congrats on your 3 lbs lost, it is better that no pounds lost or some pounds gained!

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TCANNO 2/2/2013 9:09AM

    You lost 10500 calories of fat that is not t be sneezed at.

Well done but get the tape out and see if you lost inches instead of lbs.

As you say move forward and see what February brings

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