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    "Trust the Process" is something my personal trainer tells me when I'm frustrated that the scale's not moving (or moving in the wrong direction), that my pants aren't falling off my ass fast enough, or I feel like I took a step backwards in something fitness related. He says "You're doing the right things, right? You're still eating well? You're coming in to see me? You're exercising on your own?" If my answer to all of those is "Yes" then he just says "Trust the process."

    After a nice, quick (mostly water weight) re-start of eating Primal, over the past few weeks, every time I got on the scale, I had to tell myself to trust the process, because all I did was bounce up and down within in a 4-5 lb range. Nothing's really changed this week in the "process" but for whatever reason, my body's decided it's time to let go of some weight.

    I post this graph for anyone who's doing things right and not seeing movement as a reminder that 1) Weight loss is seldom perfectly linear or logical and 2) if you're getting the "big picture" right, stressing about the "micro picture" might be counterproductive (e.g., "I ate X food last night and the scale went up this morning" or "I ate Y food last night and the scale went down this morning" and concluding that therefore Y food > X food).

    I realize that some peoples' conclusion on this might be "don't get on the scale every day." I can certainly respect that sentiment, but for me, tracking daily movements helps to keep me honest and to have the data to really see the trend long-term even though the day to day might bounce around a bit. I fully expect more flat stretches on my way to my goal weight (particularly as I get closer) but looking at this graph reminds me that my body will eventually get with the program as long as I'm still doing the process right.

    "Sometimes, you need to make sure the angel on your shoulder has a wingman." -Me

    My primal log


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    Cool! That's neat to see.
    Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

    If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart.

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    • #3
      I agree. Here is my "goal" graph from start through today. It's a longer term graph than yours and I don't weigh every day or even on a consistent basis, but you can see that it isn't a constant downward move. It looks relatively smooth but that's because it's a longer time period and less frequent updates. The point remains, don't sweat the individual weights if you are weighing, just keep following the program and you will see positive results.

      Start weight 403 09/29/2010
      Current weight 335
      On my way to becoming half the man I used to be...

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      • #4
        Thanks for this thread. "Trust the process", I like that.


        Robin's Roost
        My Primal Journal

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        • #5
          I needed this reminder. I am trusting the process, but it's hard not to feel impatient during plateaus! Thanks for posting this.
          42 yo female; 5'8"
          Oct 2009: 205 lbs
          Dec 2010: 167 lbs
          Current weight: 158 lbs (first time under 160 in 17 years!!!)
          Goal weight: 145 lbs

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          • #6
            Here's my two year process from 208 to 146 (the bump you see at the end, as well as alot of the sharp fluctuations up/down are just water weight fluctuations...esp in the last few months when I've been playing around with carb levels).


            When I started trusting the process, my stress levels came way down and the weight and inches came off a lot more easily.
            Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Herbwifemama View Post
              Thanks for this thread. "Trust the process", I like that.
              +1
              My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread51572.html

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              • #8
                totally agree, and I'm finding the same thing applies to getting fit as well. You keep doing it, and the gains come but not always on a strict schedule.
                Here is my graph from my original weight loss period Feb 2010 - Sep 2010.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for this. I just posted another thread about my frustrations (kind of similar to yours). I know there are things I can continue to improve on, but I also need to "trust the process." When I get frustrated, DH says to me "Do you feel better?" When I say "Absolutely!" then he says "So why are you frustrated?!"

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                  • #10
                    K so... three days after you posted this, I suddenly dropped three pounds. What the what? hahaha - I knew it was coming, but didn't know when. Maybe this thread reminded me to relax about the whole thing... I don't know.

                    Then, snooping around the nets like I tend to do, I ran across this article. Seems to make sense, and the Whoosh effect he describes does seem to match up with my experience. Interesting, huh.
                    42 yo female; 5'8"
                    Oct 2009: 205 lbs
                    Dec 2010: 167 lbs
                    Current weight: 158 lbs (first time under 160 in 17 years!!!)
                    Goal weight: 145 lbs

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                    • #11
                      I must always bail just before the process hits.... :-//

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, ennasirk, for this very good reminder thread. Everyone's charts are so encouraging!

                        Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
                        When I started trusting the process, my stress levels came way down and the weight and inches came off a lot more easily.
                        Excellent point which is dear to my heart. Lower stress and better sleep is reason enough to get primal; dropping fat is the whipped cream on top!
                        "If man made it, don't eat it." ..Jack LaLanne
                        "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are.
                        If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." ..Richard Feynman

                        beachrat's new primal journal

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                        • #13
                          A great post! Thank you to all who shared their graphs-- congrats on your success. The Process is a bit like those icebreaker ships that have plow through a lot of ice to get to open water.
                          This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                          Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                          Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bokbadok View Post
                            K so... three days after you posted this, I suddenly dropped three pounds. What the what? hahaha - I knew it was coming, but didn't know when. Maybe this thread reminded me to relax about the whole thing... I don't know.

                            Then, snooping around the nets like I tend to do, I ran across this article. Seems to make sense, and the Whoosh effect he describes does seem to match up with my experience. Interesting, huh.
                            Very interesting! I would be interested to see more info or studies and any way we could use this information about the whoosh effect to our advantage to control the fluid retention and see losses more consistently.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nopie View Post
                              Very interesting! I would be interested to see more info or studies and any way we could use this information about the whoosh effect to our advantage to control the fluid retention and see losses more consistently.
                              What I got out of the article (and why I started this thread) is to say "don't stress about it ... the body will do what it'll do when it wants to; all I can control is the macro and trying to control the micro is futile and stress-inducing." Unless you're someone (a fighter/wrestler who's trying to get down to a particular weight class on a particular day, for example) who has a need to be an exact weight at an exact time, there's really no need to stress, is there?
                              "Sometimes, you need to make sure the angel on your shoulder has a wingman." -Me

                              My primal log

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