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Old 08-20-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy TOM (time of month)

Hey everyone, I was wondering if the scale adds a couple pounds during that TOM for you. I just started today and noticed I gained 2 lbs, but I keep telling myself it is my period... I know I didn't go over my calories (and I haven't been eating bad).

Although this week I moved from 30 minutes on the elliptical to 1hr, which means I do 4 miles every day except yesterday. Yesterday I did 8 miles (2hr workout) on the Elliptical. Well not all at once, 4 miles in the morning, then 4 miles in the evening with DH. Maybe I am gaining muscle... (I keep using that line on myself).

I don't know but I am very upset about this and probably have no reason to be. Anyway, does anyone gain between 2-5lbs when on their period and then afterwards it is gone and even experience extra weight loss? Maybe this is like water weight????
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I may gain up to two pounds. But ignoring the little spikes, I seem to have started having a plateau the week of and after my period. The following week makes up for it a little bit, but not entirely, especially as my cycle is getting shorter .
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:52 PM   #3
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I usually go up at least two pounds. It comes off the next week, and as long as I manage my TOM cravings, some extra along with it. Unfortunately, I haven't really mastered the craving management that well yet.
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Yes, some women gain up to 5 pounds. Remember that this is for the long haul, and what you weigh this week isn't going to matter 6 months from now. Just stick with it. The scale isn't always going to go down, it's how you handle it that counts.
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:09 PM   #5
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HI -- Each month I experience a change on the scale but I only weigh in once a week and don't keep a scale in my house ( I would become obsessive) but the following week the extra is gone plus some-- So hang in there you could try a water pill if you just feel bloated or like you have a lot of water weight?
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Thanks everyone! I guess I won't know for sure till next week. I am sure it is just the TOM, but if not 2 lbs is nothing and I can lose it again! I was just feeling a bit discouraged about it and it is only 2 lbs! My old self would have probably quit by now. NOT this time!
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Don't give up, it's just water retention. It happens to me every month. Sometimes I will retain water from eating too much salt and that will show up as a gain too. It's good to remember that so you don't get too frustrated. Eating at a restaurant means extra salt so that can do it too. Like others already said- it's about being consistent over a long period of time that will get the weight off. Sometimes it makes no sense when you lose or gain, but just keep at it.
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Yup, I agree with everyone above. When I first started, I was going along just fine, losing some every week and then TOM hit and it was like BAM! up 3lbs. It got me down because I knew I was doing everything right, but I wasn't seeing the results I was used to. However, once TOM was over everything went back to normal! But, now I'm going to dread getting on the scale the next time it rolls around.

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I am usually up 2-4 lbs from ovulation until the day before TOM arrives. So for 2 weeks my weight stays up. I can always tell when TOM will arrive now because I usually drop 1-1.5 lbs the day before (and continue dropping about .5 lb a day for a few days into). Weird and annoying but I have been at this long enough now to have figured it out so I don't get derailed by it.

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I am usually up 2-4 lbs from ovulation until the day before TOM arrives. So for 2 weeks my weight stays up. I can always tell when TOM will arrive now because I usually drop 1-1.5 lbs the day before (and continue dropping about .5 lb a day for a few days into). Weird and annoying but I have been at this long enough now to have figured it out so I don't get derailed by it.
It's funny how we're all different. The 1-2 weeks before my period is when I consistently lose the most. When the period starts, that's when I plateau - I may go up and down, but overall, it plateaus until well into the week after my period stops. Whether I gain a little, stay the same, or even lose a little going into the first days seems to vary.

I've started looking at my lowest pre-period weight as my month-to-month comparison weight. It seems like the most consistent way. When I compare actual month-to-month weights (every 28 days from the day I started to "diet") ... well, I'm always at a different point in my cycle, since my cycle is presently 23-26 days.
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Yup, that happens to me too.
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:12 PM   #13
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Yes, that used to happen to me when I did have TOM. It was 2-4 pounds for me - but, would be gone the next week when I weighed again.

These days TOM have passed and now I have my "Own Personal Summer" instead.
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Yep, it's pretty common. My gain fluctuates between 1 and 3 pounds. Since my cycles are getting more regular, I'm noticing less fluctuation, but I'm more likely to maintain during my TOM and then I'll lose a pound or two the next week.
Then again, I still have to be working at it to show the after TOM loss!
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Old 08-22-2008, 01:11 AM   #15
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Well, you know it varies from month to month. Pretty much, when I'm following my diet plan, I have a very quick and easy flow. It tends to to be the opposite way when not on plan.

As you may already know, it's different for all of us.

If I were you, I wouldn't worry about it.
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