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MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (64,300)
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12/3/11 1:13 P

Maxim: Track thy food

Spark On!

Edited by: MCFHARPIST at: 12/3/2011 (13:14)
LESLIESENIOR SparkPoints: (212,693)
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12/3/11 12:33 P

Wow Heather,
You have just received advice from two extremely awesome women who know by where they speak! Lucky you!

I have learned in just 6 months with Sparkpeople to see my weight very, very differently than I have ever seen it in my life. Consequently, I am able to see weight as only one measure of my physical health. I am exercising more consistently than I have in 40 years. I feel better about myself and feel more confident and competent. My weight is "up" since Thanksgiving, but I'm tracking my food more consistently to make sure that my head doesn't tell me to starve myself (old behavior)!

Good luck to you Heather, on this marvelous journey.

MICHCLEARY SparkPoints: (86,678)
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12/3/11 11:40 A

Heather if the scale will affect your mood or how you see yourself, I'd recommend not weighing very often. It is a number that can be affected by many things.

Instead try and think in terms of the strength you are building in your bones when you workout. The body creates new connections in your muscles every time you workout. Your resting heart rate improves, your chances for certain diseases decreases, etc. The list could go on and on. In the end the number on the scale is only a minor player and doesn't tell the whole story of what is going on in your body. Keep that in mind when the number isn't what you want to see.

Hang in there!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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12/3/11 10:00 A


Remember our body's weight is not a static number. In other words, because our bodies are comprised of well over 50% water, any fluctuations in our diet, hydration, workouts even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale. This is why it's important to focus on your long term trend and not just an isolated weigh-in.

Weight loss is not always going to be a steady, linear loss. There may be some days where you will gain, lose or remain the same, but that does not mean you are doing anything wrong.

As for tracking your nutrition, this is a good idea--just so that you ensure that your body is getting in the adequate amounts of calories, carbs, protein, and healthy fats.

I hope this helps!
Coach Nancy

HEATHERNM4685 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/3/11 8:15 A

I don't track my food however I have been losing weight weekly for months and have not changed anything drastic eating wise. I will weigh tomorrow morning and see what happens. I did up my cardiovascular to something more intense maybe that played a role.

KARATE_KID SparkPoints: (0)
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12/3/11 7:56 A

Unless you ate 3,500 calories above your maintenance level this week, it's most likely water. Do you track your food? It may help you get a better idea what's going on with your body.

HEATHERNM4685 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/3/11 7:47 A

I weigh in on Saturdays so I weigh in this morning and i am up a pound. I am extremely sore so could this be my muscles holding water? I dont believe i could have ate that much. Advice?

Edited by: HEATHERNM4685 at: 12/3/2011 (07:48)
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