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10/13/14 3:51 P

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Does what you're doing make you feel better? If so, put the scale away and spend a few weeks cementing those habits. Otherwise it's too easy to kick the good habits you're creating to the curb the first time you don't get the desired results.

Contrary to popular belief, weight loss really isn't simple math. Yes, calories in less calories out should result in weight loss, but our bodies are more complicated than that. Weight loss is really chemistry.

In those weeks that you don't have the scale, you should be seeing lots of non-scale cues that your new habits are working. Your pants should get looser, your fitness levels will increase, you'll notice you don't feel good when you overeat. Those things are every bit as important as the scale.




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9/28/14 1:02 P

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9/18/14 2:36 P

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It's frustrating isn't it? When you think you're doing okay and then the scale says you're not.. Don't agonize over it too much. Look at everything you're tracking and remind yourself that you ARE doing better. It'll get better. The good changes will eventually become habit and you'll do well.

For women, the time of the month can mean as much as a 10 pound difference. Some women will literally experience this gain over night. Myself, when I'm not on birth control, I can gain 5 pounds over night and another 5 the week before my period.

Also, watch your sodium. A lot of the frozen meals actually aren't all that good for you. I track sodium. (this isn't my first time on Spark). If you weigh yourself after high sodium days, you'll notice an increase. It's all water weight.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you're just starting to drink the recomended amount of water, your body will basically hoard it for a while. Some people put on a TON of water weight when they start drinking enough water. It can take weeks for it all to go away again as your body gets used to the fact that it's getting enough water.

Are you doing any sort of strength training? If so, you're building muscle. Even if you're just walking more than you used to, you're building some muscle.. Muscle mass weighs more than fat. A lot of people get discouraged because they seem to be gaining weight or not loosing anything when they first start trying to loose weight or get into shape. Stick with it. Don't get discouraged. I know it doesn't look good, but the extra muscle mass will help you loose more weight in the long run.

And one last thing.. I was told by a doc once that once you get into the obese range, it actually takes a lot less calories to maintain that weight than most people think. Especially if you don't expend a lot of energy.

Just stick with it. Give it a little more time and keep trying to eat healthy and exersize. Eventually you will feel better even if the scale isn't giving you the numbers you want.

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9/17/14 11:44 P

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You can do it! I try to remember that even if it's two steps forward and one step back, I still made progress ;-) Also, try to focus on other goals (ones not weight related) like "I was able to go an extra block on my walk today" or "I feel more connected" or even "I only ate 1 piece of chocolate and was COMPLETELY satisfied". emoticon

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9/15/14 1:06 P

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I think that a lot of people covered your possible gain. I know that if I eat a high sodium meal the day before my weigh in, it will show a gain, but the next week if I do better, then it is usually gone plus sometimes more.
Also, you might be putting on muscle, so you may have gained muscle weight instead of fat weight.
Make sure that you are drinking enough water.
Also, try to mix up your workouts so that your body isn't getting used to one certain thing becaus that can also stall a weight loss.

I hope that you got some good tips here on this thread.
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7/20/14 2:07 P

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i would not eat too many of those lc meals as the portions are really small and not enough protein and too much salt to eat maybe make a batch of homemade meals you can grab when needed that way you can control what goes into them :)

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6/5/14 12:31 P

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I struggle with my desire for perfectly consistant results too. However, like you, my scale, for most likely many of the reasons the others listed, simply does not cooperate with me at times. I have had gains on weeks that I hit all my nutrition and fitness goals. It makes me want to pull my hair out.

But, like the others said, if I just think about it a minute and realize that, 'yep, I did eat lots of salt' or 'oh yeah, I am do for Aunt Flow'. And then I go try on my 'test pants' and they are fitting better, fit, or are now too big and I feel better.

You can do this! Mind over cheeseburgers baby!

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6/5/14 12:14 A

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This my first time joining SP. But definitely not my first time trying to lose weight. I know it is hard to keep you.g but we have to stay committed to ourselves and or goals! Stay strong.

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6/3/14 1:58 A

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Carlyclaire1, be careful to get into the trap of the scale. If your still having a menstrual cycle the week before or a few days before can really move the scale up due to your body's fluctuating hormones and retention of water. The scale will change from hour to hour depending on how often you eat or workout, etc. Try to weigh yourself once a week, at the same time (like after you wake up and use the restroom in the mornings before starting your day) with the same amount of clothes on. Don't weigh yourself after working out cause all you'll see is water weight loss from sweating. Are your shirts fitting looser or your pants buttoning up better? Those are some other measures to use than the scale. The scale will run you crazy if you let your emotions run up and down with it! You are on the path to being healthier and making better choices for your overall well-being, don't beat yourself up over one aspect of your decision to become a better you!! Embrace the wonderful changes you're making and I look forward to hearing about your future progress!

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6/2/14 7:36 P

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Totally agree with the sodium tips!!

I'm up 4.4 lbs this past week, and I know it's due to sodium!

KEEP GOING!!

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6/2/14 6:05 P

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YOU CAN DO THIS!!! I track sodium, sat fat, total fat, calories, carbs, protein, several of the vitamins and minerals...it really is eye-opening how much we consume, not even just of calories, but of other things...

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6/1/14 8:11 P

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Sodium really affects me. If you haven't already, you can add sodium to your nutrition tracker here on SP. It's eye-opening to see how much sodium is in food, I was surprised how much sodium is in 1 slice of whole grain bread!

I'm just getting started again after having gained back weight that I lost. I've been successful in the past and know that I can do it again. The key is to not give up! emoticon

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5/28/14 11:43 P

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Thank you guys all so much. Every bit of encouragement helps. It might be the sodium - I did consume some lean cuisines! I know those are basically the equivalent of chemical- and sodium-laden cardboard, but the portion control and convenience is nice. It's just so discouraging to actually be making changes and sacrifices, and then not only not make progress but actually take a step back.

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5/28/14 10:37 P

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I feel your pain, watching that scale seems to consume us and can be discouraging. Are you measuring as well or just weighing yourself. I weight myself but also measure and I find more victory when I loose inches. Also as someone already mentioned, watch your sodium and drink lot of water.
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5/28/14 9:28 P

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Hang in there. At the beginning your weight may fluctuate. Mine has. Stay strong and keep at it. Watch your salt intake, drink plenty water and add a little strength training maybe with elastic bands or small weights. It will get better

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5/28/14 7:36 P

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Keep up the good work. Could it be due to salt or water?

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5/28/14 7:35 P

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Keep up the good work. Could it be due to salt or water?

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5/28/14 1:59 P

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emoticon emoticon I know how u feel. I lost 10 lbs & just regained them all back. I noticed a big weightloss when I started 2 do strength training, the muscle u build help burns more fat. I've also been doing portion control.

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5/28/14 1:54 P

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This is my third week and I'm already feeling devastated. Lost 7 pounds in the first two weeks, then gained back 4 this past week. I tracked my food and didn't do as well this past week as I did before, but it was still a major improvement over what I'd eat before I started. The first two weeks, I kept my calories around 1200 - 1400, but this past week there were several day that were around 1800. While I can see that slowing the pace of the weight loss or even stalling it, I don't understand how I GAINED 4 pounds back. I'm in the 220s, so shouldn't I need to eat 2200 calories or more to actually gain weight? I also walked 3 miles three times last week, but the previous 2 weeks I did it 5 times a week. I really don't want to lose motivation, but I know myself and need to see progress in the right direction in order to stick with it! Ugh.

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