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Losing Amber
03-11-2009, 10:22 AM
The last 2 days I've been religiously writing down what I eat. Watching portion sizes and doing a way better job at eating then I had in the weeks past. I expected to see a little drop in weight, something, anything this morning.

I've put on a pound. BUT my monthly time is starting this morning so I guess I can contribute it to that? :(

Its just frustrating but I know I'm doing a better job with eating. I'll just have to keep it up and wait for the scale about 5 days from now.

As a general rule I only like to weight once a week. Just getting started though and doing a really good job on eating I was hoping to validate myself with seeing a little weight drop this morning. Oh well! :p

03-11-2009, 10:34 AM
I hear you! I always have water retention the few days before AF shows up, and usually go up a pound or so or else I don't lose. I love how the pounds come off after though!

03-11-2009, 10:59 AM
Amber, that darn hag will do it everytime. :tantrum: Be patient!

03-11-2009, 11:08 AM
UGH, the old hag invading on your weightloss. Well look at the bright side, the next time you weigh yourself, you'll loose all the hag's extra weight and be down the weight you were originally loosing.

Losing Amber
03-11-2009, 11:13 AM
Thanks ladies. I had a feeling that was what it was. Its just frustrating. I guess I needed the validation!

03-11-2009, 11:26 AM
Don't worry, you will probably be way down next week. Sometimes, I can gain 3-5 lbs water weight from that lovely TOM. Keep you chin up, it'll all work out.

03-11-2009, 01:31 PM
Same thing here. I can gain any where from 1-5 lbs usually a week before dreaded Aunt Flo comes to call. If I can avoid the temptations and cravings then I usually end up with a nice gain a week after.

Hang in there. It's frustrating but at least u don't have to suffer alone!

03-11-2009, 04:59 PM
Happens to me too. I only go up 1-2 lbs. but I always hate seeing the numbers go up even if I know there is a good reason for it.

Violin Jenn
03-11-2009, 05:23 PM
Hi Amber,

If it makes you feel better I can gain 3-5pounds during that time of the month! I found that hard as it is, staying the course with your diet will pay off later!

Don't get fustrated, it'll work out!


My best friend during that time is S/F Jell-O and S/F F/F Pudding.

03-11-2009, 09:57 PM
Amber, Same here! I have weight gain plus a little acne...yeah, I thought that was supposed to end years ago! Since your eating well, that should pay off at the end of the week.

03-12-2009, 11:28 AM
I feel ya! :mad: My unfriendly visitor is almost here and I'm having the worst time controlling myself. I broke down and ate GS Peanut Butter Cookies last night. :(

03-12-2009, 02:07 PM
I love my hysterectomy! :evil grin: Sorry.....that was just mean, I guess. I remember well, though...it's been under two years since my surgery. I had stage 4 endometriosis (frozen pelvis) and adenomyosis, polycystic ovaries....I was in constant pain.....I lived in constant fear that someone would touch my stomach area.....it sent me thru the roof if anyone even touched it. Sooo glad all that stuff is OVER!

Losing Amber
03-12-2009, 06:53 PM
Gosh Diana that is horrible. My friend is 30 and just has one also. She told me all of her other treatment options would have rendered her infertile so just take it out. I don't blame her!

03-13-2009, 10:27 AM
Yeah, I feel very fortunate to have two children, given the condition that my reproductive system was in. It's a miracle I was able to have children at all. I counted my blessings and told 'em the same thing....take it out!!! I had no idea that endo. could actually kill you, if left untreated. It can spread throughout your entire body! It was a no-brainer for me. I was done with all that stuff anyway.

03-24-2011, 12:12 PM
I usually retain a couple pounds of water around that time of the month as well and by about day 4 of my cycle notice a pretty decent drop. They key is I have to persevere during that time and not use the temporarly gain or plateau as a reason to binge.

03-24-2011, 01:15 PM
Hang in there and be patient ~ it's just water weight and it will go away. I retain water during PMS and during TOM, so I'm always hit with a double-whammy during the month. Just stick with what you are doing! :)

03-25-2011, 02:53 PM
I restarted my ww plan the same day T.O.M started LOL The scale been all over the place.. up down..standing still.. Today it was almost 3 pounds down..I hope it stays that way tomorrow is my weigh in day. :)

04-04-2011, 10:29 AM
I have been keeping track of my body's habits thru a phone app and have noticed over the past 3 months, I have intense food cravings a few days before my friend from the West comes in town. Even foods that I normally don't eat or particularly care for are at the top of my list--like chocolate! :chockiss:
(I know, I'm weird not to like chocolate)

Before these couple of days are over, I feel like I have to restart for the binge.
What is the best way you all have found to control the cravings and stay on track during this time?

04-12-2011, 02:29 AM
Just recently I was doing some google searches on this topic and I found that it is very common for women to get a BIG increase in appetite before their period. Personally, during the four or so days before my period I feel like I am starving. No meal is big enough. I'm constantly hungry for more....of anything. I don't crave anything in particular, just anything that my system recognizes as food. Since joining this site, I've learned to tolerate hunger pangs and not freak out and eat the first thing I can grab the moment I get hungry. I learned to control my food choices even when my stomach was rumbling. During the four or so days before my period, I recognize that I'm just going to have to deal with some extra hunger pangs for a few days. I thought of raising my daily calorie budget during this time, but it's worthless since I'll be hungry no matter how much I eat so I might as well stick to my regular 1300 to 1400 daily limit and deal with this hungry monster. Knowing that the urge to consume anything in sight is hormonal and not some kind of personal failing is comforting and helps me get through it without added guilt. I confess that I did have one day where I ate 1450 calories (not exactly a huge binge, but beyond my budget nevertheless), but I didn't realize it was the first day of PMS and so I didn't manage my food like I usually do. I'm going to track my period better so that next month I'll know when to expect the hungry beast to show up at my door.

04-12-2011, 03:13 AM
yep intense need to eat a few days before, and if I don't and stick to moderation, I get really angry for no particular reason.
Damn hormones have a lot to answer for.
As with weight I am happy for the scales to show no gain, let alone a loss, as I can gain a lot due to bloating (when I used to track my weight daily, I could show a 6 -11 pound gain on the first day of TOM)

04-12-2011, 01:28 PM
i start eating junk food like its going to go out of style right before it comes. this week i've been addicted to ice cream sandwiches. i had been doing smooothies and ran outta yogurt and then dad brought home a huge box of ice cream sandwiches...not loving how i feel right now