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MAZZIE973 SparkPoints: (7,453)
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4/2/14 5:23 P

You were all correct...the added weight is falling off! Between Wednesday and Saturday I had gained 7 pounds. New to exercise and very heavy, you all told me to hang in there, that it was likely water. Well, between Saturday and today, I've lost 6 pounds! emoticon
I'm still a pound over my start, but I took the advice and reset my initial weight to the heaviest. Since its only the first week, and the gain wasn't related to my doing something wrong, and because I'm not on a competitive team, I figured it was ok. I want to see that little kickboxing chick slide to the right! Lol!
Now, it's all set. I get the satisfaction of seeing the 6 pound loss, and, no matter what, my "start" weight is set in stone from here on out.
Thank you all, a million times! It's off to the gym at 6... emoticon

3/31/14 6:51 A

Good attitude! Keep going!

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3/30/14 10:52 P

Thank you all for the advise.
I bought a new scale. Unfortunately, unless there is extra gravity in my kitchen, the old scale was correct. I had my little pity party today--skipped the gym. I was really sore anyway and opted for a short walk instead. It's back to the gym tomorrow!
I have to thank you all again. If I had tried this without SP, I'm sure I'd have thrown in the towel and convinced myself my body is a fat hoarder! Since I'm not in any competive groups yet I can at least be thankful that I haven't affected any teammates. I just have to keep making changes and know, despite the scales' readings, I'm fixing my body and improving my health.
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3/30/14 6:32 P

Water retention in the muscles when first starting up exercise after a long layoff (or when increasing intensity of it) is really, really common. That's very likely to be what's going on with you now. It can stick around for quite a while, so you may want to consider your current weight as your more accurate starting point in order to avoid disappointment going forward.

Some of the gain could also be related to random daily fluctuations, which can be brought on by hormones, increased salt intake, variations in hydration for other reasons, and so on. There's no real way to know until some time has passed and you learn what is normal for your body. I'd suggest either tracking daily (first thing in the morning ideally after using the bathroom but before eating or drinking, for best consistency) without taking a single number seriously until at least a month has passed; or putting away the scale entirely for a few weeks or even more, until you've made all the changes you want to make and they've had time to start taking effect. For right now it's at least hypothetically possible that you're not actually losing yet -- it depends on how much you were overeating before, to determine whether you are at a deficit already or only in the neighborhood of maintenance. (Since if you were over-eating 400 calories a day, cut 200 and burn 200, you're only at net zero so far, that kind of idea. This is why my own minor efforts at getting healthy in the past never really went anywhere.) But you'll get there. I like your plan; it seems sensible.

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3/30/14 1:59 P


What you're experiencing IS perfectly normal. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weigh 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. I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of shift in my water weight.

Also, not to get TMI, but did you have a bowel movement before you weighed yourself ? food has weight. Water has weight. And if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food and water you ate the day before is still in your intestines. Try it some time. Weigh yourself before and after you go to the bathroom. Did you lose weight ? YES. did you lose fat ? nope.

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week. There will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. Don't compare your losses to those on the show. Those types of losses are just not typical. Most people do not lose that amount of weight that fast.

So, don't beat yourself up if the scale doesn't move as fast as you'd like. you didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. remember, take baby steps literally and figuratively.don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Slowly ease into a routine so that your body has more time to adapt. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible.

Be patient with yourself and your body.

3/30/14 12:52 P

It helped me a lot to create a sparkpage and use the 'other goals' function at SP to get a feeling of accomplishment.

I'd say, just write a list of (small) steps you want to take daily and cross them off. I think that offers more motivation than staring at a scale. If you keep doing the good things day in day out the reward of weight loss MUST come. But it's not good to focus on it too much. JMHO.

Edited by: CHRISTINA-TODAY at: 3/30/2014 (13:11)
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3/30/14 7:38 A

If you have over 100 pounds to lose, those 7 pounds could easily be water weight. Any time you start a new exercise program, your muscles tend to retain water which can lead to a temporary increase on the scale. It sounds like you're making better choices and moving in the right direction, so try not to let the scale get you down. You should start seeing progress soon, so hang in there!

Coach Jen

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3/30/14 2:18 A

Thanks. I am going to get a new scale, and I guess I'll just have to call my first few days a wash and use its measure as a new starting weight. I've heard about muscle weight gain, but the "circuit training" I've done is the 30 Minute Express at Planet Fitness, and I'm so far out of shape that I'm barely doing any weight--15-45 pounds, depending on each machine. I've also heard of water weight gain, but not 7 pounds worth...that's a whole lot of water!
Don't worry about my you can see by my tracker I have we'll over 100 pounds to lose. I never calculated what I've eaten in the past (I decided to ease into this--exercise only for the 1st two weeks, then track food--I know this isn't a typical way to start, but when I've jumped in with both feet in the past I've given up), but I'm sure it was well over 2000 calories to maintain my obesity. I know that I've cut the 200-300 daily because I stopped eating a particular food and haven't added anything (Slim's Slim Jims. They're horrible for me, add way too much fat, and aren't filling, so I don't feel added hunger because of them). I'm sure I'm at no risk of dipping below 1500 calories.
I guess, whether the scale is right or not, it just is what it is. It's frustrating. I'm so big that it isn't obvious when my body changes a bit. I was hoping to see some pounds drop on a scale to keep me motivated.

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3/30/14 1:13 A

If you had to rebuild the scale and the weight is that far off then I would say it's new scale time!

But, you could also be experiencing some water retention from the increase in exercise and the change in your diet.

Our bodies are resistant to change, when you switch things up on it, it does it's best to maintain the status quo by any means, fair or foul!

So keep up the good work, keep exercising and eating a healthy diet. Don't dip below 1500 calories and stay hydrated!

It might take a week or two but you will feel the difference in how your clothes fit and you will see the change on your scale.

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3/30/14 12:19 A

Very frustrated. I was getting NO exercise, for years, on the couch, until Tuesday. This week I did just over a mile on the treadmill on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, plus circuit training on Wednesday and Saturday. I haven't really changed my diet much yet, but I'm sure I've cut about 200 calories each day. I've also all but quit diet pop, drinking 8 glasses of water almost every day.
I weighed myself on Wednesday. It was about the same as the last time I went to the doctor, in January, so I figured, despite having to take the old scale apart and reattach a few wires, it was ok. I was anxious to see if I'd lost even an ounce. Nope.
According to the scale, I'VE GAINED 7 POUNDS IN 4 DAYS! Huh?? Is this possible, or do I just need a new scale? Seriously! I feel defeated. emoticon emoticon

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