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ANARIE
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1/5/14 11:19 P



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Put the scale away.

Your profile says that you want to live a healthier lifestyle, so do that. Measure your success by how many days a month you stay within your calorie guidelines and eat your 5 veggies, how many days a week you exercise at least 1/2 hour, how much faster or farther you can walk, and so on. Those are the things that matter. Those things will *eventually* show up in your weight, but it's not direct or immediate. People get into the habit of thinking that they can get on the scale and it will show whether they've "been good" that week, but really your nutrition and exercise trackers are what show that. Use the trackers to measure what you actually are doing, because that's what you can control.

Go right now and get your scale. If you live with someone else, ask them to take it and put it away on a high shelf that you can't reach and won't see. If you can't do that, call your best friend or your sister or a friend from work and ask them to keep it in their attic or garage until Easter. Then faithfully use your trackers and the SparkStreaks feature and the veggie servings counter to stay on track. Without the scale, you'll probably be more aware of how you feel and how your diet affects you day to day. Your focus will be more on health and less on a number that doesn't actually mean all that much. When you weigh yourself at Easter, there will be definite change to celebrate, but more importantly you'll be feeling healthier and you will have stressed a lot less than if you were weighing yourself all the time.



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KRAZEKATZ
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1/5/14 9:29 P

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DIETITIANBECKY, yes I have my medication checked regularly, I am also on medications for high bloodpressure, Rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoarthritis, see I have many, many reasons to keep at this.
I am such a "glob of blubber" I didn't want to do my measurements and face what a real mess I have let myself become; but I was thinking that was probably something I should have done in the beginning, I do feel a little looseness in my jeans and clothes, so maybe that's where its at for me right now.
Until I joined Sparks I hadn't done any exercise in years and had learned due to no cartilidge in my knees to walk as little as possible and multitasks on multiple levels, which is a great way to relieve stress on joints, but not to keep weight off. I had both of my knees replaced in Jan. 2010 but then developed RA so I really hadn't started any type of exercise routine. I am feeling better thanks to watching what I eat and getting more active so I have no intention of quitting, just want results slow and steady.



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DIETITIANBECKY
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1/5/14 8:07 P

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Are you in good-control with your current thyroid medication and treatment. I assume you have regular follow-up with your doctor. If not, make an appointment.

I agree that 1200-1300 is appropriate.

Since you are beginning an exercise program; do take body part measurements using these guidelines. Take the measurements about every 5-6 weeks. Also incorporate strength training 2 days a week. There are some great videos here at SP.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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Set your goal for only 1-2 pounds lost a month (yes a month); however, since you are burning more calories with activity, and building muscle with strength training---you will begin to see a drop in inches when taking those measurements and you will see your body tone and transform.

Realize it is going to be slow; don't make it all about the scales. However, you can have a healthier body that is more toned and in shape.

Becky
your SP Registered Dietitian



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1/5/14 7:24 P

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Thanks for your input. I really feel like I am eating enough, I am not hungry so that to me is a good sign. I have lived a very sedentary life for many years due to health issues, but through surgery, a great doctor and not getting any younger I have decided to go for it. I worry about the "exercise calorie loss" even though the activity tracker is doing it for me now, I'm afraid to eat more and use up what I've worked off. Does this make sense?



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VWMOMMY
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1/5/14 7:20 P

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Could it be that you're not eating enough? If you are only eating 1200/day and you are exercising as well your calorie deficit is probably quite high. When your body doesn't get enough to meet its basic needs it will slow down its metabolism to try to conserve energy and retain weight (and nutrients). Just a thought...

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.- Mark Twain


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1/5/14 6:36 P

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Hi DietitianBecky, I don't think that is what I'm doing. I try to stay around 1200 calories, even when it says I could eat more because of my exercise. I have always had a low metabolism, hypothyroidism for 20 years. This is why I so often fail with "diets" seeing little results. I am hoping some of it is muscle weight since I am doing a lot more than I have in years. But still come Sunday and I have to step on the scale and see a gain instead of a loss is heartbreaking to track.
My calorie range is 1250 - 1500 daily. Occasionally I've hit 1350, but that is rare.



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DIETITIANBECKY
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1/5/14 4:21 P

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What is your typical daily calorie intake??
Are you "eating back" too many of the calories that you are burning through physical activity?

Becky
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I joined Sparkpeople in early October and lost 15 pounds by Thanksgiving, High 5 for me. But December was not a good moth for me, I kind of yoyoed up a couple, down a couple and came out about 3 pounds over. Through it all I have been trying and succeeding at staying within my calorie range and have really upped my activity level. I was lucky and got an activity tracker for Christmas, so I see that I'm really walking and working.

But nothing seems to be moving off the scales at all, feeling very discouraged right now. I really want to lose all this weight and be a healthier person for the rest of my life. I know it will take a while, but I need to see progress, at least a little pretty consistently.



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