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12/2/11 4:19 P

Christina, maybe you need to kick the calories down a notch. I'm thinking your range should maybe be 1250-1450. Perhaps then, along with your exercise, you will start dropping again.

Personally, I track food and exercise. This tracking system is like having a virtual coach in your face all the time. It has been the single most important motivator for me to lose weight, reach goal, and maintain the forward progress. I have lost 22 pounds since May 2011, by daily toning and cardio, and staying within the bottom line ranges for calories, carbs, fat, and protein on the Nutrition Tracker. Oh, and by the way, the results are stunning. I think it's the toning exercises (which I dissed all my life until now) that produce the "stunning" part.

Spark On!

FITKIZ Posts: 748
12/2/11 2:34 P

I was having a similar issue earlier this week, then my DH pointed out that I'd begun my journey with little in the way of muscle mass. I've been essentially sedentary for 10 years. Muscle weighs more than fat so as I gain muscle I'll gain a bit of weight, this is a good thing. I know I'm having a positive impact because I can do more of the exercises in my workouts and do them for longer. This was the first week I was able to honestly do every exercise correctly for every rep. That alone made me feel better than anything the scale could tell me. To celebrate I walked a full mile!

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,182
12/2/11 2:12 P

Christina, you have a lot going on (single mom, work 3 jobs, and go to school part time). Is that accurate? Weight fluctuations and lack of weight loss can be from a host of things...including stress and an overly busy life.

Keep tracking your food and finding time for body movement. This lifestyle change does work and the weight will come off.

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12/2/11 1:08 P

Nicole, hang in there ! I'm sorry that you've recently lost your job, but keep putting out those resumes and something will turn up.

For now, if you find yourself addicted to sugar, there are things you can do to help you break that addiction. Have you read any of the great Spark articles on breaking a sugar habit ? If not, why not start with this one. It has some great strategies to help decrease your cravings and you can decrease your cravings. I was a terrible junk food junkie, but now I am reformed. You too can change for the better. You just need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Start here....

PCOFWORK Posts: 100
12/2/11 1:04 P

Me too! While I haven't followed the meal plans, i have cut back consumption (except for the cake and icing earlier this week). i have started going for brisk walks in a park. I just shocked how the weight is piling on in a few short weeks. i am a major sugar-junkie, i was eating a chocolate bar every day, but i have done that for a few weeks. i look in the mirror, and I am upset that I let this get so far out of hand. I need to lose fifty lbs, and change my lifestyle obviously. However, i have just lost my job (today), and i am in trouble financially, which is another stressor. I wont, but a big part of me just wants to run to bed, and stay there with the covers pulled over my head. HELP!!!

CHRISTINA006006 Posts: 10
12/2/11 10:43 A

Thank you, I am not looking for a biggest loser type of weight loss I do not have the time to put in 8 hours at the gym but I would have been happy with 1 pound!! but hopefully December will be my month. Thank you for taking the time to respond!

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12/1/11 8:30 P

How do you know that you're eating 1600-1800 calories daily? Are you tracking your food? Are you measuring it to ensure your tracking is accurate?

12/1/11 5:18 P

When you first begin working out, put the scale away because your body has to adjust to the changes. Don't let the number on the scale discourage you. You are making positive changes and they will have in impact. You just have to give it a little more time. Try weighing yourself again in a month or so and see what happens. :)

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12/1/11 10:24 A

Christina, what you're experiencing is perfectly normal. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It 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. Newbie weight gains are not unusual either. You said you recently started working out. When you work your muscles intensely, they soak up water like a sponge. This is what they are supposed to do. When your muscles adapt to your new workout routine, they will release any excess water they need.

In short, what you're experiencing is 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 will pass in a few days. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day ! Is that a fat gain ? Nope, that too is nothing more than water retention.

Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. This is not the Biggest Loser. those types of dramatic losses are just not typical. However, if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise, you will see a loss with time.

But you really do have to be patient. This isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle change and change really does take time.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 12/1/2011 (10:25)
CHRISTINA006006 Posts: 10
12/1/11 10:08 A

For the past 3 weeks I have been working out 5 days a week for 30-60 minutes plus strengh training 3 days a week. I track my calories and keeping them between 1600-1800 a day. In the 3 weeks I have gained 5 pounds. I am not losing inches either. before I started this change in my life I was a couch potatoe and probably ate over 3000 calories a day......where am I going wrong HELP!!!

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