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8/18/19 2:50 A



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Hi ANGELFIRE52 - congratulations on getting started.

Reading your post, specifically
"I didn't make the best effort......"
leaves me wondering if you think you need to make a lot of changes all at once. If this is the case, then NO, it is not advised to start that way.

Baby steps is the way to go, both with exercise and with dietary changes.

Good luck, and keep in touch,
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Hello AngelFire,

Hope you are still checking in and working on making healthy changes. It is normal to take some time to make the changes that show the difference. "didn't make the best effort" is your lesson to "make your very best effort".

There are rewards to making choices that mindfully respect your body and health.
Hang in here!!

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8/17/19 12:18 P

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Unfortunately I have to agree with the comments noting weight loss isn't linear. With that in mind, we must use other measures to indicate success (e.g. body measurements, increasing endurance, and how we feel). Yes, the ups and downs on the scale (imo) are normal. We have to stick with it and keep going!

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8/12/19 6:25 A

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The first two weeks you should really just be tracking what you have always been eating to see where you are. This gets you used to tracking and helps you figure out the easiest spots to tweak to make the biggest impact with the least effort.

If you just started following the meal plans, well, is what you are eating more or less than that what you were eating before? What about the amount of sodium or carbs? If you just started exercising, well, water is how muscles repair after exercise and water weighs a pound per two cups. The other factor is if you have changed the composition of your intake then you have changed the composition of your output. Weigh yourself before and after sometime for reference, it's usually at least a pound either way.
Another important thing is how and when you weigh. First thing in the morning after getting up, going to the bathroom, but before you ingest anything is ideal. If you are weighing later or after a drink that adds up.

Females, well, it's really best to compare where you are this week to where you were four weeks ago to account for any cyclical changes. In all honesty it's also just easier to see the general trend of your weight from fewer, farther spaced data points. You miss the day to day bobbles, which can easily be 5 lbs without you gaining or losing an ounce.

-google first. ask questions later.

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8/11/19 11:43 P

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You cannot rely solely on the scale to measure your success. Since we hope to lose inches along with the pounds, try taking your measurements or trying on clothing that is snug or too small.

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7/22/19 1:18 P

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Weight loss is never linear. There will be ups and downs. emoticon emoticon

Edited by: SHOAPIE at: 7/22/2019 (13:19)

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Sometimes it can take a while for weight loss to begin, so try to hang in there. If you've recently started an exercise program, your muscles will tend to retain water for the first few weeks- that can cause an increase on the scale.

As long as you're making healthy food choices and exercising, you're on the right track regardless of what the scale says.

Good luck!

Coach Jen

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7/22/19 11:18 A

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I'm in my fifth week and I gained a pound and a half while eating the calorie and nutrition amounts that should have resulted in a two pound loss. I measured everything, I drank tons of water and I still gained. I think it's just a hormonal/regulatory thing but it sure is depressing.

Hang in there, it should balance out in the long run. The scale is not the boss of our emotions.

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7/22/19 11:03 A

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You can gain, lose, or stay the same any week.
Weight fluctuates, so weight loss is not linear.

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7/22/19 9:53 A

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I'm starting my second week on SparkPeople. Is it normal to gain a pound or 2 the first week? I know I didn't make the best effort I could this week to lose weight.

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