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ubergirl
03-31-2010, 06:54 PM
Well, here we are at the end of March and I'm down four pounds, which is one pound per week.:carrot::carrot:

But this month has really been a toughie.

I plateaud for two weeks, then dropped four pounds pretty quick-- maintained that for four or five days, then put back on four, then six pounds.

I could not find ANY reason for the gain. I had not changed my eating plan-- the only differences were that I was sick for a week and I had upped my exercise.

So, I waited. I just kept doing the same stuff. I maintained the gain for another ten days....

Then, all of a sudden, I retained a whole bunch of water... (sometimes my lower legs an ankles swell up and I can definitely see it-- plus, I my scale does water percentage and body fat percentage along with weight.)

The water gain did not cause I weight gain so I figured that I probably was actually going down, just couldn't see. I tried to figure out why the water weight, since I wasn't eating more sodium-- I think it was taking ibuprofen for several days-- apparently some people swell up ibuprofen and I think I'm one of them.

Long story short-- the water weight went away, the scale went back down, and as an added bonus, I'm maintaining a body fat percentage of 41%-- it was 44-45% at the beginning of the month. Maybe all that running and lifting is finally paying off.

So, all the time I was STRESSING about what I was eating and why it wasn't working, actually I remain right on target AND I've also lost body fat.

Just another reminder that weight loss is not linear and if we're losing at a rate of a pound a week or so, we really have to take the LONG VIEW.


saef
03-31-2010, 07:27 PM
This is so good to hear, for so many reasons.

I'm glad the scale finally vindicated all your efforts by coughing up a good number. You deserve it for your hard work.

Beverlyjoy
03-31-2010, 09:20 PM
I am so glad the scale is going down for you!! GREAT!


angelskeep
03-31-2010, 09:25 PM
Thank you for the reminder and congrats on the willpower to muscle on through it.

Barb

PeanutsMom704
03-31-2010, 09:29 PM
I've had a similar month with lots of bouncing up and down on the scale, so a big congrats for sticking with it!!! I know how frustrating it feels to be doing things right and see the scale go UP. So happy for you that you got a good number for month's end and even better that you know what you lost was fat (and probably even more than 4 lbs worth!)

MomtoThree
03-31-2010, 09:29 PM
Thanks for reminder that there are many ways to see our success, not just the scale.

Michelle98272
03-31-2010, 09:32 PM
I think a general downward trend is to be applauded! I'd love to lose 4 lbs a week but know that slower is better! I'm down 4 lbs overall from last month too. It really is something to be proud of!! If we continue at this pace we could still be looking at being 50 lbs lighter by April 1, 2011. Not too shabby!! :hug:

lovemyboy
03-31-2010, 09:49 PM
This has been my month too and it is frustrating! I'm glad you motored through. I was getting frustrated but have been able to fit into smaller pants so something is happening. I got stuck at this number last time I tried this and got frustrated and quit. I will NOT quit this time. Your experience reinforces this for me. Thanks for sharing.

LitChick
03-31-2010, 10:37 PM
Thanks for sharing, uber and I'm glad to see you have a healthy perspective on things. It's been a tough month for me, too as far as the scale is concerned. I dropped some early on, then gained and lost the same pound. I think I'll be down a couple more pounds at my weigh-in this Friday, but March is not looking to be the month when I lose my typical 8 pounds a month average. But like you said, I keep at it and know that eventually the scale will have to cooperate. The important thing is not to let it derail all our hard work!

CLCSC145
03-31-2010, 10:43 PM
Oh my gosh, it's hard isn't it? I've been in a similar place for the last several months with slooow movement on the scale and just having to power through it and stick with the plan even when progress is at a snail's pace. I know there is a good lesson in there about sticking to something because it's good for me, even if the results don't feel as forthcoming as they once were. But impatience is a constant threat to me losing my cool. And yet you are so right - things are changing even if the scale movement isn't there or linear!

ubergirl
03-31-2010, 11:01 PM
OH MY GOSH CC, not to hijack my own thread, but YOU ARE ABOUT TO HIT ONEDERLAND???? HOW AMAZING IS THAT???

Now, back to the regularly scheduled program.

I know that others here work hard and hit snags, and others work hard and seem to have a more linear loss...

I really am trying for a mindset shift.

I used to think of losing weight as a journey to a destination, and every time I didn't move on the scale, it was like my car broke down and I was going to be late-- and you how sometimes when you realize you are going to be super late somewhere you just decide to bag it?

But, now I'm thinking of the weight milestones more like scenery passing through the window. All I have to do is keep driving, and the rest will take care of itself.

astrophe
03-31-2010, 11:09 PM
I agree. It isn't linear.

My body is not math graph. It is a living thing and heals at its own, organic pace.

Good for you for keeping the healthy attitude! :carrot:

A.

Eliana
04-01-2010, 08:43 AM
I used to think of losing weight as a journey to a destination, and every time I didn't move on the scale, it was like my car broke down and I was going to be late-- and you how sometimes when you realize you are going to be super late somewhere you just decide to bag it?


What a great analogy that I bet more than a few of us can relate to! That's exactly it!! And a mindset change is definitely in order.

My gym has a body percentage reader that I plan to use once a month on my anniversary. When measured two weeks ago I was at 40.1% body fat. I will be thrilled if that goes down but the scale stays the same. I've got to have something! :dizzy: Weight loss is SO not linear!!

Powering through is very worth it though. It's the only thing there is to be done!

ubergirl
04-01-2010, 10:31 AM
What a great analogy that I bet more than a few of us can relate to! That's exactly it!! And a mindset change is definitely in order.

My gym has a body percentage reader that I plan to use once a month on my anniversary. When measured two weeks ago I was at 40.1% body fat. I will be thrilled if that goes down but the scale stays the same. I've got to have something! :dizzy: Weight loss is SO not linear!!

Powering through is very worth it though. It's the only thing there is to be done!

The body fat thing is really cool! The only thing I've noticed is that it bounces around even more than weight...the way the scale weighs, there is a direct correlation between water percentage and fat percentage--my body water percentage fluctuates between about 39% when I'm thirsty, to 42% when I'm retaining water. Just right seems to be about 40%. But the fat % shifts up and down in tandem with the water %. So if my water percent is high then my fat % is low-- when my water is at 42% my Body fat will go down as low as 40% and when I'm dehydrated, my body fat will go up.

That's just a word of warning-- I think you might want to try it several days in a row and see if you see a correlation like that-- because I think it's hard to assess the body fat% without looking at the water% too-- at least on my scale, which is a bioelectrical impedance scale. Because based on my experience, a single weigh in might not really show you a downward trend.

Angihas2
04-01-2010, 11:24 AM
It's frustrating to not see the results but I think the mindset shift is the best thing to come out of this month, for alot of us. I've had to change mine to not focus on the number, after all, it's not inked across my forehead in sharpie. I'm aware of it, which helps me make better food choices through the day, but I'm not a slave to it. I watch how the clothes fit, how my muscles begin to emerge, and how much better I look. Congrats on powering on through the scale blah's.

BeachBreeze2010
04-01-2010, 11:41 AM
I swear I could have written that post, uber! Ditto!

I had my first real "I don't believe in myself, this isn't actually going to happen, I might as well just give up" mope this month. But, yeah, I lost 8lbs this month. What if I had listened to the sourpuss in my head and agreed!? I can more confidently tell it to HUSH next time.

Sticking with it for me, wasn't just when it was "fun" and the NSVs were rolling in, but when it wasn't fun and I felt horrible too. There will be times on this journey that we feel that way. It's how we deal with those times that determines whether we will succeed. Losing weight is easy, until it's hard.

I'm glad I stuck with it!

Eliana
04-01-2010, 11:50 AM
... after all, it's not inked across my forehead in sharpie.

Precisely. I had four people individually tell me things along the lines of "You're wasting away" yesterday, despite the fact I've lost only 2.4 pounds this entire month!! So I know it's showing on my body, and others can see it, even though I can't. LOL! All I see is the scale.

Uber, I'm so tempted to buy a scale like that. Unfortunately, my only option right now is the hand held device at the gym. He said I could use it any time, but he's not there in the morning when I am!

ubergirl
04-01-2010, 11:53 AM
Losing weight is easy, until it's hard.

Oh my gosh. This is absolutely going to be my new motto!!!!

This is absolutely true for me! Absolutely!

Honestly, for the first six months or so, I was really smug. I just ripped along dropping ten pounds per month-- I never cheated, I never even got tempted-- I just kept shopping and getting smaller pants.

When people used to post about plateaus I was secretly thinking that they were probably just not trying as hard as I was, or underestimating their calories, or what have you.

Then, all of a sudden. BAM. My rate of weight loss just dropped off-- and I wasn't doing anything different (except for getting fitter and fitter, and exercising more...)

So, I started obsessing and tweaking and feeling like a failure, and comparing myself (unfavorably) to other 3FCers who didn't seem to have the same problem.

But the funny thing is that my habits have become so ingrained that instead of quitting, I just kept doing them, and I finally realized that my emotional investment, and how I was "feeling" about my plan really wasn't affecting the plan that much.... my body was just kind of doing it's own thing.

So, yeah. Weight loss is easy, until it's hard, and when the going get tough, the tough stay on plan. Period.

Eliana
04-01-2010, 12:29 PM
When people used to post about plateaus I was secretly thinking that they were probably just not trying as hard as I was, or underestimating their calories, or what have you.


I think this is what often happens! I have to frequently bite my tongue (or strap down my fingers from typing) when I get comments about exercising more, or really being conscious of measuring my calories because surely I'm under estimating my caloric intake. Quite the OPPOSITE. But until you live it...you don't get it. Some of us just don't lose easily. There's got to be some reasonable explanation or some health benefit to it, but I have yet to find it.

However, Uber, don't you think that just makes us more likely to maintain a loss? The fact that we worked THIS hard for it combined with the fact that we will be fully entrenched in healthy habits makes it more certian we WILL succeed at maintenance. :carrot: That's the silver lining I've painted anyway.

Plus...I don't know about you, but my body maintains rather well!

time2lose
04-01-2010, 01:00 PM
ubergirl originally posted So, yeah. Weight loss is easy, until it's hard, and when the going get tough, the tough stay on plan. Period.

Love this! My new motto!

CLCSC145
04-01-2010, 03:37 PM
OH MY GOSH CC, not to hijack my own thread, but YOU ARE ABOUT TO HIT ONEDERLAND???? HOW AMAZING IS THAT???

Now, back to the regularly scheduled program.


Why yes, I am! :D:D:D:D

time2lose
04-01-2010, 03:39 PM
CLCSC145, That is awesome and very exciting!

Summerblue
04-01-2010, 04:33 PM
Awesome for you!!!! and sticking with it!

Thank you for the reminder!

ubergirl
04-01-2010, 06:15 PM
However, Uber, don't you think that just makes us more likely to maintain a loss? The fact that we worked THIS hard for it combined with the fact that we will be fully entrenched in healthy habits makes it more certian we WILL succeed at maintenance. :carrot: That's the silver lining I've painted anyway.

Plus...I don't know about you, but my body maintains rather well!

Well, no... honestly. I think lucky people like us, who have the "thrifty gene" probably will/would have to work super hard to maintain a normal BMI. I think it's probably important that we be realistic about our goal weights, taking into consideration our body types to make sure that we don't try to maintain something unsustainable....

I know that that was the story of my young life-- my body gravitated toward a BMI of 24 and I wanted the body type of somebody with a BMI of 21-- so I constantly fought against my natural body type, trying to get "thinner"... which eventually led to me getting fatter, and fatter, and FATTER.

Sigh.

On the other hand-- I'm strong as an ox. Not wispy in LEAST. I'm sure my forebears could shuck corn and hoe oats with the best of 'em. :D:D

ANewCreation
04-01-2010, 06:37 PM
I'm so glad to read these posts. Been through something very similar the last couple of months myself. Didn't fall off the wagon either and now I am in a very good mindset.

Good to see that I'm not the only one out there.... ;)

angelskeep
04-01-2010, 06:46 PM
I am always happy to see these posts. My turn is coming, of that I'm sure. Everyone gets a turn, from what I can tell. And I will need these kinds of things to go back and read and remember to just keep on pushing through it. Sometimes it sems like I will never get to goal. And I've only started the journey. My plan from the beginning has bee to stay on my plan NO MATTER WHAT. And it looks like that works.

Thank you for reminding us all!

Barb