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7/8/12 7:51 P

Oh my, I wish I had a dollar for every time I stepped on the scale and saw NO movement! Seems our bodies drop some weight at the beginning and then it's completely confused and tends to hang on to the rest for a bit. I think it's making sure we're still feeding it right! Then after a week or two it says, "well, ok, I'll let go of a pound or so"....and it waits again. I went 5 entire weeks and did not drop an ounce....I did everything "right" and still no loss. Poor DH hides when he knows it's weigh in day!

The key here is patience....we didn't gain all our weight in a month or so and we certainly are not going to lose it fast. I look at the slow losses as more time for me to continue to develop those good habits and routines that will carry my loss for the rest of my life! Take those weeks when you don't lose to do some extra reading on why our bodies may act this way...maybe you can try adding some extra water each day, bump up your strength training a bit or add a mile onto that walk. Sometimes we just need to "play" with the system to see what works best for us. And what works for me may not work for you....all advice is lovingly given but it doesn't always work....so play around with a few things and see if something can help budge that scale....and if it doesn't, don't worry about it....if you continue to do what you know you must you WILL lose the weight.....
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DONNASAT Posts: 13
7/8/12 4:31 P

Thank you. I know these things but is always good to have someone (other than myself) remind me I am on the right track.

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7/8/12 1:58 P

Donna,

What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It's not unusual to see a substantial drop initially. However, over the weeks, the loss does slow down. This is not the Biggest Loser. those types of weekly dramatic losses are just not typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. I wish it did. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

So, don't beat yourself up because you didn't lose anything this week. You may not lose anything for the next 4-6 weeks ! And that too is normal. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale.

Don't let that get you down. Remember, you're making changes to your body that don't show up on the scale. Do you know that if your blood pressure were to drop this month, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't budge. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge sign of success !! Look for other signs of success over the next few weeks. You may notice that you're starting to sleep better. You may notice that you have a bit more energy. You may notice your clothes fitting better. You may notice it gets easier to walk up stairs. You may notice your endurance increases.

All of these things are positive signs of change ! Keep an eye out for those signs and don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like it.

Patience, it's a virtue. It's only been a couple of weeks. You need give your body more time to change.


DONNASAT Posts: 13
7/8/12 1:25 P

I am feeling extremely frustrated. I rejoined Spark 2 weeks ago and lost 4 lbs first week. This week nothing? I have stayed on track with eating within my range and exercising more than required but still the scale didn't budge at all. I am so frustrated and not sure what to do right now. In my head I know this can happen but the dissapointment is so maddening. I so want to get to my goal but it is so hard to get out of these 170's. Any advise what I can do to get the scale moving I would welcome. Thank you all.

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