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STRANGER70127 Posts: 407
11/26/12 2:05 P

Lifestyle changes are more important than immediate results. Make healthy choices every day and the rest will follow.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (412,068)
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8/21/12 8:22 A

When you focus on things that are working for you, you will notice that you may be cultivating patience, perseverance, consistency, mindfulness, more awareness and feelings of self-mastery.
This adopting a healthy lifestyle involves more than just numbers on a scale but a more empowered enriched life.
When you choose nutrient rich unprocessed food you will find it easier to have lower sodium intake. I like spicy food and find adding things like peppers, ginger or cinnamon is a great way to add flavor without salt.

KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
8/21/12 8:10 A

I understand your frustration. I think we all need to act daily, exercise, track nutrition etc. but think long term. We are changing what our bodies know as normal and it takes time to reshape the body.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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8/21/12 7:51 A

I've lost 13 lbs in about 6 weeks which is approx 1/4 of my weight loss goal. A steady 2 lbs a week which is far more than I expected. I was aiming for a realistic 1 lbs/week.

To be honest, I'm not noticing a huge difference in the way my clothes fit. My pants, shorts are admittedly slightly looser and I have noticed a little less protrusion over the waist of my shorts. My husband is going nuts over the results, my mom noticed, close friends have noticed but I don't feel the difference is as significant as they make it out to be! To me, I pretty much look the same.

But I am super proud of the way my arms and legs are looking already! I only started ST and cardio 3 weeks ago and I can not believe the results I've noticed already. I thought it took at least double that time to notice anything. I keep feeling my arms and legs, they are so toned already. My thighs are as hard as rocks! And the muscles are quite noticeable when I flex.

I don't think I will really notice a difference in the way my clothes fit until I hit the 20 lbs loss mark. I probably won't notice until they start falling off when I walk and it's time to buy a new wardrobe!

As far as the sodium goes. You'll want to stick to the perimeter of the grocery store rule. Anything in a box, bag or can tends to be loaded in sodium. The more natural the foods, the lower the sodium. Always read your labels, I try to stick to 200mg or less and try to aim for around 1200-1500 mg a day. I do go over some days still, but I'm working on it. Most non-perishable food will have higher sodium content due to preservatives.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/21/2012 (08:05)
CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
8/21/12 6:54 A

Sometimes the scale is friendly
Sometimes the tape measure is friendly

Other times, you just KNOW things are changing - but nothing physical that you've been tracking seems to be changing at all.

However, you're probably gaining more stamina (keep up on the elliptical); endurance, and good muscle mass. It will all make a difference.

Since it's not a sprint to get to some preconceived finish line, but a long-term goal to a healthy lifestyle, there's no obligation to be focused on the scale, the tape measure or anything else, really.

Keep up the good work, and eventually you'll see the changes.

RADIOTIKSPARK1 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/21/12 2:53 A

This is really one of the weirdest experiences of weight loss: you see the scale go down but nothing seems to change on your body OR you see the scale stay the same (or go up) yet your clothing is super loose! It is really weird.

Personally I have lost no actual weight in a month and a half but my body has gone through some major shape changes in that time. I have no idea how, but I know what I see in the mirror and I know that the slacks I have on right now fit before and are very much too large now. At this stage in the game I can only say 'whatever!'

So keep at it. You've lost nearly 10 pounds. If you are at all like me, you might find that your body changes rather rapidly now (I skipped a whole dress size...never wore 10s!) and the scale may or may not move. You are in the right.

HOPESFUTURE SparkPoints: (5,604)
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8/20/12 9:52 P

Be gentle with yourself about your progress. Don't let negative thoughts creep in. Stay focused on making positive lifestyle changes. If you can, try to make your food from scratch... whole foods from around the outside of the grocery store. You are right, it is amazing how much sodium is in foods that are processed.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,392
8/20/12 8:48 P

", but the salt is driving me nuts. Any thoughts? "

Since you are logging your food, you can tell what foods are high in sodium.
Cut those out... or modify them.

HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (104,324)
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8/20/12 8:43 P

I joined SparkPeople on July 31 and have followed a plan and have now lost 9.8 lbs. Yes, that's great and I am losing weight at a healthy pace, BUT I still can NOT tell a difference in my clothes or how I feel. Being on the elliptical for 15 mins at resistance 1 makes me feel like I am going to fall out, by the time I am done. Logically, I know that it will get easier and that I will be able to increase my resistance, but I feel like I should be able to do so much more than I'm doing at the moment.

On the nutrition goals, I also added to watch my sodium intake since high blood pressure and heart disease run in my family. It is so frustrating to see the amount of salt in the foods that I eat. No, I am not eating chips, burgers and a ton of bread, but have been consciously trying to make much better food choices. I have the carb issue somewhat under control, but the salt is driving me nuts. Any thoughts?

Thanks for letting me vent.


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