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I SAY THE SAME AS THE OTHERS HAVE WRITTEN. YES, YOU DO GO THRU "DRY" SPELLS WITH NO MOVEMENT ON THE SCALE. BUT, YOU CAN NOT GIVE UP. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO MEASURE SUCCESS IN THIS JOURNEY. THE ONLY THING I WOULD ADD TO WHAT THE OTHERS HAVE SAID IS MAKE SURE YOU ARE EATING ENOUGH. AS WEIRD AS THAT SOUNDS, IF YOU ARE NOT; YOUR BODY WILL HOLD ONTO EVERYTHING YOU PUT IN, BECAUSE IT THINKS IT IS IN "STARVATION" MODE. & YOU WILL ACTUALLY SEE AN INCREASE IN WEIGHT. JUST KEEP AT IT, YOU WILL SEE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, FEEL THE RESULTS.
Yes, I totally agree with the others. Don't give up!! Our bodies sometimes have lag time between our changes and when it shows on the scale. I noticed my clothes fitting a little looser before I had any scale victories. Recently I upped my exercise/strength training routine but it took 3 weeks before that scale budged again. That was a LONG three weeks with no scale victories but it finally paid off.
Losing a pound is a victory! I'm thrilled if I can just lose half a pound a week because it adds up quicker than you realize even at a measly half pound a week. It IS very frustrating "waiting" on that scale, but with the changes you've made it will come but it requires patience, and possibly more than anything, consistency!
I applaud your walking regimen. Are you new to exercise? The one thing I could suggest to help speed your loss is weight/strength training. It really does help to speed the process, but if you're new to exercise in general or a type of exercise, please proceed with caution. It's all too easy to injure the body with our exuberance or haste to get the weight off. An injury can cause set backs while you're waiting to heal. Set backs easily develop into excuses and there we are again at the beginning when we had such high hopes. It's important to remember that a set back is no more than that. Pick up and go at it again! It's being consistent, not perfect, that gets us to our goals.
You might try joining in on one of our weekly challenges. You may surprise yourself with what all you find out about your habits, good and bad. Not to mention, there's a lot to be said for accountability!
Hope this helps. You're off to a great start! Don't throw in the towel yet.
Edited by: OPHELIA15 at: 6/27/2012 (10:53)
I hear your frustration and I am so sorry!
Please! Please be patient. What you are experiencing is actually very common!!
I have shared this before but it bares repeating. When I first started on my journey I didn't lose a single pound for SIX WEEKS! Then after that I averaged a HALF POUND loss a week.
Kelly is right! YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS! Look for NSV (non scale victories) such as the way your clothes fit, your energy level and if your moods have improved at all.
Most importantly please don't give up!
~Liz in Indiana~
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Congratulations on your 1lb weight loss. That's progress my friend. I know that you want to see the results quicker; but, our bodies don't work that way unfortunately. Don't be discouraged and keep up your fitness activity and continue to eat healthy and your body will follow. I recommend reading the article below:
Measure Progress Without the Scale
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I need help! On menopause and battling weight gain I just can't seem to get off. I started seriously working out and changed diet a month ago and have only noticed weight gain. I understand the muscle thing, but I've been walking 2-3 miles every other day and 6 miles on the weekends and have only managed to lose 1 pound. Any suggestions?