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10/27/12 7:54 A

Do anything... but don't give up!!! (and read the messages below because they are all awesome advisors!!)

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10/27/12 6:15 A


What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. That weight gain is not a result of your eating too much. it's a result of water retention. When a person begins to exercise intensely, their muscles soak up water like a sponge. this is what they are supposed to do. Your muscle fibers will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine. but that could take a few days and even a couple of weeks. it depends on how quickly your body responds to the new exercise.

There really are many different reasons a person could "gain" weight that don't have anything to do with the food they eat. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

You may even notice that pants that normal fit comfortably, don't fit when you have your period. Why ? bloating. The same thing happens when your muscles retain water, you bloat. that's why your clothes might not be fitting too well, right now.

Another reason a person could "gain" weight ? Not to get TMI, but when is the last time you had a bowel movement ? your waste products (poop) have weight. if you don't have a bowel movement in the morning, the physical weight of all the food you ate the day before is still in your body. the food you eat has weight. the water you drink has weight. All these things can cause the scale to go up.

In order to truly gain 8 pounds of fat in two weeks would have required you to have eaten in excess of 25,000+ extra calories. Mathematically speaking, unless you ate two entire Cheesecake Factory cheese cakes in two weeks, you didn't gain fat.

In short, you're just retaining water and that really is normal. It's going to take a few days for your body to adjust. for now, you might want to step away from the scale for a couple of weeks.

Don't allow a number that stares at you from between your toes in the morning to determine your self worth !

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10/26/12 7:37 P

If you are toning, and you clothes aren't getting bigger, even tho' your weight has gone up a bit I would say that you are actually WINNING!!

You are probably gaining muscle but losing weight. That is success. It is also possible that some of the weight isn't 'true weight' i the real sense, in that there are loads of variables including fluid etc.

I had lost about 9kg (approx. 20lb) before my clothes started to get looser. Your body doesn't often start changing straight away - it can sometimes take weeks before this happens. Hang in there because as Coach Nancy said, regardless of the scales you will be improving your health and the scales DON'T measure that. BTW - it took 16 months for me to lose just over 50lb - the slow losses are the best ones. I know that you have gained at THIS point, but believe me, your weight WILL turn around and start to come down!

I am wondering if you are putting too much pressure on yourself - sometimes that can hinder things a bit, too! Try to relax, enjoy the moment and enjoy your upcoming nuptials. You will look GREAT:-)


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10/26/12 7:14 P


The way I look at this journey is that healthy living is a lifestyle regardless of what the number on the scale reads. The two things the scale cannot measure is your health and fitness. Know that the changes that are happening in your body must first take place at the cellular level and then work their way up, therefore I would give it a solid 4-6 weeks before I would decide what you are doing is not working.

Be strong!

Coach Nancy

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10/26/12 6:53 P

I am on week 3 of insanity and posted during week two becuase of frustration have been following the calendar feeling like I am eating like a monster. I usually eat 1300 calories and now I am up to 2000 or so. I have gained 8 lbs in 3 weeks!!!!!!! Last week I was told you need to eat more you start to see results week 3 and 4. Does my body not work like the norm? I can tell I am toning and my cltohes fit the same were is this weight going? Any ideas before i quit?

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