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4/11/10 7:05 P

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I'm the same way! I have really low blood pressure and cholesterol so I never think about salt. I wonder if being heart-healthy and not having THAT much weight to lose makes it harder for us? I know I have to work pretty hard to get my heart rate up.

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."


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4/11/10 6:56 P

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Wow, sodium is one thing I have never concerned my self with. I have incredibly healthy blood pressure and the cholesterol of a 17 yr old...oh and I LOVE salt!!

I may just try your experiment for a day or two and see if it helps.

Thanks,

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I used to say, It is what it is, but now I say, "If you don't like it, change it!!"


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4/10/10 8:44 P

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I don't know if it's age related or not, but I have found that I have to watch sodium to lose weight. I don't have high blood pressure and had not been concerned with sodium until I found myself gaining a pound in one day while eating in my ranges. Then I'd lose a pound in a day. I was trying to figure out what was going on.

That much of a weight loss or gain in a day is usually due to fluids. What makes you retain fluids? Sodium is a big culprit. (OK, there's that time of month too.) So I started tracking sodium in my Nutrition Tracker. That proved my theory.

If you have not been watching sodium, you may want to track it for a while and see what happens if you try to keep it down a bit.

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4/7/10 11:49 P

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You are right. I keep thinking that if I had tried half as hard when I was 25 or even 35, the weight would have melted off. When you find the secret formula, let me know!

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4/7/10 8:27 P

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You hit the nail right on the head!!! I've never struggled with my weight like this, but at least I'm getting healthier!!

Lib

I used to say, It is what it is, but now I say, "If you don't like it, change it!!"


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4/7/10 3:45 P

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If you all notice, we're all over 40, needing to lose 10 to 24 pounds (that's why we're on this team - ha), and we're all having a difficult time in and around the 150s.... I believe it's our age, lack of muscle, hormones, you name it. It is very frustrating.... I refuse to give up because giving up would mean I would gain weight, which is so not an option. There should be some secret formula for us.

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KANSASROSE67's Photo KANSASROSE67 Posts: 1,609
4/7/10 3:04 P

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Well, here in Kansas it's snowing today. Easter Sunday was beautiful and perfect. What a cruel joke! Anyway, let's all just keep on keepin' on. I've lost the same 2 pounds 3 times now...there's got to be a breakthrough soon!

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA's Photo LIBERTYGIRLFLA Posts: 1,949
4/6/10 6:28 P

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I'm stayin'!! Just went running by myself and then did a walk with my next door neighbor. Whew, it's hot here in Florida already!

Lib

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I'm just going to say, and hope I can also convince myself, you're building some muscle and it weighs more than fat; the older we get, the more difficult it is to lose, and we don't have that much to lose, which also makes it more difficult. Stay the course, I am.

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA's Photo LIBERTYGIRLFLA Posts: 1,949
4/5/10 7:34 P

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I'm hearing from lots of people who are having the same experience as you and I. Stick with it!!!

They ain't kiddin' when they say it can take six weeks to see results.

Lib

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4/5/10 8:23 A

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I'm also in my 3rd week and I haven't lost any weight! I though I was the only one who didn't lose anything. I have been exercising though and feel really good as a result. I will keep up the exercise and keep eating within my calorie range and trust that the weight will come off eventually!

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA's Photo LIBERTYGIRLFLA Posts: 1,949
4/2/10 10:26 A

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Very true.

Thanks for reminding me. Sometimes I get too wrapped up in the minutia to see the whole picture.

Lib

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KANSASROSE67's Photo KANSASROSE67 Posts: 1,609
4/2/10 9:03 A

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LibertyGirl, good news! Plus, remember that quitting smoking and NOT gaining is almost as good as losing!

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4/1/10 10:31 P

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I'm in my 3rd week to and this morning I FINALLY saw a small loss!!

Not sure if that will be it for a while or if I've broken the seal (so to speak) and I will continue to lose now.

I know I upped my cardio and maybe that helped.

Yay for sticking with it! It WILL work.

Lib

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4/1/10 3:29 P

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I'm coming to the end of my third week and still havn't lost anything emoticon so I also know what a struggle it is. I'm not going to give up because the support here is fantastic, you all keep me going
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And well done LIBERTYGIRLFLA go you, yay

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA's Photo LIBERTYGIRLFLA Posts: 1,949
3/30/10 6:39 P

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Thanks.

Every day is still a struggle...but I know I feel better and that (plus the support of my DH) keeps me going.

Oh yeah...and commit lozenges..lol

Lib

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KANSASROSE67's Photo KANSASROSE67 Posts: 1,609
3/29/10 11:00 P

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LibertyGirl, great job quitting smoking! That is a HUGE accomplishment!!!

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3/29/10 2:16 P

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Wow, this is exactly what I needed. I've been struggling with the same lack of results. It's comforting to know that I don't have some strange ailment that is preventing me from losing weight.

I will stick with it and if nothing else, I will be heathier even if I never lose a lb.

By the way, I quit smoking on 01 Mar 2010!!!!!

Lib

I used to say, It is what it is, but now I say, "If you don't like it, change it!!"


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3/29/10 1:50 P

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JOANIE1231 - Once you reach your goal, you can reset your weight loss to maintenance and you'll have a bit more wiggle room on calories.

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3/27/10 7:18 P

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I am taking measurements and my clothes are finally getting looser. This week has been a good one, but I won't get my hopes up too much and will only focus on 1 lb next week. I'm determined to stick with the plan on both nutrition and exercise until I reach my goal.

I have a question though. Once I reach my goal, will I still need to stay within my current calorie range? I know this is a lifechange, but gosh it seems so limiting. I never go out to eat anymore and chocolate and ice cream have totally disappeared from my diet.

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3/27/10 7:09 P

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Your definitely not in this alone. I had quite a few responses from the group and that helped tremendously. I'm finally starting to see results again. My goal was to lose 15 lbs by 4/9. I think that goal was a bit too agressive. Now that I'm exercising more, I'm building muscle which weighs more than fat. After 2 months I went down 5 lbs and back up 3, but this week I dropped 4 lbs and am really getting motivated. I decided to only try for 1 lb a week so my new target is the end of May. I think I may be able to hit that mark now. I've also decided to treat myself each day with a sweet treat. I love sweets and fortunately have found quite a few 100 calorie or less recipes on the Spark Recipe site. I can have my treats and still stay within the suggested calorie range for weight loss.

Just hang in there... It'll happen for you if you stick with your plan.

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3/26/10 1:51 P

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I'm frustrated too. I been doing Spark for 2 months and for the second month I've stayed in my calorie range and worked out harder and harder. Yet, of the 6 pounds I lost in those 2 months, 3 have come back on. I just can't see that much change in how my clothes fit either...the only thing getting loose is my wedding ring. I really don't care about losing weight in my fingers!!!

But I'm trying so hard not to give up. I'm telling myself that I'm laying the groundwork here, building muscle, and hopefully the pounds and inches will start to come off soon. I don't expect fast results. But boy, does it help to hear that I'm not alone in this!

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3/26/10 10:33 A

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Good for you! I've stopped weighing myself every week even - taking this weight loss is for the LONG haul for me, this time. If I gain a week or two, who cares? I WILL, I'm sure. So, the weekly weigh-in thing just isn't for me. I weigh every month, but try to log my food and exercise every DAY.

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3/26/10 12:24 A

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Hi, I just finished my second week. Lost 4 lbs (I knew it was too good to be true!)the first week and gained 1/2 lb the second week. But I know I've been sticking to my program and I know what time of the month it is. So I'm attributing this 1/2 lb to PMS! Looking forward to being down 5 lbs, then 7, then 10, then 12, then 15, then 17 .......
Just hang in there, it'll be worth the effort!!! emoticon

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3/23/10 6:56 P

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Thank you for your response! I feel really good about the last 4-5 days. That is my "baby steps" to improve my overall attitude! If I quit, I gain weight but nothing else!

I feel like I just have to focus on the small things instead of a huge goal!

Thanks!!!!

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3/23/10 8:27 A

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Connie you are not a quitter.... if you quit your just quitting yourself and who wants to give up on themselves. Don't tell yourself you can't eat those things, just tell yourself you can at special times but in limited quantity. If you say you can't you'll just want it more. So get up and keep going!!

Whenever you feel like quitting come on over and we'll chat. I won't let you quit. HEAR ME!!!!

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3/22/10 7:36 P

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I am a quitter. I don't like to tell myself I can't eat all the pretzels, chips, crackers around! Reading your post makes me realize that quitting won't get me anywhere. If all of you can do it, I can too!

Keep going everyone. Keep going!!!! It is good for so many things even if it didn't show on the scale today!

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3/18/10 6:53 A

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Hello Joannie,

Boy can I understand your frustration. Feb. 1 I decided that is enough feeling like c---!!! So I started exercising 5 days, Feb 8 I decided I needed to do this everyday. So today is 39 straight days of workingout, eating 4-5 meals a day within the calorie range the whole thing..... how much weight have I lost you ask? 2 lbs. YEP you heard me 2 measly(sp?) lbs.... my BF has gone down .6% ---- BUT I HAVE LOST INCHES. I'm starting to see definition and look a little smaller. Although I wish the scale would budge, but my energy level is way up and mentally feeling pretty good. So I guess we all need to hang in there. We'll get there or at least we'll be healthier.

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3/16/10 11:01 P

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hi joanie! i know EXACTLY what your feeling! i thought maybe i was the only one but thats what i like about this. i read others blogs and know that i'm not! i've been @ this since january and havent lost a pound. well actualy i did lose 2 but gained it all back. emoticon so i started keeping track of my calories, getting more active, trying to work out everyother day, but it seems to no avail i'm stuck at 149-150. i saw an article somewhere about how our genes determine whether a low fat or a low carb diet works best for you. i'm trying to find that out for me, and maybe hats where i'll make some difference. i'm frustrated but i'm determined darn it! so dont you give up either. hang in there! emoticon

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3/15/10 7:39 P

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I get frustrated too. The lb's never seems to
come off fast enough. I just tell myself, I
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to lose it in a month. Slow and steady emoticon

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3/15/10 2:55 P

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The average person loses approximately 1.5 lbs. a week, for a ballpark total of 6 lbs. a month. That is the steady, healthy weight loss goal most professionals recommend.

Can some people lose more a month? Oh, absolutely. But if you set your sights on that average and continue to make positive lifestyle changes, you'll see progress.

If you look at the successful people on the SP site, you'll notice that most people lost 20-30 lbs. in about 6 months. Adjust your mindset to focus on the longterm benefits and results - it WILL happen for you!

Many other factors affect weight loss, like building muscle, water retention, salt intake, an indulgent weekend....

Like others have said, take a lot of measurements of your body and measure yourself every two weeks. My nutritionist also advises not getting too obsessed with the scale - weigh yourself naked after your morning void on Fridays and, if you like, again on Mondays. Always weigh at the same time - and then don't worry about the numbers anymore.

The pounds may not seem like they're dropping, but as muscle replaces fat, your body will continue to trim down. As you increase exercise and monitor your calories, you'll continue to tap into fat stores and lose weight.
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3/15/10 1:41 P

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Joanie - did you take your measurements when you started? Are clothes feeling a bit looser? Often, when you first start out this can happen. Just hang in there.

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Sorry you are frustrated but its a yoyo effect that we all go through. Don't loose hope and enjoy your weight loss plan. I guess the "weight loss devil" is always testing us!

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I understand totally! I'm feeling frustrated I too gained 2 pounds and am so upset.
But, the alternative, giving up, is much worse. We gotta hop back on the horse and keep it up and the results will come!!!! emoticon

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3/13/10 12:27 P

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Hang in there! If you play by the rules success is guaranteed. But oh boy does it take patience sometimes...!


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Don't give up!!! It can be frustrating sometimes, but remember to just keep your eye on the prize - a new you!!!

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Hi Joanie,
I'm finishing my third week Tuesday and I've lost 5lbs. I'm like you working out hard and seeing low results but I've been in this position before and it does take patience, seems like we've been eating good for months even though it's 21 days lol!! I'm with you on this all the way. Have faith and positive thinking and you'll be at your goal before you know it!!

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Joanie, I think it's totally normal! We've all been through it. You're body is just adjusting to the changes you are making. As you add muscle, you will not lose as much weight, but you will lose inches! Keep up the good work, bet you'll be there before you know it!

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I'm on my 3rd week. I've stayed within the calorie range and exercise at least 5 days a week, burning more than required calories. At the end of my 2nd week I lost 5 lbs and expected to lose 6. Now it's the end of my 3rd week and it seems I've gained 2 lbs. It doesn't look like I'm going to meet my goal. Is this fluctuation normal or am I doing something wrong?

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