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IZZYSGRANNY SparkPoints: (4,529)
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7/20/12 7:48 P

lol melt? the only way this is gonna come off is hard work or a butcher knife.. lmfao... good luck everyone..

AMANDAREB SparkPoints: (4,069)
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7/20/12 4:03 P

I love it when the pounds seem to "melt off" but it doesn't happen very often! For me, it was when I moved back to DC after a ((unemployed)) stint in Georgia. I was already on sparkpeople, and just from all the moving then going back to work, 3-4 pounds of "real weight" (not just water weight) came off effortlessly.

Then my body adjusted. Booo!

It's still coming off, just much more slowly now.

TIGER-PLUSHIE SparkPoints: (18,494)
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7/20/12 3:44 P

One of the times I was working out and eating healthy, the weight melted off the first month and then plateaued for months after that, I got frustrated and gave up at that point.
I'm back on the exercising boat though (I've been eating healthy), starting this week. Maybe I'll be lucky and see a 5lb loss of water too.

MKATE88 Posts: 1,174
7/20/12 3:30 P

I used to do high intensity aerobics, like p90x, and alright results. But i started to run and I lost 2 lbs a week for several weeks in a row! It made a big difference for me

EAWESTON1 Posts: 93
7/20/12 3:12 P

For me, the pounds never "melted off". I kept waiting to reach a certain point where the weight would magically start to come off easily. The weight came off slowly but surely. It took 16 months to lose 125 lbs and I fought for every one. Then I got off the diet, gained 25 back in 2 months and have spent the last 5 months trying to get it back off. I only have a few days left before I end wherever I end and move on with life with the body I have now. I have come to the conclusion that every body is different, loses weight at different paces and it's more about what you learn over the journey than getting there. It's worth everything it cost me to get here, difficult as it was. Make the most of the journey and the time it takes. The lessons you will learn about life and about yourself are more than worth their weight in gold. It will change all of your life in the best of ways if you let it!

CHIHAYA SparkPoints: (4,658)
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7/20/12 10:05 A

When I started exercise, I wasn't thinking weight control. One day I had very bad, stiff shoulders, and couldn't move my left arm over my head. It was very shocking and a wake up call. I realized I had to exercise. So I started walking.

After a week, I became confident enough to keep exercise regular basis rest of my life. Also, I decided get rid of my extra pounds, started counting calories, and recording my weight change.

Since I started weighing in, basically all I see is steady, linear decline. Of course, there are weight spikes and plateau here and there. But it's all predictable. So, I really don't understand the feeling of struggle. Unless they have certain medical condition, I'm not sympathetic to them.

I'm assuming many people don't really counting their daily consumption accurately or honestly. Also reading book, watching TV, chatting with friend while on treadmill. That simply wouldn't work.

MIRV22 SparkPoints: (15,721)
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7/20/12 10:02 A

I'll admit, I've never sustained a program long enough to have the weigh start melting off. I'll be active and eating right for about 2-3 months and lose around 10 pounds during that time. Then I'll fall off the wagon and gain around 5 pounds back. Then I get back on the wagon and repeat the cycle.

I'm hoping that this time I'm consistent and can push through until I reach my goal. It would be great if the pounds start to melt off, but not sure if that will happen.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
7/20/12 9:53 A

They never "melted off" for me, but I didn't have a large amount of weight to lose. My weight loss was consistent and slow.

THATBRONWYNGIRL Posts: 659
7/20/12 9:47 A

I'm with MARITIMER3! Every ounce was hard work...
Once I got on a roll, the weight loss was steady (about 1-1.5 lbs/week)--but nothing ever melted off!

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (125,360)
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7/20/12 9:25 A

"melt off"? You've got to be idding!. Every ounce is a struggle.

SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (12,064)
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7/20/12 9:05 A

Let's clear this up first: a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh THE SAME AMOUNT. 1 pound is 1 pound, no matter what you're measuring. A pound of muscle will be more dense and take up less space (you'll look tighter and leaner with muscle vs. fat), but it does not weigh less.

As to your question about pounds "melting off", I guess they melt off if/when you feel you're not having to make an extraordinary effort to lose weight. I don't think most people feel that way about weight loss. I am steadily losing weight, but I have had to make some changes (nothing unreasonable or uncomfortable) in order to do so. If that is considered melting, then I guess it's melting off?


OAKDALE41 Posts: 949
7/20/12 8:33 A

I have never had weight "melt off". I have to work for every half pound I have lost. I no longer really worry about weight loss because i found it so frustrating. I know that if i eat well and exercise my life will be healthier and eventually the weight will follow. I have only lost 3 pounds since starting to exercise and eat healthier in May 2012. But my fitness level has increased very nicely and I do feel a bit better. So I know I am going in the right direction!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,239
7/20/12 1:50 A

It's not uncommon to see some pretty weird numbers in the first couple of weeks.

One of the fringe benefits of eating healthier is that for a lot of people it also leads to a lower sodium intake, and less salt = less retained water. 5-10 lbs in the first week or two is not uncommon as your body lets go of that water. (And if you weren't eating a lot of salt in the first place, you may not see much of change).

Alternatively, when you start working out, a common response is for your muscles to retain water (it takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps them cope better with the new demands you are making of them).

So between these 2 effects, the scale can definitely show some weird numbers (either up, or down), even if you are burning fat off at a steady rate of 1-2 lbs underneath.

However, muscle and water are much denser than fat, and tape is often a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale. If you are losing inches, you are losing fat.

M@L

SEEALL30 SparkPoints: (476)
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7/20/12 12:17 A

I'm curious what everyone defines "Melting off" as? My definition as a 450# man would be different than other peoples I would bet. I had been losing at 1#/day average there for 15 days (after having lost several previously, including my water weight). I don't see that as "Melting Off", not with all the work I was putting into it. Now I am lucky to get 3-4#'s/week. I'm sure that most of y'all would think 1#/day would be major meltage...

Edited by: SEEALL30 at: 7/20/2012 (00:18)
DISPATCHGIRL32 Posts: 125
7/19/12 11:33 P

I am still waiting for that to happen!! Remember if you are strength training muscle weighs more than fat! at most they say you wanna lose is 2 lbs a week. That is good healthy weight loss and granted it might not feel like much looking at a scale but dont let that bring you down. Over time those lil numbers add up! Keep going you will get there!!

KIMJHOWARD1 SparkPoints: (43,523)
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7/19/12 7:25 P

I've been walking for six weeks and have actually gained 2 pounds. But my weight fluctuates a lot. I lost 2 inches tho. And my arms and legs are much more toned. I've lost fat and replaced it with muscle. It is still very frustrating to see the number on the scale not go down. I've hidden mine and have decided to focus more on my other accomplishments. Like completing a 5k. It helps though that I'm not alone. I thought it was something I was doing wrong

MNH1983 SparkPoints: (5,977)
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7/21/11 1:01 P

Are you sure you read your scale correctly? Gaining 27 pounds in three days makes no sense.

AGGRAVATION SparkPoints: (1,909)
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7/21/11 10:42 A

I was sure hoping to see some weight loss on the scales this morning but to my disappointment it said I had GAINED 27 pounds since Monday!! Yes....you read right! They went in the dumpster on the way to work!! Now makes me doubt my weigh in on Monday! Guess I am scale shopping this weekend!! I know the weight wont pour off but I sure hope to see a change in something soon!! Clothes fitting different to me will be just fine!!!

I didnt put it on over night, it wont come off over night!

CARRES1973 SparkPoints: (13,426)
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7/21/11 10:12 A

Unfortunately, no matter what program I do, I am a SLOOOOOOW loser. I will admit to being frustrated at times but as long as the overall effect is DOWN, I am trying to be "OK" with that.

Carrie

ANORMAN1989 SparkPoints: (408)
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7/21/11 10:04 A

This is only my third day and I've been frustrated that the scale hasn't moved, but reading all of the responses to this post has encouraged me to keep at it. Thank you

ERICWS SparkPoints: (8,307)
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7/21/11 9:42 A

It took me 18 months to lose 25 lbs, and that was fast enough for me!

But about 1 year into my commitment to getting healthier, everything picked up for me. A 10-lb weight loss started to gain steam and I started shedding lbs and body fat, as I really began to build my conditioning from what it was. I've also accelerated my nutritional improvements.....

Slow and steady wins the race, always in my experience!

LOVEMM02 SparkPoints: (728)
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7/21/11 9:38 A

I immediately saw results within a day or two of starting fast break. Two weeks in, I am down 5 pounds. I am so thankful for the support. The positivity and motivation surely does help, and obeying my conscience when it says, "You have had enough food or that's not good for you."

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,718
2/8/11 7:00 P

That happened to me. When I started it was six weeks before I lost any weight.

SKEETER13887 Posts: 382
2/8/11 6:27 P

I have to say I pretty much follow the same pattern! I lost 8 pounds very quickly, but for the past two weeks I have fluctuated 1 pound up and down. I have questioned the rational of following a program that doesn't seem to be working, but I WILL continue because I noticed that in spite of the lack of weight loss I am feeling better, sleeping better and no longer experiencing the fatigue and discomfort I used to have throughout my work day. Will let you know later how it goes!

DSBRIDE SparkPoints: (60,664)
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2/8/11 5:36 P

There was no melting point for me. I have been doing this for a year come next week and have lost almost 70 lbs and had to work hard for every single one of them. I am happy with how far I have come and learned a lot about how to eat and exercise. I have made this my lifestyle and will continue for the rest of my life. Meanwhile, I hope to continue to lose more until I reach my goal but eating healthy has become a top priorty along with getting off all meds. Good luck to you but don't be discouraged if things don't melt away. It's the tortise that wins the race.

SHANNYBEAR13 SparkPoints: (5,537)
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2/8/11 5:29 P

For me they never melted off. Slow steady weight loss until I plateaud a few times. But the small changes really add up over time.

LOIDAEG SparkPoints: (8,285)
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2/8/11 5:26 P

I'm still waiting too :) I didn't exercise for about a month and a half though and still managed to lose some weight by eating right. About 6 pounds actually. 1 pound per week. But ever since I started exercising again my body has not wanted to respond to it. I'm hoping it will catch up soon though :) I lost the most weight at the beginning. 10 pounds in one month. Water weight of course. But I'm not going to give up. like others have said, I'll just focus on how I feel and that should (hopefully) be good enough. Or go and workout and break out in a big sweat and just KNOW that there's no way I'm NOT burning fat with all the sweating. lol

ATPEACEWITHLIFE Posts: 875
2/8/11 5:15 P

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Edited by: ATPEACEWITHLIFE at: 12/6/2012 (12:43)
PEEEJN Posts: 249
2/8/11 5:14 P

Someone once told me that you didn't put it on in a short amount of time and it's not going to come off in a short amount of time either. Definitely not what you want to hear but true. Both times I've been consistent about working out it took me almost 3 months before I started seeing changes in the scale but I FELT a lot better and my clothes FIT a lot better way before then.

TBONETTY Posts: 33
2/8/11 3:08 P

It takes time for me i Didn't see results till the 2nd month your body takes time to adjust to whats going on the thing is to keep going and if your exercising and eating right it'll come off. Trust me i went from 190 to 145 and they're times when your going to feel beyond frustrated focus on how you feel about eating healthy and working out not the pounds and keep telling yourself you can do it and see how well your body responds to positivity and change will come! :)

BLKBLTWMN Posts: 137
2/8/11 2:55 P

I alternate JM's kettlebells and 30 Day Shred. I love it. I'm seeing lots of results.

ASMALLERCHRISSY Posts: 120
2/8/11 2:36 P

Well, that is alot better then me! I have been doing the kettleworx workout for 4 weeks and I have seen NO results. I bought a Jillian Michaels kettlebell workout and did that yesterday. Today I am getting my Wii Fit and will start doing that as well. Keep up the good work!

SHOOPC1 Posts: 101
2/8/11 2:32 P

Aw... THANKS!

I needed that encouragement today!

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (125,360)
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2/8/11 2:15 P

melt? melt?? do they ever melt? Not for me, I'm afraid.

KALORIE-KILLAH SparkPoints: (20,313)
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2/8/11 1:51 P

SHOOPC1 - 3 pounds in 5 weeks is just fine for sustainable weight-loss! Celebrate!

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SHOOPC1 Posts: 101
2/8/11 1:48 P

UGH!!

I'm in the boat with you !

This week is week 5 of working out 5 days a week- burning 500-700 calories during workout and sticking to my calories... down 3 lbs.... beyond frustrating!

However, I have also noticed my clothes getting much looser and have had several people tell me I'm looking thinner...

So I guess it's doing something! I'm not giving up, but it would be nice to see that scale move some!

We'll get there!

KALORIE-KILLAH SparkPoints: (20,313)
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2/8/11 1:48 P

For me, I lost a lot my first week (as do most people, primarily because of water-weight) by comparison to the weeks to follow. If you were to take an average weight lost per week for the first year I was on this journey, it was barely 1/2 pound per week. I lost, I gained, I stayed the same, I lost, I plateaued, I lost, I gained... it's a crazy hellish rollercoaster that nearly drove me crazy!

The point where the weight was steadily coming off was probably the 3rd or 4th week; however, my size change was more significant than the weight I lost.

BLKBLTWMN Posts: 137
2/8/11 1:33 P

I am finding that I feel and see more difference with the way my body looks rather than the changes on the scale. My clothes are starting to get bigger and I'm measuring my waist, hips, arms, and legs. I see the inches melting off and that helps keepp me motivated.

I also have a scale that measures body fat. I have seen the percentages drop off the bodyfat faster than the weight. I'll take it. At least it lets me see some progress.

RENAEFARR SparkPoints: (4,357)
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2/8/11 1:29 P

Yes, the exact thing is happening to me. The first week I lost 5 pounds and the second week only 1 pound. I feel much better though. If you are feeling a difference then it's working. The number on the scale is only a reference point or a check in. You should try to measure yourself and then check it again in a month.

MADDIE_82 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/8/11 12:50 P

I have only been here for a couple weeks, but have been exercising 5 to 6 times a week, staying within my calorie range, and drinking lots of water. The first week, I lost 5 pounds (probably a lot of water weight). My second week, I lost 1 pound despite the same effort. I am very happy with this progress - because, more importantly, I feel so much better and can already feel a difference in my clothes. However, it can be a little discouraging to work so hard all week and only lose 1 pound.

When I was talking to a gf of mine who lost 20 pounds recently, she said that for the first 10 weeks, the scale hardly moved despite her hard work...but that there came that "tipping point" where, past the 10 week mark, the pounds started to "melt off". Reminding myself of this will (I hope) keep my motivation high on those disappointing weigh-ins.

I was wondering if others had the same experience: that it took several weeks of slow weightloss before the weight started coming off more rapidly? Is this attributed to a slow metabolism "kicking in" after awhile? I would love to hear your experience!



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