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RAJANIEMI Posts: 650
12/7/12 1:38 P

That's what I like to hear... I love to workout to DVD's too.

Today I did a 45 min interval brisk walk at lunchtime and I will go to the gym and spin for 60 minutes. (my own personal class~just me and the bike and my music) It will be a 977 calorie burn day...

JULIE700 Posts: 699
12/6/12 10:28 P

Don't forget about water weight gain. There are times my weight flucuates by as much as 7 pounds from day to day. I've learned not to rely on the scale. It lies!

SHANY185 SparkPoints: (268)
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12/6/12 4:28 P

thanks Rajaniemi, I will keep you posted. : ) I amd doing a variety of things but mostly cardio. I use these three dvds to workout 6 days /per week for 30-45minutes. Jari Love "get ripped", Shawn T "Insanity" and Charlene Johnson "Turbo Jam". These three are working my "cookies" out! I cannot live without these three buddies.

I can't wait to slip into a size 8. Thats my next goal. Good luck to you all.

PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/6/12 4:22 P

I measure about every three months and use that to go by too. I am guilty of weighing too much, mostly every day but I like to measure other stuff too.

RAJANIEMI Posts: 650
12/6/12 4:20 P

congrats on those size 12's. emoticon

I like to think outside the scale...I chuckled when I read you bought a new scale thinking yours was broken... emoticon (I often thought that same thing before I started thinking outside the scale).

I would much rather have 5 lbs of muscle vs 5 lbs of fat...sounds to me like your body is going thru the stage of burning fat and building muscle. Are you doing any cardio? I would be sure to do your cardio (I do it 6 days a week) and core-strength training (I do 3 times a week). emoticon emoticon emoticon

Now this is just my advise, but don't worry about the scale...look at those size 14's you will never wear again...pretty soon you will say "Hello size 10". Keep me posted...I want to know how you are doing. emoticon

SHANY185 SparkPoints: (268)
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12/6/12 4:14 P

Thanks ARUSHING2 for the kind words. I have no intentions of changing my diet or reducing it way down as someone suggested. My current intake is is between 1500 - 1800 calories per day. I want to lose weight and keep it off. So I want to stick to a diet that I can live with. As you say, I must be doing something right to get the results I am getting. I didn't look at it that way. As many of you have pointed out, while excercising, there will be fluctuations in weight up and down. I will just pay attention to the inches, how I feel and look and how my clothes fit. Forget the scale. Thanks alot for everyone's input.

P.s. no more feeling like crying. I actually have a big smile on my face thanks to all the encouragement. You guys rock!

MONIEE2 SparkPoints: (152,211)
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12/6/12 4:06 P

Hi!!! First of all...STOP using your scale as a sole source of look at the label on the gatorade contains sodium, for which you might be retaining. Next, reverse your meals for a day, to see how you feel, & after that...chill out, you are NOT alone. But honestly, I go according to how my clothes fit, because muscle mass is heavier, but as long as I'm losing an inch or so along the way, im good!! Hang tough!!! emoticon

ARUSHING2 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/6/12 3:51 P

Dear SHANY185 - you are definitely doing many things very well or you would not notice any changes at all ! You have already received a lot of good information here. There is also an unbelieveable amount of information that you can pull-up right here on SP that will cobborate near everything that has been posted here in response to your note.

Anyone and probably everyone that has ever worked a conditioning program has had the same or very similar results.

Aerobics / cardio is the best, isn't it???

Strength is important too of course, and then there is swimming and biking!

Please use some caution ( or discretionary care? ) regarding your nutritional intake!!! Do as you choose, but IF you were to reduce your calorie intake you will have much less energy for performing/completing your conditioning work outs/routine. If one is much at all like me regarding this matter - one would lose a lot of their momentum and "drive" (will to work) and energy!

Also of note is the fact that IF one has a nutritional intake that is near or under their needs for their BMI - they may actually get a significant weight loss by kicking their nutritional intake up a level or two. I did not believe that could make any sort of rational sense - but it do and it does.

Switching-up the routine, the intensity, the duration, the nutritional intake etc. can make dramatic differences/changes.

By the way cardio is important. Muscle is important also. Body weight is of much, much, much lesser importance in my humble opinion.

(( PS: Don't fret much about the crying by the way. I've been doing a fair amount of it lately myself and for many of the same reasons that you outlined. ))

Edited by: ARUSHING2 at: 12/6/2012 (15:55)
PIPERJ4A SparkPoints: (0)
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12/6/12 3:19 P

From what I've heard, is that muscle weighs more then fat. So it stands to reason. Don't base your achievements solely on the scale.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
12/6/12 2:42 P

If your clothes are fitting looser then that's a plus. I have actually bumped up like 10 pounds, but I have added muscle and look way better, so that could be what is happening to you.

Don't just go by the scale go by how do you feel, do you have energy, how do your clothes fit, how does your inner self feel.

Muscle is sexy on a woman, so rock that and keep going!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,109)
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12/6/12 2:27 P


What are you eating ? You don't have your spark page available for the members to look at, so we don't know what you've been eating or how much.

When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, a person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise.

How long have you been trying to lose ? While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that's perfectly normal. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we want 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.

What else is normal ? gaining weight when you're trying to lose. Your gain is probably nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. 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.

Mostly, if you want to lose weight, you really do have to watch what you eat.

Be patient with yourself and your body. This is the Biggest Loser. Those types of weekly dramatic losses are just not typical. Slow and easy really does win this race.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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12/6/12 1:01 P

Yes, been down that road before. Inches were down, but scale didn't move. So, I cut back my calories (may not work for everyone). I'm at 1100 average a day. Works for me.

MOLLYSGAN Posts: 481
12/6/12 11:05 A

Don't get frustrated, it will get better.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
12/6/12 11:04 A

BTW...a size 12 at 180 is pretty spectacular. *two thumbs up*

SHANY185 SparkPoints: (268)
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12/6/12 11:00 A

Thanks for all the info guys! It helped to know that it is good and not happening to just me. I was size 14 waits and now am size 12. As you all say, I will keep up. We all get fixated with the scale that when numbers start going up instead of down(even when we are losing inches) we get bumped out. I will keep doing what I am doing. Thanks again.
Enjoy the rest of your week.

12/6/12 10:56 A

Yeah, it is frustrating. My gf is down from a size 12 to a size 6 and she's very thin, lean and solid (she lifts weights). Her size is down but numbers are the same (ish),

ELISAJANE57 Posts: 763
12/6/12 10:50 A

I understand your frustration. I'm going through something similar. Maybe you are putting on a little muscle. Just stay consistent and don't give up. I'm sure the scale will start dropping as your body changes.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
12/6/12 10:47 A

My guess is that you are exchanging muscle for fat. Do a spark search to see what 5 lbs of fat compared to 5 lbs of muscle looks like. Quite a difference, right?
Don't get discouraged, Honey. The results that you're getting in inches actually is awesome.

SHANY185 SparkPoints: (268)
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12/6/12 9:13 A

Good morning everyone. Working my brains out and losing inches but not losing any pounds.. instead gaining pounds... I feel like crying. I bought a new scale thinking the other one must be broke, that number keeps going up and up yet my clothes are feeling loose. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. I am doing everything I am supposed to do, working out everyday for 30-45 minutes cardio, drinking lots of water, even got Getorade thinking I might be dehydrated. soooooo frustrated.
Has this happened to anyone of you?? If so, what did you do about it??

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