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4/26/13 8:06 P

47 lbs down WOW Congrats
It may be time to recalculate your caloric needs.

ASTERIX1951 Posts: 37
4/26/13 4:56 P

Great job on your journey! I agree with all that was stated here already. One item I didn't notice is the fact that as we exercise, we start to gain lost muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat. So continue on, drink extra water, and guage your weight loss by the way your clothes fit, not the number on the scale.

AUNT600 Posts: 9
4/26/13 4:29 P

Thank you for the inspiration. Congrat's on your weight loss. Your kind words and support have helped me. I appreciate it.

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,731)
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4/24/13 6:18 P

AUNT600. 61 here and post menopausal since I was 40 thanks to chemo. I stick to the lower end of my range most days. Have taken vacations the past 8-9 months with associated eating. And exercise only at Curves and walking. And i have yo-yo'd terribly over my adult life.

Yet the weight has come off. Hang in there.......

Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 4/24/2013 (18:18)
AUNT600 Posts: 9
4/24/13 11:33 A

I,Too, am having a very hard time. I am menopausal. It seems no matter what I do I gain or stay the same. I am feeling angry,frustrated. I want to eat junk, but haven't. I know that will only make things worse. Have tried W.W. on line and still haven't lost. Will I ever win this battle? Help! emoticon

GABBY98_80 SparkPoints: (38,181)
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4/22/13 3:14 A

after a two wk plateau i got on today hoping for better and sigh... i was up two pounds too. I know the book answers for why it could happen. But I am tracking everything, busting my butt at the gym, and I want results!!! ok temper tantrum over

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4/21/13 6:35 P

I'd need both hands to count the number of weeks I've "gained" since I started back in December (don't look at my tracker; that only includes the most recent one) -- I guess it becomes easier to take when you see it more often! Don't fret, in all likelihood it is just temporary water weight and by two weeks from now (if not much sooner) you'll weigh less than you did before this little bump in the road.

Trust yourself and just keep doing what you need to be doing as regards how much you eat -- for most people it's just that simple.

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4/21/13 1:40 P

My goodness, look at how far you've come! 47 pounds is fantastic. Your dedication is awesome, so don't let the scale get you down. Keep plugging away. You'll get there. emoticon

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4/21/13 1:40 P


Don't worry ! What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. 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. I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight.

And well, not to get TMI, but did you have a bowel movement before you weighed yourself ? Your body's waste products have weight. So, if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food you ate the day before is still in your intestines. Water has weight. the food you eat has weight. your waste has weight. All of these things can cause the scale to go up. And that's perfectly normal.

So, don't worry ! this is nothing more than a temporary gain that will pass.

Congratulations on losing 47 pounds !!


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4/21/13 11:10 A

Hi Eden,

Glad to see you posting!

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

4/21/13 11:07 A

Sodium leads to water weight gain. That's all it is. No need to panic. Drink plenty of water today and avoid salty things. You'll be fine in a day or two.

EDEN139 Posts: 9
4/21/13 10:38 A

So I have not yet used the message boards here at sparkpeople, although I have been using the program since mid-November 2012 with a lot of success (47lbs down, and feeling much better overall).

But today, I got on the scale and was up 2lbs. It was soooo discouraging for me! I have not gained since I started the program. I was within my calorie ranges every day, and did a little more than my usual amount of fitness (running, yoga & pilates) five days this week.

I have to say, I was sort of dreading my weigh-in today anyway, since I haven't been able to eat very 'clean,' this week, I know I had a lot of sodium, didn't get much sleep, etc. But I was hoping my exercise would offset it.

Just looking for a little encouragement & support to help me keep pushing. Thank you!

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