100 lb. Club - I KNOW this is unreasonable... bear with me

07-26-2009, 03:15 PM
I KNOW I was totally on plan last sunday, monday, tuesday and wednesday. I have been on either nothing or just clear fluids (around 600 calories of juice yesterday and today) for the past 3-4 days. I KNOW this. I know that the fact that my weight is UP to 248.8 POUNDS this morning is ALL FREAKING FLUID and in fact since my period is over and I didn't EAT anything I'm probably down an addition 3-5 lbs from 243.6... so I know I'm probably just around 240 or under... and yet my weight is 248.8. From water retention. From fluid.

and yet do you have any freaking idea how disapointed and how much of a FAILURE that makes me feel???????

I know it's pain and exhaustion and worry and and and talking... but man this freaking sucks.

*writing through tears*

07-26-2009, 03:29 PM
:hug: Oh I've had that feeling many many times.

07-26-2009, 03:51 PM
So glad you are out of the hospital! That weight IS fluid. It CAN'T be anything else.

So, ignore it. Stay off the scale for a couple days if you need to. It will disappear as quickly as it appeared.


07-26-2009, 03:52 PM
I know how frustrating fluctuations in the scale can be. I think anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows how disappointing a gain on the scale can be, especially when we are doing everything we should be. I know it is hard to keep this in mind, but you body is not well right now. With the gallbladder issues, and now the pancreas issues, the stress of the hospital stay and upcoming surgery, the medication, the fluids...all of this, your body is most likely stressed to the max. Your body is going to need some patients and understanding, especially over the next few days before and right after your surgery. Stressing over weight gain, especially because you know and we know that you have not gained fat, you just have a lot of extra fluids right now, this is all going to make the surgery that much harder on your body. Surgery is rough on a person's body, even fairly routine surgeries, the stronger you can make your body going into things, doing whatever you can, especially reducing stress, is going to give your body the best possible chance for a smooth, uneventful surgery and recovery. Maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to stay off the scale until after your surgery. It's just a few days, you know you are not eating in a way that is going to make you actually store excess fat, just follow the liquid diet, reduce your stress where ever you can and rest up. Your body needs and deserves it for the week it has ahead.

07-26-2009, 03:55 PM
Oh smart woman that we've all come to know, love, respect and admire - yes, there is no other explanation other then fluid retention.

There is no other explanation other then fluid retention. There is no other explanation other then fluid retention. There is no other explanation other then fluid retention.

Say it three times. And then forget about it, don't think about it ......... Ya know why? Because there is no other explanation other then fluid retention.


07-26-2009, 03:57 PM
:hug::hug: :hug: :hug: cfmama this is your health we're talking about. You did your best but our bodies are funny things and you've been going through a lot with your health - you cant explain the blip on the scale when your body has been going through the wringer health wise.

when I am crazy sick (MS flare up) I STOP weighing myself until I'm healthy again. and ya know what, I'm usually down a bunch of weight. BUT even if I'm not, you're changing YOUR LIFE! you are not a failure! look at all the changes you've made and how much weight you've lost!!!! :hug:

07-26-2009, 04:00 PM
You are going to have to ignore the scale for a little while esp after your surgery. This water retention and soon to be swelling is out of your control and getting upset over it will only hinder, not help. Acknowledge this and let it go.

You know this though girlie... :)

:hug: Chin up and focus on getting better!

07-26-2009, 04:11 PM
Sorry you're feeling so down. I am waiting for my gall bladder to be removed and over the last month or so there have been days and days when I could barely eat or just have juice and the scale did not move an inch, in fact sometimes it went up. I took it sooooo badly (probably muh to do with the gall bladder pain and anxiety of the surgery) but I literally cried all the way to work for about a week! I have no idea what happened but all of a sudden my weight is going down quite quickly again (still can barely eat) and the difference it has made to my mood is immense! The most important thing is getting better right now, please dont worry about the scale. I think it was easier for me to cry over the scale than it is to say I'm scared of the pain! Hope you feel better really soon. Take good care of yourself and give the scale a well earned rest for a few days.

07-26-2009, 06:09 PM
Have your husband hide that scale till this is all over!!! I am rediculoisly(however you spell it) obsesive over the numbers on the scale- so I completly understand your feelings. Just tell yourself the battery is dead or the spring is broken and focus on doing what you can to make the next few days as stress free as possible. Lots of good throughts and hugs being sent your way!!

07-26-2009, 06:29 PM
:hug: to the millionth power. you know the answer, I hope you'll feel less crppy about everything sooooon.

07-26-2009, 06:33 PM
Big hugs :hug: Pain clouds our minds and makes normal frustration, well, explode to non-normal quantities.

I've been here (knee surgery) and everyone is right...there is no other explanation. It'll come off, your pain will be reduced, and you'll see all of this in a different light.

07-26-2009, 08:23 PM
Babe, you can't CRY that extra 10 lbs out...!! Super chill, it will fall off fast and take a couple of its buddies with it! Hugs!!

07-26-2009, 09:09 PM
Turn around 3 times, click your heels together and say "130 pounds, 130 pounds, 130 pounds!"

:hug: Hope you feel better soon hon. I can't wait for your gall bladder to be out this week. That thing's gotta weigh at least 10 lbs, right? ;)

07-26-2009, 09:32 PM
Say, weren't you in the HOSPTAL? On an IV? This is JUST FLUID. They push you full of it when you are in the hospital. It'll come off. Just stop driving yourself crazy. Hide the scale until 5 days after your surgery. Seriously. Then you'll see a WHOOSH...
Same thing happened to me after my ob/gyn laparoscopy. AND my gall bladder surgery. AND my tonsillectomy.
You think -- hey, no FOOD, on PLAN, weight must be FLYING OFF.
You are full of IV fluids. That's all.

07-26-2009, 09:34 PM
Aaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww, it's a lot of pent up emotion and probably a little hunger thrown in there if it's been liquids only. Avoid the scale and only concentrate on healing and feeling well. Soon it will all be well.

Remember rest heals best !!!!!!!!!!

07-26-2009, 09:35 PM
Ok.Been there.Gained 10lbs in 3 days when I was hospitalized for kidney stones.........they say EVERYONE loses weight when they have gallbladder disease before its removed....Uh...not.I gained 10lbs in the month before.After I had it out, I lost 15 lbs in 1 month without doing anything different.I was recovering.Sedentary and eating what I felt like.SO, its fluid.Have you ever picked up a 500ml bag of sodium chloride or D5w?I have and do every day at work.They are HEAVY>You will feel so good when that nasty gallbladder is gone.

07-26-2009, 09:50 PM
I have no actual scientific proof of this, just personal experience, but I was bloated like a puffer fish before my surgery - it all came off + more with no actual attempts at weight loss once my body had started to heal and I got the dicky gall bladder out. Your weight will too. You just feel less stuffed for lack of a better word when its out. Everything just feels leaner . . . The numbers not working in your favour for now DO suck though - am sorry you are feeling crappy :( If you can, I think staying off the scales until you are feeling like your fabulous self again (way post op!) is not a bad plan :)

Judy Lynn
07-26-2009, 10:42 PM
Awwww... Tammy, I don't know you very well, but I have read some of your posts and I know you are a great gal. Don't let a stupid machine rule your mood. Your body is trying to get better. You know in your logical mind that there is no possible way on earth that it is fat, so just forget it. Put the scale away and don't weigh for a couple of weeks. Concentrate on getting better. It's just a number, not a true measurement of body fat, which is the only thing that counts. :hug:

07-26-2009, 11:14 PM
Having just been through this in the last 6 weeks, I can relate.....it's fluid, just fluid! It will leave as quick as it came!

07-27-2009, 12:16 AM
Thank you


I know this but hearing from so many people that this is NORMAL is just so... comforting. I'm going to put the scale away. I AM.

If all goes well and it's done laproscopically (like it should) we're leaving on vacation four or five days after. We're gone till August 13. I'm aiming NOT to weigh until I get back. I know because of the pancreatitis that my doctor wants me on fluids until next Saturday for sure. Then soft foods, no extra fats, no milk products etc for another week or so for sure. So the chance of GAINING weight on vacation is virtually nill.

Thanks again. You know I love you all. THANK YOU for supporting me. I feel like the ultimate freaking drama queen :(

07-27-2009, 12:35 AM
You're just human lovey :)

Good lucky for the op!


07-27-2009, 02:44 AM
It DOES suck. :( But at least you know its just water weight and next time you weigh yourself (don't do it now, maybe later in the week, once you're much better) you'll see a massive/encouraging difference I'm sure. Don't lose heart. Keep fighting the fight. You're still on track no matter what the scale says!!! Hugs!

07-27-2009, 11:07 AM
Listen to all of these wonderfully smart people here. Sending hugs and prayers your way!

07-27-2009, 11:59 AM
TOTALLY human! TOTALLY normal to have a minor freak-out along the way!
We heart you!


07-27-2009, 01:37 PM
Nothing that hasn't been said, But....stay off that silly scale, you will need to be strong, tomorrow is the day you have waited for...for a very long time, your weight is just going to need to take a backseat until you are fully recovered and you can do what you know has worked for you, temporary weight gain is just that, no need to worry!!

07-27-2009, 07:16 PM
You're just human lovey :)

Good lucky for the op!

yes, exactly! when you work hard at something like losing weight (which takes dedication and single mindedness), it makes sense it would be in your thoughts even when logically you know you've encountered a bump (like fluid retention from surgery!!)

speedy recovery!!

07-27-2009, 10:13 PM
I hope they are able to do it with the lap procedure. When I had mine out that way I was up and about really quick. I still think it is funny that I have a scar in my belly button- yeah I'm a little wierd! I'm glad oyu will be out of pain soon and not have to worry anymore about attacks!