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10/28/12 6:58 A


a person should never tie their self worth to a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

You're going to see many ups and downs on the as you lose. Why ? Most because of water weight changes. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. it's that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

I can gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of shifts in my water weight. That's why you can't let the scale get you down. these types of fluctuations really are normal and part of the process.

Don't worry ! You're going to do fine, but you must be patient with yourself and your body. As the Coaches all say,"trust the process".

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10/27/12 7:12 P

Plateaus are completely natural in wake loss but although extremely frustrating and demotivating they are just part of the course. It's probably a one off, but if not you might want to think about mixing up your exercise a little next week, i.e. if you normally do 50:50 cardio:toning, try 40:60 or 60:40 for a week to kick start your system again. Trying another sport for a few weeks also helps me.

This is my second time around losing +50lb, after they crept back on and I'm struggling to find motivation to exercise this time around. You sound really motivated about exercise so if you have any tips for me there, they would be very welcome.

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10/26/12 5:14 P

You'll find TONS of support on SP - all you need do is to be reasonably active on the message boards :-)

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Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 10/26/2012 (17:14)
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10/26/12 10:19 A

Thanks everyone I never realized how much support I would be getting when I utilized the site. I sat down and talked to my boyfriend last night and decided to keep trying even if the scale tries to tell me otherwise. I know it has to be helping because before this I didn't log my food and I didn't exercise enough to really break a sweat! I guess we all have our downer days and I appreciate all the positive feedback it really does help!

Everyone have a safe and happy halloween weekend!
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10/26/12 7:00 A

Don't despair - there are loads of reasons why this could have happened, and some nothing to do with genuine weight gain per se!

Even going to the loo (or not) immediately prior to weighing can make a HUGE difference (I know because I have an inquisitive mind :-) Whenever I weigh it is always before lunch and immediately after having gone to the loo, and also in the same clothes. If I weigh later in the day I ALWAYS weigh heavier because I retain fluid in my tissues and it builds up during the day.

Then of course there is that TOM to consider - that could have a huge impact on me, too, but a lot more weight than that!

Then there is how much sodium you consumed - you may have had a much higher amount the previous day, or even a lot higher carbohydrate intake the day before. That tends to cause a lot of people to hold onto water.

THEN there is the possibility that you have lost fat but gained muscle!

Don't be guided by ONE weigh-in, or in fact any weigh-in, because there a loads of ways to measure success. It might be how your clothes are fitting; your general energy level; whether your BP is normalizing, if you had cholesterol or Blood Sugar issues, whether your bloods are returning to normal. Others might see you looking better but not know why! So long as you are eating good nutrition, generally within your calorie range, hydrating well and getting exercise, you won't go too far wrong! Scales are only one small part of this.


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10/26/12 5:11 A

Don't give up! The scale often lies and shows different values. The best motivation is your self-esteem. Eat healthy food, exercise daily and simile often. After some time you'll definitely see the difference, even if the scale doesn't agree with you. Remember than wile exercising, you gain muscles and they weight more than fat.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and your success!

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10/25/12 9:55 P

I feel for you and have been there too. I've had weeks where I'm doing good with the weight slowly coming down and then I get smacked in the head with a gain of the 1 or 2 pounds I just lost. My biggest lesson has been that even though I still weigh myself just about every day, my weight is going to fluctuate on a regular basis. Sometimes it is due to TOM, other times more salty snacks and even weighing at different times of the day. Don't panic about the scale, this is a process and it does work - we just have to keep on keeping on. It's a journey to better health and we each have to define what our better health is.

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10/25/12 9:25 P

Hang in there! Don't allow one single weigh-in to determine your success or lack their of. Remember our body's weight can vary by as much as 7 pounds in the course of a single day, none of which has to do with true 'fat' gain. Weight loss is not based on a single weigh-in but over the course of many, many weigh-ins (we call this trending).

Remember healthy living is a lifestyle, therefore if you never lose another pound (which you will) you will always have to eat a healthy diet and exercise, so consider this as practice for the way you will live for the rest of your life.

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10/25/12 9:12 P

I was so psyched after losing 4 lbs last week and I have continued to work out and stay within my calorie range. I usually weigh in on Thursdays so I hopped on the scale thinking it would stay the same or a little less and BAM it said I gained 4 lbs. I am distraught and feel like giving up. It's tough to stick to something if you don't see results. I blame myself for that number eventhough I have been pushing myself and trying really hard. I don't want to give up but I don't know how to gauge my progress without looking at that number every week. I am in a rut emoticon

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