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BETHS60 Posts: 570
9/24/12 9:35 A

You are not losing. You are gaining. You are gaining healthy habits that will make the whole rest of your life better. Every glass of water, every fruit and vegetable, every walk is making your body healthier.

The scale may not show any changes yet, but that doesn't mean that you aren't making progress. Over the long term, you will see improvement.


9/24/12 6:24 A

So strange you wrote this. I'm going through the same thing. Usually, I do all the right things, and drop 10 lbs quick. This time... just 1 so far.

BUT.... I think about these things to keep me going:

* The changes I'm making this time feel much more sustainable, so hopefully any weight that does come off is more sustainable

* My clothes do feel different, and my posture feels different, and my energy and mood feel better... all GREAT changes that tell me something is working

* At this rate, it'll take me a year to get to my goal weight. Well, I've been 'waiting' to lose this weight ever since I started putting it on 10 years ago. So, one more year in that sense, doesn't seem so bad. Better slow and sustanable, than quick, not sustainable, and going through another year of just 'wishing' the weight away

* My first day on the boards I came across a blog from a member showing pictures of herself at many different sizes, totally different 'shapes', and yet the same weight in all of them. A great reminder that our bodies are funny, and that our 'weight' is just one aspect of what makes them look and feel healthy

I hope this helps a little. Hang in there.

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9/22/12 1:41 P

MTSWAGO, Hang in there! I started the plan this summer, and I was dropping pounds (Like 1 to 3+ a week) a lot more in the beginning. Then, I hit this "plateau" for like three weeks, so I stopped getting on the scale because the lack of drop was bringing me down. But, the truth is that I am losing something because my clothes are looser (even the bras), and I am getting a lot of benefits from making lasting changes.

My point is, don't give up! And if that damn scale brings you down, don't get on as often (I don't even have one at home). Find other goals that make you feel good about yourself, like increased energy or the fact that you're taking great care of yourself. (For me lately, it's being able to do sit-ups, something I was never able to do.) emoticon

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9/22/12 1:15 P


While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose.

Don't beat yourself up because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. This isn't the Biggest Loser. Those types of dramatic weekly losses are just not typical. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time and so does losing weight.

Don't worry, you're not doing anything wrong !!

Patience, it's a virtue.

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9/22/12 1:15 P


Even though you haven't seen a change on the scale does not mean the changes aren't happening. For some members it can take as long as 8 weeks for the changes to show up on the scale, but don't let that deter you. This is not just a diet but a lifestyle, so if you want to have a cookie, plan for one, but just don't eat the entire package. Remember healthy eating is not about deprivation but allowing all things in moderation.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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9/22/12 12:22 P

I know I just started working out a week ago, but in the past when I've tried to eat healthy and workout, I drop weight extra quick in the first week. I haven't lost a single pound this week, and I'm just feeling REALLY discouraged. I've been drinking at least 8 cups of water a day, eating breakfast, eating salads for lunch and healthy, protein rich meals for dinner. I do a power-walk/jog with my dog 3-4 times a week and an intensive, full body weight lifting class at 24 three times a week. IDK what else to do, and I just want to but a package of cookies and eat them all.

I'm just not seeing the point if I can't get the weight off.

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