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6/5/08 11:42 A

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I started out in Feb 2004 at 251 and then quit smoking around May 2004 while i was dieting!.. ended up at 169 about March 2005 and held that for a little bit until the weight crept back up slowly over the next 3 years... That's all a story and a half but all my fault.. i had limited time and didn't make enough time for myself to exercise plus made all the wrong food choices
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I maintained around 210-220 for awhile but have spent a bit too much time in the last year visiting the local "saloons" and i'm afraid mr. beer helped me put on the last 25 to put me where i am now.

So..... yeah.. i've been down this entire road before and now I have to do it again! That part is also frustrating! I know how much I put into it before and now that's all wasted effort..

I totally agree my metabolism is so whacked due to the yoyo of that many pounds!

BUT I can still do it!

TTYL :) Have a great day!

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6/5/08 11:27 A

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Take a step into your fear! The only way to grow...
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So you already lost over 80 pounds? Wow! That is quite an accomplishment! Did you gain it back or are you trying to lose more in addition?

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Yes it is frustrating, but nothing good is easy and there is usually more work to be done than physically losing weight.

And if you lost and gained, your metabolism probably has been affected and needs some TLC and patience.

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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
6/5/08 11:10 A

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PS - if we lose 5 lbs/month average for 1 year - we will be 60 pounds lighter this time next year.

That is better than losing 10 pounds quick for sure.

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TARA925's Photo TARA925 Posts: 959
6/5/08 11:06 A

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Oh I agree.. I'm happy to be rid of 4 pounds for sure! What I consider normal, which was what I did before was basically lost an average of probably 8 lbs per month.. sometimes 5, sometimes 10 but usually around 7 or 8.. I lost a total of 82 lbs in just over a year.. so not too much, too fast, it took a lot of time and hard work! I had a few plateaus that I worked through and what not too.. I think that's pretty normal :) I do appreciate your suggestions.. every little perspective you get from someone else helps you analyze your own situation so it all helps!

A no-scale challenge?? I actually was thinking about that if the scale was mean to me again tomorrow... it's just so hard to do because that's what keeps me going sometimes... The fact that I know it's not moving is frustrating but it also motivates me to try even harder.. so...... we'll see! MAYBE :)
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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
6/5/08 10:58 A

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Maybe that can be your challenge for the week?! emoticon

What you consider normal before may have not been right. But what do I know? Only suggestions.

I think 4 pounds is great.

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TARA925's Photo TARA925 Posts: 959
6/5/08 10:48 A

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I never really lost weight "fast" just normal.. and steady for the most part, especially in the beginning... I've been at it for a month and have lost 4 lbs.. that's about how many I would expect to lose the first week! So, it is frustrating.. Yes, i did gain the weight back eventually but ONLY because I totally stopped working out and eating horrible due to other issues in my life.. long story short.. i didn't lose it unhealthily before.. just normal.. and now it seems to just be stubborn.. though i do know i am gaining muscle and that's probably the main reason this is happening...

not step on the scale???? are you mad? hahahaa... now THAT sounds daffy :-P

i know what you mean though... thank you
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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
6/5/08 10:35 A

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I understand your frustration. I am really sorry you are feeling discouraged by the scale. I am 42 and the pounds do creep on faster and come off slower. So a big YES on the metabolism.

I am sure you can cut calories and lose quicker on that scale. And you may need to readjust. But instead of focusing on what you feel is success, try to uncover the positive changes that you have brought in.

Remember this is different than those previous diets where you lost weight fast. You probably regained that weight - right? This is a lifestyle change - a complete and utter change based on what will work best for you forever.

Also, consider not weighing yourself for a week. If daily weighing is currently bumming you out, then you have nothing to lose (no pun intended!) by going a week. How are your clothes fitting? Can you notice your face getting thinner?

When I took my measurements, I was entering the numbers and I clicked on the a blurb next to the scale - it said "Don't expect to lose much weight the first month... you are building muscle and it weighs more than the fat you are replacing."

Hang in there! It will happen, look at Kobe!

You have been on this for how many weeks now? 3? Have you become aware of your habits? Eating healthier? Working out? Are you learning about yourself? If so the pounds WILL come off. If you are doing all this and absolutely nothing, then I would suggest getting your Thyroid checked after a couple months.

One last suggestion and it doesn't have much to do with calories. Be aware in the moment and celebrate where you are at. Be aware of how you feel, your energy level, your cravings, the food you are eating and how it affects you. The moment. That is all you have to work with. Yesterday: gone, Tommorrow: not guarenteed. Don't let the little voice convince you that you can only love and accept yourself later when you are thinner or weigh less.

Once that little voice is exposed - you will blossom...

I probably sound daffy or lala, well I kinda am - it is my personality. But we are here for you and I know I will be needing a boost at some point too. So we got your back, Kayla.


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TARA925's Photo TARA925 Posts: 959
6/5/08 9:35 A

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ok seriously... anytime i've dieted the first pounds have come off so nicely... but i don't know what is going on this time... except that i guess i'm eating too much. i'm staying within sparks "range" mostly but i think that is just too high for me and my body because i've been working out almost to the point of limping (no joke), i've gotten plenty of water, taken my vitamins, made almost all healthy food choices, stayed in my ranges for calories, fat, carbs, protein, fiber and calcium (yes, i actively track all of that!), i haven't gone out, i stopped drinking and i've been getting proper rest... SO WHAT GIVES!??

*sigh* deep breath..... ok, i guess it's just my calories? apparently my body doesn't want the high end of what spark allows so i will cut back a bit and see if that helps... i've gone down this road before and i've never had this issue... i usually find it actually pretty easy to lose weight when i stay on it like this.. but not this time... is it that i'm turning 30?! is my already annoying slow metabolism getting even SLOWER?!

ok.. i'll stop.. i just needed to vent.. i know there are areas that i can still do better on (eating too many cals & carbs late at night.. getting even more sleep.. working out even more) .. there are still things that i can change and fix so i will do that... sometimes it just feels good to get it out.. since if i started screaming out loud at work, they'd probably think i went nutso...

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lol so i came here instead to do it....

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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
5/29/08 9:58 A

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It is frustrating to see the pounds creep back - especially when you are doing everything right. Kayla, that is good that you are able to overcome that and we are here for you!

Yup - without fat your body would not function. My best friend is an avid runner. All her runner friends eat plenty of fat. They are usually choosey about what they eat though.

I want to expand on the body storing fat as a biological process for survival: 200 years ago we didn't have the corner market. We had seasonal foods. In times of plenty, like Harvest, we stored excess food as fat to survive. When times were lean, winter or drought, our bodies relied on that fat. If there was no food, there was no food pantry for backup!

Now we live in times where it is easy to oink oink lush (LOVE THAT!) and our bodies are storing that extra as fat. It doesn't know anything different!! It's good we don't have to deal with famine (at least in this neck of the woods) but being overweight is the result of a society with plentiful food. Our grocery stores display easy-to-reach, high fructose corn syrup Doritos and Coca cola that are on sale right up front!

I think it is important to know our bodies - understanding how they work. So of course - decrease the intake and increase the energy expended. That is what we are doing and our bodies (and brains) deserve some time and space to adjust to the new habits, because the bad ones have been well established.

OK - I am done being the Queen of Seriousness now!









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TARA925's Photo TARA925 Posts: 959
5/29/08 9:04 A

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sooo what you are saying is that our bodies are meant to store fat! soooo let's just stay doing the "oink oink lush" thing then!! HAHA (that's seriously a joke!) lol

i know those pounds will come off in a few days, thanks :) ... though it's still slightly annoying hehehe

but hey, usually i gain 3 or 4.. so really - i can't complain too much about 2 !

PLUS it motivated me to work out this morning before work!!

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.

You shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!


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5/29/08 8:47 A

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I was also reading in Runners World magazine that ruinners with a little extra fat endure better because the body has that fuel "stored" and they actually do better in long runs like marathons because of having that extra.

so a little extra is good! (key word - little)

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5/29/08 8:15 A

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OINK OINK LUSH
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5/29/08 8:14 A

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Ranting is healthy! I know we will all be frustrated at times. emoticon

Yeah - dontcha hate that TOM weight gain!?

I guess the good part is that in a few days you will miraculously lose 2 pounds without trying!

Maybe the key here is to be very patient with your body. If it needs to carry water weight for a couple days for TOM - then honor that it has a reason to do so. Our bodies are smart and wonderful and actually quite efficient. Storing fat is a sign of an well functioning body, it is meant to do that in times of plenty. It is our biology.

OK - I know - we are a little too well functioning! It is nice to take a step back though, and really think about what are bodies are really meant to do and how amazing they are.

We would not want low functioning bodies that eat like crazy and cant absorb nutrients. Most of those "really skinny" people who eat alot and we are envious of are actually not healthy. I have a really skinny friend who is struggling with major arthritis and other bone density issues - she wishes her body could store fat.




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5/29/08 8:03 A

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well at least you have a "reason" that is out of your control - so no worries!! Timing may not be great - however there is nothing you can do and all will be good in a few days.

I however am up 3 just because I was an oink oink lush (LMBO) all weekend. so put on your happy face and keep up the good work!!


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5/29/08 6:19 A

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Like today!!

I'm trying and want to lose another pound before the end of the month and what does my body do??? It goes ahead and gives me my TOM! Now i'm up 2 lbs instead ...
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5/29/08 6:17 A

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Well if we have a brag board, I think we need a vent board too! Because sometimes things along this journey just make you mad or sad!
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