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6/27/10 10:21 P

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Thankyou so much for all your support and encouragement!!!!! I've been away for a weekend at a convention and I had so much fun! I ate more calories than I should have but my eating wasn't absolutely horrible. I also did half hour workouts at the hotel every morning and walked quite a bit. So it won't be too hard to get back into normal routine.
I haven't lost faith in my weightloss journey and I'm very proud of my increased level of fitness. So I'll keep working hard and cross my fingers that one day the scale will cooperate!!!!

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6/27/10 8:53 P

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Our scales MUST be related...!! Evil things...! emoticon


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6/27/10 5:55 P

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My husband used to stand on the scales religiously, every day. He was also taking various body measurements on a weekly basis, at that time.
I used to get so annoyed about him standing on the scales - maybe once a week, at the most, is a useful tool. But a daily weigh-in to me is not healthy.

Weekly weigh-in, and weekly measurements - and keep a note of the answers, so you can give yourself a boost if you're feeling down.

I've managed to lose 4 lbs these last few weeks. But I'm seeing more of a difference in some of my clothes, and the feel of my tummy area.

I'd keep going with the measuring, both weight and body. You may well be happy to see that the measurements are still decreasing (probably slowly) even if the scales still say no difference. One day the scales will catch up with the rest of your body emoticon

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6/27/10 2:30 P

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I know how frustrating it can be when the scale doesn't move. Mine says I have just lost ounces, and then if I get on it again it'll say 2 lbs. I try to focus on the loss of inches, but it would be a lot easier if the scale agreed.

Don't give up! You said you are feeling better and your stomach is flatter so try to concentrate on that! Something must be working? emoticon

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6/26/10 10:56 P

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You have had such a positive attitude for the past 2 weeks. Don't let the scale get you down. If your feel better and your clothes are fitting better then the program is definitely working. Take all of these positive thougthts being sent your way and use them to help you!!
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6/25/10 7:54 P

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The scale may not be moving, but your inches could be. You must also track your measurements once a month. If you go to the Home Page look at the my Tools section in Orange it will say Weigh-In & Other Measurements. Don't get down on your self maybe you are doing better than the scale is leading you to believe. Are your clothes a little less snug? Are you sleeping better? Is your stamina improving? If you answered yes to any of these questions - You are making progress. emoticon emoticon

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6/25/10 3:41 P

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I have no idea why you are doubting you are doing anything wrong, you said yourself:
My stomach is flatter, my face is thinner, and I feel fabulous!!

So something is working!!

Contrary to what one poster said you can not turn fat into muscle, they are two separate things, however, you can lose fat/inches and the scale wont move because the muscles retain water.

One pound of fat weighs the same as one pound of muscle, but the muscle takes up less room!

Two weeks is a very very short time, most people have to give it 4-8 weeks to see any changes at all, you ARE seeing them already, just not on the scale.

Take measurements and pictures, they show the real changes, NOT a number on the scale.

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6/25/10 3:37 P

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My friend is having the same problem. She has gone from a size 18 to a size 14 and there has been virtually no movement on the scale.... She has learned to ignore the scale and focus on the clothes.

That doesn't work for me as I'm a data type of person...I like to have my numbers because I like feedback on what I'm doing that isn't subjective. Maybe you could start doing waist, leg and arm measurements instead? If you keep track of where you are measuring (x inches from the floor; y inches down from the shoulder; z inches along your inseam) you can be sure of a consistent measurement.

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CD5402089 Posts: 4,626
6/25/10 1:55 P

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I understand how frustratuing it is.... I really do. salt is not our friend... lol my scale seems to be related to yours as well- I guess really there is something to be said about measuring loss other than by the scale.

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6/25/10 1:33 P

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You said..."My stomach is flatter, my face is thinner, and I feel fabulous!!" Enough said!

You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up. -Chuck Yeager


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6/25/10 12:46 P

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I love this place!!!!! How can you resist the positive vibes? Thank you all!

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6/25/10 11:35 A

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Wait a second... your stomach is flatter, your face is thinner, and you feel great, but you are choosing to get hung up on a number?

It took me a LONG time to start seeing results on the scale. However, my clothes fit better, I felt better, I was stronger, had more endurance, and was just feeling better in general. All of these things were way more important than a number on a $12 scale in my bathroom.

The body can naturally fluctuate +/- 5 pounds in a single day. So weighing yourself too much is probably not a good idea. Weigh yourself at max once a week and look for a downward trend. If one week you gain a bit, try to look for things you can do differently (like sodium) and keep at it.

This program does work, you just have to be patient and be realistic with your expectations. You are going to mess up, you are going to gain a little weight sometimes, you might even totally fall off the wagon for a while. Don't dwell on the mistakes. Accept that they happened, learn from them, and move on.

"Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory." Gandhi


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6/25/10 11:30 A

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One day soon, the scales will stun you and make you proud - don't give up!!

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6/25/10 11:11 A

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The scale isn't the only way to judge your weight loss. Sometimes you have weighed in at the wrong time or something else. Some times you are gaining muscle and that weighs more. emoticon

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6/25/10 11:08 A

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Stay with it - judge by how you feel and how your clothes fit, not what the scale says!! I lost five pounds in the first two weeks, and then for the last four week - nothing! But I do definitely feel better. It is easy to get discouraged, but let's just keep it up. We are doing this so that we can live healthy lives!

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6/25/10 10:48 A

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Why question yourself?
You know that proper diet and exercise is the right way to be healthy.
It's not going to hurt you, and eventually you will see improvements after your body adjusts to the changes you are making.
Stick with it and don't look for excuses to quit.
Keep trying to be a better you. You can do it with all the help from Spark and your Spark friends support!

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6/25/10 10:05 A

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Plateaus and the scale: two of the biggest downers in the weight loss arena.

Plateaus are mostly OUR fault. Even after only two weeks, every one's body is different. As long as your clothes are getting a little loser on you, something good is going on. Stay off the scale for a couple of weeks. Or only weigh in once a week.

You've got a lot of support here!!

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Don't give up! What kind of exercising have you done? If you've done any strength training (push ups, crunches, etc) than you are converting fat to muscle, and muscle weighs more. Take your measurements, see if those have changed. Don't be a slave to your scale. If you have noticed a change, and you feel better, than the diet and exercise are working. Believe me, I know how frustrating it can be. I use Wii Fit, and part of the regimen is to get on the scale (balance board) every day and have it weigh you to see if your BMI has changed. I worked my tail off Wednesday morning, did a boot camp workout DVD, ate what I was supposed to eat, drank like 12 cups of water, right? When I got on the scale the next morning, I had GAINED weight. I blame it on the 12 cups of water.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't give up yet. It's only been two weeks, you've already lost 2 pounds. They came back, yes, but you can't let that stop you. You have to stick with it. It will be worth it when you start dropping pounds because your metabolism has kicked in to high gear!

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6/25/10 9:34 A

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So this is Day 14 of my streak. I've worked out and/or ran for a minimum of 30 min everyday. I've counted calories, ate healthy and drank lots of water. My stomach is flatter, my face is thinner, and I feel fabulous!! The problem is that the scale isn't moving. Last week is slowly inched it's way from 194-192... then I ate a small bag of sun chips. (I was thinking it was only 230 calories and I enough room in my calorie count to have a treat). I was sitting at 192 then the sodium hit me and I was back up to 194 the next morning. I'm so pissed of, frustrated, dissapointed, and just generally angry with the whole "weightloss" thing. This isn't working!!!! Either I'm retaining water like crazy and highly sensitive to sodium or I'm doing this whole thing wrong! I give up on losing weight or fitting into a smaller size of jeans. I don't look that bad and the clothes I have fit fine. It's enough that I'm fit and healthy and I'm just going to concentrate on increasing my fitness level. At what point do you say I'm ok the way I am and it's ok to be this weight? (I certainly don't look 194). Anyway, those are my thoughts as I head into Week 3.

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