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6/24/11 1:59 A

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Great article on everyday paleo about a woman who got ripped but stayed the same weight.

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6/5/11 7:01 P

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Weight is just one form of measurement and not a very good one at that. I was obsessive about weight before crossfit and at my lowest weight was when I was the most unhealthy. I was all fat and no muscle but I looked skinny. Now I have more muscle than fat but my weight is higher than it has ever been. Even with the higher weight, my clothes fit better, I feel more energized, and people say I look healthier. Try to look towards other measurements like inches, energy level, how snug your clothes fit, and some gyms offer a fat analysis test for $20 or for free sometimes. Weight is not always a good measurement especially for us girls with muscle which weighs more than fat. Stay positive! Youre doing all the right things! =)

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3/24/11 8:28 P

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My scale has always hated me. I just keep it around because I'm a glutton for punishment.

Health first, vanity a very close second.

Weight Loss Goals/Rewards:
5 lbs - new shoes
10 lbs - 'Pretty Day'
15 lbs - white jeans
20 lbs - cosmetic procedure (not what you think!)
25 - new bikini

Now blogging at: www.tonienglish.blogspot.com


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2/17/11 9:50 P

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Awesome. I tend to loose weight in clumps so its better for me. . .and I image most women who reley on the scale to measure success. Glad you're joining in!

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2/17/11 7:16 P

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Once a month is an awesome idea. I think I will be doing that!!!

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2/17/11 7:06 P

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*sigh* No movement on the scale for me this week either. I've decided t only weigh myself every few weeks (it's sort of a challenge that i'm doing with a friend, I can be a slave to the scale as well) because my weigh fluctuates quite a bit and weighing every week can be a real stressor if I don't see any movement. But I have only seen positive results when I weigh myself every few weeks or once a month!

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2/17/11 11:28 A

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No worries... and my sympathies on the hypo, but YAY for actually being diagnosed! So many of us are 'sub clinical' (meaning the doc only looked at the TSH level and we were in the 'normal' range') so it's hard to get treatment.

www.stopthethyroidmadness.com
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One thing you're probably not going to want to hear is this: exercise less, eat more (especially more protein and fat!).

The more you exercise, and the greater your calorie deficit, the greater stress on your already underfunctioning thyroid and over stressed adrenals.

Seriously, when I got on the right meds, cut back on my exercise time (20-30 min HIIT workouts 1-2x week, short Crossfit work with alternating max effort and met con 1-3x week totally work!), and started eating more (in the 1600-1800 range sometimes more for reloading), the weight slowly but steadily started to come off, and I didn't feel like I was slogging through mud to move.

Also, go get yourself a really good B-complex vitamin and start taking it, like 2x a day if your tummy can handle it. B's are awesome at helping support the thyroid function and soothing the tired out systems.

Feel free to drop me a line with any questions or we can continue the convo here.

There is hope!! And as a June Bride from 3 years ago, you'll look beautiful on your wedding day, I know it!

Steph

Edited by: LADYROSE at: 2/17/2011 (11:41)
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2/16/11 11:21 P

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I do have hypothyroidism... it was diagnosed a few weeks ago, and I haven't been able to see the specialist about it yet. Hopefully, they will be bale to tell me how I can change my lifestyle, so that I can have my "normal" life back.

LADYROSE- I don't have a lot of time tonight, but I will answer all those questions this weekend, and maybe we can figure out in what areas I need improvement.

Thanks y'all for all the input. :)

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2/16/11 11:50 A

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As one of those 'metabolically challenged' people (aka hypothyroid, adrenal fatigued, carb junkie), I feel your pain too. And there's some questions that need to be answered, which may come across as acusatory, but they're not intended that way - just stuff to look at in general that help to get to the root of the problem.

Ok, the first obvious question is: Is anything else changing? Clothes fitting looser/tighter? Measurements going up or down?

Second question: How much is the "right" amount of calories? The "right amount" according to SparkPeople, or based on your own calculations of your BMR/activity level. Do you do calorie/carb cycling?


Question 2b - what's your ratio of carbs/fat/protein?

Third question: How many calories are you burning during your cardio and weight training sessions? That goes back to the 2nd question. If you're eating at the top end of your calories according to Spark, and burning 300-500 calories a day, you're eating way BELOW your baseline (ie. you need to eat more).

4th question: Do you do any rest days? Not 'active' rest or yoga time, but real rest where you get a little extra sleep, don't go for a walk, just do what ya gotta, then go to bed early? You should have at least 1-3 of those days in there.

5th: Do you have any other issues like thyroid, adrenal, hormonal, etc.? Is there a lot of stress in your life? Do you make time to play and do things you enjoy? Those can impact the effects of questions 2-4, which shows up on the scale.

6th: What's the quality of your food? In other words, do you eat out a lot, or cook at home? Also I noticed on your profile that you've got Celiacs and also don't eat much meat - does that mean vegetarian or just don't eat much meat?

7th: Has there been another time where your weight has stayed the same for a while, then 'woosh' there was a big drop? (that's how my body tends to operate)

There's a ton more questions to ask, but think those cover the biggest bases.

Yeah, it's nice to think that this is all calories in/calories out, but that's just one piece of the bigger puzzle. Once you get a few more pieces figured out, improvments in body composition and health start be seen.

Let me know if YOU have any questions. :)

Steph

Edited by: LADYROSE at: 2/16/2011 (12:06)
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Take the words “genetic freak” out of your vocabulary and substitute the words “hard working, committed, and focused” and you will have removed one obstacle to doing things you never thought possible. Top Dawg

The BOSS Rules: Train Beyond Our Self-imposed Strength Limitations.

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
C. Robbin


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2/16/11 10:42 A

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join the club...we may be those that are "metabolically challenged" LOL.....Mine hasn't moved much yet either.....I keep telling myself that I am turning fat into muscle...Just keep at it!

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2/16/11 8:55 A

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So, I am questioning if I do everything right that SP tells me to do. I eat the right amount of calories, carbs, fat and protein, and I exercise way more than it tells me. I go to yoga twice a week, do a full body strength training workout with a personal trainer once a week, and do cardio on all other days.... BUT, my scale doesn't show me any progress on my weight loss. It has been sitting on 166 for the past 3 weeks. What am I doing wrong????

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