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6/30/12 2:39 P

DONT give up....set a mantra and change your neg thinking..I bet you felt good before the set back....Get up and do a little..GO ON

KATYDID412 SparkPoints: (58,185)
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6/30/12 9:07 A

Anne, be strong and hang in there! I totally agree with Archimedes -- most of that 5pounds is probably a weird fluctuation or water weight. I know it's a high number, but it isn't really reality. This is one of those times when you kind of hate the scale and the power it can have over you.

It sounds like you had developed some really great workout habits before you had to be off of your running. And that's terrific! I know you can't run right now, but maybe you could walk instead? Or take this as an opportunity to try something new like a workout on tv through on-demand or a workout tape. I do a lot of Leslie Sansone videos and love them. They're low-impact.

Try to stay strong and don't let that scale rule your world! Good luck.

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6/30/12 6:39 A

Anne ! Hang in there ! I know recovering from an injury seems like taking two steps back to your one step forward. But, think of if this way, a healthy person learns to take care of their body. A healthy person learns to adapt to these situations. A healthy person doesn't think why bother ?

As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for the POSITIVE things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

Also, you did not gain five pounds of fat in two weeks. What you're experiencing is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. In order to truly "gain" five pounds of fat would have required you to have eaten an extra 17,500 calories. so, if you know you didn't eat that much extra food, then you know you didn't gain fat.

Water weight fluctuations are normal. You've probably seen many ups and downs on the scale as you've been losing weight. there really isn't anything to worry about.

Okay, you can't run, but can you walk ? If you can walk without any discomfort, take a walk. if you can't walk, can you ride a stationary bike ? Just because you can't run doesn't mean you can't do something else. How about doing some upper body strength exercises using resistance bands or hand weights ? Do what you can do and don't beat yourself up because you can't run.

As long as you are mindful of what you eat, you will not gain weight. When it comes to losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. At some point, poor eating habits will catch up to a person.

Try not to worry, do your best to eat right and exercise as best you can. What matters is letting that injury heal. because the last thing you want is for that injury to become chronic. Like I said, a healthy person learns to take care of their body.

You're not doing this just to look good today. all these healthy habits you're adopting will help you live a long, healthy productive life. Think about your future and how it will be. Do you want to have a healthy future where you can take care of yourself ? or do you want to end up in an elder care facility with someone looking after you ?

That's why we do what we do. We do what we do to live a long productive life.


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6/30/12 5:42 A

annie...don t give up hope.. yu can do it!!! its sooo frustrating but.....its only five pounds...yu can surely lose that again.... stick with what yu know will work.. annnd because its summertime... we have way more time to get out there...it sounds like yu missed running.. yu will be out there again!!!! maybe try a new exercize like swimming this summer just for funnn... our diet is a lifestyle change and we all have set backs... i agree it can frazzle yuuuu... im just breaking thru a plateau myself and im verrry sympathetic....happy trails

WJUTAHRUNNER Posts: 86
6/29/12 9:45 P

I've been running 3-4 times a week for 2 months now, and after an injury, I had to take 2 weeks off. I'm recovered now, but have NO motivation after seeing the scale jump 5 pounds. (I know weight fluctuates, but seeing that made me feel awful.) I feel like if I don't get "back on the wagon" with exercising soon, I will get more & more unmotivated. Help! :( I feel like I messed up already by quitting for a few weeks & can't seem to get back into it!

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