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MLAN613 Posts: 19,055
7/7/12 4:56 P

Also, if you make your food tracker public and you ask for help, we fellow SP'ers can look over your tracker and give suggestions. People are usually really nice and helpful.

JEANNEBOYD1 Posts: 482
7/7/12 3:10 P

If you're not already doing so, be sure to measure your food and track everything you eat. People tend to underestimate how much they eat and overestimate how many calories they burn.

CAPRITTARIUS1 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/7/12 1:37 P

TY Jen, you are right, I just got me a bunch of fruit and veggies, chicken breast and fish and I will stick to that and not weigh myself so much. I am not ready to throw in the towel just yet, and I don't think I will anyway.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,916
7/7/12 1:34 P

You've gotten some great advice already. I agree that gaining weight when starting an exercise program is normal and happens commonly. That gain is temporary and will go away soon.

I'd recommend finding a style of eating you can live with long term, and then stick with it. It sounds like you're changing things frequently when it seems like something isn't working. I think adding more calories was a good idea, but I also think you need to give it time before you decide that you need to do something different.

Hang in there!

Coach Jen

7/7/12 12:07 P

What diet were you on?

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/7/12 12:02 P

It's very common to see a slight upward shift in weight if you've been under eating and increase your caloric intake, or start working out. This gain is temporary, normal, and healthy. I suggest you set the scale aside for a month and focus on non-scale victories. The scale is the least important measure we have of our progress!

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 951
7/7/12 10:58 A

I am not a big fan of using weight as your primary indicator. Measurements work much better for me because on weeks like this one where I maintain, I can see that I at least lost "inches" from various areas of the body.

As many people at Spark will tell you, sometimes it can take up to 6 weeks to see a change. This can be discouraging but try to power through- and use other methods to gage progress- Do you work out more efficiently, are you craving less crappy foods/more healthy foods, are your clothes fitting better? All of those are positive signs of doing something right even if the scale doesn't register it.

Best of luck!

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7/7/12 10:48 A

I have been at it for 3 weeks, and every week I gain weight so I change the kinds of foods I eat, I changed my caloric intake from 1,000 calories a day to 1500 and gained 2 more lbs. So I amp up my work out and once again I gained 2 lbs, now I am back to where I started. Now I am going to try eating nothing but fresh fruits and veggies, chicken breasts and fish. If that doesn't work then I don't know what else to do. emoticon

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