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11/12/06 8:52 A

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Kristi - I understand your frustration! I've been there too.

One thing you have to remember is that one pound of FAT is 3,500 calories. That means you have to eat 3,500 calories more than your body needs to gain a pound of fat. If you're even close to your spark calorie range everyday, gaining weight in the sense of putting on FAT isn't very likely. I would be willing to bet that your gain can be attributed to one or more of the zillion things that can make our weight fluxuate. Things like water retention, constipation, PMS, etc. Also, if you're doing much exercising at all, you may be gaining muscle which is smaller than fat but denser so it weighs a lot more.

My advice would be to find some "off the scale" weighs to judge your dieting success. Get a tape measure and take measurements around areas like your waist, hips, stomach and thighs. Also, pay attention to your clothes. You'll be suprised at how much a pair of pants can tell you about your success by how they zip up.

Hang in there girl. Nothing worth having - aside from salvation - comes without hard work and perserverence.

Feel free to spark mail me if you need someone to talk to.

God Bless You!

Sometimes it takes less to be more.

 current weight: 276.0 
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11/10/06 11:59 A

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Okay, so I know that being insulin dependent makes losing weight harder... but I feel like it makes it IMPOSSIBLE. I have tried SO MANY things over the years-- from personal trainers to those nasty glucerna shakes, etc.

But I thought, Hey, this Spark thing could be awesome. I've been keeping close tabs on calorie count, exercise, blood sugars, and I'm currently on Symlin to help decrease my insulin intake (which I seem to have been successful at thus far). But while I was excited the first 2 weeks, now I'm back up to a pound more than I was when I started.

I know the theory about gaining when you're losing, yadda yadda, but I just need to hear something positive from someone who's been doing the same. PLEASE!?!?!

"I am the manager of my health, and I will do whatever it takes to be healthy."

HW: 188
SW: 180

Goal 1: Lose 10 lbs by the end of the summer

 current weight: 167.5 
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