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4/28/09 12:13 P

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UUURRRHGHHHH!!! He wants the analyses done YET AGAIN!! After 3 months of sitting on my revisions. I am so controlling my hostility right now!

Recommit as often as you have to.

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2/15/09 9:38 P

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Lack of sleep definitely affects my weight loss...that's proven even scientifically...I probably even have sleep apnea and don't know...

But really, I understand exactly. I ate out twice with my boyfriend this week. Chinese food each time...and really I have no idea how much saturated fat, let only calories are in chinese food! My solution: I just avoided my weigh-in this week. Here's hoping this week goes better.

Oh and unless you brought in an extra 7000 calories, you didn't gain two pounds.

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2/14/09 1:34 P

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Thanks for all the advice, everyone -- as with everything, I guess, there are going to be small set-backs along the way. I was just feeling frustrated, but having the community helped to remind me to keep at it. And this week, those extra two pounds are gone.

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2/9/09 11:52 P

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In addition to what everyone else says I would also add,
Are you working out at 70%+ of your max HR?
Are you strength training at least 3x a week with heavy enough weights so it's hard to lift the last 3-5 reps?
Is your calorie range from spark? Or did you use an equation?

Again like everyone else said, fluctuations happen and it may take more than a week to see a difference. I've heard it could take more than a month sometimes.

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2/9/09 7:34 P

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You might find it helpful, especially at the beginning, to weigh yourself more often. I know that this is one of those items that everyone has a (different!) opinion on, but it was really helpful for me to understand how much my body was likely to "swing" in a given day, or week. I weighed myself in the morning before my shower, every morning, and some evenings before I went to bed. I recorded my weight every Sunday - I just used Sunday's weight, but I've heard of some people taking their weekly average as their "official" weigh-in.

It really does help you realize that your body weight swings an awful lot. You'll see progress; you just have to be patient!

Also - "frequent self-monitoring of weight" is one of the factors common to many members of the National Weight Control Registry! see here:
a xnet.kp.org/permanentejournal/sum03/
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and welcome!:D

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2/9/09 6:42 P

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Hi. First of all, don't get discouraged! If you were careful with your calorie intake, drank your water, and did your exercise, I wouldn't stress about 2 pounds. 2 pounds could be any type of fluctuation. Eating out is ok, but there tends to be a lot of extra salt in restaurant food, which equals water retention. For me, if I eat very salty stuff, I weigh sometimes a whole pound or so more the next day. As for lack of sleep, it definitely can affect your weight loss. Your body may not efficiently use or burn calories if you aren't fully rested, but for myself, I am trying to focus on getting more sleep, so I'm not too sure if it affects me. As for eating out, plan ahead. Most restaurants post their nutritional information online, so you can figure out what you want to order ahead of time that fits into your calorie allowance for the day.

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2/9/09 6:42 P

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I know how frustrated you must be, but give it more time. I do know I've read articles that sleep can impact weight loss. Just as drinking water is important, so is sleep.

I've found that when I do go out to eat now, I mostly go to franchise places that post nutrition info on the web. Not as interesting maybe, but more reliable. Is it typical for you to eat out often? If those 2 times are more of a "blip" on the radar, don't worry about it. If it's normal, then you may need to figure out a new strategy.

"A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water."

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2/9/09 6:19 P

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This is my first post on the team page, so first: hi, all!

I'm posting because I came off what I felt had been a good week: stayed within my ranges, drank lots of water, stuck to my training regimen . . . but then I got on the scale and had gained two pounds.

I'm trying to figure it out, and I guess the gain could be one of two things -- lack of sleep, and restaurants. Huge legal memo due yesterday, so I was up late working. Also, I ate out with friends twice last week, and though I tried to be careful both times, I never know exactly how many calories I'm putting in when I eat out.

Does anyone struggle with these same problems? Ever felt like you had a good week and then found out it was terrible? What do you do when your friends want to eat out (slash order in)? Does lack of sleep ever affect your weight goals?

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