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6/5/08 11:01 P

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You can't really pay too much attention to the scale. Sodium and other things can cause water retention. Muscle also weighs more than fat. I was the same weight as I am now 3 years ago but my clothes were smaller and my body was a lot firmer. I looked very thin because I was doing a lot of strength training with heavy weights, so my weight was mainly muscle, now it's just flab . emoticon

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It can be a number of different reasons why you went up. I always try to look for other ways that I can tell am coming down, is your clothes fitting better?
I know it's hard to not freak out but try to stay positive, and by coming here and asking, your getting all kinds of support.

By attempting something really difficult and outside of your comfort zone, you will discover how strong you really are.

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I did more exercise one day than I had ever done and ate within my calorie range. I was sure that I would lose weight because of my efforts. Much to my surprise though, I gained a little over two pounds. I was perplexed. I mentioned it to my daughter. She said that by suddenly adding a lot of exercise, that I probably shocked my body. She said that when that happens, that your body tends to retain water. She said to just stick with it and all of a sudden, I would see a bigger loss than I had previously seen. (I don't know whether her explanation is accurate or not, but she was right with the results. Two days later, I was my lowest weight yet.)
So, hang in there. Things will happen for you!

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Thanks to all for the tips and advise. That's why I Love SP! I will keep going! emoticon

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I agree with keeping measurements, you are likely building muscle working the videos, and muscle takes up less space but weighs more than fat!

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There are several things that can make the scale go up. Don't worry about it as long as you coninue to eat right and exercise you're ok.

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I also hit a plateau just before the start of the May boot camp. I was frustrated and also felt that my body didn't want to lose any more. I decided to stop paying attention to the scale and focus on my measurements. I completed the May boot camp and have
no clue how much I weigh, but I know the inches are coming off!! I also changed my weekly work out routine so I could incorporate 2 days of running. These 2 things help keep my mind off the number on the scale and are helping keep me motivated. In addition to those changes I also started trying on my skinny jeans again. I am seeing changes in the way they fit and that is very rewarding.

I recommend focusing on something besides the scale. It definitely worked for me! And as the quote goes "Be more stubborn than the scale"

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I used to weigh in every morning but it got to be too much of a roller coaster ride. Now I just do once a week as well. It kills me (how am I doing? I don't know!) but I try to stick with it!

I'm hoping that tomorrow's will be good...I've been fighting the temptation to "check" my progress for the last few days. But in the end, I wouldn't have changed anything even if the numbers had been bad or good. I've got my plan, which I think is a good one and now I just need to stick with it, scale be damned! lol

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Good Tip Wendy,

Otherwise, it may become discouraging!!!

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I get on the scale once a week and for me that is enough.

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6/5/08 11:12 A

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I agree with Jillian about not paying too much to the scale. My weight fluctuates all the time for whatever reason. So I started weighing at almost the exact same time everyday, and it still varies sometimes about a lb or 2. But I know I am doing things right so I do not stress too much. Spark people has an article about others ways to measure progress. Hey found it!

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I am sure you have lost inches, have more energy and are making healthier choices than before. So don't worry. Keep doing what is right for your body and your weight will continue to go down. You are doing a great job. keep at it!

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I agree...be careful of paying too much to the scale and letting it dictate how you feel about your progress. It sounds like you are doing incredibly well! Eating right, getting plenty of exercise...all are great efforts and to be commended! Gaining 3 pounds in a few days is an odd circumstance when you are most probably taking in less calories than you are consuming. If it is muscle gain...rejoice! As was recently mentioned after our 20's we start losing muscle mass at a fairly good rate if we don't compensate for this.

I know that mental weight barrier issue though...we want so desperately to get below a certain weight. I agree with what others have said, what I have found recently with my weight loss, is that I'll go along at a slow steady rate, go up, stay up for a week or more, and then the weight will come off at a faster pace. What I do at the plateau stages is try to concentrate on other factors to make me feel good, like staying within all of my designated food ranges: cal, carb, protein, fat, and calcium. Or work on an exercise that is especially challenging...how long can I hold the plank, or do some really challenging cardio class or dvd. The endorphins kick in after wards and pick me up and I feel good about my increased fitness. Make a new meal, whatever can make you feel better and still move you in a more healthy lifestyle as well as get the mind off that dreaded scale.

I like the suggestion of taking a day off, or try a day where your protein in take is on the high side of your intake or your calories or both, try getting a lot of sleep.

Keep up the great work and let us know what happens!

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Thanks, Lodrigue, I will check it out! emoticon
Great job!

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If you can't find the article. I have it on my favorites. You can go to my page and check it out. Good Luck!!!

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They have an article I just read. It is Plateau Busters Part 1 and 2. I am new here so I don't know how to link it to send it to you.
Maybe you need to change your routine. But don't give up. Don't weight your self as much. Maybe you lost some inches. I lost 4 inches in my waist before I drop any LBS. Don't let it get you down. Keep on GOING!!! emoticon

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Thanks, SonicKristin, great advise! emoticon
I agree, the scale is evil!

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I agree with what the others have said. When I started the May bootcamp I had been stuck at a plateau for quite some time. The first few weeks I had no change and then BAM! Off came 2.5 pounds, which was more than I usually lose in a whole month. Then the next two weeks I put back on 2 of those pounds but I'm still less than where I started. As long as the overall trend is down (and it will be if you keep at it, no matter how agonizingly slow it moves) that's all that really matters!

Also, you should keep an eye on your other measurements and just how you feel overall. The scale is pretty much evil and frequently "lies" about the fact that you really are making progress!

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I have really been trying to watch my sodium due to some blood pressure issues. Thanks for the tip, I will continue to watch the sodium.
I also think I need to increase my protein as well. I don't eat much meat. I wonder if that would help.

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Don't think of it as a gain because it's not permanent. When I was losing, my weight would go down to a new low and then immediately back up several pounds. But I did continue to reach lower weights until eventually I was at my goal.

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I don't know but I hit one for a month. Are you lifting weights? Somtimes you body need a rest too. Before I joined Spark I took four days off at the advice of my boyfriend. I felt so good after. I was walking 6 to 7 miles a day 6 days a week. Also lifting weights. Somtimes we over stress our bodies with work and exercise. It's good to relax sometimes.

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Did you eat a meal that was really high in sodium? Too much sodium can cause crazy fluctuations on the scale. It is impossible for you to have gained 3 pounds since Saturday unless you ate an extra 10,500. Don't get discouraged! Consistency is key and if you stick with it you'll be successful.

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I am having a problem. I have been following the bootcamp all month (May) and have continued it this week. I met my goal (for the bootcamp) on Saturday, I lost 6 pounds. I have been doing everything the same, even adding minutes to my cardio. The problem is my weight has gone up 3 pounds since Saturday. It is not that time of the month, so I am dumbfounded. I don't know if it will even out after a few more days or what. I am just getting so discouraged, I don't think I'll ever get below the 150's. Sometimes I think my body just wants to stay at this weight and not get below 150, even though I should be about 135 for my height. It's almost like my body said..."oh no, can't get below 150". I need some advise to get over this plateau!
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Susie
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