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Postby carleyjt » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:33 pm

I am finding it hard lately as i have changed my lifestyle completely, i dont smoke anymore, i excercise everyday, i cut out naughty food and yet i havent seemed to have lost much weight. I know this is probably normal but i was having great days when i felt like i'd lost weight but lately i just feel blah!

Please tell me im not the only one and it will pass :cry:
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Postby Dolly » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:10 pm

Hi Carley, I'm sure this time will pass. Hormones, medication and fluid retention can do some strange things.
Whilst you're building up your muscles you might even be gaining some weight there,
but once established your muscles will demand and burn more of your calories thus fat loss will begin.

As you probably know weight is determined mostly by the balance of calories - how many you burn vs. how many you eat each day. To lose weight, you need to increase your activity to burn more and/or eat fewer calories each day.

Approximately ½ a kilo of fat equals 3500 calories, to lose that per week you will need to expend 3500 more calories than you eat that week, whether through increased activity or decreased eating or both.
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:38 pm

Hang in there Carley. I kinda know how you feel. I've been stuck on 95kg now for a few weeks. :x You just have to hang in there.

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on"
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15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!

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Postby LadyBug » Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:02 pm

Hang in there, Have you tried measureing your weight loss in cms... you might be toning up, as u probab;y know muscle weighs more than fat!!!

Good on you for quitting smoking... i have not had a cigarette for 1 yr (as of tomorrow) Its hard not being able to turn to that ciggie when u are hungry! I find gum really really helps.

Anyway enough from me, hope you are feeling better :)

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Postby dragonfly » Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:10 pm

well done on making a lifestyle change. sometimes it can take a while to show thru, but when it does you'll be so pleased with the results.
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Postby Groovychic » Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:31 am

I bet you feel a lot healthier Carly. I know I do, even tho I had a bad week with the naughty food last week, I feel I have done the right thing for my body, with more exercise and eating more fruits, vegies and grain bread. I know exactly how you feel. It has been a real battle for me to lose the kilo I have......I actually had lost 1.5kgs but put .5kg back on last week. Just think your heart is so much healthier since you started exercising and not eating so much fat and salt, your lungs are much healthier since you stopped smoking. Just keep remembering that. I say to people, I may be a tad chubby but I am fit. I have always been fit but I certainly don't look it!!! Gets confusing this term fit if you are a pom cos fit in pommy land means good body.....hhhmmm go figure those poms!!! Just keep remembering the positives of what you have acheived.
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Postby carleyjt » Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:57 pm

Thanx everyone. I do feel healthier which makes me feel better. I feel good today. I think i felt like that because i had surgery last week and i was finding it hard to just relax and let my body heal as i love my daily run/walks now so i was dissapointed that i had to stop for a while. I am slowly starting again so hopefully it wont be long before my ticker has moved a bit more :D
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Postby Angel » Wed Feb 15, 2006 11:04 am

Gee, you certainly have made big lifestyle changes, congratulations on giving up the smokes, I gave up in August 2005 and still have days I could kill for a cigarette, the feeling passes within minutes but its there. :evil:

I reckon now that I've given up smoking I can do anything!

I found it is very easy to swap cigarettes for food so I keep a food diary so I can keep an eye on what I am consuming, because even too much healthy food isn't good for you. I should also buy shares in Extra chewing gum, I go through enough of it.

Hang in there Carley, the weight will disappear.
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Postby hushpuppy » Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:17 pm

Gday carly
I also felt blah when i first started . But what i did find is the taking a mulit vitamin as well as iron tabs have helped me immensely . I can now keep my energy level up for much longer without the washed out feeling
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Postby Dolly » Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:19 pm

Thanks for that tip Jules, I keep forgetting to take my multivitamin when I take my iron tablet. I'm still a bit low on iron (get tingly)
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Postby hushpuppy » Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:26 pm

I have mine right next to the breakky cereal container on the kitchen bench otherwise i would forget too
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Postby carleyjt » Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:33 pm

Thanx guys. :D I feel much better now and it must have been my hormones playing up on me because when i got around to weighing myself (still havent bought any scales for home) i have lost weight after all.
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Postby linda » Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:04 pm

how long ago did you quit smoking, and how?
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Postby carleyjt » Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:51 am

I have only given up since new years but this time (i have quit before many times) i really dont feel like or want a smoke anymore. My problem was i didnt miss the taste or feeling i just loved smoking. The whole having something to do with my hands, so whenever i would quit i always ended up in a situation i didnt feel comfortable with (like talking to strangers at a party) and i would smoke to give myself something to do.

This time i quit i bought myself a nicorette inhaler to help in these situations as i still have something to do with my hands but im not compromising myself. Also the nicotene you breathe in really makes a difference. Have only needed to use it once since i gave up and it makes me feel better knowing it is there if i ever have a craving.

The hardest thing is smoking routine. If you can break this you can quit altogether :D
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Postby Dolly » Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:01 am

Carley, I'm so proud of you for quitting smoking.
I have a friend that smokes and that I haven't been able to visit with because of doctors orders.
I suffer from a condition called allergy induced Pneumonia (chemical smell allergy) Anyway I said to her if she ever quits her chain smoking, I'll be able to visit with her again without me getting a severe lung infection (I'm a virtual prisoner in my house because of this chemical intolerance)

It's been years since I've seen her and yesterday around 4pm I received a phone call from her.
It turns out her doctor told her to quit smoking NOW because it has contributed to her contracting type 2 diabetes.
She has already lost two sisters to smoking related cancer but the diabetes is what finally made her stop.
She told me she wouldn't stop smoking earlier because she was afraid to gain anymore weight. :roll:
Her defacto is also chewing on nicotine chewies and giving up the smokes to make it easier for her.

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