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LISA027's Photo LISA027 Posts: 8
7/9/08 7:57 P

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Vadalia-
You are very encouraging and helpful. Thanks so much for your time! It is a process and I will try to stay positive. I know it will pay off.
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7/9/08 6:30 P

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The flush may not have been time wasted, depending on what you were doing it for. If you were doing it to clear out your body, then it wasn't a waste because that's what you did. If you did the flush for weight loss, you should just remind yourself that using unhealthy methods of weight loss isn't something you're going to be doing anymore and consider it your last lesson in that.

As far as celebrating day-to-day success, that's certainly something you should do. However, you should try to get away from defining that "success" by your weight (ideally you should weigh yourself weekly, not daily because your weight can fluctuating from day-to-day due to food and liquid intake) Perhaps you should define your daily "success" by the fact you did stay within your calorie range and that you exercised (which are great!) instead of defining it by the weight loss you expect from doing those things.

I have faith that if you continue to eat healthy and within your calorie range, and continue to exercise, you'll start seeing those pounds drop. But just remember, they didn't get on your body overnight and it'll take time to lose them too. Good luck!

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LISA027's Photo LISA027 Posts: 8
7/9/08 9:37 A

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I feel like I wasted time on the 3 day flush. I did lose 1.5 lbs of the 3 that bounced back. Historically I am not someone who can stay on a diet. Day by day success really needs to be celebrated. When I stay within my calorie range AND exercise and it's my first week of the diet, I really feel like the scale should reward me. That being said, I am now really trying to be less dependent on the number, I am trying to look at this like a lifestyle change and not a diet. Diet mean deprivation and tailspin binging, I am just changing the way I eat and getting healthy. I will be patient and committed. I don't feel like there is any choice if I want to regain my happiness.

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Vadalia stated what I was going to say. Many of those quick diets help you shed weight quickly - which is great, however the weight you lose is water weight. When you go back to eating within your normal caloric levels you usually see some of it back.

Also, if you started to work out and do weights you may have gained weight in muscle, which is a good thing. When deciding to lose weight, don't depend so much on the scale. Not all fat is created equal. While we all want to shed weight, we also want to get rid of the inches too. We do that by gaining muscle and losing fat. Muscle, however, does weigh and you will see it on the scales.

Hang in there.

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7/7/08 11:52 A

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Depending on how few calories you were consuming during your flush, you may have stalled out your metabolism. Most of the weight lost at first is water weight (your 4 lb loss probably) But, if you were eating too few calories during the flush, it may have caused your body to start hoarding everything you're eating now because it doesn't know when you're going to start starving it again. Just eat consistent, small meals that fit within your calorie requirement and exercise, and your body will figure out that you're not going to starve it anymore and stop hoarding calories. That's when you'll start to lose.

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LISA027's Photo LISA027 Posts: 8
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I came on Sparks one week ago and I was following a magazine fruit/protein flush. I immediately lost 4 lbs. I then started following my calorie requirement and fitness requirement on Sparks.
I weighed this morning and I gained back 3 lbs!
Now I am worried that my calories dropped too low and now eating a "good" amount of calories is too much for me.
Any suggestions?

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