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6/1/19 6:25 P

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5/28/19 11:49 P

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I'm glad you saw some loss! As for stress, that can definitely be a factor of weight loss (or lack of), as well as if you are having sleep issues (less sleep can create issues for weight loss). So the stress can certainly be at play for you, but at least you did see a loss, so something is working, even if it is much slower than you would like.

In regards to stress, try to find a way to relieve that as much as possible and you'll feel better overall. I find that yoga has helped me, as well as some mindfulness breathing techniques that I recently learned. You may want to consider something like those things or even something else that can help you get some stress relief. Your body and health will thank you for finding something to let that go. (This is coming from someone who easily gets stressed out, so I know it's easier said than done, but it can make a world of difference when you find something that just feels right.)

I hope things are continuing to go well!

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5/24/19 9:57 P

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Hello, Coach Denise and EngineerMom! Thank you for the thoughtful replies! First of, I weighed myself this morning and was down a pound, which made sense given my input/output. However, I also know weight loss is not a linear process so ups and downs will happen. We'll see how the next week goes.

Further to your post, EngineerMom, I definitely appreciate what you were saying. It was more like the 7 pounds Coach Denise mentioned in her second post. It's funny, because my clothes are just so much tighter (particularly my pants). I think that if I do continue the upward trend, I will schedule an appointment with my doctor to rule any other issues out. I'm not on any medication at all. However, I have noticed that my hormones seem to influence my weight/water retention a lot and I have an IUD - which makes it tough sometimes to know where things are at, because my cycle tends to be erratic. I do use a period tracker to try to note any trends.

I'm hopeful it's what was mentioned about the temporary increase - it feels like I'm swollen up almost, which would fit what you were saying, Coach Denise. Sometimes I wonder about cortisol levels as well as my job tends to be quite stressful (despite loving it) and how that may impact the way my body is functioning.

Again, I really appreciate the thoughtful replies! I feel a lot better just reading the feedback and not as frustrated!

Edited by: JUPITER80 at: 5/24/2019 (22:06)
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5/24/19 4:57 P

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True, and a very good point, but I didn't really take that it was 10 pounds in the last month. From the numbers posted, my understanding is that it was about 7 pounds and mentioned "in a month or so," so it may have been longer than a few weeks or month (I read it as likely being longer than 3-4 weeks of going up like that) and add in the variance for various factors where weight normally fluctuates (hormones, new exercise, last time to the bathroom, sodium intake, water intake, etc.), that could be within normal numbers of a gain.

Of course, I always think it's best to err on the side of caution and if the OP thinks that there is something more going on than the change in exercise and that weight gain happened in 3-4 weeks, then it would be a good idea to be checked out by their doctor.

Another thought too, is if you are taking any medication. If you are, is it new and/or does it list weight gain as a possible side effect? Just another thing to look into as a possible cause.

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5/24/19 2:54 P

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I mostly agree with Coach Denise, except for this statement in the OP:

"but shot back up over the past month or so."

Gaining 10lb in a month isn't normal for someone hovering around 120 and not pregnant. Unless you had some significant changes to your diet, I would also talk with a doctor. You regained nearly 10% of your body weight in just a few weeks - it's worth just getting checked out to rule out a medical issue (thyroid, benign ovarian tumor, etc.).

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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5/23/19 6:04 P

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Welcome to SparkPeople!

It's possible that you are not eating enough for your activity level outside of your job. I think sedentary is fine since that is the most of your day at your job, but it does sound like you are quite active (great job!) outside of that. It looks like your account is set up to have your trackers communicate, so I would recommend tracking both your exercise and your food. As you track exercise, you may see your calorie goals increase on some of the days depending on how much you exercised that day. Eating somewhere in those ranges should help (you may want to aim towards the low to mid range at first to see where might be a good place for you to be aiming).

That said, when you start a new exercise plan, it is normal to see an increase in weight because your muscles can retain water and show up as a gain. That is just a temporary increase and will come off again. Being that you are at or near a healthy weight, you will likely not see a big change in the scale, but taking measurements would be a good idea.

I do think you're on the right track, but just need to make a few tweaks to what you are doing. Tracking food and exercise can give you a better picture of all that though.

Coach Denise

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5/22/19 9:38 P

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Hello! I'm new to SparkPeople and am looking for some feedback.

I have quite a sedentary job, unfortunately - I love it but I don't move around much at all during the work day. However, I am quite active outside of those 8 hours - I diligently wake up early, engage in weight training in the morning, as well as walking on the treadmill because it helps with stress. I also love walking outdoors and will do that after work, in addition to walking to and from work whenever possible (at least 3 times a week). On the weekends and holidays, I rarely sit and am out and about. Finally, I do a Pilates based class twice a week. I love being active as it really helps my mental state and helps me to feel strong and healthy. I shoot for - and generally (but not always) achieve 15,000-20,000 steps a day as a result.

However - I have steadily been gaining weight for the past 2 years. I fully recognize that my weight is pretty good (I stand around 5'2 3/4 and weigh 133.2 as of this morning), but I had my body fat tested (DEXA) last summer and it was at 32%. This startled me and discouraged me quite a bit. I did manage to get back down to 126 and was quite happy with this, even thinking about going back for another body fat test, but shot back up over the past month or so. None of my clothes fit again.

So for the past 2 weeks, I've changed up my routine. I've been watching my calories much closer and making a big effort to reduce my caloric intake (around 1500-1700, although I admit I'm quite hungry). I've changed my weight training to 5 times a week (different muscle groups each day), and I've added HIIT (intervals on treadmill) 4 times a week, for 25 minutes. My weight has jumped up 3 pounds, my measurements remain the same... no positive changes. I'm not looking to lose a lot - maximum 10 lbs - and I know this can be challenging, but I'm exasperated. I know that my food intake has been the very likely saboteur over the past couple of months but I struggle to figure out my caloric requirements too, given my activity level outside of work... which sadly likely doesn't make up for the 8 hours sitting :( I feel weird clicking "sedentary" and yet... I don't know that I can check anything else.

I guess I'm looking for feedback and even validation that I'm somehow on the right track. Activity means more to me than weight loss but it'd be nice to see it help the process along!

Thank you for any and all feedback!

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