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2/28/09 10:08 A

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Wannabee - just want to first say that you look fantastic! I can't wait for me to report a huge weight loss like you. The big 1-0-0- loss!!! :)

Anyway, I agree with losing inches over pounds. I think that both will catch up at a later time. So I would definitly prefer to wear pants that I haven't been able to wear in years because they were too tight!! hehehehehe

Congrats on your loss!! Keep up to good work!!!!



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2/26/09 5:29 P

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I would take inches over the scale going down any day of the week. Because when you're losing inches, you ARE losing fat, and replacing it with muscle. Which has already been said, and you probably already knew it. But it's true. And when the scale goes down a pound or two, that could just be water. I've lost 9 pounds overnight from taking a prescribed water pill. I have a friend that is a nurse that lost 10 pounds in one day, due to water. Water, sodium, dehydration, all of these show up on the scale. Inches gone is fat that is 100% not on your body anymore. Muscle is heavier. Celebrate your loss....it IS good. Don't sweat the scale. The scale should only be used maybe twice a month as a "rule of thumb" to go by. If you are exercising and eating right, it'll show up on the scale eventually.

You're doing great.....keep it up!!!

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2/26/09 11:15 A

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You are still losing something so that is great! Here are a couple of things maybe you are already doing. Are you getting enough calories for the amount of exercise you are doing? Are you changing up your workout enough? Are you doing strength training in addition to aerobic work-outs? Those are a few places to start. Hope that helps or holler if you want more info. I'm not losing weight too fast myself, but I'm not trying to go quick. I do know that I need to change things up caloric and workout wise, that seems to be helping. I did get stuck for a bit.

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2/26/09 10:10 A

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I think that happens to everyone during diets which is why it's good to count more than pounds lost when gauging success. And isn't looking better and feeling healthier ultimately the greater goal than weighing less? I know when I reach my goal I'm going to be very proud of my size 10 jeans and I'm not going to be tatooing "140 lbs" on my forehead so it's likely people will notice how I look, not how much I weigh.

I find a lot of inspiration in music. It's a great pick-me-up. So I'll leave you with this thought (my apologies to Bachman Turner Overdrive):

Any progress is good progress, so take what you can get. You ain't seen nothing yet.

In other words, keep plugging and the future will be bright.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.—Ziggy

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2/26/09 9:35 A

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I also experienced that problem. I was on a plateau for a couple of months. Losing a pants size, but no weight. Losing inches is more healthy than weight. You are trading muscle for fat (which weighs more) and fat burns more calories. So my advice be patient, and keep up the good work. You will see changes down the road. The exercise is key for remaking your body!

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2/26/09 9:30 A

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Wow I feel the exact same way... I've been working out and eating right and I have only lost about 10 pounds since I started. I know that is good but I keep thinking that the pounds should be coming off more since I need to loose so many. I have lost about 12 inches total since June, most of that coming in my waist. I just feel stuck. I can't explain it and I don't have any suggestions either, but I wanted to let you know that you weren't alone in this frustration. People keep telling me to just stick with it and the pounds will start dropping. So that is what I am trying to do. So keep up the hard work!

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2/26/09 9:02 A

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I've been doing fairly well with my calorie range, getting my 8 glasses of water per day and exercising 5-6 times a week (for between 20-40 minutes). Since I've started 7 weeks ago I have only lost 5 pounds but 4" off my hips. I feel really frustrated because don't see a change on the scale and feel like I'm doing something wrong. Has this happened to you and does anyone have any suggestions for me?

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