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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (142,883)
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3/21/12 11:20 A

Hi FRAN533,

Unfortunately, the Biggest Loser (as well as other weight loss shows) have people convinced that if they don't lose weight every single week, they must be doing something wrong. Well, that's just not true. Just because the weight isn't dropping as fast as you'd like, doesn't mean you're not making a difference. There really IS more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

While we'd all love the weight to be magically gone overnight, weight loss really isn't that easy. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

Instead of fixating on the scale, look for other subtle changes you might not have noticed. Are your clothes fitting better ? Do you have a bit more energy ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? Can you do more push ups today than you could a month ago ? Can you run or walk a mile faster today than you could a month ago ? How's your blood pressure ? Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped over the last month, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't move. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge success.

So, don't beat yourself up because the weight isn't dropping off. Take the weight off slowly and it will stay off. Don't compare your journey to others. Your journey is unique.

I took a year to take off 50 something pounds. I didn't even look at the scale for the first 4-5 months. I measured my success with a pair of pants. Each week, I'd try on pants that didn't fit when I first tried them on. Over the weeks, the pants inched up my thighs, over my hips and eventually... to fitting properly. I didn't care what the scale said. What mattered to me was fitting into those pants.







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3/21/12 10:46 A

Hi FRAN533,

When I actively lost 80 pounds, I lost on average of a 1/2 pound a week. While I would have loved to have lost it faster, losing slowly allowed me to permanently change my way of living and focus on making this a lifestyle and not just another quick means to lose the weight, only to gain it back. I started my journey 7 years ago, reached my goal weight 3 1/2 years ago, BUT most importantly I have remained the same weight for as long as it took for me to lose the weight...which is a first.

As you mentioned, the scale is only one tool to measure one's progress, unfortunately it is the one many of us put the most emphasis on, but it the one thing it cannot measure is our health and fitness.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

KATEM200 Posts: 745
3/21/12 4:51 A

Well, if nothing else, you aren't gaining weight, which is great! You've stopped whatever behaviors caused you to gain the extra weight in the first place. Keep at it and you should start to see some results.

You mention that you feel like you're eating right, but have you taken the time to actually keep track of everything and put it into the nutrition tracker? Sometimes doing that (even for just a few days) can really open your eyes about how much you eat in a day. That would include measuring things and not just guessing. It's easy to pour two servings of juice into a glass and one and a half servings of cereal into a bowl, a tablespoon of butter on a serving of vegetables, etc. If you take time to measure and track everything for a short time, you might find some hidden calories.

ROOSTER72 SparkPoints: (26,757)
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3/21/12 4:33 A

We have all felt like this from time to time.

It might help to reward yourself for good behaviours - just so the focus is off the scale (at least a little bit).

250 fitness minutes this week? Buy a little thing that you might like, but would not always think to do for yourself. Or give yourself a pedicure, or have a lovely scented bath - whatever is a little reward that means you appreciate the good efforts you are making for your health.

Good luck, and stay focused on the end result!

SPARKFRAN514 SparkPoints: (102,127)
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3/21/12 1:03 A

Seems like i am getting nowhere fast. i get excited when i see the scale take a downward step . but then the week it stays the same or goes back up so i have to re lose it again i feel i am eating right getting my water in each day and spend at least an hour in the gym and 20 to 30 minutes at home. I know we can't lose every week like they do on the Biggest looser it would be nice how ever. i keep telling my self the scales is not every thing we need to consider will on this journey but to see the scale not move or go up even if only by .05 pound it makes me want to eat and give up for a day and then i need to work all the harder. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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