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Monday, August 30, 2010

Hello Friends and fellow supporters,

Today has been an absolutely hard for me. I actually got up this morning looking forward to weighing in and thinking, I can't wait to see the scale go down. Guess what? My worst nightmare came true, the scale didn't move, it actually stayed where it was 2 weeks ago, ugh. What happened??? I have been working really hard, last week I burned A total of 2,490 calories. The week before that was 1953, which makes it 4,443. That's over a pound of fat! So I wonder if I am building muscle and losing fat? I have been doing everything that helped me lose 7 lbs in a month so why now is it not working? Do I need to mix up my routine of workouts, because my body is use to the ones I do? I can't be at a plateau all ready can I? My healthy eating habits haven't changed. If anyone has any helpful advice, I am all ears.
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  • MOM_OF_1
    Thank you all for your advice and support! It helps immeasurably! yes I do measure myself every 3 weeks and I weigh myself every 2 weeks. Yes my clothes do fit better and they are loser. you guys are great, here's to all your goals being accomplished!
    3155 days ago
    When you increase the intensity of your workout, it's actually pretty common for your muscles to retain more water (it takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to the muscles more efficiently and helps them cope better with the new demands you are making of them). In the short term, this water weight can lead to little or no change in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

    However, water and muscle are considerably denser than fat, and typically this shows up as lost inches, even if the scale is being unco-operative.

    It is a good idea to track your progress with the tape measure as well as the scale. If you haven't been measuring to date, are you noticing any of your clothes fitting better?
    3155 days ago
    You know are probably building muscle. If you lost 7 pounds in a month, it also might be that your body needs to take a pause.

    Weight loss is more complex than calories in and calories expended.

    Hang in there, continue to do the right things. Be sure you are eating enough and getting enough rest...and the rest will follow.
    3155 days ago
    I think you are right about building muscle and needing to vary your routine.

    I know how easy it is to be upset with the scale's numbers after you've worked hard and done everything right. But instead, concentrate on how you feel physically. Do your clothes feel looser? Have you lost inches?

    Stay motivated and keep up the great work.
    3155 days ago
    I feel your pain. I have been diligently logging my food, eating healthy and exercising - I wear a body bugg and it shows a 500-700 calorie deficit for every day the last 6 weeks. And I have lost...............3 pounds. Yep. 3 stinkin pounds. I really think women are seriously screwed up by our hormones. Hang in there. You are doing all the right things. Your body will eventually catch up. I know for me too when I work out harder I gain water weight immediately following (muscles retain water from hard workout). So maybe there is some easy explanation and next time you get on the scale it will be celebration time.
    3155 days ago
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