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Old 11-17-2005, 10:30 AM   #1
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Unhappy I'm depressed!

I've been exercising religiously for a month now.
The first two weeks I lost 5 lbs.
The third week I gained 6
And this week I lost 2.
So, in the month I have actually only lost 1 whole lb.
I haven't eaten any different really. The week that I gained the 6, I had one night of junk food, but, I ate from a saucer and I didn't get any seconds. And the other night, I did the same. I haven't had dessert at night. I have a granola bar for breakfast. At work, I may have 5 or 6 hershey's kisses and that isn't everyday. What am I doing so wrong that I can't get rid of the weight?!
I'm wondering if the beta blockers are hurting me in this way. When I work out, I stay on for 45 minutes to an hour at a medium pace. I stop only to drink water and check my pulse, which on average is only 100 - 125, after every 1/2 mile. I'm sweating up a storm even.
Give me some ideas of what I can do, PLEASE!!!

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Old 11-17-2005, 10:43 AM   #2
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TG, when you exercise, you should NOT be going so hard that you cannot carry on a conversation while exercising. If you're exercising very hard and gasping for air (anaerobic exercise), your body stops burning fat ans switches to burning sugar. You need to do aerobic exercise so your muscles are getting oxygen and can focus on burning fat.

Keep plugging away. There are always setbacks but if you continue to do the right things, you will succeed,
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Old 11-17-2005, 10:51 AM   #3
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Oh, believe me, when it comes to exercising I don't over doing it
I got an elliptical and it's basically like standing up while riding a bike. I go between 60 and 80 revolutions a minute.
I don't know what else I can do to burn calories. On the weekend, I can exersice also, but, I'm so tired from the work week that it takes all I have to get on the machine and to stay on for an hour.
I hate the holidays for it too, that's is going to be my weakness.
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Old 11-17-2005, 11:22 AM   #4
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You do have to be patient when you are trying to shed some extra weights, it never happens over night. I think you are doing the right thing, your amount of exercise is good at this stage, which you may want to modify in a couple of month as your body gets used to regular training and your fitness level elevates. But at this point it is just right... you are right in not overdoing it. Also you must remind yourself you are doing this not just to lose weight, but to feel better about yourself in general, and get healthier. Your focus should be on how stronger and fitter you feel, than standing in front of the mirror and try to pinch your midsection. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself with a little goodies now and then, as long as you don't overdo it, just like your training... with everything, moderation is the key. Enjoy the food you like at least once in a while without fretting about what damage it would do.
Another thing to remember is that when you get physically fit, you gain muscle tissues, which weigh much more than the fat mass. When I started training with weights many years ago, I did gain almost 10lbs in about 6 months, but my figure was much leaner and meaner than before. I actually would recommend you to include some weight resistance exercises, not only it helps you shape up and give you more strength, as the muscle redifine itself and grow after your workout it keeps burning calories long after you finished working out, whereas the burning process stops immediately after you finish an aerobic exercise. Many girls are shied away from doing any intense training with weights, saying "oh, I don't want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger!!", well it takes years of incredible dedication to attain a Mr./Ms. Olympia like physique, any casual exercise regimen will never get you like that, even if you push yourself a lot.
Well, I kinda drifted off from your immediate concern, but the key is to remember that this is a long process, and you do need patience. Go at your pace where you feel comfortable, if you push yourself too much you will cave in sooner or later and the whole thing will end up backfiring!! Pay attention to what your body tells you, and how you feel, instead of the scale. And keep a positive attitude. Stay on the right track and keep going, if you would like some suggestions you can also pm or email me, I would be glad of some help!! Good luck in your health quest!!
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Old 11-17-2005, 08:08 PM   #5
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texasgirl, don't become discouraged! You are doing the right things, you just need to remember that you didn't gain weight overnight, so you won't lose it that quickly either. Sometimes what happens is it takes a while and then WHAM! you lose a big pile all at once. Don't give up! We are here for you!
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Old 11-17-2005, 08:24 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody for all your encouragements! I really appreciate it!
I WILL keep going. I'm tired of feeling this way!
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Old 11-17-2005, 08:39 PM   #7
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The initial loss was fat and the gain of 6 pounds must be muscle. Your body will start metabolizing quicker once you continue a regular exercise routine. I dropped a total of 18 pounds in a period of 6 months, but I did exercise 3 to 4 times weekly combining cardio for 30-45 minutes and light weight lifting for another 40 minutes during my workouts. Don't get discouraged. You'll continue to see results and the weight gains will only be muscle (since it's heavier than fat). You'll also begin to feel the difference in your clothes when you start losing inches.

Keep going; you're on the right track.

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Old 11-17-2005, 11:10 PM   #10
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Dina is right about the muscle. Muscle weighs a lot more than fat, so many times people think they are doing badly because they don't see the weight coming off, but they are really doing great. Give it time, and don't give up. We are all here for you.

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