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2/3/13 8:10 P

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When I started my journey I knew that it was going to be extremely tough (and it has) and a long process - I am aiming for a year to lose the weight and a lifetime to maintain it. I know as I go on I will gather the motivation and energy to get moving more. But what is important to remember is that if you are putting the right things into your body you ARE going to lose the weight. Do not let the scale be your guide - it can be your best friend or your worse nightmare...a frienemy if you will.
Just go by how you feel and how your clothes feel.
PS I alwas lose more weight when I am drinking lots of water with lemon,,,somehow it helps.
All the best - you are not alone we all have stalls and tough time getting those pounds to go away!

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2/2/13 10:08 P

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Wow! Six pounds is awesome!! Way to go! I know I need to up my exercising! I've been doing what spark recommends but that is all! Gotta pick up my game though now that I joined the challenge! Are you doing the HLC?

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2/2/13 12:40 A

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I totally know how you feel. I was at a plateau just this past week. Then I added more workouts, upped the intensity, and also started writing down what I am eating and now since Monday am down another 6 lbs. See if maybe these tricks will work for you. emoticon

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1/29/13 2:19 P

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Awesome! emoticon

I can do it!


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1/28/13 10:16 P

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Thanks again everyone! I've been following my calorie count, but (as of last week) I still hadn't updated my food source at home since I started Spark! I think some of my problem was I wasn't getting enough food, I was often hungary! And while I was eating better than before, I still wasn't eating as good as I could have! I've since gotten to the store and lost 2 pounds! So I'm feeling much better now! More motivated than ever! :)

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1/23/13 3:21 A

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there are a lot of things to take into consideration, are you eating enough, are you getting enough sleep, how is your sodium intake? Those are my first list of questions Also remember changes will not happen overnight sometimes it takes some time for your body to adapt just keep your head up and keep trying new things as you go. You can do this and it will end up great in the end.

*** Sharleen *** Motivational captain 30 something challenge

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.


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1/23/13 1:42 A

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Okay, I'm a total geek about this sort of thing - it's not so much that muscle weighs more than fat, it's more the comparative volume of the two. 1 pound of muscle *weighs* the same as a 1 pound of fat. Muscle is more *dense* than fat, so that an equal mass/weight of muscle will take up less volume than that same mass/weight of fat. Or, conversely, a particular volume of muscle will weigh more than that same volume of fat www.luuux.com/sport-fitness/pound-mu
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So, yes, you can totally gain weight, but be losing mass. :)

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1/22/13 11:28 P

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I think COLLEENSMAMA made a good point. Muscle does weigh more than fat. If you are exercising you are most likely building muscle, so at first you may gain some weight. Try to keep in mind it is good weight though. The more muscle you have on your body the faster your metabolism will work, so gaining some now can lead to lasting weight loss later.

"I like to think there is a little starlight in all of us."
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1/22/13 12:00 P

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Thanks for your encouraging words! I have been measuring foods and counting calories! I try to make sure to get all my fruits and veggies in for the day! I do allow myself to eat some not so good for me foods but I limit them and only what fits into my calorie allotment! I.e. if I want chocolate I will eat a mini snickers if I have enough calories left! But this is few and far between! I mostly have been eating salads, rice, fruits, veggies, and lean cuts of meat!

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1/22/13 11:23 A

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If you are like me, my weight fluctuates even over the course of one day. Don't let one weigh-in discourage you. If you just started exercising that may have come into play too. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat.

You can do this!

"If it's important to you, you will find a way. If it's not, you'll find excuses."


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1/22/13 9:08 A

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First off, it sounds like you're doing ALL the RIGHT things! Loosing weight is HARD and you're doing great by doing anything at all - just sticking with it is more than a LOT of people are capable of.

That said, there are a few things to keep in mind.
* Please remember that our weight can fluctuate by several pounds on a day-to-day basis, depending on a number of factors (personally, I LOOK at rice and gain 3 pounds from bloating and can bet on gaining an average of 5 pounds from water retention once a month). It very well could be that you've lost a pound or two, but just caught yourself at a time and/or on a day where you were a little high. You also tend to gain weight over the course of the day - I think most of us tend to weigh ourselves first thing in the morning, right after a trip to the bathroom :)
* Next, are you measuring/weighing your food to make sure your portion sizes are on track? Also, are you paying attention to all the nutrients (not just calories)? Your body will use 100 calories differently whether they are chicken, veggies or chocolate.

These are just a couple of thoughts - there are tons more, but you are definitely on the right track. Stick with it and the weight loss WILL come

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1/22/13 8:53 A

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It may take a couple weeks before you start losing weight. This is a long, slow process. Maybe the scale doesn't show it but you feel better or have more energy. Keep at it! It will happen. Make sure you are drinking enough water( half your body weight), Water speeds your metabolism. YOU CAN emoticon DO THIS!!!

Edited by: THERALEWIS1 at: 1/22/2013 (08:54)
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1/22/13 8:31 A

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I don't want to say "I'm discouraged" because that sounds defeated, so I will say "I'm disheartened over this past week and a half!" I've followed my calorie limit and have been making healthier choices and exercising more! I wasn't hoping for a large weight loss, just a pound! Just ONE pound, to be moving in the right direction! And.........I gained a pound!! I'm at a loss! I have no idea what I am doing wrong! Does everyone else have that problem? I didn't want to start too extreme in my diet for fear of plateauing early, so I've been sticking with my goals that spark people set for me! Is that what everyone else is doing or am I missing something?

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