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So today is day 6 and I could no longer resist weighing myself any longer. I figured that since I have been diligently following the plan, and it hasn't been easy, worked out diligently 45 min. to an hour lately and to my surprise, I only lost 2lbs! I am more than a bit disappointed. I have seen that many other people have lots of much more weight their first week. So I was very disappointed and really want to give up but will try to hang on...

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Your question was: Just lost 2 lbs in first week of Nutrisystem?.

ONLY 2 POUNDS?! ONLY!! You lost TWO POUNDS in FIVE DAYS??!!! You are my HERO!.

Yes, FIVE days, because if this is your 6th day, you haven't finished it, you've finished 5..

OMG, woman, do you know how GREAT that is?.

I didn't lose a pound, not an ounce, the first 2 WEEKS, and I went on to lose 105 pounds (and, have kept it ALL off since September, 2007)..


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Two pounds is something to be proud of! Keep up the great work!..

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Don't be disappointed. That is totally awesome! Remember we didn't put it on overnight so it's not going to come off overnight. Hang in there!..

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Keep at it! You're doing great! I averaged 1 - 1.5 lbs. per week myself...

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2 pounds is right on track. You and proud of yourself for that. Remember you didn't gain it overnight you not going to lose it overnight. It's one day at a time. Slow and steady. Stay on track and it will happen for you too and welcome aboard, Cogratulations,.


Oops, repeated what Tina said but it is true. Keep up the good work!..

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Thank you so much for the encouragement! I really needed it! Judy, I started at 167 and really want to get to 135. So, I guess doing something is better than doing nothing. Thanks again guys! You all are awesome!..

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I have been singing the same sob song!.

My first week I lost 1.5... it has been 3+ weeks in total and I have only lost that same 1.5 and I have been working out 4x a week.

I am sick of seeing 1 5 65.

(the .5 is what is reeealllly killing me) lol..

BUT.. I will soldier on! I am taking all the veterans advice to stick it out.. and I am planning to call a counselor when I can talk..

I admit..I do "feel" better. And I am hoping it is b/c I have under 20 lbs. to lose to get to my goal..

Side note.. Ramcin777.. our profile pics look similar... It is my motivational pic.. (10lbs ago) hahah.. mine was taken in Cancun.. where was yours??..

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Just a visual reminder, ladies, of what not giving up and following the plan can do:..

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Pam you look great and this has given me more hope for myself, thanks!!..

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Pam you are such an inspiration! Deeniesk8s2 that's so funny, this is my motivational picture and it was taken Playa del Carmen,MX not far from Cancun! Seems like we have some things in common. Nice to meet you guys! My name is Cindy BTW...

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Hi Cindy.. my name is Claudine.. you are right.. Pam s/b our idol!.

OK.. so here 's to .... those bodies ..back in black bikinis... on the beach in Mexico ... (Bermuda would have sound better...hahahaha)..

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Girl, don't be disappointed. Look to the end result. The weight will come off!! It's worked for too many of us. I lost an average of 7.4 lbs. per month. Now looking back it doesn't seem like it took all that long to loose 37 lbs.


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AARRGGHHH! You are doing PERFECTLY and you're disappointed? Not everyone has a huge first week. You had a GREAT first week with a 2 pond loss. Reel in your expectations a bit and you'll do fine...

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Slow and steady ALWAYS wins the race.. we'll get there!..

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YAY... today it said 1 5 5. 0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

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This might help put things in perspective, too:.

I happened across this article when I first started my NutriSystem journey in February, 2006, and found it very enlightening and helpful. I post it here often for others to enjoy. Hope it helps you, too. Pam.

Why Scales Lie by Renee Cloe, ACE Certified Personal Trainer (reprinted with permission:

Weve been told over and over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us cant resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just cant bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence its readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the bodys water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they dont understand whats happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto its water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so its easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesnt have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium.

The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. Thats why, when it comes to eating, its wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and its packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when its stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with its associated water.

These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if youre prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, its wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before youve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. Its the actual weight of everything youve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when youve finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact its not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, its likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in.

When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, its physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What youre really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings us to the scales sneakiest attribute. It doesnt just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesnt necessarily mean that youve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what youve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate.

The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when youre just sitting around. Thats one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesnt differentiate between the two. It cant tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesnt appeal to you, dont worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, dont be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. Its a matter of mind over scale...

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Jen Before.


Stick with the plan! It works...

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Congrats! I know how important that .5 can be...

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I've had a few weeks of disappointment, but when you look at the big pic, it looks a lot better: I'm going into my seventh week and 15 pounds down!! Having those 1 pounds weeks add up in the end, like everyone says, just stick with it!..

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I just did my first week weigh-in and I only lost .4 I'm actually pleasantly surprised 'cause I was quite honestly expecting to -gain- weight! I'm the poster child for Obesity on 700 Calories Per Day (orig posted by PamSB) so I prepared myself to gain up to 10 lbs in the first month or so b4 losing..

All I know is any loss is fantastic!! You're better off than what you were before, even if it's's still moving in the right direction. Plus your body's -much- happier with the nutrition it's getting! Win-win as far as I'm concerned...

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Don't worry about a "bad" week or few days. It's about changing how you eat so you can be healthier..

I had a dramatic first week of weight loss when I weighed myself on Saturday. However, I can tell you that when I first weighed myself I had so much sodium related water weight on top of it being my "heavy" time of the month in terms of bloating that I'll be lucky if 2 lbs. of it was actual fat!.

Keep with it and be proud that you've stuck at it!..

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I have been on for a week and lost two pounds also! I think it is GOOD!! I have about 25 to lose, I know it is slow but much better than gaining two pounds right!! Hang in there,I am hanging in there too!..

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I have been on Nutrisystem since the end of april and have lost almost 15 poundsi've had a few set-backs along the way, but I am still losing.

The first week I lost 3.5 pounds, but since then it has been avg.5 to 1 pounds per week. some weeks have been bigger than that, but not many.

Also, take your measurements. I have lost almost 3 inches from each thigh and about 2 inches off each hips and waist have been slow going, but i'm sure they will get wittled down eventually..

Hang in there!!..

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