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LIZA_JD Posts: 466
1/14/13 11:53 A

I am like you, I stayed in my calorie range and didn't exercise much and I ended up gaining a 1/2 lb. emoticon I, too, was a little disappointed and frustrated, but I'm not going to let it stop me - instead it's giving me a motivation to try harder and keep going. Best of luck on your journey to a healthier you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1/14/13 11:26 A

I feel your pain. I personally prefer not to weigh myself and go by how I feel, clothes feeling looser etc. as I am like you and get sooooo down about the figure on the scale.

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1/14/13 11:01 A


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. It really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

So, don't beat yourself up because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. I can assure you that if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise, you will see change with time. But you really do have to give your body time to change. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

Weight loss is not an exact science. It really does time time to lose.

Patience, it's a virtue. Don't worry, you're doing fine.

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1/14/13 11:00 A


Be careful that you don't drop your calories too low. You cannot rush the weight loss process. If your body does not get enough calories to support basic biological functions (fighting off illness, growing new cells, regulating body temp, blood pressure, heart rate, etc), over time your body will begin to conserve the calories you are eating, therefore it is important to eat within the range SparkPeople has set for you based on your activity level.

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

I hope this helps! Be strong!

Coach Nancy

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1/14/13 10:40 A

I had my first weigh in this morning. My hopes weren't high, I don't think. I was hoping for 2-3 pounds. I drank 8-10 glasses of water everyday last week. I went from a 3000 calorie a day to a 1200 or so calorie a day menu. I tracked everyday and always kept my numbers in the target range. So guess what! I lost.......0.
I am not gonna let this throw me off the diet/lifestyle change but it did make it harder to hold on this morning. I have NO idea what I am doing wrong. I admit, that I didn't exercise more than about 20 for the whole week but I wanted to ease into that. I wanted to try and get a head start on my eating habits and then work in some exercise so I didn't feel overwhelmed.
I am sticking to my diest but I am nervous that I am doing something wrong. I don't want to do what I thought was the right thing last week, this week, only to have wasted time and tears to find out once again I lost nothing! emoticon

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