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T25- How many weeks should I wait for progress?
I'm at the end of my second week and I look better, but the scale has stayed the same. How long do I wait before I need to analyze what may need adjusting?

Also, I'm breastfeeding. How do I determine how many calories to enter into MFP?
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RE: T25- How many weeks should I wait for progress?
10/17/13 10:48 AM as a reply to Dannie138.
The biggest thing I would encourage you to do is to STOP thinking about results for a while, and focus on making this a permanent LIFESTYLE. What if you made it your goal to simply follow your nutrition plan PRECISELY, and do the workouts for 90 days? If you do this, you'll have formed a NEW habit & lifestyle that is GUARANTEED to give you results over time.

Don't look for results on a weekly, much LESS daily, basis. Think of this as your NEW LIFESTYLE, and over a period of MONTHS, you WILL DEFINITELY see positive changes. Don't grow impatient. And besides, when you reach your goal, are you going to stop doing a great fitness program? I hope not!

Also, the scale is NOT the tool to use to evaluate your progress - MANY things can affect it: water retention, etc. It's actually common to GAIN a pound or two when you begin a new program - your body is in a bit of shock from the tiny "microtrauma" to your muscles and tries to protect them by surrounding the tiny fibers with fluid. This will pass, but imagine if you let it DISCOURAGE you while your body was actually beginning to change!

If you want FEEDBACK, the best advice I can give is to have folks here look at your nutrition plan and give you some tips. Once your nutrition is locked in, you can GO FOR IT with confidence! emoticon
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RE: T25- How many weeks should I wait for progress?
10/17/13 10:53 AM as a reply to Dannie138.
Hi Dannie, first off congrats on your babe. I'm 8 weeks pregnant while doing T25! The biggest advice I can give you is to stay off that scale. You are only 2 weeks in and sometimes the scale is such an attitude crusher so it's best to stay off it and only check every 30 days. Also, inches are so much more important than pounds. I know it's hard when you have this ideal number in your head, but the way you look and feel is what you're really wanting to change right? You said yourself you look better. Looking better is what it's all about and sometimes we look our absolute best at a weight that we wouldn't think of as ideal. After completing Insanity Asylum I was 10 pounds heavier still than what my "ideal" pre-baby weight was, but I looked so so so much better. I had much more muscle and i'd rather love how I look than like the number on the scale. Stick with it, your body will change at it's own rate. If you know what your calories should be while very active then you just need to add 500 to that while breastfeeding. If you aren't sure what your calories should be feel free to send me a buddy request and I can help you figure that out. It's probably more than you think. But good for you being a busy new momma and getting your body back. Don't doubt yourself or the program, the most important thing to getting results is your nutrition, attitude, and consistency! You got this!

Carolanne
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RE: T25- How many weeks should I wait for progress?
10/17/13 6:55 PM as a reply to Dannie138.
Matt pretty much nailed it. I will say that everyone is different when it comes to seeing results, for me I don't normally start to see results until the end of the first month. That being said I personally only weigh myself on the first and last days of programs that I do. I trust in the programs and eating right, seems to have worked, since deciding to get fit I have lost 121 lbs and 16 inches off my waist.

Justin
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RE: T25- How many weeks should I wait for progress?
10/18/13 6:46 PM as a reply to Dannie138.
Yep, Matt nailed it.

Also, you're breastfeeding a baby. That's not really a time that women easily lose weight. Your body is rightfully going to protect its energy reserves. Don't worry, that will change later. Right now I think the advice Matt gave about looking at this as the beginning of a new lifestyle is a great attitude. Get strong and fit and healthy. Don't worry about the baby weight too much right now.
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