Hey MissB! What a good question! You got some great advice! Now, all I need to do is follow it! We can do this! I have complete faith in you. Keep working at it and I know one day soon your body will not only catch up to you but be thanking you for your hard work! Woo Hoo to you!
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current weight: 154.2
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You've already gotten some great advice. I will add my 2 cents worth. Measuring food and logging my nutrition is key for me. It keeps me accountable and it still keeps me in my weight range.
Working out builds muscle and stamina. This will help to increase your metabolism and make you feel good in your own skin. Nutrition and workouts are both so important and they need to "work together" to see progress.
8 glasses a day, minimum! This keeps everything "working" and keeps you hydrated and feeling full.
Hang in there and keep at it!
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Great suggestions - I've been struggling the same way all year too - and I think it's that I've been slacker on tracking.....I've also had a lot of stress this year with my hubby's hip surgery, then job loss.
What they all said - especially about the water. You will retain water as you push muscles beyond what they are used to doing. That water cushions the tender muscle fibers. You will lose that water when your body gets used to the new normal. So if you are busting your butt at the gym - I hope you love it - that it's something you can do even when you are at goal. Because otherwise - your body will have to get used to another new normal.
You will also retain water if you are under stress. It's as if the body decides that "times are scary - better hold on to every resource I can!" Lawsie - the pace we live now is pretty much guaranteed to stress us out - so you might find that learning something that relaxes you - yoga or meditation - will actually help with the water retention.
So, YES. your body will catch up. Just don't quit.
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current weight: 152.0
Fitness Minutes: (44,432) Posts: 21,742 5/17/13 5:22 P
I agree with the others here. If getting your weight down is your primary concern, then cleaning up your nutrition should be a higher priority. You really can't outtrain a poor diet. I often find that my weight goes down when the intensity and frequency of my exercise drops off (like now because of an injury) in spite of the fact that my nutrition is more or less the same. I exercise to improve my body composition and mood, but the nutrition is what keeps my weight in the range where I'm happiest.
Good luck figuring it all out. It's not easy being your own guinea pig, but experimenting with different strategies can work out really well for you in the long term. Let us know if you need any more help!
Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 5/17/2013 (06:22)
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
If you work out you gain muscle, that's much better than losing weight. You want to lose only fat, not weight, and that is easier to determine by looking in the mirror than on the scales. How many times does someone approach you and say, tell me what you weigh so I can judge whether you are healthy and fit? If you do still have body fat to lose, I agree that eating plays a much bigger role here, at least 80% of the picture. We lose body fat because of how we program our hormones to deal with energy (calories), whether it gets stored as fat or burned in your muscles. This is why it does matter what we eat, the more carbs the more insulin the more fat storage, regardless of how much you exercise. Birgit
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Body Fat %: 16.0
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I know for me, personally, I get fit in the gym and get skinny in the kitchen. In other words, for losing weight, nutrition is paramount. Like Kathy said, try to get back to measuring and tracking your food to make sure you hitting your calories goals.
Every single time I take a break from working out and start up again, I gain a little weight for a few weeks. I know that you need to up your water intake when you start or increase your workouts, because your body will retain water. I can't remember why, you could search online for the details. The other reason your weight could be going up is that some of us increase our food intake with the thought that our workouts will work off the extra calories. In reality most of us are eating more calories then we work off. It may help to measure foods for a few days, just to make sure you're on track with the calories.
Just looking for a little encouragement and I figured this would be the best place!
Iíve been working my butt off (literally) in the gym and various fitness classes for the past 3 weeks, but the scale keeps going up. I realize this might be water weight, etc but when will my body catch up? I've been under an enormous amount of stress, so perhaps this explains the gain? It might be my nutrition too, which could use some work. There are so many factors to it that perhaps I shouldn't even weigh-in for a while. I've given myself until the end of the month to see how my body adjusts to all of the extra exercise.
I'm just looking for answers where there is none. This maintenance thing is so new to me..
Sincerely, Miss B
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