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12 5/15/12 12:39 P
I have started working out more. With rheumatoid arthritis, it can be difficult at times. I will keep on truckin! Thanks everyone! Good luck on your journeys! If anyone every needs encouragement I am here!
All good advice, keep on smiling, that helps too !
Fitness Minutes: (57,364)
5,797 5/15/12 11:55 A
Hang in there. I started at 261 and then lost 90lbs at a rate of about 1 pound a week - many times in there with a plateau. It's a lifestyle and not a number. What finally helped me was just to realize the scale didn't matter. As long as I was eating within my ranges, working out, drinking my water in the end I knew the scale would not win.
It can be REALLY hard to break through the idea that the scale is the only sign of progress.
Your clothes fitting better is a sign you're moving in the right direction! Remember that a lb of fat and a lb of muscle still weigh the same - but that muscle takes up less room. So what may be happening is that you are gaining muscle as you loose the fat.
Are you taking your measurements on a monthly basis? If you aren't, I suggest you start. This is one of the best indicators of what progress you are making.
Try doing what my hubby had me do for a while - don't weigh yourself for a month. Continue every other habit that you have been, and focus on the OTHER things that are changing - like your clothes fitting better. These NSVs (non scale victories) are a real indicator of how your body is changing.
Keep up the great work!!
Fitness Minutes: (220,235)
21,513 5/14/12 4:01 P
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 when you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. How long have you been trying to lose ? remember, this isn't the Biggest Loser, those types of weekly dramatic losses are just not typical. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that's perfectly normal.
If your clothes feel looser, that IS a sign you're making a difference. Can you walk or run a mile faster today than you could a month ago ? Can you carry more bags of groceries ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? Can you do more push ups today than you could a month ago ? Are you sleeping better ?
There are things that are happening to your body that can't be measured by a scale. Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped in the last month, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't move. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge health benefit.
So, don't assume something must be wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like it. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.
Patience, it's a virtue.
Fitness Minutes: (511)
12 5/14/12 3:55 P
I have read everything you can possibly I think about losing weight, and I know you shouldn't be mad when the scale will not move. BUT I am at my breaking point. Yes my clothes do feel looser but I am still frustrated! What can I do to make myself feel better?
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