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One-half pound gained! Oh well...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

After 1 1/2 weeks on the Spark program, zealously tracking my meals (staying within or just under calories, etc.), adding to my exercise almost to the point of injury (my right knee is starting to ache), reading articles and blogs and feeling so educated, I stepped on the scales today to find not the pound or two loss I was expecting, but a 1/2 pound gain.

OK, I'm going to call it muscle, and stay with the program. I have to remember that I was already "dieting" before I started this more healthful program and my body must be trying wildly to adjust to all the changes I've put it through. I've got to calm down, stop joining so many exercise challenges and find a good range of carbs and activities that works for me.

Another Spark blogger gave the following website as a resource. I'll list it here as I found the speaker gave very plausible explanations for how the body's internal system determines weight gain/loss—beyond calorie intake,etc., and tips for permanent, sustainable, weight loss.

Click on the video to hear the podcast:


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    Wonderful wisdom from all my SparkFriends. Thank you so much. I am hereby filing divorce papers for my relationship with my scale--from now on we'll just have an occasional "date."
    3329 days ago
    Jazze, as long as you are in your calorie range, you are not really gaining weight. I measure my weight each time I hit a new low. I know that it is GOING to go back up anywhere from a half a pound to two pounds just based on eating and drinking and patterns of elimination. If you're in your calorie range daily, that half pound is going to disappear quickly.

    However, this is one reason why it works best for us to be good about tracking ALL our calories. If you DO exceed the calorie range, the weight gain could be real. So you want to reign that back in if it happens. I have a feeling that isn't your issue, however.
    3329 days ago
    The sooner you "divorce" yourself from the scale, the better you will be. Take your measurements on a regular basis, take photos, but please, please learn NOW that the scale is not accurate. And if you give it POWER, it can kill your whole effort, truly! Nothing can be more discouraging and more inaccurate.

    Become accustomed to the scale going up and down...look at the numbers and say, "Yeah, well, I'm going to keep learning and adapting this new lifestyle no matter what you say."

    I also wanted to caution you about the 'vette fellow's incredible success in a very short time with no fitness adjustments. I've read here and elsewhere and lived it in my own life: men lose weight much more quickly than women do.

    You are doing great and the weight will come off. When weight comes off quickly though, it comes back quickly..so try to be calm and look at it as what it is....a change in many life-time habits. You can do it.....stay pumped up and keep learning and adjusting your life. And DO NOT let the scale frustrate you. I "gain" weight every single meal I eat out...now I know it's sodium and travel bloat....after a couple days seriously Back On Track, the pounds are gone. Every time. So I don't even weigh after a day of travel or eating out...I know what the scale will say and I refuse to give it power over me.

    Stick with us! You'll be soo glad! emoticon
    3329 days ago
    Thank for the info. As far as gaining 1/2 pound, don't worry it will go away. I gained 2 pounds a few weeks ago, you can read about it in my blog, but it all went away in a matter of days.

    As far as the knee pain goes, I too have bad knees and mine ache a little bit most of the time now that I'm exercising. My trainer says this too will go away with time. But if your knees really, really hurt then you might need to back off some of your exercises. You didn't say what type of exercises you're doing, but if they involve weights and reps maybe you want to use less weight for your leg exercises and fewer reps until your body adjusts, then up the weight and reps.

    The old belief "no pain, no gain" is wrong! A little soreness is okay, it lets you know you used muscle that wasn't used to being used. A lot of pain means you over did it and did some damage to that muscle. The muscle will repair itself, but why put yourself through that much pain?

    Keep up the good work, don't beat yourself up over 1/2 pound, and don't exercise to the point of extreme pain.

    Have a great day and a better tomorrow.

    3330 days ago
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