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SA2002NG Posts: 423
4/14/12 8:22 A

great advice.. thanks

MSLOVELY87 Posts: 114
4/12/12 5:35 P

Dont give up i have been there, First thing i did was hide my scale and stop weighing myself doing it once every two weeks, it began to make me depressed the numbers werent falling, Take a before picture and two weeks later take another, you will see the difference, seeing is better then the number on the scale. Also NUTRITION NUTRITION NUTRITION. Right now im in a position that i am not able to work out alot. Most of my workouts is parking half a mile from my job and walking, taking stairs instead of the elevator and constantly finding ways to move at my desk (desk job) alot of leg lifts. So me tracking what i eat and how much, preparing my meals and keeping healthy snacks around has been the way i have been losing. YOU CAN DO THIS! emoticon

4OLIVER Posts: 4
4/12/12 4:51 P

saw your blog, don't give up" bottom line "do you like the way you feel?" remember when you were unhealthy and not exercising? i felt like i was nothing, i was unlovable and fat and
now i am leaner and thinner than i have been in years. i love the way a good workout feels and to get on the scale and see the results of my work is exilerating. i too am in a slump... i broke my foot on the aerobic step last week and haven't been able to get off the couch except to go to the bathroom. i am so anxious about this and i really really miss exercising cause it clears my head. so keep on going sister and don't quit! take care

NOODLES28007 Posts: 45
4/12/12 2:38 P

Dear Lady,

Please do not throw in the towel! Stop focusing on what you think you did wrong. You do ZUMBA or Kickboxying 4 times a week..That is tough stuff! That's amazing! Give yourself Kudos! How do your clothes fit? You are on your way to a healthier new you and should be congratulated for that.

I bet the Zumba and Kickboxing classes are getting a bit easier. Recall the first time you took either class...were they a breeze...probably not. I bet you were you out of breath...didn't think you could take another step at each....Did you quit??? you bumped it up to 4 x a week...amazing..!

Think back to the first time you ever ______("fill in the blank")...did you quit? If so, why? What was the real reason? How about when you were 1 year old and started to learn how to walk...I bet you fell down alot...figured it was easier to just stay down on the floor and crawl...but that only lasted so had places to just had to try to stand up and walk..even if you fell had to keep on .......and you got stronger each time you took a step...fell down alot yes...but got stronger and stronger....the only difference is when you are that little, you have no fear..."no fear of failure"....but John Maxwell says it the best "everyone must fail forward to success"

Make your "want to" and your "need to" stronger than your "can't" and your "won't"
Get excited by trying something new...perhaps a different class..challenge yourself, step out of your comfort zone.......and most of all believe in yourself!

Celebrate yourself on a job well done so far....Everyday is a brand new day! If none of us believed you could do it, we wouldn't be replying to you. I have a long way to go, as I just started March 13...however....I know I will have good weeks, bad weeks, but it doesn't matter because I am enjoying the journey...

I will leave you with some inspirational positive quotes from two of my favorites, John Maxwell and Mary Kay Ash. I truly hope that you stick with it and don't quit!

"To achieve your dreams, you must embrace adversity and
make failure a regular part of your life. If you're not
failing, you're probably not really moving forward."
~John Maxwell~

“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.”
― John C. Maxwell

“If you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it doesn’t show yet.”
― John C. Maxwell

“For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.”
Mary Kay Ash quote

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.”
― Mary Kay Ash

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4/12/12 2:34 P

Go and get some body fat calipers at your local fitness store. When you weight in every week check your body fat. Just because the scale isn't moving doesn't mean your are not losing fat. Realize that some people are different and take longer to lose weight. I have been active for 4 weeks and I was stable at 220 for like 3 weeks. Woke up this morning and weighted in at 215. Just be patient and don't get too frustrated.

NAYPOOIE Posts: 11,733
4/12/12 1:44 P

Are you eating enough? Seriously, too little food, especially with lots of exercise, will slow or stop weight loss. Your body thinks you're starving and slows your metabolism down to stretch out what calories you do get.

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4/12/12 12:17 P

What these folks have said!

To me it seems on thing is clear: Throw in towel = You will not lose weight.

Plain and simple. That is that. No getting around it.

Thing is you absolutely can lose weight. It is is biology. There is no getting around that either. The key is to commit to the things that cause you to lose weight (honest and almost religious calorie counting, exercise, proper nutrition) and just, well, not throw in the towel no matter what.

I mentioned it elsewhere but when I started this whole deal I decided that, no matter what, I was going to log the calories on EVERY SINGLE THING I ate, even if I splurged, no matter what, for three whole months. Even if the scale didn't move, I was going to do it. My problem in the past was always letting logging slip and thus letting everything slip. I enlisted my boyfriend to make me do it and forced myself to make it a habit, even when I was seeing no results. That is the kicker.

What happened? It worked. I'm now 4 months in, 20 pounds lighter, and still logging. Sure, there was an entire whole month where the scale did not move at all, not up, not down, not at all, but I had committed to logging come hell or high water.

Try making a mini commitment. 3 months then reevaluate.

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4/12/12 7:57 A

I agree with everyone here. When I first started this journey, it took about two months before I saw real results on the scale. I almost gave up, but thought about it for a while. Did I feel better? I sure did!! I wasn't in pain like I had been getting up in the morning. I was actually started to be pain free (feet, neck and other parts that were giving me problems because I was over weight). You don't need to change everything all at it gradually. You'll get there!! It's not a race. Hang in here!

DNS9264 Posts: 240
4/12/12 6:53 A

Don't give up! As others have said, this takes time to work, and that time can seem excruciatingly longer, but it will only be longer if you just quit. Give the scale a rest- hide it if you have to- and instead of focusing on your weight, focus on how you feel. Aren't you proud of yourself after Zumba class for working hard? Dont you have a good time all the while knowing your doing something healthy? And isn't a much better feeling after eating proper portions than eating till it feels like your pants got snugger? Knowing that you're giving you're body what it needs, increasing life expectancy, and being a healthy role model for those around you. Some things really are more important than a number on a scale. :-)

As far as getting the pounds off, follow the Spark; it really works. Do one simple thing a week and slowly your life will change and the pounds will melt away. Read some of the inspirational stories on here and others blogs, and you'll see that this isn't easy for anyone, but that those that hang on and follow the plan have success!

Good luck on your journey! Let me know if I can help in any way. :-)

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4/11/12 10:42 A


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. Weight loss really IS a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

What to do ? To be perfectly honest, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. Increasing the amount of exercise you do will not speed up the process unless you happen to be able to exercise for 4-6 hours a day like they do on the Biggest Loser. Most people don't have that kind of time. That's why we have to be patient and content with a 1-2 pound loss per week. But once again, there may be weeks you don't lose and that doesn't mean something is wrong.

I can assure you that IF you eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time. But you really do have to give your body time to change. Are you logging your food choices ? If not, I highly recommend that you do. Studies have shown that people who log their food lose more weight than those who don't. That's because many Americans suffer from portion distortion. they're eating more than they realize.

However, since we really don't know anything about you, what you eat, how tall you are, how much you're trying to lose, etc... we're just taking educated guesses. The more you can tell us about yourself and your goals, the better we can help.

4/10/12 11:41 P

If what you are doing isn't working, try something else.

In my opinion nutrition is what really matters. It's not when you eat or how much you exercise, it's whether or not your body is nourished, healthy, and able to operate properly.

When I was in your shoes I began researching metabolism to find out just what was happening and how. It made all the difference in the world. What worked for me might not work for you, but I highly recommend you google Mark Sisson or Sean Croxton or Nora Gedgaudes and see what they are saying.

You really don't want to give up, you want results, right?. Keep trying. A year from now you will wish you had hung in there today.

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4/10/12 11:18 P

IM ready to just give UP!!! I feel like im losing the battle of the bulge ;( I go to Zumba or kickboxing 4 days a week, STopped eating 2 hrs. before bed. i CANT lose 1 pound. I feel like im failing.

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